1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses chart records, parent/child chart entries and signature song hits with readers. STEP BACK IN TIME Dear Fred, You knew this was coming. Any time you mention a record for the rock era or the Hot 100, you know I will research the pre-rock era for some comparable…

  2. CHART BEAT BONUS

    November 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to Ja Rule, R. Kelly, Ashanti, Lonestar and the Levert family. WONDERFUL 'WONDERFUL': The only new entry in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 this week is "Wonderful" (The Inc./Def Jam), a Ja Rule song that features R.…

  3. Levert Switches Labels, Expands Themes

    November 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Given such song titles as "Baby Hold on to Me," "Can You Handle It," "The G Spot" and "U Got That Love," the general theme of Gerald Levert's music is easy to divine. His brand of sensuous R&B has Given such song titles as "Baby Hold on to…

  4. TV On The Radio Finds Good Reception

    November 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Of the multitude of New York-based rock bands to garner recent media attention, surely the most unique musical personality belongs to TV On The Radio, a Brooklyn quintet whose two releases on Touch & Go have fueled major interest. Curiosity…

  5. Levert 'Speaks' On New Album

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST R&B vocalist Gerald Levert will release his fourth album in as many years later this month. R&B vocalist Gerald Levert will release his fourth album in as many years later this month. Due Nov. 30 via Atlantic, the 16-track "Do I Speak for the World?" includes the single …

  6. 44TunesOnTV

    October 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Oct. 25-31, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, OCT. 25 "Today," NBC Featured artist: Ray Charles (also scheduled: Carson Daly). "Sessions @ AOL," Fuse Featured artist: Yellowcard. "The Brooke Ellison Story," A…

  7. Billboard Bits: Robert Plant, Vandross Tribute, 'Smile'

    October 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Robert Plant, Vandross Tribute, 'Smile' Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will deliver the keynote address on March 17 at the 2005 South by Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas. The artist will also perform at the event, marking his first shows in…

  8. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses top singles of presidential eras, Steve Winwood, the Hot 100, Brian Wilson, George Strait and more with readers. WEST WINGING IT Dear Fred, With the upcoming election I thought it might be interesting to list the top 5 hits of each presidential administration from…

  9. Harmony Honors Nominees

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nominees for the inaugural Harmony Honors, to be presented by the Southern Gospel Music Guild (SGMA) Nov. 29 at the TBN Studios located at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, Tenn. Below are the nominees for the inaugural Harmony Honors, to be presented by the Southern Gospel Music Guild …

  10. McDonald Goes Back To Motown

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Vocalist Michael McDonald will on Oct. 26 release "Motown 2," his second album of tracks made famous by stars of the Motown label. Vocalist Michael McDonald will on Oct. 26 release "Motown 2," his second album of tracks made famous by stars of the Motown label. The track…

  11. Billboard Bits: Son Volt, Grandaddy, Monk Competition

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Son Volt, Grandaddy, Monk Competition Roots-rock outfit Son Volt has reunited and is about to begin work on a new studio album. Group members Jay Farrar, Dave and Jim Boquist and Mike Heidorn recently ended a five-year hiatus to record a track for the Alejandro Escovedo tribute album,…

  12. Billboard Bits: Atlantic, MoveOn, Kristofferson

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Atlantic, MoveOn, Kristofferson Atlantic Records is about to shift into full-throttle promotion mode for several key rap projects. The "Joint Chiefs" campaign rolls out with the Oct. 19 reissue of Twista's "Kamikaze." The original version counts 29 weeks on…

  13. Trick Pony Stumps With Bush

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Trick Pony will be on hand today (Aug. 16) as President George W. Bush makes a campaign stop Traverse City, Mich. The band will perform for supporters of the incumbent Republican candidate immediately Trick Pony will be on hand today (Aug. 16) as President George W. Bush makes a campaign stop…

  14. Driven

    August 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Though it has built a strong foundation in the Southern gospel community, the Crabb Family has been rapidly expanding its fan base through relentless touring, prime media exposure and great music. Though it has built a strong foundation in the Southern gospel community, the Crabb Family has…

  15. Ray Charles Tribute Planned

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Friends of the late Ray Charles will sing his praises during a tribute concert planned for the fall. Friends of the late Ray Charles will sing his praises during a tribute concert planned for the fall. Bill Cosby will host and Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Gerald Levert and Angie Stone are…

  16. Music Fuels New Year's Eve Celebrations

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST While the winter holidays often signal a break from live performance and touring for many music acts, the festivities surrounding New Year's Eve tend to drag others off of the couch and onto the stage While the winter holidays often signal a break from live performance and touring for…

  17. 'Source' Can't Distribute Eminem Recording

    December 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST A court ruling has stopped hip-hop magazine The Source from distributing a CD of a previously unreleased recording by white rapper Eminem that includes phrases such as "black girls are dumb." A court ruling has stopped hip-hop magazine The Source from distributing a CD of a…

  18. TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS

    November 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST /bb/charts/randb.jsp 1. Blood In My Eye , Ja Rule 2. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below , OutKast 3. Chicken'N'Beer , Ludacris 4. Stroke Of Genius , Gerald Levert, 5. The Preacher's Son , Wyclef Jean Issue date: Nov. 22, 2003 News Ludacris , Wyclef Jean , Gerald Levert , Ja Rule …

  19. OutKast Pops Back To No. 1

    November 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" returns to the top of The Billboard 200 with a 4-1 jump. The Arista release has been the No. 1 album in three of its six weeks on the chart. U.S. sal OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" returns to…

  20. Emotions

    November 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST Like a comfortable chair, it is easy to settle down into Will Downing's get-away-from-it-all smooth-jazz grooves. Like a comfortable chair, it is easy to settle down into Will Downing's get-away-from-it-all smooth-jazz grooves. His delicious, smooth-as-butter baritone still retains…

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