1. Relatives Of Alleged R. Kelly Victim: She's Not On Tape

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly's lawyers opened his defense today (June 4) in Chicago, calling relatives of the alleged victim to testify that she's not the person in the sex video at the center of the case. R. Kelly's lawyers opened his defense today (June 4) in Chicago, calling relatives of the…

  2. Prosecution Rests In R. Kelly Child Porn Trial

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A star prosecution witness cried today (June 2) as she alleged at R. Kelly's child pornography trial several three-way sexual encounters with the R&B superstar and the alleged victim, some of whic A star prosecution witness cried today (June 2) as she alleged at R. Kelly's child…

  3. This Day in Music

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Montgomery Gentry performs in New York for U.S. troops returning from Iraq as part of the city's 18th annual Fleet Week festivities. The country duo performs onboard the USS Intrepid, a retired 2005 - Montgomery Gentry performs in New York for U.S. troops returning from Iraq as…

  4. Summerbirds In The Cellar

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's rare for a band to be hand-picked by an act as big as R.E.M. to play as an opener, but that's precisely what happened to Summerbirds in the Cellar at South by Southwest this year. It's rare for a band to be hand-picked by an act as big as R.E.M. to play as an opener, but…

  5. The Billboard Q&A: Michael Johns From 'American Idol'

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At 29, Michael Johns made it into the final rounds of "American Idol" at the last possible year he could, due to age constraints. The Aussie sat down with Billboard to discuss his label luck, tennis a At 29, Michael Johns made it into the final rounds of "American Idol" at…

  6. Big Boi Goes To The 'Extreme' On Solo Debut

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT OutKast's Big Boi is putting the finishing touches on his first solo album, "Sir Luscious Left Foot ... Son of Chico Dusty," due later this year via Laface/Zomba. The first single is "Royal Flush" fea OutKast's Big Boi is putting the finishing touches on his…

  7. Billboard Bits: John Mellencamp, Trisha Yearwood, Vanessa Williams/Gretchen Wilson

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT King-Mellencamp musical postponed; Yearwood on the Times bestseller list; Williams, Wilson earn belated degrees The John Mellencamp/Stephen King musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," which, as previously reported , was set to open at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre in April…

  8. This Day in Music

    April 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Erika Jo Heriges, an 18-year-old high school senior, is named the winner of the USA Network talent series "Nashville Star" during a live broadcast from Nashville. Her prizes include a recording 2005 - Erika Jo Heriges, an 18-year-old high school senior, is named the winner of…

  9. 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…

  10. This Day in Music

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is killed in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. Police say Baloi, 39, is shot in the neck as he makes his way home from performing at the Lucit Candle Garde 2004 - Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is killed in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa.…

  11. This Day in Music

    March 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern Jazz Quartet, dies at the age of 80. Lewis, who also worked as a solo performer and recording artist, led the quartet from 2001 - Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern Jazz Quartet,…

  12. India.Arie Launches SoulBird Label

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In partnership with Universal Republic Records, India.Arie is launching a new label, SoulBird Music. In partnership with Universal Republic Records, India.Arie is launching a new label, SoulBird Music. Georgia native Anthony David, a longtime musical colleague of the Grammy-winning singer…

  13. This Day in Music

    March 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Hank Ballard, the R&B star who originated the dance hit "The Twist," dies in L.A. of throat cancer. His age is variously reported as 66 and 75. 2003 - Hank Ballard, the R&B star who originated the dance hit "The Twist," dies in L.A. of throat cancer. His age…

  14. Chart Beat

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Flo Rida's "Elevator," Ray Davies, Paula Abdul and more! GOING UP, PLEASE: "Elevator" by Flo Rida featuring Timbaland takes a 100-28 ride on The Billboard Hot 100, the fastest rise from the anchor position since the week of Feb. 11, 2006, when the "…

  15. Best Bets: 2008 Album Preview (Continued)

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Our coverage of twenty of 2008's most highly-anticipated albums continues with sets due in March through the end of the year. Our coverage of twenty of 2008's most highly-anticipated albums continues with sets due in March through the end of the year. Click here to return to…

  16. This Day in Music

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST - A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sexually harassing a former employee, rejecting four of the five counts brought against the singer. 2002 - A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sexually harassing a former employee, rejecting…

  17. Finishing First: From First To Last

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST With a new singer and label, and a big tour alongside Every Time I Die, it's a new era for post-hardcore band From First To Last. With a new singer and label, and spot on the 2008 Vans Warped Tour, it's a new era for post-hardcore band From First To Last. After the departure of…

  18. Chart Beat Chat

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss The Eagles, kenny Chesney, Jennifer Hudson and more! GOING BY THE BOOK Dear Fred, About four years ago I wrote to you with a prediction that legal digital downloads would eventually help drive the Hot 100, as 45 rpm records once did decades ago. You agreed, and I…

  19. This Day in Music

    January 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Bee Gees keyboardist/bassist Maurice Gibb dies at a Miami Beach hospital. He is 53. He had suffered cardiac arrest three days before prior to undergoing emergency abdominal surgery. 2003 - Bee Gees keyboardist/bassist Maurice Gibb dies at a Miami Beach hospital. He is 53. He had…

  20. 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 -…

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