1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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 "…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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. …

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Tony Joe White Gets A Lift From 'Heroines'

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Tony Joe White has enlisted a host of female stars for his first North American album release in six years. Singer/songwriter Tony Joe White has enlisted a host of female stars for his first North American album release in six years. Due Sept. 28 via Sanctuary, "The…

  12. 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…

  13. 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 "…

  14. Blues Legends Capture 'Lightning In A Bottle'

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Two discs worth of highlights from the historic February 2003 "Salute to the Blues" concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall will hit stores this fall. Two discs worth of highlights from the historic February 2003 "Salute to the Blues" concert at New York's…

  15. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Rick Springfield, George Michael, Usher, Jimmy Buffett, Restless Heart and Lenny Kravitz. GOOD NEWS FOR RICK AND GEORGE: Two artists long absent from two different Billboard charts make their respective returns this week. On the Adult…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Diana DeGarmo, Usher, Josh Gracin, Madonna and chart policies with readers. WILL DIANA'S 'DREAMS' COME TRUE? Fred, Last week, Diana DeGarmo debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 [at No. 14] (and at No. 2 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales Chart) with "Dreams…

  17. Blues Explosion Doing 'Damage' On Sanctuary

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The first release under the new pact will be "Damage," due Sept. 29. As tipped here in September, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has exited longtime home Matador Records and inked with Sanctuary. The first release under the new pact will be "Damage," due Sept. 29. It features…

  18. Scott's 'Beautifully Human' Due In August

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jill Scott will release her sophomore studio album, "Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2," Aug. 31 through Santa Monica, Calif.-based Hidden Beach Recordings. It's the follow-up to Scott's 2000 Jill Scott will release her sophomore studio album, "Beautifully…

  19. 29TunesOnTV

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 12-18, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 12 "Live With Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Monica (also scheduled: Mark Consuelos). "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest," Syndicated Featured Artist: JoJo …

  20. Richards Leads Parsons Tributes

    July 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT For Keith Richards, it was "another goodbye to another good friend" as the Rolling Stones guitarist headlined a pair of Los Angeles-area tribute concerts over the weekend to Gram Parsons, the late cou For Keith Richards, it was "another goodbye to another good friend" as…

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