1. McMurtry, Cash, Crowell Top Americana Nominees

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT James McMurtry tops the nominees for the fifth annual Americana Honors & Awards, announced yesterday (June 15) in Nashville. McMurtry earned three nominations for album, artist and song of the yea James McMurtry tops the nominees for the fifth annual Americana Honors & Awards,…

  2. Nas Declares 'Hip Hop Is Dead'

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Recent Def Jam signee Nas will deliver his first album for the label, "Hip-Hop Is Dead," in late September. The rapper made the announcement last night (May 18) while performing on the first leg of la Recent Def Jam signee Nas will deliver his first album for the label in late…

  3. Billboard Bits: Rhymefest, Guster/LaMontagne, Bang On A Can

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Rhymefest, Guster/LaMontagne, Bang On A Can Chicago rapper Rhymefest has set July 11 as the new release date for his major-label debut, "Blue Collar," originally due April 18. The disc will be distributed via producer Mark Ronson's Allido/J imprint, and features…

  4. Hayes Digging Stax-Era Retrospective

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Soul man Isaac Hayes' years with Stax Records are collected on the new double-disc set "Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?," released last week. Soul man Isaac Hayes' years with Stax Records are collected on the new double-disc set "Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You…

  5. Billboard Bits: Cream, El Tri, Connick

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Cream, El Tri, Connick Cream's recent live album "Royal Albert Hall London: May 2-3, 5-6" will be released as a triple-vinyl set Dec. 13 via Reprise. The set debuted earlier this month at No. 59 on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 19,000 copies in the United…

  6. 'Sound Of Music' Director Robert Wise Dies

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Robert Wise, a four-time Academy Award winner whose epic 65-year career ranged from editing Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" to directing the quintessential 1960s musical "The Sound of Music" to launching Robert Wise, a four-time Academy Award winner whose epic 65-year…

  7. Top Acts Sign On For VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Some of the biggest names of hip-hop past and present will be on hand for the second VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, to be broadcast on the music channel Sept. 26 from New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Some of the biggest names of hip-hop past and present will be on hand for the second VH1 Hip-Hop…

  8. Bonnie Raitt Readying Fall Tour

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Raitt will be backed on the road by such longtime contributors as bassist Hutch Hutchinson, drummer Ricky Fataar, keyboardist Jon Cleary and guitarist George Marinelli. Bonnie Raitt will begin a fall tour Oct. 5 in Tulsa, Okla., in support of her new album, " Souls Alike ." That set…

  9. This Day in Music

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Gilles Thibault, who co-penned the hit "Comme D'Habitude," which Paul Anka adapted to English as "My Way," dies in Paris of unknown causes. He is 72.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - A van driven by…

  10. New York Dolls Sign With Roadrunner

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After reuniting last year for the first time in decades, seminal underground rock act the New York Dolls has signed a new deal with Roadrunner. After reuniting last year for the first time in decades, seminal underground rock act the New York Dolls has signed a new deal with Roadrunner. The…

  11. This Day in Music

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1985 - </b>No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "A View to a Kill," Duran Duran. It is the first No. 1 hit from a James Bond movie. (Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die" and Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better 2004 - New York Dolls bassist Arthur Kane…

  12. NY Dolls Influence Lives On Via New Film

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT First-time filmmaker Greg Whiteley came to the subject of his documentary feature not as a fan but as a friend of Arthur "Killer" Kane, bassist for the short-lived but influential '70s rock band the N First-time filmmaker Greg Whiteley came to the subject of his documentary…

  13. Dynamic Duo Scores Big With 'Batman Begins'

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pointing to Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Newman's joint credit on "The Egyptian" in 1954, James Newton Howard notes that such collaborations between prominent film composers are rare. Pointing to Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Newman's joint credit on "The Egyptian"…

  14. Connick, Marsalis Team For New Album

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pianist Harry Connick Jr. teams with longtime friend/saxophonist Branford Marsalis on his next album, "Occasion (Connick on Piano, Vol. 2)." Pianist Harry Connick Jr. teams with longtime friend/saxophonist Branford Marsalis on his next album, "Occasion (Connick on Piano, Vol. 2…

  15. Profile: A.B. Quintanilla III And Cruz Martinez

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billbaord.com. It's hard to classify A.B. Quintanilla III and Cruz Martínez, because they are involved in so many aspects of the music industry. They are the founders, leaders and the musical drive behind A.B. Quintanilla III & the Kumbia Kings, one of…

  16. CD/DVD Salutes Bluegrass Fest's 30th

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As the Telluride Bluegrass Festival pulls into its 32nd year, Rounder Records is commemorating the annual event's 30th anniversary with separate CD and DVD releases. As the Telluride Bluegrass Festival pulls into its 32nd year, Rounder Records is commemorating the annual event's…

  17. Jackson Tells Fans 'We Will Be Victorious'

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson made a speakerphone call late yesterday (April 3) to some 200 fans gathered for an event to support him, telling the group, "God and the truth are on our side. We will be victorious." Michael Jackson made a speakerphone call late yesterday (April 3) to some 200 fans…

  18. Slipknot Drummer Launches Label

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Slipknot drummer M. Shawn Crahan, better-known as Clown or #6, has launched his own label, Big Orange Clown Records. Slipknot drummer M. Shawn Crahan, better-known as Clown or #6, has launched his own label, Big Orange Clown Records. The imprint falls under the Sanctuary Records umbrella; its…

  19. Coach Carter

    January 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Like 1989's "Lean On Me," starring Morgan Freeman, "Coach Carter" revolves around academic performance. The film, starring Samuel L. Jackson, is inspired by the story of Richmond, Calif. Like 1989's "Lean On Me," starring Morgan Freeman, "Coach…

  20. Music In The Sundance Spotlight

    December 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music seems to take a bigger role each year at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The Jan. 20-30 independent film showcase will see a slate of eclectic live performances to entertai Music seems to take a bigger role each year at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park…

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