1. Judge Assures Jurors Jackson Was Ill

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson returned to court today (Feb. 22) after a week's delay, and the judge assured prospective jurors that the singer really had been ill and there was no plot to put off his child molestat Michael Jackson returned to court today (Feb. 22) after a week's delay, and the…

  2. This Day in Music

    February 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Tragedy strikes at a Great White show at West Warwick, Rhode Island nightclub The Station when a pyrotechnic ignites soundproofing foam around the stage. The fire quickly spreads, killin 2003 - Tragedy strikes at a Great White show at West Warwick, Rhode Island…

  3. This Day in Music

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Country singer Johnny Paycheck, best known for his 1977 song "Take This Job and Shove It," dies in a Nashville nursing home of emphysema and diabetes, among other problems. He is 64. 2003 - Country singer Johnny Paycheck, best known for his 1977 song "…

  4. This Day in Music

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Country singer Andy Griggs is arrested just before 3 a.m. after taking a joy ride in an ambulance. Griggs and band member Kevin Weaver came upon the vehicle, with keys inside, in the par 2001 - Country singer Andy Griggs is arrested just before 3 a.m. after taking a…

  5. Billboard Bits: Garth Brooks, Carly Simon, Napster

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Garth Brooks, Carly Simon, Napster Garth Brooks' appearance Saturday at fundraiser in Fort Worth, Texas, reportedly helped raise more than $2 million for a local hospital. Brooks performed with pals Steve Wariner, Stephanie Davis and Dan Roberts, who had organized the $1,000-a…

  6. Jackson Hospitalized En Route To Court

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson was taken to a Santa Maria, Calif. hospital with the flu this morning (Feb. 15), delaying jury selection for a week in the singer's child molestation trial. Judge Rodney Melville told Michael Jackson was taken to a Santa Maria, Calif. hospital with the flu this morning …

  7. Bryant, Taylor Among Jackson Witnesses

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST The defense witness list in Michael Jackson's trial includes Jackson's own children and a variety of celebrities, among them Kobe Bryant and Elizabeth Taylor, his lawyer told jury prospects today (Feb The defense witness list in Michael Jackson's trial includes Jackson's…

  8. This Day in Music

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Mick Tucker, drummer from the 1970s glam band Sweet, dies after a lengthy battle against leukemia. He is 54. 2002 - Mick Tucker, drummer from the 1970s glam band Sweet, dies after a lengthy battle against leukemia. He is 54. 2001 - Prince launches a subscription…

  9. The Documentary

    February 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Dr. Dre's newest disciple has been touted as the resurrector of a West Coast (Compton, Calif.) rap heritage that includes N.W.A (featuring Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube) and now fellow newcomer Guerill Dr. Dre's newest disciple has been touted as the resurrector of a West Coast …

  10. This Day in Music

    February 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Legendary Czech crooner Karel Gott announces that he would consider running for president of the Czech Republic, to replace playwright and former dissident Vaclav Havel, whose term in of 2003 - Legendary Czech crooner Karel Gott announces that he would consider…

  11. 'Ray' Earns $44M In First-Day DVD Sales

    February 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Six-time Oscar nominee "Ray," starring best actor contender Jamie Foxx, sold more than 2 million combined DVD and VHS units Tuesday during its first day in release on home video, according to industry Six-time Oscar nominee "Ray," starring best actor contender Jamie Foxx,…

  12. Ask Billboard

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Paul McCartney, Dixie Chicks, Fleetwood Mac and Mick Fleetwood. MACCA RETURNS Keith, I heard Paul McCartney is going on tour this year. I think it was reported on billboard.com, but I didn't see it there. What cities is he coming to?…

  13. Nelly, DMB, Juanes Among N.O. Jazz Fest Acts

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST For its 36th annual edition, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has confirmed a rich and eclectic lineup befitting its storied history. For its 36th annual edition, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has confirmed a rich and eclectic lineup befitting its storied history.…

  14. This Day in Music

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Spanish police admit they exchanged blows with Rodney Mack, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra's lead trumpet player, who they mistakenly thought was a con man. Mack is a cousin of celebra 2002 - Spanish police admit they exchanged blows with Rodney Mack, the…

  15. 'Ray,' Foxx Nab Oscar Nominations

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST "Ray" and its star Jamie Foxx were among those honored today (Jan. 25) with nominations for the 77th annual Academy Awards. The Ray Charles biopic will compete for a best picture Oscar while Foxx is c "Ray" and its star Jamie Foxx were among those honored today (Jan. 25)…

  16. Queen, Rodgers Nail Down Reunion Tour

    January 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rodgers and Queen are also seeking fan input to generate the set list for the tour, which will be guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor's first since original lead vocalist Freddie Mercury died Queen and Paul Rodgers will begin their spring European tour March 28 in London,…

  17. Billboard Bits: 'Charlotte's Web,' Duran Duran, Burton

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on 'Charlotte's Web,' Duran Duran, Burton OutKast's Andre 3000 and Reba McEntire will join Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, John Cleese and Steve Buscemi in lending their vocal talents to the upcoming film adaptation of the classic children's book "Charlotte&…

  18. This Day in Music

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>A new Bob Dylan original song, "Cross the Green Mountain," makes its premiere in streaming audio form on AOL Music's First Listen program. 2003 - A new Bob Dylan original song, "Cross the Green Mountain," makes its premiere in streaming audio…

  19. Hot Product

    January 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Game 'Game' On He started rapping less than four years ago, but the Game is already positioned to become one of 2005's early breakout acts. The 25-year-old's status can be attributed to the year-long buzz surrounding his Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope album debut, "…

  20. 'Ray' DVD Cued Up For February

    January 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST The critically acclaimed Ray Charles biopic "Ray," starring Jamie Foxx as the late "genius of soul," will emerge in three home video versions Feb. 1, one week after Oscar nominations are announced. The critically acclaimed Ray Charles biopic "Ray," starring Jamie…

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