1. Jerkins Is Back, Busier Than Ever

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT After a little time away, producer Rodney Jerkins is back on the Billboard charts. With his Darkchild crew, he has a hand in current hits by Destiny's Child and Kierra "KiKi" Sheard. He's also working After a little time away, producer Rodney Jerkins is back on the…

  2. Soviet Kitsch

    September 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT On her major-label debut, Russian-born, Bronx, N.Y.-raised, classically trained Regina Spektor emerges as the fresh-faced piano balladeer of the downtown New York set. On her major-label debut, Russian-born, Bronx, N.Y.-raised, classically trained Regina Spektor emerges as the fresh-faced…

  3. Punk Vets Convene In Osaka Popstar

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT John Cafiero is living a punk rock fan's dream. In recording the debut album for his band Osaka Popstar, the singer/guitarist has recruited former members of the Ramones, the Misfits, Black Flag and t John Cafiero is living a punk rock fan's dream. In recording the debut album for…

  4. Usher, Lohan Lead Teen Choice Winners

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT R&B superstar Usher and actress-turned-singer Lindsay Lohan walked away with four trophies apiece from the 2004 Teen Choice Awards last night (Aug. 8) at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. R&B superstar Usher and actress-turned-singer Lindsay Lohan walked away with four…

  5. Mottola To Build 'The Wall' On Broadway

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Miramax Films has pacted with Casablanca Records head Thomas Mottola to develop and produce a Broadway musical based on Pink Floyd's seminal rock opera "The Wall." Miramax Films has pacted with Casablanca Records head Thomas Mottola to develop and produce a Broadway musical…

  6. Rhino Box Surveys Fertile '80s Underground

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The fertile alternative and college scenes of the 1980s that fueled the commercial modern rock explosion of the following decade are the basis for Rhino's latest comprehensive musical survey. Due Oct. The fertile alternative and college scenes of the 1980s that fueled the commercial…

  7. Lohan Signs With Casablanca Records

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Actress Lindsay Lohan has signed a record deal with Tommy Mottola's Casablanca Records. Actress Lindsay Lohan has signed a record deal with Tommy Mottola's Casablanca Records. "It's a long-term recording contract," says Universal Music Group spokesperson Peter…

  8. Different Strokes

    October 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The Strokes want it understood that despite their global fame, they are still a young band capable of the occasional misstep. "If we sold no records the first time, we obviously wouldn't be in this situation," frontman Julian…

  9. Hot Product

    October 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Strokes Make 'Room' In what is one of the most anticipated albums of the year, the Strokes return this week with their sophomore RCA salvo, "Room on Fire." First single "12:51" is off to a good start, having debuted at a career-best No. 7 on the U.K. singles…

  10. Rainy Day Soul

    October 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Sudano has been honing his craft as a singer/songwriter for a few decades now. Bruce Sudano has been honing his craft as a singer/songwriter for a few decades now. Among other things, he co-wrote Tommy James & the Shondells' "Ball of Fire," was a member of Alive and…

  11. Rare Phair, Yorn Tracks Hit The 'Trampoline'

    October 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Previously unreleased and rare songs from the likes of Liz Phair, Pete Yorn, the Wallflowers, Chris Stills and Semisonic's Dan Wilson appear on the second compilation from Los Angeles. Previously unreleased and rare songs from the likes of Liz Phair, Pete Yorn, the Wallflowers, Chris…

  12. This Day in Music

    October 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Trace Adkins goes back to his hometown, Sarepta, La., to attend his 20-year high school reunion. 2000 - Trace Adkins goes back to his hometown, Sarepta, La., to attend his 20-year high school reunion. 1998 - B.B. King picks up a lifetime achievement award at the…

  13. Billboard Bits: Strokes/Coldplay, Zucchero, Escovedo

    October 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Billboard Bits: Strokes/Coldplay, Zucchero, Escovedo AOL Music's First View initiative today (Oct. 10) debuted new videos from the Strokes and Coldplay. The Strokes' "12:51" is the first single from the group's sophomore album, " Room on Fire ," due Oct. 28…

  14. Hot Product

    October 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: -- A new album from rap outfit Boo Yaa TRIBE, "West Kosta Nostra" (Sarinjay), featuring guest spots from Eminem, B Real, Kurupt and Mack 10, among others. -- Wu-Tang Clan principal the RZA's "The Birth…

  15. The Strokes Flesh Out Fall Tour Plans

    September 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A nine-date European tour will get underway Dec. 1 in Glasgow, with a more extensive itinerary to follow next year. The Strokes continue to expand their fall tour slate . Sixteen North American dates are on tap with Kings Of Leon, beginning Oct. 9-10 in Upper Darby, Pa., and including an Oct.…

  16. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of Aug. 25-31, 2003. Love 'em or hate 'em, the MTV Video Music Awards are always at least interesting. Be it the outfits on the artists of the moment, the over the top performances or, let's face it, host…

  17. Tunes On TV

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 25-31, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 25 "Today," NBC Featured Artist: LeAnn Rimes. "Charlie Rose," PBS Featured Artist: Mick Jagger. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist: The…

  18. Billboard Bits: Suede, Diane Schuur, Alejandro Escovedo

    August 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Suede, Diane Schuur, Alejandro Escovedo Suede, gearing up for the October U.K. release of the greatest-hits set "Singles" (Epic), is planning a series of shows in London at which it will perform its entire catalog. The group will start a week-long residency Sept. 22 at the…

  19. The Strokes Take 'Control' On Sophomore Album

    August 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Aside from deciding on names for a handful of tracks and tweaking the final mix, the Strokes have nearly completed their highly anticipated sophomore RCA album. The as-yet-untitled, 11-track set is du Aside from deciding on names for a handful of tracks and tweaking the final mix, the Strokes…

  20. Tunes On TV

    July 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 21-27, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 21 "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Toni Braxton (also scheduled: Ethan Zohn, Gabrielle Union). "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons (Pt. 1 of 5),"…

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