Music

  1. Ruthless Returns To Sony's RED

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rap label moves back to indie operation Rap label Ruthless Records has moved back from Sony Music Distribution to Sony's indie operation RED Distribution. Ruthless, founded by the late rapper Eazy-E, was previously handled by RED from 1993-98 ...

  2. Christian Sales Pick Up At Year's End

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Christmas season rescues 2003 from mediocrity. The waning months of 2003 brought good news to the Christian/gospel music industry, as U.S. sales showed signs of rebounding. Sales of Christian/gospel music ended the year down 5.2%, according to Nie ...

  3. Four Sign With Distributor Select-O-Hits

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Select-O-Hits in Memphis has inked four new exclusive distribution pacts. Select-O-Hits in Memphis has inked four new exclusive distribution pacts. Houston-based Dope House Records has joined the distributor's posse. The label was previously ...

  4. EMI Music Marketing Appoints VPs

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Marketing (EMM) has named three VPs, all based in L.A. EMI Music Marketing (EMM) has named three VPs, all based in L.A. Kenny Di Dia has joined EMM as VP of marketing, reporting to Phil Quartararo, president of EMM and executive VP of EM ...

  5. Four Sign With Distributor Select-O-Hits

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Select-O-Hits in Memphis has inked four new exclusive distribution pacts. Select-O-Hits in Memphis has inked four new exclusive distribution pacts. Houston-based Dope House Records has joined the distributor's posse. The label was previously ...

  6. Session Drummer Guerin Dies At 64

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Top session drummer and L.A. Express member John Guerin died of heart failure Jan. 5 in West Hills, Calif. He was 64. Top session drummer and L.A. Express member John Guerin died of heart failure Jan. 5 in West Hills, Calif. He was 64. Active sinc ...

  7. Westenra's 'Pure' Debut Hits 1 Million Globally

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Set now second-biggest-selling N.Z. album Teenage New Zealand classical singer Hayley Westenra's debut album "Pure" hit the 1 million global sales mark on Thursday (Jan. 8), according to her record company Universal Music New Zealan ...

  8. Westenra's 'Pure' Debut Hits 1 Million Globally

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST NZ teen hits 1 million global sales Teenage New Zealand classical singer Hayley Westenra's debut album "Pure" hit the 1 million global sales mark on Thursday (Jan. 8), according to her record company Universal Music New Zealand. The ...

  9. The Beat

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Pink is ready to jump into her first full-blown headlining tour in March. "I can't wait!," she tells Billboard. Also: NARAS' Merit Award, Norah Jones' new album and VH1's songwriters panel. Pink is ready to jump into ...

  10. The Beat

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Pink is ready to jump into her first full-blown headlining tour in March. "I can't wait!," she tells Billboard. Also: NARAS' Merit Award, Norah Jones' new album and VH1's songwriters panel. Pink is ready to jump into ...

  11. On The Road

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ray Waddell wraps up Toby Keith's New Year's Gala at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center and previews the Allman Brothers Band's annual New York engagement. Ray Waddell wraps up Toby Keith's New Year's Gala at Na ...

  12. The Matrix Want 'Good Pop' For Debut LP

    January 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Production team readies its own album The production/songwriting team known as the Matrix -- Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards and Scott Spock -- are keeping busy. Already nominated for producer of the year at the 46th Grammy Awards for work with Avr ...

  13. B2K Moving On Without Omarion?

    January 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Lil Fizz, J-Boog and Raz-B leave door open for future Lil Fizz, J-Boog and Raz-B leave door open for future News Raz-B , Lil Fizz , J-Boog ...

  14. B2K Moving On Without Omarion?

    January 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Lil Fizz, J-Boog and Raz-B leave door open for future While it was initially stated that the recent B2K split was due to irreconcilable differences, since then, members Lil Fizz, J-Boog and Raz-B have told media outlets it's not so much a bre ...

  15. B2K Moving On Without Omarion?

    January 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Lil Fizz, J-Boog and Raz-B leave door open for future While it was initially stated that the recent B2K split was due to irreconcilable differences, since then, members Lil Fizz, J-Boog and Raz-B have told media outlets it's not so much a bre ...

  16. Fuse Backs A Perfect Circle Trek

    January 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST A Perfect Circle will hit the road on a U.S. spring tour that will be sponsored by cable music video channel Fuse. Kicking off March 18 in Salt Lake City, the run is expected to last through an April A Perfect Circle will hit the road on a U.S. sp ...

  17. Fuse Backs A Perfect Circle Trek

    January 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Video channel to sponsor U.S. spring tour A Perfect Circle will hit the road on a U.S. spring tour that will be sponsored by cable music video channel Fuse. Kicking off March 18 in Salt Lake City, the run is expected to last through an April 16 co ...

