FBI Informant Testifies In B.I.G. Case

FBI Informant Testifies In B.I.G. Case

A former FBI informant and key witness in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death trial has backed away from a previous statement linking a rogue police officer to Death Row Records.
'Idol' Underwood Shoots Straight To No. 1

'Idol' Underwood Shoots Straight To No. 1

A little more than a month after becoming the fourth winner of "American Idol," Carrie Underwood has the country's top single. "Inside Your Heaven," a Desmond Child-written song the country-leaning singer performed during her final week of competition on the Fox series, debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100.
HOT RINGTONES

HOT RINGTONES

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DeGraw Dialing In Material For Sophomore Album

DeGraw Dialing In Material For Sophomore Album

Nearly two years after releasing his J Records debut album, "Chariot," Gavin DeGraw is looking ahead to his next release, which he hopes to have out sometime in 2006. "I've written several records worth of material," the artist tells Billboard.com. "Stylistically, I think it's going to have a lot of energy and lyrical grit, and here and there a little sense of humor is important."
Jarrett Dazzles Carnegie Hall, Will Return In Fall

Jarrett Dazzles Carnegie Hall, Will Return In Fall

Pianist Keith Jarrett played New York's Carnegie Hall for the first time in nearly two years last night (June 22) as part of the JVC Jazz Festival, backed by trusty bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette.
Loveless 'Dreams' Up New Studio Disc

Loveless 'Dreams' Up New Studio Disc

On "Dreamin' My Dreams," Patty Loveless mixes the sounds of contemporary country with the rootsy bluegrass music that is closest to her heart.
Madlib, Van Peebles Revive 'Br'er Soul'

Madlib, Van Peebles Revive 'Br'er Soul'

It took the better part of five years for hip-hop wunderkind Madlib to follow up the debut of his alter ego, Quasimoto. But fans of the helium-voiced, antisocial Quas may not have as long to wait for the next installment.
CHART BEAT

CHART BEAT

Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Weezer, Green Day, Backstreet Boys and Kelly Clarkson.
Notorious B.I.G. Murder Gets Day In Court

Notorious B.I.G. Murder Gets Day In Court

One of the murkiest rapper murders of the 1990s finally came to court yesterday (June 21) in Los Angeles, eight years after a series of shootings and assaults widely attributed to a turf war between East and West Coast rap record labels.

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