1. Ludacris 'Lights' Up Album Chart

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST A trip to the "Red Light District" scores Ludacris his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200. A trip to the "Red Light District" scores Ludacris his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The rapper/actor's fourth Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam South effort sold 322,000 copies…

  2. 51TunesOnTV

    December 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 13-19, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 13 "The Tony Danza Show," Syndicated Featured artist: Hayley Westenra (also scheduled: Anjelica Houston, Michael McKean). "Playlistism," MTV2 Featured artists: Ying Yang…

  3. U2, Pretenders, Guy Lead Rock Hall Inductees

    December 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST U2, the Pretenders, Buddy Guy, Percy Sledge, and the O'Jays will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at its 20th annual induction ceremony, to be held March 14 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel U2, the Pretenders, Buddy Guy, Percy Sledge, and the O'Jays will be inducted into…

  4. Collision Course

    December 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST While the mash-up phenomenon has existed for several years now, it is unprecedented for artists to actually team up for the songs being combined, especially those at the top of their respective genres While the mash-up phenomenon has existed for several years now, it is unprecedented for…

  5. 'We Are The World' Turns 20 On DVD

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST The 20th anniversary of the release of USA For Africa's charity single "We Are the World" will be celebrated Feb. 1 with the DVD "We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song." The 20th anniversary of the release of USA For Africa's charity single "We Are the…

  6. Snoop's 'Hot' For A Second Week

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Snoop Dogg is so enjoying his first stint at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 that he has extended it to a second week. Snoop Dogg is so enjoying his first stint at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 that he has extended it to a second week. The rapper's hit single "Drop It Like…

  7. B&E: Linkin Park & Ruben Studdard

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Linkin Park and Ruben Studdard. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. LINKIN LOGS A NEW GENRE: A No. 94 entry with "Numb/Encore…

  8. Jay-Z Named Def Jam President/CEO

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z -- artist, producer and entrepreneur -- has been named president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings. He will report directly to Antonio "LA" Reid, chairman of the Island Def Jam Music Group. Based in Jay-Z -- artist, producer and entrepreneur -- has been named president and CEO of…

  9. Jay-Z, Linkin Park 'Mash-Up' Tops Album Chart

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST The seemingly odd pairing of a multiplatinum artists from the rap and rock worlds takes an underground concept to the pinnacle of the mainstream as "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z/Linkin Park: C The seemingly odd pairing of a multiplatinum artists from the rap and rock worlds takes…

  10. TunesOnTV

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 6-12, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 6 "The View," ABC Featured artist: Rascal Flatts (also scheduled: Andy Garcia). "100% Usher," Fuse Featured artist: Usher. "Total Request Live (TRL)," MTV…

  11. Billboard Bits: 'Rose & Briar,' Manics, Davie Allan

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on 'Rose & Briar,' Manics, Davie Allan Jay Farrar; Rosanne Cash; Laurie Anderson; Bob Neuwirth; Terre Roche; Shannon McNally; Jenni Muldaur; Rodney Crowell; Steven Van Zandt; Davie Allan; Jimmy Vivino Billboard Bits: 'Rose & Briar,' Manics, Davie Allan Jay…

  12. Rice Reveling In 'Closer' Inclusion

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice is back in the spotlight thanks to the inclusion of his track "The Blower's Daughter" in the new Mike Nichols film "Closer," starring Julie Roberts, Jude Law and Na Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice is back in the spotlight thanks…

  13. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses LeAnn Rimes, signature songs, Usher and Elvis Presley with readers. RIMES WITH 'SENSE' On the Dec. 11, 2004, Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, LeAnn Rimes makes her first appearance in the top 10 since the fall of 2000 as "Nothin' &…

  14. 50 Cent, Jay-Z, OutKast Vie For Ringtone Honor

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Tracks by 50 Cent, Jay-Z and OutKast will battle for the first ringtone of the year honor at the Billboard Music Awards, to be held Wednesday (Dec. 8) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tracks by 50 Cent, Jay-Z and OutKast will battle for the first ringtone of the year honor at the…

  15. Krauss + Union Station A Hit 'Both Ways'

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Thanks to a big year full of awards show wins and major TV exposure for Alison Krauss + Union Station, Rounder Records is understandably upbeat about the commercial prospects for "Lonely Runs Both Ways," the act's first studio…

  16. Evanescence, Urban, Crow Plan BMA Performances

    December 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rock act Evanescence and country star Keith Urban are the latest performers added to the lineup of next week's Billboard Music Awards. Urban will be joined during his performance by singer/songwriter Rock act Evanescence and country singer Keith Urban are the latest performers added to…

  17. McLachlan Returning To The Road Next Spring

    December 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST With a new live album in stores, Sarah McLachlan has confirmed plans to take to the road again in the spring. With a new live album in stores, Sarah McLachlan has confirmed plans to take to the road again in the spring. The Canadian singer/songwriter will launch a North American arena tour…

  18. Wilson Named MusiCares 'Person Of The Year'

    December 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Brian Wilson has been selected as the 2005 MusiCares Person of the Year. Brian Wilson has been selected as the 2005 MusiCares Person of the Year. The former Beach Boys mastermind will be honored at the Recording Academy charitable foundation's 15th annual gala tribute, set for Feb. 11 in…

  19. Billboard Bits: Newman, Ezra, EBTG, Nobel Concert

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Randy Newman, Better Than Ezra, EBTG, Nobel Concert Randy Newman has written two new songs for the soundtrack to the upcoming film "Meet the Fockers." In addition to composing the score for the set, due Jan. 11 via Varese Sarabande, the 2000 Billboard Century Award winner…

  20. Usher, Keys Lead Billboard Awards Finalists

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Usher and Alicia Keys lead the pack of multiple-award finalists for the Billboard Music Awards, to be held Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and set to air live on Fox. Usher will cont Usher and Alicia Keys lead the pack of multiple-award finalists for the Billboard Music…

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