1. Billboard Bits: Romeo, Josh Gracin, Wynonna

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Romeo, Josh Gracin, Wynonna As previously tipped here , teenage rapper/actor Romeo will release his third album, "Romeoland," Sept. 21 via No Limit/Koch Records. The album is led by first single "My Cinderella" featuring Tatyana Ali and Nick Cannon. "I talk a…

  2. Beyoncé Notches Quadruple Platinum

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As her public reunion with Destiny's Child nears, Beyoncé is celebrating her debut solo album's quadruple platinum certification last month by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) As her public reunion with Destiny's Child nears, Beyoncé is celebrating her debut…

  3. Court To Hip-Hop Nation: No Free Samples

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal appeals court ruled yesterday (Sept. 7) that rap artists should pay for every musical sample included in their work -- even minor, unrecognizable snippets of music. A federal appeals court ruled yesterday (Sept. 7) that rap artists should pay for every musical sample included in…

  4. McGraw Lives Large At No. 1

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw is living it up on top of The Billboard 200 as his latest Curb set "Live Like You Were Dying" notches a second week at No. 1. Although the title suffered a 70% sales decline, according to N Tim McGraw is living it up on top of The Billboard 200 as his latest Curb set …

  5. Ask Billboard

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Emma Bunton, New Edition and Prince. FREE EMMA Hi Keith, Is Emma Bunton releasing her album, "Free Me," in the United States in October? What track will be the first single? Thank you, Tiago Heitelvan Hi Tiago, At deadline, a…

  6. Ackerman Sets The Musical Record Straight

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Although Windham Hill Records founder William Ackerman is consistently labeled as the father of new age music thanks to his stewardship of artists like George Winston, Alex DeGrassi and Liz Story, his Although Windham Hill Records founder William Ackerman is consistently labeled as the father…

  7. Billboard Bits: Farm Aid, INC, Fleetwood & More

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Farm Aid, INC, Fleetwood & More Lucinda Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Earle, Marc Broussard, Tegan & Sara, Blue Merle, Kitty Jerry and Kate Voegele have been added to the lineup for the 2004 Farm Aid benefit concert, to be held Sept. 18 at White River Amphitheatre outside…

  8. Tilly & The Wall, The Music Snobs, Indie911

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Tangled Web, a weekly column featuring interesting music-related online destinations. This week: Independent label Team Love's flagship act Tilly & the Wall, SonyConnect's The Music Snobs and FREE LOVE: Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst's new Team Love label, which he…

  9. ADULT CONTEMPORARY

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/contemporary.jsp 1. "This One's For The Girls," Martina McBride 2. "100 Years," Five For Fighting 3. "The First Cut Is The Deepest," Sheryl Crow 4. "WHITE FLAG," DIDO 5. "Love's Divine," Seal Issue date: Sept. 11,…

  10. Hot Product

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: A solo album from former Fleetwood Mac principal Christine McVie, “In the Meantime” (Koch). The first North American-released studio album from Matthew Sweet in five years, “Living Things” (Superdeformed/RCAM). The retail…

  11. Double DVD Commemorates 'Crossroads' Fest

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Due Oct. 19 via Duck/Reprise/Warner Strategic Marketing, the release features footage of some of the greatest living guitarists. More than four hours of footage from Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival" will make up a two-disc DVD set of highlights from the June benefit…

  12. HOT DIGITAL TRACKS

    September 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/digital.jsp 1. "She Will Be Loved," Maroon5 2. "Let's Get It Started," Black Eyed Peas 3. "BREAKAWAY," KELLY CLARKSON 4. "My Place" (Explicit Album Version), Nelly featuring Jaheim 5. "My Happy Ending," Avril Lavigne…

  13. Lyfe 268-192

    September 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Some musicians are able to take their experiences—good, bad or otherwise—and craft emotional songs that everyone can relate to. Some musicians are able to take their experiences—good, bad or otherwise—and craft emotional songs that everyone can relate to. That's what newcomer Lyfe…

  14. All City

    September 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Northern State offers another dose of old-school-inspired hip-hop on its major-label debut. Northern State offers another dose of old-school-inspired hip-hop on its major-label debut. This time out, the female trio—Sprout, Spero and Hesta Prynn—eschews the low-fi simplicity of its indie debut…

  15. Happy People/U Saved Me

    September 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Channeling another creative yet conflicted soul—Marvin Gaye— R. Kelly's latest project dissects the sexual/ spiritual dichotomy that makes him tick musically. Channeling another creative yet conflicted soul—Marvin Gaye— R. Kelly's latest project dissects the sexual/ spiritual…

  16. Billboard Bits: Santana/Los Lonely Boys, Trapt, Phair

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Santana/Los Lonely Boys, Trapt, Phair On the heels of a two-song performance earlier this week at the Latin Grammys in Los Angeles, Carlos Santana and Los Lonely Boys will hit the studio next week to record a version of the latter group's previously unreleased track, "I Don&…

  17. New Projects On Tap For Khan, Warwick

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Chaka Khan is recording her own take on the standards. Chaka Khan is recording her own take on the standards. The newest member of the Mesa/Blue Moon roster will be singing classic jazz and contemporary songs on an album due later this year, according to label president George Nauful. Look…

  18. Vanessa Williams Signs With Lava

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Lava Records has signed Vanessa Williams for two themed albums. A Christmas set, "Silver & Gold," is due Oct. 12, and will be followed in February with an album of classic love songs from the '70s Lava Records has signed Vanessa Williams for two themed albums. A Christmas…

  19. Nirvana Box Primed For Holiday Success

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Although a label spokesperson declined to confirm specifics, Universal Music Enterprises will release a three-CD boxed set from Nirvana in November. Limited editions of the project will include a DVD, Although a label spokesperson declined to confirm specifics, Universal Music Enterprises…

  20. 'Truth' Tour Spawns CD, DVD

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Highlights from last year's Tell Us the Truth tour, which featured Steve Earle, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Billy Bragg and Tom Morello, will be released on CD (Oct. 5) and DVD (Oct. 19) via Artemis. Highlights from last year's Tell Us the Truth tour, which featured Steve Earle, R.E.M…

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