1. Starr Sings Of 'Love' On New Album

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In crafting his latest album, Ringo Starr once again sought a little help from his friends. In crafting his latest album, Ringo Starr once again sought a little help from his friends. On "Choose Love," the former Beatles drummer utilizes the talents of the Pretenders' Chrissie…

  2. The Game Sued For $280 Million

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The rules have changed for this Game. The Compton-based rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, has been hit with a $280 million civil lawsuit, in addition to assault charges, stemming from an inci The rules have changed for this Game. The Compton-based rapper, whose real name is Jayceon…

  3. The Inc. Founder Seeking Separate Trial

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A hip-hop mogul charged in a racketeering case is seeking a separate trial from a notorious drug lord who is his co-defendant -- and childhood friend. A hip-hop mogul charged in a racketeering case is seeking a separate trial from a notorious drug lord who is his co-defendant -- and childhood…

  4. This Day in Music

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Radiohead is forced to cancel its show in Melbourne after lead singer Thom Yorke develops severe problems with his voice. A local specialist diagnoses Yorke with hoarseness of voice, a s 2004 - Radiohead is forced to cancel its show in Melbourne after lead singer…

  5. Q&A: Rudy Pérez

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Miami-based producer Rudy Pérez has ranked No. 1 on the Billboard year-end recap of Hot Latin Tracks Producers for three consecutive years. Now, Pérez, known for his high-quality productions, is up for the Latin producer of the year honor at the…

  6. Pearl Jam Heading To Great White North

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam will embark on a 15-date tour of Canada this fall, on which it will debut material intended for its as-yet-untitled new studio album. The trek, which was hinted at in a recent newsletter to Pearl Jam will embark on a 15-date tour of Canada this fall, on which it will debut material…

  7. Epic Soundtracks Lives On 'GoodThings'

    April 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Before singer/songwriter Epic Soundtracks' death in 1997, the former Kevin Paul Godfrey compiled quite a discography, both as a member of influential cult-punks Swell Maps, a collaborator with other b Before singer/songwriter Epic Soundtracks' death in 1997, the former Kevin Paul…

  8. Hot Product

    April 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen 'Dust' Bowl Bruce Springsteen re-teams with producer Brendan O'Brien on his 19th album, "Devils & Dust," which Columbia will release this week. The 12-track set follows the format of Springsteen's '90s studio work, in which he eschewed…

  9. Pixies, Weezer, Panic Set For Lollapalooza

    April 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Pixies, Weezer, Widespread Panic, the Killers, the Arcade Fire, Liz Phair, the Black Keys and Death Cab For Cutie are among the acts that will play the reconfigured Lollapalooza festival, which, a The Pixies, Weezer, Widespread Panic, the Killers, the Arcade Fire, Liz Phair, the Black…

  10. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. TANGIBLE Dear Fred, I passionately believe that illegal downloading never would have become a gigantic problem for the recording industry had it not all but eliminated the commercial singles market. I still can't figure out why they…

  11. This Day in Music

    April 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Amy Grant joins Vince Gill on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. During the second show, on the eve of Easter Sunday, the newly married couple performs "How Great Thou Art." 2000 - Amy Grant joins Vince Gill on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. During the second show,…

  12. 50 Cent's 'Candy' Enters Ninth Week At No. 1

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cent notches a ninth week atop Billboard's Hot 100 with "Candy Shop" featuring Olivia. The song remains strong despite being replaced at the top of Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks list by the Game's "Ha 50 Cent notches a ninth week atop Billboard's Hot 100…

  13. Life Is A 'Little' Better For Billy Dean

    April 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the April 23, 2005, issue magazine and expanded for Billboard.com. Before it became the year's surprise success story, Billy Dean thought his new album might be his last. A consistent hitmaker through much of the '90s, Dean had fallen from view after his deal with…

  14. Yorke, Keating Sing At Fair Trade Vigil

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Thousands of people -- including Radiohead singer Thom Yorke and former Boyzone member Ronan Keating -- held an all-night vigil late this weekend at London's Westminster Abbey to demand a better trade Thousands of people -- including Radiohead singer Thom Yorke and former Boyzone member…

  15. Hot Product

    April 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Z-Trip Sonic 'Shift' DJ Z-Trip's long-delayed debut album, "Shifting Gears," finally hits stores this week via Hard Left/Hollywood. The set features collaborations with Public Enemy's Chuck D ("Shock and Awe") and underground rappers Aceyalone and…

  16. The Ground

    April 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen's sophomore CD for ECM, "The Ground," requires attentive listening, given its sparse pause-and-reflect sensibility. Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen's sophomore CD for ECM, "The Ground," requires attentive listening, given its…

  17. NIN Invites Fans To 'Destroy' New Single

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fans are encouraged to build their own songs out of the NIN track's constituent parts, or just mess around to their heart's content. Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor has posted the group's new single, "The Hand That Feeds," on its official Web site as a file…

  18. Fountains Of Wayne Rounds Up Rarities

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fountains Of Wayne has gathered two disc's worth of rarities for the album "Out-of-State Plates," due June 28 via Virgin. The set also boasts two new songs: "The Girl I Can't Forget" and the single "M Fountains Of Wayne has gathered two disc's worth of…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. WHAT 'DREAM' MAY COME Hey Fred, I'm confused. The song that got Nadia Turner kicked off "American Idol" this week was Crystal Gayle's "When I Dream," which Nadia said was from 1977, the year she…

  20. Audioslave Itching To Debut New Tunes

    April 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist Tom Morello hints that aside from new material, fans may be treated to a few gems from band members' erstwhile outfits Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden. With the track listing nearly finalized for its May 24 Interscope/Epic release "Out of Exile," Audioslave…

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