1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the letter "K," the Adult Contemporary chart and holiday music and signature songs with readers. A VERY SPECIAL "K" Fred, With the song "Karma" by Lloyd Banks featuring Avant moving 47-46 on Billboard's Hot 100, we're about to see…

  2. Rolling Stones Recording With Don Was

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones recently concluded recording sessions for a new album in Paris with producer Don Was. The band will reconvene in the New Year for additional sessions for an album tentatively due in The Rolling Stones recently concluded recording sessions for a new album in Paris with…

  3. Backstage In Vegas: Notes & Quotes From The Billboard Music Awards

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Comments by Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Motley Crue and Duran Duran made backstage at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards. Although his 2004 Roc-A-Fella debut, "The College Dropout," earned him four Billboard Music Awards, including rap artist of the year, Kanye West is not…

  4. Usher Nabs 11 Billboard Music Awards

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST R&B/hip-hop artists reigned supreme last night (Dec. 8) at the Billboard Music Awards, where Usher walked away the big winner with 11 trophies. Alicia Keys netted seven awards during the ceremony R&B/hip-hop artists reigned supreme last night (Dec. 8) at the Billboard Music Awards,…

  5. Frusciante Spins Solo Six Pack Suite

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST As inconceivable as the concept of recording and releasing six albums in approximately six months may seem, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, who is in the middle of doing just that, sa As inconceivable as the concept of recording and releasing six albums in approximately six…

  6. Benson Readies 'Love,' Records With White

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Detroit-based pop/rocker Brendan Benson is gearing up for a big 2005. Detroit-based pop/rocker Brendan Benson is gearing up for a big 2005. His new solo album, "The Alternative to Love," is set to be released in March via V2 Records, and amidst an anticipated heavy slate of touring,…

  7. Ask Billboard

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Cathy Dennis, Mighty Joe Young and RIAA Certifications. REDISCOVERING DENNIS Dear Keith, I have been noticing lately, especially in the United Kingdom, that Cathy Dennis has had a hand in writing many of my favorite pop songs of the past…

  8. Twain's 'Come On Over' Nets Double Diamond

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Shania Twain has joined an exclusive club as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in November certified her 1997 album "Come on Over" 20 times platinum. Shania Twain has joined an exclusive club as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in November…

  9. Kanye West Leads Grammy Nominees

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST With 10 nominations, including best new artist, Kanye West leads the field for the 47th annual Grammy Awards. Other multiple nominees include Alicia Keys and Usher, who are tied with eight, the late R With 10 nominations, including one for best new artist, Kanye West leads the field for the…

  10. Rapper David Banner Studies Acting

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST David Banner doesn't want to be just another rapper who strolls into movies, so the Mississippi rhymer has been spending the past few months in Los Angeles, studying acting in preparation for a movie David Banner doesn't want to be just another rapper who strolls into movies, so the…

  11. Emma Puts 'Baby Spice' Behind Her

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Emma Bunton was once known as Baby Spice; that is, when she was one-fifth of multi-million selling girl group the Spice Girls. These days, she is known as Emma. Period. And her wildly buoyant U.S. sol Emma Bunton was once known as Baby Spice; that is, when she was one-fifth of multi-million…

  12. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (Dec. 6-12)

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Dec. 6-12, 2004). THE BEST OF THE BEST: You may see this as self-serving promotion, but I see it as simple facts. Billboard's charts are based on Nielsen SoundScan data of actual sales and airplay monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data…

  13. TunesOnTV

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 6-12, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 6 "The View," ABC Featured artist: Rascal Flatts (also scheduled: Andy Garcia). "100% Usher," Fuse Featured artist: Usher. "Total Request Live (TRL)," MTV…

  14. Want Two

    December 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST We don't blame Rufus Wainwright for making an indulgent album. His voice is beautiful, his phrasing adventurous and his arrangements intense. We don't blame Rufus Wainwright for making an indulgent album. His voice is beautiful, his phrasing adventurous and his arrangements intense.…

  15. Crunk Juice

    December 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST There is no doubt that there is a demand for all things Lil Jon right now. Need proof? This album was so highly anticipated that many retailers began selling it days ahead of its scheduled release. There is no doubt that there is a demand for all things Lil Jon right now. Need proof? This…

  16. Powerballin'

    December 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST For the follow-up to his multiplatinum debut, "Jackpot," Chingy has crafted "Powerballin'." The set marks a turning point in the St. Louis MC's young career. For the follow-up to his multiplatinum debut, "Jackpot," Chingy has crafted "Powerballin&…

  17. Hitting The Right Note In Pitch For Auto-Tune

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Nov. 8 broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition" featured two of the recording industry's top engineer/producers and one controversial piece of technology. The Nov. 8 broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition" featured two of the recording industry's top…

  18. Rice Reveling In 'Closer' Inclusion

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice is back in the spotlight thanks to the inclusion of his track "The Blower's Daughter" in the new Mike Nichols film "Closer," starring Julie Roberts, Jude Law and Na Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice is back in the spotlight thanks…

  19. Dylan Sits Down With '60 Minutes'

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Bob Dylan's songs may have spoken for a generation in the 1960s, but Dylan says he never saw himself as more than a singer-songwriter. Bob Dylan's songs may have spoken for a generation in the 1960s, but Dylan says he never saw himself as more than a singer-songwriter. "'…

  20. Fire Theft Parts Ways With Rykodisc

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Modern rock act the Fire Theft has parted ways with Rykodisc, which released the group's self-titled debut in 2003, Billboard.com has learned. Modern rock act the Fire Theft has parted ways with Rykodisc, which released the group's self-titled debut in 2003, Billboard.com has…

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