1. Live Like You Were Dying

    September 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw and his road band returned to upstate New York to record this very confident studio album, his eighth. Tim McGraw and his road band returned to upstate New York to record this very confident studio album, his eighth. "How Bad Do You Want It" is raw, swampy, blues rock,…

  2. B&E: Cary Brothers

    September 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. BROTHERLY LOVE: It's easy to imagine Cary Brothers during the height of the acoustic genre. If he'…

  3. Pixies Prevail In Slow Touring Season

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz and Christina Aguilera have scrapped tours. Lollapalooza crashed and burned. The U.S. touring market has been in dire straits all summer. But a savior showed up in the ve Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz and Christina Aguilera have scrapped tours. Lollapalooza…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses chart records, Fantasia, song titles, Top 40 radio and Maroon5 with readers. NOT GOING BACK, NOT GOING FORWARD Dear Fred, Kenny Chesney's "I Go Back" remains at No. 2 [on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart] for a sixth non-consecutive…

  5. LL Cool J, Big Boi Lead Atlanta SoulFest

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT LL Cool J and Big Boi, of Atlanta-based hip-hop act OutKast, will headline the inaugural SoulFest event in the Georgia capitol. LL Cool J and Big Boi, of Atlanta-based hip-hop act OutKast, will headline the inaugural SoulFest event in the Georgia capitol. Set for Sept. 4-5, the festival will…

  6. Westerberg Reels In Film Work

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In the year between finishing his new album and its anticipated release next month, Paul Westerberg has shifted his focus to film. He has been working on songs for the Sony Pictures Animation project In the year between finishing his new album and its anticipated release next month, Paul…

  7. Audio Xtract, Jones Soda

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Tangled Web, a weekly column featuring interesting music-related online destinations. This week: Audio Xtract and Jones Soda. TiVO FOR WEB RADIO? New technologies for manipulating media continue to blur the line between copyright infringement and fair use, and one recent development that…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Soul on Top

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Papa's got a brand new big band. Papa's got a brand new big band. "Soul on Top," an instant anachronism when King Records first released it in 1969, has Brown singing Oliver Nelson arrangements of Tin Pan Alley standards backed by the big and loud Louis Bellson Orchestra. …

  11. Mis-Teeq

    July 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rising from the U.K. garage scene with several top 10 hits, vocal trio Mis-Teeq slinked its way stateside with "Scandalous," currently No. Rising from the U.K. garage scene with several top 10 hits, vocal trio Mis-Teeq slinked its way stateside with "Scandalous," currently…

  12. Player!

    July 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist/vocalist Nick Curran nabbed the W.C. Handy Award for best new artist in 2004. Guitarist/vocalist Nick Curran nabbed the W.C. Handy Award for best new artist in 2004. A veteran of the Texas blues/rockabilly circuit—he has toured with Ronny Dawkins, Kim Lenz and Wayne Hancock—Curran…

  13. Earl Slick Makes 'Zig Zag' Return

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Considering that he has recorded with two of rock's biggest legends, it's sort of strange to hear renowned guitarist Earl Slick relay that for the better part of the 1990s he completely stopped playin Considering that he has recorded with two of rock's biggest legends, it'…

  14. CHART BEAT BONUS

    December 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Blind Boys Of Alabama, Jim Brickman and Clay Aiken, as well as his top-10 favorite songs of the year. PATIENCE: A couple of weeks ago, the late Burl Ives generated some chart news when a new album of his Christmas songs debuted on Billboard&…

  15. Chesney Lays Out 2004 'Tiki' Tour Dates

    December 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Internal fighting, therapy sessions and tumultuous making of the band's latest album are headed to the big screen in the documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster." An unflinching, warts-and-all lo As expected , Kenny Chesney will hit the road in the spring with fellow…

  16. Love's Drug Trial Delayed Until January

    December 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Courtney Love came to court in Beverly Hills yesterday (Dec. 11) afternoon only to have a hearing on felony drug possession charges against her postponed until Jan. 27. Courtney Love came to court in Beverly Hills yesterday (Dec. 11) afternoon only to have a hearing on felony drug possession…

  17. Jagger Knighted At Buckingham Palace

    December 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, once a scourge of the British establishment, received its ultimate accolade today (Dec. 12) when he was knighted by heir to the throne Prince Charles in a cerem Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, once a scourge of the British establishment,…

  18. Hot Product

    December 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Kelis, Hoobastank, Westside Connection, Earl Slick and more. /bb/hotprod/index.jsp News Earl Slick , Kelis …

  19. Hot Product

    December 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Earl Slick Guest Appeal Longtime David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick will release a new solo album, "Zig Zag," this week on Sanctuary Records. The disc features four instrumentals and collaborations with Bowie, the Cure's Robert Smith, Spacehog's Royston Langdon, Def Leppard&…

  20. IRS To Auction Peabo Bryson Possessions

    December 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Grammy Awards won by Peabo Bryson for "Beauty and the Beast" and "A Whole New World" will be among the items auctioned today (Dec. 5) and tomorrow to help pay the artist's $1.2 million tax debt. Grammy Awards won by Peabo Bryson for "Beauty and the Beast"…

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