1. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the ins and outs of Billboard's charts as they relate to Gavin Degraw, Fantasia, Tim McGraw and Rick James. 'DON'T' DOES: It was a long journey, but after 22 weeks, and after being stuck at No. 11 for the last three, Gavin Degraw has his first top…

  2. Van Halen Slugs Orioles With $2M Suit

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Van Halen is suing the Baltimore Orioles for at least $2 million in damages, charging that the Major League Baseball team reneged on an offer for the band to play a concert Sept. 2 at Oriole Park at C Van Halen is suing the Baltimore Orioles for at least $2 million in damages, charging that…

  3. McGraw Plans Second NBC Special

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A pair of fall concerts in Wisconsin will be the basis for Tim McGraw's second NBC concert special. A pair of fall concerts in Wisconsin will be the basis for Tim McGraw's second NBC concert special. The shows will take place Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Resch Center in Green Bay. An…

  4. 'Gotta See' A New Chapter For Griggs

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. For Andy Griggs, the Aug. 10 release of his latest RCA album, "This I Gotta See," signaled the start of a new chapter in his career. Many things have changed since the release of his sophomore album, "Freedom," two years ago.…

  5. Simpson Stays Steady With No. 1 Album

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT For a third, non-consecutive week, MTV chanteuse Ashlee Simpson finds her debut Geffen album atop The Billboard 200. Despite an 8% decline in sales to 263,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen For a third, non-consecutive week, MTV chanteuse Ashlee Simpson finds her debut Geffen album…

  6. Neverland Ranch Search Ruled Legal

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Child molestation allegations by a 12-year-old boy provided authorities with legal justification for a massive search of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch last year, a judge ruled, rejecting defense e Child molestation allegations by a 12-year-old boy provided authorities with legal…

  7. 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…

  8. Hag Records With Keith, In Talks With Capitol

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Country legend Merle Haggard plans to record a pair of duets with Toby Keith this week... Country legend Merle Haggard plans to record a pair of duets with Toby Keith this week, with one of the songs tapped to appear on Keith's next DreamWorks studio album or an upcoming best-of set. The…

  9. Jackson Hearing Resembles Hollywood Production

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As court appearances go, it was a Hollywood-style production, with Michael Jackson and his siblings dressed all in white as they approached the courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif., yesterday (Aug. 16) i As court appearances go, it was a Hollywood-style production, with Michael Jackson and his…

  10. Vedder, Peppers Salute The Ramones

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A star-studded roster of acts has signed on to perform as part of the Ramones' 30th anniversary party Sept. 12 at the Avalon Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Red Hot Chili Pepper A star-studded roster of acts has signed on to perform as part of the Ramones'…

  11. 34TunesOnTV

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 16-22, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 16 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured Artist: Bruce Hornsby (also scheduled: Erica Kennedy, Tonya Lewis Lee, Crystal McCrary Anthony). "Total Request Live," MTV…

  12. Hot Product

    August 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Travis Tritt 'History' Never Repeats Country veteran Travis Tritt returns this week with a new Columbia studio album, "My Honky Tonk History." The 12-track album is led by the single "The Girl's Gone Wild," which peaked at No. 31 on Billboard's Hot…

  13. Hot Product

    August 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Saliva 'Survival' Course Saliva's third major label album, "Survival of the Sickest," marks a different approach to recording for the Memphis-based act, switching producers and recording near home. The group recorded its Island debut, 2001's "Every Six…

  14. Hot Product

    August 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Talking Heads Heads Up! Rhino Records this week will release two retrospectives celebrating the work of influential quartet Talking Heads. The label's revamp of the live package "The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads" marks the first CD issue of a fan-favorite release from…

  15. Red Dragonfly

    August 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett takes on a selection of traditional songs from around the world for her latest interpretive jazz excursion. Soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett takes on a selection of traditional songs from around the world for her latest interpretive jazz excursion. Working…

  16. Music for Montserrat

    August 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The DVD format has afforded music enthusiasts a vast library of rare or previously unseen concert performances, usually with a high-resolution, surround sound audio track. The DVD format has afforded music enthusiasts a vast library of rare or previously unseen concert performances, usually…

  17. One Day Remains

    August 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Do not judge Alter Bridge's debut by opening cut "Find the Real." Musically, the song is straight out of Soundgarden, but vocalist Myles Kennedy can't help that his sultry voice has the same timbre as Do not judge Alter Bridge's debut by opening cut "Find the…

  18. Sources: Jackson To Attend Next Hearing

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has decided to attend court when the man prosecuting him for child molestation is on the witness stand, sources said. Michael Jackson has decided to attend court when the man prosecuting him for child molestation is on the witness stand, sources said. Santa Barbara County…

  19. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart escapades of Green Day, 'Princess Diaries,' Prince and Terror Squad. GREEN'S DAY HAS COME: It might be difficult to believe, but 10 years after scoring its first hit, Green Day finally makes its debut on Billboard's Hot 100. The…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses chilly song titles, radio, Madonna samples and Usher's chart records with readers. FROZEN CHARTS Is it me or is it getting "cold" on Billboard's rock charts? I understand that on the Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, there are…

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