1. Biz Veterans Debate Cult Of Celebrity

    October 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For recording artists who have captured the public's interest not with their talent but mostly with their offstage personal affairs, today's culture of celebrity can be both a blessing and a curse. For recording artists who have captured the public's interest not with their…

  2. The Posies / Sept. 29, 2005 / New York (Bowery Ballroom)

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Posies aren't exactly young anymore -- Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer have been playing together since the '80s. They've broken up and reformed, they both have other jobs and they just ended a seve The Posies aren't exactly young anymore -- Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer…

  3. J.D. Fortune Named New INXS Singer

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After a 13-week public audition, J.D. Fortune has been named the new frontman of rock group INXS. After a 13-week public audition, J.D. Fortune has been named the new frontman of rock group INXS. The one-time homeless singer was selected by the band from a field of 15 that had been whittled…

  4. Prine, Miller Top Americana Awards

    September 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran roots music artists Buddy Miller and John Prine took the top honors at the Americana Music Association's fourth annual Americana Honors & Awards, held Sept. 9 at Nashville's Ryman Auditori Veteran roots music artists Buddy Miller and John Prine took the top honors at the…

  5. Top Acts Set For New York Katrina Benefit

    September 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New York's Madison Square Garden will be the site of a Sept. 20 benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina, dubbed "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy." The show will pair a variety of top acts with som New York's Madison Square Garden will be the site of a Sept. 20 benefit…

  6. Emmys Have A New Beat With 'Idol' Package

    September 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Call it a contest within a kudo-cast. In an effort to add some pizzazz to the Sept. 18 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, producers plan to stage an "Emmy Idol" competition that calls for stars ranging f Call it a contest within a kudo-cast. In an effort to add some pizzazz to the Sept…

  7. Billboard Bits: Alex Chilton, Nellie McKay, DMB

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Alex Chilton, Nellie McKay, DMB Big Star vocalist/guitarist Alex Chilton has been rescued from New Orleans, according to the group's longtime producer, Terry Manning. Chilton's specific whereabouts at this point are unknown, but several friends report that he is now safe…

  8. Model Beckford Sues Diddy Companies

    September 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Model Tyson Beckford, known for his ads for Ralph Lauren Polo, has sued companies owned by Sean "Diddy" Combs, saying his image and likeness were used without his permission to promote a clothing line Model Tyson Beckford, known for his ads for Ralph Lauren Polo, has sued companies…

  9. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1997 - </b>Mindy McCready, Kenny Chesney, Jason Sellers, Ray Vega, Sara Evans, Ricochet's Heath Wright, Skip Ewing and Kippi Brannon join catalyst Randy Owen for a special "We Are the World"-style 2001 - R&B singer and actress Aaliyah dies when a small plane…

  10. Herbie Hancock Goes Beyond Jazz

    August 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Lately Herbie Hancock has been popping up in the strangest places: Internet chat rooms about Christina Aguilera and on John Mayer's Web site; at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., as the music and arts festival's first-ever artist in…

  11. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses charts and more with readers. MAYBE WE NEED A PUBLICIST Dear Fred, I read your column every week and find it endlessly fascinating as my interest in the pop charts goes back many years, as will become evident by my question to you. I read with interest the letters in…

  12. Posies' Auer Making Plans For 'Demise'

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jon Auer has had a busy year. He's currently touring Europe as co-frontman of the Posies, whose first album in seven years... Jon Auer has had a busy year. He's currently touring Europe as co-frontman of the Posies, whose first album in seven years was released in June . And as…

  13. Big Star Looks Forward Despite Years

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Having thrown its hat into the ring as a reunited touring band in recent years, Big Star has set a Sept. 27 release for its first new studio album since 1978's "Third/Sister Lovers." Having thrown its hat into the ring as a reunited touring band in recent years, Big Star has…

  14. Dirty Three Finds Its Voice On New Album

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran instrumental trio the Dirty Three adds vocals to the mix for the first time in its career on "Cinder," its seventh studio album. Veteran instrumental trio the Dirty Three adds vocals to the mix for the first time in its career on "Cinder," its seventh studio album.…

  15. Starbucks Nabs Exclusive Dylan Live Album

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks has nabbed the exclusive first rights to sell "Bob Dylan: Live at the Gaslight 1962," an album of newly restored live recordings culled from Dylan's performances at the New York cafe. Starbucks has nabbed the exclusive first rights to sell "Bob Dylan: Live at the…

  16. Posies Shine 'Light' On New Album

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Seattle-based power pop veterans the Posies will break a seven-year new album drought with "Every Kind of Light," due Tuesday (June 28) via Rykodisc. Seattle-based power pop veterans the Posies will break a seven-year new album drought with "Every Kind of Light," due…

  17. This Day in Music

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Peter Gabriel marries longtime companion Meah Flynn at the Li Capanni hotel he owns near Sardinia's Emerald Coast. 2002 - Peter Gabriel marries longtime companion Meah Flynn at the Li Capanni hotel he owns near Sardinia's Emerald Coast. 2000 - Boyz II Men…

  18. This Day in Music

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, undergoes emergency surgery on due to a heart condition. According to a spokesperson, Pedrini requires an eight-hour operation for an aortic laceration. 2004 - Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, undergoes emergency surgery on due to a…

  19. Dungen Expands Album, Tours North America

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes' Dungen project will finally release its acclaimed album, "Ta Det Lugnt," in North America this summer via Kemado Records. Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes' Dungen project will finally release its acclaimed album, …

  20. Starbucks Puts Lid On Springsteen CD

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks Corp., a growing force in the music scene, said yesterday (May 5) that it chose to keep Bruce Springsteen's new chart-topping album, "Devils & Dust," off the menu at its coffee shops, pa Starbucks Corp., a growing force in the music scene, said yesterday (May 5)…

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