1. Ivy's Chase Forms New Label, Goes Solo

    August 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ivy's Andy Chase knows a thing or two about record labels. After all, his band has recorded for about a half-dozen of them in its decade-long career. Ivy's Andy Chase knows a thing or two about record labels. After all, his band has recorded for about a half-dozen of them in its…

  2. Meshell Jazzed Up For All-Star Verve Set

    August 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Meshell Ndegeocello has assembled a cast of leading jazz artists -- including Cassandra Wilson, Kenny Garrett, Jack DeJohnette, Don Byron, Wallace Roney, Neal Evans and Layla Hathaway -- for a new alb Meshell Ndegeocello has assembled a cast of leading jazz artists -- including Cassandra…

  3. Wedren, O'Rourke 'Rock' With Jack Black

    August 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Former Shudder To Think frontman Craig Wedren and Sonic Youth multi-instrumentalist Jim O'Rourke both lent a hand behind the scenes of "School of Rock," starring Tenacious D's Jack Black. In the film, Former Shudder To Think frontman Craig Wedren and Sonic Youth multi…

  4. Relieved Ben Lee Releases 'Hey You' In U.S.

    August 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ben Lee was championed by America's underground before he was old enough to buy cigarettes. The Australian-born artist found a cheerleader in Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, transforming the then unknow Ben Lee was championed by America's underground before he was old enough to…

  5. This Day in Music

    August 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Gov't Mule bassist and former Allman Brothers Band member Douglas Allen Woody is found dead in a motel in the New York borough of Queens. He is 44. 2000 - Gov't Mule bassist and former Allman Brothers Band member Douglas Allen Woody is found dead in a motel…

  6. Helmet 'Best Of' A Go; Reunion, No

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fans of seminal New York hard rock act Helmet will have a little something to celebrate later this year, when Universal releases a retrospective of the group's three studio albums for Interscope. The Fans of seminal New York hard rock act Helmet will have a little something to celebrate…

  7. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>R&B singer and actress Aaliyah dies when a small plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashes after takeoff in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. 2001 - R&B singer and actress Aaliyah dies when a small plane that was to carry her and…

  8. Shout, Sister, Shout: A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe

    August 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT This CD is a tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1921-1973), one of the greatest and most popular gospel singers in the history of the genre. This CD is a tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1921-1973), one of the greatest and most popular gospel singers in the history of the genre. Tharpe's…

  9. Faith

    August 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lewis and his six-voice ensemble, based in Minneapolis, debut with a strikingly strong, engaging 12-song collection. Lewis and his six-voice ensemble, based in Minneapolis, debut with a strikingly strong, engaging 12-song collection. The set spotlights top-notch solo and group vocal…

  10. Billboard Bits: Pete Rock, Newton-John, Mike Peters

    August 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Pete Rock, Newton-John, Mike Peters Veteran hip-hop producer Pete Rock is in the studio working on a new album, "Soul Survivor 2," for London-based BBE. Due in early 2004, the album will feature appearances by Talib Kweli, Angie Stone, Jill Scott, Little Brother and Big…

  11. Velvet Revolver Loads Up With RCA

    August 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here last week, Velvet Revolver -- the new band featuring Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland, Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum plus David Kushner of Suicidal As tipped here last week, Velvet Revolver -- the new band featuring Stone Temple Pilots…

  12. Billboard Bits: Metallica, Simon/Taylor, Jewel, Elbow

    August 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Metallica, Simon/Taylor, Jewel, Elbow Metallica will cram into New York's 500-capacity Bowery Ballroom on Aug. 29 for a show open only to fans who will win tickets from local radio station WXRX (K-Rock). The station will begin distributing tickets Friday (Aug. 22). As previously…

  13. Breaking & Entering

    August 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Robert Randolph, New Amsterdams and Nevermore. ALL IN THE FAMILY: The music of Robert Randolph may have been born in a church, but the pedal steel guitar whiz is a direct disciple of the mid-1970s party funk…

  14. This Day in Music

    August 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Foo Fighters cancel the remaining three dates of their U.K. and European tour after drummer Taylor Hawkins is hospitalized. Hawkins "apparently overindulged during festivities" following 2001 - Foo Fighters cancel the remaining three dates of their U.K. and…

  15. Weezer Getting Personal On New Album

    August 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The next Weezer album may include some of the most personal songs frontman Rivers Cuomo has written to date. The next Weezer album may include some of the most personal songs frontman Rivers Cuomo has written to date. Producer Rick Rubin, who has been doing preproduction on the set for months…

  16. Sting To Receive Billboard's Century Award

    August 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sting has been named the 2003 recipient of the Century Award, Billboard's highest honor for creative achievement. The award will be presented to the former Police frontman Dec. 10 at the Billboard Mus Sting has been named the 2003 recipient of the Century Award, Billboard's highest…

  17. Dulli's Twilight Singers Ripen On 'Blackberry'

    August 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT When the Afghan Whigs called it quits in 2001, singer/frontman Greg Dulli's future had already begun in the form of his Twilight Singers side project, which had released its Columbia debut "Twilight a When the Afghan Whigs called it quits in 2001, singer/frontman Greg Dulli's…

  18. DVD Captures Beatles' 'Ed Sullivan' Gigs

    August 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A new two-DVD collection, "The Ed Sullivan Show Featuring the Beatles," has been set for an Oct. 28 release. A new two-DVD collection, "The Ed Sullivan Show Featuring the Beatles," has been set for an Oct. 28 release, Billboard Bulletin reports. The four-hour Sofa Home…

  19. Weiland Gets Three Years Probation

    August 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland was sentenced to three years probation Thursday in Pasadena, Calif., following a May arrest on two felony drug possession charges. Weiland wi Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland was sentenced to three years…

  20. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred reports on a large batch of Hot 100 debuts and the latest chart feats of Tina Arena, Tyrone Davis, Madonna, Clay Aiken and Dobie Gray. ARENA ROC: Australian singer Tina Arena loses her one-hit wonder status on Billboard's Hot 100, although it took her a while to collect her second…

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