1. Hot Product

    August 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT LL Cool J Cool Kid Grammy Award-winning rapper LL Cool J returns this week with his 11th album, "The DEFinition," via Def Jam/IDJMG. The album, his first since 2002, features production from Timbaland, N.O. Joe and Dame Grease, among others. Lead single "Headsprung"…

  2. APC Gets Political On 'eMOTIVe'

    August 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Perfect Circle has slated an Election Day release date for a new album, "eMOTIVe." Due Nov. 2 via Virgin, the set of original songs and covers is described by bandleader Maynard James Keenan as "a c A Perfect Circle has slated an Election Day release date for a new album, …

  3. Three New Cuts Join Twain's 'Greatest'

    August 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A trio of new songs will appear among the first collection of Shania Twain's "Greatest Hits." A trio of new songs will appear among the first collection of Shania Twain's "Greatest Hits." Due Nov. 9 from Mercury, the 21-track set will be led by the single "…

  4. Barenaked Ladies Dress Up Holiday Set

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT On their first collection of seasonal music, Barenaked Ladies aren't going it alone. On their first collection of seasonal music, Barenaked Ladies aren't going it alone. The Canadian pop-rock act drafted the help of Sarah McLachlan and Michael Bublé for a pair of songs on the…

  5. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

    August 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Listening to the soundtrack to "The Princess Diaries 2" is much like flipping through a real journal: Each track, like each new day, yields something different from the previous one. Listening to the soundtrack to "The Princess Diaries 2" is much like flipping through a…

  6. Kevin Lyttle

    August 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic Records has had its fair share of success in bringing reggae to the masses. Atlantic Records has had its fair share of success in bringing reggae to the masses. First it was through Atlantic-distributed VP Records artists Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder and Elephant Man. Now, it's Kevin…

  7. QOTSA Get A Lift From Manson, Dalle

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Queens Of The Stone Age were recently visited in the studio by Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson and the Distillers' Brody Dalle, girlfriend of QOTSA leader Josh Homme. The pair offered vocals on an a Queens Of The Stone Age were recently visited in the studio by Garbage frontwoman…

  8. Mase Comes Back With New Label

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "There's no variety in hip-hop right now. You needed me to come back." So declares prodigal rapper Mase. Five years have passed since Mason Betha decided to devote himself to God and take a hiatus from hip-hop. He officially re…

  9. Richard Marx: Far From 'Gone'

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT When Richard Marx first heard his current single on the radio, it wasn't so much the song itself that excited him. It's what the DJ said afterward. When Richard Marx first heard his current single on the radio, it wasn't so much the song itself that excited him. It's what…

  10. Beach Boys-Heavy Musical Heads To Broadway

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT "Good Vibrations," a new musical using more than 30 Beach Boys songs, will open on Broadway in January. The show will begin preview performances in early December at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. An ope "Good Vibrations," a new musical using more than 30 Beach Boys…

  11. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Aug. 9-15, 2004). TEENS CHOOSE: Teens are a fickle bunch, but they know what they like. Wednesday night, The 2004 Teen Choice Awards" on Fox will highlight the music, television, film and sports favorites of those aged 13-19. Even…

  12. Hot Product

    August 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Alter Bridge ’Bridge’ Over Troubled Water Alter Bridge -- the new band featuring former Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and original bassist Brian Marshall plus former Mayfield Four vocalist Myles Kennedy -- debuts this week with the release of its Wind-Up debut, "…

  13. Kiss & Tell

    August 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The four female Scandinavian rockers known as Sahara Hotnights are not reinventing the wheel with their major-label debut; they're just taking the car out for a spin with the top down. The four female Scandinavian rockers known as Sahara Hotnights are not reinventing the wheel with their…

  14. E Street To Back Fogerty On Tour

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In what promises to be fulfill a classic rock fan's dream, Bruce Springsteen says he and the E Street Band will serve as John Fogerty's backing band on the upcoming ... In what promises to be fulfill a classic rock fan's dream, Bruce Springsteen says he and the E Street Band…

  15. Listeners Won't 'Give Up' On Postal Service

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The Postal Service's debut album, the ironically titled "Give Up," is doing anything but. In the July 17 issue of Billboard, the Sub Pop set reached No. 1 on the Top Electronic Albums chart. It recently spent its fourth week in the…

  16. Billboard Bits: VMAs, Fashion Rocks, Jimmy Sturr

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on VMAs, Fashion Rocks, Jimmy Sturr Lil' Jon, Petey Pablo and Ying Yang Twins & Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe have joined the performance lineup for the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. The 21st annual event is set for Aug. 29 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. They join…

  17. The Tangled Web

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Web's Most Intriguing Music-Related Issues & Destinations. This Week: Queen, Red Ferret Journal, Steve Lamacq and Nic Harcourt. LONG LIVE THE QUEEN: Defunct superstar rock quartet Queen has launched a dedicated download store featuring all of its catalog available for full album…

  18. A Q&A With LL Cool J

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Career longevity has eluded many rappers. Many rock, R&B and country stars maintain their hitmaking status for 20-plus years, but that rarely happens in hip-hop. Unless you are LL Cool J. Born James Todd Smith, LL Cool J (an acronym for "…

  19. Soul on Top

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Papa's got a brand new big band. Papa's got a brand new big band. "Soul on Top," an instant anachronism when King Records first released it in 1969, has Brown singing Oliver Nelson arrangements of Tin Pan Alley standards backed by the big and loud Louis Bellson Orchestra. …

  20. Sweet Celebrates Life With Two New CDs

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Power-pop maestro Matthew Sweet is returning to North American audiences after a five-year hiatus between solo releases with two new albums. Power-pop maestro Matthew Sweet is returning to North American audiences after a five-year hiatus between solo releases with two new albums. "Kimi…

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