1. For Kanye, Confidence Is King

    August 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. For those familiar with Kanye West's well-documented braggadocio, it may come as a surprise that the rapper/producer found plenty wrong with his Grammy Award-winning debut, "The College Dropout." With his sophomore effort, "…

  2. Bebe Leads Latin Grammy Nominations

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Spanish singer/songwriter Bebe pulled off a surprise today (Aug. 23), netting a leading five nominations for the sixth Latin Grammys. Her nods include album of the year for her debut, "Pafuera Telaran Spanish singer/songwriter Bebe pulled off a surprise today (Aug. 23), netting a leading…

  3. Floetry's Sophomore Album Due In November

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R&B duo Floetry will release its second studio album, "Flo'Ology," Nov. 8 via Geffen. R&B duo Floetry will release its second studio album, "Flo'Ology," Nov. 8 via Geffen. The Scott Storch-produced first single, "SupaStar," features Common and…

  4. This Day in Music

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1995 - </b>Natalie Merchant, one-time lead singer for 10,000 Maniacs becomes the first guest in a series of live chats on the Elektra Entertainment Group's World Wide Web site. Merchant says she wo 1999 - Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson files a suit to dissolve a 1997…

  5. Stones Kick Off 'Bigger Bang' Tour In Boston

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Calling Boston a "champion city," Mick Jagger and the rest of the Rolling Stones kicked off their A Bigger Bang world tour last night (Aug. 21) at Fenway Park with the familiar "Start Me Up." The trek Calling Boston a "champion city," Mick Jagger and the rest of…

  6. Nearly 15, Oasis Still Swaggering

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. It has often been a rocky decade, but Oasis has rolled with it. Reinvigorating the dreary British music scene of the pre-Britpop 1990s, these dropouts hailing from a Manchester, England, housing project sparkled and soared like the champagne…

  7. Audioslave Kicking Off Fall Tour Next Month

    August 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Audioslave's first extensive North American tour in support of its sophomore album, "Out of Exile," will begin Sept. 25 in San Francisco. Audioslave's first extensive North American tour in support of its sophomore album, "Out of Exile," will begin Sept. 25 in…

  8. This Day in Music

    August 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Reba McEntire makes her live performance debut in Brazil at the annual Barretos Rodeo. The Oklahoma native plays before a crowd estimated at 30-40,000.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/ 2003 - Australian singer Olivia Newton-John begins…

  9. Stones Talk With Keef

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones' first studio album in eight years, "A Bigger Bang," is due Sept. 6 via Virgin. The band's iconic frontman, Mick Jagger, and guitarist, Keith Richards, talked to Billboard first abo The Rolling Stones' first studio album in eight years, "A…

  10. Bright Eyes Heading Back On The Road

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Conor Oberst will return to the road with Bright Eyes this fall, beginning Oct. 22 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Whereas Bright Eyes' spring/summer tour found Oberst backed by the Faint and largely perform Conor Oberst will return to the road with Bright Eyes this fall, beginning Oct. 22 at…

  11. Stones Talk With Mick

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones' first studio album in eight years, "A Bigger Bang," is due Sept. 6 via Virgin. The band's iconic frontman, Mick Jagger, and guitarist, Keith Richards, talked to Billboard first abo The Rolling Stones' first studio album in eight years, "A…

  12. Cooper's 'Dirty Diamonds' Have Heirloom Shine

    August 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Alice Cooper is taking his Dirty Diamonds tour to the world, supporting a new New West release of the same name that represents a real return to Detroit rock form. Alice Cooper is taking his Dirty Diamonds tour to the world, supporting a new New West release of the same name that represents a…

  13. Nickel Creek Lays Out Lengthy Tour

    August 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nickel Creek has laid out a schedule of tour dates that will keep the bluegrass-leaning act on the road through the end of the year. Nickel Creek has laid out a schedule of tour dates that will keep the bluegrass-leaning act on the road through the end of the year. The run opens Sept. 30 with…

  14. Bonnie Raitt Readying Fall Tour

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Raitt will be backed on the road by such longtime contributors as bassist Hutch Hutchinson, drummer Ricky Fataar, keyboardist Jon Cleary and guitarist George Marinelli. Bonnie Raitt will begin a fall tour Oct. 5 in Tulsa, Okla., in support of her new album, " Souls Alike ." That set…

  15. Stones Strip Down, Have A Laugh On New Album

    July 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT When Mick Jagger had qualms about recording a new Rolling Stones album at his house in France, Keith Richards had a simple retort. "I said to Mick, 'Listen, once upon a time, we cut a record in the So When Mick Jagger had qualms about recording a new Rolling Stones album at his…

  16. Billboard Bits: Amsterjam, Pearl Jam, Stereolab, Esquivel

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Amsterjam, Pearl Jam, Stereolab, Esquivel Wyclef Jean, Hector El Bambino, Antibalas and Grandmaster Flash have been added to the lineup for the inaugural Amsterjam, which will be held Aug. 20 at New York's Randall's Island. They join previously announced performers Snoop…

  17. Parton Gearing Up For 'Vintage' Tour

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dolly Parton will return to the road next month as part of the Vintage Tour, which will get underway Aug. 16 at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, N.J. Dolly Parton will return to the road next month as part of the Vintage Tour, which will get underway Aug. 16 at the House of Blues in…

  18. CHART BEAT

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Elton John, Catherine Britt, Carly Simon, Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson and John Barry. COUNTRY COMFORT: It was just a couple of weeks ago that Elton John generated chart news by scoring two simultaneous top five hits on the U.K. singles chart.…

  19. Stones Making A 'Bang' With New Album

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" isn't just the legendary rock act's first new album in eight years -- it's also their most substantial since 1972's "Exile on Main Street." Due Sept. 6 via Virgin, The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang…

  20. TunesOnTV

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 25-31, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 25 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist: Babyface (also scheduled: Jessica Biel). "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist: Natalie, Baby Bash …

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