1. Billboard Bits: Les Paul, Animal Collective

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Slash, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons, James Burton, the Ventures, Jennifer Batten, Dennis Coffey, Lenny Kaye, Steve Lukather, Barbara Lynn and Alannah Myles have signed on for a Billboard Bits: Les Paul, Animal Collective Slash, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora,…

  2. Naughty By Nature Reunites For New Album

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's turning into a good year for Naughty By Nature. In addition to being one of the five honorees on VH1's recent "Hip-Hop Honors" special, the hip-hop trio has reunited to record a new album set for It's turning into a good year for Naughty By Nature. In addition to…

  3. Letters To Cleo Reuniting For Short Tour

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Boston-based rock outfit Letters To Cleo will reunite after an eight-year hiatus for four shows this fall. Boston-based rock outfit Letters To Cleo will reunite after an eight-year hiatus for four shows this fall. Original members Kay Hanley (vocals), Greg McKenna and Michael Eisenstein …

  4. MacKaye, Moore Debate Indie Issues In Brooklyn

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fugazi frontman/Dischord Records founder Ian MacKaye and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore took questions from a packed audience at the Brooklyn Book Fair yesterday (Sept. 14) ... Fugazi frontman/Dischord Records founder Ian MacKaye and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore took questions from a…

  5. This Day in Music

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - British R&B artist "Long John" Baldry dies in Vancouver after battling a chest infection for four months. He is 64. Having begun his career playing folk and jazz in the late 1950s, Baldry w 2005 - British R&B artist "Long John" Baldry dies in Vancouver after…

  6. Rapper Q Signs To Dupri's TAG Records

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MC Q will be the first artist on the burgeoning TAG label, which is headed by Island Urban president Jermaine Dupri. MC Q will be the first artist on the burgeoning TAG label, which is headed by Island Urban president Jermaine Dupri. Q, born Kareem Savage, was a former member of Da Franchise…

  7. Chart Beat: Katy Perry, Leona Lewis, Coldplay

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Katy Perry, the first rock song, Leona Lewis and more! TIME FOR A CHANGE? Dear Fred, It is a significant achievement that Katy Perry has achieved the rock era's 1000th Number One single on the Billboard pop charts with "I Kissed A Girl," which -…

  8. This Day in Music

    June 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Kanye West emerges a double winner at the 2005 BET Awards, picking up statuettes for best male hip-hop artist and video of the year for "Jesus Walks." 2005 - Kanye West emerges a double winner at the 2005 BET Awards, picking up statuettes for best male hip-hop artist and…

  9. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2006 - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., as he…

  10. Phil Spector Engineer Larry Levine Dies

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Larry Levine, the recording engineer who helped Phil Spector re-invent rock'n'roll with his "Wall of Sound" technique and won a Grammy for his work with Herb Alpert, died on his 80th birthday. Larry Levine, the recording engineer who helped Phil Spector re-invent rock'…

  11. Chart Beat Chat

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss downloads, Leona Lewis, Fergie and more! DOWNLOADABLE, BUT WHEN? Hi Fred, I look forward to Chart Beat and Chart Beat Chat every week! Who determines when a song is made available for paid download? Once a song is selected as a single, are there factors that…

  12. Chart Beat Chat

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss The Billboard Hot 100, Leona Lewis, Paul Davis (R.I.P.) and more! NO COUNTRY FOR HOT 100? Fred, I love your books and Chart Beat, just wish you were in print again. You say the Hot 100 is based on airplay and sales, so explain how country songs with no sales can…

  13. This Day in Music

    April 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Italian singer Alex Baroni is declared dead at the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome. He is 36. Baroni had been in a coma since March 19, following a motorcycle accident in Rome. 2002 - Italian singer Alex Baroni is declared dead at the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome. He is 36. Baroni had…

  14. This Day in Music

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Carrie Underwood is the top winner at the CMT Music Awards, landing two of the three awards for which she is nominated. Meanwhile, Keith Urban takes home the evening's top prize, video of the y 2006 - Carrie Underwood is the top winner at the CMT Music Awards, landing two of the…

  15. Beck, Wilco, Panic Set For Outside Lands Fest

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Beck, Wilco, Widespread Panic and Primus lead the new additions to the lineup for the first Outside Lands festival, which will be held Aug. 22-24 at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. As previously rep Beck, Wilco, Widespread Panic and Primus lead the new additions to the lineup for the…

  16. This Day in Music

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Southern rock vocalist Danny Joe Brown dies of complications from diabetes at his home in Florida. He is 53. A Jacksonville, Fla., native, Brown was best known for his work with Molly Hatchet, 2005 - Southern rock vocalist Danny Joe Brown dies of complications from diabetes at his home…

  17. Sasquatch! Snags R.E.M., Cure, Lips, Death Cab

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST R.E.M., the Cure, Flaming Lips, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse and M.I.A. lead the bill for the 2008 Sasquatch! Music Festival, to be held May 24-26 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Wash. R.E.M., the Cure, Flaming Lips, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse and M.I.A. lead the bill for the…

  18. Lil' Kim Parts Ways With Atlantic

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rapper Lil' Kim has left Atlantic Records and intends to release her upcoming as-yet-untitled album independently. Rapper Lil' Kim has left Atlantic Records and intends to release her upcoming as-yet-untitled album independently. On DJ Kay Slay's Sirius Satellite Radio show …

  19. The Royal Albert Hall Project / Jan. 12, 2008 / New York (World Financial Center)

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST In 1966 at London's Royal Albert Hall, Bob Dylan famously plugged in with a band called the Hawks (soon to become the Band) and was met with hisses, boos and curses of "Judas." Luckily, the crowd at N In 1966 at London's Royal Albert Hall, Bob Dylan famously plugged in…

  20. This Day in Music

    January 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Spain's Alex Ubago and Colombia's Juanes sweep the sixth Premios Amigo awards in Madrid. Ubago wins for best male solost, new Spanish artist, and best album. Jaunes wins for Latin solo artist, 2003 - Spain's Alex Ubago and Colombia's Juanes sweep the sixth Premios…

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