1. '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…

  2. Will Smith, Wife Forge Family Comedy Series

    July 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith and his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, have been developing a new comedy series for UPN called "All of Us," and the couple plans to keep it in the family. Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith and his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, have been developing…

  3. P. Diddy Wants To Own NYC NBA Team

    July 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs wants to purchase the New York Knicks. The hip-hop/fashion mogul and devout fan of Gotham's National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise proclaimed his interest during an appe Sean "P. Diddy" Combs wants to purchase the New York Knicks. The…

  4. Tunes On TV

    July 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 21-27, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 21 "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Toni Braxton (also scheduled: Ethan Zohn, Gabrielle Union). "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons (Pt. 1 of 5),"…

  5. Under the Influence

    July 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT This gem of a collection, the first in a new series from DMC, finds Morrissey compiling 15 of his favorite eccentric songs by acts that have affected his illustrious 20-year recording career. This gem of a collection, the first in a new series from DMC, finds Morrissey compiling 15 of his…

  6. Bill Would Put Internet Song Swappers In Jail

    July 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Internet users who allow others to copy songs from their hard drives could face prison time under legislation introduced by two Democratic lawmakers yesterday (July 16). The House bill is the stronges Internet users who allow others to copy songs from their hard drives could face prison time…

  7. The Tangled Web

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Okayplayer.com and Limp Bizkit. JUST A PLAYER: Started in 1999 by Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Okayplayer.com has evolved into one of the Internet's largest hip-hop communities. Okayplayer has…

  8. Women Celebrate Dolly On Tribute Disc

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The career of Dolly Parton will be celebrated in grand fashion this fall with the all-star, all female tribute album "Just Because I'm a Woman." Due Oct. 14 via Sugar Hill Records, the collection will The career of Dolly Parton will be celebrated in grand fashion this fall with…

  9. Jazz Great Benny Carter Dead At 95

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Legendary jazz pioneer and big band leader Benny Carter, who helped break Hollywood's bar to black composers, died Saturday at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Carter, who was one of the first bl Legendary jazz pioneer and big band leader Benny Carter, who helped break Hollywood&…

  10. Hot Product

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bad Boys 'Boys' Will Be Boys Sean "P. Diddy" Combs likes to think big. So when the entertainment mogul decided to relaunch his Bad Boy Records with new distributing partner Universal Records, he determined that it would be with an album that he predicts will be "the…

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

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of July 14-20, 2003. The middle of July is always significant for one thing: Major League Baseball's All-Star Game! It's something you can count on, and American tradition. It's like Mom, apple pie and, well,…

  12. Tunes On TV

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 14-20, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 14 "101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment," E! Featured Artists: David Crosby, Carmen Electra, Melissa Etheridge, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Milli Vanilli, Liza…

  13. Billboard Bits: Limp Bizkit, Skip Battin, Sondre Lerche, WNBA

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Limp Bizkit, Skip Battin, Sondre Lerche, WNBA Limp Bizkit will play an invitation-only concert at New York's Webster Hall Wednesday (July 16) that will be broadcast on AOL for Broadband's "BroadBAND Rocks!" concert series. The concert will be the fourth live…

  14. Rowland Negotiating 'Filler' Film Role

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Rowland, one-third of pop trio Destiny's Child, is in final negotiations to star as the female lead opposite Duane Martin in the independent feature "The Seat Filler." Kelly Rowland, one-third of pop trio Destiny's Child, is in final negotiations to star as the…

  15. 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…

  16. Tunes On TV

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 7-13, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 7 "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd (also scheduled: Sean Connery, Regina King). "The Wayne Brady Show," Syndicated Featured Artist:…

  17. Chart Beat Bonus

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. THE DEBATE CONTINUES Hi Fred, Two weeks ago, singles from Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 & No. 2, respectively, with sales of 393…

  18. 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…

  19. 2003 Pearl Awards Winners

    June 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Awards Winners Here are the winners for the 2003 Pearl Awards, handed out June 20 at Cottonwood Auditorium in Salt Lake City, Utah. SACRED RECORDING: "Hear My Praise" (Album: "Hear My Praise") Artist: Kenneth Cope Songwriter: Kenneth Cope Producer: Kenneth Cope …

  20. Billboard Bits: Gracin, Mike Gordon, More Than Music

    June 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Joshua Gracin, Mike Gordon, More Than Music "American Idol 2" finalist Joshua Gracin will not take part in the show's upcoming 39-city North American tour , due to military training commitments. Gracin, a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marines, was the fourth runner-up in…

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