1. Patti Smith To Headline Meltdown Festival

    April 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Patti Smith will headline this summer's Meltdown Festival at London's South Bank Centre, which will run from June 11-26. Patti Smith will headline this summer's Meltdown Festival at London's South Bank Centre, which will run from June 11-26. The event will be highlighted…

  2. Billy Corgan Unveils Solo Tour Plans

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The former Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan leader will be backed by a band of musicians yet to be announced on the eight-week outing, for which only a handful of dates have been confirmed. Billy Corgan will begin a solo tour in June in Lisbon in support of his solo debut , "TheFutureEmbrace,"…

  3. 'Idol' Finalists Plan To Hit The Road

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Although the fourth season of "American Idol" is still about a month away from its finale, the show's top 10 finalists are preparing for a summer tour that will take them to 41 North American cities. Although the fourth season of "American Idol" is still about a month…

  4. Billboard Bits: Earth Day Auction, Jennings/Clement, Boorer

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Earth Day Auction, Jennings/Clement, Boz Boorer Opportunities to interact with such music stars as Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett, plus signed memorabilia from Pearl Jam, Pink and Barbara Streisand are up for bid as part of the second annual Chevy Chase…

  5. Billboard Bits: Jammys, Slint, NYC Summer Concerts

    April 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Jammys, Slint, NYC Summer Concerts Patti Smith, former Phish bassist Mike Gordon, Nellie McKay, Huey Lewis, Mavis Staples, the Antibalas Horns and Benevento/Russo Duo have joined the performance lineup for the fifth Jammy Awards . The event will be held tomorrow (April 26) at the…

  6. This Day in Music

    April 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Pop singer Jessica Simpson adds to her television-acting resume with an episode of "The Twilight Zone." Simpson stars in a segment of the UPN series as a babysitter who discovers the lif 2003 - Pop singer Jessica Simpson adds to her television-acting resume…

  7. Billboard Bits: DMB, SummerStage, Brian Setzer

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Dave Matthews Band, Central Park SummerStage, Brian Setzer Dave Matthews Band will make a rare return to a small venue setting for a May 9 show at New York's Roseland Ballroom, the evening before the group's new RCA album, "Stand Up," hits stores. The performance…

  8. CHART BEAT

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Mariah Carey, Secret Garden, "American Idol"/Queen and 50 Cent and B5. EMANCIPATED: For the first time in seven-and-a-half years, Mariah Carey is sitting in pole position on The Billboard 200. "The Emancipation of Mimi"…

  9. Smith, Ludacris Help Launch African MTV Channel

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The launch of MTV Networks 100th worldwide channel, MTV base, was celebrated with a concert in Johannesburg last night (April 20th), headlined by Will Smith and Ludacris. The launch of MTV Networks 100th worldwide channel, MTV base, was celebrated with a concert in Johannesburg last night …

  10. This Day in Music

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney each score two wins at the CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards, held at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. Keith's clip for "American Soldier" earns h 2004 - Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney each score two wins at…

  11. Cash's Sun Albums Collected In Limited Box

    April 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Seven albums released by Johnny Cash on Memphis' storied Sun Records label will be packaged together in a limited edition box set due May 24 from Varese Sarabande's Varese Vintage label, distributed t Seven albums released by Johnny Cash on Memphis' storied Sun Records label…

  12. Billboard Bits: White Stripes, Underworld, Dears

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on White Stripes, Underworld, Dears The White Stripes have extended their spring South American tour, which will begin with a previously announced three-show run in Mexico. The group will also play shows in Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Chile and Argentina before wrapping the run with a…

  13. TunesOnTV

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 18-24, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, APRIL 18 "Today," NBC Featured artist: Il Divo (also scheduled: Simon Cowell, Debbie Travis, Michael Schlow). "Daily Download," Fuse Featured artist: Jimmy Eat World, Ice…

  14. Hot Product

    April 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ana Nalick 'Day' Ditty More than a year in the making, the bravely emotional "Wreck of the Day" by Columbia newcomer Anna Nalick hits stores this week. The 21-year-old has steadily toured since the album's completion, holding her own alongside such artists as Gavin…

  15. The Bravery

    April 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT If you're a fan of the adage "everything old is new again," then the Bravery is for you. Its self-titled, full-length debut takes its place alongside the new new wave of notable acts like the Killers, If you're a fan of the adage "everything old is new again,"…

  16. Verve Remixed 3

    April 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "Verve Remixed" is one of the most successful brands in dance/electronic music. On this third volume, it will truly thrive. "Verve Remixed" is one of the most successful brands in dance/electronic music. On this third volume, it will truly thrive. This time out, the…

  17. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. WHAT 'DREAM' MAY COME Hey Fred, I'm confused. The song that got Nadia Turner kicked off "American Idol" this week was Crystal Gayle's "When I Dream," which Nadia said was from 1977, the year she…

  18. 36th annual Gospel Music Association Music Awards

    April 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The complete list of 36th annual Gospel Music Association Music Awards winners, handed out April 13 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Below is the complete list of 36th annual Gospel Music Association Music Awards winners, handed out April 13 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.…

  19. 50's 'Massacre' Extends Chart Lead To 6th Week

    April 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For a sixth straight week, 50 Cent's "The Massacre" manages to stay at the head of the pack and hold onto its place at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Despite continually sliding sales, which fell 22% fro For a sixth straight week, 50 Cent's "The Massacre" manages to…

  20. 10,000 Lakes, All Good Fests Set Initial Bills

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Minnesota's 10,000 Lakes Festival and West Virginia's All Good Music Festival have each confirmed eclectic performance lineups for their third and ninth annual events, respectively. Minnesota's 10,000 Lakes Festival and West Virginia's All Good Music Festival have each…

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