MTV Delays UK Airing of 'Osbournes'

MTV Delays UK Airing of 'Osbournes'

U.K. viewers eager to watch the domestic misadventures of Ozzy Osbourne and his family will have to wait a bit longer. MTV said the British transmission of its reality series "The Osbournes," scheduled to begin Sunday (May 19), has been delayed for contractual reasons. The music network didn't say what the issues were or when the show might air.
New Sigur Ros Album 'Less Polished, Sweet'

New Sigur Ros Album 'Less Polished, Sweet'

Experimental Icelandic quartet Sigur Ros is nearing completion of its next album and eyeing a fall release, according to a post from the band on its Icelandic record label Web site.
Doves Soar On Sophomore 'Broadcast'

Doves Soar On Sophomore 'Broadcast'

The hype machine that is U.K. rock journalism has proclaimed just about every new band as the next big thing at one point or another, but rare is the act that truly lives up to such billing over the long haul. And while Manchester, England's Doves were the subject of extensive media praise for their 2000 debut, "Lost Souls," band members would never have predicted the chart onslaught that has accompanied "The Last Broadcast," due June 4 in North America via Capitol.
CHART BEAT BONUS

CHART BEAT BONUS

Chart-based stories on Dirty Vegas, Craig David, Jennifer Lopez, and Tom Waits.
Piracy Forces Change In Eminem Release Date

Piracy Forces Change In Eminem Release Date

The release date of Eminem's third Aftermath/Interscope album, "The Eminem Show," has been moved up one week to May 28 to minimize the loss of sales to bootlegged copies of the set, which already are available on the street and the Internet. "This was a very hard decision to make, and it wasn't taken lightly," Eminem's spokesperson tells Billboard.com.
FLA/Delerium's Fulber Conjures New Music

FLA/Delerium's Fulber Conjures New Music

Goth-leaning electronic musician Rhys Fulber, co-founder of Canadian industrial act Front Line Assembly, will release his first solo project under the moniker "Conjure One." Due Aug. 27 from Nettwerk, the album is said to take its cue from the sounds of the Mediterranean and Middle East, and will feature guest vocals from the likes of Sinead O'Connor and Poe.
Bertelsmann Breathes New Life Into Napster

Bertelsmann Breathes New Life Into Napster

Bertelsmann, parent of label group BMG, has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of embattled online file sharing service Napster, Billboard Bulletin reports. In a surprise turn of events, founder Shawn Fanning, CEO Konrad Hilbers, and the other key members of the company's management team will remain in the posts they had resigned at the beginning of the week.
Poll: Fans Split On Stones' Tour Plans

Poll: Fans Split On Stones' Tour Plans

Rolling Stones fans are divided on the band's plans to launch a 40th anniversary tour this summer. Of 2,774 voters who took part in a Billboard.com poll, 24% think that it's great that the legendary band will return to the road, while an equal amount believe it's sad and don't want to pay upwards of $300 per ticket to see the aging rockers on stage.
Queensryche Guitarist Kelly Gray Exits

Queensryche Guitarist Kelly Gray Exits

Goth-leaning electronic musician Rhys Fulber, co-founder of Canadian industrial act Front Line Assembly, will release his first solo project under the moniker "Conjure One." Due Aug. 27 from Nettwerk, the album is said to take its cue from the sounds of the Mediterranean and Middle East, and will feature guest vocals from the likes of Sinead O'Connor and Poe.
A.B. Quintanilla Eyes Label Deal, New Album

A.B. Quintanilla Eyes Label Deal, New Album

A.B. Quintanilla, founder and leader of EMI Latin band A.B. Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia Kings, has inked a deal to form a joint-venture label with the major, to be called King of Bling. Also partnered in the label is Quintanilla's bandmate Cruz Martinez. Quintanilla previously served as the lead songwriter/bandleader for his late sister, Selena.
Ricky Martin Working On Two Albums

Ricky Martin Working On Two Albums

Latin superstar Ricky Martin is planning to release two new Columbia albums by year-end: one in English and one in Spanish, with a few songs overlapping from disc-to-disc. In an exclusive interview at the recent Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami, Martin revealed that he will have writing input in the entire process.
Strummer Powers Up For Summer Shows

Strummer Powers Up For Summer Shows

Former Clash principal Joe Strummer is gearing up for a round of international performances this summer with his band, the Mescaleros. A number of them encompass festivals, beginning June 8 at the Fleadh in London's Finsbury Park on a lineup that also features the Pogues, the Proclaimers, Paul Brady, and Paul Kelly.

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