1. Blige: In Love With Life

    August 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Mary J. Blige is jubilant. And it is evident on her sunny new album, "Love & Life." "This album is a celebration of life," says the R&B singer, whose previous sets often have been steeped in pain and heartbreak. "…

  2. Tunes On TV

    August 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 4-10, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 4 "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Junior Senior (also scheduled: Seann William Scott, Roseanne). "106 & Park," BET Featured Artists:…

  3. Bad Boys II

    August 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs wasted no time pulling out the big guns for his first release under the Universal Music banner. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs wasted no time pulling out the big guns for his first release under the Universal Music banner. The soundtrack to the summer sequel …

  4. This Day in Music

    August 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Conductor-composer Andre Previn, 72, and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, 39, are married. It is Previn's third marriage and Mutter's second. 2002 - Conductor-composer Andre Previn, 72, and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, 39, are married. It is Previn's…

  5. Nelson Schedules Kucinich Fundraisers

    July 31, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson has scheduled three fundraising concerts for Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. As promised , Willie Nelson has scheduled three fundraising concerts for Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. The shows are set for Sept. 1 in Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 6…

  6. French Star Cantat Eyed In Assault Case

    July 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT French singer Bertrand Cantat, frontman of rock band Noir Desir, has been named as a suspect following an injury to his partner, actress Marie Trintignant, while she was filming in Vilnius, Latvia. French singer Bertrand Cantat, frontman of rock band Noir Desir, has been named as a suspect…

  7. Britney, Blige To Rock NFL Kick-Off

    July 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige are on board for a Sept. 4 free concert at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to kick off the 2003 National Football League season, Billboard.com has learned. Orga Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige are on board for a Sept. 4 free concert at the National…

  8. This Day in Music

    July 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Foul weather forces teen pop icon Britney Spears off the stage in Mexico City after only four songs. Spears later issues an apology. 2002 - Foul weather forces teen pop icon Britney Spears off the stage in Mexico City after only four songs. Spears later issues an…

  9. This Day in Music

    July 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Clint Black provides entertainment for "A Night at the Net," a charity doubles tennis match that kicks off the eighth annual Mercedes-Benz Cup. The even benefits MusiCares, the charity f 1999 - Clint Black provides entertainment for "A Night at the Net…

  10. 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees

    July 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT MTV Video Music Awards Nominees Here are the nominees for 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, to be presented Aug. 28 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Best Video Of The Year 50 Cent, "In Da Club" Johnny Cash, "Hurt" Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, "Work…

  11. Tamia 'Still' Looks For Longevity

    July 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Competition is always a factor in the music business. But the competition is especially fierce this summer in the female R&B/hip-hop ranks. With the Aug. 19 release of her third album, "Still" (Elektra), Tamia finds herself up…

  12. Thousands Mourn Salsa Legend Celia Cruz

    July 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Tens of thousands of mourners lined the streets of Miami on Saturday to pay their respects to salsa legend and Cuban exile Celia Cruz, weeping at her casket but also celebrating her music and shouting Tens of thousands of mourners lined the streets of Miami on Saturday to pay their respects…

  13. Floetry, Badu Lead Lady Of Soul Nominations

    July 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With four mentions, U.K. duo Floetry tops the list of nominees for the 2003 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, to be handed out Aug. 23 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Erykah Badu, Heather Headley and With four mentions, U.K. duo Floetry tops the list of nominees for the 2003 Soul Train Lady…

  14. This Day in Music

    July 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>26-year-old Karen Manders dies from injuries sustained from a 30-foot fall from a barrier at an overcrowded free concert in Brighton, England, headlined by Fatboy Slim. 2002 - 26-year-old Karen Manders dies from injuries sustained from a 30-foot fall from a barrier…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. CHART BEAT

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson's report includes Mary J. Blige, Johnnie Taylor, Clay Aiken, chart discussion, and his weekly trivia challenge. /bb/chartbeat/index.jsp News Mary J. Blige , Clay Aiken , Fred Bronson , Johnnie Taylor …

  18. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Mary J. Blige, Johnnie Taylor and Clay Aiken. MUCH O' BLIGE: Mary J. Blige collects her 15th top-10 hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, as her latest song "Love at 1st Sight" (Geffen) leaps 19…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses with readers Barry White, Ashanti and No. 1 album debuts, Buddy Jewell, Eurovision, Madonna, Clay Aiken and obsessive fans. WORDS AND MUSIC Hi Fred, With the unfortunate passing of Barry White over the July 4 holiday weekend, I would like to point out that he is one of…

  20. Mandy Moore Goes Under 'Covers'

    July 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT For her fourth album, Mandy Moore is moving away from teen-leaning pop to interpreting an array of songs she says hold great meaning for her. Due Oct. 21 via Epic, "Coverage" finds Moore interpreting For her fourth album, Mandy Moore is moving away from teen-leaning pop to…

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