1. Update: Haggard Cancels Most 2004 Tour Plans

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Despite health concerns, Merle Haggard will play a trio of Texas dates in October, but will cancel his plans tour for the rest of the year. The 68-year-old country music legend is suffering from respi Despite health concerns, Merle Haggard will play a trio of Texas dates in October, but will…

  2. Big & Rich Fashion CD/DVD 'Fan Pak'

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Their debut album is less than four months old, but that's not stopping breakout country newcomers Big & Rich from readying a CD/DVD set for their growing legion of faithful followers. Their debut album is less than four months old, but that's not stopping breakout country…

  3. Billboard Bits: George Harrison, VH1, MusiCares/MAP

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on George Harrison, VH1, MusiCares/MAP The 75-minute DVD included in Capitol's recently released George Harrison boxed set , "The Dark Horse Years, 1976-1992," will be released individually on Nov. 2. The 75-minute film sports seven music videos for such tracks as "…

  4. Rich Robinson Hits The Road

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson has just kicked off a fall North American tour in support of his self-released... Former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson has just kicked off a fall North American tour in support of his self-released debut solo album , "Paper." The…

  5. DVDs Spotlight Crosby, Stills & Nash

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rhino will on Oct. 26 release a three-DVD set spotlighting the on- and off-stage activities of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Rhino will on Oct. 26 release a three-DVD set spotlighting the on- and off-stage activities of Crosby, Stills & Nash. In addition to the recently released concert DVDs…

  6. Keith Urban: Ready For The Big Time

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from Billboard for Billbaord.com. If you had asked people in the country music industry during the past few years which artist they believe is primed for top-tier success, more often than not their answer would have been "Keith Urban." Clear Channel Communications regional…

  7. Hot Product

    September 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Green Day 'American' Mind Punk trio Green Day returns rambunctious and focused on "American Idiot," its first studio album in four years. Songs like "Holiday," "Jesus of Suburbia" -- a nine-minute opus in five parts, which is a first for a group that…

  8. Vote For Change Finale Set For D.C.

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The star-studded finale of the Vote for Change tour has been nailed down for Oct. 11 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. The star-studded finale of the Vote for Change tour has been nailed down for Oct. 11 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C., after plans to hold it in Miami fell through.…

  9. My Everything

    September 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Add another event to a year punctuated by Usher's stranglehold at No. 1 and Prince's comeback: the return of Anita Baker. Add another event to a year punctuated by Usher's stranglehold at No. 1 and Prince's comeback: the return of Anita Baker. The sultry-voiced chanteuse…

  10. Ackerman Sets The Musical Record Straight

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Although Windham Hill Records founder William Ackerman is consistently labeled as the father of new age music thanks to his stewardship of artists like George Winston, Alex DeGrassi and Liz Story, his Although Windham Hill Records founder William Ackerman is consistently labeled as the father…

  11. Hot Product

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Anita Baker ’Everything’ For You It started with an itch. It ended with Anita Baker's first studio album in 10 years. "My Everything," due this week from Blue Note Records, shattered Baker's creative block. "There are times when that creative door is just closed,"…

  12. Issak Gets Into A Holiday Mood

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Chris Isaak is tossing his Santa hat into the ring with his first seasonal album, "Chris Isaak Christmas." Chris Isaak is tossing his Santa hat into the ring with his first seasonal album, "Chris Isaak Christmas." Due Oct. 12 via Wicked Game Records/Reprise, the crooner&…

  13. Pixies Prevail In Slow Touring Season

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz and Christina Aguilera have scrapped tours. Lollapalooza crashed and burned. The U.S. touring market has been in dire straits all summer. But a savior showed up in the ve Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz and Christina Aguilera have scrapped tours. Lollapalooza…

  14. Baker Gives 'Everything' She's Got

    August 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com It started with an itch. It ended with Anita Baker's first studio album in 10 years. "My Everything," due Sept. 7 from Blue Note Records, shattered Baker's creative block. "There are times when that creative door is just…

  15. I Won't Forget

    August 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT This nine-man band out of rural Arkansas makes a big-time bow following four small-label recordings and 15 years of intense touring. This nine-man band out of rural Arkansas makes a big-time bow following four small-label recordings and 15 years of intense touring. The Racy Brothers deliver…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses chart records, Fantasia, song titles, Top 40 radio and Maroon5 with readers. NOT GOING BACK, NOT GOING FORWARD Dear Fred, Kenny Chesney's "I Go Back" remains at No. 2 [on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart] for a sixth non-consecutive…

  17. Billboard Bits: Robertson, Smith, GBV

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Robbie Robertson, Mindy Smith and Guided By Voices Robbie Robertson's first original composition for a film and soundtrack, "Shine Your Light," will be found on the soundtrack to "Ladder 49," due Sept. 28 via Hollywood. The album will also feature a separate…

  18. Black Eyed Peas Make Music For 'Sims'

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A&M/Interscope act Black Eyed Peas have re-recorded exclusive versions of nine tracks from their upcoming album, "Monkey Business," for use in Electronic Arts' (EA) highly anticipated videogame "T A&M/Interscope act Black Eyed Peas have re-recorded exclusive…

  19. Pearl Jam, Mudhoney Rock For Votes

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, comedian David Cross, Queensryche, X's John Doe and producer/multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion are among the acts confirmed to perform at No Vote Left Behind, a festival/political f Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, comedian David Cross, Queensryche, X's John Doe and producer…

  20. Foos Wittling Down Five Hours Of Material

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Foo Fighters are about to begin pre-production on their next studio album, which... The Foo Fighters are about to begin pre-production on their next studio album, which, as first revealed here last month, will likely be a double-disc set. "Having a year to write and demo things at…

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