1. Fox Slates Worldwide 'Idol' Competition

    November 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Winners of "Idol" pop music contests around the world will take part in a two-part competition. Produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19TV, "World Idol" will air Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 on the Fox n Winners of "Idol" pop music contests around the world will…

  2. Retailers Jump Gun On Jay-Z, G-Unit Albums

    November 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Several U.S. retailers apparently decided to get a jump start on the early street date for Jay-Z's "The Black Album" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) and G-Unit's "Beg for Mercy" (G-Unit/Shady/Interscope), both Several U.S. retailers apparently decided to get a jump start…

  3. Campbell Pleads Guilty To Obscenity Charge

    November 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Former 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell has avoided jail after pleading guilty to an obscenity charge for a performance at a North Charleston, S.C., nightclub last year. Former 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell has avoided jail after pleading guilty to an obscenity charge for a performance…

  4. McGraw, Hank Jr. Eyeing Summer Tour

    November 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Talks are being finalized for a summer 2004 tour of amphitheaters featuring Curb labelmates Tim McGraw and Hank Williams, Jr., plus the Charlie Daniels Band, Billboard.com has learned. No dates or ven Talks are being finalized for a summer 2004 tour of amphitheaters featuring Curb labelmates…

  5. Verizon, Puddle Of Mudd Make A Splash

    November 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Verizon Wireless is taking tour sponsorship into the digital world in partnership with rock band Puddle Of Mudd. Verizon Wireless is taking tour sponsorship into the digital world in partnership with rock band Puddle Of Mudd. The idea is to entice the band's fans to use new technology…

  6. TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS

    November 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST /bb/charts/randb.jsp 1. Blood In My Eye , Ja Rule 2. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below , OutKast 3. Chicken'N'Beer , Ludacris 4. Stroke Of Genius , Gerald Levert, 5. The Preacher's Son , Wyclef Jean Issue date: Nov. 22, 2003 News Ludacris , Wyclef Jean , Gerald Levert , Ja Rule …

  7. This Day in Music

    November 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>As promised, the Offspring give away $1 million of its own money to a lucky fan. Two finalists in the band's online giveaway, where fans who downloaded the song "Original Prankster" were 2000 - As promised, the Offspring give away $1 million of its own…

  8. Veteran Drummer Tony Thompson Dies

    November 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Drummer Tony Thompson, who died in an Encino, Calif., hospital yesterday (Nov. 12), proved his freewheeling musical approach at his first audition for Chic, according to producer-guitarist Nile Rodger Drummer Tony Thompson, who died in an Encino, Calif., hospital yesterday (Nov. 12), proved…

  9. Billboard Bits: Smoke Out, Michelle Branch, Luis Miguel

    November 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Smoke Out, Branch, Miguel A portion of the proceeds of Saturday's (Nov. 15) sixth annual Cypress Hill Smoke Out festival will benefit California's Inland Empire chapter of the Red Cross. The event will take place at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino,…

  10. J. Lo Slips Into Lingerie Business

    November 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Jennifer Lopez and her Sweetface Fashion venture are partnering with an intimate apparel company to create a new line of lingerie. Jennifer Lopez and her Sweetface Fashion venture are partnering with an intimate apparel company to create a new line of lingerie. The JLO by Jennifer Lopez…

  11. Madonna Launches 'Roses' Toy Line

    November 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST A few years ago, if someone said Madonna was selling toys, one would assume sex toys. But that is so yesterday for the ever evolving diva-turned-movie-star-turned-Gap-spokeswoman-turned-children's-aut A few years ago, if someone said Madonna was selling toys, one would assume sex toys.…

  12. Wynonna Judd Charged With DUI

    November 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Country singer Wynonna Judd was charged with driving under the influence early today (Nov. 13) after a Nashville police officer stopped her speeding Land Rover not far from Music Row. Country singer Wynonna Judd was charged with driving under the influence early today (Nov. 13) after a…

  13. No Shaking 'Baby Boy' From No. 1

    November 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Beyoncé and Sean Paul are still on top of Billboard's Hot 100 with "Baby Boy." The song cruises to an eighth-straight week at the peak of the tally, once again fending off "Stand Up" from Ludacri Beyoncé and Sean Paul are still on top of Billboard's Hot 100 with …

  14. Jack Johnson Plans Hawaiian Benefit

    November 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Hawaiian singer/songwriter Jack Johnson will headline a benefit concert on Jan. 3 in Oahu, Hawaii. The event will also feature performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, DJ Logic, Makana and Amy Hawaiian singer/songwriter Jack Johnson will headline a benefit concert on Jan. 3 in Oahu,…

  15. This Day in Music

    November 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Trumpeter and big-band leader William "Bill" Berry dies in Los Angeles after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. He is 72. 2002 - Trumpeter and big-band leader William "Bill" Berry dies in Los Angeles after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. He…

  16. 'Austin City Limits' Gets National Arts Medal

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Twenty-nine-year-old music performance program "Austin City Limits" is to be presented today (Nov. 12) with the National Medal of Arts by President Bush and the National Endowment for the Arts in a ce Twenty-nine-year-old music performance program "Austin City Limits" is…

  17. Billboard Bits: Daft Punk, Ant Acid, Homestar Runner

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Daft Punk, Ant Acid, Homestar Runner Virgin will on Dec. 2 release a DVD of the animated film "Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem," which was scored by Parisian electronic duo Daft Punk. Each "movement" of the film, overseen by Japanese animation…

  18. Radiohead's Greenwood Offers Solo 'Song'

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST The film, which opens Dec. 5 in the U.K., was named best British documentary last week at the British Independent Film Awards. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood will see his score for the U.K. documentary " Bodysong " released Feb. 24 in North America via Capitol. The album was…

  19. Spears To Produce ABC Family Film

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears is close to signing on as executive producer for an adaptation of a book she wrote with her mother for ABC Family. Based on the 2001 semiautobiographical novel "A Mother's Gift," the un Britney Spears is close to signing on as executive producer for an adaptation…

  20. Photographer Sues 50 Cent For $21 Million

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Cent and his record label have been sued for $21 million by a New York Post photographer who claims the rapper's bodyguards attacked him. 50 Cent and his record label have been sued for $21 million by a New York Post photographer who claims the rapper's bodyguards attacked him.…

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