1. 'Mouse' Hunt

    October 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Daniel Dumile's MF Doom moniker is a nod to Marvel Comics villain Dr. Doom, and when he is alone, he admits, he pretends he is talking to cartoons. Rapper Daniel Dumile's MF Doom moniker is a nod to Marvel Comics villain Dr. Doom, and when he is alone, he admits, he pretends…

  2. This Day in Music

    October 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>On what would have been Beatles frontman John Lennon's 60th birthday, the John Lennon Museum opens to the public. Braving heavy rains, about 1,200 people line up around the museum, locat 2001 - U2 frontman Bono, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, and electronica maven…

  3. Songwriter Warren Inspires ABC Romantic Comedy

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The music of songwriter Diane Warren, who has written hits for such acts as Aerosmith and Celine Dion, has inspired a romantic comedy at ABC. The music of songwriter Diane Warren, who has written hits for such acts as Aerosmith and Celine Dion, has inspired a romantic comedy at ABC. The…

  4. Connick Urges Feds To Rebuild Gulf Coast

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Harry Connick Jr. urged lawmakers yesterday (Oct. 6) to spare no expense in rebuilding New Orleans and making Gulf Coast citizens safe in their homes. Harry Connick Jr. urged lawmakers yesterday (Oct. 6) to spare no expense in rebuilding New Orleans and making Gulf Coast citizens safe in…

  5. José José Honored By Latin Academy

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran performer José José has been selected as the Latin Recording Academy's 2005 person of the year. The honor will be conveyed during at a gala Nov. 1 celebration in Los Angeles, two day Veteran performer José José has been selected as the Latin Recording Academy's 2005 person…

  6. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Discussion of soundtracks, Shakira and more with readers. FROM THE MOVIE OF THE SAME NAME Dear Fred, One trend that I've noticed in recent years is the decline of soundtracks that spawn singles on the charts. Last year, Billboard reported that soundtrack sales were down 33% and there…

  7. Reunion Nearly Complete, Pixies Look Ahead

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With the first phase of its reunion nearly complete, the Pixies have begun contemplating the future. Six shows in Japan are on tap in December, but what will happen afterward is anybody's guess. Guita With the first phase of its reunion nearly complete, the Pixies have begun…

  8. This Day in Music

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>For the first time since 1995, a Garth Brooks album fails to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Brooks' ambitious but puzzling attempt to reinvent himself as an Australian rock s 2000 - Chris LeDoux gets his new liver. The cowboy singer, diagnosed two…

  9. Etheridge, mtvU Surprise UCLA Students

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The 300 UCLA cancer biology students shifted in their seats as they waited for class to begin. The 300 UCLA cancer biology students shifted in their seats as they waited for class to begin. Then came a loud knock on the door and in walked a surprise guest professor -- Melissa Etheridge. "…

  10. Kanye's 'Gold Digger' Still Strong On Billboard Charts

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Despite his album's slow descent through The Billboard 200, Kanye West's "Gold Digger" featuring Jamie Foxx again stays on top of several Billboard charts. For the fifth week in a row, the song is fir Despite his album's slow descent through The Billboard 200, Kanye…

  11. Miri Ben-Ari

    October 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hip-Hop violinist captivates audiences Israeli-born Miri Ben-Ari came to the United States in the late 1990s with no money, no friends and unable to speak English. But the classically trained violinist was determined to make her mark on the music industry. With the release of her album "…

  12. Fiona Rebuilds Musical 'Machine'

    October 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The back story of Fiona Apple's first new album in six years, "Extraordinary Machine," is truly, well, extraordinary. Earlier this year, 11 of Apple's tracks leaked on the Internet, making the rounds The back story of Fiona Apple's first new album in six years, "…

  13. Journey's 'Escape' Tour Due On CD/DVD

    October 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A 1981 Journey concert in Houston that was originally broadcast by the fledgling MTV is headed to CD and DVD as "Live in Houston 1981 -- Escape Tour." A 1981 Journey concert in Houston that was originally broadcast by the fledgling MTV is headed to CD and DVD as "Live in…

  14. U2 Taking Over 'Late Night With Conan'

    October 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In his 12 years in charge of booking musical guests on Conan O'Brien's "Late Night," Jim Pitt always listed U2 and Johnny Cash as the dream artists he'd tried but never succeeded in getting. In his 12 years in charge of booking musical guests on Conan O'Brien&…

  15. Chesney's 'Road' Leads To New Album

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Country superstar Kenny Chesney will release his second studio album of the year, "The Road and the Radio," Nov. 8 via BNA. First single "Who You'd Be Today" jumps 18-13 on the Billboard Hot Country s Country superstar Kenny Chesney will release his second studio…

  16. The Frames Find Focus On North American Tour

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Despite long being hailed as the one of the best live bands American audiences have yet to discover, the Frames frontman Glen Hansard admits he finds such a compliment confusing. Despite long being hailed as the one of the best live bands American audiences have yet to discover, the Frames…

  17. Ask Billboard

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Depeche Mode, En Vogue and Britney Spears. DEPECHE ANGELS Hi Keith, I heard that Depeche Mode will release a brand new single and album this fall. Do you know the release dates in the United States? Thanks for your time, Sebastien Hi…

  18. Q&A: Nikki Sixx

    October 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT It is 2:30 in the afternoon and Mötley Crüe bass player Nikki Sixx is just getting up. He lights his first cigarette of the day. Telephones are ringing in the background. It is 2:30 in the afternoon and Mötley Crüe bass player Nikki Sixx is just getting up. He lights his first cigarette of…

  19. Sugababes, Melua Repeat With U.K. No. 1s

    October 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT British female pop-R&B trio Sugababes scored their fourth No. 1 single as "Push the Button" (Island) went straight to the top of the new U.K. singles chart, published yesterday (Oct. 2). Meanwhile British female pop-R&B trio Sugababes scored their fourth No. 1 single as …

  20. Hot Product

    October 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Twista/Trina Do The Twist Atlantic labelmates Twista and Trina storm back this week with new albums. Twista's "The Day After" is led by first single "Girl Tonite" featuring Trey Songz. The cut is No. 12 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album…

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