1. Billboard Bits: Bon Jovi, Montgomery Gentry, Gil Melle

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Bon Jovi, Montgomery Gentry, Gil Melle New Jersey-based rock act Bon Jovi will on Nov. 14 join a club that includes Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra when it is presented with the American Music Awards' special Award of Merit. The honor will…

  2. New Bon Jovi Studio Album, Tour Due

    October 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A new Bon Jovi album due in the spring will be a "loud guitar, big rock record," says Jon Bon Jovi. "We're very excited about it, and I'm very confident it's going to be a big record for us." Guitaris A new Bon Jovi album due in the spring will be a "…

  3. Astronaut

    October 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It has been 21 years since Duran Duran's original lineup recorded an album together, though the band has carried on in various incarnations, with Simon LeBon and Nick Rhodes the only constants. It has been 21 years since Duran Duran's original lineup recorded an album together,…

  4. Strait Arrow: '50 Number Ones' On Top Again

    October 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT For a second week in a row, George Strait's "50 Number Ones" (MCA Nashville) is the No. 1 album on The Billboard 200. The set sold 190,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, For a second week in a row, George Strait's "50 Number Ones" …

  5. Bon Jovi Takes 'Center Stage'

    October 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi will be the first act showcased on the new concert series, "INHD's Center Stage," a partnership between Samsung Electronics America and the cable industry's OnlyCableCan marketing initiative. Bon Jovi will be the first act showcased on the new concert series, …

  6. Beautiful Soul

    October 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT "Beautiful Soul" has all the right ingredients to catapult 17-year-old Jesse McCartney into teen idol territory. "Beautiful Soul" has all the right ingredients to catapult 17-year-old Jesse McCartney into teen idol territory. It mixes one part Justin Timberlake, one part…

  7. Hot Product

    October 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Duran Duran Back In Orbit It may have taken 21 years to get a new album from Duran Duran's original lineup, but it took the five members only 24 hours to decide to get back together. The group's new Epic album, "Astronaut," is the first from the original lineup since 1983&…

  8. Four Dozen Rarities Highlight Bon Jovi Box

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT "I Get a Rush," "Miss Fourth of July" and "Garageland" are a few of the previously unreleased cuts which will highlight the forthcoming five-disc box set "100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong." Du "I Get a Rush," "Miss Fourth of…

  9. Corgan Eyeing Spring For Solo Debut

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It was produced by the artist in tandem with Nitzer Ebb principal Ben Harris and is being mixed by Alan Moulder, who previously worked on a handful of Smashing Pumpkins releases. Billy Corgan has wrapped recording on his solo debut album and is eyeing a spring release for the 15-track set via…

  10. B&E: Emma & Gioia

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Emma and Gioia. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. OH BABY: With Spice Girls creator Simon Fuller back behind the helm, the artist…

  11. Duran Duran Puts 'Astronaut' Into Orbit

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Duran Duran has unveiled the track list for "Astronaut," the first album with its original lineup since 1983's "Seven and the Ragged Tiger." Duran Duran has unveiled the track list for "Astronaut," the first album with its original lineup since 1983's …

  12. Stars Pack Fourth Quarter Release Schedule

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fourth-quarter releases from U2, Eminem, Alan Jackson, Good Charlotte, Ludacris and Gwen Stefani are fueling excitement among retailers as the industry heads into its key selling season. Like the same Fourth-quarter releases from U2, Eminem, Alan Jackson, Good Charlotte, Ludacris, Fabolous…

  13. Bon Jovi Empties Vaults For Box Set

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here in June, Bon Jovi is raiding its vaults for a forthcoming five-disc box set. Due Nov. 16 via Island, "100 Million Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong" will boast three discs of previously unre As tipped here in June, Bon Jovi is raiding its vaults for a forthcoming five…

  14. Top Acts Suit Up For 'NFL Opening Kickoff'

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Toby Keith and Lenny Kravitz will perform live as part of the National Football League's "Opening Kickoff" television special next month. The event will air Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Toby Keith and Lenny…

  15. Pearl Jam Members Rock Pinnick's 'Montana'

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT King's X leader Doug Pinnick has completed work on a long-in-the-works album with Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament. King's X leader Doug Pinnick has completed work on a long-in-the-works album with Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament. The duo does not have a name but the 15-track album is…

  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. Concert For Kerry/Edwards Raises $7.5M

    July 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT After celebrities raised $7.5 million with a concert for Democratic candidates John Kerry and John Edwards last night (July 8) in New York... After celebrities raised $7.5 million with a concert for Democratic candidates John Kerry and John Edwards last night (July 8) in New York, an angry…

  18. 01TunesOnTV

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 29-Jan. 4, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 29 "Dave Koz ? Saxophonic," BET Jazz Featured Artist: Dave Koz. "The Wayne Brady Show," Syndicated Featured Artist: The Bangles (also scheduled: Kevin Bacon, Jerry…

  19. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television Programming This Week

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (Dec. 29, 2003-Jan. 4, 2004 As one door closes, another is said to open. So it is with the passage of time and the end of 2003 and the dawn of 2004. Seeing as New Year's Eve can be a dangerous night on the…

  20. Duran Duran Carefully Plots Comeback

    December 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Despite touring with all its original members for the first time in 18 years, Duran Duran played just 17 theater dates on its late 2003 road trip. The band is not crazy, organizers insist. It grossly underplayed the market on purpose. They say a…

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