1. Bill Frisell Quintet / Jan. 23, 2005 / Los Angeles (Jazz Bakery)

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST Guitarist Bill Frisell began his one-night stand Monday at Los Angeles' Jazz Bakery leading his quintet in a loose-limbed, lowdown, shoes-off treatment of "You Are My Sunshine," taken at a sexually ev Guitarist Bill Frisell began his one-night stand Monday at Los Angeles'…

  2. Foxx Back On Top Of The Billboard 200

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST The game of musical chairs continues on The Billboard 200 with Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" and Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" flip-flopping again. With sales of just over 97,200 copies in the Uni The game of musical chairs continues on The Billboard 200 with…

  3. Sparxxx Hopes Third Album's 'The Charm'

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST With a new label and a new, club-friendly sound, southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx is viewing his third album as a new beginning. With a new label and a new, club-friendly sound, southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx is viewing his third album as a new beginning. "It's like the sun comin'…

  4. Everything I'm Cracked Up To Be: A Rock & Roll Fairy Tale

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a series of dizzying, hilarious, heartbreaking snapshots, Jen Trynin captures what it's like to be catapulted to the edge of rock stardom, only to plummet back down to earth. "Everything I'm Cracke "With plenty to say and ample musical gifts with which to say it, Boston…

  5. Superstars Sign On For Taylor Tribute

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen, the Dixie Chicks and Sting are among the high-profile acts confirmed to perform as part of the 2006 MusiCares Person of the Year dinner honoring James Taylor. Bruce Springsteen, the Dixie Chicks and Sting are among the high-profile acts confirmed to perform as part of the…

  6. This Day in Music

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1995 - </b>Courtney Love appears in Australian court on charges of abusing a flight attendant. The singer admits to responding with an obscenity when a Quantas flight attendant told her to take her 1999 - Bill Givens, founder of pioneering reissue label Origin Jazz Library,…

  7. This Day in Music

    January 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Singer R. Kelly is arrested at a Miami hotel on a warrant charging him with 12 counts of possession of child pornography. The Jive artist faces similar charges in Illinois.<br clear="non 2004 - Famed New York nightclub the Bottom Line closes the doors forever…

  8. This Day in Music

    January 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>R&B singer/pianist Charles Brown, 76, dies of congestive heart failure in Oakland, Calif. Brown scored his first hit, "Drifting Blues," in 1946 with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers.<br 2002 - Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky, insinuating…

  9. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Readers discuss the rebounding singles market, songs with spoken lyrics, discovering Billboard and more with Fred. BORN AGAIN IN THE U.S.A. Dear Fred, As I read the column this week, I started thinking about the amazing rebirth of the single that has occurred in the last year. Here are some…

  10. Ween Recording New Album In Farmhouse

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rock duo Ween will continue work on its next studio album at a new studio set up in a 200-year-old farmhouse in Pennsylvania. Rock duo Ween will continue work on its next studio album at a new studio set up in a 200-year-old farmhouse in Pennsylvania. "I think it's like the fourth…

  11. Nelly's 'Grillz' Grabs Second Week At No. 1

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nelly's "Grillz" featuring Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp retains the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. The cut also ascends 12-5 on the Pop 100 and rises 3-2 on the Hot R&B/Hip Nelly's "Grillz" featuring Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp…

  12. Universal Breathes Digital Life Into Rare Recordings

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group International is resuscitating its deleted European repertoire exclusively for digital downloading in an extensive multi-year program. Universal Music Group International is resuscitating its deleted European repertoire exclusively for digital downloading in an extensive…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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 …

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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