1. Legendary Producer Sam Phillips Dies

    July 31, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, who decided that a then-unknown Elvis Presley deserved a recording contract when he heard him sing songs for his mother, has died. Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, who decided that a then-unknown Elvis Presley deserved a recording contract when he heard him…

  2. This Day in Music

    July 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>'N Sync's annual Challenge For The Children celebrity basketball game, held at St. John's University in New York, raises $550,000 for a group of charities. The event sees musicians Queen 2000 - 'N Sync's annual Challenge For The Children…

  3. Cafeteria Hear.

    July 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT This is the type of CD that needs to be on the radar screen of every club enthusiast. "Cafeteria Hear. This is the type of CD that needs to be on the radar screen of every club enthusiast. "Cafeteria Hear." is the aural condiment that accompanies the food served at hip…

  4. Billboard Bits: Springsteen, The Matrix, Handy Awards

    July 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen aids Asbury Park, N.J., The Matrix signs a recording contract and performances from the Handy Awards will be released on CD. Bruce Springsteen has extended his support of his adopted New Jersey hometown of Asbury Park through a pair of contests designed to draw visitors to…

  5. Eels Looking Ahead To Next 'Masterpiece'

    July 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Without short-changing the recently released Eels album "Shootenanny!," band visionary Mark Everett (known as E) tells Billboard.com he's already looking forward to the group's next studio disc as bei Without short-changing the recently released Eels album "…

  6. Tina, Phil In 'Great Spirits' On Soundtrack

    July 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Tina Turner and Phil Collins have signed on to record music for Walt Disney Pictures' "Brother Bear." Turner will perform "Great Spirits" as the opening song of the animated film's soundtrack, due Oct Tina Turner and Phil Collins have signed on to record music…

  7. Costello Reissues Explode With Bonus Tracks

    July 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rhino's upgrade of Elvis Costello's back catalog will continue with a staggering expansion of three early 1980s albums. Due Sept. 9 are two-disc versions of 1980's "Get Happy," 1981's "Trust" and 1983 Rhino's upgrade of Elvis Costello's back…

  8. Billboard Bits: WWC, Keith Murray, Ben Harper

    July 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on WWC, Keith Murray, Ben Harper Wellwater Conspiracy, featuring Soundgarden/Pearl Jam principal Matt Cameron and former Monster Magnet guitarist John McBain, will release its self-titled fourth album Sept. 9 via Transdreamer/Megaforce. A spokesperson confirms that the group will be…

  9. Tunes On TV

    July 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 21-27, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 21 "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Toni Braxton (also scheduled: Ethan Zohn, Gabrielle Union). "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons (Pt. 1 of 5),"…

  10. This Day in Music

    July 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>In his speech at the 4th annual Plug.In music and technology conference, Public Enemy rapper Chuck D sings the praises of the coming digital download age. 1999 - In his speech at the 4th annual Plug.In music and technology conference, Public Enemy rapper Chuck D…

  11. New ZZ Top Set Finally Surfaces In September

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Originally expected in April, ZZ Top's "Mescalero" will be released Sept. 9 in the U.S. via RCA (and a day earlier internationally). Originally expected in April, ZZ Top's "Mescalero" will be released Sept. 9 in the U.S. via RCA (and a day earlier internationally…

  12. This Day in Music

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los Angeles hospital after a long fight with colon cancer. He is 35. Poetic had been at work on a new Gravediggaz album "Nightm 2001 - Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los…

  13. Fannypack Hopes Novelty Song Fosters Legit Success

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Summer always seems to be the season for fun and frivolous singles. This summer is no exception. Tommy Boy recording act Fannypack is off to an early start with its tongue-in-cheek single "Cameltoe." Summer always seems to be the season for fun and frivolous singles. This summer is…

  14. R.E.M. Revamps Tour Plans, Takes Requests

    June 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The group, which kicked off its first world tour in four years June 21 in Utrecht, Holland, has added two dates and altered city and/or venue details for a handful of others on the North American leg Veteran modern rock act R.E.M. has made a few changes in its fall North American tour . The…

  15. New Pornographers Get More Comfortable

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The New Pornographers' lead singer/songwriter Carl Newman tells Billboard.com the indie pop/rock supergroup-of-sorts never thought past its 2000 disc "Mass Romantic" (Mint Records). The New Pornographers' lead singer/songwriter Carl Newman tells Billboard.com the indie pop…

  16. Ask Billboard

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Paula Abdul, Alicia Keys, and Weezer. JUDGING ABDUL Hi, I'm very interested in knowing how many copies Paula Abdul's "Greatest Hits" has sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. And is the "American Idol" judge…

  17. Billboard Bits: Korn, B.B. King, Pearl Jam

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Korn, B.B. King, Pearl Jam Korn has recorded a new song, "Did My Time," to be featured in the movie "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life." The song will not be on the soundtrack to the Angelina Jolie-starring film, due to hit U.S. theaters July 25. However,…

  18. 'National Lampoon Radio' Relaunching

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Before there was "Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV," there was "The National Lampoon Radio Hour." As with its TV successors, clever and often biting satire was its signature. Before there was "Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV," there was "The…

  19. The Tangled Web

    June 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Singingfish.com, the Dead's live recordings, and the Int'l Songwriting Competition. Keeping you up to date on the Web's most intriguing music-related happenings and destinations. MUSIC FROM THE FISH'S…

  20. Tunes On TV

    June 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 16-22, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 16 "VH1 All Access: Fleetwood Mac," VH1 Featured Artists: Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks. "100 Greatest Songs of the Last 25…

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