1. Ashanti Returns To No. 1 With 'Chapter II'

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Little more than a year after her self-titled debut bowed at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, Ashanti scores her second chart-topper with "Chapter II." The Murder Inc./Def Jam album sold 326,000 copies in Little more than a year after her self-titled debut bowed at No. 1 on The Billboard…

  2. Lawyer: Tape Will Clear 'Suge' Knight

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A security videotape shows Marion "Suge" Knight didn't punch a parking attendant outside a Hollywood nightclub, the rap impresario's attorney said. A security videotape shows Marion "Suge" Knight didn't punch a parking attendant outside a Hollywood nightclub…

  3. Whoa, 'Baby': Evan Dando Returns

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT He burned out, dropped out and all but disappeared. Now, more than a decade after delivering the Lemonheads' acclaimed "It's a Shame About Ray," Evan Dando has returned with "Baby I'm Bored." He burned out, dropped out and all but disappeared. Now, more than…

  4. This Day in Music

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Folk singer/songwriter Fred Neil is found dead at his home in Summerland Key, Fla., apparently of natural causes. He is 64. Neil was best known as the writer of "Everybody's Talkin'," wh 2001 - Folk singer/songwriter Fred Neil is found dead at his…

  5. This Day in Music

    July 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his pointed lyrics and storyteller's sensibility is found dead in his car on Chicago's southwest side. He is 71. He has a single g 2002 - Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his…

  6. Hotel Paper

    July 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With "Hotel Paper," Grammy Award winner Michelle Branch has crafted the perfect second major-label album. It will not scare off the 1.8 million U.S. With "Hotel Paper," Grammy Award winner Michelle Branch has crafted the perfect second major-label album. It will not scare…

  7. Chart Beat Bonus

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of the Chi-Lites, Jeffrey Osborne, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," Michael McDonald, Michelle Branch and Jimmy Buffett. ON THE RECORD : If you find a greatest hits collection by the Chicago-based R&B quartet the Chi-Lites, and…

  8. Lawyer: Witnesses Exonerate 'Suge' Knight

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A lawyer for rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight said she has statements from eight witnesses that the rap mogul did not punch a parking valet, an incident that could return him to prison. A lawyer for rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight said she has statements from eight witnesses…

  9. THE BILLBOARD 200

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/bb200.jsp 1. Dangerously in Love , Beyonce Knowles 2. Hotel Paper , Michelle Branch 3. Dance With My Father , Luther Vandross 4. Da Unbreakables , Three 6 Mafia 5. St. Anger , Metallica Issue date: July 12, 2003 News Michelle Branch , Luther Vandross …

  10. Beyonce, Branch Albums Storm The Chart

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The solo debut from Destiny's Child singer Beyonce Knowles leads three albums into the top-10 of The Billboard 200. Knowles' "Dangerously in Love" (Music World/Columbia) may have fallen well short of The solo debut from Destiny's Child singer Beyonce Knowles leads…

  11. Suge Knight May Face Year In Prison

    July 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight could face up to a year in prison if state officials revoke his parole after his recent arrest for allegedly assaulting a parking lot attendant outside a Hollywood night Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight could face up to a year in prison if…

  12. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of June 30-July 6, 2003. There's more music in the air than usual this week, thanks to Friday's Fourth of July celebrations across the country. A&E will broadcast "This Is Your Country," featuring…

  13. This Day in Music

    June 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Singer/actress Rosemary Clooney dies at her Beverly Hills, Calif., home. She is 74. She had been fighting a recurrence of lung cancer. 2002 - Singer/actress Rosemary Clooney dies at her Beverly Hills, Calif., home. She is 74. She had been fighting a recurrence of…

  14. Eminem Mocks Jackson With U.K. Doll Dangle

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The real Slim Shady stood up and made fun of Michael Jackson by dangling a baby doll over a hotel balcony in Glasgow. Rapper Eminem also wore a surgical mask over his face yesterday (June 24) in an ob The real Slim Shady stood up and made fun of Michael Jackson by dangling a baby doll over a…

  15. Breaking & Entering

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Fountains Of Wayne, Mest and Grandaddy. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. WAYNE'S WORLD: The peppy power-pop of New York-based quartet…

  16. AOL Rolls Out New Broadband 'Sessions'

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT AOL Music is launching an expanded version of its popular Sessions@AOL program exclusively for broadband subscribers," Billboard Bulletin reports. AOL Music is launching an expanded version of its popular Sessions@AOL program exclusively for broadband subscribers," Billboard…

  17. Hot Product

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Michelle Branch 'Paper'back Writer Michelle Branch will look to avoid the sophomore slump on her new album, "Hotel Paper," due this week from Maverick. First single "Are You Happy Now?" has already taken off at radio and is No. 12 on Billboard's Adult Top 40…

  18. This Day in Music

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Peter Gabriel marries longtime companion Meah Flynn at the Li Capanni hotel he owns near Sardinia's Emerald Coast. 2002 - Peter Gabriel marries longtime companion Meah Flynn at the Li Capanni hotel he owns near Sardinia's Emerald Coast. 2000 - Boyz II Men…

  19. Haggard, Stuart Lead 'Barnyard' Tour

    June 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Marty Stuart will shepherd a six-act country music festival through America's heartland beginning July 6 in Sierra Vista, Ariz. The two-month Electric Barnyard Tour will also feature Merle Haggard, BR Marty Stuart will shepherd a six-act country music festival through America's…

  20. This Day in Music

    June 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is sentenced in a Manhattan court to 10 years in prison for his part in a 1999 nightclub shooting. Shyne was convicted the previous March on charges of assaul 2001 - Rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is sentenced in a…

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