1. Mariah, Paula, 'Idols' Join Jackson's 'Club'

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Randy Jackson has a busy first quarter ahead of him. Not only will the musician/producer be returning to the stage this week as a judge on "American Idol," but come March 11, the musician/producer wil Randy Jackson has a busy first quarter ahead of him. Not only will the musician…

  2. Chesney Ramps Up Stadium Dates For '08 Tour

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kenny Chesney will play 14 stadiums this summer on his 2008 Poets & Pirates tour, the most yet for country's top touring artist. The first stadium on Chensey's route is Williams Brice Stadium in C Kenny Chesney will play 14 stadiums this summer on his 2008 Poets & Pirates…

  3. This Day in Music

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Spencer Dryden, the drummer for legendary rock band the Jefferson Airplane, dies of cancer at his home in Petaluma, Calif. He was 66. 2005 - Spencer Dryden, the drummer for legendary rock band the Jefferson Airplane, dies of cancer at his home in Petaluma, Calif. He was 66. 2005 -…

  4. Jackson Pens 'Bullet-Proof' Tunes For New Album

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Joe Jackson says that working in a trio format for his forthcoming album, "Rain," is part of a long-held desire "to see ... how big a sound can you get from the absolute minimum resources, and just ho Joe Jackson says that working in a trio format for his forthcoming album, …

  5. Aly & AJ Writing New Songs, Plot Films

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Aly & AJ are still "in deep with 'Insomniatic'," according to older sister Alyson Renae Michalka, but the sibling pop duo has its third album already in its crosshairs. Aly & AJ are still "in deep with 'Insomniatic'," according to older sister…

  6. LaVette 'Vindicated' By Grammy Nomination

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST For Bettye LaVette, a Grammy nomination is "very satisfying and very exciting." And more. For Bettye LaVette, a Grammy nomination is "very satisfying and very exciting." And more. "I feel vindicated," the R&B veteran tells Billboard.com about the Grammy nod…

  7. The Walkmen Nine Songs Into New Album

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST If all goes as planned, the Walkmen will wrap up the recording of their fifth album this month, in time for a spring release. If all goes as planned, the Walkmen will wrap up the recording of their fifth album this month, in time for a spring release. "We're all really pumped about…

  8. Crowes, Black Keys, Bun B Set For SXSW

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Black Crowes, the Black Keys, UGK rapper Bun and R.E.M. are among the names newly confirmed to appear at the 2008 South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. They join previously announced per The Black Crowes, the Black Keys, UGK rapper Bun and R.E.M. are among the names newly…

  9. This Day in Music

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Bono and the Edge aren't on hand to rub shoulders on stage with Ashlee Simpson, Kelly Clarkson and Trace Adkins, but U2 do have a presence during the FedEx Orange Bowl 2005 National Championshi 2005 - Bono and the Edge aren't on hand to rub shoulders on stage with Ashlee…

  10. Rusted Root Recharges For First Album Since '02

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rusted Root is getting ready to hit a Pittsburgh studio to record its first album of new material in more than five years. Rusted Root is getting ready to hit a Pittsburgh studio to record its first album of new material in more than five years. Singer/percussionist Liz Berlin tells Billboard…

  11. Flipper Drafts Novoselic For New Album

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fifteen years since its last studio album, influential punk outfit Flipper is up and running once more. Fifteen years since its last studio album, influential punk outfit Flipper is up and running once more. "I think that we're 99% there, if not done," drummer Steve DePace…

  12. Ask Billboard

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Keith answers readers' questions on Nicole Scherzinger, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Hello Keith! I have been a loyal fan of Billboard since…

  13. Death Cab Throwing A 'Curve Ball' On New Album

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST To follow its 2005 mainstream breakthrough, "Plans," Death Cab For Cutie opted to record live to analog tape with as few overdubs as possible. The outcome: "a sampling of the most uptempo, upbeat Deat To follow its 2005 mainstream breakthrough, "Plans," Death Cab For…

  14. Five TV Shows To Enrich The Ears In '08

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST TV is generally concerned with winning the eyes of an audience, but ears can be just as important these days. Network and cable shows continue to put a premium on the music behind the stories, with in TV is generally concerned with winning the eyes of an audience, but ears can be just as…

  15. This Day in Music

    January 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST - No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani accepts the marriage proposal of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. 2002 - No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani accepts the marriage proposal of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. 2002 - Veteran rock guitarist Eric Clapton marries Melia McEnery, his 25-year-old…

  16. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quickly sco 2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is…

  17. This Day in Music

    December 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry stalwarts feted in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Stewart is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for se 2006 - Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry stalwarts feted…

  18. Be Your Own Pet Preps Sophomore Album

    December 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The members of Be Your Own Pet are just now breaching their 20s, but time has been good so far for the Nashville-based post-punk troupe. The members of Be Your Own Pet are just now breaching their 20s, but time has been good so far for the Nashville-based post-punk troupe. The quartet is…

  19. The Billboard Q&A: Chris Daughtry

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Chris Daughtry sounds a bit bleary the day after the recent American Music Awards, and for good reason. Chris Daughtry sounds a bit bleary the day after the recent American Music Awards, and for good reason. "Oh, yeah, we all celebrated," he promises, still basking in the glow of…

  20. Dwele Savors Grammy Nod, Preps New Album

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST R&B singer Dwele says he's "on schedule, pretty much" for his third album, the follow-up to 2005's "Some Kinda...," which he hopes to release in late March on Koch. R&B singer Dwele says he's "on schedule, pretty much" for his third album,…

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