1. Usher Nabs 11 Billboard Music Awards

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST R&B/hip-hop artists reigned supreme last night (Dec. 8) at the Billboard Music Awards, where Usher walked away the big winner with 11 trophies. Alicia Keys netted seven awards during the ceremony R&B/hip-hop artists reigned supreme last night (Dec. 8) at the Billboard Music Awards,…

  2. 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…

  3. Benson Readies 'Love,' Records With White

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Detroit-based pop/rocker Brendan Benson is gearing up for a big 2005. Detroit-based pop/rocker Brendan Benson is gearing up for a big 2005. His new solo album, "The Alternative to Love," is set to be released in March via V2 Records, and amidst an anticipated heavy slate of touring,…

  4. Divas Descend On BMA Rehearsals

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST It was an evening of divas last night (Dec. 7) at rehearsals for the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, which air live tonight on Fox. Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige were on hand to rehearse their seg It was an evening of divas last night (Dec. 7) at rehearsals for the Billboard Music Awards…

  5. Ask Billboard

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Cathy Dennis, Mighty Joe Young and RIAA Certifications. REDISCOVERING DENNIS Dear Keith, I have been noticing lately, especially in the United Kingdom, that Cathy Dennis has had a hand in writing many of my favorite pop songs of the past…

  6. Billboard Bits: Bonnaroo, Ozomatli, Nadine Renee

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Stories on Bonnaroo, Ozomatli and Nadine Renee. The fourth annual Bonnaroo Music Festival is set for June 10-12. The hugely successful jam band fest will return to the same 700-acre site in rural Manchester, Tenn., about 60 miles South of Nashville. Jonathan Mayers, president of Superfly…

  7. Green Day's 'Idiot' Fueling Banner Year

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST With a No. 1 debut on The Billboard for its punk rock opera "American Idiot," two No. 1 hits on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, and now a slew of Grammy nominations, Green Day has found itself b With a No. 1 debut on The Billboard for its punk rock opera "American…

  8. Twain's 'Come On Over' Nets Double Diamond

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Shania Twain has joined an exclusive club as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in November certified her 1997 album "Come on Over" 20 times platinum. Shania Twain has joined an exclusive club as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in November…

  9. Kanye West Leads Grammy Nominees

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST With 10 nominations, including best new artist, Kanye West leads the field for the 47th annual Grammy Awards. Other multiple nominees include Alicia Keys and Usher, who are tied with eight, the late R With 10 nominations, including one for best new artist, Kanye West leads the field for the…

  10. Motley Crue Returning To The Road

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST As expected, Motley Crue's original lineup will reform for an extensive tour in 2005. The Red White & Crue Tour...Better Live Than Dead will kick off Feb. 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and will proc As expected , Motley Crue's original lineup will reform for an extensive tour in…

  11. Holiday Single, New Album On Pearl Jam's Radar

    December 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST While Pearl Jam continues work on its first studio album since splitting with longtime label Epic, two releases are on the horizon to tide fans over. While Pearl Jam continues work on its first studio album since splitting with longtime label Epic, two releases are on the horizon to tide fans…

  12. Hot Product

    December 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Mario 'Point' Break Eighteen-year-old R&B artist Mario will release his sophomore album, "Turning Point," this week via J Records. The Scott Storch-produced single "Let Me Love You" has already hit 11 different Billboard charts, reaching new peaks this week…

  13. Hot Product

    December 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: A new album from prolific rapper Ludacris, "Red Light District" (Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam). Concert DVDs from the White Stripes ("Under Blackpool Lights," Third Man/V2) and Rod Stewart ("Live at…

  14. Iaiá

    December 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST The thing to remember about Sào Paolo native Mônica Salmaso is that she is the most pure singer in Brazil today. The thing to remember about Sào Paolo native Mônica Salmaso is that she is the most pure singer in Brazil today. She has, from the outset of her career, possessed a voice with a…

  15. With the Lights Out

    December 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST Icon, drug addict, voice of a generation, self-loathing slacker: The late Kurt Cobain was all this and more during his too brief 27 years on earth. In between, the music he forged with Nirvana just ha Icon, drug addict, voice of a generation, self-loathing slacker: The late Kurt Cobain was…

  16. The Ultimate Collection

    December 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST This four-CD collection is intended for those fans of Michael Jackson who want the smash songs but also demand unreleased and rare material. Unfortunately, because Jackson has so many hits, some are m This four-CD collection is intended for those fans of Michael Jackson who want the smash…

  17. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

    December 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST If every song on U2's new album was as catchy as lead track "Vertigo," it would amount to a reinvention of the band. But "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" is quintessential U2, taken to the next level If every song on U2's new album was as catchy as lead track …

  18. Love, Angel, Music, Baby

    December 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST You won't find much self-revelation on Gwen Stefani's solo debut. The No Doubt frontwoman proves to be even more of a musical chameleon than another famously provocative blonde singer/ fashion icon. You won't find much self-revelation on Gwen Stefani's solo debut. The No…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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