1. Desert Rock

    July 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It's no surprise the spotlight doesn't appear to suit James Lavelle. As the primary creative force UNKLE, he's pulled together three albums behind the scenes "Oz" style, integrating the sounds of some It's no surprise the spotlight doesn't appear to suit…

  2. Manson To Begin Shooting Carroll Film In Late Fall

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Marilyn Manson plans to start shooting his delayed horror film "Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll," towards the end of the year, after he finishes touring to promote his new album, "Eat Me, Marilyn Manson plans to start shooting his delayed horror film "…

  3. Chart Beat Chat

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Pink Floyd, Rubinoos' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" vs. Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" and more! MANY MOONS Hi Fred, Maybe you've been inundated with this comment, but as I was glancing at the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart, I noticed…

  4. Queen, Rodgers Nine Songs Into New Album

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Everybody tie your mothers down. Queen + Paul Rodgers plan to rock you again -- perhaps as soon as 2008. Everybody tie your mothers down. Queen + Paul Rodgers plan to rock you again -- perhaps as soon as 2008. Rodgers tells Billboard.com that he's "recorded some nine songs"…

  5. Spector Defense Seeks To Introduce Diary

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Phil Spector murder trial erupted in intense arguments outside the jury's presence today (May 31) over whether the defense can introduce a diary written by gunshot victim Lana Clarkson in which sh The Phil Spector murder trial erupted in intense arguments outside the jury's…

  6. Maroon 5, Rihanna Sit Pretty On U.K. Charts

    May 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As Maroon 5's "Makes Me Wonder" (A&M/Polydor) started a second week in the runners-up spot on the new U.K. singles chart, there was major consolation for the Los Angeles band, who saw its second a As Maroon 5's "Makes Me Wonder" (A&M/Polydor) started a…

  7. Proclaimers Remake Hits No. 1 In U.K.

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT One single raising money for the BBC's Children in Need appeal replaced another at the top of new U.K. singles chart yesterday (March 25). Scottish duo the Proclaimers' remake of their 1988 hit "I'm G One single raising money for the BBC's Children in Need appeal…

  8. New Pornographers In An 'Epic' Mood On New Album

    March 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Canadian indie rock outfit the New Pornographers are in the thick of recording the follow-up to 2005's "Twin Cinema," with an eye on a late August release via Matador. Canadian indie rock outfit the New Pornographers are in the thick of recording the follow-up to 2005's …

  9. U.K. Pop Groups Take Aerosmith Classic To No. 1

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s new favorite single is this year's official song of the BBC's Comic Relief telethon, a cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" which pits two of the nation's most popular groups "against" each The U.K.'s new favorite single is this…

  10. Chart Beat Chat

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Mary J. Blige's 72-week run on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, the influence of airplay and downloads on the Hot 100 and Pop 100 charts and more! WITHIN YOU AND 'WITHOUT YOU' Dear Fred, I read both Chart Beat and Chart Beat Chat every week, and…

  11. Lennox Wrapping Album With Glen Ballard

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-winning songwriter-producer Glen Ballard is putting the final touches on Annie Lennox's first album in four years, which will be released in the fourth quarter. "It's a very intense record," he Grammy-winning songwriter-producer Glen Ballard is putting the final…

  12. Kaiser Chiefs, Winehouse Lead U.K. Charts

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kaiser Chiefs scored their first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Feb. 25) as "Ruby" (B-Unique/Polydor) moved 2-1. Amy Winehouse returned to the top of the album chart 2-1 with "Back to Black" (Universal Kaiser Chiefs scored their first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Feb. 25) as…

  13. Mika Dominates U.K. Album, Singles Chart

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Lebanese-born singer/songwriter Mika's triumphant U.K. launch by Casablanca/Universal Island became complete yesterday (Feb. 11) as his debut album "Life in Cartoon Motion" debuted at No. 1 and the si Lebanese-born singer/songwriter Mika's triumphant U.K. launch by…

  14. Chart Beat Chat

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss the NFL, the Oscars, Diana Ross and more! GOOD SPORTS Dear Fred, As a passionate music and football fan, I sometimes find myself discovering connections between the music and sports worlds. Billboard and the NFL are my two favorite corporate entities, so when I…

  15. Report: Police Rehearsing For Tour In Vancouver

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Police will rehearse for their upcoming reunion tour at Lions Gate Studios in Vancouver, according to reports today (Jan. 25) by the city's classic rock radio station, CFMI. Details of the summer The Police will rehearse for their upcoming reunion tour at Lions Gate Studios in…

  16. THE 39 APARTMENTS OF LUDWID VAN BEETHOVEN

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Those appreciative of Beethoven's work can now commiserate with the difficulties of owning five legless pianos and having to move in and out of 39 apartments all because of rude neighbors who couldn't Those appreciative of Beethoven's work can now commiserate with the…

  17. BODY PIERCING SAVED MY LIFE

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST A look at some of the colorful figures who have transformed the Christian rock scene into a flourishing industry. A look at some of the colorful figures who have transformed the Christian rock scene into a flourishing industry. A non-Christian, but a devoted fan of music and a senior…

  18. VAN MORRISON

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nearly breath-by-breath biography of the influential Irish musician who has made a dent in rock, blues, folk, country and jazz. Nearly breath-by-breath biography of the influential Irish musician who has made a dent in rock, blues, folk, country and jazz. This comprehensiveness is…

  19. Four Decades On, Elvis/Nixon Meeting Still Fascinates

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST The meeting between two of the most improbable cultural icons of the 1970s lasted all of 30 minutes, but it has fascinated the nation for years. The meeting between two of the most improbable cultural icons of the 1970s lasted all of 30 minutes, but it has fascinated the nation for years. A…

  20. Calexico

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Just outside of Benson, Ariz., on I-10 we see a similar van and trailer pass us on the left. It's gotta be a band van, there's even a fake tennis ball stuck into a cracked windshield. Sh*t, it's Annua Tucson, Ariz., December 2, 2006 Rialto Theatre Benefit Concert for KXCI…

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