1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses, radio, faith on the charts, Reba McEntire and Monica with readers. RADIO DISCONNECT Dear Fred, I've been reading your column online for about a year now [and last week's] article struck a nerve. I used to listen to the radio all the time, at home and in the…

  2. Weezer Frontman Chronicles 'Epiphany'

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has revealed details of the creative struggle to realize the band's fifth album, preparation for which has dragged on much longer than originally planned. In a nearly 2,00 Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has revealed details of the creative struggle to realize…

  3. Smooth Sailing With Jimmy Buffett

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. It only took 30 years from when he first debuted on the Billboard albums chart, but Jimmy Buffett can finally say he has reached No. 1. "License to Chill," a set that includes duets with top country artists Alan Jackson, Toby Keith,…

  4. Simpson's 'Autobiography' Soars To No. 1

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ashlee Simpson may have followed in the footsteps of her singer/reality show star sister Jessica, but she's the first in the family to notch a No. 1 album. The actor-turned-singer's Geffen debut," Aut Ashlee Simpson may have followed in the footsteps of her singer/reality show…

  5. De La Soul Signs With Sanctuary

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rap trio De La Soul has signed a new deal with Sanctuary Urban Records Group, which will on Sept. 28 release its next album, "The Grind Date," in conjunction with the group's own AOI Records. Veteran rap trio De La Soul has signed a new deal with Sanctuary Urban Records…

  6. Billboard Bits: Fuji Rock, Big Star, OK Go

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Fuji Rock, Big Star, OK Go Morrissey has dropped off the bill for this weekend's Fuji Rock Festival in Japan due to a "miscommunication," according to the event's official Web site . The artist was originally confirmed to close the festival on Sunday (Aug. 1); the…

  7. RealNetworks Bows MP3 Compatibility Solution

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks has developed a technology solution that makes tracks from its RealPlayer Music Store compatible with Apple Computer's iPod, as well as with a number of portable music players that use Mi RealNetworks has developed a technology solution that makes tracks from its RealPlayer…

  8. The Streets Dominate U.K. Charts

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Streets have the U.K.'s No. 1 single and album, just days after being nominated for the country's prestigious Mercury Music Prize. The Locked On/679 act -- a.k.a. innovative English rapper Mike Sk The Streets have the U.K.'s No. 1 single and album, just days after being…

  9. 31TunesOnTV

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 26-Aug. 1, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 26 "Rap City: Tha Bassment," BET Featured artist: B.G. "Straight Up" With Montgomery Gentry," Great American Country Featured artist: Montgomery Gentry. "…

  10. Hot Product

    July 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam 'Jam' Session Pearl Jam's first full acoustic concert arrives this week via its own Ten Club fan organization and a distribution deal with BMG. It's the veteran Seattle rock act's first release since splitting last fall with longtime label Epic. The 24-track…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Jazz Veteran Illinois Jacquet Dies

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jazz tenor sax legend Illinois Jacquet died today (July 22) in New York after suffering a heart attack. He was 81. Jazz tenor sax legend Illinois Jacquet died today (July 22) in New York after suffering a heart attack. He was 81. Born in Broussard, La., Jacquet was raised in Houston. As a…

  14. 'Confessions' Tops Singles Chart Again

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Once again Usher finds himself in the familiar position of being on top of Billboard's Hot 100. "Confessions Part II," his third single to hold the post this year, starts a second consecutive week at Once again Usher finds himself in the familiar position of being on top of…

  15. The Hives Back 'Tyrannosaurus' Out Of The Garage

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Fresh off a European festival appearance the night before, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist is tired and his voice is hoarse. But the Hives' charismatic frontman wants to make one thing clear: The Swedish band never wanted to be lumped into the…

  16. Buffett Notches First No. 1 Album

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Buffett proves he isn't "wasting away" anywhere as he tops The Billboard 200 for the first time a career that has spanned more than three decades. The laid-back singer/songwriter's latest effort Jimmy Buffett proves he isn't "wasting away" anywhere as…

  17. Billboard Bits: Ozomatli, Supergrass, Brown

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Ozomatli, Supergrass, James Brown Charges brought against Ozomatli bassist Wil Dog Abers, percussionist Jiro Yamaguchi and manager Amy Sue-Blackman Romero during Austin, Texas' South By Southwest Music Festival will be dropped as part of an agreement with prosecutors. As…

  18. Hip-Hop Stars Seek To Rally Voters

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss, Mase, Twista, Loon and the Ying Yang Twins will be on hand for the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's first Boston event. Set for July 26 to coincide with the Democratic National C Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss, Mase, Twista, Loon and the Ying Yang Twins will be on hand for…

  19. Northern State Hits The 'City'

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New York-based female rap trio Northern State will release its sophomore album, "All City," Aug. 17 via Columbia. A video for first single "Girl for All Seasons" was recently shot at New York's Siberi New York-based female rap trio Northern State will release its…

  20. Streets, Franz Ferdinand Lead Mercury Shortlist

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize, which celebrates the best of British and Irish music. Other newcomers with albums on the lis Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nationwide…

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