1. 'El Rey' Hits The U.S. Road

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Vicente "El Rey" Fernandez will kick off a brief U.S. tour Oct. 15 in Dallas. Vicente "El Rey" Fernandez will kick off a brief U.S. tour Oct. 15 in Dallas. The 16-date, Jack Daniel's-sponsored run includes a four-night stand at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre…

  2. Cash Auction Yields Nearly $4 Million

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A three-day auction of items owned by the late Johnny and June Carter Cash raised nearly $4 million, more than twice the amount expected, as over 1,000 bidders snapped up property from the country mus A three-day auction of items owned by the late Johnny and June Carter Cash raised nearly $4…

  3. Trail Of Dead Sets Tour

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With the release of its second full-length pushed to next year, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead has will fill the coming months with a fall North American tour. The run will kick off Oct. With the release of its second full-length pushed to next year , ...And You Will Know Us By…

  4. Strokes Put Live Album On Ice

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The show was taped by the BBC in December 2003 at London's Alexandria Palace. A live album the Strokes were planning to release this fall via RCA has been scrapped, the group's manager tells Billboard.com. The show was taped by the BBC in December 2003 at London's Alexandria…

  5. Avril 'Bonez' Up For Arena Action

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following a European tour that kicks off Sept. 26 in Munich, Avril Lavigne is planning a month long North American run. The Bonez Tour 2004 - Eyes will get underway Oct. 25 in Dallas. It will be Lavig Following a European tour that kicks off Sept. 26 in Munich, Avril Lavigne is planning a…

  6. Billboard Bits: Kennedy Center, Penn/Dylan, Matt Dusk

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Kennedy Center, Penn/Dylan, Matt Dusk The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced six recipients of its annual honors for lifetime contributions to American culture. Two of the three musicians to be honored Dec. 5 are Brits: pop legend Sir Elton John and renowned…

  7. Yorke Gives R.E.M. A Lift In London

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Staged and recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 2, the gig was held at St. James' Church in Piccadilly, and featured a surprise guest appearance by Radiohead vocalist Thom Yorke of Radiohead. R.E.M. unveiled several songs from its upcoming Warner Bros. album, " Around the Sun "…

  8. Punk Legend Johnny Ramone Dies At 55

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Johnny Ramone, a founding member of pioneering punk act the Ramones, died yesterday afternoon (Sept. 15) at his home in Los Angeles. He was 55 and had been suffering from prostate cancer for some time Johnny Ramone, a founding member of pioneering punk act the Ramones, died yesterday…

  9. Billboard Bits: G-Unit, Lead Belly, 'ACL' DVDs

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stories on G-Unit rappers Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, Lead Belly and the 'Live From Austin' DVD series. Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, both signed to 50 Cent's Interscope-affiliated G-Unit record label, will embark on separate fall tours in support of their respective debut…

  10. Cash Auction Yields $1.2 Million On First Day

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT An auction of items from Johnny Cash's estate took in $1.24 million on its first day yesterday (Sept. 14), as collectors paid as much as 15 times the expected amount for the late country music star's An auction of items from Johnny Cash's estate took in $1.24 million on its…

  11. Moore Compiles Music That Inspired 'Fahrenheit'

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Due Oct. 5, "Songs and Artists That Inspired Fahrenheit 9/11" boasts cuts by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, System Of A Down, Pearl Jam and the Clash, among others. On the same day Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" is released on DVD and its soundtrack issued on CD,…

  12. B&E: Emma & Gioia

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Emma and Gioia. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. OH BABY: With Spice Girls creator Simon Fuller back behind the helm, the artist…

  13. Billboard Bits: CMA Awards, 'Kerry-Oke,' ACLU

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on CMA Awards, 'Kerry-Oke,' ACLU Toby Keith has joined the performance lineup for the 38th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Set for Nov. 9 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House, the event will be hosted by Brooks & Dunn. The country duo and Shania Twain…

  14. Switchfoot Plans Another U.S. Tour

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Switchfoot is hitting the road again. The San Diego-based rock act will kick off its fifth U.S. tour in support of its breakthrough album, "The Beautiful Letdown," Sept. 25 in Huntsville, Ala. Switchfoot is hitting the road again. The San Diego-based rock act will kick off its fifth…

  15. Leo, Pharmacists Set To 'Shake' It On Tour

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Indie rock stalwarts Ted Leo & the Pharmacists have confirmed a host of headlining tour dates in support of their forthcoming fourth album, "Shake the Sheets." Indie rock stalwarts Ted Leo & the Pharmacists have confirmed a host of headlining tour dates in support of their…

  16. Green Day, R.E.M. & Nelly

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tangled Web: A weekly column featuring intriguing online music-related issues & destinations. This Week: Green Day, R.E.M. & Nelly. MAKIN' GREEN: People still illicitly download music. If you're a popular band, at some point in the past six years or so, you've had to…

  17. Billboard Bits: Hurricane Ivan, Hagar, AMAs

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Hurricane Ivan, Hagar, AMAs Kevin Lyttle and Bounty Killer have signed on to perform at the hastily organized Hurricane Ivan Relief Concert. As the massive storm churns out of the Caribbean towards the Gulf of Mexico, promoter G. City has pulled together talent for a benefit on Sunday…

  18. Celine Bolsters 'Miracle' With New Tunes

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The release, which honors "the unique and steadfast bond between mother and child," will arrive Oct. 12 via Epic and Andrews McMeel Publishing. As tipped here last year, Celine Dion and acclaimed Australian photographer Anne Geddes have teamed for the music/photo book project "…

  19. Diddy Eyes Girls Only For New 'Band'

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is returning to his reality show "Making the Band 2" on MTV. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is returning to his reality show "Making the Band 2" on MTV. In the new season, Combs is aiming to assemble an all-female R&B/hip-hop group.…

  20. Broadway Lyricist Fred Ebb Dies

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Famed songwriter/lyricist Fred Ebb died Saturday (Sept. 11) of a heart attack at his home in New York. He was 71. Famed songwriter/lyricist Fred Ebb died Saturday (Sept. 11) of a heart attack at his home in New York. He was 71. Ebb is best known for co-writing songs for such musicals as "…

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