1. Avril Lavigne Plots Summer Tour

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Avril Lavigne will spend most of the summer on the road in North America, beginning July 13 in London, Ontario, and wrapping Sept. 3 in Montreal. Gavin DeGraw and Butch Walker will serve as opening ac Avril Lavigne will spend most of the summer on the road in North America, beginning July 13…

  2. Jones' 'Special Guests' Expanded, Reissued

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The 1979 duets album "George Jones: My Very Special Guests" has grown nearly three times larger for its May 31 reissue by Columbia/Legacy. The 1979 duets album "George Jones: My Very Special Guests" has grown nearly three times larger for its May 31 reissue by Columbia…

  3. ODB To Live On Via Remix Project

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fans of late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard will have a chance to intersect with his legacy by entering the contest "ODB Forever: the Remix Project." Fans of late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard will have a chance to intersect with his legacy by entering the contest "ODB Forever:…

  4. Jarrett Goes Solo Again On 'Radiance'

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST For the first time in eight years, pianist Keith Jarrett returns to the live improvisational setting that has spawned some of his greatest work on the double-disc set "Radiance." For the first time in eight years, pianist Keith Jarrett returns to the live improvisational setting…

  5. Jo Dee Messina Back With 'Surprise'

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Country vocalist Jo Dee Messina has set an April 26 release for her first album of new material in five years. Country vocalist Jo Dee Messina has set an April 26 release for her first album of new material in five years. The 13-track Curb set "Delicious Surprise" is already off to…

  6. Team Sleep Completes Debut Album

    March 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST The long-in-the-works self-titled debut album from Team Sleep will be released May 10 via Maverick. The long-in-the-works self-titled debut album from Team Sleep will be released May 10 via Maverick. The group, led by Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and also featuring childhood friend Todd…

  7. Jackson Case: Psychologist Says False Abuse Claims Rare

    March 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST A psychologist who interviewed the boy accusing Michael Jackson of child molestation testified that it would be "extremely rare" for a 12- or 13-year-old to make a false charge. A psychologist who interviewed the boy accusing Michael Jackson of child molestation testified that it…

  8. Mariah 'Digs Deep' On Upcoming Album

    March 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. On this severely cold March night, Mariah Carey is inside a studio at MTV's New York headquarters taping an interview for an upcoming broadcast. Walking out of the studio, she is heard muttering to no one in particular, "The abuse I…

  9. Native Stars To Honor Okla. City Bombing Victims

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Country stars Toby Keith and Vince Gill will lead a bill of native Oklahomans at an April 22 event to honor those affected by the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. To Country stars Toby Keith and Vince Gill will lead a bill of native Oklahomans at an…

  10. Shocked Completes Diverse Album Trio

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Michelle Shocked will release three albums June 7 on her own Mighty Sound label through RED Distribution. Singer/songwriter Michelle Shocked will release three albums June 7 on her own Mighty Sound label through RED Distribution. "I'm not gonna try to convince…

  11. Knight Ordered To Pay Millions In Death Row Flap

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST A Los Angeles judge has ordered Marion "Suge" Knight to pay $107 million to a woman who claims she helped the rap mogul start Death Row Records, ruling Knight and his lawyers failed to answer question A Los Angeles judge has ordered Marion "Suge" Knight to pay $107 million…

  12. Black Takes 'Honeycomb' To Back Porch

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Pixies vocalist/guitarist Frank Black has inked with EMI imprint Back Porch Records for the release of his first solo album in nine years. Pixies vocalist/guitarist Frank Black has inked with EMI imprint Back Porch Records for the release of his first solo album in nine years. As previously…

  13. 50's 'Massacre' Holds Steady At No. 1

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Cent's "The Massacre" continues to slaughter The Billboard 200 competition this week with a fourth straight week on top. The Shady/Aftermath/Interscope set moved 329,000 copies in the United States 50 Cent's "The Massacre" continues to slaughter The Billboard…

  14. Witness: Jackson Accuser's Mom Rejected Money

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST The mother of Michael Jackson's accuser refused an offer of money after the broadcast of a documentary featuring the pop star and her son, a witness said yesterday (March 29), as prosecutors sought to The mother of Michael Jackson's accuser refused an offer of money after the…

  15. B&E: The John Butler Trio

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: The John Butler Trio. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. Appropriate for a day at the beach or a night on the town, the John Butler…

  16. Billboard Bits: MTV Base, KCRW World Fest, Modern Drummer

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on MTV Base, KCRW World Fest, Modern Drummer Will Smith and Ludacris will headline the kick-off concert for MTV base, the music network's first pan-African channel. To be held April 20 in Johannesburg at a venue to be announced, the event will also boast performances from Lebo…

  17. Fiction Plane Revs Up For EP, Sting Dates

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rock quartet Fiction Plane is wrapping work on an EP that will constitute its first new music since the 2003 release of its MCA debut, "Everything Will Never Be OK." Rock quartet Fiction Plane is wrapping work on an EP that will constitute its first new music since the 2003 release…

  18. Solis, Thalia, Juanes Headline Billboard Latin Awards

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Marco Antonio Solis, Thalia and Juanes will headline the Billboard Latin Music Awards, set for April 28 at the Miami Arena. Marco Antonio Solis, Thalia and Juanes will headline the Billboard Latin Music Awards, set for April 28 at the Miami Arena. The show, which will be broadcast live on…

  19. McGraw Joins ACM Awards Lineup

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tim McGraw is among the latest group of performers tapped to join the bill for the 40th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. Tim McGraw is among the latest group of performers tapped to join the bill for the 40th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. Set for May 17 in Las…

  20. This Day in Music

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern Jazz Quartet, dies at the age of 80. Lewis, who also worked as a solo performer and recording artist, led the quarte 2001 - Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern…

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