1. Rick James Funeral Set, Autopsy Inconclusive

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A public viewing for funk legend Rick James will be held tomorrow (Aug. 11) from 5 to 8 p.m. PT at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. PT Thursday. A public viewing for funk legend Rick James will be held tomorrow (Aug. 11) from 5 to 8 p.m. PT at…

  2. Billboard Bits: 50 Cent, Pixies, Miller/Keen

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on 50 Cent, Pixies, Miller/Keen 50 Cent will be among the guest voices heard in the forthcoming 16th season of the animated Fox series "The Simpsons." The G-Unit rapper will reportedly be featured in an episode dubbed "Pranksta Rap." No airdate has been set for the…

  3. Forever, for Always, for Luther

    August 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Still suffering from the after-effects of a diabetes-induced stroke, R&B icon Luther Vandross has been the focus of numerous tributes. Still suffering from the after-effects of a diabetes-induced stroke, R&B icon Luther Vandross has been the focus of numerous tributes. The latest is…

  4. 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…

  5. Funk Legend Rick James Found Dead

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Funk legend Rick James was found dead at 9:45 a.m. PT this morning (Aug. 6) at his Los Angeles home by a caretaker, according to a police spokesperson. He was 56. The cause of death was believed to be Funk legend Rick James was found dead at 9:45 a.m. PT this morning (Aug. 6) at his Los…

  6. Cleveland Draws Biggest 'Idol' Audition

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT James Pequignot battled heat and humidity, camped out all night at a football stadium and waited hours in line just to be told he wasn't good enough for "American Idol." But the 19-year-old from Cleve James Pequignot battled heat and humidity, camped out all night at a football…

  7. Sweet Relief Celebrates 10 Years

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Nashville concert series featuring Victoria Williams, Josh Rouse, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and others will serve as the 10th anniversary celebration for the ... A Nashville concert series featuring Victoria Williams, Josh Rouse, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and others will serve as the 10th anniversary…

  8. Update: Top Artists To Rock Swing States

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Updating a story first posted here yesterday (Aug. 3), artists such as Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., the Dixie Chicks, John Mellencamp, Bright Eyes and the Dave Matthews Band have teamed up fo Updating a story first posted here yesterday (Aug. 3), artists such as Pearl Jam, Bruce…

  9. B&E: Finger Eleven, Funeral For A Friend.

    August 04, 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. OVER THE RAINBOW: Canadian rock act Rainbow Butt Monkey has come a long way. Since shedding its funk roots,…

  10. Vintage Blues Performances Unearthed

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A third volume of performances from the American Folk Blues Festival will hit stores Aug. 31 via Hip-O. A third volume of performances from the American Folk Blues Festival will hit stores Aug. 31 via Hip-O. "The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Volume 3" contains 18…

  11. Lynne To Play Cash's Mother

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Shelby Lynne has joined the cast of the Johnny Cash biopic, "Walk the Line." Shelby Lynne has joined the cast of the Johnny Cash biopic, "Walk the Line." The singer/songwriter will portray the late country music icon's mother, Carrie Cash, in the Fox Searchlight film,…

  12. 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 "…

  13. Hot Product

    August 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: An EP from Los Lobos, “Ride This: The Covers EP,” featuring its rendition of songs by Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Richard Thompson and Bobby Womack (Hollywood). Vocalist Dayna Kurtz’s “Beautiful Yesterday,” featuring a guest…

  14. N'Awlinz: Dis Dat or D'Udda

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Dr. Dr. John's latest is a cultural history of his native "N'awlinz," a sweeping 360-degree vision of 150 years of music, myth, storytelling and tradition. Stops include spirituals, voodoo, jazz funerals, Mardi Gras, folk tales and funk. Anything but a solo project, the…

  15. 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. …

  16. Billboard Bits: Albarn, Adams, 'Rock Through Time'

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Damon Albarn, Bryan Adams, 'Rock Through Time' Blur lead singer Damon Albarn has two side projects in development. A second album from his "cartoon band" Gorillaz is due this fall on Parlophone/EMI. But for now Albarn is in Lagos, Nigeria, recording an album with…

  17. Top Stars To Play Santana Tribute

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Carlos Santana will be honored as the 2004 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year via performances by Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews, matchbox twenty's Rob Thomas, Robi Draco Rosa and Ozomatli, am Carlos Santana will be honored as the 2004 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year…

  18. Electric Prunes Sue For Royalties

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Two members of the 1960s rock band Electric Prunes are suing their record label and music publisher, alleging in two separate lawsuits the companies failed to pay them royalties totaling $1 million. Two members of the 1960s rock band Electric Prunes are suing their record label and music…

  19. Billboard Bits: Ozomatli, Supergrass, Brown

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Ozomatli, Supergrass, James Brown Charges brought against Ozomatli bassist Wil Dog Abers, percussionist Jiro Yamaguchi and manager Amy Sue-Blackman Romero during Austin, Texas' South By Southwest Music Festival will be dropped as part of an agreement with prosecutors. As…

  20. 1.22.03.Acoustic

    July 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It appears that "it" band Maroon5 can do no wrong. It appears that "it" band Maroon5 can do no wrong. Right now, with two hit singles under its belt ("Harder to Breathe," "This Love"), the Los Angeles-based quintet is making noise with new single "…

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