1. In This Skin

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT For her third Columbia album, songbird-siren Jessica Simpson went into lockdown with a host of Nashville and Los Angeles songwriter/producers to ensure that her own lyrical voice prevails throughout " For her third Columbia album, songbird-siren Jessica Simpson went into lockdown with a…

  2. Simpson Reveals Her New 'Skin'

    August 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. While the music world has been listening to Jessica Simpson since the late 1990s, never has it had the chance to truly hear her. The pop songbird seeks to change that with the Aug. 19 release of her third Columbia album, "In This Skin."…

  3. Thalía

    July 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In the global Latin market, Thalía is a multimillion-selling artist. Her last studio album (also titled "Thalía") topped the Billboard Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts. In the global Latin market, Thalía is a multimillion-selling artist. Her last studio album (also…

  4. Ric Ocasek Joins Elektra A&R Team

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Ric Ocasek has been named senior VP of A&R at Elektra Entertainment Group (EEG). As expected, Ric Ocasek has been named senior VP of A&R at Elektra Entertainment Group (EEG), Billboard Bulletin reports. Ocasek, frontman for legendary Elektra act the Cars, has in recent…

  5. Oleander Gets More Aggressive, Focused

    March 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When it comes to performance, playing live is a band's proving ground. This is becoming even more critical to an act's longevity, as groups log continuous stretches on the road to remain viable against a background of declining album…

  6. Kelly Osbourne Living It Up On The Road

    March 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Kelly Osbourne has no problem touring, considering the millions of miles she's logged following her heavy metal father Ozzy around the world. But this time out, things are different for the 18-year-ol Kelly Osbourne has no problem touring, considering the millions of miles she's…

  7. From Clarksdale to Heaven: Remembering John Lee Hooker

    November 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST John Lee Hooker passed away June 21, 2001, depriving the blues world of yet another pivotal artist whose influence will persist throughout the 21st century. John Lee Hooker passed away June 21, 2001, depriving the blues world of yet another pivotal artist whose influence will persist…

  8. This Day in Music

    October 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Keith Urban goes home to Australia to accept a special Aria Award _ roughly the equivalent to a Grammy in the U.S. Urban receives the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of sale 2001 - Keith Urban goes home to Australia to accept a special Aria Award _…

  9. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about the Dixie Chicks, commercial and import singles, "American Idol," long artist names, female hitmakers, and Madonna. IS 'GONE' GONE? Hey Fred! What an exciting day! I just looked at the new…

  10. Hot Product

    June 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Papa Roach, Wyclef Jean, Paul Oakenfold, Guided By Voices, and more. 'Love' It Or Leave It Hard rock act Papa Roach returns this week with its sophomore DreamWorks album "lovehatetragedy." The set was produced by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam,…

  11. Dues Paid, Anastacia Reapproaches U.S.

    May 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Having recently returned from a whirlwind promotional blitz of Europe, where she is a bona fide pop star, Chicago-born/New York-raised Anastacia now has her eyes firmly set on America, where commercia Having recently returned from a whirlwind promotional blitz of Europe, where she is a bona…

  12. Guided By Voices Brings 'Truths' To Matador

    March 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST Proving that you can go home again, ageless underground rock outfit Guided By Voices has re-signed with Matador Records, for whom it released three albums in the mid-'90s. Although terms of the deal a Proving that you can go home again, ageless underground rock outfit Guided By Voices…

  13. Live at the Fillmore East

    January 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST Premiere late-'60s/early-'70s U.K. Premiere late-'60s/early-'70s U.K. blues- rock quartet Ten Years After was at the peak of its estimable power when it headlined Bill Graham's famed New York City venue in February 1970—having already played the two Fillmore clubs …

  14. Dion To Preview New Set With TV Special

    January 02, 2002 12:00 AM EST Celine Dion's first English-language studio album since 1997's "Let's Talk About Love" will be previewed a week before its release during with a one-hour network television musical special, Billboard Celine Dion's first English-language studio album since 1997&…

  15. Extra Songs Grace 'Concert For NYC' DVD

    December 28, 2001 12:00 AM EST Four songs not included on the two-CD version of "The Concert for New York City" will appear on the forthcoming two-DVD home video release of the event. Due Jan. 29 via Columbia, the set will include Four songs not included on the two-CD version of "The Concert for New York…

  16. Tunes On TV

    December 24, 2001 12:00 AM EST TV Listings For Dec. 24-Dec. 30, 2001 MONDAY, DEC. 24, 2001 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artists: Sarah Brightman, Martina McBride. "Destiny's Child Live," MTV Featured Artist: Destiny's Child. "Hollywood Squares," Syndicated…

  17. Rock Steady

    December 22, 2001 12:00 AM EST After spending two years laboring over the introspective, Glen Ballard-produced Return of Saturn, the members of No Doubt decided it was time to party, creating the dancehall and new-wave-influenced R After spending two years laboring over the introspective, Glen Ballard-produced Return of…

  18. Hot Product

    December 10, 2001 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from No Doubt, Joe, Mobb Deep, and more. 'Steady' As They Come No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal recalls he and his bandmates being stuck in London Sept. 11. They were in the city to work on the band's new Interscope album, "Rock Steady," and he says…

  19. No Doubt Feels 'Rock Steady'

    November 21, 2001 12:00 AM EST Discussing the making of No Doubt's new album, "Rock Steady," Gwen Stefani saturates her comments with utterings of "like" and "know what I mean?" It's, like, quite charming, and, honestly, a little b Discussing the making of No Doubt's new album, …

  20. Weezer Shooting For New Album By Next May

    September 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The members of Weezer are planning to have their fourth studio album ready by May 2002, and have laid down a total of 24 demos in the past week, according to a post over the weekend on the band's <a h The members of Weezer are planning to have their fourth studio album ready by May…

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