1. Speak Those Things: POL Chapter 3

    September 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT As one of very few who can truly take credit for ushering gospel into the era of modern urban and R&B music, anything Fred Hammond does is closely watched. As one of very few who can truly take credit for ushering gospel into the era of modern urban and R&B music, anything Fred…

  2. Higher Ground

    September 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Thanks to the keen guidance of their longtime booking agent, Chris Goldsmith, this 60-year-old outfit recently embraced a more blues-infused sound that has rejuvenated the act while attracting a more Thanks to the keen guidance of their longtime booking agent, Chris Goldsmith, this 60-year…

  3. CHART BEAT BONUS

    September 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson reports chart-based stories on Ray Charles, Vanessa Carlton & Billboard's AC chart, Ashanti, and "American Idol" Kelly Clarkson. WE CAN'T STOP LOVING HIM: Ray Charles' "Mother" (E-Nate/Cross Over) returns to…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers questions about radio station ratings, research, and singles. A FAIR HEARING Mr. Bronson, I have to take issue with what you said in last week's column about radio stations playing what we want to hear. There are no request…

  5. Vanguard Digs Up 'Roots Of Blues'

    September 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Vanguard Records is surveying its vaults for a three-disc, 45-track collection dubbed "Vanguard: Roots of Blues." Due Tuesday (Sept. 17), the compilation taps the renowned label's recordings of the Ne Vanguard Records is surveying its vaults for a three-disc, 45-track…

  6. Hot Product

    September 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from John Coltrane, John Doe, Layo & Bushwacka!, Porter Wagoner, and more. The Master's 'Legacy' Verve Music Group will wrap up a year-long celebration of the 70th anniversary of John Coltrane's birth with the release this week of "Legacy,…

  7. CHART BEAT BONUS

    September 06, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson's chart-based stories on Aimee Mann, Brandy, Heather Headley, NElly, Chritina Aguilera, Enya, the Rolling Stones, the Dixie Chicks, and Sheryl Crow. MANN ACT: Her fourth solo album to chart on The Billboard 200 is the highest-charting set yet…

  8. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 06, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers questions about the state of commercial singles and the U.S. music market. SINGLE AGAIN Hello, There is so much disgust that I have for the record companies these days regarding singles, these are just some of my thoughts on the…

  9. Dead, Phish, Allmans Members Slated For Jammys

    September 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Phish bassist Mike Gordon, and the Allman Bros./Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes are among the artists who have signed on to perform at this year's third annual Jammy Awards, p The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Phish bassist Mike Gordon, and the…

  10. Country Vet Porter Wagoner Unplugs

    September 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Just in time for his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Porter Wagoner is releasing "Unplugged." With a legendary recording career spanning nearly five decades under his belt, Wagoner believes the acoustic project is his…

  11. Tunes On TV

    September 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related television listings for Sept. 2-8, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, SEPT. 2 "Teen Choice Presents: Summer Music Mania," ABC Family Channel Featured Artists:, Alanis Morissette, No Doubt, Britney Spears, Ja Rule, Ashanti…

  12. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson's chart-based stories on the Blue Note label and Norah Jones; 'N Syncer gone solo Justin Timberlake; the Hot 100 triumphs of Ja Rule, Ashanti, and Nelly; and Daryl DULY NOTED: One of the most revered jazz labels in the world, the Blue…

  13. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers letters regarding the state of commercial singles. LOST BUSINESS Dear Fred, You hit the nail on the head a couple of weeks ago when you mentioned singles. I used to buy singles every week, at least $20 worth. But now I never go to…

  14. Blind Boys Tread 'Higher Ground' On Tour

    August 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The seemingly constantly touring Blind Boys Of Alabama have a set a fall trek with a number of high-profile dates, including a Sept. 19 performance at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Calif., and The seemingly constantly touring Blind Boys Of Alabama have a set a fall trek with a number…

  15. Knopfler Nails New Solo Set

    August 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler will release his third solo album, "The Ragpicker's Dream," Oct. 1 via Warner Bros. Produced by Knopfler and Chick Ainlay, the 12-track album features the singer/guit Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler will release his third solo album, "…

  16. The Kiss

    August 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT After strong sales of this female threesome's first two albums, the group—Chanelle Harris, Angel Taylor, and Adrian Anderson—delivers what should easily be its major breakthrough project After strong sales of this female threesome's first two albums, the group—Chanelle Harris, Angel…

  17. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Chart-based stories on the Dixie Chicks, the Monument Label, Elvis Presley, Lee Ann Womack, James Taylor, and Alizee by "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson. MONUMENTAL: Fred Foster founded the Monument label in 1958 and ran it until the 1980s, when he sold his company to Sony Music.…

  18. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about the Dixie Chicks, commercial and import singles, "American Idol," long artist names, female hitmakers, and Madonna. IS 'GONE' GONE? Hey Fred! What an exciting day! I just looked at the new…

  19. Indigo Girls Plan U.S. Jaunt

    August 21, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, collectively known as the Indigo Girls, will hit the road for another U.S. touring leg in support of their latest Epic album, "Become You." Beginning Sept. 13 in Baltimore a Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, collectively known as the Indigo Girls, will hit the…

  20. Strokes To Roll With The Stones Amid Fall Trek

    August 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The Strokes will add another feather to their youthful cap Oct. 4 and 5, as they join the Rolling Stones' Licks tour as the opening act for dates, in Landover, Md. and Hartford, Conn., respectively. The Strokes will add another feather to their youthful cap Oct. 4 and 5, as they join the…

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