1. Mellencamp Walks 'Tall' On Retrospective

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT John Mellencamp has drafted producer/artist Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds to co-produce two new songs for his upcoming retrospective "Words & Music." John Mellencamp has drafted producer/artist Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds to co-produce two new songs for his…

  2. Hip-Hop Acts Bolster ESPN Videogame, Tour

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In its most ambitious cross-marketing program to date, ESPN Videogames is featuring more than three dozen original or licensed tracks from 22 top hip-hop acts in "NBA 2K5," a fall release for PlayStat In its most ambitious cross-marketing program to date, ESPN Videogames is…

  3. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart escapades of Green Day, 'Princess Diaries,' Prince and Terror Squad. GREEN'S DAY HAS COME: It might be difficult to believe, but 10 years after scoring its first hit, Green Day finally makes its debut on Billboard's Hot 100. The…

  4. Hot 100: 'Lean Back' Rises To The Top

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Terror Squad takes over Billboard's Hot 100 after a steady nine-week rise with the summer anthem "Lean Back." It's the second fastest ascent this year behind Usher's "Yeah!" featuring Ludacris and Lil Terror Squad takes over Billboard's Hot 100 after a…

  5. Keys Hit Triggers Calls To Georgia Man

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fans of Alicia Keys keep calling her number, but it's J.D. Turner of Statesboro, Ga., who picks up the phone. Fans of Alicia Keys keep calling her number, but it's J.D. Turner of Statesboro, Ga., who picks up the phone. The retired pastor has the unfortunate luck of having the same…

  6. Top Acts Suit Up For 'NFL Opening Kickoff'

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Toby Keith and Lenny Kravitz will perform live as part of the National Football League's "Opening Kickoff" television special next month. The event will air Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Toby Keith and Lenny…

  7. Epic Collects Macy Gray's 'Best'

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Epic will on Sept. 7 release "The Very Best of Macy Gray," culling material from the eclectic vocalist's three albums for the label. Epic will on Sept. 7 release "The Very Best of Macy Gray," culling material from the eclectic vocalist's three albums for the…

  8. Manager Denies Quotes On Crowes Board

    August 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Speculation is running rampant that Chris and Rich Robinson may reform the Black Crowes, based on meetings the famously feuding brothers recently held with former Crowes manager Pete Angelus. Speculation is running rampant that Chris and Rich Robinson may reform the Black Crowes, based on…

  9. Juvenile 'Slow' To Leave Singles Chart Summit

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Juvenile fends off competitors for the second week in a row, as the rapper's "Slow Motion" featuring Soulja Slim remains in the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100. The single from his latest Cash Money Juvenile fends off competitors for the second week in a row, as the…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. A Q&A With LL Cool J

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Career longevity has eluded many rappers. Many rock, R&B and country stars maintain their hitmaking status for 20-plus years, but that rarely happens in hip-hop. Unless you are LL Cool J. Born James Todd Smith, LL Cool J (an acronym for "…

  13. Porcelain

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Emo outfit At the Drive-In is on permanent hiatus, but its followers can console themselves with Sparta, a quartet that includes former Drive-In members Tony Hajjar (drums), Paul Hinojos (guitar) and Emo outfit At the Drive-In is on permanent hiatus, but its followers can console themselves…

  14. The Notorious Cherry Bombs

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As country music's most impressive supergroup this side of the Highwaymen, the Notorious Cherry Bombs boast a lineup of Nashville music titans: Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill and Tony Brown, along with Ed As country music's most impressive supergroup this side of the Highwaymen, the…

  15. Fernanda Porto

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A key element differentiates Fernanda Porto from the many other acts that are now fusing traditional Brazilian rhythms with electronic dance beats: Her songs are solid. A key element differentiates Fernanda Porto from the many other acts that are now fusing traditional Brazilian rhythms with…

  16. 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…

  17. Camper Van Beethoven Bowls Again

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Camper Van Beethoven has reunited to record its first studio album in 15 years. A rock opera of sorts, "New Roman Times" is due Oct. 12 via Pitch-A-Tent/Vanguard and features all five original members Camper Van Beethoven has reunited to record its first studio album in 15 years. A…

  18. Juvenile Offender: 'Slow' Hits No. 1

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Juvenile's "Slow Motion" featuring Soulja Slim jumps into the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 this week. In its 15th week on the chart, the rapper's single trades positions with last week's chart-to Juvenile's "Slow Motion" featuring Soulja Slim…

  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. 'Confessions' Tops Singles Chart Again

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Once again Usher finds himself in the familiar position of being on top of Billboard's Hot 100. "Confessions Part II," his third single to hold the post this year, starts a second consecutive week at Once again Usher finds himself in the familiar position of being on top of…

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