1. Hot Product

    September 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Travis Morrison A New Plan Former Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison unveils his solo debut, "Travistan," this week via Barsuk Records. The set was co-produced by Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla and veteran Washington, D.C., engineer Don Zientara. Guests include…

  2. Chicago Forever

    September 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Though born in Van Nuys, Calif., DJ/producer Roy Davis Jr. spent the bulk of his life in Chicago before moving back to Los Angeles last year. Though born in Van Nuys, Calif., DJ/producer Roy Davis Jr. spent the bulk of his life in Chicago before moving back to Los Angeles last year. With …

  3. 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…

  4. '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…

  5. Verizon Wireless Backs Simple Plan Tour

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Just days after releasing its sophomore album, Simple Plan will kick off a North American tour under the banner of mobile phone carrier Verizon Wireless' Music Unleashed Concert Series. Just days after releasing its sophomore album, Simple Plan will kick off a North American tour under…

  6. 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…

  7. Spector Lawyer Expects Murder Indictment

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A lawyer for Phil Spector said today (Sept. 22) he has been asked to bring the rock producer to a Los Angeles court next week and fears his client has been indicted by a secret grand jury for the 2003 A lawyer for Phil Spector said today (Sept. 22) he has been asked to bring the rock producer…

  8. Billboard Bits: Lanegan, H.I.M., Mindy Smith

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Mark Lanegan, H.I.M. and Mindy Smith. Singer/songwriter Mark Lanegan was injured in a car accident in Los Angeles last night, forcing the cancellation of seven upcoming East Coast tour dates. Lanegan was not at fault and was not seriously hurt, but is under doctor's orders to…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Top Acts Rally For Imprisoned Activist

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Live tracks from Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Ben Harper, Paul McCartney, Bonnie Raitt and Indigo Girls highlight the track list for "For the Lady," a benefit album for imprisoned Burmese peace activist Aung Sa Live tracks from Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Ben Harper, Paul McCartney, Bonnie Raitt and…

  12. 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…

  13. Stars Sign On For Charles Tribute Special

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder, Usher and Norah Jones are among the artists who will celebrate Ray Charles at an October tribute concert that will be taped for later broadcast on CBS. "Genius: A Night for Ray Charles" Stevie Wonder, Usher and Norah Jones are among the artists who will celebrate Ray…

  14. Billboard Bits: AMAs, Yellowcard, Ratdog

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on AMAs, Yellowcard, Ratdog Usher, Kanye West, Toby Keith, Josh Groban, Jessica Simpson, Kenny Chesney and Gretchen Wilson are the first artists confirmed to perform at the 32nd American Music Awards. As previously reported , Usher's four nominations lead the field for the event, to…

  15. DVDs Spotlight Crosby, Stills & Nash

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rhino will on Oct. 26 release a three-DVD set spotlighting the on- and off-stage activities of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Rhino will on Oct. 26 release a three-DVD set spotlighting the on- and off-stage activities of Crosby, Stills & Nash. In addition to the recently released concert DVDs…

  16. 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…

  17. Ten Finalists Set For Shortlist Prize

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Albums by Wilco, Air, the Killers and Franz Ferdinand are among the 10 finalists for the 2004 Shortlist Prize, which honors critically acclaimed albums that have not yet been certified gold by the Rec Albums by Wilco, Air, the Killers and Franz Ferdinand are among the 10 finalists for the…

  18. 'El Rey' Hits The U.S. Road

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Vicente "El Rey" Fernandez will kick off a brief U.S. tour Oct. 15 in Dallas. Vicente "El Rey" Fernandez will kick off a brief U.S. tour Oct. 15 in Dallas. The 16-date, Jack Daniel's-sponsored run includes a four-night stand at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre…

  19. 2004 ARIA Awards Nominees

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nominees and some winners of 2004 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards. "Artisan awards" were announced Sept. 16; "Fine Arts" winners will be announced Oct. 12; remaining awards wil Below are the nominees and some winners of 2004 Australian Recording…

  20. Billboard Bits: Kennedy Center, Penn/Dylan, Matt Dusk

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Kennedy Center, Penn/Dylan, Matt Dusk The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced six recipients of its annual honors for lifetime contributions to American culture. Two of the three musicians to be honored Dec. 5 are Brits: pop legend Sir Elton John and renowned…

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