1. Ready to Die

    July 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT "It was all a dream . . ." is one of many quotable lyrics from the Notorious B.I.G.'s debut set, "Ready to Die. "It was all a dream . . ." is one of many quotable lyrics from the Notorious B.I.G.'s debut set, "Ready to Die." Ten years later, this…

  2. Aguilera, Blige Reel In 'Shark Tale' Soundtrack

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott and Mary J. Blige are among the artists to be featured on the soundtrack to the animated DreamWorks feature "Shark Tale." The set is due Sept. 28 via DreamWorks/Geffe Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott and Mary J. Blige are among the artists to be…

  3. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses chart flukes, Fantasia, downloads, "Venus" and more. NOT FADE AWAY Hi Fred, I recently purchased Chris Feldman's "The Billboard Book of No. 2 Hits" as a companion to your "The Billboard Book of No. 1 Hits." I was very surprised to read…

  4. Billboard Bits: Romantics, Ryan Adams, Senses Fail

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on the Romantics, Ryan Adams, Senses Fail Romantics member Coz Canler is seeking the return of a vintage guitar stolen yesterday (July 20) in West Hollywood, Calif. The 1964 Fender Stratocaster was stolen off the street on Norton Avenue near Crescent Heights and Santa Monica while the…

  5. Electric Prunes Sue For Royalties

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Two members of the 1960s rock band Electric Prunes are suing their record label and music publisher, alleging in two separate lawsuits the companies failed to pay them royalties totaling $1 million. Two members of the 1960s rock band Electric Prunes are suing their record label and music…

  6. Rhino Box Surveys Fertile '80s Underground

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The fertile alternative and college scenes of the 1980s that fueled the commercial modern rock explosion of the following decade are the basis for Rhino's latest comprehensive musical survey. Due Oct. The fertile alternative and college scenes of the 1980s that fueled the commercial…

  7. MTV Films Says 'Yeah!' To Usher

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Having spent nine weeks atop The Billboard 200 with his latest album "Confessions," R&B artist Usher could next be testing his drawing power at the box office. Having spent nine weeks atop The Billboard 200 with his latest album "Confessions," R&B artist Usher…

  8. Nettwerk Plans Christmas, Kids Compilations

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With a batch of new holiday recordings from the likes of the Polyphonic Spree, Death Cab For Cutie and Ivy, Nettwerk America will add a third volume to its "Maybe This Christmas" compilation series th With a batch of new holiday recordings from the likes of the Polyphonic Spree,…

  9. Nelly Invests In New NBA Team

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nelly has become a part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, a National Basketball Association expansion team. Nelly has become a part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, a National Basketball Association expansion team. "This is a great opportunity for both the Bobcats and Nelly," Robert L.…

  10. Weller Inaugurates V2 Deal With Covers Set

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.K. artist Paul Weller's eighth studio album will be his first to be released worldwide through V2. An album of covers, "Studio 150" is due for simultaneous U.S. and U.K. release in late Sept Veteran U.K. artist Paul Weller's eighth studio album will be his first…

  11. Guided By Voices Sets Final Tour Dates

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The band has set 25 dates, running from an Aug. 19 performance at New York's Hudson River Rocks free concert series. Indie-rock mainstay Guided By Voices, which plans to split at the end of the year, has confirmed its last tour, to culminate with a New Year's Eve concert in Chicago.…

  12. Jimmy Eat World Looks To The 'Future'

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Modern rock act Jimmy Eat World has set an Oct. 19 release date for its next studio album, "Futures." The set will be issued by a Universal Music Group imprint to be announced, following the company's Modern rock act Jimmy Eat World has set an Oct. 19 release date for its next…

  13. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Diana DeGarmo, Usher, Josh Gracin, Madonna and chart policies with readers. WILL DIANA'S 'DREAMS' COME TRUE? Fred, Last week, Diana DeGarmo debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 [at No. 14] (and at No. 2 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales Chart) with "Dreams…

  14. Billboard Bits: ACL Fest, Mehldau, Emmitt

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on ACL Fest, Brad Mehldau, Drew Emmitt Elvis Costello & the Imposters, the Neville Brothers, Henry Butler and Chris Robinson & New Earth Mud are the latest additions to the Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup. Set for Sept. 17-19 in the Texas capital's Zilker Park, the…

  15. Final Elliott Smith Album Due In October

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT "From a Basement on the Hill" will be released Oct. 19 via Epitaph's Anti- imprint. Singer/songwriter Elliott Smith's final album , "From a Basement on the Hill," will be released Oct. 19 via Epitaph's Anti- imprint. Smith died from knife wounds last October…

  16. Delightful DeGarmo Ready For The Road

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Diana DeGarmo is on the road with the other third-season finalists on a 52-date tour that ends Sept. 30 in Hawaii. Before boarding the tour bus, she sat down to discuss her life and her experiences on Diana DeGarmo is the 11th and latest "American Idol" contestant to appear on a…

  17. Best Buy Nabs Elton's 'Dream Ticket'

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Best Buy has scored an exclusive deal for a DVD boxed set by Elton John. Best Buy has scored an exclusive deal for a DVD boxed set by Elton John. The Minneapolis-based retailer will exclusively sell "Dream Ticket -- Four Destinations: Four DVDs" starting the second week in November…

  18. Wynonna Taking Life Story On The Road

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fans taking in Wynonna's fall tour will experience not only a concert, but a biographical account of the singer's life and career. Fans taking in Wynonna's fall tour will experience not only a concert, but a biographical account of the singer's life and career. The artist&…

  19. American Music Club Pens New 'Love Songs'

    July 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Back together after a 10-year hiatus, American Music Club will release an all-new 13-song studio album Oct. 12 through Merge Records. Back together after a 10-year hiatus, American Music Club will release an all-new 13-song studio album Oct. 12 through Merge Records. "Love Songs for…

  20. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Tim McGraw, "American Idol" and more. 'LIVE' FOR TODAY: Tim McGraw claims his 20th No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart as "Live Like You Were Dying" (Curb) advances 2-1. "Live…

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