1. It's Me Again

    April 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tweet's unmistakable alto and lyrically driven songs were the key attractions on her debut, "Southern Hummingbird." That album spawned the tongue-in-cheek hit "Oops (Oh My)." Those same talents are in Tweet's unmistakable alto and lyrically driven songs were the…

  2. Billboard Bits: Diamond, Mellencamp, Jewel & More

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Neil Diamond/Rick Rubin, John Mellencamp, Jewel, Cary/Cockrell Pop legend Neil Diamond is collaborating with producer Rick Rubin on a new studio album, sources have confirmed to Billboard.com. The as-yet-untitled set will be Diamond's first album of original material since 2001&…

  3. ODB To Live On Via Remix Project

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fans of late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard will have a chance to intersect with his legacy by entering the contest "ODB Forever: the Remix Project." Fans of late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard will have a chance to intersect with his legacy by entering the contest "ODB Forever:…

  4. Lollapalooza Promises 70 Bands On Five Stages

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Additional details have come to light about this year's scaled-down version of Lollapalooza, which, as previously reported, will be held July 23-24 in Chicago's Grant Park. According to the event's of Additional details have come to light about this year's scaled-down…

  5. Billboard Bits: Teenage Fanclub, Cowboy Junkies & More

    March 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Teenage Fanclub, Cowboy Junkies & More Veteran Scottish rock outfit Teenage Fanclub has signed with Merge, which will release the new album "Man-Made" on June 7. The 12-track set was recorded by John McEntire (Tortoise, the Sea & Cake) at his Soma Electronic Studio…

  6. Master P Pleads Not Guilty To Gun Charges

    March 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rapper Master P and his brother pleaded not guilty yesterday (March 30) to a felony charge of carrying unregistered loaded guns. Rapper Master P and his brother pleaded not guilty yesterday (March 30) to a felony charge of carrying unregistered loaded guns. The 37-year-old artist, whose real…

  7. Joplin's Old Band Hunts For New 'Pearl'

    March 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sam Andrew will soon embark on what mildly might be called a challenging task: to replace his rock band's long-dead singer -- Janis Joplin. Sam Andrew will soon embark on what mildly might be called a challenging task: to replace his rock band's long-dead singer -- Janis Joplin.…

  8. O'Connor Recording Reggae In Kingston

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Irish vocalist Sinead O'Connor is in Jamaica recording a reggae album with some of the country's leading musicians. The artist has been in Kingston since last week working on tracks for the album, co- Irish vocalist Sinead O'Connor is in Jamaica recording a reggae album with…

  9. 50's 'Massacre' Holds Steady At No. 1

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Cent's "The Massacre" continues to slaughter The Billboard 200 competition this week with a fourth straight week on top. The Shady/Aftermath/Interscope set moved 329,000 copies in the United States 50 Cent's "The Massacre" continues to slaughter The Billboard…

  10. Master P, Brother Booked On Gun Charges

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rapper Master P and his brother were charged yesterday (March 28) with carrying unregistered loaded guns. Rapper Master P and his brother were charged yesterday (March 28) with carrying unregistered loaded guns. The 37-year-old rapper, whose real name is Percy Robert Miller, was arrested…

  11. New White Stripes Album Due In June

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rock duo the White Stripes will release their next studio album on June 14 via Third Man/V2. Rock duo the White Stripes will release their next studio album on June 14 via Third Man/V2. The as-yet-untitled set was recently recorded in the group's Detroit home base. It will be the follow…

  12. 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…

  13. Hot Product

    March 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: R&B quartet 112's "Pleasure & Pain" (Def Soul/Def Jam) Former Toad The Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips' Lost Highway debut, "Winter Pays for Summer," featuring guest spots from Ben…

  14. Songwriter Faces Penalty In Xzibit Case

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST An aspiring Philadelphia songwriter faces a stiff penalty for filing a lawsuit in which he claimed that he created the beat for a track on Xzibit's platinum-selling album "Restless." An aspiring Philadelphia songwriter faces a stiff penalty for filing a lawsuit in which he…

  15. A Q&A With Merle Haggard

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Grammy Award winner, Country Music Hall of Famer, the Poet of the Common Man, Merle Haggard for many is country music. And while his accomplishments in the genre are second to none, Haggard is still a risk-taking live performer and remains…

  16. Westerberg Rounds Up His 'Best'

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Paul Westerberg's post-Replacements career will be the subject of the upcoming compilation "Besterberg." As tipped here last month, Paul Westerberg's post-Replacements career will be the subject of the upcoming compilation "Besterberg." Due May 17 via Rhino, the…

  17. Motown Classics Get Modern Updates

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST The 15-track set will be augmented on the same day by "Motown Unmixed," featuring the original versions of the source material for the remix project. As first revealed here in January, a host of Motown classics have been remixed for the aptly named "Motown Remixed"…

  18. Belle & Sebastian Compiles 'Old' EPs

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Belle & Sebastian has rounded up all seven of its EP and single releases for the compilation "Push Barman To Open Old Wounds." Belle & Sebastian has rounded up all seven of its EP and single releases for the compilation "Push Barman To Open Old Wounds." Due May 24…

  19. Hot Product

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Queens Of The Stone Age Stone Cold Queens Of The Stone Age tapped into the post-millennial modern rock zeitgeist with their 2002 breakthrough "Songs for the Deaf," a collection of brutally loud, utterly thrilling sonic salvos threaded with mock DJ voice-overs for nonexistent radio…

  20. Hot Product

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ozzy Osbourne 'Prince' Among Thieves A 10-track disc of cover songs is the gem inside Epic's four-disc Ozzy Osbourne box set, "Prince of Darkness." Among the tracks tackled on the "Under Covers" disc is a version of Mountain's "Mississippi Queen,…

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