1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyoncé, George Strait, Dolly Parton, "chart years," year-end accounting and much more this week with readers. WHERE'S 'FIGHTING' - GILBERT'S GRIPE Dear Fred, I think I found another Beyoncé song that did not make the top 10 of the Hot 100. Didn&…

  2. On TV

    January 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 2-8, 2006. MONDAY, JAN. 2 "Today," NBC Featured artist(s): Willie Nelson. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist(s): Ginuwine (also scheduled: Tea Leoni, Enrique Murciano). "Inked: Rockers & Ribbons," A&E…

  3. This Day in Music

    December 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>Busta Rhymes - a.k.a. Trevor Smith - is arrested and charged with criminal possession after police find a loaded unregistered pistol in his car. Police originally pull Rhymes over for ch 2003 - Vestal Goodman, the "Queen of Gospel Music," dies in…

  4. Pet Shop Boys, Erasure Ready New Albums

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Synth-pop veterans the Pet Shop Boys and Erasure are readying new albums for release in the spring. Synth-pop veterans the Pet Shop Boys and Erasure are readying new albums for release in the spring. First up will be Erasure's "Union Street," which is due April 3…

  5. Disagreement Puts Shortlist Prize On Hold

    November 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST In its four-year history, the Shortlist Music Prize has become a coveted industry honor, shining a spotlight on artists who have made exceptional albums that have fallen under the mainstream radar. Bu In its four-year history, the Shortlist Music Prize has become a coveted industry honor,…

  6. Billboard Bits: Toby Keith, Coldcut, Carlos Ponce

    November 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Toby Keith, Coldcut, Carlos Ponce Shooting has begun in Atlanta on Toby Keith's first feature film, "Angel From Montgomery," which is being produced by Paramount and MTV Networks' new CMT Films division. Noted country music video director Steven Goldmann is…

  7. Snow Patrol Making Progress On New CD

    October 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Snow Patrol has completed primary recording of eight songs for its next Interscope album. Snow Patrol has completed primary recording of eight songs for its next Interscope album, frontman Gary Lightbody wrote in a post on the band's Web site . The group had been recording in Scotland up…

  8. Ask Billboard

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about the Rolling Stones, Christina Aguilera and more. THE FLIP SIDE OF THE STONES Keith, Can you give me any information on the Rolling Stones' b-sides CD that is about to be released by EMI? I believe it will be released in November. I am…

  9. Immigration Drama Scotches Howe-Squire-White Tour

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The More Drama Tour, a North American outing combining the side projects of three longtime Yes principals, has been canceled due to immigration problems. The More Drama Tour, a North American outing combining the side projects of three longtime Yes principals, has been canceled due to…

  10. Call Him 'Mr. A-Z'

    July 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. With his trademark wit intact, singer/songwriter Jason Mraz battles the sophomore slump head-on with his ambitious second effort, "Mr. A-Z." The 12-song collection (released July 26) showcases an artist who is "more comfortable,…

  11. Yes, Allman Bros. Plan Live Releases

    June 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rock outfits Yes and the Allman Brothers Band are readying vintage live recordings for summer release, although of vastly different scope. Veteran rock outfits Yes and the Allman Brothers Band are readying vintage live recordings for summer release, although of vastly different scope.…

  12. Heavy Acts Team For 'Underground' Tour

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST A cadre of hard rock acts led by Opeth, Unearth, Poison The Well and Clutch are uniting for the inaugural Sounds of the Underground summer festival tour. The bill will hit the road in North America in A cadre of hard rock acts led by Opeth, Unearth, Poison The Well and Clutch are uniting for…

  13. Billboard Bits: Hydra, Fantomas, Rascal Flatts

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Hydra, Fantomas, Rascal Flatts Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and noted jam band Particle have teamed up to create Hydra and will launch a U.S. tour April 7 in Santa Cruz. "Hydra is about extreme music," Hart says. "Extreme music for extreme people. I need it!"…

  14. CHART BEAT BONUS

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to Josh Groban, Ruben Studdard, Emmylou Harris, Patti LaBelle, Ron Isley and Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz. ON THE FAST TRACK Josh Groban sets one record and ties another, as his song from the soundtrack to "The Polar Express" makes…

  15. B&E: Underworld, Deftones, Franz Ferdinand

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Tangled Web: A weekly column featuring intriguing online music-related issues & destinations. This Week: Underworld, Deftones and Franz Ferdinand. PLUNDERWORLD: Electronic act Underworld is giving away dozens of songs as free MP3s via its official Web site . Split into " Archive 1 …

  16. Ask Billboard

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about the Rolling Stones, Billboard Music Awards and Def Leppard. LIVE LICKS? Keith, Do you have a release date for the new Rolling Stones double "Live" CD of the band's Licks tour? I have seen a track listing on a European…

  17. This Day in Music

    December 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Sean "Puffy" Combs is arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon when a gun is found in his vehicle after he leaves a chaotic scene at a New York club where three people a 1999 - Sean "Puffy" Combs is arrested and charged with…

  18. Amos, Seal Crack 'Mona Lisa Smile'

    November 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Tori Amos, Seal, Alison Krauss and Celine Dion are among those contributing to the soundtrack to the film "Mona Lisa Smile." Due Nov. 25 from Epic, the collection features contemporary artists' rendit Tori Amos, Seal, Alison Krauss and Celine Dion are among those contributing…

  19. Gabriel Weighing Label Options

    October 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Peter Gabriel is considering his options for future recording projects, now that he has fulfilled his U.S. contract with Geffen with Tuesday's release of the retrospective "HIT." The artist's deal wit Peter Gabriel is considering his options for future recording projects,…

  20. Dear Catastrophe Waitress

    October 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Jack Black's character in the movie "High Fidelity" famously complained that he didn't want to listen to Belle & Sebastian because it was "sad-bastard music." After four proper studio albums, appa Jack Black's character in the movie "High Fidelity…

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