1. Crowded House Drummer Hester Found Dead

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Crowded House and Split Enz drummer Paul Hester was found dead of an apparent suicide Saturday in a park in Melbourne. He was 46. Former Crowded House and Split Enz drummer Paul Hester was found dead of an apparent suicide Saturday in a park in Melbourne. He was 46. "It is not a…

  2. 'Now' Brings Presley Spring Tour

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST With the release of her sophomore full-length album nearing, Lisa Marie Presley has confirmed a spring tour that will kick off April 26 in St. Petersburg, Fla. With the release of her sophomore full-length album nearing, Lisa Marie Presley has confirmed a spring tour that will kick off April…

  3. Common Rolls With Kanye, Plots Nas Tour

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Chicago rapper Common will return on May 24 with the album "Be," which, as tipped here last year, was produced by Kanye West. The 11-track set will be co-released via West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint and Chicago rapper Common will return on May 24 with the album "Be,"…

  4. CHART BEAT BONUS

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Melissa Etheridge, Joss Stone, Craig Morgan, Kelly Clarkson, Audioslave and more. 'CRY' OUT LOUD: Three weeks after the Grammy performance of "Across the Universe" debuted on Billboard's Hot 100, another performance…

  5. MMW, Lesh, Claypool Sign On For Jammys

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Medeski Martin & Wood, Les Claypool, Ryan Adams, Bruce Hornsby, Burning Spear, the North Mississippi Allstars and the Yonder Mountain String Band are among the first acts confirmed for fifth Jammy Medeski Martin & Wood, Les Claypool, Ryan Adams, Bruce Hornsby, Burning Spear, the North…

  6. Koz & Friends Plan 'Smooth Summer' Tour

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST For the fourth year in a row, several contemporary jazz artists will join forces under the Dave Koz & Friends banner for the latest edition of the A Smooth Summer Night tour. For the fourth year in a row, several contemporary jazz artists will join forces under the Dave Koz & Friends…

  7. Petty, Crowes Link For Summer Tour

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have secured the reunited Black Crowes for much of a North American tour that will kick off in early June and remain on the road through late August. The run will mar Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have secured the reunited Black Crowes for much of a North…

  8. Motown Classics Get Modern Updates

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST The 15-track set will be augmented on the same day by "Motown Unmixed," featuring the original versions of the source material for the remix project. As first revealed here in January, a host of Motown classics have been remixed for the aptly named "Motown Remixed"…

  9. Ask Billboard

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Duran Duran, Faith Hill and more. DOUBLE D Keith, Can you tell me how Duran Duran's latest CD has sold? It seemed to be very hyped, but fell off the charts rather quickly. I also would like to see a comparison of the band's…

  10. Belle & Sebastian Compiles 'Old' EPs

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Belle & Sebastian has rounded up all seven of its EP and single releases for the compilation "Push Barman To Open Old Wounds." Belle & Sebastian has rounded up all seven of its EP and single releases for the compilation "Push Barman To Open Old Wounds." Due May 24…

  11. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (March 21-27, 2005).

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (March 21-27, 2005). IN 'RAY'S' IMAGE: Despite the fact that it's widely known that the Ray Charles biopic "Ray" was the big winner March 12 at the 36th NAACP Image Awards, the show's musical performances…

  12. 13TunesOnTV

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for March 21-27, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MARCH 21 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist: Jesse McCartney. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist: Gwen Stefani (also scheduled: Sandra…

  13. This Day in Music

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Eclectic New York quartet Soul Coughing disbands after eight years and three genre-bending albums together. 2000 - Eclectic New York quartet Soul Coughing disbands after eight years and three genre-bending albums together. 1994 - Bruce Springsteen wins a Best…

  14. Badu Announces Control FreaQ Label At SXSW

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Amidst a Q&A session Saturday (March 19) at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas, Erykah Badu took time to discuss the label she is starting and her commitment to communit Amidst a Q&A session Saturday (March 19) at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival…

  15. Hot Product

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Queens Of The Stone Age Stone Cold Queens Of The Stone Age tapped into the post-millennial modern rock zeitgeist with their 2002 breakthrough "Songs for the Deaf," a collection of brutally loud, utterly thrilling sonic salvos threaded with mock DJ voice-overs for nonexistent radio…

  16. Hot Product

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Moby Checking In... Moby offers up two sides of his musical personality on the double-disc V2 set "Hotel." Disc one is steeped in '80s-shaded dance-rock sensibilities, while disc two is a tranquil, ambient trip. "This record is a product of living in New York -- my home,…

  17. South By Southwest Diary: March 19

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard staffers criss-cross Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival in search of old favorites and new discoveries. In the fourth and final installment of a daily diary, Barry A. Jeckell, Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW) event is a music festival and media…

  18. Queens Of The Stone Age Ready To Rule Rock Again

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Queens of the Stone Age tapped into the post-millennial modern rock zeitgeist with their 2002 breakthrough "Songs for the Deaf," a collection of brutally loud, utterly thrilling sonic salvos threaded with mock DJ voice-overs for…

  19. South By Southwest Diary: March 18

    March 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard staffers criss-cross Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival in search of old favorites and new discoveries. In the third installment of a daily diary, Barry A. Jeckell, Todd Marten Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW) event is a music festival and…

  20. After Global Breakout, Bloc Party Targets America

    March 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Having played a critical role in the rise of 1990s U.K. indie powerhouse Creation Records, label executive Dick Green has a new international hit in British rock act Bloc Party. Green signed the four-piece to his London-based independent record…

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