1. Hot Product

    August 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Herbie Hancock Herbie's Back Herbie Hancock has a long history of exploring beyond jazz parameters, beginning with his 1973 electric-funk album "Head Hunters" and his 1983 MTV-friendly, techno-funk single "Rockit" from "Future Shock." But with the release of…

  2. 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…

  3. R&B Stars Look Back With 'Roll Bounce'

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New tracks from Brooke Valentine, Beyonce, Keith Sweat and a collaboration by Ray J and R. Kelly will lead the soundtrack for upcoming film "Roll Bounce," Billboard.com has learned. Due Sept. 20 via M New tracks from Brooke Valentine, Beyonc#&233;, Keith Sweat and a…

  4. Roadrunner 'All-Stars' Unite For Anniversary

    August 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Recorded under the name Roadrunner United, the project contains all-new tracks crafted by 57 hard rock and heavy metal artists from 45 of the label's past and present bands, including Slipknot, Coal C As tipped here in March, Roadrunner Records will mark its 25th anniversary with "…

  5. Veteran Rock Journalist Al Aronowitz Dies

    August 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Al Aronowitz, a pioneer of rock journalism who introduced Bob Dylan to the Beatles, died Monday in Elizabeth, N.J. He was 77. Aronowitz died of cancer, said his son, Joel Roi Aronowitz. Al Aronowitz, a pioneer of rock journalism who introduced Bob Dylan to the Beatles, died Monday in…

  6. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Iron Maiden drummer Michael "Nicko" McBrain is arrested and charged with assault after hitting a parking attendant with his car, according to reports. The incident occurs backstage at th 2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent…

  7. This Day in Music

    July 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1996 - </b>Musician and manager Chas (Bryan) Chandler dies at the age of 57.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - Travis drummer Neil Primrose suffers a head injury while swimming in a pool in Belfort, France, necessitating the cancellation…

  8. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. REMEMBERING LUTHER Dear Fred, I expect many will write about the passing of Luther Vandross this week. A friend just e-mailed me with the miserable news, which must have just broken as the Billboard Web site doesn't mention it yet. I was really…

  9. CHART BEAT

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Bo Bice, Elton John, Mary Mary, Chris Hillman, A&M and more. BO CLOCKS IN AT NO. 1: There's good news and bad news for fourth season "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice, but it all adds up to a lot of chart news as his debut…

  10. TunesOnTV

    June 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 13-19, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 13 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist: Alanis Morissette (also scheduled: Will Ferrell). "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured artists: Akon, Kristin…

  11. Williams Compiles Top Acts For Compilation

    June 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Her compilation, "Wendy Williams Brings the Heat: Volume 1," will hit stores June 28 via Virgin. Radio personality Wendy Williams, who handles afternoon drive at R&B/hip-hop radio station WBLS New York, is also a TV host (VH1's "Wendy Williams Is on Fire") and…

  12. Billboard Bits: Babyface, Underwood, Chimaira

    June 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Babyface, Underwood and Chimaira. In addition to previously confirmed dates with Anita Baker, Babyface will play a handful of headlining shows leading up to the release of his album "Grown & Sexy," due June 26 via Arista Records. The tour will open June 23 in San…

  13. McCartney Pens 'Urban Furry Tale'

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney has inked with Penguin Young Readers Group for a children's picture book inspired by "Tropic Island Hum," an animated film he helped create. Paul McCartney has inked with Penguin Young Readers Group for a children's picture book inspired by "Tropic…

  14. This Day in Music

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>U2 frontman Bono tries to persuade European Union ministers to extend debt relief programs for the world's poorest countries when he addresses a special meeting in Dublin. 2004 - U2 frontman Bono tries to persuade European Union ministers to extend debt relief…

  15. Billboard Bits: DMX, Indigo Girls, Secretly Canadian

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on DMX, Indigo Girls, Secretly Canadian Additional details have come to light about DMX's new album, "Here We Go Again." As previously reported , the set will arrive June 28 via Ruff Ryders/Def Jam, and is led by the single "Pump Ya Fist." The album will feature…

  16. Cased Closed In Stabbing At Stones' Altamont Gig

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nearly 36 years after a man was stabbed to death during a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway in San Francisco, investigators have closed the case, dismissing a theory that a second Hells Ange Nearly 36 years after a man was stabbed to death during a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont…

  17. This Day in Music

    May 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>The songwriters of the year crown goes to British band Coldplay at the 48th annual Ivor Novello Awards, the music industry gongs that celebrate composers. The even is staged by the Briti 2003 - The songwriters of the year crown goes to British band Coldplay at the…

  18. Billboard Bits: Shakira, Dido, Sarah Harmer, Gucci Mane

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Shakira, Dido, Sarah Harmer, Gucci Mane An Olympic setting is planned for the June 5 world premiere of the latest CD from Shakira, "Fijacion Oral," released in North America two days later via Epic. Shakira will perform three songs at Madrid's Puerta de Alcala square as…

  19. Gov't Mule Plans Free EP, Tour

    May 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With a slate of summer tour dates confirmed, Gov't Mule is planning to extend the life of its' 2004 album "Deja Voodoo" with the release of a free five-song EP. With a slate of summer tour dates confirmed, Gov't Mule is planning to extend the life of its' 2004…

  20. Wonder Unveils Video, New Album Release Date

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder unveiled the first music video to feature video description technology for blind and visually impaired music fans yesterday (May 9) in Los Angeles. As previously reported, the standard a Stevie Wonder unveiled the first music video to feature video description technology for…

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