1. Chingy Taps Janet, R. Kelly For 'Powerballin''

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson and R. Kelly are among the guests appearing on Chingy's sophomore album, "Powerballin'." The set is due Nov. 5 via Capitol, bumped up a week from its scheduled release date. Other guests Janet Jackson and R. Kelly are among the guests appearing on Chingy'…

  2. Air Gets Symphonic With Beck, Falkner

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Air got a lift from surprise guests Beck and Jason Falkner last night (Sept. 26) at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl during the French electronica/rock duo's career first live performance with a full orche Air got a lift from surprise guests Beck and Jason Falkner last night (Sept. 26)…

  3. A Q&A With Barry Manilow

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for bb.com. Barry Manilow has a busy fall. On Sept. 28, Concord Records releases " Scores: Songs from 'Copacabana' and 'Harmony ,'" Manilow's 43rd album. The CD is a collection of tunes from two musicals penned by Manilow, as…

  4. Billboard Bits: Setzer, Locke, Schneider

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Setzer, Locke, Schneider The Brian Setzer Orchestra has booked a brief run in December in support of "Boogie Woogie Christmas", to be released Oct. 12 on Surfdog Records. On the books are shows on Dec. 16 at the Pala (Calif.) Casino, Dec. 17 at the Trump 29 Casino in…

  5. A Closer Look At Music & Television This Week (Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2004)

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2004) The air is crisper and the days a little bit shorter. The leaves are starting to turn. Autumn has arrived! And with it comes a seemingly renewed approach by the suppliers of television…

  6. Hot Product

    September 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Brian Wilson Don’t It Make You ‘Smile?’ Nearly four decades after it was initially slated for release on Capitol, Brian Wilson's "lost" Beach Boys masterpiece "SMiLE" will finally be heard by the record-buying public. A newly recorded version of the album arrives this…

  7. Hot Product

    September 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Interpol ’Antics’ All Around New York rock act Interpol will release its highly anticipated sophomore album, "Antics," this week via Matador. The 10-track set is highlighted by the dancefloor-worthy single "Slow Hands," the slow, fragmented "Public Pervert," the…

  8. 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…

  9. Hot Product

    September 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Joss Stone ’Mind’ The Gap "The next big thing." It's a phrase Joss Stone has heard quite a few times since S-Curve Records released the British singer's "The Soul Sessions," an EP of classic soul covers, in 2003. However, with her full-length debut, "Mind…

  10. Careless Love

    September 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It now appears that vocalist Madeleine Peyroux hit the scene prematurely. It now appears that vocalist Madeleine Peyroux hit the scene prematurely. Her 1996 debut, "Dreamland," showcased an artist whose torchy, Billie Holiday-inflected chops didn't quite connect with the…

  11. Transcontinental

    September 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Aussie guitar slinger Jedd Hughes makes an auspicious debut here, co-writing all 11 cuts on "Transcontinental" and showcasing chops aplenty. Aussie guitar slinger Jedd Hughes makes an auspicious debut here, co-writing all 11 cuts on "Transcontinental" and showcasing chops…

  12. Malkmus Takes No Prisoners On Third CD

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus is putting the finishing touches on his third solo album, which he tells Billboard.com will likely be released in April or May by Matador. Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus is putting the finishing touches on his third solo album, which he tells…

  13. Keane In No Hurry To Make Sophomore Album

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Keane is enjoying breakthrough success at home and abroad with its recent Polydor/Interscope debut, "Hopes and Fears." And while demand is already high for new material, pianist Tim Rice U.K. rock act Keane is enjoying breakthrough success at home and abroad with its…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Martha Reeves, Alicia Keys and more with readers. Ed Note: Fred Bronson is on vacation. A new column will be posted here on Monday, Oct. 4. MARTHA, MY DEAR Dear Fred, My father and I are huge fans of Martha Reeves. In fact, we have spoken with her on several occasions…

  15. CHART BEAT BONUS

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart-related action of Sheryl Crow, the Carter Family, Tears For Fears, Megadeth and Avril Lavigne. Ed Note: Fred Bronson is on vacation. A new column will be posted here on Monday, Oct. 4. ALL IN THE FAMILY: Sheryl Crow has a new entry on Billboard's Hot…

  16. Tony Joe's Campfire Songs

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the mag for Billboard.com. Some people swap stories around the campfire; others, like Tony Joe White and Shelby Lynne, write songs. They wrote a handful together a few years ago, when Lynne, who grew up in Alabama and resides in California, was living near White's place in…

  17. Unheard Cuts Bolster Pavement's 'Crooked' Reissue

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Eleven never-before-heard tracks will be unveiled on Matador's 10th anniversary edition of seminal indie rock act Pavement's sophomore album, "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain." Due Oct. 26, the double-disc Eleven never-before-heard tracks will be unveiled on Matador's 10th…

  18. Supergrass Building French Studio For New CD

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Supergrass will begin work on its fifth studio album next month at a studio it is building in northern France. U.K. rock act Supergrass will begin work on its fifth studio album next month at a studio it is building in northern France. "We've already found a well…

  19. Snow Patrol Sets Spring Aside For New CD

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Snow Patrol will be on the road until just before Christmas in support of its breakthrough Polydor/Interscope album, "Final Straw." Afterward, frontman Gary Lightbody tells Billboard.com U.K. rock act Snow Patrol will be on the road until just before Christmas in…

  20. 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…

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