  18. Columbia Inks Deal For Goapele Set

    January 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Skyblaze Records enters joint venture Bulletin has learned that Skyblaze Recordings, home to R&B songstress Goapele, has entered into a joint venture with Columbia Records/Sony Urban Music for the rerelease of the singer's 2002 Skyblaze/R ...

  19. OutKast Retains Billboard 200 Crown

    January 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Double album tops chart for a fifth week As overall sales expectedly plummet in the first post-Christmas sales week, OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) is able to maintain its position at the top for a fifth ...

  20. Columbia Inks Deal For Goapele Set

    January 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Skyblaze Recordings enters into joint venture Bulletin has learned that Skyblaze Recordings, home to R&B songstress Goapele, has entered into a joint venture with Columbia Records/Sony Urban Music for the rerelease of the singer's 2002 Sk ...

  21. Fuse Backs A Perfect Circle Trek

    January 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Video channel to sponsor spring outing A Perfect Circle will hit the road on a U.S. spring tour that will be sponsored by cable music video channel Fuse. Kicking off March 18 in Salt Lake City, the run is expected to last through an April 16 conce ...

  22. OutKast, 50 Cent Albums Lead Year-End RIAA Certs

    January 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST OutKast and 50 Cent tied for top honors in year-end certifications from the RIAA, with the highest certified albums of 2003. OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) and 50 Cent's "Get Rich or OutKast and 50 Cent t ...

  23. Altnet Takes Back Claims Against BigChampagne

    January 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Data-monitoring company did not infringe on technology. Altnet, the commercial service distributed through KaZaA, says it has determined that peer-to-peer data-monitoring company BigChampagne did not infringe on its patented technology. In early N ...

  24. OutKast, 50 Cent Albums Lead Year-End RIAA Certs

    January 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Both hip-hop sets ship 6 times platinum OutKast and 50 Cent tied for top honors in year-end certifications from the RIAA, with the highest certified albums of 2003. OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) and 50 Cent's ...

  25. Cash, Sabbath Sets Among Big Catalog Projects Due

    January 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sets to fete icons of metal, country and rock Icons of metal, country and rock are among the subjects covered by major catalog titles to be released during the first quarter. Rhino in March will deliver "Black Box: The Complete Original Black ...

  26. OutKast, 50 Cent Albums Lead Year-End RIAA Certs

    January 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Both hip-hop sets ship 6 times platinum OutKast and 50 Cent tied for top honors in year-end certifications from the RIAA, with the highest certified albums of 2003. OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) and 50 Cent's ...

  27. Cash, Sabbath Sets Among Big Catalog Projects Due

    January 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Boxes due from metal, country and rock icons Icons of metal, country and rock are among the subjects covered by major catalog titles to be released during the first quarter. Rhino in March will deliver "Black Box: The Complete Original Black ...

  28. On Heels Of New Set, B2K Calls It A Day

    January 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Just two weeks after the release of its third album, urban boy group B2K has disbanded. The Epic/Sony Urban Music quartet cites disagreements as the reason behind the breakup. Just two weeks after the release of its third album, urban boy group B2 ...

  29. Winwood To Retire From Sony U.K.

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST A&R vet due to leave in March Muff Winwood is to retire at the end of March as senior VP of A&R at Sony Music U.K. and managing director of S2, Bulletin has learned. Winwood, 60, joined Sony (formerly CBS) U.K. in 1978 as director of A ...

  30. Winwood To Retire From Sony U.K.

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST A&R vet to exit firm in March Muff Winwood is to retire at the end of March as senior VP of A&R at Sony Music U.K. and managing director of S2, Bulletin has learned. Winwood, 60, joined Sony (formerly CBS) U.K. in 1978 as director of A ...

  31. Alicia Gets Her No. 1 Wish

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rising from No. 2, "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J) returns to the top of The Billboard 200 in a big shopping week. U.S. sales of the set are up 8% from last week to 370,000 units, according to Nielsen Rising from No. 2, "The Diary of ...

  32. Alicia Gets Her No. 1 Wish

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rising from No. 2, "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J) returns to the top of The Billboard 200 in a big shopping week. U.S. sales of the set are up 8% from last week to 370,000 units, according to Nielsen Rising from No. 2, "The Diary of ...

  33. Amazon: Exclusives Translate Into Sales

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Holiday programming feature highlights content Amazon.com says a holiday programming feature that highlights content exclusives from a range of artists has helped drive sales for the participating acts. The campaign, "Holiday A-List," fe ...

