1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses physical audio formats, the state of radio, song titles and "Australian Idol." MULTIPLE FORMATS Dear Fred, I was in a music store and noticed that a lot of albums are being simultaneously released in two new formats: Super Audio CD and DVD audio. If I buy an…

  2. Compilations Celebrate Count Basie's 100th

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In celebration of William "Count" Basie's centennial, Blue Note Records is releasing a pair of two-disc sets. In celebration of William "Count" Basie's centennial, Blue Note Records is releasing a pair of two-disc sets. A reissue of Roulette Records' "…

  3. Shinoda, Goldfrapp Rework Depeche Mode

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New remixes by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, Colder, Ulrich Schnauss and Goldfrapp will be found on the forthcoming Depeche Mode collection "Remixes 81-04," due Oct. 26 via Reprise. New remixes by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, Colder, Ulrich Schnauss and Goldfrapp will be…

  4. R. Kelly, Jay-Z Teaming For Tour

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT R&B/hip-hop superstars R. Kelly and Jay-Z will team for a North American tour this fall, kicking off Sept. 30 in Chicago. R&B/hip-hop superstars R. Kelly and Jay-Z will team for a North American tour this fall, kicking off Sept. 30 in Chicago. The full routing has yet to be announced…

  5. Mellencamp Walks 'Tall' On Retrospective

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT John Mellencamp has drafted producer/artist Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds to co-produce two new songs for his upcoming retrospective "Words & Music." John Mellencamp has drafted producer/artist Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds to co-produce two new songs for his…

  6. 'Gotta See' A New Chapter For Griggs

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. For Andy Griggs, the Aug. 10 release of his latest RCA album, "This I Gotta See," signaled the start of a new chapter in his career. Many things have changed since the release of his sophomore album, "Freedom," two years ago.…

  7. 'Punk Voter' Slates 'Rock Against Bush' Tour

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Raising the stakes of its commitment to changing the political landscape in America, Punk Voter is launching the Rock Against Bush Tour. Raising the stakes of its commitment to changing the political landscape in America, Punk Voter is launching the Rock Against Bush Tour. Kicking off Sept.…

  8. Vote For Change Tour Finale Set For Miami

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The upcoming Vote for Change tour will wrap Oct. 10 with a blowout concert at a Miami venue to be announced. As expected, the upcoming Vote for Change tour will wrap Oct. 10 with a blowout concert at a Miami venue to be announced. The lineup will feature Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the E…

  9. Ask Billboard

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Michael Jackson, George Michael and Van Halen. ULTIMATE MJ Dear Keith I was wondering if Michael Jackson will really release his box set in September, and if not, when? Thanks, Victor Hi Victor, Michael Jackson's "The Ultimate…

  10. 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…

  11. Collins Professes His 'Love'

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Phil Collins has rounded up his best-known ballads for "Love Songs: A Compilation ... Old and New," due Sept. 28 via Warner Strategic Marketing/Atlantic. Phil Collins has rounded up his best-known ballads for "Love Songs: A Compilation ... Old and New," due Sept. 28 via…

  12. Manson Takes On 'Jesus' On Best-Of Set

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Marilyn Manson's upcoming best-of collection "Lest We Forget" will be led by a cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus." As tipped here in April, Marilyn Manson's upcoming best-of collection "Lest We Forget" will be led by a cover of Depeche Mode&…

  13. Hag Records With Keith, In Talks With Capitol

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Country legend Merle Haggard plans to record a pair of duets with Toby Keith this week... Country legend Merle Haggard plans to record a pair of duets with Toby Keith this week, with one of the songs tapped to appear on Keith's next DreamWorks studio album or an upcoming best-of set. The…

  14. Jarreau Says Return To Jazz Is Really A First

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Al Jarreau is a master of pop, R&B and jazz singing. He grooves in the funky zone, romances with artful fluidity and scats with syncopated glee. He's as much influenced by such players as pianist Bill Evans, saxophonist Ben Webster and…

  15. Bocelli Pops With 'Andrea'

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will return Nov. 9 with a pop album, "Andrea." The Phillips/Sugar set will boast guest appearances by the Gipsy Kings and Holly Stell, as well as songs written by Guy Cham Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will return Nov. 9 with a pop album, "Andrea.…

  16. Courtney Love Trial Date Set

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Sept. 30 trial date has been set in Courtney Love California drug case. The former Hole frontwoman and widow of Kurt Cobain faces two felony drug charges for illegal possession of painkillers. A Sept. 30 trial date has been set in Courtney Love California drug case. The former Hole…

  17. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Aug. 16-22, 2004). OLYMPIAD: I have to admit this upfront: I'll be spending the majority of my viewing hours over the next two weeks taking in multiple channels of Summer Olympic Games coverage from Athens. Over the first weekend…

  18. 'Curtain' Falls On Phish's Career

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Phish called it a career last night (Aug. 15) at the end of the second day of its weekend-long finale in Coventry, Vt. Before a crowd of more than 70,000 fans, the Vermont-based jam band wrapped thing Phish called it a career last night (Aug. 15) at the end of the second day of its weekend…

  19. HOT DIGITAL TRACKS

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/digital.jsp 1. "She Will Be Loved," Maroon5 2. "Pieces Of Me," Ashlee Simpson 3. "TURN ME ON" (ALBUM VERSION), KEVIN LYTTLE 4. "Let's Get It Started," Black Eyed Peas 5. "My Happy Ending," Avril Lavigne Issue date: Aug.…

  20. Hot Product

    August 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Future Soundtrack for America Headed For The 'Future' Blink-182, R.E.M., the Flaming Lips, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Fountains Of Wayne are among the artists who have donated tracks to the fundraising compilation "Future Soundtrack for America," due this week via Barsuk. The…

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