1. Taken to the Next Phase (Reconstructions)

    August 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Isley Brothers' rich musical legacy has been covered by contemporary R&B/pop artists and provided the melodic backdrop to many rap/ hip-hop recordings. The Isley Brothers' rich musical legacy has been covered by contemporary R&B/pop artists and provided the melodic…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses chart records, Fantasia, song titles, Top 40 radio and Maroon5 with readers. NOT GOING BACK, NOT GOING FORWARD Dear Fred, Kenny Chesney's "I Go Back" remains at No. 2 [on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart] for a sixth non-consecutive…

  3. Weezer Gets Busy On Fifth Album

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Weezer is more than a month into recording sessions for its long-gestating fifth studio album. But in yet another new development, producer Rick Rubin, who frontman Rivers Cuomo credited with helping Weezer is more than a month into recording sessions for its long-gestating fifth studio album…

  4. Bravo Eyeing Bobby Brown Reality Show

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Cable outlet Bravo is in negotiations with Bobby Brown for a reality series about the singer's troubled life. NBC-owned cable outlet Bravo is in negotiations with Bobby Brown for a reality series about the singer's troubled life. Sources say the deal is not final because of haggling…

  5. Handsome Boys Surrounded By 'People' On New CD

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Handsome Boy Modeling School, an on-again/off-again project featuring Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and Prince Paul, will unleash its second album this fall. Due Nov. 9 via Atlantic, "White People" wil As tipped here in March, Handsome Boy Modeling School, an on-again/off…

  6. Barenaked Ladies Dress Up Holiday Set

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT On their first collection of seasonal music, Barenaked Ladies aren't going it alone. On their first collection of seasonal music, Barenaked Ladies aren't going it alone. The Canadian pop-rock act drafted the help of Sarah McLachlan and Michael Bublé for a pair of songs on the…

  7. Ladies Man

    August 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Blues pianist/vocalist Pinetop Perkins is 91 years old and still hammering the ivories. Blues pianist/vocalist Pinetop Perkins is 91 years old and still hammering the ivories. That's beyond amazing, but then, Perkins' life in the blues has been extraordinary. On "Ladies Man,…

  8. Ask Billboard

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Michael Jackson, George Michael and Van Halen. ULTIMATE MJ Dear Keith I was wondering if Michael Jackson will really release his box set in September, and if not, when? Thanks, Victor Hi Victor, Michael Jackson's "The Ultimate…

  9. Alanis 'Steps' Back Into The Past In New Video

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Alanis Morissette revisits her past, literally, in the video for her new single, "Eight Easy Steps." In the Liz Friedlander-directed clip, Morissette is digitally inserted into a host of pre-existing Alanis Morissette revisits her past, literally, in the video for her new single, …

  10. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Aug. 9-15, 2004). TEENS CHOOSE: Teens are a fickle bunch, but they know what they like. Wednesday night, The 2004 Teen Choice Awards" on Fox will highlight the music, television, film and sports favorites of those aged 13-19. Even…

  11. 33TunesOnTV

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 9-15,2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 9 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured Artist: Sarah McLachlan. "Live With Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Richard Marx (also scheduled: Mark Consuelos …

  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. Weezer Frontman Chronicles 'Epiphany'

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has revealed details of the creative struggle to realize the band's fifth album, preparation for which has dragged on much longer than originally planned. In a nearly 2,00 Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has revealed details of the creative struggle to realize…

  14. Ask Billboard

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Alanis Morissette, Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado, the Backstreet Boys and 'Toy' (aka LaToya Jackson). WHERE ARE MY LADIES? Keith, I love "Ask Billboard" [and] I have a question. A few years ago three women seemed to…

  15. Aguilera, Blige Reel In 'Shark Tale' Soundtrack

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott and Mary J. Blige are among the artists to be featured on the soundtrack to the animated DreamWorks feature "Shark Tale." The set is due Sept. 28 via DreamWorks/Geffe Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott and Mary J. Blige are among the artists to be…

  16. Nettwerk Plans Christmas, Kids Compilations

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With a batch of new holiday recordings from the likes of the Polyphonic Spree, Death Cab For Cutie and Ivy, Nettwerk America will add a third volume to its "Maybe This Christmas" compilation series th With a batch of new holiday recordings from the likes of the Polyphonic Spree,…

  17. Billboard Bits: Prince, Mr. Cheeks, Fantasia

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Prince, Mr. Cheeks, Fantasia Prince has made a new track, "Silver Tongue," available exclusively via his online NPG Music Club Store. The cuts's lyrics were penned by Nikka Costa, whose own "Push & Pull" has been covered live by Prince in the past. Members…

  18. Hot Product

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Roots 'Point' Taken On its sixth studio set, "The Tipping Point," Philadelphia-based quartet the Roots -- drummer ?uestlove, MC Black Thought, keyboardist Kamal and bassist Leonard Hubbard-- returns to hip-hop basics. An homage to Big Daddy Kane and Kool G. Rap, "…

  19. American Music Club Pens New 'Love Songs'

    July 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Back together after a 10-year hiatus, American Music Club will release an all-new 13-song studio album Oct. 12 through Merge Records. Back together after a 10-year hiatus, American Music Club will release an all-new 13-song studio album Oct. 12 through Merge Records. "Love Songs for…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses premiums, the birth of rock'n'roll, Elvis Presley, Syreeta, Barbra Streisand, the Coors and more with readers. IT'S A GUIDE THING Hi Fred, I just bought the newest TV Guide. It features Elvis Presley on the cover along with a "never before released…

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