1. Mothersbaugh Scores Again With 'Sims 2'

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT He is equally adept at scoring for the interactive world, most recently for Electronic Arts' "The Sims 2." Composer Mark Mothersbaugh has earned acclaim and awards for every medium in which he has worked, from his early days as a founding member of the influential rock group…

  2. Ultra Rare Recordings Bolster Clash Classic

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Five never-before-heard Clash songs highlight the upcoming Legacy Edition of "London Calling," due Sept. 21 via Epic. Five never-before-heard Clash songs highlight the upcoming Legacy Edition of "London Calling," due Sept. 21 via Epic. As previously reported , the first…

  3. Another Bedingfield Leads U.K. Charts

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Natasha Bedingfield, the 22-year-old sister of British hitmaker Daniel Bedingfield, scored her first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Aug. 22) as "These Words" (Phonogenic/BMG) debuted at the top. It is t Natasha Bedingfield, the 22-year-old sister of British hitmaker Daniel Bedingfield…

  4. A Closer Look At Music & Television This Week (Aug. 23-29)

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (Aug. 23-29) No lie: I woke up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday to watch dressage . OK, OK... It was a hungry baby that woke me up, but I was quite glad that she did. Because I was awake for this equestrian team finals…

  5. McGraw Tugs Heartstrings

    August 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com Tim McGraw describes his ninth Curb album, "Live Like You Were Dying," as a "tapestry of life." Indeed, the project is deeply woven with themes that reflect some of life's brightest and darkest threads. "You can…

  6. Ladies Man

    August 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Blues pianist/vocalist Pinetop Perkins is 91 years old and still hammering the ivories. Blues pianist/vocalist Pinetop Perkins is 91 years old and still hammering the ivories. That's beyond amazing, but then, Perkins' life in the blues has been extraordinary. On "Ladies Man,…

  7. Billboard Bits: Atlantic, MoveOn, Kristofferson

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Atlantic, MoveOn, Kristofferson Atlantic Records is about to shift into full-throttle promotion mode for several key rap projects. The "Joint Chiefs" campaign rolls out with the Oct. 19 reissue of Twista's "Kamikaze." The original version counts 29 weeks on…

  8. More 'Power' To Him: Chingy Returns This Fall

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Chingy will release his sophomore album, "Powerballin'," Nov. 16 via Capitol. First single "Balla Baby" will arrive next month at U.S. radio outlets. A video for the cut will be shot next week Rapper Chingy will release his sophomore album, "Powerballin&…

  9. Foos Wittling Down Five Hours Of Material

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Foo Fighters are about to begin pre-production on their next studio album, which... The Foo Fighters are about to begin pre-production on their next studio album, which, as first revealed here last month, will likely be a double-disc set. "Having a year to write and demo things at…

  10. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the ins and outs of Billboard's charts as they relate to Gavin Degraw, Fantasia, Tim McGraw and Rick James. 'DON'T' DOES: It was a long journey, but after 22 weeks, and after being stuck at No. 11 for the last three, Gavin Degraw has his first top…

  11. Van Halen Slugs Orioles With $2M Suit

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Van Halen is suing the Baltimore Orioles for at least $2 million in damages, charging that the Major League Baseball team reneged on an offer for the band to play a concert Sept. 2 at Oriole Park at C Van Halen is suing the Baltimore Orioles for at least $2 million in damages, charging that…

  12. McCartney Kidding Around On New Single

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney has penned a musical sequel of sorts to his 1984 children's single "We All Stand Together," dubbed "Tropic Island Hum." Paul McCartney has penned a musical sequel of sorts to his 1984 children's single "We All Stand Together," dubbed …

  13. R. Kelly, Jay-Z Teaming For Tour

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT R&B/hip-hop superstars R. Kelly and Jay-Z will team for a North American tour this fall, kicking off Sept. 30 in Chicago. R&B/hip-hop superstars R. Kelly and Jay-Z will team for a North American tour this fall, kicking off Sept. 30 in Chicago. The full routing has yet to be announced…

  14. 'Weed' Files, Beck

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Tangled Web, a weekly column featuring interesting music-related online destinations. This week: Weed files and Beck. CULTIVATING WEED: Two weeks ago , "The Tangled Web" tipped readers to a promotion using peer-to-peer file-trading networks to distribute new music from veteran…

  15. Reunited Helmet Plans Road Run

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Helmet will launch its first tour in seven years Sept. 17 in Atlanta. The headlining tour will visit clubs, with 28 stops confirmed through an Oct. 30 show in Anaheim, Calif. More dates are expected. Helmet will launch its first tour in seven years Sept. 17 in Atlanta. The headlining tour…

  16. Courtney Love Trial Date Set

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Sept. 30 trial date has been set in Courtney Love California drug case. The former Hole frontwoman and widow of Kurt Cobain faces two felony drug charges for illegal possession of painkillers. A Sept. 30 trial date has been set in Courtney Love California drug case. The former Hole…

  17. Guests Showcase Two Sides Of Nelly

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera, Tim McGraw, Fat Joe, Pharrell Williams and Snoop Dogg are just some of the artists that will be found on Nelly's upcoming albums, "Sweat" and "Suit." Due for simultaneous Sept. 14 Christina Aguilera, Tim McGraw, Fat Joe, Pharrell Williams and Snoop…

  18. Senate Candidate Seeks Springsteen Boycott

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Upset with Bruce Springsteen's effort to oust President Bush from the White House, the New York Conservative Party's candidate for the U.S. Senate is launching a "Boycott the Boss" television commerci Upset with Bruce Springsteen's effort to oust President Bush from…

  19. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Aug. 16-22, 2004). OLYMPIAD: I have to admit this upfront: I'll be spending the majority of my viewing hours over the next two weeks taking in multiple channels of Summer Olympic Games coverage from Athens. Over the first weekend…

  20. Red Dragonfly

    August 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett takes on a selection of traditional songs from around the world for her latest interpretive jazz excursion. Soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett takes on a selection of traditional songs from around the world for her latest interpretive jazz excursion. Working…

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