1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Usher, Madonna samples, Jessica Simpson and the state of radio with readers. USHERING IN A RECORD? Hi Fred! My name is Carlos. I live in Mexicali, Baja, Mexico, and since I remember I've been a fan of music and of Billboard Music Charts. But up until now I had…

  2. Billboard Bits: Usher, Ben Watt, Meat Loaf

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Usher, Ben Watt, Meat Loaf Usher has teamed with MasterCard International and BankFirst for the Usher Raymond IV Debit MasterCard. The card, which features a closeup of the artist's face on the front, allows users to prepay or store money in an account that can be accessed for…

  3. Billboard Bits: VMAs, Fashion Rocks, Jimmy Sturr

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on VMAs, Fashion Rocks, Jimmy Sturr Lil' Jon, Petey Pablo and Ying Yang Twins & Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe have joined the performance lineup for the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. The 21st annual event is set for Aug. 29 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. They join…

  4. 32TunesOnTV

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 2-8, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 2 "Live With Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist: Gavin DeGraw (also scheduled: Jon Voight, Brooke Burns). "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest," Syndicated Featured…

  5. Breaking & Entering

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Ricky Fanté & Carbon Leaf. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. SO FINE YOU BLOW MY MIND: With the raw, gritty sound of Muscle Shoals soul, it's hard…

  6. Friends Seen and Unseen

    July 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Recalling his debut as a leader more than a decade ago, guitarist Charlie Hunter steps out in a trio, with John Ellis on tenor sax, bass clarinet and flute as well as drummer Derrek Phillips (both alu Recalling his debut as a leader more than a decade ago, guitarist Charlie Hunter steps out…

  7. Hard Rock Acts Drum Up 'Evil' Soundtrack

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rare tracks from Deftones, Rob Zombie, A Perfect Circle, Cradle Of Filth, Cold and Rammstein will put a charge into the soundtrack for "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," due Aug. 31 via Roadrunner. Rare tracks from Deftones, Rob Zombie, A Perfect Circle, Cradle Of Filth, Cold and…

  8. Shins, Iron & Wine Visit 'Garden State'

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Shins, Coldplay, Zero 7, Thievery Corporation and Iron & Wine have contributed tracks to the "Garden State" soundtrack, due Aug. 10 via Epic. Written and directed by Zach Braff (NBC's "Scrubs) The Shins, Coldplay, Zero 7, Thievery Corporation and Iron & Wine…

  9. The Tangled Web

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Web's Most Intriguing Music-Related Issues & Destinations. This Week: iTunes and Somafm.com. iTUNES HITS MILESTONE: Kevin Britten of Hays, Kansas, is one lucky music fan. At about 1:30 a.m. CT on July 12, the 20-year-old purchased a digital copy of the Dangermouse remix of Zero 7…

  10. Aretha Leads Detroit Jazz Fest Lineup

    July 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Aretha Franklin, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson and Lou Rawls will anchor the lineup for the 25th anniversary edition of the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival. Aretha Franklin, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson and Lou Rawls will anchor the lineup for the 25th anniversary edition of the Ford…

  11. Earl Slick Makes 'Zig Zag' Return

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Considering that he has recorded with two of rock's biggest legends, it's sort of strange to hear renowned guitarist Earl Slick relay that for the better part of the 1990s he completely stopped playin Considering that he has recorded with two of rock's biggest legends, it'…

  12. Billboard Bits: 'American Pop,' Noise Pop, Rye Coalition

    December 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on 'American Pop,' Noise Pop, Rye Coalition Al Green, James Brown, Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, the Monkees and are among the artists who will be featured in the "American Pop" series presented by the Museum of Television and Radio (MTR) in New York and Los Angeles.…

  13. This Day in Music

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>The Higher Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany, sentences promoter Mathias Hoffmann to a jail term of five years and eight months. Hoffmann, 47, organizer of the 3 Tenors' concerts, had 1998 - The Higher Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany, sentences promoter…

  14. Eclectic Artists Cheer Disney's 'World'

    December 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rooted in the notion of positive musical messages for children, Walt Disney Records has assembled "A World of Happiness." Similar to the 1972 Marlo Thomas & Friends release "Free To Be You & M Rooted in the notion of positive musical messages for children, Walt Disney…

  15. Hunter, Previte Building Songs From Ground Up

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter and electronic drummer Bobby Previte frequently play full-improvisation gigs at the Knitting Factory's Tap Room in New York when their touring schedules allow. It's simpatico excursion music that…

  16. This Day in Music

    December 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Former Hee-Haw star Roy Clark, playing Santa Claus, loses his big red pants at the annual Pageant of Peace Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House. Clark's Santa pants slowly 2002 - Former Hee-Haw star Roy Clark, playing Santa Claus, loses his big…

  17. This Day in Music

    November 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Jazz impresario Norman Ganz dies in Geneva, Switzerland, of cancer. He is 83. 2001 - Jazz impresario Norman Ganz dies in Geneva, Switzerland, of cancer. He is 83. 2000 - Ted Gardner, former manager of Tool, sues the members of the L.A. band, their corporation, and…

  18. Billboard Bits: Suge Knight, Jerkins, Grant Lee Phillips

    November 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Suge Knight, Jerkins, Grant Lee Phillips Riverhead Books has pushed the release of hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight's autobiography to next year. Completion of the volume has been complicated by Knight's July imprisonment for assaulting a nightclub valet, but…

  19. Tunes On TV

    November 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 10-16, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, NOV. 10 "The Wayne Brady Show," Syndicated Featured Artists: Barry Manilow, Diane Schuur(also scheduled: Mark Harmon). "Total Request Live," MTV Featured Artists: Britney…

  20. Memphis Celebrates Rock'N'Roll's 50th

    November 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Pegging the day Elvis Presley recorded a version of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "That's All Right" -- July 5, 1954 -- at as the date "rock" and "roll" were married, Memphis will celebrate 2004 as the 50 Pegging the day Elvis Presley recorded a…

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