1. Hot Product

    October 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Elliott Smith Fond Farewell Singer/songwriter Elliott Smith's final album, "From a Basement on the Hill," is released this week via Epitaph's Anti- imprint. Smith died from knife wounds last October; the material he had been working on was posthumously overseen by members…

  2. Flaming Lips Dreaming Up New Sound Collages

    October 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Flaming Lips have begun work on their next Warner Bros. studio album with longtime producer Dave Fridmann. The Flaming Lips have begun work on their next Warner Bros. studio album with longtime producer Dave Fridmann. However, Lips frontman Wayne Coyne admits to Billboard.com, "It…

  3. The Delivery Man

    October 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In chasing his muse, Elvis Costello has gone down many a genre road. In chasing his muse, Elvis Costello has gone down many a genre road. Despite occasional misses, these varied excursions have proved interesting, if not classic additions to his canon. "The Delivery Man"—the yin to…

  4. Dummy

    October 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Still flying under the pop radar after 35 years of rollick and mischief, NRBQ delivers "Dummy," a raw rocking album of 13 tunes bred from spontaneity, humor and good-times gusto. Still flying under the pop radar after 35 years of rollick and mischief, NRBQ delivers "Dummy,"…

  5. Costello, Il Sogno

    October 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Through the years, Elvis Costello has dipped his toe into many genres, including classically inclined recordings with the Brodsky Quartet and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. Through the years, Elvis Costello has dipped his toe into many genres, including classically inclined recordings…

  6. Billboard Bits: Love, ATP, Cullum/Charles

    October 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Courtney Love, ATP, Cullum/Charles Despite ongoing legal and financial woes, Courtney Love is finally mounting a short tour with her all-girl backing band, the Chelsea. The five-date California swing begins Oct. 24 in San Diego and will proceed to San Francisco (Oct. 26), Santa Cruz …

  7. Beasties, Chemicals Set For Big Day Out

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Beastie Boys, System Of A Down and the Chemical Brothers are among the acts confirmed for the 2005 Big Day Out tour. Beastie Boys, System Of A Down and the Chemical Brothers are among the acts confirmed for the 2005 Big Day Out tour. The trek through Australia and New Zealand will kick off…

  8. Billboard Bits: Crue, 'Austin City Limits,' & More

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Motley Crue, 'Austin City Limits,' Diamond Rio/Trace Adkins and Sigur Ros Sources close to the situation tell Billboard.com that discussions are under way for a Motley Crue reunion tour featuring all four original band members -- Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil and Mick…

  9. Avril Soaks Up 'SpongeBob' Theme

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne will sing the "SpongeBob SquarePants" theme song on the animated film's soundtrack, according to the publicist for the project. In addition, the Shins, Ween and Motorhead are newly confi Avril Lavigne will sing the "SpongeBob SquarePants" theme song on…

  10. Indie Acts Rock For 'Take Action' CD

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Taking Back Sunday, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, NOFX, Coheed & Cambria and Mastodon are among the acts contributing songs to the compilation "Take Action! Volume 4." Taking Back Sunday, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, NOFX, Coheed & Cambria and Mastodon are among the acts contributing songs…

  11. Reed, Walkmen Join Modest Mouse's 'Party'

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Lou Reed, the Walkmen and the Eagles Of Death Metal have joined the lineup for the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, to be held Nov. 6-7 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif. Lou Reed, the Walkmen and the Eagles Of Death Metal have joined the lineup for the All Tomorrow's Parties…

  12. No Silence

    September 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Five years ago, Germany's ATB (aka AndrÉ Tanneberger) released its first album, "Movin' Melodies," which spawned such crossover hits as "9PM (Til I Come)" and "Killer 2000." Five years ago, Germany's ATB (aka André Tanneberger) released its first…

  13. The Elvis Detective: One Man's Quest To Preserve The King's Legacy

    September 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from Billboard for Billboard.com. The following is an excerpt of an article from the Sept. 18 issue of Billboard, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's recording career. Information on accessing the full breadth of this special commemoration and ordering…

  14. Billboard Bits: Celine, Madonna, ATP & More

    September 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Celine Dion, Madonna, N. Miss. Allstars, All Tomorrow's Parties New York adult contemporary station WLTW (Lite FM) has scored Celine Dion as the headliner for its upcoming One Night at Lite concert. It is the singer's only scheduled U.S. performance outside of her current…

  15. Cave In Confirms RCA Split

    September 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rock act Cave In has split with RCA, vocalist/guitarist Stephen Brodsky told Billboard.com last night (Sept. 8) after a solo performance at Lit in New York. Rock act Cave In has split with RCA, vocalist/guitarist Stephen Brodsky told Billboard.com last night (Sept. 8) after a solo performance…

  16. Waters Posts Anti-War Tracks Online

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rock artist Roger Waters is releasing a pair of new songs today (Sept. 7) via online download outlets. Veteran rock artist Roger Waters is releasing a pair of new songs today (Sept. 7) via online download outlets. According to the former Pink Floyd leader, work on "To Kill the…

  17. Morello Wields Politics On Anti-Bush Tour

    August 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Billed as the Nightwatchman, Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello is taking his acoustic guitar, three chords and the truth on the road this fall for more than half of the 20-date Rock Against Bush tour, Billed as the Nightwatchman, Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello is taking his acoustic guitar,…

  18. Cake Tour To Coincide With New Album

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Cake will launch a U.S. tour Oct. 5, the same day its album, "Pressure Chief" is released via Columbia. Cake will launch a U.S. tour Oct. 5, the same day its album, "Pressure Chief" is released via Columbia. The run will get underway in Los Angeles and last through an Oct.…

  19. Hot Product

    August 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw 'Live' It Up Tim McGraw describes his ninth Curb album, "Live Like You Were Dying," as a "tapestry of life." Indeed, the project is deeply woven with themes that reflect some of life's brightest and darkest threads. "You can listen to this…

  20. McGraw Tugs Heartstrings

    August 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com Tim McGraw describes his ninth Curb album, "Live Like You Were Dying," as a "tapestry of life." Indeed, the project is deeply woven with themes that reflect some of life's brightest and darkest threads. "You can…

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