1. Duran Duran Itching To Hit The Studio

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT While continuing to support the 2004 comeback Epic album "Astronaut," veteran British rock act Duran Duran is planning to begin work this summer on its follow-up studio set. Keyboardist Nick Rhodes te While continuing to support the 2004 comeback Epic album "Astronaut,"…

  2. The Dears Dabbling In Love On New Album

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Dears frontman Murray A. Lightburn is already preparing for the potential backlash that could stem from the Montreal-based band's next album featuring a few more rays of sunshine than its forlorn The Dears frontman Murray A. Lightburn is already preparing for the potential backlash…

  3. CHART BEAT CHAT

    June 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. WHAT'S NEW, PUSSYCAT DOLLS? Fred, I noticed the 17-spot move that the Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" took to No. 19 [on Billboard's Hot 100' this week and in my curiosity to see what prompted this move, reviewed its…

  4. Q&A: Carrie Underwood

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In front of some 30 million viewers, Carrie Underwood went from being a small town girl from Checotah, Okla., to the latest "American Idol." While in New York this week, Underwood took some time to ta In front of some 30 million viewers, Carrie Underwood went from being a small town…

  5. Cursive Ties Up 'Loose Ends'

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nebraska-based indie rock outfit Cursive has rounded up 12 rare and unreleased tracks for "The Difference Between Houses and Homes (Lost Songs and Loose Ends 1995-2001." Nebraska-based indie rock outfit Cursive has rounded up 12 rare and unreleased tracks for "The Difference…

  6. CHART BEAT

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Mariah Carey, Cowboy Troy, Sugarland, Holland-Dozier-Holland and Roxette. 'TOGETHER' ALONE: From Aug. 4,1990, the week she hit No. 1 for the first time on Billboard's Hot 100 (with "Vision of Love"), Mariah Carey…

  7. 'Hollaback' Has Singles Chart Staying Power

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback" has again fended off all comers to remain the No. 1 single in the United States. For a fourth consecutive week, the cut tops Billboard's Hot 100, as well as the Pop 100 and Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback" has again fended off all comers…

  8. Wallflowers Bloom Again

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The Wallflowers' fifth album, "Rebel, Sweetheart" (Interscope), out May 24, explores themes of acceptance and hope. Numerous tracks focus on enduring one's lot in life and, at the same time, are tinged with the belief that…

  9. Witness: Rowe Described Jackson As Sociopath

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A sheriff's investigator testified today (May 3) in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial that ex-wife Deborah Rowe privately described the pop star as a sociopath and said they had a "plan" to al A sheriff's investigator testified today (May 3) in Michael Jackson…

  10. This Day in Music

    May 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>A record 50,000 fans turn out for the fifth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., headlined by Radiohead and the Cure. 2004 - A record 50,000 fans turn out for the fifth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., headlined by…

  11. Def Leppard Covers Up, Hits The Road

    April 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran pop/metal outfit Def Leppard is showing no signs of slowing down, as evidenced by its jam-packed summer/fall schedule. Veteran pop/metal outfit Def Leppard is showing no signs of slowing down, as evidenced by its jam-packed summer/fall schedule. First up is a double-disc career…

  12. Anastasio Plots Big Easy Super Jam

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Trey Anastasio will anchor the annual SuperJam as part of the ninth annual Superfly during Jazzfest series in New Orleans. Trey Anastasio will anchor the annual SuperJam as part of the ninth annual Superfly during Jazzfest series in New Orleans. The event will be held April 30 at the city&…

  13. Ex-Kyuss Singer Resurfaces In Hermano

    April 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With Queens Of The Stone Age tearing up the charts, fans have been left wondering what Josh Homme's former bandmates in Kyuss are doing. With Queens Of The Stone Age tearing up the charts, fans have been left wondering what Josh Homme's former bandmates in Kyuss are doing. The band&…

  14. Redemption Songs

    April 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT One of the best trends to come along recently in Christian music is the re-emergence of the hymn. One of the best trends to come along recently in Christian music is the re-emergence of the hymn. On this engaging disc, rock act Jars of Clay serve up a rootsy, organic take on such gems as …

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. PAID FOR PLAY Dear Fred, Does an artist receive royalties every time a single is played on the air? If so, how much is each play worth? Are higher royalties paid by radio stations with larger listener impressions? What percentage of the…

  16. Fever for the Bayou

    April 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Louisiana blues player Tab Benoit has been prolifically knocking out albums since his 1992 debut disc, "Nice & Warm," and his rise to prominence has been just as impressive. Louisiana blues player Tab Benoit has been prolifically knocking out albums since his 1992 debut disc, …

  17. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. Dear Readers, Something unusual happened this week: For the first time since "Chart Beat Chat" was introduced nine years ago, I didn't find any e-mails that merited inclusion in this column. Oh, I had plenty of e-mail. A…

  18. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (March 28-April 3, 2005).

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (March 28-April 3, 2005). KIDS CHOOSE: It's interesting that the choices of children are really only lauded once a year, seeing as their whims control much of what entertainment is produced and consumed these days. Nonetheless,…

  19. Hot Product

    March 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Will Smith Fresh Prince Among Thieves Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost and Found," his first new album in three years. Due this week, the set is Smith's first for Interscope since parting ways with Columbia, which…

  20. Duran Duran Not Giving Up On 'Astronaut'

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Despite lukewarm sales for highly anticipated reunion album, "Astronaut," the members of Duran Duran aren't about to give up on the Epic disc. Despite lukewarm sales for highly anticipated reunion album, "Astronaut," the members of Duran Duran aren't about to…

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