1. Decemberists Push The Envelope On 'Crane Wife'

    June 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Decemberists' upcoming album, "The Crane Wife," is thematically based on a tragic Japanese folk tale, but band leader Colin Meloy promises a fair dose of rock'n'roll, rape, murder and violence as The Decemberists' upcoming album, "The Crane Wife,"…

  2. Underground Garage

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Little Steven's Underground Garage column, produced exclusively for Billboard. The charts are a combination of airplay from the Underground Garage format and coolness. ELO, Kiddies, Cheap Trick shows the world what the word legendary is all about by capturing our Coolest Song in the…

  3. Jerry Lewis Feeling 'Nutty' On Broadway

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jerry Lewis, who brought the "The Nutty Professor" to life on the big screen in 1963, has a wacky new scheme: staging the film as a Broadway musical. Jerry Lewis, who brought the "The Nutty Professor" to life on the big screen in 1963, has a wacky new scheme: staging the…

  4. Billboard Bits: Dirty Pretty Things, Dulli/Lanegan, Chuck Berry

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Dirty Pretty Things, Dulli/Lanegan, Chuck Berry "Waterloo to Anywhere," the debut album from ex-Libertines principal Carl Barat's new band Dirty Pretty Things, will be released Aug. 1 in North America via Interscope. The set has been out since last month internationally…

  5. Lofgren Goes It Alone On Tour

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT At 54, with nearly 38 years of touring and recording behind him, Nils Lofgren says, "I'm just trying to start over." At 54, with nearly 38 years of touring and recording behind him, Nils Lofgren says, "I'm just trying to start over." The singer, songwriter and…

  6. This Day in Music

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>The Oak Ridge Boys receive the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America in Boston. The awards recognizes distinguished service to youth.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - U2 frontman Bono tries to persuade European…

  7. Memories Of Montreux

    May 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As the Montreux Jazz Festival marks its 40th anniversary June 30-July 15, Billboard asked musicians and executives for their memories of Montreux and its illustrious founder, Claude Nobs. As the Montreux Jazz Festival marks its 40th anniversary June 30-July 15, Billboard asked musicians and…

  8. Billboard Bits: R&B Foundation Awards, Fruitgum Co, Blue October

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Soul singers Ashford & Simpson, Jerry Butler and singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt are among the stable of presenters for the 14th R&B Foundation Pioneer Awards. Hosted by Smokey Robinson and Patt Soul singers Ashford & Simpson, Jerry Butler and singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt are among…

  9. Billboard Bits: Avenged Sevenfold, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Staind

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Avenged Sevenfold joins Ozzfest, Lynyrd Skynyrd off the road and Staind plays Indy 500. Avenged Sevenfold has filled the final slot for this summer's Ozzfest tour. The group will join previously announced bands System Of A Down, Disturbed, Hatebreed and Lacuna Coil on the tour's…

  10. Styx Teams With Youth Orchestra

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rock act Styx will take the stage May 25 with Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra as part of the Rock the Orchestra series at the Blossom Music Center. Veteran rock act Styx will take the stage May 25 with Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra as part of the Rock the…

  11. 20OnTV

    May 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 15-21, 2006. MONDAY, MAY 15 “The Early Show,” CBS Featured artist(s): Harry Connick Jr. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Syndicated Featured artist(s): Kanye West, Stomp (also scheduled: Howie Mandel). “The View,” ABC Featured artist(s): Jewel (also scheduled: Jim…

  12. Time Life Boxes Up Jerry Lee Lewis

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jerry Lee Lewis will inaugurate Time Life's "Legends of American Music" with the three-disc boxed set "Jerry Lee Lewis: A Half Century of Hits." Jerry Lee Lewis will inaugurate Time Life's "Legends of American Music" with the three-disc boxed set "…

  13. Wire Revisits, Reissues Classic Albums

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nearly 30 years after its formation, influential rock act Wire has reissued back-to-the-basics CD versions of its first three albums and bundled them with a pair of live discs as a special edition box Nearly 30 years after its formation, influential rock act Wire has reissued back-to-the…

  14. Chart Beat

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jewel's latest becomes her fifth studio set to reach the top 10, plus Nelly, Texas Lightning and the 'Idol' effect. 'WONDERLAND' BOOGIES: Lewis Carroll's novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" has served as inspiration for a number of songs. The…

  15. Sonic Youth Launching Summer Tour At CBGB

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sonic Youth will launch its summer tour with a June 13 show at legendary New York rock club CBGB, marking its first appearance at the venue since 1992. The group's new studio album, "Rather Ripped," w Sonic Youth will launch its summer tour with a June 13 show at legendary New…

  16. This Day in Music

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>A fire damages R&B legend James Brown's office in Augusta, Ga. It turns out to be no accident, as, a week later investigators find a fire accelerant in several locations in the build 2005 - E.Y. "Yip" Harburg _ writer of such well known songs as …

  17. Chart Beat

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ann Nesby, Dixie Chicks return to the charts, plus news on Daniel Powter and Nick Lachey. PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR GRANDMA: It was a double dose of good news for singer Ann Nesby this week. Moments after finding out that her granddaughter Paris Bennett had survived being in the bottom two…

  18. Billboard Bits: Jerry Lee Lewis, ACM Awards, Bee Gees

    April 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Jerry Lee Lewis, ACM Awards, Bee Gees Originally expected in February 2005 via DreamWorks Nashville, a long-in-the-works, star-studded album from rock legend Jerry Lewis has shifted to Columbia. "Redemption" is due in September and features guest appearances from Eric…

  19. Atlantic Unearths Unheard 'Soul'

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic Records' soul pioneers of the 1960s and 1970s will be in the spotlight on two single-disc compilations due June 6 from Rhino. Atlantic Records' soul pioneers of the 1960s and 1970s will be in the spotlight on two single-disc compilations due June 6 from Rhino. "…

  20. ON TV

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 24-30, 2006. MONDAY, APRIL 24 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist(s): Bruce Springsteen. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist(s): Elton John (also scheduled: Kim Raver). "American Chopper: Billy Joel Bike,…

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