1. Billboard Bits: EWF, Cher, Kittie, Bloomingtonfest

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on EWF, Cher, Kittie, Bloomingtonfest Veteran R&B act Earth, Wind & Fire will on Oct. 5 release its first album under a new deal with Matthew Knowles' Sanctuary Urban Records Group. The as-yet-untitled set sports production by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as well as Raphael…

  2. Destiny's Child Flipping Over New Album

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The next Destiny's Child studio album, which hits stores Nov. 16 via Columbia, will capitalize on CD/DVD flip-side technology, according to the group's manager, Mathew Knowles. The audio side will fea The next Destiny's Child studio album, which hits stores Nov. 16 via Columbia…

  3. Hip-Hop Acts Bolster ESPN Videogame, Tour

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In its most ambitious cross-marketing program to date, ESPN Videogames is featuring more than three dozen original or licensed tracks from 22 top hip-hop acts in "NBA 2K5," a fall release for PlayStat In its most ambitious cross-marketing program to date, ESPN Videogames is…

  4. LL Cool J, Big Boi Lead Atlanta SoulFest

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT LL Cool J and Big Boi, of Atlanta-based hip-hop act OutKast, will headline the inaugural SoulFest event in the Georgia capitol. LL Cool J and Big Boi, of Atlanta-based hip-hop act OutKast, will headline the inaugural SoulFest event in the Georgia capitol. Set for Sept. 4-5, the festival will…

  5. Kravitz Bags Fall Tour

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A little more than a week after announcing a North American tour, Lenny Kravitz has postponed his road plans due to unspecified "family matters." The trek was due to kick off Sept. 11 in Atlantic City A little more than a week after announcing a North American tour , Lenny Kravitz…

  6. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart escapades of Green Day, 'Princess Diaries,' Prince and Terror Squad. GREEN'S DAY HAS COME: It might be difficult to believe, but 10 years after scoring its first hit, Green Day finally makes its debut on Billboard's Hot 100. The…

  7. CHART BEAT

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Green Day, Terror Squad & More /bb/chartbeat/index.jsp News …

  8. 'Pure Jerry' Series Showcases Live Garcia

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In the tradition of the Grateful Dead's "Dick's Picks" and "From the Vault" albums of archival live recordings, a series of concert recordings of the band's late guitarist/singer's solo outings has be In the tradition of the Grateful Dead's "…

  9. Billboard Bits: Jay-Z, John Denver, Valdés/Cigala, Zombies

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Jay-Z, John Denver, Valdés/Cigala, Zombies With the NBA Board of Governors' unanimous approval yesterday (Aug. 11) of the sale of the New Jersey Nets, Jay-Z is officially in the business of basketball. The retiring rapper is a minority investor in an ownership group headed by…

  10. Idlewild Inspired By Classics On New Album

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Although he's known for his earnest and introspective tales, Idlewild singer Roddy Woomble says writing lyrics for the band's upcoming 2005 release is more of a chore than anything else. Although he's known for his earnest and introspective tales, Idlewild singer Roddy Woomble…

  11. JoJo, DeGraw Sign On For Ashe Kids Day

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT R&B artist JoJo and singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw will perform as part of the annual Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, the official kick off of grand slam tennis event the U.S. Open. R&B artist JoJo and singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw will perform as part of the annual Arthur Ashe Kids'…

  12. Hot 100: 'Lean Back' Rises To The Top

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Terror Squad takes over Billboard's Hot 100 after a steady nine-week rise with the summer anthem "Lean Back." It's the second fastest ascent this year behind Usher's "Yeah!" featuring Ludacris and Lil Terror Squad takes over Billboard's Hot 100 after a…

  13. Willie's 'Outlaws' Special Heads To CD

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Musical highlights of the third Willie Nelson & Friends television special will be released on CD Sept. 21 via Lost Highway. Musical highlights of the third Willie Nelson & Friends television special will be released on CD Sept. 21 via Lost Highway. Taped May 5 at the Wiltern LG in…

  14. LIVE REVIEWS

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Hives, Gary Allan, Van Halen & More /bb/livereviews/archives.jsp News Gary Allan …

  15. Rascal Flatts Plans Road Rally

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With a new album around the corner, country act Rascal Flatts has firmed up details of a supporting road trip that will kick off Oct. 2 in Annapolis, Md. With a new album around the corner, country act Rascal Flatts has firmed up details of a supporting road trip that will kick off Oct. 2 in…

  16. Keys Hit Triggers Calls To Georgia Man

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fans of Alicia Keys keep calling her number, but it's J.D. Turner of Statesboro, Ga., who picks up the phone. Fans of Alicia Keys keep calling her number, but it's J.D. Turner of Statesboro, Ga., who picks up the phone. The retired pastor has the unfortunate luck of having the same…

  17. Babyface Drafts Stars For Pro-Vote Single

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Producer/artist Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has spearheaded an all-star cover of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody" in hopes it will inspire youths to vote in the upcoming presiden Producer/artist Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has…

  18. Simpson's 'Autobiography' Rebounds To No. 1

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fans are still clamoring for the musings of MTV newest reality star. Ashlee Simpson's Geffen debut "Autobiography" reclaims the top spot on The Billboard 200 this week on a 5% U.S. sales increase to 2 Fans are still clamoring for the musings of MTV newest reality star. Ashlee…

  19. B&E: Letter Kills, Origene

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. GOING POSTAL: It took a few tries for the songwriters of Letter Kills to mesh, but the 1970s punk, classic…

  20. BREAKING & ENTERING

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Letter Kills & Origene /bb/breakenter/index.jsp News …

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