1. Nada Surf Hitting The Road This Fall

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Produced by Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla, "The Weight Is a Gift" is the follow-up to 2003's "Let Go," which debuted at No. 31 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. Indie rock act Nada Surf will hit the road in North America in October in…

  2. Z-Trip Takes 'Shifting Gears' On Tour

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT DJ Z-Trip is gearing up for a six-week North American tour, which will begin with an Aug. 3-7 stand in Los Angeles for ESPN's Summer X-Games and run through Sept. 18 in Tallahassee, Fla. DJ Z-Trip is gearing up for a six-week North American tour, which will begin with an Aug. 3-7 stand…

  3. R. Kelly's 'Reloaded' Clings To No. 1

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly fends off competition to hold onto the top spot on The Billboard 200 for a second week with "TP.3 Reloaded" (Jive). Despite a 71.5% plunge to sales of 139,000 copies in the United States, acc R. Kelly fends off competition to hold onto the top spot on The Billboard 200 for…

  4. Near Mint Debuts With Solo Guitar Compilation

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The first release by new label Near Mint (distributed by Fontana) will be a compilation of acoustic guitar music dubbed "Imaginational Anthem." The first release by new label Near Mint (distributed by Fontana) will be a compilation of acoustic guitar music dubbed "Imaginational…

  5. This Day in Music

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1982 - </b>No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Eye of the Tiger," Survivor. The song is the theme from the film "Rocky III."<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 1999 - In his speech at the 4th annual Plug.In music and technology…

  6. Rhino CD Collects ACL Fest Highlights

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Highlights from last year's Austin City Limits festival are heading to CD late next month via Rhino. Highlights from last year's Austin City Limits festival are heading to CD late next month via Rhino. Due Aug. 30, the eponymous collection rounds up 16 tracks by acts ranging from…

  7. Tunes On TV

    July 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 18-24, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 18 "The View," ABC Featured artist: Frankie J (also scheduled: Suzanne Somers). "Fabulous Life of Snoop Dogg," VH1 Featured artist: Snoop Dogg. "Rock Star: INXS,…

  8. Gretchen Wilson Single Takes Ringtone Route

    July 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cingular Wireless customers are the first to hear the latest single from Gretchen Wilson. The country artist's "All Jacked Up," the title cut of her forthcoming sophomore album, is available as a ring Cingular Wireless customers are the first to hear the latest single from…

  9. Hot Product

    July 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Frank Black Land Of Frank And 'Honey' Pixies vocalist/guitarist Frank Black this week releases his first album in nine years under his own name, "Honeycomb." The 14-track Back Porch set was recorded in Nashville with such veteran sessions musicians as keyboardist Spooner…

  10. HOT PRODUCT

    July 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new releases from the Pixies' Frank Black, Carly Simon, Iggy Pop and more. /bb/hotprod/index.jsp News Frank Black , Iggy Pop , Carly Simon …

  11. Cream Mulling New York Run?

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sources say dates are being "unofficially" held for three concerts at Madison Square Garden in October. On the heels of its early May reunion run at London's Royal Albert Hall, legendary power trio Cream may be crossing the Atlantic for another round of shows this fall. Sources…

  12. LL Cool J Targets Women With Film Deal

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a bid to attract black female moviegoers, Lions Gate Films has signed a multi-picture deal with LL Cool J, whose first project will be an urban version of "Fatal Attraction." In a bid to attract black female moviegoers, Lions Gate Films has signed a multi-picture deal with LL…

  13. Shaggy Changes 'Clothes' On New Album

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Reggae-leaning vocalist Shaggy has set a Sept. 20 release for his sixth album, "Clothes Drop." The Geffen set will be led by the single "Wild 2nite" featuring G-Unit's Olivia, which will be available Reggae-leaning vocalist Shaggy has set a Sept. 20 release for his…

  14. Q&A: Al Kooper

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Only 21 when he became famous for playing the signature organ riffs on Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," Al Kooper has a list of credits that could fill this magazine. He started Blood, Sweat & Tears and discovered, signed…

  15. Ricky Martin Returns With Fat Joe, Amerie

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Latin superstar Ricky Martin is eyeing an October release for his as-yet-untitled new Columbia studio album, his first in English since 2000's "Sound Loaded." Latin superstar Ricky Martin is eyeing an October release for his as-yet-untitled new Columbia studio album, his first…

  16. Carey, Stefani, Peas Maintain Singles Lead

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In the thick of the summer, hit singles from Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani and the Black Eyed Peas remain the most popular in the United States, but a new slate of contenders is on the rise. Carey's "We In the thick of the summer, hit singles from Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani and the…

  17. R. Kelly 'Reloads' At No. 1

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly nabs his fifth No. 1 this week on The Billboard 200 with "TP.3 Reloaded" (Jive). The controversial artist's latest release starts well above the competition with 491,000 U.S. copies, accordin R. Kelly nabs his fifth No. 1 this week on The Billboard 200 with "TP.3…

  18. Ask Billboard

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Foxy Brown, Eric Benet and Kim Wilde. FINALLY FOXY Hello Keith, I'm a big fan of rapper Foxy Brown. I read that her newest album, "Black Roses," will be released Aug. 23. Can you give me any more information? Thanks, Chalvic…

  19. BRMC Hitting The Road This Fall

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will kick off a North American tour Sept. 12 in San Francisco. Rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will kick off a North American tour Sept. 12 in San Francisco. The month-long outing, which will feature support from former Ride frontman Mark Gardener,…

  20. Three-Dozen Rarities Unearthed For Band Box

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Due Sept. 27 via Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing, "A Musical History" will include five audio discs and a DVD featuring a wealth of rare live performance footage. As first tipped here last September, the Band will be the subject of a comprehensive boxed set this fall that will…

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