1. Blige's 'Breakthrough' Returns To No. 1

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST After sitting behind Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" at No. 2 for two weeks in a row, Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" returns to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. The Matriarch/Geffen release debu After sitting behind Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable…

  2. Billboard Bits: Khan/Neville, Russell Crowe, Eagles Of Death Metal

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Chaka Khan/Aaron Neville, Russell Crowe, Eagles Of Death Metal Chaka Khan and Aaron Neville are the first two acts signed to the new Burgundy Records, Billboard has learned. The imprint was founded by Joe DiMuro, the executive VP of Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group. Burgundy will be…

  3. Indie Rockers Sign On For Arthurball, No Fun Fest

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST A host of notable names have signed on for two upcoming indie-centric music festivals. A host of notable names have signed on for two upcoming indie-centric music festivals. First up is the inaugural Arthurball, which will be held Feb. 25-26 at the Echo and Ex-Plex in Los Angeles. The event…

  4. Nelly Nabs Fourth Hot 100 No. 1

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nelly's "Grillz" featuring Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp climbs from No. 5 to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The cut is Nelly's fourth Hot 100 No. 1, following "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma" Nelly's "Grillz" featuring Paul Wall…

  5. Keys, Simmons Bringing Projects To TV

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST UPN, riding high with its new Chris Rock sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris," has joined forces with Grammy-winning R&B singer Alicia Keys to develop a drama loosely based on her childhood. UPN, riding high with its new Chris Rock sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris," has joined…

  6. Mariah, Kanye, Alicia Lead NAACP Image Noms

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST With four nominations each, Mariah Carey, Kanye West and Alicia Keys lead the field of musicians contending for 2006 NAACP Image Awards. With four nominations each, Mariah Carey, Kanye West and Alicia Keys lead the field of musicians contending for 2006 NAACP Image Awards. Mary J. Blige …

  7. Hellogoodbye

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST An ear-grabbing EP and support from MTV set the stage for this Southern California band's success. Say "hello" to Hellogoodbye. The Southern California band's self-titled EP entered Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart last week at No. 31. Released in November 2004, the…

  8. Billy Joel: The Life & Times Of An Angry Young Man

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Successful, volatile, creative, self—aware and self—destructive, singer—songwriter Billy Joel's life reads like a popular novel. Hank Bordowitz's "Billy Joel: The Life & Times of an Angry Yo Doesn't Matter What They Say in the Papers Late in the winter of 1980, ads…

  9. Blunt, Kaiser Chiefs Lead Brit Award Nominations

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST With five nods each, newcomers James Blunt and Kaiser Chiefs are the frontrunners heading into the Brit Awards 2006, to be held Feb. 15 at London's Earl's Court. With five nods each, newcomers James Blunt and Kaiser Chiefs are the frontrunners heading into the Brit Awards 2006, to…

  10. Grammys To Salute Bowie, Cream, Haggard, Pryor

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rock legends David Bowie and Cream, country icon Merle Haggard, late bluesman Robert Johnson and late comedy innovator Richard Pryor are among the recipients of the 2006 Grammy Lifetime Achievement aw Rock legends David Bowie and Cream, country icon Merle Haggard and late comedy innovator…

  11. Tortoise Boxes Up Rarities, Remixes

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tortoise is eyeing an April release for a three-disc set of 33 rare tracks via Thrill Jockey. Tortoise is eyeing an April release for a three-disc set of 33 rare tracks via Thrill Jockey. According to a label spokesperson, the project was originally titled "Rhythms, Resolutions and…

  12. The Cincinnati Bootsies

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bootsy Collins makes music for fans -- of football. Funk master Bootsy Collins dances with fans as he signs autographs at a Jan. 6 Cincinnati Bengals pep rally at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati. Collins recently released a CD of songs dedicated to the Bengals, including "Fear…

  13. On TV

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 9-15, 2006. MONDAY, JAN. 9 "Attack of the Show," G4 Featured artist(s): Project 86 (also scheduled: Uwe Boll). "Influenc'd: Green Day," Fuse Featured artist(s): Green Day, Hawthorne Heights, blink-182, Bayside/Name Taken, Taking Back…

  14. This Day in Music

    January 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1993 - </b>A 29-cent U.S. postage stamp bearing the likeness of a 1950s-era Elvis Presley is issued at a post office near the King's Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn. The U.S. Postal Service held 2005 - Australian artists including Kasey Chambers, "Australian Idol…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyoncé, George Strait, Dolly Parton, "chart years," year-end accounting and much more this week with readers. WHERE'S 'FIGHTING' - GILBERT'S GRIPE Dear Fred, I think I found another Beyoncé song that did not make the top 10 of the Hot 100. Didn&…

  16. D4L's 'Taffy' Dethrones Mariah On Hot 100

    January 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST D4L's "Laffy Taffy" ascends three rungs to claim the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The cut ends the two-week run of Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us," which drops considerably to D4L's "Laffy Taffy" ascends three rungs to…

  17. Chart Beat

    January 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST This week's examination of Billboard's chart stats is overwhelmingly country, with George Strait, Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash all in the spotlight, along with hip-hop act D4L and late STRAIT TO NO. 1: A chart record that has stood unchallenged for almost 20 years…

  18. This Day in Music

    January 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>The Canadian Record Industry Assn. (CRIA) declares Quebec superstar Celine Dion "the best-selling Canadian recording artist of the century."<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Danny Sugerman, longtime manager of the…

  19. Foxx Overtakes Blige On Album Chart

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST After debuting a week ago at No. 2, Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" rises to the top of The Billboard 200, trading places with last week's No. 1, Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough." The J Records set mak After debuting a week ago at No. 2, Jamie Foxx's …

  20. Rhino Preps Larson Tribute Concert Set

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rhino has set a Feb. 14 release date for "Lotta Love Concert," a tribute to late vocalist Nicolette Larson staged Feb. 21-22, 1998, at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Auditorium. Rhino has set a Feb. 14 release date for "Lotta Love Concert," a tribute to late vocalist…

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