1. Sparks Steers Clear Of Convention On New CD

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Eccentric sibling duo Sparks has always dared to be different, and its off-kilter charms are on full display on its new album, "Hello Young Lovers." Eccentric sibling duo Sparks has always dared to be different, and its off-kilter charms are on full display on its new album, "…

  2. Frank Black Still Feeling Country

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Franz Ferdinand's sophomore album, "You Could Have It So Much Better" (Domino), arrived at No. 1 on the new U.K. chart yesterday (Oct. 9). The only other new entry in the top 10 of the album chart saw Pixies guitarist/vocalist Frank Black is eyeing an early 2006 release for his…

  3. XXL Compiles Hip-Hop Disc

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop magazine XXL highlights selected album tracks and singles from the past two years on its first compilation, "XXL Raps Volume 1." Hip-hop magazine XXL highlights selected album tracks and singles from the past two years on its first compilation, "XXL Raps Volume 1."…

  4. José José Honored By Latin Academy

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran performer José José has been selected as the Latin Recording Academy's 2005 person of the year. The honor will be conveyed during at a gala Nov. 1 celebration in Los Angeles, two day Veteran performer José José has been selected as the Latin Recording Academy's 2005 person…

  5. This Day in Music

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>For the first time since 1995, a Garth Brooks album fails to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Brooks' ambitious but puzzling attempt to reinvent himself as an Australian rock s 2000 - Chris LeDoux gets his new liver. The cowboy singer, diagnosed two…

  6. Mike Peters

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT His wife and toddler son in tow, Mike resumes the Dead Men Walking tour in Scotland and Captain Sensible decides the gigs are 'clothing optional.' Friday 30th September-Kinloss, Scotland Big drive up to Scotland today. The whole of the Peters family is on the road. Myself, Jules and…

  7. Etheridge, mtvU Surprise UCLA Students

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The 300 UCLA cancer biology students shifted in their seats as they waited for class to begin. The 300 UCLA cancer biology students shifted in their seats as they waited for class to begin. Then came a loud knock on the door and in walked a surprise guest professor -- Melissa Etheridge. "…

  8. Chart Beat

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Monk, Colbrane, Shearing, Hancock and others give Billboard's jazz charts a vintage feel. JAZZ MEN AND WOMEN: The Billboard jazz charts look like they were compiled in the 1950s or 1960s this week, with six debuts from artists whose careers harken back five decades or more. Debuting at…

  9. Kanye's 'Gold Digger' Still Strong On Billboard Charts

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Despite his album's slow descent through The Billboard 200, Kanye West's "Gold Digger" featuring Jamie Foxx again stays on top of several Billboard charts. For the fifth week in a row, the song is fir Despite his album's slow descent through The Billboard 200, Kanye…

  10. 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…

  11. Pearl Jam, Plant Get The Led Out In Chicago

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A thousand dollars is a lot for a concert ticket, but Pearl Jam and special guest Robert Plant justified the price last night (Oct. 5) during an intimate benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims at Chica A thousand dollars is a lot for a concert ticket, but Pearl Jam and special guest Robert…

  12. White Stripes / Sept. 25, 2005 / Brooklyn, N.Y.

    October 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Baseball parks are the provinces of summer, but this time of year tests the connection, as the high cool air of autumn reminds crowds that all seasons come to an end. Baseball parks are the provinces of summer, but this time of year tests the connection, as the high cool air of autumn reminds…

  13. Gretchen Wilson Zooms Straight To No. 1

    October 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Gretchen Wilson's sophomore effort, "All Jacked Up," bows atop The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with a career-best sales week of 264,000 units in the U.S., according to Niels Gretchen Wilson's sophomore effort, "All Jacked Up," bows…

  14. Ozzy Emerges From 'Under Cover'

    October 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Newly recorded covers of John Lennon's "Woman," Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way" and the Moody Blues' "Go Now" will be found on the Ozzy Osbourne collection "Under Cover," due Nov. 1 as a Dualdisc via Newly recorded covers of John Lennon&…

  15. This Day in Music

    October 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Jazz composer, arranger, conductor, and teacher Manny Albam dies of cancer at his home in Croton-On-Hudson, N.Y. He is 79. Albam's career spanned decades in which he worked with such jaz 2003 - Radiohead makes it a hat-trick of wins when it wins the "best…

  16. This Day in Music

    October 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1995 - </b>Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie & The Blowfish and the Dave Matthews Band raise close to $1 million at the Farm Aid concert in Louisville, Ky.<br clear="none"/><br 2002 - U.K. artist Ms. Dynamite takes three honors at the…

  17. R. Kelly Concluding 'Closet' On DVD

    September 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly's multi-faceted musical drama "Trapped in the Closet" will be revealed in full on the DVD "Trapped in the Closet Chapters 1-12." The film is due Nov. 1 via Jive and tacks on seven new chapter R. Kelly's multi-faceted musical drama "Trapped in the…

  18. Mellencamp, King Going Back To Work On Play

    September 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT John Mellencamp will spend the bulk of November working in New York with Stephen King on their long-gestating play with music, "The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County." The project was first unveiled i John Mellencamp will spend the bulk of November working in New York with Stephen…

  19. BB King At 80

    September 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com The following stems from a 20-page "Billboard Stars: B.B. King" special feature that appears in the Oct. 1, 2005, issue of Billboard magazine. Beyond the extensive Q&A excerpted below, the section boasts several articles examining…

  20. Billboard Bits: Usher, Stones, Mellencamp, Daddy Yankee

    September 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Usher, Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp, Daddy Yankee Usher will headline an Oct. 9 concert at Atlanta's Philips Arena, with proceeds to benefit victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Organizers are setting aside 5,000 free tickets for hurricane evacuees who were relocated to…

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