In a week with new releases from such heavy hitters as Jay-Z, Kid Rock, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, it's the soft vocals of Josh Groban that are favored by music fans, according to a Billboard.com poll.
Winners of "Idol" pop music contests around the world will take part in a two-part competition. Produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19TV, "World Idol" will air Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 on the Fox network in the U.S. The winners of 11 competitions will perform before an international panel of judges.
Several U.S. retailers apparently decided to get a jump start on the early street date for Jay-Z's "The Black Album" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) and G-Unit's "Beg for Mercy" (G-Unit/Shady/Interscope), both officially out today (Nov. 14).
Talks are being finalized for a summer 2004 tour of amphitheaters featuring Curb labelmates Tim McGraw and Hank Williams, Jr., plus the Charlie Daniels Band, Billboard.com has learned. No dates or venues have yet been announced.
Best Buy has upped the stakes on exclusive offerings in time for the busy holiday season. Billboard has learned exclusively that Best Buy will offer an exclusive five-song holiday CD beginning the weekend of Nov. 28. "Sweet Tracks" will feature previously unreleased holiday songs performed by Sting, Jewel, Seal, Coldplay and Chris Botti.