1. Rio Gig Takes Britney International

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears has set her first international performance date of 2004 with a June 5 stop at the Rock in Rio-Lisbon festival. Britney Spears has set her first international performance date of 2004 with a June 5 stop at the Rock in Rio-Lisbon festival. As previously reported , Spears will…

  2. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television Programming This Week

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (Dec. 29, 2003-Jan. 4, 2004 As one door closes, another is said to open. So it is with the passage of time and the end of 2003 and the dawn of 2004. Seeing as New Year's Eve can be a dangerous night on the…

  3. This Day in Music

    December 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Sean "Puffy" Combs is arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon when a gun is found in his vehicle after he leaves a chaotic scene at a New York club where three people a 1999 - Sean "Puffy" Combs is arrested and charged with…

  4. Interscope Celebrates 'Unsung' Helmet

    December 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST Group leader Page Hamilton was involved in the selection of the songs, which include the 1997 Modern Rock Tracks chart hit "Exactly What You Wanted" and such staples as "Unsung," "Milquetoast" and "Gi Interscope has penciled in a Jan. 27 release for "…

  5. Duran Duran Carefully Plots Comeback

    December 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Despite touring with all its original members for the first time in 18 years, Duran Duran played just 17 theater dates on its late 2003 road trip. The band is not crazy, organizers insist. It grossly underplayed the market on purpose. They say a…

  6. Billboard Bits: 'American Pop,' Noise Pop, Rye Coalition

    December 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on 'American Pop,' Noise Pop, Rye Coalition Al Green, James Brown, Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, the Monkees and are among the artists who will be featured in the "American Pop" series presented by the Museum of Television and Radio (MTR) in New York and Los Angeles.…

  7. Simon & Garfunkel, Phish Feeling Charitable

    December 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST The recently reunited duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel today (Dec. 23) made a joint $1 million donation to the Children's Health Fund. The recently reunited duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel today (Dec. 23) made a joint $1 million donation to the Children's Health Fund. Half…

  8. Judge OKs 'Source' Excerpt Of Eminem Song

    December 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST A New York federal judge will allow hip-hop magazine The Source to distribute CDs containing limited excerpts of a previously unreleased recording by rapper Eminem that includes racially charged lyric A New York federal judge will allow hip-hop magazine The Source to distribute CDs containing…

  9. The National Sings 'Sad Songs' On Second Set

    December 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from "Hot Artists" for Artist of the Day feature. A mere 30 seconds into the National's "Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers" lead singer Matt Berninger already sounds spent. The Brooklyn, N.Y., quintet's second album begins with "Cardinal Song," a…

  10. Billboard Bits: Mission Of Burma, Remy Zero, Earle

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Mission Of Burma, Remy Zero, Earle Seminal Boston underground rock outfit Mission Of Burma has signed to Matador and is working on its first new studio album since 1982's "Vs." The group -- guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley and drummer Peter Prescott -- is…

  11. Merchant Builds Her Own 'House'

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Natalie Merchant giggles while recalling the low expectations she and her former bandmates in 10,000 Maniacs had for their debut release. "[But] it sold more copies than there were people in our hometown. And we were so impressed by that,…

  12. This Day in Music

    December 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen network. "Up Close And Personal With Natalie Merchant," which is aired and streamed on the network's Web site simulta 2001 - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on…

  13. Lyin' in the Face of Love

    December 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Anna Montgomery has much in common with the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Phoebe Snow, Macy Gray, Alison Moyet and Shelby Lynne. Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Anna Montgomery has much in common with the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Phoebe Snow, Macy…

  14. 10,000 Maniacs Build 'Campfire' Collection

    December 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST As expected, Alan Jackson and Martina McBride have put together a tour that will take the pair across the U.S. in the late winter and spring. The tour is slated to kick off Jan. 29 in Moline, Ill., an Rhino/Elektra is celebrating the career of 10,000 Maniacs with a two-disc set compiling the…

  15. Billboard Bits: RIAA, OutKast/Polaroid, Cash

    December 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST Stories about an RIAA loss in court, OutKast and Polaroid, and Johnny and Rosanne Cash. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled today (Dec. 19) that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has no authority to compel Internet service…

  16. Jane's Addiction Scotches Tour

    December 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST Jane's Addiction has canceled its planned late-December/early-January U.S. tour dates, some of which were to feature Marilyn Manson in the opening slot. Jane's Addiction has canceled its planned late-December/early-January U.S. tour dates, some of which were to feature Marilyn…

  17. Allmans Bros. Set Another New York Residency

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Iconic blues-rock act the Allman Brothers Band will again return to New York's Beacon Theatre for what has become a nearly annual residency. The group's March 18 show will be the first of eight schedu Iconic blues-rock act the Allman Brothers Band will again return to New York'…

  18. Billboard Bits: Love, Music Midtown, Shins

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Stories on Courtney Love, Atlanta's Music Midtown festival and the Shins. An advance listen of a track on Courtney Love's upcoming solo album is now streaming on her official Web site . The song "Mono" will be featured on Love's forthcoming Virgin debut, "America…

  19. Ashanti, Metallica To Play 'America's Party'

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Ashanti, Metallica and Puddle Of Mudd are among the acts set to perform on New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) for FOX's "America's Party" celebration. Also featuring Hootie & the Blowfish, Westside Connecti Ashanti, Metallica and Puddle Of Mudd are among the acts set to…

  20. Nas Nabbed In NYC Club Assault

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rapper Nas was charged with assault yesterday (Dec. 18) stemming from a Dec. 10 altercation in a New York nightclub. The New York Daily News reports that the artist, whose real name is Nasir Jones, al Rapper Nas was charged with assault yesterday (Dec. 18) stemming from a Dec. 10 altercation…

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