1. Bandcamp

    March 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Long Island hopefuls head out on its first tour in advance of the band's first album. MATT... Heyyy readers. This is our first blog entry on billboard.com and we're psyched to be able to come here and let you all know what's going on in Bandcamp world. We've had an…

  2. Gladys Knight Salutes Ella, Duke, Sammy

    March 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST R&B veteran Gladys Knight will honor a host of legendary vocalists with the release of a covers album, "Before Me." R&B veteran Gladys Knight will honor a host of legendary vocalists with the release of a covers album, "Before Me." Due June 6 via Verve Records, the…

  3. Blind Faith's Live Debut Heads To DVD

    March 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Short-lived supergroup Blind Faith's live debut will be chronicled on the DVD "London Hyde Park 1969," due April 10 in Europe and the following month in North America via Sanctuary. Short-lived supergroup Blind Faith's live debut will be chronicled on the DVD "London…

  4. 'Cat' Scratch Fever

    March 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Finding love in an airport security line, a ghostly feline hovering above New York and imaginary conversations with the late Ray Charles are not usual topics addressed in rock'n'roll. Finding love in an airport security line, a ghostly feline hovering above New York and imaginary…

  5. Dixie Chicks Get Personal On 'Long Way'

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Dixie Chicks will re-emerge late this spring with the most personal album of their career. Due May 23 via Open Wide/Columbia, "Taking the Long Way" opens with "Not Ready To Make Nice," which addre The Dixie Chicks will re-emerge late this spring with the most personal…

  6. Pinback Dusts Off For Spring Tour

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST San Diego-based rock act Pinback will return to the road April 20 in Santa Barbara, Calif., for a month-long North American tour. San Diego-based rock act Pinback will return to the road April 20 in Santa Barbara, Calif., for a month-long North American tour. The group has been off the road…

  7. Billboard Bits: 'Hairspray,' McDonald/Steely Dan, Duran Duran

    March 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on 'Hairspray,' McDonald/Steely Dan, Duran Duran Queen Latifah and John Travolta are the first stars cast for New Line Cinema's film adaptation of the smash Broadway musical "Hairspray." Latifah will portray Motormouth Maybelle, while Travolta will transform into…

  8. Three 6 Mafia Ready To Make Oscar History

    March 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Three 6 Mafia's performance of best original song Academy Award nominee "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" on Sunday's (March 5) Oscar telecast will mark the first time a rap song has been performed at t Three 6 Mafia's performance of best original song Academy…

  9. Chart Beat Chat

    March 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred chats with readers about favorite songs, originals vs. covers and more. ALL IN THE FAMILY Dear Fred, I have loved your column for years now, but [last week] was the first time that I got goose bumps from reading it. As you know, music can have an extremely powerful effect on people. But…

  10. DESTROYER, "Destroyer's Rubies"

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bejar often draws comparisons to the late, great Marc Bolan and David Bowie, mainly due to his high, nasal voice. But lately, Destroyer's arrangements only mildly hint at stardust memories. It's hard to tell if Dan Bejar's Destroyer project is a full-time gig or mere side…

  11. Fagen Preps For 'Morph'

    February 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The alternate musical universe of Steely Dan principal Donald Fagen comes alive in his third solo album. Finding love in an airport security line, a ghostly feline hovering above New York and imaginary conversations with the late Ray Charles are not usual topics addressed in rock'n'…

  12. Bono Receives Chile's Neruda Prize

    February 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Chilean president Ricardo Lagos gave Bono the country's highest award for the arts yesterday (Feb. 26) in Santiago and told the U2 singer he should learn to play the traditional Andean instrument know Chilean president Ricardo Lagos gave Bono the country's highest award for the arts…

  13. This Day in Music

    February 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>One day after being charged, rocker Tommy Lee is free on bail after pleading innocent to charges of abusing his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, and their baby son. A judge reluctantly 2001 - Returning home after a 46-year absence, guitarist Carlos Santana unveils…

  14. This Day in Music

    February 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>The Artist Formerly Known as Prince files a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against nine Web sites, with allegations that include selling bootlegged recordings and offering 2004 - Blues saxophonist A.C. Reed dies in Chicago of complications from cancer.…

  15. Q&A: David Gilmour

    February 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST David Gilmour has remained quiet since Pink Floyd's reunion last July for the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park; quiet but hardly inactive. David Gilmour has remained quiet since Pink Floyd's reunion last July for the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park; quiet but hardly inactive. The man…

  16. Anastasio, SCI Set For 10,000 Lakes Fest

    February 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Trey Anastasio and String Cheese Incident are confirmed to headline Minnesota's fourth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival. Trey Anastasio and String Cheese Incident are confirmed to headline Minnesota's fourth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival. Set for July 19-22, the jam band-centric event…

  17. This Day in Music

    February 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Marilyn Manson files a defamation countersuit against former Spin executive editor Craig Marks. Manson's action is in response to a multimillion-dollar suit Marks filed the month before 2002 - A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of…

  18. Billboard Bits: Hoobastank, Chesney, 'Headbanger's Ball'

    February 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST New Hoobastank album, Kenny Chesney confirms Summerfest appearance, new 'Headbanger's Ball' compilation due. Hoobastank's third full-length effort, "Every Man for Himself," will be released April 18 via Island. The Californian act teamed up once again with…

  19. Mat Kearney

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST With his major label debut, this singer/songwriter has 'nothing left to lose.' On his major-label debut, aptly titled "Nothing Left to Lose," singer/songwriter Mat Kearney looks to his past in order to see into his future. So far, that future looks bright. Last week, the…

  20. This Day in Music

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Beatles principal George Harrison participates in his first-ever online chats via Yahoo! Chat and MSN Live.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Following a long illness, French popular singer Pierre Bachelet dies in the city of…

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