1. Billboard Bits: Belew, Kitaro, Waters

    December 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST Stories on Adrian Belew, Kitaro and Heather Waters. Adrian Belew has set Jan. 25 as the release date for his latest solo album, "Side One" (Sanctuary). The nine-track set was recorded with Primus leader/bassist Les Claypool and Tool drummer Danny Carey. "'Side One'…

  2. Mario Trumps Snoop For Hot 100 No. 1

    December 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Mario is the new king of Billboard's Hot 100 with "Let Me Love You." The track moves 2-1 to end the three-week reign of Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell, which slips to No. 2. " Mario is the new king of Billboard's Hot 100…

  3. 52TunesOnTV

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 20-26, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 20 "The Early Show," CBS Featured artist: Madonna. "Today," NBC Featured artist: Chris Isaak (also scheduled: Sigourney Weaver). "The View," ABC Featured…

  4. CHART BEAT BONUS

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Snoop Dogg, Usher, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Josh Groban, Five For Fighting, Vanessa Williams, James Taylor and John Mayer, and charts h STILL HOT: The final chart of the calendar year finds "Drop It Like It's Hot"…

  5. Holmes Bros. Top Blues Awards Nominees

    December 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST The soulful New York-bred trio the Holmes Brothers lead the nominees for the 2005 W.C. Handy Blues Awards, presented annually by the nonprofit Memphis-based Blues Foundation. The soulful New York-bred trio the Holmes Brothers lead the nominees for the 2005 W.C. Handy Blues Awards, presented…

  6. Transient

    December 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Gaelle is no stranger to readers of Billboard. Since the late '90s, she has been featured in various sections of the magazine. Gaelle is no stranger to readers of Billboard. Since the late '90s, she has been featured in various sections of the magazine. Now, after honing her craft…

  7. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the letter "K," the Adult Contemporary chart and holiday music and signature songs with readers. A VERY SPECIAL "K" Fred, With the song "Karma" by Lloyd Banks featuring Avant moving 47-46 on Billboard's Hot 100, we're about to see…

  8. 2004 Billboard Music Awards Winners

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Winners of the 2004 Billboard Music Awards, handed out Dec. 8 in a ceremony at the MGM Garden Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Below are the winners of the 2004 Billboard Music Awards, handed out Dec. 8 in a ceremony at the MGM Garden Grand Arena in Las Vegas and televised on Fox. The Billboard…

  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. Hot Product

    December 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Eric Clapton Therapy 'Session' Broadening the scope of Eric Clapton's recent album of Robert Johnson interpretations, "Me and Mr. Johnson," the guitarist this week unveils the CD/DVD package "Sessions for Robert J." The Duck/Reprise release comprises tour…

  11. 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' &…

  12. Billboard Bits: Nugent/Keith, Langerado, Rob Da Bank

    December 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Nugent/Keith, Langerado, Rob Da Bank Hard rock guitar slinger Ted Nugent will joint country star Toby Keith for about 20 arena dates in the first quarter of 2005. The pair first worked together on a USO tour last summer, according to Keith's manager, T.K. Kimbrell. "Ted…

  13. 'Woman' Is King On New Iron & Wine EP

    December 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Iron & Wine will continue its prolific run of releases early next year with the six-song EP "Woman King." Iron & Wine will continue its prolific run of releases early next year with the six-song EP "Woman King." Due Feb. 22 via Sub Pop, the set was recorded in…

  14. B&E: MF Doom

    December 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: MF Doom. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. A heaping buffet of underground hip-hop and B-movie samples, MF Doom's "MM.…

  15. Billboard Bits: Newman, Ezra, EBTG, Nobel Concert

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Randy Newman, Better Than Ezra, EBTG, Nobel Concert Randy Newman has written two new songs for the soundtrack to the upcoming film "Meet the Fockers." In addition to composing the score for the set, due Jan. 11 via Varese Sarabande, the 2000 Billboard Century Award winner…

  16. 49TunesOnTV

    November 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 29 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist: Lenny Kravitz (also scheduled: Colin Ferrell). "Las Vegas," NBC Featured artist: The Polyphonic Spree. …

  17. Kumbia Kings Continue Their Reign

    November 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com To judge the degree of influence wielded by Kumbia Kings, one need only look at the numbers. Earlier this year, the Texas-based band had simultaneously two albums on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. At the same time, the act was competing…

  18. Eminem Thankful To Remain No. 1

    November 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST Despite a strong challenge from the latest album from R&B powerhouse Destiny's Child, Eminem's "Encore" remains the No. 1 title on The Billboard 200 following its first full week of retail availab Despite a strong challenge from the latest album from R&B powerhouse…

  19. B&E: Ray LaMontagne & George Huff

    November 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Ray LaMontagne and George Huff. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. A LONG TIME COMING: For Ray LaMontagne, the moment he decided to…

  20. Billboard Bits: Spacey, Setzer, COC

    November 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Stories on Kevin Spacey, Brian Setzer Orchestra and Corrosion Of Conformity. Kevin Spacey has dabbled very lightly in the world of song in the past, even contributing a version of "Mind Games" during a televised tribute to John Lennon a few years back. But he has so seriously taken…

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