1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Usher, Madonna samples, Jessica Simpson and the state of radio with readers. USHERING IN A RECORD? Hi Fred! My name is Carlos. I live in Mexicali, Baja, Mexico, and since I remember I've been a fan of music and of Billboard Music Charts. But up until now I had…

  2. Wilson To 'Smile' On U.S. Audiences

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson will bring his long-awaited "Smile" live performances to the United States this fall, after debuting the "lost masterpiece" in concert in the United Kingdom a Former Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson will bring his long-awaited …

  3. E Street To Back Fogerty On Tour

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In what promises to be fulfill a classic rock fan's dream, Bruce Springsteen says he and the E Street Band will serve as John Fogerty's backing band on the upcoming ... In what promises to be fulfill a classic rock fan's dream, Bruce Springsteen says he and the E Street Band…

  4. Cleveland Draws Biggest 'Idol' Audition

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT James Pequignot battled heat and humidity, camped out all night at a football stadium and waited hours in line just to be told he wasn't good enough for "American Idol." But the 19-year-old from Cleve James Pequignot battled heat and humidity, camped out all night at a football…

  5. Lil' Jon, Foxy Brown Scratch Fashion Itch

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Lil' Jon and Foxy Brown are getting into the fashion business, with their own lines of sunglasses and furs, respectively. Lil' Jon and Foxy Brown are getting into the fashion business, with their own lines of sunglasses and furs, respectively. Lil' Jon's line of limited…

  6. Norah's 'Home' Gets New Additions

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Norah Jones' sophomore Blue Note album "Feels Like Home" will be re-released as a double-disc package Sept. 21. Norah Jones' sophomore Blue Note album "Feels Like Home" will be re-released as a double-disc package Sept. 21. Three previously unreleased songs will…

  7. Sweet Relief Celebrates 10 Years

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Nashville concert series featuring Victoria Williams, Josh Rouse, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and others will serve as the 10th anniversary celebration for the ... A Nashville concert series featuring Victoria Williams, Josh Rouse, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and others will serve as the 10th anniversary…

  8. Billboard Bits: VMAs, Fashion Rocks, Jimmy Sturr

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on VMAs, Fashion Rocks, Jimmy Sturr Lil' Jon, Petey Pablo and Ying Yang Twins & Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe have joined the performance lineup for the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. The 21st annual event is set for Aug. 29 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. They join…

  9. Vintage Blues Performances Unearthed

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A third volume of performances from the American Folk Blues Festival will hit stores Aug. 31 via Hip-O. A third volume of performances from the American Folk Blues Festival will hit stores Aug. 31 via Hip-O. "The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Volume 3" contains 18…

  10. 32TunesOnTV

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 2-8, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 2 "Live With Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist: Gavin DeGraw (also scheduled: Jon Voight, Brooke Burns). "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest," Syndicated Featured…

  11. The Notorious Cherry Bombs

    July 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As country music's most impressive supergroup this side of the Highwaymen, the Notorious Cherry Bombs boast a lineup of Nashville music titans: Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill and Tony Brown, along with Ed As country music's most impressive supergroup this side of the Highwaymen, the…

  12. Cuba's State-Owned Label Going Worldwide

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Cuban state-owned record company Egrem is getting an international launch for the first time in its 60-year history. Cuban state-owned record company Egrem is getting an international launch for the first time in its 60-year history. The label's catalog features major names in Cuban…

  13. Caretaker Stabbed At Ondrasik's Home

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A caretaker at the Los Angeles home of Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik was in serious condition yesterday (July 29) after being stabbed 13 times by an intruder, authorities said. A caretaker at the Los Angeles home of Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik was in serious condition…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses, radio, faith on the charts, Reba McEntire and Monica with readers. RADIO DISCONNECT Dear Fred, I've been reading your column online for about a year now [and last week's] article struck a nerve. I used to listen to the radio all the time, at home and in the…

  15. 'Idol' DeGarmo Recovering From Fall

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Diana DeGarmo is recovering from a fall suffered on stage Tuesday (July 27) in Grand Rapids, Mich., during the "American Idol" summer tour. Diana DeGarmo is recovering from a fall suffered on stage Tuesday (July 27) in Grand Rapids, Mich., during the "American Idol" summer…

  16. Billboard Bits: Beasties, 'Yu-Gi-Oh!,' Yo La Tengo

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Beastie Boys, 'Yu-Gi-Oh!,' Yo La Tengo The Beastie Boys have begun confirming dates for their fall North American tour, with rapper Talib Kweli in tow. Arena shows are set for Sept. 14 in Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 16 in San Francisco and Sept. 19 in Seattle. Pre-sale…

  17. Courtney Love Ordered Into Drug Rehab

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Making her first public appearance since being hospitalized as a fugitive two weeks ago, rocker Courtney Love was sentenced today (July 27) to mandatory drug treatment in one of four criminal cases ag Making her first public appearance since being hospitalized as a fugitive two weeks ago,…

  18. Billboard Bits: Fuji Rock, Big Star, OK Go

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Fuji Rock, Big Star, OK Go Morrissey has dropped off the bill for this weekend's Fuji Rock Festival in Japan due to a "miscommunication," according to the event's official Web site . The artist was originally confirmed to close the festival on Sunday (Aug. 1); the…

  19. 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…

  20. Ozzy Moves $50 Million In Merch

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT During the past decade, Osbourne amassed $35 million from selling merchandise at concerts like Ozzfest and $15 million at retail. During the past decade, Osbourne amassed $35 million from selling merchandise at concerts like Ozzfest and $15 million at retail. Among the best-selling products…

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