1. License to Chill

    July 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tropical troubadour Jimmy Buffett interprets some of his favorite songs and offers up a few new originals. Tropical troubadour Jimmy Buffett interprets some of his favorite songs and offers up a few new originals. At the same time, he taps into the recent trend of contemporary country singers…

  2. New Jackson Album Promises 'Good Things'

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Alan Jackson keeps things simple on his upcoming studio album, which he aptly titled "What I Do." Alan Jackson keeps things simple on his upcoming studio album, which he aptly titled "What I Do." Due Sept. 7 via Arista Nashville, the set is led by the single "Too Much…

  3. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses chart flukes, Fantasia, downloads, "Venus" and more. NOT FADE AWAY Hi Fred, I recently purchased Chris Feldman's "The Billboard Book of No. 2 Hits" as a companion to your "The Billboard Book of No. 1 Hits." I was very surprised to read…

  4. Ask Billboard

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Mary Chapin Carpenter, Pepper and Air. 'BETWEEN HERE' AND RUSSIA Hello Keith, Thanks a lot for your answers, they are always so informative and interesting. I live outside the United States and have just discovered the artist…

  5. Buffett Notches First No. 1 Album

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Buffett proves he isn't "wasting away" anywhere as he tops The Billboard 200 for the first time a career that has spanned more than three decades. The laid-back singer/songwriter's latest effort Jimmy Buffett proves he isn't "wasting away" anywhere as…

  6. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Rick Springfield, George Michael, Usher, Jimmy Buffett, Restless Heart and Lenny Kravitz. GOOD NEWS FOR RICK AND GEORGE: Two artists long absent from two different Billboard charts make their respective returns this week. On the Adult…

  7. Leonard Cohen Readies New Album

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A week after his 70th birthday, Columbia will release a new Leonard Cohen studio album, "Dear Heather." A week after his 70th birthday, Columbia will release a new Leonard Cohen studio album, "Dear Heather." Due Sept. 28, the set will be made up of 12 new tracks, as well…

  8. Usher Notches Another No. 1 Single

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Usher replaces himself on top of Billboard's Hot 100 for the second time in two months as "Confessions Part II" shoots 2-1 this week. The third single from his LaFace/Zomba album "Confessions" supplan Usher replaces himself on top of Billboard's Hot 100 for the…

  9. Ask Billboard

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Maria Mena and sales data. THE ONLY ONE Keith, I heard a song on the radio last week and again on Tuesday's (June 29) episode of "Blow Out" on Bravo and would like to find out who sings it. Unfortunately I am less than…

  10. HOT COUNTRY SINGLES & TRACKS

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/country.jsp 1. "LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING," TIM MCGRAW 2. "I Go Back," Kenny Chesney 3. "Whiskey Girl," Toby Keith 4. "If You Ever Stop Loving Me," Montgomery Gentry 5. "Loco," David Lee Murphy Issue date: July 17, 2004 News…

  11. Hot Product

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Buffett 'Chill' Out Jimmy Buffett is no stranger to the country charts. But he's going after mainstream country acceptance in a big way with the release this week of his RCA debut album, "License To Chill." Nine of the album's 16 tracks feature Buffett in…

  12. 29TunesOnTV

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 12-18, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 12 "Live With Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Monica (also scheduled: Mark Consuelos). "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest," Syndicated Featured Artist: JoJo …

  13. Richards Leads Parsons Tributes

    July 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT For Keith Richards, it was "another goodbye to another good friend" as the Rolling Stones guitarist headlined a pair of Los Angeles-area tribute concerts over the weekend to Gram Parsons, the late cou For Keith Richards, it was "another goodbye to another good friend" as…

  14. Post '60s Stones Hits 'Jump Back'

    July 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Virgin/EMI Catalog Marketing will on Aug. 24 offer the first North American release of the Rolling Stones collection "Jump Back." Virgin/EMI Catalog Marketing will on Aug. 24 offer the first North American release of the Rolling Stones collection "Jump Back." The set was…

  15. Usher's 'Burn' Reclaims Hot 100 No. 1

    July 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Usher reclaims the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as his hit "Burn" rebounds after falling to No. 2 last week. The previous No. 1, Fantasia's "I Believe," drops to No. 6. By claiming ano Usher reclaims the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as…

  16. Sheriff Denies Jackson Abuse Claim

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Santa Barbara County (Calif.) sheriff denied Wednesday that Michael Jackson was roughed up by jailers, saying he was asking the state attorney general to investigate the pop star's claims. The Santa Barbara County (Calif.) sheriff denied Wednesday that Michael Jackson was roughed up…

  17. OutKast Tops Final 2003 Album Chart

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST OutKast's double-disc "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) returns to the pinnacle of The Billboard 200 reflecting in the final full sales week of 2003. The 4-1 rebound marks the third separate occa OutKast's double-disc "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista)…

  18. Clapton, Davies Get Royal Honors

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Could Queen Elizabeth II be a rock'n'roll fan? Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton and Kinks founder Ray Davies received royal honors today (Dec. 31), slated for Commanders of the Order of the British Em Could Queen Elizabeth II be a rock'n'roll fan? Legendary guitarist Eric…

  19. Ask Billboard

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Shania Twain, Stevie Nicks, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. LOOKING 'UP' FACTS & FIGURES Keith, I have a question about the album of the year. They say it's 50 Cent who sold 6 million this year, but I see Shania…

  20. 01TunesOnTV

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 29-Jan. 4, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 29 "Dave Koz ? Saxophonic," BET Jazz Featured Artist: Dave Koz. "The Wayne Brady Show," Syndicated Featured Artist: The Bangles (also scheduled: Kevin Bacon, Jerry…

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