1. CHART BEAT BONUS

    October 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to Ray Charles, Nelly, Tim McGraw and John Mellencamp. TWO FOR THE SHOW: When "Genius Loves Company" (Hear/Concord) debuted on The Billboard 200 in September, it was the first Ray Charles album to appear on the chart in 11 years. A…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses rap artists, 'My Boo' and radio with readers. WE CALL HIM THE RAPPER Fred, I read your column regularly, and I was hoping you could provide some clarity. I was wondering why Nelly's single with Tim McGraw is appearing on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. The song…

  3. Clapton 'Sessions' Pay Tribute To Johnson

    October 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Broadening the scope of Eric Clapton's recent album of Robert Johnson interpretations, "Me and Mr. Johnson," the guitarist will on Dec. 7 unveil the CD/DVD package "Sessions for Robert J." Broadening the scope of Eric Clapton's recent album of Robert Johnson…

  4. New Covers Disc Completes Ozzy Box

    October 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A 10-track disc of cover songs will be the gem inside Epic's four-disc Ozzy Osbourne box set, "Bible of Ozz." A 10-track disc of cover songs will be the gem inside Epic's four-disc Ozzy Osbourne box set, "Bible of Ozz." Due Feb. 8, the 52-track collection will…

  5. Flaming Lips Dreaming Up New Sound Collages

    October 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Flaming Lips have begun work on their next Warner Bros. studio album with longtime producer Dave Fridmann. The Flaming Lips have begun work on their next Warner Bros. studio album with longtime producer Dave Fridmann. However, Lips frontman Wayne Coyne admits to Billboard.com, "It…

  6. Capitol Boxes Up Early Beatles Albums

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles' first four U.S. albums -- "Meet the Beatles," "The Beatles Second Album," "Something New" and "Beatles '65" -- will be bundled together in the boxed set "The Capitol Albums Volume 1," due The Beatles' first four U.S…

  7. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses 'my' songs, charts and more with readers. OH MY MY Mr. Bronson, Since the top 10 keeps getting more possessive, now with "My Happy Ending" joining "My Boo" and "My Place," I thought I'd drum up "my" list of top 10 …

  8. 'WomenRock!' Celebrates Lifetime, Cancer Awareness

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Blondie, Kelly Clarkson and En Vogue are among the artists who will perform tonight (Sept. 28) for an invited audience at the fifth annual WomenRock! Concert at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Blondie, Kelly Clarkson and En Vogue are among the artists who will perform tonight (Sept. 28)…

  9. Phil Spector Charged With Murder

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Record producer Phil Spector was charged in an indictment unsealed today (Sept. 27) with murder in the shooting death of a B-movie actress at his mansion last year. Record producer Phil Spector was charged in an indictment unsealed today (Sept. 27) with murder in the shooting death of a B…

  10. Opry Star Roy Drusky Dies

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Grand Ole Opry star Roy Drusky died yesterday (Sept. 23) following a lengthy illness. Grand Ole Opry star Roy Drusky died yesterday (Sept. 23) following a lengthy illness. Drusky was born June 22, 1930 in Atlanta and studied veterinary medicine at Emory University before embarking on a music…

  11. Jackson Defense Denies Photos Reports

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's defense attorney said in a court-approved statement yesterday (Sept. 21) that news reports about photographs reportedly seized from the singer's home are false and that the prosecuti Michael Jackson's defense attorney said in a court-approved statement…

  12. 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…

  13. Ciara's 'Goodies' Still Good At No. 1

    September 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ciara's "Goodies" featuring Petey Pablo is on top of Billboard's Hot 100 for a second week in a row. The track is also starting a second week atop the Hot R&B Singles & Tracks and Hot 100 Airp Ciara's "Goodies" featuring Petey Pablo is on top of…

  14. 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…

  15. M.I.A.M.I.

    September 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT hasn't been the biggest year for hip-hop newcomers, but Pitbull is poised to change that. 2004 hasn't been the biggest year for hip-hop newcomers, but Pitbull is poised to change that. The Miami native of Cuban descent combines elements of reggaetón, R&B, crunk and Miami…

  16. Hot Product

    August 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bjork Brain Freeze Known for never following a conventional artistic path, Bjork's challenging new Elektra album, "Medulla," finds the Icelandic artist singing over rhythms fashioned by such beatboxers as former Roots member Rahzel, Shlomo and Dokaka. The 14-track set was…

  17. Billboard Bits: Page/Plant, Breaking Benjamin, The National

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Page/Plant, Breaking Benjamin, The National Additional details have come to light regarding the highly anticipated DVD release of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's " No Quarter -- Unledded ." The project, which captures the Led Zeppelin principals' historic 1994…

  18. Jackson's Lavish Lifestyle Put On Display

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's elegant home with its lavish playground for children was placed on display in a courtroom as defense attorneys showed a judge videotapes of a raid last year on the pop star's Neverla Michael Jackson's elegant home with its lavish playground for children was…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses physical audio formats, the state of radio, song titles and "Australian Idol." MULTIPLE FORMATS Dear Fred, I was in a music store and noticed that a lot of albums are being simultaneously released in two new formats: Super Audio CD and DVD audio. If I buy an…

  20. Compilations Celebrate Count Basie's 100th

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In celebration of William "Count" Basie's centennial, Blue Note Records is releasing a pair of two-disc sets. In celebration of William "Count" Basie's centennial, Blue Note Records is releasing a pair of two-disc sets. A reissue of Roulette Records' "…

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