1. Hate to Be Loved

    October 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It makes sense that the River City Rebels are more fun than Velvet Revolver, for which they've opened: Velvet Revolver is a business deal, and River City Rebels are the real deal. It makes sense that the River City Rebels are more fun than Velvet Revolver, for which they've opened:…

  2. Real Gone

    October 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Furthering his unwavering commitment to the art of noise, Tom Waits creates structure from unlikely grunts and coughed clatter on "Real Gone," minimizing the role of instrumental melodies. Furthering his unwavering commitment to the art of noise, Tom Waits creates structure from…

  3. Dummy

    October 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Still flying under the pop radar after 35 years of rollick and mischief, NRBQ delivers "Dummy," a raw rocking album of 13 tunes bred from spontaneity, humor and good-times gusto. Still flying under the pop radar after 35 years of rollick and mischief, NRBQ delivers "Dummy,"…

  4. Savin' the Honky Tonk

    October 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT If anybody could save the honky-tonk, it's Mark Chesnutt. If anybody could save the honky-tonk, it's Mark Chesnutt. Arguably the purest hardcore country singer to break in the video age, he drops any pretension of being a country pop artist with his debut Vivaton release. This is a…

  5. London Calling—25th Anniversary Legacy Edition

    October 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top 10 best rock album ever, top 15? "London Calling," first released in 1979 as a two-record set, belongs up there. Top 10 best rock album ever, top 15? "London Calling," first released in 1979 as a two-record set, belongs up there. This three-disc reissue holds its…

  6. When I Fall in Love

    October 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Trumpeter Chris Botti describes his music as "instrumental pop with jazz flavoring," which makes for smooth rides. Trumpeter Chris Botti describes his music as "instrumental pop with jazz flavoring," which makes for smooth rides. Read: no curves, jagged edges or ear…

  7. Billboard Bits: Sweet, Save The Music, Danko Jones

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Matthew Sweet, Save The Music, Danko Jones Matthew Sweet will hit the road in November for a North American tour in support of his two new albums , "Living Things" and "Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu." Twelve dates are confirmed so far, kicking off Nov. 3 in Denver at the…

  8. CHART BEAT BONUS

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to Avril Lavigne, Tim McGraw, Sara Evans, Kimberley Locke and Barry Manilow. 'HAPPY' DAYS: Avril Lavigne is back to her winning ways on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart. Her first three entries on this tally all reached pole…

  9. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Billboard's Hot 100, Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts and more with readers. ANCHOR POSITION Hi Fred! Did you notice that last week "Whatever U Want" by Christina Milian featuring Joe Budden became the third song to debut this year at No. 100 [on…

  10. McCoury Tops Bluegrass Awards Winners

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bluegrass veteran Del McCoury won his ninth entertainer of the year award at the 15th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards last night (Oct. 7) at the Kentucky Center in Louisville. Bluegrass veteran Del McCoury won his ninth entertainer of the year award at the 15th Annual…

  11. International Bluegrass Music Awards Winners

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Winners of the 15th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, held Oct. 7 at the Kentucky Center in Louisville. Below are the winners of the 15th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, held Oct. 7 at the Kentucky Center in Louisville. ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR The Del McCoury Band MALE…

  12. CD/DVD Captures Queen 'On Fire'

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hollywood Records will on Nov. 9 unveil the first commercial release of Queen's 1982 concert at London's Milton Keynes Bowl, originally broadcast on British television and MTV. Hollywood Records will on Nov. 9 unveil the first commercial release of Queen's 1982 concert at…

  13. Good Charlotte Takes On 'Life And Death'

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "I wear black on the outside because that's how I feel on the inside," Good Charlotte's Joel Madden deadpans when describing his romantic outlook. Though it's surprising to hear the lead singer of a multiplatinum pop/punk…

  14. Billboard Bits: Love, ATP, Cullum/Charles

    October 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Courtney Love, ATP, Cullum/Charles Despite ongoing legal and financial woes, Courtney Love is finally mounting a short tour with her all-girl backing band, the Chelsea. The five-date California swing begins Oct. 24 in San Diego and will proceed to San Francisco (Oct. 26), Santa Cruz …

  15. Charles Earns First Platinum RIAA Award

    October 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT After nearly 60 years of recording, Ray Charles posthumously earned the first platinum award of his career with "Genius Loves Company" (Concord) via September certifications by the Recording Industry After nearly 60 years of recording, Ray Charles posthumously earned the first…

  16. In The Driver's Seat With Minnie

    October 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com Minnie Driver knows the news of another actress making an album generally starts people's eyes rolling, and she's just fine with that. "With all due respect, the bar is set fairly low in terms of actors making seminal records,…

  17. 311 DVD Due, Hexums Hitting Swing States

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Just as modern rock act 311 releases a concert DVD later this month, principal member Nick Hexum and his brother, singer/songwriter Zack Hexum, will launch a tour of swing states in advance of the U.S Just as modern rock act 311 releases a concert DVD later this month, principal member Nick…

  18. OutKast Snags Five MTV Europe Awards Nods

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With five nominations, OutKast leads the field for the 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 18 in Rome. With five nominations, OutKast leads the field for the 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 18 in Rome. The eclectic Atlanta-based duo is nominated in the best group and…

  19. 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…

  20. Four Dozen Rarities Highlight Bon Jovi Box

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT "I Get a Rush," "Miss Fourth of July" and "Garageland" are a few of the previously unreleased cuts which will highlight the forthcoming five-disc box set "100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong." Du "I Get a Rush," "Miss Fourth of…

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