1. Hot Product

    January 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: The latest album from singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, "Knuckle Down," co-produced by Joe Henry (Righteous Babe). A new album from veteran synth-pop act Erasure, "Nightbird" (Mute). The latest release…

  2. QOTSA Re-Tills Musical Soil For Spring Tour

    January 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST As tipped here last week, Queens Of The Stone Age will tour Europe and North America this spring in support of their upcoming album, "Lullabies To Paralyze." As tipped here last week, Queens Of The Stone Age will tour Europe and North America this spring in support of their upcoming…

  3. Marley, Stones Recordings Join Grammy Hall

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry," the Rolling Stones' "Let It Bleed" album and Ray Charles' rendition of "America the Beautiful" are among the latest additions to the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry,…

  4. Knuckle Down

    January 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST "Knuckle Down" finds Ani DiFranco trying some different approaches to her music. "Knuckle Down" finds Ani DiFranco trying some different approaches to her music. In a first for her, she paired with another musician (Joe Henry) for production duties, and she changed her…

  5. Billboard Bits: Jerkins, Keith, Byron/Sugar Hill

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Stories on Rodney Jerkins, Toby Keith and Don Byron and the Sugar Hill Gang. Producer Rodney Jerkins is adding a twist to his instrumental solo album , "Versatility" (Bungalo/Universal). Aspiring songwriters can write a song based on one of the set's 12 original tracks for the…

  6. Westerberg Readies West Coast Tour

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Paul Westerberg has confirmed his first tour dates in support of his latest Vagrant album, "Folker." Paul Westerberg has confirmed his first tour dates in support of his latest Vagrant album, "Folker." So far, eight West Coast shows are on tap, beginning Feb. 17 in…

  7. DiFranco Readies One Album, Writing Another

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Even though her 13th Righteous Babe studio album, "Knuckle Down," won't be out until Jan. 25, Ani DiFranco admits she has already accumulated another album's worth of material. Even though her 13th Righteous Babe studio album, "Knuckle Down," won't be out…

  8. Billboard Bits: Gloria Estefan, Blues Legends, Liz Story

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Stories on Gloria Estefan, a New York blues legends concert and Liz Story. Gloria Estefan's as-yet-untitled first children's book will be published in November 2005 in both English and Spanish. The artist's own pet English Bulldog Noelle is the inspiration and star of the story…

  9. TunesOnTV

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 6-12, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, DEC. 6 "The View," ABC Featured artist: Rascal Flatts (also scheduled: Andy Garcia). "100% Usher," Fuse Featured artist: Usher. "Total Request Live (TRL)," MTV…

  10. Brian Wilson, Grandaddy, Phish & Ray Charles

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Tangled Web: A weekly column featuring intriguing online music-related issues & destinations. This Week: Brian Wilson, Grandaddy, Phish & Ray Charles. SMiLE, BRIAN: Brian Wilson's Carnegie Hall performances of the legendary "lost" album "SMiLE" will get an…

  11. Billboard Bits: Henry Rollins, Sudan, Out Hud

    November 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Henry Rollins, Sudan, Out Hud Henry Rollins will host a new TV show about movies, "Henry's Film Corner," on IFC. The monthly series debuts Dec. 4 and features Rollins giving his commentary on films. A different "off-the-street" person will be a guest critic in…

  12. Madonna Tour Gets Top 'Backstage Pass' Honor

    November 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Madonna's Re-Invention Tour will be honored as the top tour of the year at the Backstage Pass Awards, to be presented Tuesday (Nov. 9) at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Madonna's Re-Invention Tour will be honored as the top tour of the year at the Backstage Pass Awards, to be…

  13. 2004 Billboard Backstage Pass Awards Winners

    November 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Billboard Backstage Pass Awards Winners Here are the winners for the 2004 Billboard Backstage Pass Awards, to be presented Nov. 9 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York: Top Tour: Madonna's Re-Invention Tour Top Small Venue Tour: Josh Groban Top Arena: Madison Square Garden, New York…

  14. Clooney's Home May Become Museum

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Late singer/actress Rosemary Clooney's old Kentucky home could soon be turned into a museum displaying memorabilia from her singing career under a plan proposed by her one-time neighbor, former Miss A Late singer/actress Rosemary Clooney's old Kentucky home could soon be turned into…

  15. Dozens Of Acts Sign On For Merlefest

    September 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Some of the top names in bluegrass and country music have signed on for the 2005 edition of MerleFest, to be held April 28-May 1 at Wilkesboro, N.C. Some of the top names in bluegrass and country music have signed on for the 2005 edition of MerleFest, to be held April 28-May 1 at Wilkesboro,…

  16. 'Easy' Money: Lachey Set For Heist Pic

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT After testing his acting chops on the WB Network's "Charmed," Nick Lachey is making the move to the big screen, signing on for a role in the indie film "The Hard Easy." After testing his acting chops on the WB Network's "Charmed," Nick Lachey is making…

  17. Robertson Crafting Band Box Set

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fans of the Band should mark their calendars for May 2005, when Capitol/EMI is slated to release a box set, curated by band member Robbie Robertson. Fans of the Band should mark their calendars for May 2005, when Capitol/EMI is slated to release a box set, curated by band member Robbie…

  18. Punk Legend Johnny Ramone Dies At 55

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Johnny Ramone, a founding member of pioneering punk act the Ramones, died yesterday afternoon (Sept. 15) at his home in Los Angeles. He was 55 and had been suffering from prostate cancer for some time Johnny Ramone, a founding member of pioneering punk act the Ramones, died yesterday…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Kevin Lyttle, Gretchen Wilson and Fantasia with readers. WHEN WILL IT BE ALISON'S TURN? Fred, I recently went to the Virgin Megastore in Los Angeles where I bought the CD single "Turn Me On" by Kevin Lyttle and Alison Hinds. How come Billboard isn't…

  20. Amorosa

    September 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fans of Yo-Yo Ma's Obrigado Brazil recordings have already been introduced to Brazilian singer/guitarist Rosa Passos. Fans of Yo-Yo Ma's Obrigado Brazil recordings have already been introduced to Brazilian singer/guitarist Rosa Passos. Now, she makes her Sony Classical debut with a…

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