1. 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,…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Air Gets Symphonic With Beck, Falkner

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Air got a lift from surprise guests Beck and Jason Falkner last night (Sept. 26) at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl during the French electronica/rock duo's career first live performance with a full orche Air got a lift from surprise guests Beck and Jason Falkner last night (Sept. 26)…

  6. 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…

  7. Prydz, Green Day Lock Down U.K. Charts

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Swedish DJ Eric Prydz started a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sept. 26) with "Call on Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound), while Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) became the punk tr Swedish DJ Eric Prydz started a second week atop the U.K. singles…

  8. Hot Product

    September 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Brian Wilson Don’t It Make You ‘Smile?’ Nearly four decades after it was initially slated for release on Capitol, Brian Wilson's "lost" Beach Boys masterpiece "SMiLE" will finally be heard by the record-buying public. A newly recorded version of the album arrives this…

  9. The Little Boy's Heavy Mental Shadow Opera About the Inhabitants of His Diary

    September 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Being in a band would keep most people busy. Being in a band would keep most people busy. But Andy Kuntz, frontman for German progressive act Valden Plas, finds the time to take on such roles as Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar" and record a solo album under the moniker Abydos. His…

  10. Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned

    September 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Prodigy was always the dumb jock to Fatboy Slim's frat boy—pumped up, single-minded and wrapped in neon-colored tracksuits. The trio debuted at No. Prodigy was always the dumb jock to Fatboy Slim's frat boy—pumped up, single-minded and wrapped in neon-colored tracksuits. The trio…

  11. Billboard Bits: Auctions, Tegan & Sara, Hung

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Country Auction, Tegan & Sara, Hung Alan Jackson and Martina McBride are among the artists contributing items to this year's Celebrity Rags 4 Charity Riches online auctions. The first auction will run Oct. 16-23 via e-Bay, coinciding with USA Weekend's 13th Annual Make a…

  12. Bad Religion Takes 'Empire' On The Road

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stalwart California punk act Bad Religion has made plans for a fall U.S. tour that will kick off Oct. 14 in Dallas. Stalwart California punk act Bad Religion has made plans for a fall U.S. tour that will kick off Oct. 14 in Dallas. The run, which will close Nov. 19 in Hollywood, Calif., comes…

  13. Westerberg, Mould, But No 'Mats At Mueller Benefit

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Paul Westerberg, Bob Mould, the Gear Daddies are confirmed for an Oct. 23 benefit concert in Minneapolis for Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller, who was recently diagnosed with throat cancer. Paul Westerberg, Bob Mould, the Gear Daddies are confirmed for an Oct. 23 benefit concert in…

  14. Unheard Cuts Bolster Pavement's 'Crooked' Reissue

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Eleven never-before-heard tracks will be unveiled on Matador's 10th anniversary edition of seminal indie rock act Pavement's sophomore album, "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain." Due Oct. 26, the double-disc Eleven never-before-heard tracks will be unveiled on Matador's 10th…

  15. 'Always' In The Studio: Willie Keeps Busy

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Toby Keith, Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams lend a hand to outlaw country icon Willie Nelson on his forthcoming studio album, "It Always Will Be." Toby Keith, Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams lend a hand to outlaw country icon Willie Nelson on his forthcoming studio album, "It…

  16. Beastie Boys Rustle Up European Tour

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Beastie Boys have confirmed their first European tour in years, set to kick off Dec. 6 in Manchester, England, and run through Dec. 18 in Milan. The Beastie Boys have confirmed their first European tour in years, set to kick off Dec. 6 in Manchester, England, and run through Dec. 18 in…

  17. Jackson Defense Denies Photos Reports

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's defense attorney said in a court-approved statement yesterday (Sept. 21) that news reports about photographs reportedly seized from the singer's home are false and that the prosecuti Michael Jackson's defense attorney said in a court-approved statement…

  18. Ask Billboard

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Emma Bunton, Toby Keith and more. IT'S ABOUT TIME Keith, I've sent questions before and I've never gotten you to publish them online, but I know you must get thousands of them so I just really thank you for all the info. I…

  19. Billboard Bits: George Harrison, VH1, MusiCares/MAP

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on George Harrison, VH1, MusiCares/MAP The 75-minute DVD included in Capitol's recently released George Harrison boxed set , "The Dark Horse Years, 1976-1992," will be released individually on Nov. 2. The 75-minute film sports seven music videos for such tracks as "…

  20. Celine Extends Las Vegas Run

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Celine Dion has extended her run at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas for an additional year. Celine Dion has extended her run at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas for an additional year. The announcement was made at a Sept. 16 press conference in the city, which Dion was unable to attend due…

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