1. 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…

  2. 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' "…

  3. Report: Michael Jackson Not 'Manhandled'

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The state attorney general's office has concluded that Michael Jackson was not "manhandled" by sheriff's deputies who took him into custody last year on child molestation charges, CBS News reported ye The state attorney general's office has concluded that Michael…

  4. Rick James Funeral Set, Autopsy Inconclusive

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A public viewing for funk legend Rick James will be held tomorrow (Aug. 11) from 5 to 8 p.m. PT at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. PT Thursday. A public viewing for funk legend Rick James will be held tomorrow (Aug. 11) from 5 to 8 p.m. PT at…

  5. Hot Product

    August 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan/Johnny Paycheck This Is Just A Tribute Toots Hibbert, Beres Hammond, Sizzla and Israel Vibration's Apple Gabriel are among the reggae heavyweights contributing to "Is It Rolling, Bob?," a reggae tribute to Bob Dylan. The 15-track set arrives this week via Sanctuary…

  6. Santana Collecting Songs For Next Album

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Carlos Santana has begun collecting songs for his next studio album. Carlos Santana has begun collecting songs for his next studio album. "I'm going to complete the next Santana album with [BMG chairman/CEO] Mr. Clive Davis," the artist tells Billboard. "Right now we'…

  7. Lawyers Say MJ Prosecutor Broke Gag Order

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers for Michael Jackson took a jab yesterday (Aug. 2) at the man seeking to jail him for child molestation, suggesting in court papers that prosecutor Tom Sneddon had violated a "gag" order in the Lawyers for Michael Jackson took a jab yesterday (Aug. 2) at the man seeking to…

  8. Jackson Trial Delayed Until 2005

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The sexual molestation case against Michael Jackson is proving so complicated that Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville yesterday (July 27) agreed to a defense request to delay th The sexual molestation case against Michael Jackson is proving so complicated that Santa…

  9. Jackson Accused Of Imprisoning Boy

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Pop star Michael Jackson enticed a young boy, then imprisoned him and his family and forced them to make a video absolving him of molestation claims, prosecutors charged today (July 27). The fiery cou Pop star Michael Jackson enticed a young boy, then imprisoned him and his family and forced…

  10. Jackson Lawyers Seek More Time For Case

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In a motion marked by unusually confrontational language, Michael Jackson's defense team called the investigation of him "breathtaking" and his prosecution on child molestation charges an effort to "t In a motion marked by unusually confrontational language, Michael…

  11. Nina Sky

    July 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Twins Nicole and Natalie comprise the Puerto Rican duo better known as Nina Sky. Twins Nicole and Natalie comprise the Puerto Rican duo better known as Nina Sky. The twosome's first single, "Move Ya Body"—a combination of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam and Mary J. Blige—began finding…

  12. Jackson Seeking To Keep Media At Bay

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Denouncing the motives of the news and entertainment media, Michael Jackson's lawyers asked an appellate court in Los Angeles yesterday (July 19) to refuse an expedited hearing on a media access chall Denouncing the motives of the news and entertainment media, Michael Jackson's…

  13. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Diana DeGarmo, Usher, Josh Gracin, Madonna and chart policies with readers. WILL DIANA'S 'DREAMS' COME TRUE? Fred, Last week, Diana DeGarmo debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 [at No. 14] (and at No. 2 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales Chart) with "Dreams…

  14. Bjork's Got The Beat On New Album

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bjork's upcoming album, "Medulla," finds the artist singing over rhythms fashioned by such beatboxers as former Roots member Rahzel, Shlomo and Dokaka. Other guests include Fantomas/Mr. Bungle princip Bjork's upcoming album, "Medulla," finds the artist singing…

  15. Billboard Bits: Prince, Mr. Cheeks, Fantasia

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Prince, Mr. Cheeks, Fantasia Prince has made a new track, "Silver Tongue," available exclusively via his online NPG Music Club Store. The cuts's lyrics were penned by Nikka Costa, whose own "Push & Pull" has been covered live by Prince in the past. Members…

  16. Love Hospitalized In New York

    July 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hours after being declared a fugitive for missing a court hearing yesterday (July 9) in California, Courtney Love was hospitalized in New York. Her lawyer, defense attorney Michael Rosenstein, said ha Hours after being declared a fugitive for missing a court hearing yesterday (July 9) in…

  17. Judge Calls Jackson Prosecutor To Testify

    July 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's prosecutor was ordered today (July 9) to testify at an upcoming hearing about how much he knew of the relationship between Jackson's former attorney and a private investigator before Michael Jackson's prosecutor was ordered today (July 9) to testify at an…

  18. TMBG Offers Online EP, Downloads

    July 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In addition to a new album due Tuesday (July 13), They Might Be Giants are offering fans an extra dose of new music online. In addition to a new album due Tuesday (July 13), They Might Be Giants are offering fans an extra dose of new music online. The seven-track EP "The Spine Surfs…

  19. Jackson Defense Seeks To Toss Indictment

    July 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's lawyers asked a Santa Maria, Calif., judge to throw out his grand jury indictment on molestation charges, claiming prosecutors bullied and argued with witnesses and "ran the proceedi Michael Jackson's lawyers asked a Santa Maria, Calif., judge to throw out his…

  20. Farrakhan Group Denies Ties To Jackson

    December 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST Sources close to Michael Jackson's camp say members of the Nation of Islam have begun playing a role in Jackson's affairs, although the controversial group denies having any official part in the pop s Sources close to Michael Jackson's camp say members of the Nation of Islam…

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