1. Story Of The Year Going 'Soft And Pretty'

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The third single from rising rock act Story Of The Year's debut Maverick album "Page Avenue" will be "Sidewalks," lead singer Dan Marsala tells Billboard.com. The third single from rising rock act Story Of The Year's debut Maverick album "Page Avenue"…

  2. Neverland Ranch Search Ruled Legal

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Child molestation allegations by a 12-year-old boy provided authorities with legal justification for a massive search of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch last year, a judge ruled, rejecting defense e Child molestation allegations by a 12-year-old boy provided authorities with legal…

  3. Jackson Hearing Resembles Hollywood Production

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As court appearances go, it was a Hollywood-style production, with Michael Jackson and his siblings dressed all in white as they approached the courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif., yesterday (Aug. 16) i As court appearances go, it was a Hollywood-style production, with Michael Jackson and his…

  4. One Plus One Is One

    August 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Damon Gough, the wildly talented British singer/songwriter who records as Badly Drawn Boy, is proving to be as frustrating as he is brilliant. Damon Gough, the wildly talented British singer/songwriter who records as Badly Drawn Boy, is proving to be as frustrating as he is brilliant. Living…

  5. Sources: Jackson To Attend Next Hearing

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has decided to attend court when the man prosecuting him for child molestation is on the witness stand, sources said. Michael Jackson has decided to attend court when the man prosecuting him for child molestation is on the witness stand, sources said. Santa Barbara County…

  6. Tribe Beatmaster Muhammad's 'Garden' Grows

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Tribe Called Quest principal Ali Shaheed Muhammad's Garden Seeker Productions has signed a new deal with Penalty Recordings and Ryko Distribution. Muhammad's solo debut, "Shaheedullah and Stereotype A Tribe Called Quest principal Ali Shaheed Muhammad's hip-hop oriented…

  7. Keys Hit Triggers Calls To Georgia Man

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fans of Alicia Keys keep calling her number, but it's J.D. Turner of Statesboro, Ga., who picks up the phone. Fans of Alicia Keys keep calling her number, but it's J.D. Turner of Statesboro, Ga., who picks up the phone. The retired pastor has the unfortunate luck of having the same…

  8. Billboard Bits: 50 Cent, Pixies, Miller/Keen

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on 50 Cent, Pixies, Miller/Keen 50 Cent will be among the guest voices heard in the forthcoming 16th season of the animated Fox series "The Simpsons." The G-Unit rapper will reportedly be featured in an episode dubbed "Pranksta Rap." No airdate has been set for the…

  9. Kelly Dominates Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

    August 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly was the big winner last night (Aug. 6) at the Billboard-American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) 2004 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards show. Leading the field of finalists at the outset with eight nominati R. Kelly was the big winner last night (Aug. 6) at the Billboard-American Urban Radio…

  10. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Usher, Madonna samples, Jessica Simpson and the state of radio with readers. USHERING IN A RECORD? Hi Fred! My name is Carlos. I live in Mexicali, Baja, Mexico, and since I remember I've been a fan of music and of Billboard Music Charts. But up until now I had…

  11. Sweet Relief Celebrates 10 Years

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Nashville concert series featuring Victoria Williams, Josh Rouse, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and others will serve as the 10th anniversary celebration for the ... A Nashville concert series featuring Victoria Williams, Josh Rouse, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and others will serve as the 10th anniversary…

  12. 32TunesOnTV

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 2-8, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 2 "Live With Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist: Gavin DeGraw (also scheduled: Jon Voight, Brooke Burns). "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest," Syndicated Featured…

  13. Porcelain

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Emo outfit At the Drive-In is on permanent hiatus, but its followers can console themselves with Sparta, a quartet that includes former Drive-In members Tony Hajjar (drums), Paul Hinojos (guitar) and Emo outfit At the Drive-In is on permanent hiatus, but its followers can console themselves…

  14. Billboard Bits: Albarn, Adams, 'Rock Through Time'

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Damon Albarn, Bryan Adams, 'Rock Through Time' Blur lead singer Damon Albarn has two side projects in development. A second album from his "cartoon band" Gorillaz is due this fall on Parlophone/EMI. But for now Albarn is in Lagos, Nigeria, recording an album with…

  15. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to Usher, Juvenile, Van Halen, the Jacksons and Reba McEntire. FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER: Between 1955 and 2003, no song with a title that began with the word "Slow" had ever made it to No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart. Then,…

  16. Rapper C-Murder Indicted In Shooting

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rapper C-Murder, who is already awaiting trial in Jefferson Parish, La., on murder charges, was indicted by a Baton Rouge grand jury on attempted second-degree murder charges in an unrelated case. The Rapper C-Murder, who is already awaiting trial in Jefferson Parish, La., on murder charges,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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. "…

  19. Hot Product

    July 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Old 97's What A 'Drag' Roots/rock combo Old 97's' "Drag It Up" marks the group's debut for New West after three full-lengths for Elektra. It's the follow-up to 2001's "Satellite Rides," which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's…

  20. The F-Ups

    July 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The term "punk-pop" is an oxymoron: One reason punk was born was in rebellion against pop music. The term "punk-pop" is an oxymoron: One reason punk was born was in rebellion against pop music. The pairing often feels like a marriage where both parties fight for dominance,…

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