Counterfeit

Counterfeit

Chances are good that mainstream America knows the music of Cirrus without even realizing it. You see, several tracks from the act's last album, Back on a Mission, were licensed to video games (Demolition Racer), TV (The Real World), and film (Zoolander).
Knock on the Sky

Knock on the Sky

Pop sister trio SheDaisy created a Music Row buzz, mostly negative, with its debut album, which nevertheless was certified double-platinum and generated hits for country radio.
Aziatic

Aziatic

Underrated might be one way to describe the career of AZ. Underappreciated may be even better. The Queens, N.Y., MC is poised to rectify such matters with Aziatic. His fourth overall release—and second for Motown—Aziatic showcases both AZ's lyrical abilities and his ear for music.
Sign of Things to Come

Sign of Things to Come

Recording projects fronted by celebrities sometimes come off as vanity affairs, with only a passing nod to the music.
My Bad

My Bad

Rayvon looks set to follow in the footsteps of longtime collaborator and friend Shaggy by bringing the worlds of dancehall, R&B, and pop together on his Big Yard/MCA debut, My Bad.
Viaje Infinito

Viaje Infinito

If Chilean singer Nicole had once emerged as a teen popstress, her fourth album leaves that notion far behind.
Dawgnation

Dawgnation

Pinning down mandolin player David Grisman's trademark "dawg music" is akin to describing the United States as a "melting pot." It is, and so much more.
Who Tour To Continue Despite Entwistle's Death

Who Tour To Continue Despite Entwistle's Death

The Who's summer North American tour will continue on despite the death yesterday (June 27) of founding bassist John Entwistle. According to a note posted on guitarist Pete Townshend's official Web site, "Pete and [vocalist] Roger [Daltrey] have decided that the tour will carry on, commencing with the Hollywood Bowl show on Monday. Bass player Pino Palladino has been drafted in for the shows. The Las Vegas and Irvine shows will be rescheduled for new dates."
A Final Conversation With The Who's John Entwistle

A Final Conversation With The Who's John Entwistle

Just six days before his death, legendary Who bassist John Entwistle said he was feeling like "an 18-year-old in a 57-year-old body." The artist, who was found dead yesterday (June 27) in Las Vegas of an apparent heart attack, gave Billboard numerous reasons why he had been feeling youthful during what would be one of his final interviews.
CHART BEAT BONUS

CHART BEAT BONUS

Chart-based stories on Brian Adams, Elvis Presley, "Lilo & Stitch," and Nelly.
McCartney Battles With McDonald's

McCartney Battles With McDonald's

Paul McCartney wants fast food giant McDonald's to apply its U.S. animal welfare standards to its restaurants worldwide. The former Beatle, who married Heather Mills earlier this month, took time out from his honeymoon to write to the top 100 shareholders of McDonald's and urge the chain to extend the standards.

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