1. Wayne Turns Hard-Knock Life Into Memorable Music

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. After years of churning out slick, scrubbed, media-schooled cowboys, country music is favoring another style -- male artists with grit and substance who have led real lives. Among the artists leading that charge is Jimmy Wayne, whose self-titled…

  2. Breaking & Entering

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Fountains Of Wayne, Mest and Grandaddy. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. WAYNE'S WORLD: The peppy power-pop of New York-based quartet…

  3. Alien Ant Farm Ready Road Return

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alt-metal act Alien Ant Farm is preparing to return to touring for the first time since a bus accident left lead singer Dryden Mitchell with serious spinal injuries more than a year ago. The North Ame Alt-metal act Alien Ant Farm is preparing to return to touring for the first time since a…

  4. Billboard Bits: Foo Fighters, Fuel, moe.down

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Fire Theft, which features three former members of Sunny Day Real Estate, has signed with Rykodisc for the release of its debut album. The as-yet-untitled set is being lined up for Sept. 23 releas The video clip for the Foo Fighters track "Low," which was rejected by MTV and…

  5. Cash Plays First Show Since Wife's Death

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Johnny Cash said it was difficult to be onstage without his wife, June Carter Cash, during his first public performance since her death. Cash made a surprise appearance Saturday night during the weekl Johnny Cash said it was difficult to be onstage without his wife, June Carter Cash, during…

  6. The Fire Theft Signs With Ryko

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Fire Theft, which features three former members of Sunny Day Real Estate, has signed with Rykodisc for the release of its debut album. The as-yet-untitled set is being lined up for Sept. 23 releas The Fire Theft, which features three former members of Sunny Day Real Estate, has signed…

  7. New Pornographers Get More Comfortable

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The New Pornographers' lead singer/songwriter Carl Newman tells Billboard.com the indie pop/rock supergroup-of-sorts never thought past its 2000 disc "Mass Romantic" (Mint Records). The New Pornographers' lead singer/songwriter Carl Newman tells Billboard.com the indie pop…

  8. Simone Celebrated With Anthology

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A jazz legend will be remembered and celebrated with BMG Heritage's July 1 release of "Nina Simone: Anthology." The two-disc set collects material the late artist recorded for six different labels -- A jazz legend will be remembered and celebrated with BMG Heritage's July…

  9. Ross Appears In Court On DUI Charges

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Diana Ross told a Tucson, Ariz., municipal court judge that she felt forced into taking a breath test during a traffic stop last year. The 58-year-old pop diva and her lawyer, Stephen Paul Barnard, ar Diana Ross told a Tucson, Ariz., municipal court judge that she felt forced into taking a…

  10. Stones Toronto Show A Benefit, Not A Freebie

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With today's (June 24) official confirmation of a massive Rolling Stones concert in Toronto came the news that the event will not be free. The July 30 show -- which will also feature an eclectic lineu With today's (June 24) official confirmation of a massive Rolling Stones concert…

  11. The Tangled Web

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Lou Reed and BroadBAND Rocks!, Muze and Super Furry Animals. Keeping you up to date on the Web's most intriguing music-related happenings and destinations. STREAMED JANE: Rock legend Lou Reed's performance…

  12. Spiritualized In State Of 'Grace'

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT U.K. psychedelic rock outfit Spiritualized has set a Sept. 9 release date for its latest album, "Amazing Grace," which will be released in the U.S. on frontman Jason Pierce's own Spaceman label throug U.K. psychedelic rock outfit Spiritualized has set a Sept. 9 release date for…

  13. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of June 23-29, 2003. Ah, the sounds of summer. There's just so much live music on the tube, and this week most of it will be featured on the daily and nightly talk and news shows. Friday, as will be the case for the…

  14. Hot Product

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Michelle Branch 'Paper'back Writer Michelle Branch will look to avoid the sophomore slump on her new album, "Hotel Paper," due this week from Maverick. First single "Are You Happy Now?" has already taken off at radio and is No. 12 on Billboard's Adult Top 40…

  15. MODERN ROCK TRACKS

    June 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/modern.jsp 1. Headstrong , Trapt 2. Send The Pain Below , Chevelle 3. Seven Nation Army , The White Stripes 4. Like A Stone , Audioslave 5. Just Because , Jane's Addiction Issue date: June 28, 2003 News …

  16. Now and Then: Folk Songs for the 21st Century

    June 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alex de Grassi's years as one of Windham Hill's signature artists made him an icon of finger-style guitar playing, both for his musicianship and compositions. Alex de Grassi's years as one of Windham Hill's signature artists made him an icon of finger-style guitar playing,…

  17. St. Anger

    June 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT While it occurred during the course of several years, it seems as if Metallica lost its might, aura, and credibility overnight. While it occurred during the course of several years, it seems as if Metallica lost its might, aura, and credibility overnight. That's partly because with each…

  18. Bare

    June 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bare is Annie Lennox's first set of solo, self-penned material since her 1992 debut album, Diva. (Medusa, issued in 1995, was a collection of covers. Bare is Annie Lennox's first set of solo, self-penned material since her 1992 debut album, Diva. (Medusa, issued in 1995, was a…

  19. Everything Must Go

    June 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT While it didn't reach the heights of the group's '70s glories, Steely Dan's 2000 comeback album, Two Against Nature, struck enough of a nerve with the listening public to help it win the 2001 Grammy A While it didn't reach the heights of the group's '70s…

  20. The Goddess Is Here!

    June 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Wanda Dee once worked with British rave group the KLF. For some, this will mean something, while others will simply yawn. Wanda Dee once worked with British rave group the KLF. For some, this will mean something, while others will simply yawn. Whatever camp you find yourself in, one thing is…

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