1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about the state of commercial singles, Lonestar, David Lee Roth and Dobie Gray. THE STATE OF THE SINGLE Fred, I read an article in the latest issue of Rolling Stone regarding the current state of the music industry. It stated that retailers are…

  2. TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS

    July 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/country.jsp 1. Red Dirt Road , Brooks & Dunn 2. Wave On Wave , Pat Green 3. Unleashed , Toby Keith 4. From There To Here: Greatest Hits , Lonestar 5. Greatest Hits Collection, Volume 1 , Trace Adkins Issue date: Aug. 2, 2003 News Toby Keith , Trace Adkins , Pat Green …

  3. Top Stars Have 'American Dreams'

    July 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT NBC's nostalgic family drama "American Dreams" will continue its tradition of casting pop stars as 1960s artists in the show's second season. Already lined up to appear in upcoming episodes are R& NBC's nostalgic family drama "American Dreams" will…

  4. Lost Highway Takes To The Airwaves

    July 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lost Highway Records in Nashville is to kick off a nationally syndicated radio show in late August. The "Lost Highway Radio Show," syndicated by Jones Radio Networks, will feature one artist per hour- Lost Highway Records in Nashville is to kick off a nationally syndicated radio…

  5. Haggard Takes War Coverage To Task

    July 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A new Merle Haggard song that's critical of the media's coverage of the war in Iraq is garnering so much attention that it's being rushed to radio stations around the country. A new Merle Haggard song that's critical of the media's coverage of the war in Iraq is…

  6. Strummer Strolls Down One Last 'Street'

    July 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The set features nine originals and a cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song," produced by Rick Rubin. More information has come to light about Joe Strummer's final studio album. As previously reported , "Streetcore" is due Oct. 7 from Hellcat/Epitaph. The set…

  7. Tamia 'Still' Looks For Longevity

    July 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Competition is always a factor in the music business. But the competition is especially fierce this summer in the female R&B/hip-hop ranks. With the Aug. 19 release of her third album, "Still" (Elektra), Tamia finds herself up…

  8. Eels Looking Ahead To Next 'Masterpiece'

    July 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Without short-changing the recently released Eels album "Shootenanny!," band visionary Mark Everett (known as E) tells Billboard.com he's already looking forward to the group's next studio disc as bei Without short-changing the recently released Eels album "…

  9. Harlemm Lee Wins 'Fame'

    July 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT NBC's reality series/talent contest "Fame" came to an end last night (July 23) with the selection of Michigan native Harlemm Lee as the winner. NBC's reality series/talent contest "Fame" came to an end last night (July 23) with the selection of Michigan native…

  10. Rawls Pays Tribute To Sinatra

    July 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lou Rawls has completed a tribute to legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. The song stylist's "Rawls Sings Sinatra" will be released Sept. 9 through Savoy Jazz. Lou Rawls has completed a tribute to legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. The song stylist's "Rawls Sings Sinatra…

  11. Rush Roars Back To 'Rio'

    July 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Canadian rock trio Rush will release the triple-disc live album and double-disc DVD "Rush in Rio" in September. Anthem/Atlantic is eyeing a Sept. 23 release for the album. A spokesperson for C Veteran Canadian rock trio Rush will release the triple-disc live album and double…

  12. Elliott 'Works' Up Eight MTV VMA Nominations

    July 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Missy Elliott leads the field with eight nominations for the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, to be handed out Aug. 28 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Elliott's "Work It" clip is up for video of the Missy Elliott leads the field with eight nominations for the 2003 MTV…

  13. House Aims To Shoot Down FCC Media Caps

    July 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The House of Representatives yesterday (July 23) overwhelmingly approved legislation that would prevent media companies from buying more TV stations, despite a veto threat from the president and again The House of Representatives yesterday (July 23) overwhelmingly approved legislation that…

  14. QOTSA Rocking The Road Through January

    July 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Queens Of The Stone Age have extended their touring plans with a series of North American club dates, beginning Sept. 28 in Montreal and wrapping with an Oct. 30 Halloween show in Santa Barbara, Calif Queens Of The Stone Age have extended their touring plans with a series of North American…

  15. New Live Album Brings Kristofferson Full-Circle

    July 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Country songwriting legend Kris Kristofferson is returning with full force to the landmark music side of his career. The Songwriters Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member, whose equally rewarding acting exploits have taken…

  16. This Day in Music

    July 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Motown legend Smokey Robinson joins the ranks of music stars-turned-radio stars when he dons his own on-air persona on Los Angeles station KCMG (Mega 92.3) with the show "Intimate With S 2000 - Motown legend Smokey Robinson joins the ranks of music stars-turned…

  17. Billboard Bits: Farm Progress, Johnny Cash, Rock Boat

    July 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Farm Progress, Johnny Cash, Rock Boat Brad Paisley and Montgomery Gentry will perform headlining concerts during the 50th anniversary Farm Progress Show. The September event near Henning, Ill., is presented by agricultural publishing company Farm Progress. 2003 marks the first time…

  18. 'Bad Boys II' Shoots Straight To No. 1

    July 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The soundtrack to "Bad Boys II" adds to the film's success at the box office last weekend, as it bows atop The Billboard 200. The Bad Boy/Universal album sold 324,000 copies in the U.S., according to The soundtrack to "Bad Boys II" adds to the film's success at…

  19. Chicago Police Apologize To Ice Cube

    July 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Chicago Police Department apologized yesterday (July 22) for issuing a community alert that described a man suspected in a series of sexual assaults as resembling hip-hop artist and actor Ice Cube The Chicago Police Department apologized yesterday (July 22) for issuing a community alert…

  20. Toronto SARS Benefit To Draw 430,000

    July 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Although 500,000 people were expected, organizers say the audience will likely be closer to 430,000. More details have been released regarding the July 30 Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert, featuring the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, Justin Timberlake and others. Although 500,000…

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