1. 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…

  2. Cowboy Troy

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'Sup Kinfolk? You are about to join in on a behind the scenes look at what I do as an artist, a friend and business man. 'Sup Kinfolk? You are about to join in on a behind the scenes look at what I do as an artist, a friend and business man. Over the next few weeks and subsequently…

  3. Billboard Bits: Ludacris, Austin City Limits, Jamarama Live!

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Ludacris, Austin City Limits, Jamarama Live! Rapper Ludacris will hit the XM satellite radio airwaves beginning in January with his own weekly show, "Disturbing Tha Peace Presents Ludacris' Open Mic." The program will be highlighted by Ludacris' own music…

  4. Austin City Limits Festival / Sept. 23-25, 2005 / Austin, Texas (Zilker Park)

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The story at the fourth annual Austin City Limits Music Festival ended up being not the spectacular headlining set by Coldplay, the debut of some frenzied new Franz Ferdinand material or the reputatio The story at the fourth annual Austin City Limits Music Festival ended up being not the…

  5. Tupac Script Headed To Big Screen

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "Live 2 Tell," a script written by late rapper Tupac "2Pac" Shakur, is being developed as a feature film, with shooting set to begin in March, the project's producer said yesterday (Sept. 27). "Live 2 Tell," a script written by late rapper Tupac "2Pac…

  6. The National, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / Sept. 23, 2005 / Chicago (Schuba's)

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Friday night, the National played two shows at Schuba's, one of Chicago's cozier and more inviting clubs. The first, featuring Talkdemonic opening, failed to immediately sell out. The second, featurin There's a difference between buzz and hype. Buzz is an honest excitement…

  7. Vince Gill Gets Busy On New Album

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Two years removed from his last solo album, Vince Gill recently started recording his next studio disc, which has a tentative early 2006 release date. Two years removed from his last solo album, Vince Gill recently started recording his next studio disc, which has a tentative early 2006…

  8. Dr. John / Sept. 23, 2005 / Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Theatre)

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For those of us whose hearts are breaking over the fate of New Orleans and its roots-music culture, seeing and hearing a performance by Dr. John is like attending a secular church service held at an o For those of us whose hearts are breaking over the fate of New Orleans and its roots-music…

  9. Larger Than Life: Biggie, Marley Duet On New Song

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Even in death, rapper Notorious B.I.G. continues to surprise. The artist, who died in a March 1997 shooting, "duets" with fellow deceased music legend Bob Marley on a new single, "Hold Ya Hand," which Even in death, rapper Notorious B.I.G. continues to surprise. The artist…

  10. Billboard Bits: Rock'n'Reel, Celine Dion, T. Rex

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Rock'n'Reel, Celine Dion, T. Rex Low, Elf Power, Mark Olson and Victoria Williams, Buddy Miller and Brandi Carlile are among the artists that will play at the 2005 Paste Rock'n'Reel Festival. Set for Oct. 22-23 in Decatur, Ga., the event is organized by the music…

  11. Ying Yangs Take 'Viagra' For Film Debut

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Ying Yang Twins are taking their act to the big screen. Bryan Turner's Melee Entertainment has signed the hip-hop duo to star in their first feature, "Viagra Falls." Production is slated to begin The Ying Yang Twins are taking their act to the big screen. Bryan Turner'…

  12. Hot Product

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Gretchen Wilson Country Crooner On her new album, Gretchen Wilson sings about being "on the stool side of the bar these days, buying everyone a round." Like much of the Epic album, "All Jacked Up," that lyric is an autobiographical glimpse into the meteoric career path of…

  13. Hot Product

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: Dancehall star Sean Paul's "The Trinity" (VP/Atlantic). R&B veteran Toni Braxton's studio debut for Blackground/Universal, "Libra." Blues patriarch Buddy Guy's "Bring 'Em In,…

  14. This Day in Music

    September 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Hank Williams is the subject of the first-ever country music symposium at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. "A Tribute To Hank Williams" begins with Lucinda Williams, Kim R 2003 - Rising British singer/songwriter Matthew Jay dies after falling…

  15. Boxed Set Closes Book On The Band... For Now

    September 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT When compiling the new Band boxed set, "A Musical History," group member Robbie Robertson found himself listening to material he hadn't heard in years, and in some cases, ever. When compiling the new Band boxed set , "A Musical History," group member Robbie Robertson…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses INXS, chart rules, feats and more with readers. GOOD FORTUNE Fred, If you’ve been following the "Rock Star: INXS" TV series, you know that Canadian J.D. Fortune has been selected as the new lead singer of INXS. I think it’s an inspired choice. His slightly bad…

  17. CSNY, Matthews, Norah Jones Set For Bridge School

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Event founder Neil Young will also perform with his CSNY bandmates David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. Dave Matthews, Norah Jones and Bright Eyes lead the lineup for the 19th annual Bridge School Benefit concerts, to be held Oct. 29-30 at Shoreline Amphitheatre outside San Francisco…

  18. Thursday Hits Studio With Dave Fridmann

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Modern rock act Thursday is about to begin work on its next studio album at producer Dave Fridmann's Tarbox Studios in Freedonia, N.Y. Modern rock act Thursday is about to begin work on its next studio album at producer Dave Fridmann's Tarbox Studios in Freedonia, N.Y. The as-yet…

  19. Billboard Honors DMB With Humanitarian Award

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In recognition of its numerous charitable works, the Dave Matthews Band will be presented with the Humanitarian Award during Roadwork '05: The Billboard Touring Conference and Awards in New York. In recognition of its numerous charitable works, the Dave Matthews Band will be presented…

  20. Chamillionaire Plots His 'Revenge'

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Just as one-time colleague Paul Wall debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his latest album, "The Peoples Champ," Houston-based rapper Chamillionaire is plotting his own explosion into the mainstr Just as one-time colleague Paul Wall debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his…

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