1. Randy Travis Is Not Just 'Passing Through' Word

    November 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. After three successful gospel collections, Randy Travis returns to his first love -- country music -- on "Passing Through." Due Nov. 9, the album marks the first time Word Records, a 53-year-old Christian label, has worked a straight…

  2. Billboard Bits: Bon Jovi, Montgomery Gentry, Gil Melle

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Bon Jovi, Montgomery Gentry, Gil Melle New Jersey-based rock act Bon Jovi will on Nov. 14 join a club that includes Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra when it is presented with the American Music Awards' special Award of Merit. The honor will…

  3. Billboard Bits: Flaming Lips, Ray J, Tom Petty

    October 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Flaming Lips, Ray J, Tom Petty The Flaming Lips' official Web site will be the sole source for the photo collection "Waking Up With a Placebo Head Wound: Images of the Flaming Lips From the Archives of Jay Blakesberg and J. Michelle Martin-Coyne -- 1987-2004." The 184…

  4. Opera Star Robert Merrill Dies

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Acclaimed singer Robert Merrill, the opera baritone who felt equally comfortable on opening night at the Metropolitan Opera House or opening day at Yankee Stadium, has died. Acclaimed singer Robert Merrill, the opera baritone who felt equally comfortable on opening night at the Metropolitan…

  5. B&E: H.I.M.

    October 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: H.I.M. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. THE INFERNAL MAJESTY OF IT ALL: Since it first hit Scandanavian audiences in 1996, Finnish…

  6. McCartney, Young Sing At L.A. Fundraiser

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Admitting to being intimidated in the presence of a former Beatle, Neil Young joined forces with Paul McCartney on Thursday to perform at a $500-per-seat fundraiser to raise awareness of land mines. Admitting to being intimidated in the presence of a former Beatle, Neil Young joined forces…

  7. Hot Product

    October 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warren Zevon 'Sandwich' Board Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, the Pixies, Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, the Wallflowers and Pete Yorn are among the artists filling out the tribute album "Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon," due this week via Artemis.…

  8. Nancy Sinatra

    October 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nancy Sinatra's hits with Lee Hazelwood made her a 1960s chart mainstay. Now, a younger generation of fans might well return her to the airwaves. Nancy Sinatra's hits with Lee Hazelwood made her a 1960s chart mainstay. Now, a younger generation of fans might well return her to the…

  9. Seven Steps

    October 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Chronicling Miles Davis' 1963-64 Columbia recordings, this seven-CD set traces the hard-won evolution of the trumpeter's second great quintet. Chronicling Miles Davis' 1963-64 Columbia recordings, this seven-CD set traces the hard-won evolution of the trumpeter's second…

  10. Billboard Bits: Frank Sinatra, AMAs, Bolton

    October 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Frank Sinatra, AMAs, Bolton A new version of "Silent Night" graces "The Frank Sinatra Christmas Collection," due Oct. 26 via Reprise/The Frank Sinatra Collection. The song was assembled using an unreleased vocal track recorded by the late crooner in August 1991 and…

  11. HOT PRODUCT

    October 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Duran Duran, Sum 41, Frank Black, Joseph Arthur and more. /bb/hotprod/index.jsp News Joseph Arthur , Frank Black …

  12. Hot Product

    October 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Frank Black Back In 'Black' Pixies leader Frank Black showcases vastly different aspects of his musical persona on "Frank Black Francis." The 28-track spinART collection features 15 pre-Pixies demos on one disc and 13 new recordings of Pixies songs with Two Pale Boys'…

  13. Rascal Flatts 'Feels Like' No. 1

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts becomes only the second country <I>group</I> to top The Billboard 200 this week as its third Hollywood set, "Feels Like Today," debuts at No. 1. With U.S. sales of 201,000 copies, accord Rascal Flatts becomes only the second country group to top The…

  14. Signature McCartney Guitar Heads To Auction

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The first Paul McCartney Signature 1964 Epiphone Texan, serial No. 001, will be auctioned to benefit Adopt-A-Minefield, the landmine clearance and survivor assistance program. The first Paul McCartney Signature 1964 Epiphone Texan, serial No. 001, will be auctioned to benefit Adopt-A…

  15. Hot Product

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fahrenheit/Tell The Truth Rock Against Bush This week brings a bonanza of items related to Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," including the film's DVD release and two accompanying albums. In addition to a soundtrack of music that appears in the movie, Epic…

  16. Billboard Bits: Pixies, Stefani, Kem

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stories on the Pixies, Gwen Stefani and Kem The Pixies' wildly successful reunion tour will close with a Dec. 18 double-header at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, where the band has already sold out six prior engagements. The Pixies will play a 7 p.m. show with support from Mike…

  17. 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…

  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. Billboard Bits: Lanegan, H.I.M., Mindy Smith

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Mark Lanegan, H.I.M. and Mindy Smith. Singer/songwriter Mark Lanegan was injured in a car accident in Los Angeles last night, forcing the cancellation of seven upcoming East Coast tour dates. Lanegan was not at fault and was not seriously hurt, but is under doctor's orders to…

  20. Beastie Boys Rustle Up European Tour

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Beastie Boys have confirmed their first European tour in years, set to kick off Dec. 6 in Manchester, England, and run through Dec. 18 in Milan. The Beastie Boys have confirmed their first European tour in years, set to kick off Dec. 6 in Manchester, England, and run through Dec. 18 in…

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