1. Fire Theft Parts Ways With Rykodisc

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Modern rock act the Fire Theft has parted ways with Rykodisc, which released the group's self-titled debut in 2003, Billboard.com has learned. Modern rock act the Fire Theft has parted ways with Rykodisc, which released the group's self-titled debut in 2003, Billboard.com has…

  2. 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' &…

  3. New Seasonal Offerings Compete For Attention

    November 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ever year, artists and labels pull together holiday music releases in hopes of striking perennial silver and gold, and 2004 can be considered a banner year for seasonal fare. Thanks to new albums from Ever year, artists and labels pull together holiday music releases in hopes of striking…

  4. Usher And Alicia's 'Boo' Still Strong At No. 1

    November 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Usher starts his sixth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "My Boo" featuring Alicia Keys. That gives Usher a total of 28 weeks at No. 1 in 2004; last week, he became the only artist ever to top Usher starts his sixth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "…

  5. Hummin' to Myself

    November 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST There's nothing new about Linda Ronstadt strolling through the Great American Songbook. She established a respectable post-rock career with her three 1980s big-band albums arranged with Sinatra-esque There's nothing new about Linda Ronstadt strolling through the Great American…

  6. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Usher, parent/child chart entries and Ja Rule with readers. A SIMPLE MAJORITY Fred, If "My Boo" gets a fifth week at No. 1, that will give Usher 27 weeks at No. 1 in 2004, spread between his four chart-topping singles. Will that make him the first artist who&…

  7. 'Boo' Wins Another Week At No. 1

    November 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST "My Boo" is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Hot 100 Airplay charts for a fifth week in a row. The reign of the duet by Usher and Alicia Keys hasn't been easy, holding Snoop Dogg's "Drop it Like it's "My Boo" is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100…

  8. Hot Product

    November 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Snoop Dogg, Lil Jon, Chingy Heaps Of Hip-Hop This week sees the release of three major hip-hop albums, led by the latest from Snoop Dogg, which was moved up a week due to piracy concerns. "R&G (Rhythm and Gangsta): The Masterpiece" (Geffen) features the single "Drop It Like…

  9. Real Talk

    November 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fabolous, who first made a name for himself in 2002 with singles "Can't Deny It" and "Young'n (Holla Back)," shows a newfound maturity on this, his third set. Fabolous, who first made a name for himself in 2002 with singles "Can't Deny It" and …

  10. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses parents and children on the charts, No. 1 singles and song remakes with readers. FATHER AND SON Fred: With the debut of "Bridging the Gap" by Nas featuring Olu Dara on the Hot 100, the chart is once again experiencing a parent and child together on a single.…

  11. U.N. Plans Concert For Darfur Refugees

    November 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Franz Ferdinand, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde and Simply Red's Mick Hucknall will perform at a United Nations-sponsored concert next month to benefit the people of Sudan's war-torn Darfur province. Franz Ferdinand, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde and Simply Red's…

  12. Keep Hope Alive

    November 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Several revered artists from the underground house music scene gathered for this "We Are the World"-styled project that benefits LIFEbeat, the music industry AIDS organization. Several revered artists from the underground house music scene gathered for this "We Are the World…

  13. Eminem Helms Another 'New' Tupac Album

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Eminem has produced 12 songs based around previously unreleased verses from late rapper Tupac Shakur for the album "Loyal to the Game," Billboard.com has learned. Eminem has produced 12 songs based around previously unreleased verses from late rapper Tupac Shakur for the album "…

  14. 'NOW' Series Spawns 17th CD, 2nd DVD

    October 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The 17th edition of the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series will emerge Nov. 2 via Capitol, in plenty of time for the holiday shopping season. The set collects 20 hit singles from the likes of Nell The 17th edition of the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series…

  15. Guerilla City

    October 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fans of 2Pac, the Notorious B.I.G. and Ice-T can savor a fresh aural rendition of that old-school flavor with Guerilla Black's debut album, "Guerilla City." Fans of 2Pac, the Notorious B.I.G. and Ice-T can savor a fresh aural rendition of that old-school flavor with Guerilla…

  16. When I Fall in Love

    October 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Trumpeter Chris Botti describes his music as "instrumental pop with jazz flavoring," which makes for smooth rides. Trumpeter Chris Botti describes his music as "instrumental pop with jazz flavoring," which makes for smooth rides. Read: no curves, jagged edges or ear…

  17. Taylor Offers Holiday Tunes With Hallmark

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT James Taylor will on Nov. 1 release a new Christmas album that will be available exclusively through Hallmark stores. The project is Taylor's first since 2002's "October Road," his last album for Colu James Taylor will on Nov. 1 release a new Christmas album that will be…

  18. 41TunesOnTV

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Oct. 4-10, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, OCT. 4 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured Artist: Mase (also scheduled: John Travolta). "And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip Hop - Back in the Day," VH1…

  19. Chingy Taps Janet, R. Kelly For 'Powerballin''

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson and R. Kelly are among the guests appearing on Chingy's sophomore album, "Powerballin'." The set is due Nov. 5 via Capitol, bumped up a week from its scheduled release date. Other guests Janet Jackson and R. Kelly are among the guests appearing on Chingy'…

  20. Taking a Chance on Love

    September 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jane Monheit's pitch-perfect, full-ranged voice exhibits pleasant phrasing, a flair for the theatrical, a touch of huskiness, a pinch of sass and a know-how for singing from earth and sky at the same Jane Monheit's pitch-perfect, full-ranged voice exhibits pleasant phrasing, a flair…

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