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. CHART BEAT

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Gavin Degraw, Fantasia, Tim McGraw & More /bb/chartbeat/index.jsp News Fantasia , Gavin DeGraw , Tim McGraw …

  3. TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/randb.jsp 1. "GODFATHER BURIED ALIVE," SHYNE 2. "Amerikaz NightMare," Mobb Deep 3. "The Hunger For More," Lloyd Banks 4. "Now 16," Various Artists 5. "Tha Carter," Lil Wayne Issue date: Aug. 28, 2004 News Lil Wayne …

  4. 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' "…

  5. Wailers' 'Burnin'' Gets Expanded

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Reggae fans will have reason to celebrate Sept. 28, as Island/Tuff Gong/UME reissues Bob Marley & the Wailers' classic 1973 album "Burnin'" as a two-CD package including a previously unreleased co Reggae fans will have reason to celebrate Sept. 28, as Island/Tuff Gong…

  6. Morrissey Lining Up Fall U.S. Tour

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Morrissey has begun confirming dates for a fall North American tour, beginning Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C., and including two-night stands at Philadelphia's Tower Theatre and New York's Radio City Mu Morrissey has begun confirming dates for a fall North American tour, beginning…

  7. J. Lo, Janet, Wilson Visit The Small Screen

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez will return to guest star on the season premiere of "Will & Grace." Jennifer Lopez will return to guest star on the season premiere of "Will & Grace." The singer/actress will continue in the role of herself in an episode to air Sept. 16 on NBC. In…

  8. 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…

  9. 'Lean Back' Gets Comfy At No. 1

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT For the second week in a row, Terror Squad's "Lean Back" tops Billboard's Hot 100. The East Coast rap act's latest single is also No. 1 on the Hot Rap Tracks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, For the second week in a row, Terror Squad's "Lean Back…

  10. R. Kelly, Jay-Z Teaming For Tour

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT R&B/hip-hop superstars R. Kelly and Jay-Z will team for a North American tour this fall, kicking off Sept. 30 in Chicago. R&B/hip-hop superstars R. Kelly and Jay-Z will team for a North American tour this fall, kicking off Sept. 30 in Chicago. The full routing has yet to be announced…

  11. ASK BILLBOARD

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Your Questions About Michael Jackson, Van Halen & More /bb/ask/index.jsp News Michael Jackson …

  12. Mellencamp Walks 'Tall' On Retrospective

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT John Mellencamp has drafted producer/artist Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds to co-produce two new songs for his upcoming retrospective "Words & Music." John Mellencamp has drafted producer/artist Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds to co-produce two new songs for his…

  13. '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.…

  14. 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…

  15. B&E: Magic, Rupee

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. MAGIC MAN: New Orleans rapper Magic scores his first singles chart position as a lead artist this week with…

  16. 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…

  17. BREAKING & ENTERING

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Magic & Rupee /bb/breakenter/index.jsp News …

  18. Skaggs Leads Country Voter Initiative

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ricky Skaggs and Josh Turner are among a group of artists putting their names behind the Your Country Your Vote initiative. Ricky Skaggs and Josh Turner are among a group of artists putting their names behind the Your Country Your Vote initiative. Aiming to mobilize country music fans in this…

  19. 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…

  20. Vintage Acts Lead 'Flashback To The Future'

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Such '80s-era acts as Devo, Billy Idol, Tears For Fears, X, Missing Persons, Siouxsie Sioux and a Flock of Seagulls will turn back the musical clock at Los Angeles radio station KROQ's fourth Inland I Such '80s-era acts as Devo, Billy Idol, Tears For Fears, X, Missing Persons,…

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