1. James Brown Battling Prostate Cancer

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Soul legend James Brown has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. In a statement released this morning (Dec. 10), Brown, 71, said that he will undergo surgery for the ailment on Wednesday. Soul legend James Brown has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. In a statement released this morning …

  2. Fights Cut Short Ludacris Appearance

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST A charity appearance by rap star Ludacris at Montgomery Mall in Montgomery, Ala., was cut short last night (Dec. 9) after two small fights broke out. A charity appearance by rap star Ludacris at Montgomery Mall in Montgomery, Ala., was cut short last night (Dec. 9) after two small fights…

  3. Maroon 5 'Antsy' To Hit The Studio

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Maroon 5's members cannot wait to begin work on the follow-up to their multi-platinum J debut, "Songs About Jane," but guitarist James Valentine tells Billboard.com, "We just can't beat the life out o Maroon 5's members cannot wait to begin work on the follow-up…

  4. Snoop's 'Hot' For A Second Week

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Snoop Dogg is so enjoying his first stint at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 that he has extended it to a second week. Snoop Dogg is so enjoying his first stint at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 that he has extended it to a second week. The rapper's hit single "Drop It Like…

  5. Update: Damageplan Guitarist Killed In Shooting

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST A gunman charged onstage at a packed Columbus, Ohio, nightclub at the beginning of a Damageplan concert last night (Dec. 8) and opened fire on the band and the crowd, killing guitarist "Dimebag" Darre A gunman charged onstage at a packed Columbus, Ohio, nightclub at the beginning of…

  6. Usher Nabs 11 Billboard Music Awards

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST R&B/hip-hop artists reigned supreme last night (Dec. 8) at the Billboard Music Awards, where Usher walked away the big winner with 11 trophies. Alicia Keys netted seven awards during the ceremony R&B/hip-hop artists reigned supreme last night (Dec. 8) at the Billboard Music Awards,…

  7. Billboard Bits: Opry, Miles/Berg, LaMontagne

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Stories on a Grand Ole Opry TV special, Jason Miles pays tribute to Bob Berg and Ray LaMontagne sets tour dates. Vince Gill will host a Grand Ole Opry TV special set to air on PBS and other public stations in March 2005, Billboard.com has learned. The special has the working title "The…

  8. Slipknot Tour To Be Anything But 'Subliminal'

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Slipkot has confirmed plans to headline a triple-threat hard rock arena tour with Lamb Of God and Shadows Fall rounding out the bill. Slipkot has confirmed plans to headline a triple-threat hard rock arena tour with Lamb Of God and Shadows Fall rounding out the bill. The Subliminal Verses…

  9. Divas Descend On BMA Rehearsals

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST It was an evening of divas last night (Dec. 7) at rehearsals for the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, which air live tonight on Fox. Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige were on hand to rehearse their seg It was an evening of divas last night (Dec. 7) at rehearsals for the Billboard Music Awards…

  10. Ask Billboard

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Cathy Dennis, Mighty Joe Young and RIAA Certifications. REDISCOVERING DENNIS Dear Keith, I have been noticing lately, especially in the United Kingdom, that Cathy Dennis has had a hand in writing many of my favorite pop songs of the past…

  11. Green Day's 'Idiot' Fueling Banner Year

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST With a No. 1 debut on The Billboard for its punk rock opera "American Idiot," two No. 1 hits on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, and now a slew of Grammy nominations, Green Day has found itself b With a No. 1 debut on The Billboard for its punk rock opera "American…

  12. Ashlee Takes Tunes On The Road

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ashlee Simpson will hit the road on her first headlining theater tour next year. Ashlee Simpson will hit the road on her first headlining theater tour next year. The outing will kick off Feb. 2 in Houston and stretch through a March 30 show in Norfolk, Va. Fans can expect a glimpse at Simpson…

  13. Evanescence, Green Day Rock BMA Rehearsals

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Evanescence will add a new feather to its live performance cap at tomorrow's (Dec. 8) Billboard Music Awards, when the group is joined by an eight-piece string section for its rendition of "My Immorta Evanescence will add a new feather to its live performance cap at tomorrow's …

  14. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (Dec. 6-12)

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Dec. 6-12, 2004). THE BEST OF THE BEST: You may see this as self-serving promotion, but I see it as simple facts. Billboard's charts are based on Nielsen SoundScan data of actual sales and airplay monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data…

  15. TunesOnTV

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 6-12, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 6 "The View," ABC Featured artist: Rascal Flatts (also scheduled: Andy Garcia). "100% Usher," Fuse Featured artist: Usher. "Total Request Live (TRL)," MTV…

  16. Downey Steals Show As John, Beatty Honored

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Elton John called his Kennedy Center Honor "icing on the cake," but actor Robert Downey Jr. got a frosty reception when he introduced the rock legend as "the other first lady." Elton John called his Kennedy Center Honor "icing on the cake," but actor Robert…

  17. R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

    December 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST Eleven years after his debut, Snoop Dogg remains as relevant and rambunctious as ever. Eleven years after his debut, Snoop Dogg remains as relevant and rambunctious as ever. "R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece," his seventh studio set, is off to a great start with lead…

  18. Billboard Bits: 'Rose & Briar,' Manics, Davie Allan

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on 'Rose & Briar,' Manics, Davie Allan Jay Farrar; Rosanne Cash; Laurie Anderson; Bob Neuwirth; Terre Roche; Shannon McNally; Jenni Muldaur; Rodney Crowell; Steven Van Zandt; Davie Allan; Jimmy Vivino Billboard Bits: 'Rose & Briar,' Manics, Davie Allan Jay…

  19. Dylan Sits Down With '60 Minutes'

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Bob Dylan's songs may have spoken for a generation in the 1960s, but Dylan says he never saw himself as more than a singer-songwriter. Bob Dylan's songs may have spoken for a generation in the 1960s, but Dylan says he never saw himself as more than a singer-songwriter. "'…

  20. CHART BEAT BONUS

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to Josh Groban, Ruben Studdard, Emmylou Harris, Patti LaBelle, Ron Isley and Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz. ON THE FAST TRACK Josh Groban sets one record and ties another, as his song from the soundtrack to "The Polar Express" makes…

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