  34. The Year In Music 2003

    December 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST Cent Proves His Worth, With 2003's Top Album, Single. Need more abstract? Ken, how does this look...let us know. 50 Cent Proves His Worth, With 2003's Top Album, Single. Need more abstract? Ken, how does this look...let us know. News ...

  35. Don Was Gets Into TV/Video Production Business

    December 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST Grammy-winning producer Don Was has formed an L.A.-based TV and home-video production company, M101. Was' partners in the company include Arizona Diamondbacks owner Dale Jensen, former ABC executive M Grammy-winning producer Don Was has forme ...

  36. Don Was Gets Into TV/Video Production Business

    December 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST Grammy-winning producer Don Was has formed an L.A.-based TV and home-video production company, M101. Was' partners in the company include Arizona Diamondbacks owner Dale Jensen, former ABC executive M Grammy-winning producer Don Was has forme ...

  37. EMI Is No. 1 In Euro Album Chart Share

    December 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST EMI took the lead in European albums chart share this year. According to a full-year aggregate of the European charts compiled by Billboard, the London-based major had a 25.9% share of the albums char EMI took the lead in European albums chart sha ...

  38. Stones, Bruce, Cher Rule 2003 Touring Landscape

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Seasoned veterans once again dominated the touring business in 2003. The top three tours for the year to Nov. 18 were by the Rolling Stones (grossing $299.5 million), Bruce Springsteen ($181.7 million Seasoned veterans once again dominated the tou ...

  39. Stones, Bruce, Cher Rule 2003 Touring Landscape

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Seasoned veterans once again dominated the touring business in 2003. The top three tours for the year to Nov. 18 were by the Rolling Stones (grossing $299.5 million), Bruce Springsteen ($181.7 million Seasoned veterans once again dominated the tou ...

  40. Stones, Bruce, Cher Rule 2003 Touring Landscape

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Seasoned veterans once again dominated the touring business in 2003. The top three tours for the year to Nov. 18 were by the Rolling Stones (grossing $299.5 million), Bruce Springsteen ($181.7 million Seasoned veterans once again dominated the tou ...

  41. Awards! BMAs: 50 Cent Leads Finalists

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Omnipresent gangsta rapper 50 Cent leads the field for the 2003 Billboard Music Awards. He's a finalist in six categories, including album of the year, artist of the year and rap artist of the year. Omnipresent gangsta rapper 50 Cent leads th ...

  42. Rap, R&B Dominate Grammy Noms

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST R&B/hip-hop acts dominated the 46th Annual Grammy Awards nominations, which were announced Dec. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. R&B/hip-hop acts dominated the 46th Annual Grammy Awards nominations, which were announced De ...

  43. Elliott: Running At Full Throttle

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Missy Elliott does not believe in taking time off. Missy Elliott does not believe in taking time off. News Missy Elliott ...

  44. Global Pulse: Utada Set For Englsih Debut

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Japanese superstar Hikaru Utada's debut English-language album will be released in spring 2004, according to Universal Music International senior VP of A&R and marketing Max Hole. Japanese superstar Hikaru Utada's debut English-l ...

  45. On The Road: More Acts Will Be Warped In 2004

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Early confirmations for the 2004 Vans Warped tour, which is set to launch June 25 in Houston, include New Found Glory, Taking Back Sundy and Coheed & Cambria, with the lineup to be finalized in co Early confirmations for the 2004 Vans Warp ...

  46. Alicia Keys Unlocks Second No. 1 Debut

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J), with huge U.S. sales of 618,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album--which was preceded by a flurry o Alicia Keys debuts at No. 1 on The B ...

  47. UMG Makes Cuts In Nashville Office

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Six employees lost their jobs yesterday in a restructuring of the promotion and marketing departments at Universal Music Group in Nashville. Six employees lost their jobs yesterday in a restructuring of the promotion and marketing departments at U ...

  48. Beyonce, R. Kelly Win Big At Billboard Music Awards

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Beyonce and R. Kelly were the queen and king of the 14th annual Billboard Music Awards, which were presented last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and broadcast live on FOX. Both snared four trophi Beyonce and R. Kelly were the queen and king o ...

  49. Alicia Keys Unlocks Second No. 1 Debut

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J), with huge U.S. sales of 618,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album--which was preceded by a flurry o Alicia Keys debuts at No. 1 on The B ...

  50. Stars To Fete Sting At MusiCares Gala

    December 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST A host of musicians will be on hand to pay tribute to Sting when he is honored Feb. 6 as the MusiCares person of the year. The gala event in Los Angeles will feature performances by Tony Bennett, Blac A host of musicians will be on hand to pay tri ...

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