1. Avril Soaks Up 'SpongeBob' Theme

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne will sing the "SpongeBob SquarePants" theme song on the animated film's soundtrack, according to the publicist for the project. In addition, the Shins, Ween and Motorhead are newly confi Avril Lavigne will sing the "SpongeBob SquarePants" theme song on…

  2. Braxton Pacts With WB For Sitcom

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The WB Network has teamed with Toni Braxton to develop a comedy project starring the Grammy-winning R&B singer. The WB Network has teamed with Toni Braxton to develop a comedy project starring the Grammy-winning R&B singer. The 20th Century Fox TV show will be loosely based on the R…

  3. Ciara's 'Goodies' Won't Budge From No. 1

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With her album debut, "Goodies" (Sho'nuff/Music Line/LaFace), hitting stores this week, Ciara is nestled into the top slot of the Billboard Hot 100 for the fifth straight week with the title track fea With her album debut, "Goodies" (Sho'nuff/Music Line/LaFace),…

  4. Billboard Bits: Simon & Garfunkel, R.E.M., Ween

    September 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Simon & Garfunkel, R.E.M., Ween Although details were scant at deadline, Simon & Garfunkel are eyeing a Nov. 23 release for a DVD and deluxe CD chronicling their wildly successful Old Friends reunion tour. The sets will be issued by Warner Bros., which previously released…

  5. Dozens Of Acts Sign On For Merlefest

    September 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Some of the top names in bluegrass and country music have signed on for the 2005 edition of MerleFest, to be held April 28-May 1 at Wilkesboro, N.C. Some of the top names in bluegrass and country music have signed on for the 2005 edition of MerleFest, to be held April 28-May 1 at Wilkesboro,…

  6. The 'American' Way: Green Day Debuts At No. 1

    September 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Green Day scores its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with its first album in four years, "American Idiot." It's also the biggest opening sales week ever for the pop/punk act, as its fifth s Green Day scores its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with its…

  7. Etheridge Heading To The Small Screen

    September 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Melissa Etheridge is crossing over to television as the star of an ABC sitcom. After competitive bidding among several networks, the project from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Brad Grey TV land Melissa Etheridge is crossing over to television as the star of an ABC sitcom. After…

  8. B&E: Black Keys & Mindi Abair

    September 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: The Black Keys and Mindi Abair. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. THE (BLACK) KEYS TO SUCCESS: Akron, Ohio-based duo the Black Keys…

  9. BREAKING & ENTERING

    September 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Black Keys & Mindi Abair /bb/breakenter/index.jsp News Mindi Abair …

  10. Billboard Bits: McGraw, Carousel Of Hope, 'Elwood's Blues'

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Tim McGraw and the CMA Awards, Carousel Of Hope benefit and Dan Aykroyd's 'Elwood's Blues' book. With a performance of "How Bad Do You Want It," Tim McGraw will open the 38th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards ceremony, set for Nov. 9 at…

  11. Cam'ron Drafts Pals Into 'Purple Haze'

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With a guest list that includes hot players Kanye West and Twista, Cam'ron is preparing the release of his new album, "Purple Haze." Due Dec. 7 via Diplomats/Roc-A-Fella, the set is said to boast the With a guest list that includes hot players Kanye West and Twista, Cam'…

  12. Chaka Khan's Son Arrested For Murder

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The 25-year-old son of veteran R&B singer Chaka Khan has been arrested for murder after shooting another man while they fought over a gun, according to Los Angeles police. The 25-year-old son of veteran R&B singer Chaka Khan has been arrested for murder after shooting another man…

  13. Shortlisters Compiled

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tracks from 15 albums nominated for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize will be culled for the first compilation stemming from the annual contest. Tracks from 15 albums nominated for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize will be culled for the first compilation stemming from the annual contest. Due Nov.…

  14. Ying Yang Twins Crunk Up New CD/DVD

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Atlanta-based hip-hop outfit Ying Yang Twins will unveil a new CD/DVD release Nov. 2 via TVT. The CD portion of "My Brother & Me" will feature 10 new songs, including the single "Halftime (Stand U Atlanta-based hip-hop outfit Ying Yang Twins will unveil a new CD/DVD release…

  15. Chingy Taps Janet, R. Kelly For 'Powerballin''

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson and R. Kelly are among the guests appearing on Chingy's sophomore album, "Powerballin'." The set is due Nov. 5 via Capitol, bumped up a week from its scheduled release date. Other guests Janet Jackson and R. Kelly are among the guests appearing on Chingy'…

  16. eBay, Virgin, Son Volt & Downhill Battle

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tangled Web: A weekly column featuring intriguing online music-related issues & destinations. This Week: eBay, Virgin, Son Volt and Downhill Battle. TWO MORE JOIN FRAY: In the past week, two more digital-music services jumped into the increasingly crowded download market. First, online…

  17. THE TANGLED WEB

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Destinations: eBay, Son Volt & More /bb/tangledweb/index.jsp News Son Volt …

  18. A Q&A With Barry Manilow

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for bb.com. Barry Manilow has a busy fall. On Sept. 28, Concord Records releases " Scores: Songs from 'Copacabana' and 'Harmony ,'" Manilow's 43rd album. The CD is a collection of tunes from two musicals penned by Manilow, as…

  19. Lynn Takes Two Americana Awards

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Loretta Lynn earned two trophies Friday at the third annual Americana Honors & Awards in Nashville. The veteran country performer was named artist of the year, while her acclaimed Jack White-produ Loretta Lynn earned two trophies Friday at the third annual Americana Honors & Awards in…

  20. U2 Sets Track List, 'Vertigo' Explodes At Radio

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U2 has confirmed the full track list for its upcoming album, "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," due Nov. 23 via Interscope. The set does not include the tracks "Tough" or "Full Metal Jacket," which ba U2 has confirmed the full track list for its upcoming album , …

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