1. Rimes, Harwell Lead NASCAR IMAX Soundtrack

    December 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST New songs from LeAnn Rimes and Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell are among the offerings on the "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" film soundtrack. The Shout! Factory disc will also boast previously New songs from LeAnn Rimes and Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell are among the…

  2. Chambers Follows 'Wayward' Muse

    December 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Years removed from the familial Dead Ringer Band, Australian singer Kasey Chambers came to most people's attention with "The Captain," the title track from her 2000 debut album and a song heard on the Years removed from the familial Dead Ringer Band, Australian singer Kasey…

  3. CHART BEAT BONUS

    December 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Mario, Green Day, Gavin DeGraw and Destiny's Child. RING IN THE NEW : Mario has a lot of reasons to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. Not only does he have his first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, but he has tied the record for…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and the Adult Contemporary chart with readers. BREAKING AWAY Dear Fred, Thanks for sharing your list of favorite songs/albums for the year. I was a little surprised that Kelly Clarkson didn't make the list. She had two of the best pop…

  5. Mario Trumps Snoop For Hot 100 No. 1

    December 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Mario is the new king of Billboard's Hot 100 with "Let Me Love You." The track moves 2-1 to end the three-week reign of Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell, which slips to No. 2. " Mario is the new king of Billboard's Hot 100…

  6. Harper, Blind Boys Pairing Spawns Live DVD

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Following a collaborative CD that resulted in a trio of Grammy nominations, Ben Harper and the Blind Boys Of Alabama are planning to release a concert DVD early next year. The film was taped at a one- Following a collaborative CD that resulted in a trio of Grammy nominations, Ben Harper and…

  7. Merchant Preps DVDs, Machaut Compilation Track

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Although Natalie Merchant isn't presently at work on a new studio album, the artist is preparing several projects in various states of completion. Although Natalie Merchant isn't presently at work on a new studio album, the artist is preparing several projects in various states of…

  8. Chingy Hitting The Road With Snoop, Juvenile

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rapper Chingy is cooking up a 2005 tour which will feature some dates with Snoop Dogg, Juvenile and DJ Quik. The artist tells Billboard.com the outing will begin in January but at deadline only seven Rapper Chingy is cooking up a 2005 tour which will feature some dates with Snoop Dogg,…

  9. Eve Shows Softer Side In UPN Show

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Starring in her own sitcom is allowing Eve to reveal a side not usually associated with the hardcore rapper image that made her famous. Starring in her own sitcom is allowing Eve to reveal a side not usually associated with the hardcore rapper image that made her famous. "The part that…

  10. Westerberg Readies West Coast Tour

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Paul Westerberg has confirmed his first tour dates in support of his latest Vagrant album, "Folker." Paul Westerberg has confirmed his first tour dates in support of his latest Vagrant album, "Folker." So far, eight West Coast shows are on tap, beginning Feb. 17 in…

  11. DiFranco Readies One Album, Writing Another

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Even though her 13th Righteous Babe studio album, "Knuckle Down," won't be out until Jan. 25, Ani DiFranco admits she has already accumulated another album's worth of material. Even though her 13th Righteous Babe studio album, "Knuckle Down," won't be out…

  12. Young Larsen Has A Music Biz 'Education'

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Blaine Larsen may only be 18 years old, but he already has experienced the highs and lows of a career in the music business. At the moment, he's in the midst of one of the best highs the business offers. His first single for his new label…

  13. Billboard Bits: Out Hud, Mogwai, 'Cursed'

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Out Hud, Mogwai, 'Cursed' New York rock act Out Hud will release its sophomore album , "Let Us Never Speak of It Again," March 22 via Kranky. The 10-track set will be preceded on Feb. 8 by the single "One Life To Leave," which will also include group…

  14. 'Ray' Spawns Second Soundtrack Album

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST The hit Ray Charles biopic "Ray" will spawn a second soundtrack early next year. The hit Ray Charles biopic "Ray" will spawn a second soundtrack early next year. The 17-track "Ray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Vol. 2" will arrive Feb. 1 via Rhino and…

  15. Concrete Rose

    December 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST A more confident-sounding Ashanti is onboard for her third time out. Powered by sensual lead single "Only You," "Concrete Rose" contains several other equally rhythmic jams. A more confident-sounding Ashanti is onboard for her third time out. Powered by sensual lead single…

  16. Blue Skies

    December 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" finalists abound in the fourth quarter, from Kelly Clarkson's triumphant sophomore disc and Clay Aiken's holiday love fest to Fantasia's crafty R&B bow. But those fans who gravitat "American Idol" finalists abound in the fourth quarter,…

  17. Turning Point

    December 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Mario's vocal talent attracted attention two years ago with breakout single "Just a Friend 2002" from his self-titled album. Sophomore set "Turning Point" represents the 18-year-old's transition both Mario's vocal talent attracted attention two years ago…

  18. Billboard Bits: Mercury Rev, Dissociatives, M. Ward

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Mercury Rev, Dissociatives, M. Ward Mercury Rev will release its new V2 album, " The Secret Migration ," as three separate digital EPs prior to the May 2005 release of the physical CD. The first segment, featuring the tracks "Secret for a Song," "Across Yer…

  19. Mother: Damageplan Gunman Had Schizophrenia

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST The mother of the man who gunned down former Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and three others during a concert in Columbus, Ohio, last week said her son was discharged from the military bec The mother of the man who gunned down former Pantera guitarist "Dimebag"…

  20. Waits Cast In 'Domino' Film

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Tom Waits has taken a role in the film "Domino." Tony Scott ("Man on Fire," "Enemy of the State") is directing the movie, which is based on the true story of model Domino Harvey, who gave up a life in Tom Waits has taken a role in the film "Domino."…

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