1. This Day in Music

    January 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Venerable Chicago club Lounge Ax opens its last week of business with a bang, thanks to a surprise appearance by rock quartet Wilco. The group plays a two-and-a-half hour set before a ca 2000 - Venerable Chicago club Lounge Ax opens its last week of business with a…

  2. 2ask

    January 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield fields readers' questions about 30 Seconds To Mars, Hoku, and Kelly Clarkson. LOVIN' LETO Keith, I love Jared Leto. His band 30 Seconds To Mars released an album this past summer. I went to their show this fall here in Ottawa, and I think they're really talented…

  3. Murder Inc. Probe Results In Arrests

    January 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST An investigation of alleged ties between rap music label Murder Inc. and New York's violent drug trade has resulted in the arrests of two men for credit card fraud, authorities said today (Jan. 7). Th An investigation of alleged ties between rap music label Murder Inc. and New York'…

  4. Report: Feds Raid Murder Inc. In Irv Gotti Probe

    January 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST A task force of FBI agents and New York Police Department (NYPD) officers raided the Manhattan offices of urban imprint Murder Inc. early Friday. The raid came as part of a federal probe of label foun A task force of FBI agents and New York Police Department (NYPD) officers raided the…

  5. Billboard Bits: Phil Collins, Charlotte Church, Source

    January 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Phil Collins, Charlotte Church, Source "Urban Renewal," an album of Phil Collins' best-known songs covered by top R&B stars, will finally see release in North America Feb. 11 via Atlantic Records. The album, which was released in Germany in May 2001, features Ol&…

  6. 1ask

    January 02, 2003 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield fields readers' questions about Madonna, Christina Aguilera, and the Rolling Stones. MAD FOR MADONNA Hi Keith, When is Madonna's new album coming out? I heard she is releasing a box set celebrating her 20 years in the music industry. Is this true? If it is, when will…

  7. First Acts Announced For L.A. All Tomorrow's Parties

    January 02, 2003 12:00 AM EST The lineup for the upcoming Los Angeles edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival is starting to take shape, with ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead, the Breeders, the Boredoms, Nek The lineup for the upcoming Los Angeles edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties…

  8. Eminem Leads 2002 RIAA Certifications

    December 31, 2002 12:00 AM EST With the best-selling album and soundtrack of the year, Eminem dominates U.S. year-end certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Billboard Bulletin reports. The rapper' With the best-selling album and soundtrack of the year, Eminem dominates U.S. year-end…

  9. Judge Blocks Slick Rick Deportation

    December 30, 2002 12:00 AM EST A federal judge in New York blocked the deportation of Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters on Friday (Dec. 27), giving the rapper fresh hope of winning his battle to stay in the U.S. Judge Kimba Wood's decisio A federal judge in New York blocked the deportation of Ricky "Slick Rick…

  10. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson fields readers' letters about chart-topping singles in 2002, his No. 1 song of the rock era, Mariah Carey, Georgie Fame, and the Beatles. DULLSVILLE? Hello Fred! The 2002 calendar year is over and done, and only seven songs advanced to the…

  11. Deportation Imminent For Slick Rick

    December 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST For six months, Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters has been hoping for the best and preparing for the worst, but now the worst is imminent. At any moment, the rapper best known for crafting humorous rhymes on For six months, Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters has been hoping for the best…

  12. Billboard Bits: Diplomats, W. Panic, Vassar/Lewis

    December 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST Stories on the first album from rapc act the Diplomats, Widespread Panic's John Bell hosts a charity golf tournament and concert, and country artist Phil Vassar and Huey Lewis record together. The Diplomats, a rap act comprised of Cam'ron, Jimmy Jones, Freekey Zekey, and Juelz…

  13. Slipknot Tides Fans Over With 'Disasterpieces'

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST While Slipknot likely won't release a new album until late 2003 or early 2004, the alt-metal act is tiding fans over with its first-ever DVD, "Disasterpieces." The Roadrunner release features a full-l While Slipknot likely won't release a new album until late 2003 or early…

  14. Fat Joe Juggles Crossover Success, Credibility

    December 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Fat Joe is no newcomer. This is an obvious statement to R&B and hip-hop fans, but for many pop music lovers, Fat Joe was relatively unknown until last year. "J.O.S.E.: Jealous Ones Still Envy," his fourth studio set, scored with…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 06, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about Kelly Clarkson, singles sales, Avril Lavigne, radio station playlists, Shania Twain, double albums, his latest books, and best sell THE FIRST KELLY QUESTION Hi Fred, Earlier this year, "American Idol"…

  16. Busta Rhymes' Success Is 'Safe'

    December 06, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Busta Rhymes is an unstoppable creative force. Coming off the platinum-plus success of "Genesis," his J Records debut, Rhymes returned Nov. 26 with his sophomore J release -- and sixth career offering -- "It Ain't Safe No More…

  17. 49ask

    December 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about TLC, Destiny's Child, Shania Twain, and Monica. TLC VS. DESTINY Keith, Each time TLC or Destiny's Child is in the media, they are introduced as the biggest selling girl group in history. Well, who is the biggest selling group and…

  18. This Day in Music

    December 02, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>With four awards, the Dave Matthews Band reigns supreme as the big winner at the second annual My VH! Music Awards. 2001 - With four awards, the Dave Matthews Band reigns supreme as the big winner at the second annual My VH! Music Awards. 2000 - Faith Hill and Tim…

  19. New Material Emerging From Offspring

    November 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Platinum-selling punk act the Offspring plans to begin work next month on the follow up to 2000's "Conspiracy of One," with eyes on a spring release through Columbia. Producer Brendan O'Brien, who man Platinum-selling punk act the Offspring plans to begin work next month…

  20. O-Town Eyes A Long Haul

    November 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. For most artists, fame comes as a by-product of creating music; hardly ever is music the by-product of fame. As they near the release of their sophomore outing, the five members of O-Town find themselves trying to grow out of being regarded…

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