1. A Smart Start For Green Day

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. With "American Idiot," Green Day is back to rightfully reclaim the punk/pop throne. In the four years since the band's last studio album, "Warning," Green Day has watched groups it has clearly influenced, such as Blink…

  2. Train Comes 'Alive At Last'

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Pop/rock act Train will release its first concert album, "Alive at Last," Nov. 2 via Columbia. Pop/rock act Train will release its first concert album, "Alive at Last," Nov. 2 via Columbia. The set was recorded earlier this year in Birmingham, Ala., by Brett Eliason (Pearl…

  3. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses 'my' songs, charts and more with readers. OH MY MY Mr. Bronson, Since the top 10 keeps getting more possessive, now with "My Happy Ending" joining "My Boo" and "My Place," I thought I'd drum up "my" list of top 10 …

  4. Jagger: Watts Beat Cancer

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has won a battle with throat cancer, according to Mick Jagger. "Charlie has had all his treatments and he's now been cleared and is free of any illness," the Stone Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has won a battle with throat cancer,…

  5. Ask Billboard

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Mandy Moore, Christine McVie and Boyz II Men. MOORE, MOORE, MOORE Keith, I heard that Mandy Moore was going to come out with a greatest hits CD. If this is true, what songs will be on it? Jewell Hi Jewell, Mandy Moore does indeed have a…

  6. Billboard Bits: Gwen Stefani, Seal, Johnny Cash

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Gwen Stefani, Seal, Johnny Cash No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani's highly anticipated solo debut finally has a name: "Love, Angel, Music, Baby" will arrive Nov. 23 via Interscope. First single "What You Waiting For?" was commercially released on Tuesday,…

  7. Transcontinental

    September 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Aussie guitar slinger Jedd Hughes makes an auspicious debut here, co-writing all 11 cuts on "Transcontinental" and showcasing chops aplenty. Aussie guitar slinger Jedd Hughes makes an auspicious debut here, co-writing all 11 cuts on "Transcontinental" and showcasing chops…

  8. How Sweet the Sound

    September 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT San Francisco-based all-male vocal ensemble Chanticleer has made plenty of albums of spirituals and gospel music (along with recordings of other styles, from Gregorian chant to rarities from the Mexic San Francisco-based all-male vocal ensemble Chanticleer has made plenty of albums of…

  9. So Jealous

    September 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It's hard to sound as sweet as Tegan & Sara and not come across as precious. But somehow this duo does it, and the result is fantastic. It's hard to sound as sweet as Tegan & Sara and not come across as precious. But somehow this duo does it, and the result is fantastic.…

  10. Townshend Site To Host Streaming TV Station

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The system has been tested in recent months with a live Who rehearsal and performances by Townshend-mentored singer/songwriter Rachel Fuller. Who guitarist Pete Townshend's official Web site will soon play host to a streaming TV station dubbed "Who TV." The system has been…

  11. Hot Product

    September 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Costello Elvis, Times Two The ever-prolific Elvis Costello drops two new albums this week: the rock-oriented "The Delivery Man" (Lost Highway) and the orchestral "Il Sogno" (Deutsche Grammophon). "The Delivery Man" was largely recorded at Sweet Tea Studios…

  12. Connected

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A hip-hop duo whose members did not meet until after its debut set was completed sounds like a recipe for disaster. A hip-hop duo whose members did not meet until after its debut set was completed sounds like a recipe for disaster. But it worked for the Foreign Exchange's aptly titled …

  13. Genius Loves Company

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ray Charles did it right for his swan song. He not only enlisted the duo support of a dozen top-drawer singers, but he recorded the sessions face to face, voice to voice. Ray Charles did it right for his swan song. He not only enlisted the duo support of a dozen top-drawer singers, but he…

  14. 'The O.C.' Rocks With Two New CDs

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Just before the hit Fox show "The O.C." kicks off its second season on Nov. 4, Warner Bros. will issue the next two volumes in the show's soundtrack series. Just before the hit Fox show "The O.C." kicks off its second season on Nov. 4, Warner Bros. will issue the next…

  15. Madonna Visiting Israel On Spiritual Quest

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Madonna is on her way to the Holy Land. The pop diva, a student of Jewish mysticism, is headed to Israel on a spiritual quest for the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown today (Sept. 15). Madonna is on her way to the Holy Land. The pop diva, a student of Jewish mysticism, is headed to…

  16. Indie Acts Rock For 'Take Action' CD

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Taking Back Sunday, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, NOFX, Coheed & Cambria and Mastodon are among the acts contributing songs to the compilation "Take Action! Volume 4." Taking Back Sunday, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, NOFX, Coheed & Cambria and Mastodon are among the acts contributing songs…

  17. Reed, Walkmen Join Modest Mouse's 'Party'

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Lou Reed, the Walkmen and the Eagles Of Death Metal have joined the lineup for the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, to be held Nov. 6-7 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif. Lou Reed, the Walkmen and the Eagles Of Death Metal have joined the lineup for the All Tomorrow's Parties…

  18. Costello Heads To Memphis For Live DVD

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Costello will stage a pair of performances at an intimate Memphis club that will be the basis of the artist's first DVD release. Shortly before the release of his latest studio album , Elvis Costello will stage a pair of performances at an intimate Memphis club that will be the…

  19. Diam

    September 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Peter Gabriel's latest protÉgÉ, singer/ songwriter Daby TourÉ, makes his Real World debut with this affable album. Peter Gabriel's latest protégé, singer/ songwriter Daby Touré, makes his Real World debut with this affable album. Touré's music evokes modern and traditional…

  20. Lennon Reissues Take On 'Rock,' Acoustic'

    September 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Capitol is prepping the release of a new John Lennon compilation of acoustic recordings and an expanded, remixed and remastered version of his 1975 covers album, "Rock'n'Roll." Capitol is prepping the release of a new John Lennon compilation of acoustic recordings and an…

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