1. Snoop Posts Third 'Hot' Week At No. 1

    December 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Snoop Dogg remains too hot to drop from the top of Billboard's Hot 100 as his single "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell tallies a third week at No. 1. The cut stems from Snoop's latest album, Snoop Dogg remains too hot to drop from the top of Billboard's…

  2. Brown's Cancer Surgery A Success

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST James Brown underwent successful surgery today (Dec. 15) to treat his recently diagnosed prostate cancer. James Brown underwent successful surgery today (Dec. 15) to treat his recently diagnosed prostate cancer. "Mr. Brown has successfully undergone a localized prostate cancer procedure…

  3. Crown Heights Affair's Bert Reid Dies

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music veteran Bert Reid died Dec. 12 at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York of lung cancer. He was 48. Music veteran Bert Reid died Dec. 12 at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York of lung cancer. He was 48. Reid's entry into the musical landscape came as a tenor saxophonist and…

  4. Laura Cantrell Signs With Matador

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST New York-based singer/songwriter Laura Cantrell has signed with Matador. New York-based singer/songwriter Laura Cantrell has signed with Matador. Her as-yet-untitled label debut is due in late spring and features contributions from Calexico's Joey Burns, John Convertino and Paul Niehaus,…

  5. Ask Billboard

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Billboard Music Awards, Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. BEST NEW ARTIST? Keith, I'm sure this will be one of thousands of e-mails you receive on the subject of selecting Ashlee Simpson as best new artist (at the 2004…

  6. Erasure's Bell Reveals HIV-Positive Status

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Erasure principal Andy Bell has confirmed he has been HIV-positive for more than six years. Erasure principal Andy Bell has confirmed he has been HIV-positive for more than six years. "I found out I was [HIV-positive] in June 1998 when I had a bout of pneumonia in Mallorca," he said…

  7. Jackson Prosecutors Eye Old Allegations

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Prosecutors in Michael Jackson's child molestation case want to introduce evidence that the singer has committed other sex crimes over the years that went uncharged. Prosecutors in Michael Jackson's child molestation case want to introduce evidence that the singer has committed…

  8. Billboard Bits: 'Hotel Rwanda,' SXSW, Pearl Jam

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on 'Hotel Rwanda,' SXSW, Pearl Jam Commotion Records will on Jan. 11 issue the soundtrack to the film "Hotel Rwanda." The set features Wyclef Jean's "Million Voices," which yesterday earned a Golden Globe nomination for best original song. The film'…

  9. Earle, Moorer Teaming For 2005 Tour

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Steve Earle will embark on a month-long North American tour next month in support of his latest E-Squared/Artemis album, "The Revolution Starts ... Now." Singer/songwriter Steve Earle will embark on a month-long North American tour next month in support of his…

  10. 'Dimebag' Darrell Memorial Set For Tonight

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Slain Damageplan/Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott will be saluted with a public memorial service tonight (Dec. 14) at the Convention Center in Arlington, Texas. Slain Damageplan/Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott will be saluted with a public memorial…

  11. Warwick Taps High-Profile Friends For Duets

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST After two years of preparation, R&B/pop icon Dionne Warwick is in the middle of recording a duets album for 2005 release. She is working with her son, producer Damon Elliott, on the double-disc se After two years of preparation, R&B/pop icon Dionne Warwick is in the middle of…

  12. Morrissey, Lou Reed, The Offspring

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Tangled Web: A weekly column featuring intriguing online music-related issues & destinations. This Week: Morrissey, Lou Reed & the Offspring. FIRST OF THE GANG TO OFFER RINGTONES: As the Ringtone business picks up in the United States (evidenced in 2004 by Billboard's…

  13. Queen Regrouping For 2005 Tour

    December 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Queen is reforming and is planning a European tour next year with former Bad Company and Free lead singer Paul Rodgers. Queen is reforming and is planning a European tour next year with former Bad Company and Free lead singer Paul Rodgers. "I won't go into more details right now,…

  14. Collision Course

    December 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST While the mash-up phenomenon has existed for several years now, it is unprecedented for artists to actually team up for the songs being combined, especially those at the top of their respective genres While the mash-up phenomenon has existed for several years now, it is unprecedented for…

  15. Old Friends: Live on Stage

    December 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST So what if there's nothing significantly new on Simon & Garfunkel's two-CD live retrospective? Recorded last year at Madison Square Garden and the New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena, the triu So what if there's nothing significantly new on Simon & Garfunkel&…

  16. 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…

  17. Breakaway

    December 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kelly Clarkson's second studio effort, "Breakaway," is that rare exhibition of substance over style. Kelly Clarkson's second studio effort, "Breakaway," is that rare exhibition of substance over style. While the majority of today's hitmakers rely upon…

  18. Street's Disciple

    December 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Few hip-hop artists have mastered the tricky art of the double-album. The task of creating two CDs full of good material has thwarted many an A-list talent. However, Nas has ably stepped up to the pla Few hip-hop artists have mastered the tricky art of the double-album. The task of creating…

  19. All-Star Concert To Herald Marley's 60th

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Bob Marley's 60th birthday will be celebrated with a month-long program of events in Ethiopia in February. Bob Marley's 60th birthday will be celebrated with a month-long program of events in Ethiopia in February. The program, titled "Africa Unite," will be spearheaded by…

  20. OutKast Keeps Busy With Debut Film, Two Albums

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST While their five-times-platinum 2003 Arista set, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," continues to yield hit singles, the members of acclaimed hip-hop duo OutKast have an ambitious slate of projects on tap While their five-times-platinum 2003 Arista set, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,…

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