1. McGraw Unveils New Tracks For 2nd Hits Set

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST During a visit to Nashville radio station WSIX this morning (Feb. 28), Tim McGraw premiered a pair of new songs that will appear on the forthcoming compilation "Tim McGraw Reflected: Hits Vol. 2," due During a visit to a Nashville radio station this morning (Feb. 28), Tim McGraw…

  2. Billboard Bits: Richard Ashcroft, John Fahey, Sia

    February 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Richard Ashcroft, John Fahey, Sia Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft's third solo album, "Keys to the World," will see belated North American release March 21 via Virgin. The set has been out since last month in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at No. 2 on the…

  3. 'Words' Worth Hearing

    February 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST After landing at No. 1 as co-writer of Mario's 2004 smash "Let Me Love You," R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is poised to hit the top of the charts as an artist After landing at No. 1 as co-writer of Mario's 2004 smash "Let Me Love You," R&B singer/songwriter…

  4. Morrissey Claims Investigation By U.S., U.K. Intelligence

    February 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Morrissey claims the United States and British intelligence officials have interviewed him after he criticized U.S. President George W. Bush, the war in Iraq and the British government in recent years Morrissey claims the United States and British intelligence officials have interviewed him…

  5. Diddy Finishing Album, Eyeing Tour

    February 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST While he has great marquee value, Sean "Diddy" Combs does not have an extensive touring history. While he has great marquee value, Sean "Diddy" Combs does not have an extensive touring history. The artist is hoping to change that after signing with the William Morris…

  6. Bono, Geldof Among Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

    February 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof were nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize along with Indonesia's president, a former U.S. secretary of state and a Finnish peacemaker. Geldof was nominated for organ Rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof were nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize along with…

  7. Junkie XL Revels In 'Today' On New Album

    February 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST In-demand producer/artist Junkie XL has wrapped his next studio album, "Today," which will be released April 18 via Ultra Records in North America. In-demand producer/artist Junkie XL has wrapped his next studio album, "Today," which will be released April 18 via Ultra…

  8. Ask Billboard

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Answers to readers' questions about Prince, Sade, Enya and Andrew Seeley. THE ARTIST'S ULTIMATE? Hi Keith I just recently read online about a new Prince 'best of' album coming out this year. Is this confirmed? What is the tracklist? Will it feature any unreleased material?…

  9. Dulli's Twilight Singers 'Burn' For New CD

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST After numerous delays, former Afghan Whigs leader Greg Dulli has finished his fourth album under the Twilight Singers moniker. The 12-track "Powder Burns" will be released May 16 via One Little Indian After numerous delays, former Afghan Whigs leader Greg Dulli has finished his…

  10. Sweet, Hoffs Team Up For '60s Covers Fest

    February 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Veteran power-pop singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet and Bangles crooner Susanna Hoffs may not seem to the casual fan like the perfect pairing for a duets album. Veteran power-pop singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet and Bangles crooner Susanna Hoffs may not seem to the casual fan like the perfect…

  11. Monkeying Around

    February 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST In the space of a few months in 2005, the four 19-year-olds in Arctic Monkeys rose from being an unsigned outfit with a dedicated fan base to a U.K. singles chart-topper receiving widespread critical In the space of a few months in 2005, the four 19-year-olds in Arctic Monkeys rose from being…

  12. This Day in Music

    February 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>Robert Smith of the Cure does battle with the forces of musical evil as embodied by a monstrous Barbra Streisand on the animated television show South Park.<br clear="none"/><br clear="n 2003 - Country singer Johnny Paycheck, best known for…

  13. Chart Beat

    February 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson's 'Curious' No. 1, Carrie Underwood's lengthy country run, plus Pink, Wisin and Yandel and other chart tibits. THE MONKEY TIME: Jack Johnson's fourth chart entry on The Billboard 200 is his first to reach pole position. Entering the chart at No. 1 is …

  14. LL Cool J Reveals 'Todd Smith' On New Album

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST March 21 has been set as the release date for LL Cool J's 12th Def Jam album, "Todd Smith." His first self-titled affair features guest appearances by Mary J. Blige, 112, Ginuwine, Freeway and Juelz S March 21 has been set as the release date for LL Cool J's 12th Def Jam…

  15. This Day in Music

    February 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1983 - </b>Pianist Eubie Blake dies at the age of 100.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Country singer/songwriter Sammi Smith dies in Oklahoma City after an extended illness. She is 61. Smith took the Kris Kristofferson-penned "…

  16. Chart Beat

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Manilow taking 1950s songs to No. 1, Underwood extending her country reign and Bent Fabric returning to the Billboard charts are just a few of this week's chart-tastic stories. UNCHAINED MELODIES: You can't beat the songs of the '50s and no one did this week. Barry Manilow'…

  17. Joseph Arthur Readies Three New Albums

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST One new album, dubbed "Invisible Parade," is already finished, having been recorded in 10 days in Berlin. With his song "In the Sun" the centerpiece of a digital charity EP spearheaded by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur is in various stages…

  18. This Day in Music

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>With a total of six prizes, Son By Four are the big winners at the annual Premios Lo Nuestro Awards, held at the James L. Knight Center in Miami.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Legendary Hammond B-3 organ player Jimmy Smith…

  19. Jack Black To Host Kids' Choice Awards

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Actor/musician/comedian Jack Black will add "kids' show host" to his many titles later this spring when he helms Nickelodeon's annual Kids' Choice Awards. Actor/musician/comedian Jack Black will add "kids' show host" to his many titles later this spring…

  20. Verlaine Comes 'Around' With Two New CDs

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST "Around," a 16-track set in the vein of the 1992 instrumental album "Warm and Cool," and "Songs and Other Things," Verlaine's first "vocal" release since 1990's "The Wonder," will arrive in late April As tipped here in July,…

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