1. Ray Charles Tribute Planned

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Friends of the late Ray Charles will sing his praises during a tribute concert planned for the fall. Friends of the late Ray Charles will sing his praises during a tribute concert planned for the fall. Bill Cosby will host and Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Gerald Levert and Angie Stone are…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Usher, Madonna samples, Jessica Simpson and the state of radio with readers. USHERING IN A RECORD? Hi Fred! My name is Carlos. I live in Mexicali, Baja, Mexico, and since I remember I've been a fan of music and of Billboard Music Charts. But up until now I had…

  3. Jackson Lawyers Want Seized Evidence List

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's attorneys complained in a court filing yesterday (Aug. 5) that they have not received lists of items seized during searches by authorities in the singer's child molestation and consp Michael Jackson's attorneys complained in a court filing yesterday (Aug. 5)…

  4. 'Sun' Rises On New R.E.M. Album

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT R.E.M.'s next Warner Bros. album will be titled "Around the Sun," according to the group's official Web site. As previously reported, the set will be released Oct. 4 internationally and the following R.E.M.'s next Warner Bros. album will be titled "Around the Sun…

  5. 'Now 16' Dislodges Simpson From No. 1

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The 16th installment of the "Now That's What I Call Music!" series leads The Billboard 200 this week with sales of 504,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 16th installment of the "Now That's What I Call Music!" series leads The Billboard 200 this week…

  6. Ask Billboard

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Anastacia, Brad Cotter, Monica and Missy Elliott. "Ask Billboard" is on a brief hiatus. New columns will return to this space soon. MISSING ANASTACIA Keith, I recently heard that Anastacia was going to release her superb new self…

  7. Lawyers Say MJ Prosecutor Broke Gag Order

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers for Michael Jackson took a jab yesterday (Aug. 2) at the man seeking to jail him for child molestation, suggesting in court papers that prosecutor Tom Sneddon had violated a "gag" order in the Lawyers for Michael Jackson took a jab yesterday (Aug. 2) at the man seeking to…

  8. Lynne To Play Cash's Mother

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Shelby Lynne has joined the cast of the Johnny Cash biopic, "Walk the Line." Shelby Lynne has joined the cast of the Johnny Cash biopic, "Walk the Line." The singer/songwriter will portray the late country music icon's mother, Carrie Cash, in the Fox Searchlight film,…

  9. Queensryche Brings 'Mindcrime' Back To Life

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sixteen years after the release of "Operation: Mindcrime," Queensryche is writing the next chapter to the 1988 concept album that broke the progressive rock band into the mainstream. Sixteen years after the release of "Operation: Mindcrime," Queensryche is writing the next…

  10. Stones' 'Circus' Heading To DVD

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The December 1968 concert was filmed for a television special, although it was never broadcast. ABKCO Records is preparing the Rolling Stones' film "Rock and Roll Circus" for DVD release, Billboard.biz reports. The December 1968 concert was filmed for a television special,…

  11. North American Doors Open For Franz Ferdinand

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Franz Ferdinand is planning a return to North America next month. Franz Ferdinand is planning a return to North America next month. The Scottish rock act will cross the Atlantic to kick off a tour Sept. 9 in New York, with shows on its schedule through an Oct. 1 gig in Toronto. An opening act…

  12. 32TunesOnTV

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 2-8, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 2 "Live With Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist: Gavin DeGraw (also scheduled: Jon Voight, Brooke Burns). "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest," Syndicated Featured…

  13. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to Usher, Juvenile, Van Halen, the Jacksons and Reba McEntire. FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER: Between 1955 and 2003, no song with a title that began with the word "Slow" had ever made it to No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart. Then,…

  14. 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…

  15. Love Seeks Plea Deal In Calif. Drug Case

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Beverly Hills, Calif., judge today (July 29) took control of two of three criminal cases pending against rocker Courtney Love, while her lawyer said the troubled star was trying to work out a plea d A Beverly Hills, Calif., judge today (July 29) took control of two of three criminal cases…

  16. Jackson Trial Delayed Until 2005

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The sexual molestation case against Michael Jackson is proving so complicated that Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville yesterday (July 27) agreed to a defense request to delay th The sexual molestation case against Michael Jackson is proving so complicated that Santa…

  17. Courtney Love Ordered Into Drug Rehab

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Making her first public appearance since being hospitalized as a fugitive two weeks ago, rocker Courtney Love was sentenced today (July 27) to mandatory drug treatment in one of four criminal cases ag Making her first public appearance since being hospitalized as a fugitive two weeks ago,…

  18. Jackson Accused Of Imprisoning Boy

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Pop star Michael Jackson enticed a young boy, then imprisoned him and his family and forced them to make a video absolving him of molestation claims, prosecutors charged today (July 27). The fiery cou Pop star Michael Jackson enticed a young boy, then imprisoned him and his family and forced…

  19. R.E.M.'s In A 'New York' State Of Mind

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A group spokesperson had no information regarding the single but confirms the as-yet-untitled album will arrive Oct. 5 in North America. The first single from R.E.M.'s next Warner Bros. album will be "Leaving New York," which is tentatively set for a Sept. 27 commercial release…

  20. Jackson Lawyers Seek More Time For Case

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In a motion marked by unusually confrontational language, Michael Jackson's defense team called the investigation of him "breathtaking" and his prosecution on child molestation charges an effort to "t In a motion marked by unusually confrontational language, Michael…

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