Believe

Believe

NÜ-metal band Disturbed struck multi-platinum with its debut, The Sickness, and it is well-poised to hit a similar mark with this follow-up. Reuniting with producer Johnny K., the group opted for a more stripped-down sound this time out, displaying the tight musicianship it has honed by spending 22 months on the road.
Jay-Z Gives The 'Gift' That Keeps On Giving

Jay-Z Gives The 'Gift' That Keeps On Giving

Fresh off headlining this summer's Sprite Liquid Mix tour, rapper Jay-Z will return Nov. 12 with his seventh studio set, "The Blueprint II: The Gift and the Curse." The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist tells Billboard.com he sees the Def Jam album as a sequel of sorts to 2001's Grammy-nominated "The Blueprint," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It has sold 2.2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Some Listeners Seeing 'Red' Over New McGraw Single

Some Listeners Seeing 'Red' Over New McGraw Single

Tim McGraw began his career as a country radio hitmaker with the lyrical controversy of "Indian Outlaw." Eight years later, another more sober McGraw song is again sparking consternation among some listeners.
Pinmonkey Plans Road Push

Pinmonkey Plans Road Push

Just a few days in advance of its self-titled debut BNA album, progressive country act Pinmonkey will head out on the highway beginning tomorrow (Oct. 5), with a star-studded stop in Philadelphia. The group will be on a bill with Tim McGraw and Martina McBride at the WXTU Philly Chili Cook Off, which will also feature sets by Sixwire and Eric Heatherly.
Roxette Singer Recovers From Surgery

Roxette Singer Recovers From Surgery

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson is recovering after doctors in Sweden successfully removed a brain tumor, her manager said. The tumor was discovered after Fredriksson fainted and hit her head against a sink three weeks ago at her Stockholm home.
Wallflowers, Ours Team For Tour

Wallflowers, Ours Team For Tour

The Wallflowers are preparing to release their fourth album, "Red Letter Days," Nov. 5 on Interscope, and will celebrate by taking to the road for a theater/ballroom tour starting Nov. 20 in Englewood, Colo. The first leg of the tour will run through a Dec. 7 date in Washington, D.C., although more dates for a second leg are expected to be announced.
CHART BEAT BONUS

CHART BEAT BONUS

"Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses the achievements Elvis Presley, James Brown, Queen, Jackson Brown, Linda Ronstadt, India.Arie, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Audioslave.
CHART BEAT CHAT

CHART BEAT CHAT

"Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers questions about airplay, Kelly Clarkson and the Beatles, Elvis Presley, the success of international acts in the U.S., and more.
Bono Named Most Powerful Man In Music

Bono Named Most Powerful Man In Music

Bono, the globe-trotting, conscience-tugging lead singer for Irish rock group U2, is the most powerful man in music, according to a poll of music industry figures. Bono, whose given name is Paul Hewson, tops a list compiled by U.K. music magazine Q. The top 10 names were released yesterday (Oct. 3).
Legislation Discussed At California Piracy Hearing

Legislation Discussed At California Piracy Hearing

Artists, label executives, and laborers appeared before California legislators yesterday (Oct. 3) in Sacramento to address the affects of music piracy on the state's economy, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Costello Reissues Roll On

Costello Reissues Roll On

Three decades of Elvis Costello's career will be represented with Rhino's third batch of reissued albums, due Nov. 19. Like the two previous volleys, 1979's "Armed Forces," 1982's "Imperial Bedroom," and "1991's "Mighty Like a Rose" will all be released as two-disc sets ...
J. Lo Ready To Unveil The New 'Me'

J. Lo Ready To Unveil The New 'Me'

Jennifer Lopez's next Epic studio album, "This Is Me... Then," is set for a Nov. 26 release. First single "Jenny From the Block" was the top debut this week at No. 67 on Billboard's Hot 100. The cut is built around samples from Herbie Mann, KRS-One, and the Beatnuts, and features L.O.X. rappers Jadakiss and Styles. A 12-inch vinyl single is due Nov. 5.

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