1. TunesOnTV

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Sept. 20-26, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, SEPT. 20 "Live with Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Lil' Romeo (also scheduled: Melina Kanakaredes, Miss America). "The Late Show With David Letterman,"…

  2. Land of the Sun

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bassist Charlie Haden's 2002 CD of boleros, "Nocturne," won the Grammy Award for best Latin jazz album. Bassist Charlie Haden's 2002 CD of boleros, "Nocturne," won the Grammy Award for best Latin jazz album. It was a disc of balladic love songs from Cuba and…

  3. Genius Loves Company

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ray Charles did it right for his swan song. He not only enlisted the duo support of a dozen top-drawer singers, but he recorded the sessions face to face, voice to voice. Ray Charles did it right for his swan song. He not only enlisted the duo support of a dozen top-drawer singers, but he…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses George Michael, chart records, chart gaps and the Average White Band with readers. DID GEORGE DO IT? Dear Fred, I really enjoy your column every week, and I wait every Friday to know more about chart facts. Last week, I read about the possibilities of Usher getting a…

  5. Broadway Lyricist Fred Ebb Dies

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Famed songwriter/lyricist Fred Ebb died Saturday (Sept. 11) of a heart attack at his home in New York. He was 71. Famed songwriter/lyricist Fred Ebb died Saturday (Sept. 11) of a heart attack at his home in New York. He was 71. Ebb is best known for co-writing songs for such musicals as "…

  6. The Secondman's Middle Stand

    September 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ex-Minutemen bassist Mike Watt's third solo set (his first in seven years, delayed by his commitments with the re-formed Stooges) ranges into new and oft-unusual territory. Ex-Minutemen bassist Mike Watt's third solo set (his first in seven years, delayed by his commitments with the…

  7. Franz Ferdinand Snares Mercury Music Prize

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. The annual music-industry award, recognizing the U.K.…

  8. Ackerman Sets The Musical Record Straight

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Although Windham Hill Records founder William Ackerman is consistently labeled as the father of new age music thanks to his stewardship of artists like George Winston, Alex DeGrassi and Liz Story, his Although Windham Hill Records founder William Ackerman is consistently labeled as the father…

  9. Slayer Tops Fall Jägermeister Bill

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Slayer will headline the fall Jägermeister tour, which begins Oct. 29 at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Mo. Slayer will headline the fall Jägermeister tour, which begins Oct. 29 at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Mo. The bill will also feature Killswitch Engage and Mastodon, as well as…

  10. Fall Pixies Tour Keeps Growing

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Pixies have added several additional dates to their extensive fall tour schedule, including the first shows near its one-time Boston homebase since November 1991. The Pixies have added several additional dates to their extensive fall tour schedule, including the first shows near its one…

  11. 'Truth' Tour Spawns CD, DVD

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Highlights from last year's Tell Us the Truth tour, which featured Steve Earle, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Billy Bragg and Tom Morello, will be released on CD (Oct. 5) and DVD (Oct. 19) via Artemis. Highlights from last year's Tell Us the Truth tour, which featured Steve Earle, R.E.M…

  12. Pixies Prevail In Slow Touring Season

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz and Christina Aguilera have scrapped tours. Lollapalooza crashed and burned. The U.S. touring market has been in dire straits all summer. But a savior showed up in the ve Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz and Christina Aguilera have scrapped tours. Lollapalooza…

  13. Black Orbits Past Pixies 'Planets'

    August 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The 28-track collection features 15 pre-Pixies demos on one disc and 13 new recordings of Pixies songs with Two Pale Boys' Andy Diagram and Keith Moline. Additional details have come to light surrounding " Frank Black Francis ," a forthcoming two-disc set from Pixies singer…

  14. Baker Gives 'Everything' She's Got

    August 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com It started with an itch. It ended with Anita Baker's first studio album in 10 years. "My Everything," due Sept. 7 from Blue Note Records, shattered Baker's creative block. "There are times when that creative door is just…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses chart records, Fantasia, song titles, Top 40 radio and Maroon5 with readers. NOT GOING BACK, NOT GOING FORWARD Dear Fred, Kenny Chesney's "I Go Back" remains at No. 2 [on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart] for a sixth non-consecutive…

  16. Beasties Sign On For Benefit, Expand Tour

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Beastie Boys and De La Soul will hook up this weekend for a rare club show to benefit HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. The MTV2 Presents: A LIFEbeat Benefit will take place Saturday (Aug. 28) at the M The Beastie Boys and De La Soul will hook up this weekend for a rare club show to benefit…

  17. Ashanti, Latifah Off To Muppets' 'Oz'

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ashanti will star in an original ABC television movie tentatively titled "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz." Ashanti will star in an original ABC television movie tentatively titled "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz." In addition, Queen Latifah is in final negotiations to…

  18. Browne, Raitt, Yorn Bolster Zevon Tribute

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, the Wallflowers and Pete Yorn are among the artists filling out the forthcoming tribute album "Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon." Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, the Wallflowers and Pete Yorn are among the artists filling out the…

  19. Injury Forces Helmet To Revise Tour

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The trek was due to kick off Sept. 17 in Atlanta but will now get underway in early October. Hard rock act Helmet has been forced to push back the start of its first tour in seven years after group leader Page Hamilton broke his collar bone in a mountain biking accident. The trek was due to…

  20. 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…

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