1. Soft Boys Splinter Again

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Robyn Hitchcock has departed from the Soft Boys again, exiting for the second time from the seminal alt-pop outfit he co-founded. The group, which reunited for the 2002 Matador studio album "Nextdoorl Robyn Hitchcock has departed from the Soft Boys again, exiting for the second time from…

  2. Kiss, Sanctuary Seal Deal For Label

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Kiss is launching an imprint with Sanctuary Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Kiss is launching an imprint with Sanctuary Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Kiss Records, to be announced today (May 5), will kick off with a new, two-disc live set, "The Kiss Symphony: Alive IV,"…

  3. John Hiatt Gets Tribute Treatment While Delivering New Album

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. On May 6, John Hiatt arrives with "Beneath This Gruff Exterior," the first album on which he shares billing with his longstanding road band, the Goners. "The four of us do something together that we don't do apart," Hiatt…

  4. Tomcraft, Timberlake Reign On U.K. Charts

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Loneliness" by Tomcraft (Data/Ministry of Sound), the brainchild of Munich, Germany-based trance producer Thomas Bruckner, went straight to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (May 4). Meanwhil "Loneliness" by Tomcraft (Data/Ministry of Sound), the brainchild of…

  5. Hot Product

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Matrix Reloaded Locked And 'Loaded' New tracks from Deftones, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and P.O.D. are featured on the double-disc soundtrack to the film "Matrix Reloaded," due this week from Maverick. The highly anticipated film, starring Keanu Reeves, arrives May 15 in…

  6. Hot Product

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Blur You Better 'Think' One rumor had it that Blur was making a world-music album. Another held that the band's seventh set would be a dance record. The actual recording, "Think Tank," is neither. Instead, Blur has delivered radical modern rock that juxtaposes sonic…

  7. Hot Product

    May 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Serart 'Art' Of Noise Long outspoken in his political beliefs, it's no surprise that System Of A Down's Serj Tankian has voiced his opposition to an U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Yet now he's content to let bombs do the talking. The most striking moment on his first…

  8. Trance Classics

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT What makes a trance classic? For some, angelic vocals surrounded by cascading synths are mandatory. What makes a trance classic? For some, angelic vocals surrounded by cascading synths are mandatory. For others, classical arrangements punctuated by stabbing basslines are essential. Whatever,…

  9. Chris Cagle

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Chris Cagle's follow-up to the 2000 set Play It Loud offers up a more confident, seasoned version of the party outlaw that first caught country listeners' ears and expands on that image to include mor Chris Cagle's follow-up to the 2000 set Play It Loud offers up a more…

  10. Have You Forgotten?

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Regardless of one's politics, few could doubt the sincerity and passion of Darryl Worley's now-signature hit and title cut—and the magnitude of the single's connection with country listeners sp Regardless of one's politics, few could doubt the sincerity and passion of…

  11. This Day in Music

    May 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Gravity Kills keyboardist Doug Firley drops a custom-made, spring-loaded keyboard on his hand, shattering the bones in his right ring finger during a show in Allentown, Pa. 2002 - Gravity Kills keyboardist Doug Firley drops a custom-made, spring-loaded keyboard on…

  12. Billboard Bits: Tribeca Film Fest, R.E.M., Town Fair

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Tribeca Film Fest, R.E.M., Town Fair Robbie Williams, Sean Paul, and comedian Mario Cantone have joined the lineup of a free concert May 9 at New York's Battery Park as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The Roots and Norah Jones were previously announced performers for the…

  13. 'American Fleadh' Marks Irish Invasion

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A group of Irish acts will hit the U.S. next month for a series of American Fleadh tour dates. Performing under the banner at various dates will be the Saw Doctors, Black 47, Eileen Ivers, Hothouse Fl A group of Irish acts will hit the U.S. next month for a series of American Fleadh tour…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses with readers: music popularity cycles, "American Idol" and singles charts, commercially released singles, and Nate Dogg. POP IDOLS Dear Fred, Although I always love reading your column, I have truly enjoyed it more in recent…

  15. CHART BEAT BONUS

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Glen Larson and Stu Phillips (thanks to Panjabi MC), Blue Man Group, Jewel, Wynonna, Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg, and American Idol Finalists. GOOD KNIGHT: Two names with long histories on Billboard's Hot 100 are back on the chart, thanks to a…

  16. Misfits, RFTC Rock For Joey Ramone

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Punk veterans the Misfits will pay tribute to late punk icon Joey Ramone when they headline Joey Ramone's Birthday Bash May 16 at New York's Webster Hall. Joining the Misfits in an all-star lineup wil Punk veterans the Misfits will pay tribute to late punk icon Joey Ramone when they…

  17. RIAA Settles With Students

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) yesterday (May 1) announced that it has reached out-of-court settlements with four students who operated peer-to-peer networks at three U.S. colleg The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) yesterday (May 1) announced that it has…

  18. This Day in Music

    May 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Hundreds of admirers line up outside a large suburban Atlanta church to attend the funeral of TLC singer Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died in a car crash the week before. 2002 - Hundreds of admirers line up outside a large suburban Atlanta church to attend…

  19. Ol' Dirty Bastard Signs To Roc-A-Fella

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Controversial rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard has signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, and will soon begin work on his label debut. The artist, who has just been released after two years in prison, announced the n Controversial rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard has signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, and will…

  20. Jay-Z, 50 Cent Ready To 'Roc The Mic'

    May 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In what is likely to be the biggest hip-hop tour of the summer, Jay-Z and 50 Cent will team for the Roc the Mic trek of North American amphitheaters and arenas. The tour will begin June 25 in Hartford In what is likely to be the biggest hip-hop tour of the summer, Jay-Z and 50 Cent will team…

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