Ever year, artists and labels pull together holiday music releases in hopes of striking perennial silver and gold, and 2004 can be considered a banner year for seasonal fare. Thanks to new albums from Vanessa Williams and Jessica Simpson and reissued material from Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder, the songs of the season are everywhere.
With World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) approaching, singer/songwriter Alicia Keys is calling upon her peers in the music industry to raise their voices to help millions suffering from AIDS in Africa. "The disease is more than a humanitarian catastrophe; it is a moral crisis that is beginning to destroy whole countries," Keys writes in a commentary published in the Dec. 4 issue of Billboard.
Usher starts his sixth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "My Boo" featuring Alicia Keys. That gives Usher a total of 28 weeks at No. 1 in 2004; last week, he became the only artist ever to top the Hot 100 for more than half a year. Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell continues in second place for the fourth week.