1. 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' "…

  2. 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…

  3. Shinoda, Goldfrapp Rework Depeche Mode

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New remixes by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, Colder, Ulrich Schnauss and Goldfrapp will be found on the forthcoming Depeche Mode collection "Remixes 81-04," due Oct. 26 via Reprise. New remixes by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, Colder, Ulrich Schnauss and Goldfrapp will be…

  4. Billboard Bits: The Cure, AFI, Carlton/Childs

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on The Cure, AFI, Carlton/Childs The Cure-headlined Curiosa festival will not roll into the Gorge Amphitheatre outside Seattle on Saturday (Aug. 21), as frontman Robert Smith has been called back to London for personal reasons. Instead, Billboard.com has learned the Cure will return to…

  5. Borland Rejoins Limp Bizkit

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Original guitarist Wes Borland has rejoined Limp Bizkit, according to frontman Fred Durst's online journal. Original guitarist Wes Borland has rejoined Limp Bizkit, according to frontman Fred Durst's online journal. "Well, now the Limp Bizkit fans know about Wes," he wrote…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Hot Product

    August 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Travis Tritt 'History' Never Repeats Country veteran Travis Tritt returns this week with a new Columbia studio album, "My Honky Tonk History." The 12-track album is led by the single "The Girl's Gone Wild," which peaked at No. 31 on Billboard's Hot…

  9. Peace Sells . . . But Who's Buying?

    August 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In 1984, infuriated at being kicked out of Metallica, Dave Mustaine formed Megadeth to get some payback. "Peace Sells . . . In 1984, infuriated at being kicked out of Metallica, Dave Mustaine formed Megadeth to get some payback. "Peace Sells . . . But Who's Buying?" is…

  10. Christmas Album, Book On Deck For Aiken

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The whirlwind ride for Clay Aiken will continue this fall with the release of a Christmas album and an autobiographical inspirational book. The whirlwind ride for Clay Aiken will continue this fall with the release of a Christmas album and an autobiographical inspirational book. "It'…

  11. Irons Travels To A New 'Dimension'

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT If it weren't for Jack Irons, two pillars of alternative rock may have never even gotten out of their rehearsal spaces. If it weren't for Jack Irons, two pillars of alternative rock may have never even gotten out of their rehearsal spaces. As a California teenager in the mid-1970s,…

  12. Tribe Beatmaster Muhammad's 'Garden' Grows

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Tribe Called Quest principal Ali Shaheed Muhammad's Garden Seeker Productions has signed a new deal with Penalty Recordings and Ryko Distribution. Muhammad's solo debut, "Shaheedullah and Stereotype A Tribe Called Quest principal Ali Shaheed Muhammad's hip-hop oriented…

  13. Rare Photos Reveal U2's 'Show'

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT More than 400 rare photographs and illustrations will chronicle U2's live performance history in the book "U2 Show: The Art of Touring." More than 400 rare photographs and illustrations will chronicle U2's live performance history in the book "U2 Show: The Art of…

  14. Westerberg Reels In Film Work

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In the year between finishing his new album and its anticipated release next month, Paul Westerberg has shifted his focus to film. He has been working on songs for the Sony Pictures Animation project In the year between finishing his new album and its anticipated release next month, Paul…

  15. Riot on an Empty Street

    August 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Offering up one of the prettiest albums of the year, Norwegian folk-pop duo Kings of Convenience dabbles in everything from Simon & Garfunkel-style harmonizing ("Homesick") to acoustic disco ("I'd Offering up one of the prettiest albums of the year, Norwegian folk-pop…

  16. Page/Plant's 'Unledded' Heading To DVD

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The long-awaited DVD of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's "Unledded" will be released Oct. 20, according to the project's mix engineer, Kevin Shirley. The long-awaited DVD of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's "Unledded" will be released Oct. 20, according to the…

  17. New Wind-Up Imprint Launches With 'Passion'

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Wind-up Records will launch a new imprint with the Aug. 31 release of "The Passion of the Christ: Songs," an album of original tunes from artists inspired by the movie. Wind-up Records will launch a new imprint with the Aug. 31 release of "The Passion of the Christ: Songs,"…

  18. Santana Collecting Songs For Next Album

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Carlos Santana has begun collecting songs for his next studio album. Carlos Santana has begun collecting songs for his next studio album. "I'm going to complete the next Santana album with [BMG chairman/CEO] Mr. Clive Davis," the artist tells Billboard. "Right now we'…

  19. Funk Legend Rick James Found Dead

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Funk legend Rick James was found dead at 9:45 a.m. PT this morning (Aug. 6) at his Los Angeles home by a caretaker, according to a police spokesperson. He was 56. The cause of death was believed to be Funk legend Rick James was found dead at 9:45 a.m. PT this morning (Aug. 6) at his Los…

  20. 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 …

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