1. 'Honesty' Pays Off For Rodney Atkins

    December 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. In an environment where artists must prove themselves quickly or be dropped from their record labels, Rodney Atkins is an anomaly. Signed to Curb Records in 1997, Atkins had four singles that struggled on the charts before he finally hit with his…

  2. This Day in Music

    December 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Former Hee-Haw star Roy Clark, playing Santa Claus, loses his big red pants at the annual Pageant of Peace Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House. Clark's Santa pants slowly 2002 - Former Hee-Haw star Roy Clark, playing Santa Claus, loses his big…

  3. Lawyers Want New Judge In Mystikal Case

    December 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST The judge who accepted rapper Mystikal's guilty plea to sexual battery shouldn't be allowed to sentence him because he has seen an "inflammatory" videotape of the assault, his lawyer claims. The judge who accepted rapper Mystikal's guilty plea to sexual battery…

  4. Vico C Seeks The 'Truth'

    December 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The Orange County Correctional Facility in Orlando, Fla., does not have visitation rooms. So when Jorge Pino, president/chairman of EMI Latin, went to see his artist, rapper Vico C, he had to go to another facility and "visit" through a…

  5. Tunes On TV

    December 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 1-7, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 1 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured Artist: Leona Naess (also scheduled: Brad Garrett, Emily Procter. "46664 - The Concert in Association With MTV's Staying…

  6. Adkins Offers 'Strong' Adult Flavor

    December 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST With the deep baritone of a soothing storyteller, Trace Adkins delivers his fifth Capitol studio effort, "Comin' on Strong," on Dec. 2. But despite the inherent gentle tone of his voice, Adkins hopes With the deep baritone of a soothing storyteller, Trace Adkins delivers his…

  7. Hot Product

    November 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST Trace Adkins 'Strong' Stuff With the deep baritone of a soothing storyteller, Trace Adkins this week delivers his fifth Capitol studio effort, "Comin' on Strong." But despite the inherent gentle tone of his voice, Adkins hopes fans will take notice of what he has to…

  8. Beg for Mercy

    November 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Since February, 50 Cent has been riding high on the success of his solo debut, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." The Queens, N.Y., MC will surely carry that momentum into the new year with "Beg for Mercy," th Since February, 50 Cent has been riding high on the success of his…

  9. At Last

    November 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST At a recent sold-out show at Joe's Pub in New York, Cyndi Lauper explained that she wanted to make an album comprising songs from her childhood. At a recent sold-out show at Joe's Pub in New York, Cyndi Lauper explained that she wanted to make an album comprising songs from her…

  10. Back In 'Black': Jay-Z Swan Song Bows On Top

    November 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST "The Black Album" gives Jay-Z his sixth No. 1 release as it debuts atop The Billboard 200 this week. One of six top-10 debuts, the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set sold 463,000 copies in the U.S., according to "The Black Album" gives Jay-Z his sixth No. 1 release as it debuts atop…

  11. Breaking & Entering

    November 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Soul Position, the Thrills and Dizzee Rascal. IN POSITION: "8 Million Stories," the debut album from hip-hop duo Soul Position , is framed by three tracks dubbed "Candyland." The brief,…

  12. This Day in Music

    November 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>Tori Amos releases "Tori Amos: The Complete Collection: 1992-1998," a compilation of her videos. The collection contains 16 clips from the artist's four solo albums. Included are classic 1998 - Tori Amos releases "Tori Amos: The Complete…

  13. Hot Product

    November 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: A self-titled Geffen album from pop/punk trio Blink-182, led by "Feeling This," which is No. 3 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. A new album from country star Reba McEntire, "Room To Breathe"…

  14. 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…

  15. Van Dyk Raises The Bar On 'Reflections'

    November 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST When you're an internationally-renowned artist who's remixed superstars like U2, thrown down DJ sets at almost every dance hotspot around the globe and crafted a heap of top-10 club hits, what do you When you're an internationally-renowned artist who's remixed superstars…

  16. 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…

  17. 2003 BMI Country Awards Winners

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST BMI Country Awards Winners Here's are the winners of BMI's annual Country Awards, handed out Nov. 4 in Nashville. "The Baby," songwriter Harley Allen, recorded by Blake Shelton, (Warner Bros. Nashville) published by Coburn Music, Inc. "Beautiful Mess," Sonny…

  18. Breaking & Entering

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Lacuna Coil, James Otto, Venus Hum. ITALIAN IMPORTS: Lacuna Coil launched a U.S. tour this week, about a year after the Italian metal act released its third album, "Comalies." While the group is…

  19. Ryan Adams Sets December Tour Dates

    November 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, fresh from last week's release of his third full-length, "llornkcoR" (Lost Highway), has set a handful of December North American tour dates, to follow his current spate Singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, fresh from last week's release of his third…

  20. Billboard Bits: Harris/Matthews, Outkast, McDonalds

    November 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Harris/Matthews, Outkast, McDonalds The latest episode of CMT's "Crossroads" was taped Friday in New York, pairing upcoming tourmates Emmylou Harris and Dave Matthews. Those in the audience also got a sneak peek at the all-star band for the outing: Phish guitarist Trey…

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