1. Billboard Bits: Blue Rodeo, TMBG, Jeff Klein

    July 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Blue Rodeo joins Rolling Stones & Friends Toronto concert, They Might Be Giants song featured in GapKids commercial, and singer/songwriter Jeff Klein extends his New York residency. Blue Rodeo has been added to the massive Rolling Stones & Friends concert July 30 in Toronto. One day…

  2. Simmons Plans Birmingham Hip-Hop Summit

    July 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rap impresario Russell Simmons will stage a Hip-Hop Summit Aug. 1-3 in Birmingham, Ala., the epicenter of the 1960s civil rights movement. The event will be held in conjunction with the 13th annual Bi Rap impresario Russell Simmons will stage a Hip-Hop Summit Aug. 1-3 in Birmingham, Ala., the…

  3. Billboard Bits: SARS Benefit, Amos, MLB All-Star Game

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on SARS Benefit, Amos, MLB All-Star Game The July 30 Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto Concert , headlined by the Rolling Stones, will see tickets capped at 500,000. The show, designed to help the city's sagging tourism and hospitality sectors after the stigma from SARS (Severe…

  4. New ZZ Top Set Finally Surfaces In September

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Originally expected in April, ZZ Top's "Mescalero" will be released Sept. 9 in the U.S. via RCA (and a day earlier internationally). Originally expected in April, ZZ Top's "Mescalero" will be released Sept. 9 in the U.S. via RCA (and a day earlier internationally…

  5. This Day in Music

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los Angeles hospital after a long fight with colon cancer. He is 35. Poetic had been at work on a new Gravediggaz album "Nightm 2001 - Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los…

  6. This Day in Music

    July 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Halfway into the first song of the band's encore for their Mannheim, Germany show, Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers falls loses his footing and plunges 10-feet off the front of the stag 2000 - Halfway into the first song of the band's encore for their…

  7. Labels Rolling Out A Bounty Of 'Blues'

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Congress has declared 2003 "the year of the blues," and Sony Legacy and Universal Music Enterprises (UME) are rolling out a flood of releases tied to the fall PBS series "Martin Scorsese Pres The U.S. Congress has declared 2003 "the year of the blues," and…

  8. 150,000 Tickets Sold For Toronto SARS Benefit

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The star-studded Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert sold a record 150,000 tickets in its first day of sales, according to Ticketmaster Canada. The event's main sponsor, Molson Canadian, also sa The star-studded Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert sold a record 150,000…

  9. CHART BEAT CHAT

    June 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Madonna, Nena, Kim Wilde. Q&A WITH C&R Fred: I just wanted to send a quick thank you for the very enjoyable interviews you did with Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. Your…

  10. Louie Devito To Mix 'Ultra Dance 04'

    June 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT New York-based DJ Louie Devito has signed on to mix the fourth volume in Ultra Records' Ultra.Dance CD compilation series. Devito is the top-selling non-hip-hop, beat-mixed compilation DJ in the U.S. New York-based DJ Louie Devito has signed on to mix the fourth volume in Ultra Records&…

  11. Hot Product

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce Knowles 'Love' Hangover With lead single "Crazy in Love" taking off at radio and video outlets, Columbia Records opted to jump the gun for Beyonce Knowles' highly anticipated solo debut. Now due Tuesday (June 24), the multifaceted superstar's "…

  12. This Day in Music

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Michael Jackson is sued by his longtime Munich, Germany-based concert promoter Marcel Avram, who accuses the pop king of refusing to perform two scheduled "Millennium Concerts." 2000 - Michael Jackson is sued by his longtime Munich, Germany-based concert…

  13. This Day in Music

    June 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Lil' Mo is injured while leaving a concert in San Francisco. The singer/songwriter is exiting a backstage area lined with fans when an unidentified man strikes her in the head with a bot 2001 - Lil' Mo is injured while leaving a concert in San Francisco.…

  14. 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…

  15. Sanctuary Makes Jam-Band Inroads

    June 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With a handful of new deals and several high-profile live projects planned, Sanctuary Records is positioning itself as a major player in the burgeoning jam band scene. With a handful of new deals and several high-profile live projects planned, Sanctuary Records is positioning itself as a…

  16. Dalley Looks Past Nebraska With Statistics

    June 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As the guitarist in Desaparecidos, 22 year-old indie rocker Denver Dalley has already scored a reputable gig. The group's 2002 debut, "Read Music/Speak Spanish," won over critics and liberal arts majo As the guitarist in Desaparecidos, 22 year-old indie rocker Denver Dalley has…

  17. Breaking & Entering

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Aceyalone, Rob Dougan and !!! A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. REVEALING AN ACE: Socially aware underground rapper Aceyalone has built a…

  18. Crazy About Beyonce

    June 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. With lead single "Crazy in Love" taking off at radio and video outlets, Columbia Records has decided to jump the gun for Beyonce's highly anticipated solo debut. Now due June 24, the multifaceted superstar's "Dangerously…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Elvis Presley reappears on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly after his death in 1977, thereby breaking a quarter-century-long stalemate with the Beatles for the mos 2002 - Elvis Presley reappears on the U.K. singles chart for the first time…

  20. Neptunes Strut Their Stuff On 'Clones'

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ubiquitous production team the Neptunes is working on a star-studded compilation featuring artists from its Star Trak label. Due Aug. 5, "Star Trak Presents... Clones" is described by Neptunes princip Ubiquitous production team the Neptunes is working on a star-studded compilation…

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