1. Autobiography

    August 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In this issue, Ashlee Simpson's "Autobiography" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. By doing this, she one-ups big sister Jessica, who peaked at No. In this issue, Ashlee Simpson's "Autobiography" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. By doing this, she one-ups…

  2. Funk Legend Rick James Found Dead

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Funk legend Rick James was found dead at 9:45 a.m. PT this morning (Aug. 6) at his Los Angeles home by a caretaker, according to a police spokesperson. He was 56. The cause of death was believed to be Funk legend Rick James was found dead at 9:45 a.m. PT this morning (Aug. 6) at his Los…

  3. Britney's Debut Tips 14 Million Mark

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As many as 14 million copies of Britney Spears' debut album, "...Baby One More Time," have been put into circulation in the United States. As many as 14 million copies of Britney Spears' debut album, "...Baby One More Time," have been put into circulation in the…

  4. Listeners Won't 'Give Up' On Postal Service

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The Postal Service's debut album, the ironically titled "Give Up," is doing anything but. In the July 17 issue of Billboard, the Sub Pop set reached No. 1 on the Top Electronic Albums chart. It recently spent its fourth week in the…

  5. Ask Billboard

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Anastacia, Brad Cotter, Monica and Missy Elliott. "Ask Billboard" is on a brief hiatus. New columns will return to this space soon. MISSING ANASTACIA Keith, I recently heard that Anastacia was going to release her superb new self…

  6. Billboard Bits: VMAs, Fashion Rocks, Jimmy Sturr

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on VMAs, Fashion Rocks, Jimmy Sturr Lil' Jon, Petey Pablo and Ying Yang Twins & Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe have joined the performance lineup for the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. The 21st annual event is set for Aug. 29 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. They join…

  7. Skinny Puppy Returns At The 'Right' Time

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In the winter of 1982, in an apartment in Vancouver, cEvin kEy and Nivek Ogre got together on somewhat of a lark to being recording and creating a reaction to popular music: something anti-pop, anti-c In the winter of 1982, in an apartment in Vancouver, cEvin kEy and Nivek Ogre got together…

  8. Chili Peppers, Busted Storm U.K. Charts

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers' double CD "Live In Hyde Park,' released internationally as a memento of the band's London shows in June, raced straight to No. 1 on the British album chart yesterday (Aug. 1 The Red Hot Chili Peppers' double CD "Live In Hyde Park,'…

  9. 32TunesOnTV

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 2-8, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 2 "Live With Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist: Gavin DeGraw (also scheduled: Jon Voight, Brooke Burns). "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest," Syndicated Featured…

  10. White Turns Blue

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Norwegian singer/songwriter Maria Mena launched her career in the United States earlier this summer with the potent "You're the Only One." Equal parts Michelle Branch and Alanis Morissette, the single Norwegian singer/songwriter Maria Mena launched her career in the United…

  11. A Cinderella Story

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The movie "A Cinderella Story" asks the timeless question, does the shoe fit? In this case, the answer lies not in the fairy tale ending but in the soundtrack, which is tailor-made for Hilary Duff. The movie "A Cinderella Story" asks the timeless question, does the shoe…

  12. Wylde Tymes at Washington High

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Eclectic South Central band the Wylde Bunch offers a dynamic, alternative blend of hip-hop, rock, R&B and pop on its first album, which intertwines old-school ingredients with new-school ideas. Eclectic South Central band the Wylde Bunch offers a dynamic, alternative blend of hip-hop,…

  13. Cuba's State-Owned Label Going Worldwide

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Cuban state-owned record company Egrem is getting an international launch for the first time in its 60-year history. Cuban state-owned record company Egrem is getting an international launch for the first time in its 60-year history. The label's catalog features major names in Cuban…

  14. Sweet Celebrates Life With Two New CDs

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Power-pop maestro Matthew Sweet is returning to North American audiences after a five-year hiatus between solo releases with two new albums. Power-pop maestro Matthew Sweet is returning to North American audiences after a five-year hiatus between solo releases with two new albums. "Kimi…

  15. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to Usher, Juvenile, Van Halen, the Jacksons and Reba McEntire. FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER: Between 1955 and 2003, no song with a title that began with the word "Slow" had ever made it to No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart. Then,…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses, radio, faith on the charts, Reba McEntire and Monica with readers. RADIO DISCONNECT Dear Fred, I've been reading your column online for about a year now [and last week's] article struck a nerve. I used to listen to the radio all the time, at home and in the…

  17. Timberlake Wins Restraining Order

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake has obtained a restraining order against a photographer who allegedly was stalking the pop star. Justin Timberlake has obtained a restraining order against a photographer who allegedly was stalking the pop star. "It's about time that somebody did something about…

  18. Simpson's 'Autobiography' Soars To No. 1

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ashlee Simpson may have followed in the footsteps of her singer/reality show star sister Jessica, but she's the first in the family to notch a No. 1 album. The actor-turned-singer's Geffen debut," Aut Ashlee Simpson may have followed in the footsteps of her singer/reality show…

  19. Billboard Bits: Fuji Rock, Big Star, OK Go

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Fuji Rock, Big Star, OK Go Morrissey has dropped off the bill for this weekend's Fuji Rock Festival in Japan due to a "miscommunication," according to the event's official Web site . The artist was originally confirmed to close the festival on Sunday (Aug. 1); the…

  20. Jackson Accused Of Imprisoning Boy

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Pop star Michael Jackson enticed a young boy, then imprisoned him and his family and forced them to make a video absolving him of molestation claims, prosecutors charged today (July 27). The fiery cou Pop star Michael Jackson enticed a young boy, then imprisoned him and his family and forced…

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