1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about LL Cool J, Madonna, H and Claire, and "Bonnie & Clyde." LADIES STILL LOVE COOL JAMES Hi Fred, Reading Michael Ellis and Todd Martens' summary of chart news on Billboard.com last Thursday, I was amazed to discover that "…

  2. Faith Replaces King On Top Of The Hill

    October 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Faith Hill's "Cry" (Warner Bros.) dethrones Elvis Presley on The Billboard 200 this week thanks to an opening week U.S. sales tally of 472,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's Hill's secon Faith Hill's "Cry" (Warner Bros.) dethrones Elvis…

  3. The G Spot

    September 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT R&B crooner Gerald Levert has always been able to push female fans' buttons. R&B crooner Gerald Levert has always been able to push female fans' buttons. His newest album—with its double-entendre title—will no doubt do the same. Levert set up shop for The G Spot in…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Readers letters answered by chart expert Fred Bronson regarding adult R&B, Ashanti, "American Idol," Ace Of Base, album tracks hitting No. 1, the Dixie Chicks, lengthy artist names, and commercial WHITHER R&B? Hi Fred, I am very concerned about the current state of R&B…

  5. Vandross, Levert Lead 'Summer Soul' Charge

    August 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Luther Vandross, Angie Stone, Gerald Levert, and Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams are hitting the road together on the Burger King-sponsored BK Got Music Summer Soul Tour, a 19-date run of amphithe Luther Vandross, Angie Stone, Gerald Levert, and Destiny's Child's…

  6. Elektra All-Stars Prepare To 'Transport'

    August 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Songs from Tweet, Nate Dogg, Knoc-Turn'Al, and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott will be featured on Elektra's soundtrack to the upcoming film "The Transporter." The first single from the set, due Sept. 17, Songs from Tweet, Nate Dogg, Knoc-Turn'Al, and Missy …

  7. Poll: R&B Fans Excited For Levert Album

    August 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Gerald Levert's upcoming Elektra album "G Spot" is one that fans are most anticipating, according to a Billboard.com poll about R&B/hip-hop artists with plans for new releases. Gerald Levert's upcoming Elektra album "G Spot" is one that fans are most…

  8. Ashanti, Tweet, Isleys Among MusicFest Acts

    July 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The week-long 2002 Rochester (N.Y.) MusicFest will conclude with a pair of concerts featuring up-and-coming R&B stars Ashanti and Tweet, as well as such established artists as Al Green and the Isl The week-long 2002 Rochester (N.Y.) MusicFest will conclude with a pair of concerts…

  9. BET Bestows Honors On Outkast, Usher, Arie

    June 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Rap duo Outkast took home the favorite music group honor at last night's (June 25) second annual BET Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Usher left with the best male R&B artist award, whi Rap duo Outkast took home the favorite music group honor at last night's (June 25)…

  10. Jay-Z's 'Blueprint' Enters Second Week At No. 1

    September 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/IDJMG) holds strong for a second straight week atop The Billboard 200 despite the appearance of four new albums in the top-10, including a No. 4 entry by T Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/IDJMG) holds…

  11. Gerald's World

    September 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT This follow-up to last year's G finds Gerald Levert mining the same love-themed territory he has covered on previous albums. This follow-up to last year's G finds Gerald Levert mining the same love-themed territory he has covered on previous albums. With the help of such producers…

  12. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 31, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A recap of late R&B star Aaliyah's chart performance, and a look at R&B acts who debuted in the 1960s who appear on the charts today, plus stories on Blu Cantrell, Jennifer Lopez, and Ja Rule. IN TRIBUTE: It was just a little over seven years ago that a young R&B singer by…

  13. The Very Best of Miki Howard

    July 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Miki Howard returned to the contemporary scene earlier this year with her first new studio album in seven years, the Peak/Concord release Three Wishes. Miki Howard returned to the contemporary scene earlier this year with her first new studio album in seven years, the Peak/Concord release…

  14. Full Force Marshals New-School Army

    May 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT For the first time since 1995's "Sugar on Top" (Calibre Records), Full Force -- the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based group comprising the George brothers (Bowlegged Lou, Paul Anthony, and Brian, aka "B-Fine") and For the first time since 1995's "Sugar on Top" …

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