1. Joel Released From Hospital After Car Crash

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Billy Joel was hospitalized for several hours early yesterday (Jan. 26) after smashing his car into a tree along a highway on far eastern Long Island. A hospital spokesman confirmed that the singer wa Billy Joel was hospitalized for several hours early yesterday (Jan. 26) after smashing his…

  2. This Day in Music

    January 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Bill Givens, founder of pioneering reissue label Origin Jazz Library, dies of a heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif. He is 68. In the late '50s, Givens' indie imprint was among the first 1999 - Bill Givens, founder of pioneering reissue label Origin Jazz…

  3. 24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards Nominees

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nominees for the Blues Foundation's 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards, to be given out May 22 in Memphis, Tenn. Below are the nominees for the Blues Foundation's 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards. The honors will be given out May 22 in Memphis, Tenn. Blues entertainer of the…

  4. Man Sentenced For Wrecking Elliott's Car

    January 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST A man who wrecked a $300,000 sports car owned by Grammy-winning hip-hop star Missy Elliott was sentenced in Richmond, Va., to three years in jail for the late-night spin. "This is not a typical unauth A man who wrecked a $300,000 sports car owned by Grammy-winning hip-hop star Missy…

  5. Steven Curtis Chapman Pushes Boundaries

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. At a time when church-driven music dominates the Christian industry, and many of his peers are releasing praise and worship albums or hymns collections, Steven Curtis Chapman is boldly going where no one in contemporary Christian music has gone…

  6. Tweedy Solo Set Ends With Surprise Wilco Gig

    January 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST "I have to warn you," said Jeff Tweedy at the start of his solo set. "I've taken a lot of medication." The crowd at Chicago's Vic Theatre, where Tweedy sold out a three-night stand, whooped, winked, a "I have to warn you," said Jeff Tweedy at the start…

  7. NBC's Lack Takes Over Top Sony Music Post

    January 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST NBC executive Andrew Lack has been named chairman/CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. Lack -- who has been president/COO of the television network since June 2001 and served as president of NBC News prio NBC executive Andrew Lack has been named chairman/CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. Lack --…

  8. CHART BEAT BONUS

    January 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart accomplishments of Eminem and Norah Jones. YOU WIN SOME, YOU 'LOSE' SOME: Time to rewrite the chart history books. Eminem holds on to the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 for an 11th week, placing "Lose Yourself" (Shady…

  9. Mottola Resigns From Sony

    January 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST Thomas D. Mottola, who has spent 14 years at the helm of Sony Music Entertainment, has resigned as chairman/CEO, effective immediately. There is no word yet on a replacement, but a high-level source a Thomas D. Mottola, who has spent 14 years at the helm of Sony Music Entertainment, has…

  10. Billboard Bits: Elton John, Celine Dion, Richard Newell

    January 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Elton John, Celine Dion, Richard Newell A limited number of tickets to the NAMM: The International Music Products Association star-studded benefit concert still available. The 2003 NAMM Concert Honoring Sir Elton John: A Benefit for Music Education, presented by Yamaha, will be held…

  11. This Day in Music

    January 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 2002 - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 1998 - Legendary Nashville producer Owen Bradley dies at…

  12. This Day in Music

    January 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>The Canadian Record Industry Assn. (CRIA) declares Quebec superstar Celine Dion "the best-selling Canadian recording artist of the century." 2000 - The Canadian Record Industry Assn. (CRIA) declares Quebec superstar Celine Dion "the best-selling…

  13. Stars Salute Jennings On Tribute Disc

    January 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, and Metallica lead singer James Hetfield are among the artists slated to appear on a forthcoming Waylon Jennings tribute album. Due in March, the RCA set will include Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, and Metallica lead singer James Hetfield are among the…

  14. This Day in Music

    December 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>The world's oldest active conductor, Takashi Asahina, the musical director of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra dies at the age of 93. 2001 - The world's oldest active conductor, Takashi Asahina, the musical director of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra dies…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson fields readers' letters about chart-topping singles in 2002, his No. 1 song of the rock era, Mariah Carey, Georgie Fame, and the Beatles. DULLSVILLE? Hello Fred! The 2002 calendar year is over and done, and only seven songs advanced to the…

  16. 'Smooth' Ranked As No. 1 Song Of Rock Era

    December 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Smooth," the 1999 single by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, is the No. 1 song of the rock era based on chart performance on Billboard's Hot 100, according to a new book written by Billboard and Billboa "Smooth," the 1999 single by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, is the…

  17. 52TunesOnTV

    December 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 23-29, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, DEC. 23 "Christmas in Washington," TNT Featured Artists: Yolanda Adams, Brooks & Dunn, Dr. John, Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Brian Setzer Orchestra,…

  18. Lovett's Filmwork Compiled On 'Smile'

    December 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST To bridge the gap until Lyle Lovett's next studio album, Curb/MCA has compiled a dozen tracks the Texas-based artist and his Large Band have contributed to soundtracks over the past decade. Several of To bridge the gap until Lyle Lovett's next studio album, Curb/MCA has compiled a…

  19. 51TunesOnTV

    December 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 16-22, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, DEC. 16 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artists: Coldplay (also scheduled: Catherine Zeta-Jones, the latest evictee from "Survivor:…

  20. This Day in Music

    December 15, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>R&B entertainer Rufus Thomas dies in a Memphis hospital after a short illness. He is 84. 2001 - R&B entertainer Rufus Thomas dies in a Memphis hospital after a short illness. He is 84. 1999 - Country singer Bryan White and Grand Ole Opry member Bill Anderson…

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