1. R. Kelly's 'Reloaded' Clings To No. 1

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly fends off competition to hold onto the top spot on The Billboard 200 for a second week with "TP.3 Reloaded" (Jive). Despite a 71.5% plunge to sales of 139,000 copies in the United States, acc R. Kelly fends off competition to hold onto the top spot on The Billboard 200 for…

  2. Fox Searchlight Readies Notorious B.I.G. Biopic

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The life of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. is getting the big-screen treatment. Fox Searchlight, which has secured B.I.G.'s life rights, has tapped Cheo Hodari Coker to write the biopic and is in negot The life of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. is getting the big-screen treatment. Fox…

  3. Tunes On TV

    July 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 18-24, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 18 "The View," ABC Featured artist: Frankie J (also scheduled: Suzanne Somers). "Fabulous Life of Snoop Dogg," VH1 Featured artist: Snoop Dogg. "Rock Star: INXS,…

  4. Billboard Bits: Bragg, Seagal, Elliott Smith, Silkworm

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Billy Bragg, Steven Seagal, Elliott Smith, Silkworm A little more than a week after Yep Roc Records confirmed it was prepping deluxe reissues of four Billy Bragg albums and a box set, the artist has postponed the projects until 2006. "As the date of release has approached, I have…

  5. Jah Wobble Returns With 'Mu'

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Although bassist Jah Wobble has released solo albums on a regular basis since exiting Public Image Limited in 1980, his latest, "Mu," is his first "commercial" release in quite some time. Although bassist Jah Wobble has released solo albums on a regular basis since exiting…

  6. LL Cool J Targets Women With Film Deal

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a bid to attract black female moviegoers, Lions Gate Films has signed a multi-picture deal with LL Cool J, whose first project will be an urban version of "Fatal Attraction." In a bid to attract black female moviegoers, Lions Gate Films has signed a multi-picture deal with LL…

  7. Final Traffic Tour Captured On DVD

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The first live DVD from famed rock act Traffic will hit stores Sept. 20 via Epic. The first live DVD from famed rock act Traffic will hit stores Sept. 20 via Epic. "The Last Great Traffic Jam" tracks the on-again-off-again British band through its 1994 reunion tour, which featured…

  8. CHART BEAT

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, R. Kelly, Jessica Simpson, Mary Mary and more. HE TAUGHT THE BAND TO PLAY: When the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts…

  9. Billboard Bits: Eve, Kelly Clarkson, Twista

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Eve, Kelly Clarkson, Twista Rapper Eve will release her as-yet-untitled Aftermath debut in February, according to the label's official Web site . The set will feature production from Dr. Dre, Scott Storch and Swizz Beatz. Eve will also star in a new Boost Mobile commercial that…

  10. Shakira, Foos Sign On For MTV Latin Awards

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Shakira, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan and Foo Fighters are the first artists confirmed to perform at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards Latin America. Shakira, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan and Foo Fighters are the first artists confirmed to perform at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards Latin America.…

  11. BRMC Hitting The Road This Fall

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will kick off a North American tour Sept. 12 in San Francisco. Rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will kick off a North American tour Sept. 12 in San Francisco. The month-long outing, which will feature support from former Ride frontman Mark Gardener,…

  12. 2Pac, Elton Begin Third Week At U.K. No. 1

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pac's "Ghetto Gospel" (Interscope) featuring Elton John started a third week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (July 10). On the album chart, John's colleague on the Twenty First Artists m 2Pac's "Ghetto Gospel" (Interscope) featuring Elton John…

  13. This Day in Music

    July 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Babyface is honored by the state of Indiana, which renames a 25-mile stretch of federal highway (Interstate Route 65) as "Kenneth Babyface Edmonds Highway." In conjunction with the honor 2004 - A segment of Interstate 85 is declared "The Alan Jackson…

  14. McCartney Conjures 'Chaos' On 20th Solo Album

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney returns to the one-man-band approach that marked his 1970 self-titled solo debut on "Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard," his 20th solo album since the dissolution of the Beatles. Paul McCartney returns to the one-man-band approach that marked his 1970 self-titled…

  15. Billboard Bits: INXS, Clay Walker, Evans/Alter Bridge

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on INXS, Clay Walker, Evans/Alter Bridge With its new CBS reality series set to debut next week, veteran Australian rock act INXS has signed a worldwide recording agreement with Epic Records. A new album is slated for late 2005 and will feature the winning contestant from "Rock Star…

  16. 'Mimi' Returns Mariah To Multi-Platinum

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Less than three months after its release, "The Emancipation of Mimi" has returned Mariah Carey to a territory she once inhabited with remarkable regularity: the land of multi-platinum albums. Less than three months after its release, "The Emancipation of Mimi" has returned…

  17. Berman Untangles New Silver Jews Album

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Breaking the longest musical silence of his decade-plus career, David Berman has reactivated his Silver Jews project for its fifth studio album, "Tanglewood Numbers." Breaking the longest musical silence of his decade-plus career, David Berman has reactivated his Silver Jews project…

  18. Homme Comes Clean On Oliveri Firing

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Josh Homme has revealed for the first time why he fired longtime friend Nick Oliveri from Queens Of The Stone Age in 2004. Josh Homme has revealed for the first time why he fired longtime friend Nick Oliveri from Queens Of The Stone Age in 2004. Speaking to Zane Lowe tonight (July 6) on BBC…

  19. TunesOnTV

    July 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 4-10, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 4 "Today," NBC Featured artist: Earth, Wind & Fire (also scheduled: Julian McMahon). "PJ Harvey: Eurockeennes of Belfort Festival," Showtime Next Featured artist: PJ…

  20. Live 8 Recap: London's Hyde Park

    July 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT An estimated worldwide audience of 2 billion people tuned in to Bob Geldof's Live 8 spectacular yesterday (July 2) to witness rock'n'roll make history. Geldof, the Irish musician who masterminded Band An estimated worldwide audience of 2 billion people tuned in to Bob Geldof&…

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