Thompson's 'Music' Box Due In February

Thompson's 'Music' Box Due In February

The five-disc collection set will trace the troubadour's career as a solo artist, with seminal U.K. folk act Fairport Convention, in partnership with ex-wife Linda and in other settings.
Singer/Songwriter Chris Whitley Dies

Singer/Songwriter Chris Whitley Dies

Singer/songwriter Chris Whitley died Sunday (Nov. 20) in Houston at the age of 45 after battling lung cancer. The veteran Texas-reared artist recorded for Columbia, ATO and, most recently, Messenger Records, which released his tenth studio album, "Soft Dangerous Shores," in July. A new release, "Reiter In," is due in mid-December on vinyl and will appear on CD sometime next year.
Shades Of Darkness

Shades Of Darkness

Polarizing over-the-top classic rock-influenced U.K. act returns for another round.
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

1997 - Bar/None artist Epick Soundtracks is found dead in London. He is 37. The artist was a member of influential band the Swell Maps.
Costello Planning Symphony Tour, Live CD

Costello Planning Symphony Tour, Live CD

Elvis Costello is planning a world symphony tour with longtime collaborator Steve Nieve. Dates have not yet been confirmed for the outing, which is expected to launch early in January.
Chatting, Marionettes Drive Tegan & Sara DVD

Chatting, Marionettes Drive Tegan & Sara DVD

Canadian sibling rock act Tegan & Sara's upcoming DVD, "If It's Not Fun, Don't Do It," will include the usual ingredients: a full concert recorded last year in Toronto, the band's videos and some surprising fan-created footage.
Ex-Simon, Joel Tour Manager Killed In NYC

Ex-Simon, Joel Tour Manager Killed In NYC

A former tour manager for artists such as Billy Joel and Paul Simon was fatally stabbed during an argument with his girlfriend in his Manhattan apartment, police said.
U2 Sets New Dates, Pledges Music Rising Support

U2 Sets New Dates, Pledges Music Rising Support

As tipped here last week, U2 has confirmed the first dates for the 2006 portion of its mega-successful Vertigo tour. A run of five shows in Australia and New Zealand will begin March 17 in Auckland; U2 guitarist the Edge tells Billboard.com additional, as-yet-unannounced dates are on tap in Japan and South America.
Bowie Ponders 'Prestige' Thriller

Bowie Ponders 'Prestige' Thriller

Rock legend David Bowie is in talks to play inventor Nikola Tesla in "The Prestige," a thriller from "Batman Begins" director Christopher Nolan.
Gary Glitter Detained In Vietnam

Gary Glitter Detained In Vietnam

Former British rock star Gary Glitter has been taken into custody in a southern Vietnamese resort city following allegations that he indulged in lewd acts with a minor, police officials said.
Guitarist Link Wray Dies At 76

Guitarist Link Wray Dies At 76

Guitarist Link Wray, who was said to have invented the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists, has died in Copenhagen.
Madonna Dominates U.K. Charts

Madonna Dominates U.K. Charts

Madonna yesterday (Nov. 20) added a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th No. 1 single to complete her domination of the British sales charts. "Confessions on a Dance Floor" (Warner Bros.) went straight to No. 1 on the new album survey, while "Hung Up" started a second week at the singles chart peak.

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