1. Chingy Hitting The Road With Snoop, Juvenile

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rapper Chingy is cooking up a 2005 tour which will feature some dates with Snoop Dogg, Juvenile and DJ Quik. The artist tells Billboard.com the outing will begin in January but at deadline only seven Rapper Chingy is cooking up a 2005 tour which will feature some dates with Snoop Dogg,…

  2. Billboard Bits: Out Hud, Mogwai, 'Cursed'

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Out Hud, Mogwai, 'Cursed' New York rock act Out Hud will release its sophomore album , "Let Us Never Speak of It Again," March 22 via Kranky. The 10-track set will be preceded on Feb. 8 by the single "One Life To Leave," which will also include group…

  3. Turning Point

    December 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Mario's vocal talent attracted attention two years ago with breakout single "Just a Friend 2002" from his self-titled album. Sophomore set "Turning Point" represents the 18-year-old's transition both Mario's vocal talent attracted attention two years ago…

  4. Mario Faces Career 'Turning Point'

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The transition from teen to young adult can be difficult enough on its own, but imagine making that change in front of a fickle public. That was the situation facing 3rd Street/J Records artist Mario as he began preparing his sophomore album, …

  5. CHART BEAT BONUS

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Snoop Dogg, Usher, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Josh Groban, Five For Fighting, Vanessa Williams, James Taylor and John Mayer, and charts h STILL HOT: The final chart of the calendar year finds "Drop It Like It's Hot"…

  6. Snoop Posts Third 'Hot' Week At No. 1

    December 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Snoop Dogg remains too hot to drop from the top of Billboard's Hot 100 as his single "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell tallies a third week at No. 1. The cut stems from Snoop's latest album, Snoop Dogg remains too hot to drop from the top of Billboard's…

  7. Ludacris 'Lights' Up Album Chart

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST A trip to the "Red Light District" scores Ludacris his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200. A trip to the "Red Light District" scores Ludacris his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The rapper/actor's fourth Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam South effort sold 322,000 copies…

  8. 51TunesOnTV

    December 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 13-19, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 13 "The Tony Danza Show," Syndicated Featured artist: Hayley Westenra (also scheduled: Anjelica Houston, Michael McKean). "Playlistism," MTV2 Featured artists: Ying Yang…

  9. Forma Nueva

    December 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Cuban-born pianist/composer Manuel Valera has been paying his jazz dues for some time now, having toured with, among others, Paquito D'Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Steve Turre, John Benitez and Dave Valent Cuban-born pianist/composer Manuel Valera has been paying his jazz dues for some time…

  10. Snoop's 'Hot' For A Second Week

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Snoop Dogg is so enjoying his first stint at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 that he has extended it to a second week. Snoop Dogg is so enjoying his first stint at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 that he has extended it to a second week. The rapper's hit single "Drop It Like…

  11. Usher Nabs 11 Billboard Music Awards

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST R&B/hip-hop artists reigned supreme last night (Dec. 8) at the Billboard Music Awards, where Usher walked away the big winner with 11 trophies. Alicia Keys netted seven awards during the ceremony R&B/hip-hop artists reigned supreme last night (Dec. 8) at the Billboard Music Awards,…

  12. 2004 Billboard Music Awards Winners

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Winners of the 2004 Billboard Music Awards, handed out Dec. 8 in a ceremony at the MGM Garden Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Below are the winners of the 2004 Billboard Music Awards, handed out Dec. 8 in a ceremony at the MGM Garden Grand Arena in Las Vegas and televised on Fox. The Billboard…

  13. Kanye West Leads Grammy Nominees

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST With 10 nominations, including best new artist, Kanye West leads the field for the 47th annual Grammy Awards. Other multiple nominees include Alicia Keys and Usher, who are tied with eight, the late R With 10 nominations, including one for best new artist, Kanye West leads the field for the…

  14. Montgomery Gentry, Adkins Team For 2005 Tour

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Dubbing the outing Turn It Up & Bring It On, Montgomery Gentry and Trace Adkins will join forces for a stretch of early 2005 roadwork. Dubbing the outing Turn It Up & Bring It On, Montgomery Gentry and Trace Adkins will join forces for a stretch of early 2005 roadwork. The pairing…

  15. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (Dec. 6-12)

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Dec. 6-12, 2004). THE BEST OF THE BEST: You may see this as self-serving promotion, but I see it as simple facts. Billboard's charts are based on Nielsen SoundScan data of actual sales and airplay monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data…

  16. TunesOnTV

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 6-12, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 6 "The View," ABC Featured artist: Rascal Flatts (also scheduled: Andy Garcia). "100% Usher," Fuse Featured artist: Usher. "Total Request Live (TRL)," MTV…

  17. Hot Product

    December 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Mario 'Point' Break Eighteen-year-old R&B artist Mario will release his sophomore album, "Turning Point," this week via J Records. The Scott Storch-produced single "Let Me Love You" has already hit 11 different Billboard charts, reaching new peaks this week…

  18. Crunk Juice

    December 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST There is no doubt that there is a demand for all things Lil Jon right now. Need proof? This album was so highly anticipated that many retailers began selling it days ahead of its scheduled release. There is no doubt that there is a demand for all things Lil Jon right now. Need proof? This…

  19. Powerballin'

    December 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST For the follow-up to his multiplatinum debut, "Jackpot," Chingy has crafted "Powerballin'." The set marks a turning point in the St. Louis MC's young career. For the follow-up to his multiplatinum debut, "Jackpot," Chingy has crafted "Powerballin&…

  20. R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

    December 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST Eleven years after his debut, Snoop Dogg remains as relevant and rambunctious as ever. Eleven years after his debut, Snoop Dogg remains as relevant and rambunctious as ever. "R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece," his seventh studio set, is off to a great start with lead…

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