1. Air Gets Symphonic With Beck, Falkner

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Air got a lift from surprise guests Beck and Jason Falkner last night (Sept. 26) at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl during the French electronica/rock duo's career first live performance with a full orche Air got a lift from surprise guests Beck and Jason Falkner last night (Sept. 26)…

  2. Judge Strikes Down Anti-Bootleg Law

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A New York federal judge on Friday struck down a 1994 law banning the sale of bootleg recordings of live music, ruling the law unfairly grants "seemingly perpetual protection" to the original performa A New York federal judge on Friday struck down a 1994 law banning the sale of…

  3. Hot Product

    September 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Other titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: Teen film/TV sensation Hilary Duff’s self-titled debut for Hollywood Records. A retrospective from beloved British rock act Supergrass, “Supergrass Is 10” (Capitol), the American edition of which features a bonus live disc. A…

  4. Last Tango in Rio

    September 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Argentinian vocalist Gabriela Anders grew up in Buenos Aires with a love of the tango and a father (Jorge Anders) who plays jazz saxophone. Argentinian vocalist Gabriela Anders grew up in Buenos Aires with a love of the tango and a father (Jorge Anders) who plays jazz saxophone. She mingles…

  5. Robertson Crafting Band Box Set

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fans of the Band should mark their calendars for May 2005, when Capitol/EMI is slated to release a box set, curated by band member Robbie Robertson. Fans of the Band should mark their calendars for May 2005, when Capitol/EMI is slated to release a box set, curated by band member Robbie…

  6. Actor Downey Jr. Signs With Sony

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Actor Robert Downey Jr. has signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical, which will release his debut album Nov. 23. Actor Robert Downey Jr. has signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical, which will release his debut album Nov. 23. The set, which is not yet…

  7. Brooks & Dunn Pen New Songs For 'Greatest II'

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Brooks & Dunn have recorded three new songs for their second best-of compilation, "The Greatest Hits Collection II." Brooks & Dunn have recorded three new songs for their second best-of compilation, "The Greatest Hits Collection II." Due Oct. 19 via Arista…

  8. Ciara Keeps 'Goodies' Perched On Top

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ciara is holding court on top of Billboard's Hot 100, where she leads a quartet of acts that haven't budged in a month or more. The artist's "Goodies" featuring Petey Pablo is No. 1 on the singles tal Ciara is holding court on top of Billboard's Hot 100, where…

  9. Update: Haggard Cancels Most 2004 Tour Plans

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Despite health concerns, Merle Haggard will play a trio of Texas dates in October, but will cancel his plans tour for the rest of the year. The 68-year-old country music legend is suffering from respi Despite health concerns, Merle Haggard will play a trio of Texas dates in October, but will…

  10. Billboard Bits: Lanegan, H.I.M., Mindy Smith

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Mark Lanegan, H.I.M. and Mindy Smith. Singer/songwriter Mark Lanegan was injured in a car accident in Los Angeles last night, forcing the cancellation of seven upcoming East Coast tour dates. Lanegan was not at fault and was not seriously hurt, but is under doctor's orders to…

  11. Snow Patrol Sets Spring Aside For New CD

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Snow Patrol will be on the road until just before Christmas in support of its breakthrough Polydor/Interscope album, "Final Straw." Afterward, frontman Gary Lightbody tells Billboard.com U.K. rock act Snow Patrol will be on the road until just before Christmas in…

  12. TunesOnTV

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Sept. 20-26, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, SEPT. 20 "Live with Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Lil' Romeo (also scheduled: Melina Kanakaredes, Miss America). "The Late Show With David Letterman,"…

  13. Prydz Hits U.K. No. 1 With Winwood Sample

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Swedish-born DJ Eric Prydz has the new No. 1 single on the U.K. chart with the club crossover "Call on Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound). Swedish-born DJ Eric Prydz has the new No. 1 single on the U.K. chart with the club crossover "Call on Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound), which…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Raw Deal

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Blues guitarist Bill Perry's third album for Blind Pig is certainly a fiery affair. Blues guitarist Bill Perry's third album for Blind Pig is certainly a fiery affair. Popa Chubby stepped in to produce and he has honed the hard edge of Perry's blues/rock sound. The opening…

  17. Body Language Live

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT To mark the release of her "Body Language" album, Kylie Minogue staged a one-night-only concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo last November. To mark the release of her "Body Language" album, Kylie Minogue staged a one-night-only concert at London's Hammersmith…

  18. 'El Rey' Hits The U.S. Road

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Vicente "El Rey" Fernandez will kick off a brief U.S. tour Oct. 15 in Dallas. Vicente "El Rey" Fernandez will kick off a brief U.S. tour Oct. 15 in Dallas. The 16-date, Jack Daniel's-sponsored run includes a four-night stand at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre…

  19. Jackson To Face Accuser's Mother In Court

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson is expected to come face to face this week, for the first time since his arrest, with the mother of the teenage boy who accuses him of molestation. Michael Jackson is expected to come face to face this week, for the first time since his arrest, with the mother of the teenage…

  20. B&E: Emma & Gioia

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Emma and Gioia. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. OH BABY: With Spice Girls creator Simon Fuller back behind the helm, the artist…

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