1. Hot Product

    September 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Green Day 'American' Mind Punk trio Green Day returns rambunctious and focused on "American Idiot," its first studio album in four years. Songs like "Holiday," "Jesus of Suburbia" -- a nine-minute opus in five parts, which is a first for a group that…

  2. Ashes of the Wake

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Any metal purist wary of Virginia's Lamb of God making the move to a major label can relax—"Ashes of the Wake" is one of the purest heavy metal albums of the year. Any metal purist wary of Virginia's Lamb of God making the move to a major label can relax—"Ashes of the…

  3. Melonie Cannon

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As the daughter of successful songwriter/producer Buddy Cannon, Melonie may have had an inside track, but she wins this race on her own talent and instincts. As the daughter of successful songwriter/producer Buddy Cannon, Melonie may have had an inside track, but she wins this race on her own…

  4. Strip Tease

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT While Beenie Man may profess to be the king of the dancehall, few would argue that Lady Saw is indeed the queen of the subgenre. While Beenie Man may profess to be the king of the dancehall, few would argue that Lady Saw is indeed the queen of the subgenre. Being one of the few females in…

  5. Land of the Sun

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bassist Charlie Haden's 2002 CD of boleros, "Nocturne," won the Grammy Award for best Latin jazz album. Bassist Charlie Haden's 2002 CD of boleros, "Nocturne," won the Grammy Award for best Latin jazz album. It was a disc of balladic love songs from Cuba and…

  6. Grace: Legacy Edition

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT If any album deserves a 10th-anniversary reissue treatment, it's Jeff Buckley's "Grace." Along with Nirvana's "Nevermind," it set the tone for much of the '90s. If any album deserves a 10th-anniversary reissue treatment, it's Jeff Buckley's …

  7. The DEFinition

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT How do you keep things fresh when you're an MC on your 11th album? If you're LL Cool J, you team up with Timbaland to create a host of party-ready, female-friendly tracks. How do you keep things fresh when you're an MC on your 11th album? If you're LL Cool J, you team up…

  8. Jet Leads Oz's ARIA Nominees

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With seven nominations, Jet is the frontrunner heading into the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards, to be held Oct. 17 at the Sydney SuperDome. With seven nominations, Jet is the frontrunner heading into the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards, to be held…

  9. 2004 ARIA Awards Nominees

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nominees and some winners of 2004 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards. "Artisan awards" were announced Sept. 16; "Fine Arts" winners will be announced Oct. 12; remaining awards wil Below are the nominees and some winners of 2004 Australian Recording…

  10. Punk Legend Johnny Ramone Dies At 55

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Johnny Ramone, a founding member of pioneering punk act the Ramones, died yesterday afternoon (Sept. 15) at his home in Los Angeles. He was 55 and had been suffering from prostate cancer for some time Johnny Ramone, a founding member of pioneering punk act the Ramones, died yesterday…

  11. Cold Shifts To Atlantic For New Album

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hard rock act Cold is in the studio working on its fourth album. Due sometime in 2005, the set will be the follow-up to 2003's "Year of the Spider" and the Flip Records band's first Atlantic effort af Hard rock act Cold is in the studio working on its fourth album. Due…

  12. Koz Takes Friends On Holiday Trek

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As has become a tradition, saxophonist Dave Koz will gather several of his friends to hit the road on his eighth annual Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour. As has become a tradition, saxophonist Dave Koz will gather several of his friends to hit the road on his eighth annual Smooth Jazz Christmas…

  13. Celine Bolsters 'Miracle' With New Tunes

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The release, which honors "the unique and steadfast bond between mother and child," will arrive Oct. 12 via Epic and Andrews McMeel Publishing. As tipped here last year, Celine Dion and acclaimed Australian photographer Anne Geddes have teamed for the music/photo book project "…

  14. Broadway Lyricist Fred Ebb Dies

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Famed songwriter/lyricist Fred Ebb died Saturday (Sept. 11) of a heart attack at his home in New York. He was 71. Famed songwriter/lyricist Fred Ebb died Saturday (Sept. 11) of a heart attack at his home in New York. He was 71. Ebb is best known for co-writing songs for such musicals as "…

  15. Resurrection

    September 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As a member of modern hymn trio Selah, Nicol Sponberg is well-known in the Christian music market. As a member of modern hymn trio Selah, Nicol Sponberg is well-known in the Christian music market. With this, she is incredibly ready for her pop close-up. Produced by Mark Heimermann (dcTalk,…

  16. Beautifully Human—Words and Sounds Vol. 2

    September 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jill Scott introduced herself in 2000 with the impressive "Who Is Jill Scott?—Words and Sounds Vol 1." This follow-up finds the socially aware artist reflecting on love, infidelity, feminine po Jill Scott introduced herself in 2000 with the impressive "Who Is Jill Scott?—Words…

  17. Wilco Bundles Book With Unreleased Tracks

    September 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fans who pick up "The Wilco Book" on Nov. 15 will be treated to an exclusive bonus CD with 12 previously unreleased songs recorded during sessions for this year's Nonesuch album "A Ghost Is Born." Fans who pick up "The Wilco Book" on Nov. 15 will be treated…

  18. Westerberg Indulges His 'Folker' Side

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rarely does a recording artist resist the urge to extrapolate in longwinded fashion about their latest project. When prompted, most will discuss both broad concepts and minute details with equal aplom Rarely does a recording artist resist the urge to extrapolate in longwinded fashion about…

  19. Billboard Bits: Romeo, Josh Gracin, Wynonna

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Romeo, Josh Gracin, Wynonna As previously tipped here , teenage rapper/actor Romeo will release his third album, "Romeoland," Sept. 21 via No Limit/Koch Records. The album is led by first single "My Cinderella" featuring Tatyana Ali and Nick Cannon. "I talk a…

  20. McGraw Lives Large At No. 1

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw is living it up on top of The Billboard 200 as his latest Curb set "Live Like You Were Dying" notches a second week at No. 1. Although the title suffered a 70% sales decline, according to N Tim McGraw is living it up on top of The Billboard 200 as his latest Curb set …

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