1. Billboard Bits: KCRW, Steve Earle, Raven-Symone

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on KCRW, Steve Earle, Raven-Symone Coldplay's Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland, Nellie McKay and Rilo Kiley have signed on for influential California radio station KCRW's fourth annual benefit concert, A Sounds Eclectic Evening. Additional artists will be added to the bill for…

  2. Driven

    August 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Though it has built a strong foundation in the Southern gospel community, the Crabb Family has been rapidly expanding its fan base through relentless touring, prime media exposure and great music. Though it has built a strong foundation in the Southern gospel community, the Crabb Family has…

  3. Peace Sells . . . But Who's Buying?

    August 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In 1984, infuriated at being kicked out of Metallica, Dave Mustaine formed Megadeth to get some payback. "Peace Sells . . . In 1984, infuriated at being kicked out of Metallica, Dave Mustaine formed Megadeth to get some payback. "Peace Sells . . . But Who's Buying?" is…

  4. Accentuate the Positive

    August 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With "Accentuate the Positive," the acclaimed R&B/pop singer finally returns to his jazz roots. With "Accentuate the Positive," the acclaimed R&B/pop singer finally returns to his jazz roots. Tommy LiPuma, who produced Jarreau's 1977 jazz vocal Grammy Award…

  5. B&E: Letter Kills, Origene

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. GOING POSTAL: It took a few tries for the songwriters of Letter Kills to mesh, but the 1970s punk, classic…

  6. HOT PRODUCT

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Alter Bridge, Richard Marx and tributes to Bob Dylan and Johnny Paycheck. /bb/hotprod/index.jsp News Bob Dylan , Johnny Paycheck , Richard Marx …

  7. New Wind-Up Imprint Launches With 'Passion'

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Wind-up Records will launch a new imprint with the Aug. 31 release of "The Passion of the Christ: Songs," an album of original tunes from artists inspired by the movie. Wind-up Records will launch a new imprint with the Aug. 31 release of "The Passion of the Christ: Songs,"…

  8. Dichotomy A

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT This represents the first installment of a two-disc collection, with "Dichotomy B" arriving in early November. This represents the first installment of a two-disc collection, with "Dichotomy B" arriving in early November. Once again, this talented Tennessee duo—Stacy "…

  9. P.O.D. Singer Joins Video Game Company

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT P.O.D. lead singer Sonny Sandoval has become an investor in video gaming events company Gamecaster Inc. He also has been named music director of the firm and will perform as on-camera talent. P.O.D. lead singer Sonny Sandoval has become an investor in video gaming events company Gamecaster…

  10. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses, radio, faith on the charts, Reba McEntire and Monica with readers. RADIO DISCONNECT Dear Fred, I've been reading your column online for about a year now [and last week's] article struck a nerve. I used to listen to the radio all the time, at home and in the…

  11. Hot Product

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Hives Out Of The Hive Fresh off a European festival appearance the night before, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist is tired and his voice is hoarse. But the Hives' charismatic frontman wants to make one thing clear: The Swedish band never wanted to be lumped into the so-called neo-garage…

  12. Bishop T. D. Jakes Presents He-Motions

    July 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Renowned pastor/artist/author T.D. Renowned pastor/artist/author T.D. Jakes assembles, oversees and contributes dramatic narrative to this musical companion piece to his forthcoming book, "He-Motions." The album follows a format similar to the two gospel projects spawned by Jakes&…

  13. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Diana DeGarmo, Usher, Josh Gracin, Madonna and chart policies with readers. WILL DIANA'S 'DREAMS' COME TRUE? Fred, Last week, Diana DeGarmo debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 [at No. 14] (and at No. 2 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales Chart) with "Dreams…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses premiums, the birth of rock'n'roll, Elvis Presley, Syreeta, Barbra Streisand, the Coors and more with readers. IT'S A GUIDE THING Hi Fred, I just bought the newest TV Guide. It features Elvis Presley on the cover along with a "never before released…

  15. Gospel 'Queen' Vestal Goodman Dies

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Vestal Goodman, the beloved "Queen of Gospel Music," died Dec. 27 in Celebration, Fla., near Orlando. Goodman, who turned 74 on Dec. 17, had been vacationing with family for the Christmas holidays whe Vestal Goodman, the beloved "Queen of Gospel Music," died Dec. 27 in…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Madonna, chart methodology and Shania Twain with readers. SOMETHING FAILS? Dear Fred, How would you rate 2003 in terms of chart success for Madonna: a failure or did she do well? Her "American Life" album is considered to be a flop, but it did reach No. 1, it…

  17. Korn's New 'Look'

    December 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. While Korn's 2002 album, "Untouchables," earned the hard rock outfit a Grammy Award for best metal performance, the experimental set drew more than the usual share of ire from critics. But bassist Fieldy takes it in stride. "I…

  18. Exodus

    December 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Riding the crest of the boy-band phenomenon, Plus One debuted in 2000 with "The Promise," quickly becoming Christian music's best-selling new act as well as the 2001 Dove Award winner for new artist o Riding the crest of the boy-band phenomenon, Plus One debuted in 2000 with …

  19. Swiss Drop Marilyn Manson Inquiry

    December 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST Swiss authorities have dropped a criminal inquiry of U.S. shock rocker Marilyn Manson, launched after a religious group complained about his stage act. The Zurich district prosecutor's office said yes Swiss authorities have dropped a criminal inquiry of U.S. shock rocker Marilyn Manson,…

  20. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    December 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (Dec. 15-21, 2003). Christmas is still coming and holiday programming is still warming up your television this week. Among the sounds of the season: • "Jingle Ball Rock" - Monday night, Fox will…

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