1. 1.22.03.Acoustic

    July 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It appears that "it" band Maroon5 can do no wrong. It appears that "it" band Maroon5 can do no wrong. Right now, with two hit singles under its belt ("Harder to Breathe," "This Love"), the Los Angeles-based quintet is making noise with new single "…

  2. The Cure

    July 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Classic Cure titles from the 1980s—"Pornography," "Head on the Door" and "Disintegration"—are strongly influencing a new generation of alt-rock acts. Classic Cure titles from the 1980s—"Pornography," "Head on the Door" and "Disintegration…

  3. Guided By Voices Sets Final Tour Dates

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The band has set 25 dates, running from an Aug. 19 performance at New York's Hudson River Rocks free concert series. Indie-rock mainstay Guided By Voices, which plans to split at the end of the year, has confirmed its last tour, to culminate with a New Year's Eve concert in Chicago.…

  4. Queen Prepares To 'Rock' Again

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hollywood Records has set an Aug. 17 release date for a new version of Queen's "Greatest Hits," first issued by EMI in 1981 in the U.K. Hollywood Records has set an Aug. 17 release date for a new version of Queen's "Greatest Hits," first issued by EMI in 1981 in…

  5. Billboard Bits: 'N Sync, Keys, Bono, Journey

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on 'N Sync, Keys, Bono, Journey 'N Sync will make its first group appearance in more than a year-and-a-half when it sings the National Anthem July 25 as part of its Challenge for the Children charity event. The group will sing prior to a celebrity basketball game, in which its…

  6. Blues Legends Capture 'Lightning In A Bottle'

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Two discs worth of highlights from the historic February 2003 "Salute to the Blues" concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall will hit stores this fall. Two discs worth of highlights from the historic February 2003 "Salute to the Blues" concert at New York's…

  7. Jimmy Eat World Looks To The 'Future'

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Modern rock act Jimmy Eat World has set an Oct. 19 release date for its next studio album, "Futures." The set will be issued by a Universal Music Group imprint to be announced, following the company's Modern rock act Jimmy Eat World has set an Oct. 19 release date for its next…

  8. 'Idol' Sets 4th Season Auditions

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Auditions for the fourth season of the Fox series "American Idol" will take place across two months beginning Aug. 4 in Cleveland. Auditions for the fourth season of the Fox series "American Idol" will take place across two months beginning Aug. 4 in Cleveland. Auditions…

  9. L.A. Court To Sentence Love In Absentia

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Courtney Love, hospitalized in New York after one of the more turbulent weeks in her troubled life, will not have to appear in a Los Angeles court today (July 16) for sentencing in one of the five cas Courtney Love, hospitalized in New York after one of the more turbulent weeks in her…

  10. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Rick Springfield, George Michael, Usher, Jimmy Buffett, Restless Heart and Lenny Kravitz. GOOD NEWS FOR RICK AND GEORGE: Two artists long absent from two different Billboard charts make their respective returns this week. On the Adult…

  11. 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…

  12. 'Danger': Mos Def Returns In September

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Mos Def will release his long-in-the-works sophomore solo album, "The New Danger," Sept. 28 via Geffen. Rapper Mos Def will release his long-in-the-works sophomore solo album, "The New Danger," Sept. 28 via Geffen. The 18-track set will feature the tracks "…

  13. Billboard Bits: ACL Fest, Mehldau, Emmitt

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on ACL Fest, Brad Mehldau, Drew Emmitt Elvis Costello & the Imposters, the Neville Brothers, Henry Butler and Chris Robinson & New Earth Mud are the latest additions to the Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup. Set for Sept. 17-19 in the Texas capital's Zilker Park, the…

  14. Leonard Cohen Readies New Album

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A week after his 70th birthday, Columbia will release a new Leonard Cohen studio album, "Dear Heather." A week after his 70th birthday, Columbia will release a new Leonard Cohen studio album, "Dear Heather." Due Sept. 28, the set will be made up of 12 new tracks, as well…

  15. Mase Is 'Back' After Five-Year Break

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT After a five-year break spent pursuing religion, rapper Mase will release a new album, "Welcome Back," Aug. 24 via Fo' Reel Entertainment and Bad Boy. After a five-year break spent pursuing religion, rapper Mase will release a new album, "Welcome Back," Aug. 24 via Fo…

  16. CD With New U2 Songs Goes Missing

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A CD featuring some of the songs intended for U2's next studio album went missing in Nice, France, Tuesday (July 13) while the Irish rock act was busy with a photo shoot. Police have questioned approx A CD featuring some of the songs intended for U2's next studio album went missing…

  17. Final Elliott Smith Album Due In October

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT "From a Basement on the Hill" will be released Oct. 19 via Epitaph's Anti- imprint. Singer/songwriter Elliott Smith's final album , "From a Basement on the Hill," will be released Oct. 19 via Epitaph's Anti- imprint. Smith died from knife wounds last October…

  18. Usher Notches Another No. 1 Single

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Usher replaces himself on top of Billboard's Hot 100 for the second time in two months as "Confessions Part II" shoots 2-1 this week. The third single from his LaFace/Zomba album "Confessions" supplan Usher replaces himself on top of Billboard's Hot 100 for the…

  19. McCartney Special Nets 5 Emmy Nods

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The television special "A&E In Concert: Paul McCartney In Red Square" pulled in five nominations for the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for outstanding variety, music or comedy s The television special "A&E In Concert: Paul McCartney In Red Square"…

  20. Delightful DeGarmo Ready For The Road

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Diana DeGarmo is on the road with the other third-season finalists on a 52-date tour that ends Sept. 30 in Hawaii. Before boarding the tour bus, she sat down to discuss her life and her experiences on Diana DeGarmo is the 11th and latest "American Idol" contestant to appear on a…

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