1. Chart Beat Chat

    March 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred chats with readers about charts, Madonna, digital downloads, Mary J. Blige and more. AIN'T NOTHING LIKE THE 'REAL, REAL, REAL' THING Dear Fred, In Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles" book, he sometimes lists the sales and airplay chart positions along with the…

  2. Chart Beat Chat

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "American Idol," Daniel Powter, chart records and more with readers. LISA, LISTEN TO ME Hi Fred, I know that you have access to the "American Idol" finalists. Can you please tell Lisa Tucker for me NOT to choose bubblegum pop songs anymore, and go back to…

  3. Langford's Art Skewers Neo-Nashville

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST It's an arresting image: Hank Williams, wild-eyed and skeletal, pierced with arrows like the Christian martyr St. Sebastian. It's an arresting image: Hank Williams, wild-eyed and skeletal, pierced with arrows like the Christian martyr St. Sebastian. This astonishing graphic and…

  4. Byrne, Eno Revisit 'Bush Of Ghosts'

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST David Byrne and Brian Eno's landmark 1981 collaboration "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" will be reissued March 28 via Nonesuch. The new edition features seven previously unreleased tracks that date fr David Byrne and Brian Eno's landmark 1981 collaboration "My Life in…

  5. Led Zeppelin 1968-1980: The Story Of A Band And Their Music (continued)

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Led Zeppelin may have disbanded in 1980, but the band's legacy lives on. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham always insisted that the music they made, onstage or in the studio, w Plant has self-confessedly had a long fascination with what is often termed '…

  6. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses chart fans, 'bullets,' his love of Swedish music and a lot more with readers this week. IRAQ (SO FAR AWAY) Was there a watershed moment when the Billboard charts became a fan tool as well as an industry tool? I often read you patiently explain that the charts exist…

  7. Tests To Determine If Skull Is Mozart's

    January 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Have scientists found Mozart's skull? Researchers say they'll reveal the results of DNA tests in a documentary airing Sunday (Jan. 8) on Austrian television as part of a year of celebratory events mar Have scientists found Mozart's skull? Researchers say they'll reveal the…

  8. Rush Bringing Vintage Performances To DVD

    December 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Although Rush released a new live DVD, "R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour," just last month, the veteran Canadian rock trio is planning on reissuing several classic live performances in 2006. Although Rush released a new live DVD, "R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour," just…

  9. This Day in Music

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Sting receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The former Police frontman's star (No. 2,168) is revealed in front of the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in a ceremony att 2004 - Damageplan/Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott is…

  10. ONTV

    November 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2005. MONDAY, NOV. 28 "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," NBC Featured Artists: Queens of the Stone Age perform with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. "Last Call With Carson Daly," NBC Featured Artists: The Bravery, Eve. TUESDAY, NOV.…

  11. Billboard Bits: Nobel Prize, CSN, Carl Craig

    November 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Nobel Prize, CSN, Carl Craig Veteran artists Duran Duran and Gladys Knight, Latin star Juanes, U.K. pop act Sugababes and cellist Yo-Yo Ma are among the artists who will perform at the 2005 Nobel Peace Price Concert. The Dec. 11 event in Oslo, Norway, will also include performances by…

  12. ROCK AND ROLL ARCHAEOLOGIST: How I Chased Down Kurt's Stratocaster, the "Layla" Guitar, and Janis's Boa

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST A Seattle music fan is transformed from mere collector to museum curator. A Seattle music fan is transformed from mere collector to museum curator. There was a time not so long ago when collecting pop culture artifacts was a much less crowded field, according to music historian Blecha (Taboo…

  13. Kiss Keeps Rocking With Live DVD

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Make-up clad rock icons Kiss will on Dec. 13 release a double-disc concert DVD, "Rock the Nation Live!," via Image Entertainment. Although there are countless Kiss home videos and DVDs on the market, Make-up clad rock icons Kiss will on Dec. 13 release a double-disc concert DVD, …

  14. DREAM BOOGIE: The Triumph of Sam Cooke

    October 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Presley's masterful biographer delivers a brilliant depiction of "Mr. Soul." Elvis Presley's masterful biographer delivers a brilliant depiction of "Mr. Soul." Guralnick, author of the definitive two-volume Presley bio Last Train to Memphis (1994) and…

  15. CLAPTON'S GUITAR: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cheerful days spent in the company of master luthier Wayne Henderson as he oh-so-slowly handcrafts guitars. Cheerful days spent in the company of master luthier Wayne Henderson as he oh-so-slowly handcrafts guitars. Henderson's guitars—there are fewer than 300 in existence, journalist St…

  16. JOHN LENNON: All I Want Is the Truth

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Despite his aunt's admonition, learning to make a living out of his guitar was the theme of John Lennon's life, and Partridge does a masterful job of placing Lennon's music in the context of his times "The guitar's all very well, John, but you'll never make a…

  17. 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…

  18. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses charts and more with readers. MAYBE WE NEED A PUBLICIST Dear Fred, I read your column every week and find it endlessly fascinating as my interest in the pop charts goes back many years, as will become evident by my question to you. I read with interest the letters in…

  19. Spears Denies Involvement In Photographer Shooting

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pop star Britney Spears and her security staff denied knowledge yesterday (Aug. 8) of the pellet-gun shooting of a photographer who was staking out a private baby shower for the singer in Malibu. Pop star Britney Spears and her security staff denied knowledge yesterday (Aug. 8) of the pellet…

  20. Harper, Leo, Donnas Salute 'Rubber Soul'

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ben Harper, Ted Leo, the Fiery Furnaces, the Donnas, Dar Williams and Sufjan Stevens are among the artists confirmed to appear on a song-by-song tribute to the Beatles' "Rubber Soul." Ben Harper, Ted Leo, the Fiery Furnaces, the Donnas, Dar Williams and Sufjan Stevens are among…

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