1. Pinback Dusts Off For Spring Tour

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST San Diego-based rock act Pinback will return to the road April 20 in Santa Barbara, Calif., for a month-long North American tour. San Diego-based rock act Pinback will return to the road April 20 in Santa Barbara, Calif., for a month-long North American tour. The group has been off the road…

  2. Chart Beat

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ne-Yo, James Blunt, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Sting and Jessi Colter are among those making noteworthy moves and news. RAPID TRANSIT: The turnover rate of No. 1 songs on The Billboard Hot 100 continues at an accelerated pace, the fastest in eight years. After just one week at the…

  3. LL Cool J: 'I Do What Comes Natural, What I Love'

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST More than two decades into his career, this artist continues to diversify, but keeps his head in the game. Grow. That word pops up frequently in conversation with LL Cool J. Indeed, since the rapper became the first Def Jam artist to release a single some 20 years ago, it seems to have become…

  4. LL Cool J (continued)

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Page three of three-page LL Cool J feature. You have had your brushes with disses, and watched the feud between Nas and Jay-Z play out. How do you feel about these types of feuds in the hip-hop community? Peace is always better than war. Competition is fun in hip-hop, but you can be…

  5. 41st Academy of Country Music Awards - Final Nominees

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Final nominees for the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards, to be handed out May 23 in Las Vegas. Below are the final nominees for the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards, to be handed out May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in a ceremony airing live on CBS. ALBUM OF THE YEAR…

  6. Billboard Bits: Say Anything, Gunther, Erasure

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Say Anything, Gunther, Erasure Rock act Say Anything returned to live duty for the first time in several months last night (March 1) with a show at New York's CBGB. Frontman Max Bemis spent extended time out of commission last fall struggling with bipolar disorder, but now the…

  7. Busta Rhymes Sued For Assault

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rapper Busta Rhymes has been sued by a disgruntled fan who says the artist assaulted him after he asked for an autograph. Rapper Busta Rhymes has been sued by a disgruntled fan who says the artist assaulted him after he asked for an autograph. In a civil suit made public yesterday (March 1)…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. '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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. This Day in Music

    February 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Marilyn Manson files a defamation countersuit against former Spin executive editor Craig Marks. Manson's action is in response to a multimillion-dollar suit Marks filed the month before 2002 - A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of…

  17. 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…

  18. Spears Itching For Stage Return

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears is looking forward to a return to performing. Britney Spears is looking forward to a return to performing. "This may sound weird, but I miss traveling," Spears tells People magazine. "I miss the road, seeing different places and being with the dancers and having…

  19. 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 …

  20. This Day in Music

    February 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Rap star Ol' Dirty Bastard is arrested in Hollywood for allegedly wearing body armor - a forbidden garment because of his previous arrests. ODB is initially pulled over for driving errat 2001 - Country singer Andy Griggs is arrested just before 3 a.m. after…

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