1. Gordon, Kottke Take New 'Steps'

    April 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former Phish bassist Mike Gordon and guitar legend Leo Kottke have reactivated their partnership for a handful of summer concerts and a new studio album. Former Phish bassist Mike Gordon and guitar legend Leo Kottke have reactivated their partnership for a handful of summer concerts and a new…

  2. Pearl Jam Halfway Home On New Album

    April 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam is progressing on its eighth studio album in Seattle. Guitarist Mike McCready tells Billboard.com the band has "about 20-25" songs in the hopper, comprising "some ballads and some pretty har Pearl Jam is progressing on its eighth studio album in Seattle. Guitarist…

  3. 50's Game: 'Candy' Holds 'Hate' From No. 1

    April 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For a seventh consecutive week, 50 Cent is sitting pretty as the Billboard's Hot 100 chart king with "Candy Shop" featuring Olivia. But the rapper is proving to be his own most formidable opponent as For a seventh consecutive week, 50 Cent is sitting pretty as the Billboard&…

  4. Love Flows To The Bellamy Brothers

    April 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. It says a lot about an act when it can record an album commemorating a 30-year career and have the likes of Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Montgomery Gentry and George Jones eager to join in the fun. Then again, the Bellamy Brothers have always had…

  5. Pearl Jam Guitarist Rocks For Crohn's Benefit

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready will lead a Friday (April 8) benefit concert at Seattle's Showbox for the Northwest chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Working with the organization encou Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready will lead a Friday (April 8) benefit concert at…

  6. McLachlan Mixing Up Set For Spring Tour

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ready to begin her last leg of touring in support of the 2003 Arista album "Afterglow," Sarah McLachlan says she is planning to rework aspects of the set list. Among the additions being considered are Ready to begin her last leg of touring in support of the 2003 Arista album "…

  7. No Doubt, Johnson, Watt Pay Tribute To Sublime

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Though its existence was brief, Sublime's cheerful music struck a chord amid the mid-1990s modern rock explosion. Though its existence was brief, Sublime's cheerful music struck a chord amid the mid-1990s modern rock explosion. Now, nine years after singer/songwriter/guitarist…

  8. Wonder's 'Life' Earns A Diamond

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder has joined an elite list of artists who have earned a diamond award from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Stevie Wonder has joined an elite list of artists who have earned a diamond award from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The…

  9. 98 Degrees' Jeffre Runs For Cincinnati Mayor

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Justin Jeffre, a member of the now defunct boy band 98 Degrees, wants to be Cincinnati's next mayor, saying his love for his hometown and desire to make it better motivated his decision to run. Justin Jeffre, a member of the now defunct boy band 98 Degrees, wants to be Cincinnati's…

  10. Charlatans Bear Down On Ninth Album

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Charlatans are writing music for their ninth studio album, front man Tim Burgess tells Billboard.com. The Charlatans are writing music for their ninth studio album, front man Tim Burgess tells Billboard.com. The veteran British rock outfit, which recently signed a worldwide recording pact…

  11. Billboard Bits: Les Paul, 'Los Kidz Bop,' CMT

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Les Paul, 'Los Kidz Bop,' CMT With his 90th birthday around the corner, guitar legend Les Paul is working on a new album that will find him collaborating with Eric Clapton, Sting, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Joss Stone, the Goo Goo Dolls' Johnny Rzeznik, Peter…

  12. Smog Stays Loose On 'River'

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bill Callahan's 12th full-length album as Smog, "A River Ain't Too Much To Love," will arrive May 31 via Drag City. Bill Callahan's 12th full-length album as Smog, "A River Ain't Too Much To Love," will arrive May 31 via Drag City. The 10-track set was…

  13. Coldplay Finalizes New Album Track List

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay has finalized the track list for its wildly anticipated third Parlophone album. Coldplay has finalized the track list for its wildly anticipated third Parlophone album, " X&Y ," due June 6 in its native United Kingdom and the following day in North America via Capitol.…

  14. Jackson Tells Fans 'We Will Be Victorious'

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson made a speakerphone call late yesterday (April 3) to some 200 fans gathered for an event to support him, telling the group, "God and the truth are on our side. We will be victorious." Michael Jackson made a speakerphone call late yesterday (April 3) to some 200 fans…

  15. Usher, Avril, Green Day Rank As Kids' Choice

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With the votes in and the slime poured, Usher, Avril Lavigne and Green Day were selected as the top music winners at the 18th annual Kids Choice Awards, held Saturday in Los Angeles and broadcast live With the votes in and the slime poured, Usher, Avril Lavigne and Green Day were selected as…

  16. Christie Rules U.K. Charts Again

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Easy listening English vocalist Tony Christie scored another double victory on the U.K. charts yesterday (April 3), starting a third week at the top of the singles chart with "(Is This the Way To) Ama Easy listening English vocalist Tony Christie scored another double victory on the U.K.…

  17. This Day in Music

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is killed in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. Police say Baloi, 39, is shot in the neck as he makes his way home from performing at the Lucit Candl 2004 - Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is killed in downtown Johannesburg,…

  18. Hot Product

    April 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Lisa Marie Presley 'Now' And Then Bolstered by a cover of Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry," Lisa Marie Presley returns with her second solo album this week for Capitol. "Now What" boasts 10 original songs in addition to her version of the 1983 Henley hit, and…

  19. Hot Product

    April 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: A new album from Canadian rock act Hot Hot Heat, "Elevator" (Warner Bros.). The sophomore album from eclectic duo Fischerspooner, "Odyssey" (Capitol), featuring a guest appearance by David Byrne. A new…

  20. Devil's Playground

    April 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST With the opening cut "Super Overdrive," Billy Idol declares himself primed for one more go-around. With the opening cut "Super Overdrive," Billy Idol declares himself primed for one more go-around. His first studio album in a decade could be the last chance for this aging…

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