1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. CHANGING HOT 100 LANDSCAPE Fred, Since the introduction of digital downloads into the Hot 100 formula, there is a lot more movement on the chart and the top 40 is slowly becoming a mix of different genres again. Notably we are seeing a…

  2. Q&A: Rudy Pérez

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Miami-based producer Rudy Pérez has ranked No. 1 on the Billboard year-end recap of Hot Latin Tracks Producers for three consecutive years. Now, Pérez, known for his high-quality productions, is up for the Latin producer of the year honor at the…

  3. Billboard Bits: MTV Base, KCRW World Fest, Modern Drummer

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on MTV Base, KCRW World Fest, Modern Drummer Will Smith and Ludacris will headline the kick-off concert for MTV base, the music network's first pan-African channel. To be held April 20 in Johannesburg at a venue to be announced, the event will also boast performances from Lebo…

  4. Stars Come Out For Seattle Tsunami Benefit

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Some of the Seattle music scene's most esteemed acts raised more than $100,000 for tsunami relief efforts at a Friday benefit concert. Some of the Seattle music scene's most esteemed acts raised more than $100,000 for tsunami relief efforts at a Friday benefit concert. The K-ROCK…

  5. Ultimate Kylie

    February 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Why is "Ultimate Kylie" important? Well, the double-CD, 33-song set includes nearly every significant international hit the Australian singer has had since her 1987 debut. Why is "Ultimate Kylie" important? Well, the double-CD, 33-song set includes nearly every significant…

  6. Macias, Reno Bond For 'Song Of America'

    February 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Producer David Macias is at work on a 50-track collection of songs that will span the breadth of American music. Producer David Macias is at work on a 50-track collection of songs that will span the breadth of American music. The new project comes on the heels of last summer's "…

  7. Revamped MTV2 To Focus On Hip-Hop, Rock

    February 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks on Monday (Feb. 7) will unveil a revamped version of MTV2. MTV Networks on Monday (Feb. 7) will unveil a revamped version of MTV2. The relaunch will move the channel further away from its wide-open, all-music-video roots to programming focused almost exclusively on hip-hop and…

  8. Its A Trap!, 15 Megs Of Fame, Splendid

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tangled Web: A weekly column featuring intriguing online music-related issues & destinations. This Week: It’s a Trap!, 15 Megs of Fame and Splendid. TRAP DOOR: It's a Trap! is a site dedicated to promoting Scandinavian music, focusing on indie guitar pop. Run by Albany, Calif.,…

  9. Was (Not Was) Finds New Life On Tour

    January 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Was (Not Was) just wrapped its first set of U.S. dates since 1990 and is planning a lengthier tour for April. With a greatest hits compilation and a new album due this spring, things are finally heati Was (Not Was) just wrapped its first set of U.S. dates since 1990 and is planning a…

  10. The MASSIVE Database and the Internet Archive

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tangled Web: A weekly column featuring intriguing online music-related issues & destinations. This Week: The MASSIVE Database and the Internet Archive. BACK TO SCHOOL ROCK: Part of the National Science Foundation's National Science Digital Library, " The MASSIVE Database "…

  11. Billboard Bits: Belew, Kitaro, Waters

    December 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST Stories on Adrian Belew, Kitaro and Heather Waters. Adrian Belew has set Jan. 25 as the release date for his latest solo album, "Side One" (Sanctuary). The nine-track set was recorded with Primus leader/bassist Les Claypool and Tool drummer Danny Carey. "'Side One'…

  12. At Last . . . The Duets Album

    December 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Mainstream jazz fans love to beat up on Kenny G. On his new Pro Tools and programmed CD, "At Last . . . Mainstream jazz fans love to beat up on Kenny G. On his new Pro Tools and programmed CD, "At Last . . . The Duets Album," the saxist safely plays the smooth and R&B jazz…

  13. Hitting The Right Note In Pitch For Auto-Tune

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Nov. 8 broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition" featured two of the recording industry's top engineer/producers and one controversial piece of technology. The Nov. 8 broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition" featured two of the recording industry's top…

  14. Gold Medal

    November 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST It has always been a nonstop party with the Donnas. And we aren't complaining. It has always been a nonstop party with the Donnas. And we aren't complaining. The group's brand of straight-ahead, no-frills rock'n'roll has consistently been gobs of fun and refreshing to…

  15. VFC Artists Fund Renewable Energy Projects

    October 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Beyond the political messages they carried, the artists who took part in the multi-state Vote for Change tour are looking to leave a lasting impression on the swing states they visited. Beyond the political messages they carried, the artists who took part in the multi-state Vote for Change…

  16. Tilly & The Wall, The Music Snobs, Indie911

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Tangled Web, a weekly column featuring interesting music-related online destinations. This week: Independent label Team Love's flagship act Tilly & the Wall, SonyConnect's The Music Snobs and FREE LOVE: Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst's new Team Love label, which he…

  17. 'Truth' Tour Spawns CD, DVD

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Highlights from last year's Tell Us the Truth tour, which featured Steve Earle, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Billy Bragg and Tom Morello, will be released on CD (Oct. 5) and DVD (Oct. 19) via Artemis. Highlights from last year's Tell Us the Truth tour, which featured Steve Earle, R.E.M…

  18. Tankian, Morello Assemble 'Axis' Compilation

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The July 17 concert at Hollywood's Avalon, spearheaded by System Of A Down's Serj Tankian and Audioslave's Tom Morello as part of their non-profit Axis of Justice political organization, will be relea The July 17 concert at Hollywood's Avalon, spearheaded by System Of A…

  19. APC Gets Political On 'eMOTIVe'

    August 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Perfect Circle has slated an Election Day release date for a new album, "eMOTIVe." Due Nov. 2 via Virgin, the set of original songs and covers is described by bandleader Maynard James Keenan as "a c A Perfect Circle has slated an Election Day release date for a new album, …

  20. Billboard Bits: 'Swampstock,' Los Lonely Boys, Isis

    August 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Swampstock,' Los Lonely Boys, Isis Country superstar Tim McGraw will host his 10th annual Swampstock concert and celebrity softball event Sept. 19 in Rayville, La. Along with McGraw, the concert will feature performances by his wife, Faith Hill, as well as Martina McBride,…

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