1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 'Easy' Money: Lachey Set For Heist Pic

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT After testing his acting chops on the WB Network's "Charmed," Nick Lachey is making the move to the big screen, signing on for a role in the indie film "The Hard Easy." After testing his acting chops on the WB Network's "Charmed," Nick Lachey is making…

  4. Keane In No Hurry To Make Sophomore Album

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Keane is enjoying breakthrough success at home and abroad with its recent Polydor/Interscope debut, "Hopes and Fears." And while demand is already high for new material, pianist Tim Rice U.K. rock act Keane is enjoying breakthrough success at home and abroad with its…

  5. CHART BEAT BONUS

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart-related action of Sheryl Crow, the Carter Family, Tears For Fears, Megadeth and Avril Lavigne. Ed Note: Fred Bronson is on vacation. A new column will be posted here on Monday, Oct. 4. ALL IN THE FAMILY: Sheryl Crow has a new entry on Billboard's Hot…

  6. Billboard Bits: Son Volt, Grandaddy, Monk Competition

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Son Volt, Grandaddy, Monk Competition Roots-rock outfit Son Volt has reunited and is about to begin work on a new studio album. Group members Jay Farrar, Dave and Jim Boquist and Mike Heidorn recently ended a five-year hiatus to record a track for the Alejandro Escovedo tribute album,…

  7. Supergrass Building French Studio For New CD

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Supergrass will begin work on its fifth studio album next month at a studio it is building in northern France. U.K. rock act Supergrass will begin work on its fifth studio album next month at a studio it is building in northern France. "We've already found a well…

  8. Ciara Keeps 'Goodies' Perched On Top

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ciara is holding court on top of Billboard's Hot 100, where she leads a quartet of acts that haven't budged in a month or more. The artist's "Goodies" featuring Petey Pablo is No. 1 on the singles tal Ciara is holding court on top of Billboard's Hot 100, where…

  9. 'Shocked' Islam Returns To U.K.

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens returned to the United Kingdom today (Sept. 23), saying he was "totally shocked" that he was barred from entering the United States. The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens returned to the United Kingdom today (Sept. 23), saying he was "…

  10. Snow Patrol Sets Spring Aside For New CD

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Snow Patrol will be on the road until just before Christmas in support of its breakthrough Polydor/Interscope album, "Final Straw." Afterward, frontman Gary Lightbody tells Billboard.com U.K. rock act Snow Patrol will be on the road until just before Christmas in…

  11. Big & Rich Fashion CD/DVD 'Fan Pak'

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Their debut album is less than four months old, but that's not stopping breakout country newcomers Big & Rich from readying a CD/DVD set for their growing legion of faithful followers. Their debut album is less than four months old, but that's not stopping breakout country…

  12. Nelly Runs 'Sweat,' 'Suit' Straight To The Top

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With two simultaneously released albums, Nelly pushes everyone out of his way on The Billboard 200 this week, taking over the chart's top two slots. The St. Louis-based rapper's "Suit" took No. 1 on U With two simultaneously released albums, Nelly pushes everyone out of…

  13. Townshend Site To Host Streaming TV Station

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The system has been tested in recent months with a live Who rehearsal and performances by Townshend-mentored singer/songwriter Rachel Fuller. Who guitarist Pete Townshend's official Web site will soon play host to a streaming TV station dubbed "Who TV." The system has been…

  14. Rich Robinson Hits The Road

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson has just kicked off a fall North American tour in support of his self-released... Former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson has just kicked off a fall North American tour in support of his self-released debut solo album , "Paper." The…

  15. TunesOnTV

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Sept. 20-26, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, SEPT. 20 "Live with Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Lil' Romeo (also scheduled: Melina Kanakaredes, Miss America). "The Late Show With David Letterman,"…

  16. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (Sept. 20-26)

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Sept. 20-26, 2004). URBAN LEGEND: Keith Urban is a country superstar in the making. With the release of his latest album, "Be Here" (Capitol Records Nashville), look for him a couple of times on television this week. On Wednesday…

  17. Newman, Connick Win Music Emmys

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Randy Newman and Harry Connick Jr. were among the music-related winners of the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Randy Newman and Harry Connick Jr. were among the music-related winners of the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Newman picked up a trophy for outstanding title theme music for…

  18. Keith Urban: Ready For The Big Time

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from Billboard for Billbaord.com. If you had asked people in the country music industry during the past few years which artist they believe is primed for top-tier success, more often than not their answer would have been "Keith Urban." Clear Channel Communications regional…

  19. R. Kelly, Jay-Z Ready 'Best' Sequel

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT About a month after launching a joint North American tour, R. Kelly and Jay-Z plan to release their second collaborative album. "The Best of Both Worlds: Unfinished Business," which will be led by a p About a month after launching a joint North American tour , R. Kelly and Jay-Z…

  20. Connected

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A hip-hop duo whose members did not meet until after its debut set was completed sounds like a recipe for disaster. A hip-hop duo whose members did not meet until after its debut set was completed sounds like a recipe for disaster. But it worked for the Foreign Exchange's aptly titled …

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