1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Stargate, "tied" albums, Rodgers & Hammerstein and more! DIALING UP THE STARGATE Hi Fred, First, I wanted to thank you for clarifying how digital tracks are figured into the Hot 100. Here's the question for this week: is Beyonce's "…

  2. CBS Records Relaunching With Eye On Synergy

    December 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST CBS Corp. is reaching into its past by reviving the CBS Records name for its latest business proposition. The label is starting out small, with three artists -- singer/songwriters Will Dailey and P.J. CBS Corp. is reaching into its past by reviving the CBS Records name for its latest business…

  3. 'Dreamgirls' Snares Multiple Golden Globe Nods

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST The film adaptation of the musical "Dreamgirls" snared a host of nominations for the 64th Golden Globe Awards. Beyonce Knowles is nominated for best actress in a comedy or musical for her role in the The film adaptation of the musical "Dreamgirls" snared a host of…

  4. Low / Dec. 8, 2006 / Chicago (Old Town School of Folk Music)

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST "Consistency" often goes an unheralded quality in rock, commonly applied backhandedly to imply doing the same thing over and over again rather than one or two things extremely well. Using the latter d "Consistency" often goes an unheralded quality in rock, commonly applied…

  5. Take That Continues To Rule U.K. Charts

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Take That rule the U.K. charts for the second week running, spending a third week at No. 1 on the singles survey with "Patience" and a second with its parent Polydor album "Beautiful World." Additiona Take That rule the U.K. charts for the second week running, spending a…

  6. The Fray To Live On The Road Through Summer

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Fray will be on the road through summer in support of their breakout Epic debut, "How To Save a Life," which has spawned two top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Guitarist Joe King tells Billboar The Fray will be on the road through summer in support of their breakout Epic…

  7. Chart Beat

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gwen Stefani, Elisabeth Withers and more! THIS WILL BRING YOU BACK TO DO: Thanks to Gwen Stefani reaching once again into the well of Broadway songs, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II have their first top 10 hit on The Billboard Hot 100 as a…

  8. Mary J. Blige Wins Big At Billboard Music Awards

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Earning a whopping nine awards, R&B veteran Mary J. Blige dominated the field at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, held last night (Dec. 4) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 35-year-o Earning a whopping nine awards, R&B veteran Mary J. Blige dominated the field at the…

  9. Velvet Revolver Rediscovers Inspiration On New Album

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hard rock combo Velvet Revolver is eyeing a mid- to late-spring release for its second RCA album. The group is recording in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O'Brien, who stepped in for the band's ori Hard rock combo Velvet Revolver is eyeing a mid- to late-spring release for its…

  10. Done With Touring, Pollard Preps Seven New Albums

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Robert Pollard is saying adios to the touring life, but if anything, the decision will give him even more time to devote to his myriad music projects. Pollard canceled the last three shows of his rece Robert Pollard is saying adios to the touring life, but if anything, the decision will give…

  11. Gov't Mule Has Leg Up On Next Album

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Warren Haynes and company are still high on Gov't Mule's latest album, "High & Mighty." But the guitarist says there was enough largesse from the sessions to give the quartet a leg up on its next Warren Haynes and company are still high on Gov't Mule's latest…

  12. Morrissey / Nov. 21, 2006 / Chicago (Aragon Ballroom)

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Morrissey, looking dapper but casual in a pink shirt and silver tie, sauntered out on stage at the sold-out Aragon Ballroom, basked in the applause, took a bow, then took his spot behind the microphon Morrissey, looking dapper but casual in a pink shirt and silver tie, sauntered out on stage…

  13. Streisand Tour Breaks 14 Venue Records

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite talk in the early going of slow ticket sales, Barbra Streisand's first live performances in six years put up record-setting box office numbers. Despite talk in the early going of slow ticket sales, Barbra Streisand's first live performances in six years put up record-setting…

  14. Jazz Vocalist Anita O'Day Dies At 87

    November 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Anita O'Day, whose sassy renditions of "Honeysuckle Rose," "Sweet Georgia Brown" and other song standards made her one of the most respected jazz vocalists of the 1940s and '50s, has died. She was 87. Anita O'Day, whose sassy renditions of "Honeysuckle…

  15. Streisand Wraps Comeback Tour In Los Angeles

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Barbra Streisand ended her latest farewell tour last night (Nov. 20) at a celebrity-studded Los Angeles love-in that included incoming Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi among the thousands of rapt Barbra Streisand ended her latest farewell tour last night (Nov. 20) at a celebrity-studded…

  16. Smashing Pumpkins Summon 'Symphony' In Studio

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Smashing Pumpkins are more than halfway home on their first album since 2000, according to posts from drummer Jimmy Chamberlin on the group's MySpace.com site. The Smashing Pumpkins are more than halfway home on their first album since 2000, according to posts from drummer Jimmy…

  17. Coachella Expands To Three Days, Country Fest To Follow

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will expand to a three-day event for the first time in 2007 when it overtakes the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. on April 27-29. The following weeken The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will expand to a three-day event for the…

  18. Same Sample Powering New Jay-Z, Diddy Tracks

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST The "ubiquitous hip-hop sample of the moment" award goes to the horn loop from Johnny Pate's "Shaft in Africa." The "ubiquitous hip-hop sample of the moment" award goes to the horn loop from Johnny Pate's "Shaft in Africa." The track, from the…

  19. Cursive, Jeremy Enigk / Nov. 11, 2006 / Columbia, Mo. (Blue Note)

    November 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Emo fans are notorious for being overly passionate about bands they love, and the black-clad crowd hugging the stage at the Blue Note in Columbia, Mo., for Cursive and Jeremy Enigk on Nov. 11 was no e Emo fans are notorious for being overly passionate about bands they love, and the black-clad…

  20. Sayer, Boyz II Men Join Uncle Kracker On New CD

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST "Fun" is the operative word Uncle Kracker uses to describe his fourth album, "Happy Hour," due in February or March via Atlantic. "We just kinda went in and had fun -- fun in every way, shape or form, "Fun" is the operative word Uncle Kracker uses to…

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