1. R. Kelly 'Reloads' At No. 1

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly nabs his fifth No. 1 this week on The Billboard 200 with "TP.3 Reloaded" (Jive). The controversial artist's latest release starts well above the competition with 491,000 U.S. copies, accordin R. Kelly nabs his fifth No. 1 this week on The Billboard 200 with "TP.3…

  2. Berman Untangles New Silver Jews Album

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Breaking the longest musical silence of his decade-plus career, David Berman has reactivated his Silver Jews project for its fifth studio album, "Tanglewood Numbers." Breaking the longest musical silence of his decade-plus career, David Berman has reactivated his Silver Jews project…

  3. O'Jays, Ronettes, Tokens Enter Vocal Hall Of Fame

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Vocal Group Hall of Fame inducted its seventh class today (July 6) in Wildwood, N.J., honoring 17 vocal trios, quartets, duos and other harmony, doo-wop and R&B groups. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame inducted its seventh class today (July 6) in Wildwood, N.J., honoring 17 vocal trios,…

  4. Luther Vandross Dies At 54

    July 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-winning soul singer and songwriter Luther Vandross, who suffered a serious stroke two years ago as he was about to relaunch his career, died on Friday (July 1) in a New Jersey hospital, officia Grammy-winning soul singer and songwriter Luther Vandross, who suffered a serious stroke two…

  5. Hot Product

    July 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly 'Closet' Conversations On his new album "TP3: Reloaded" (Jive), R. Kelly eschews the dance party/inspirational vibe of last year's "Happy People/U Saved Me" in favor of the sexually charged themes that first earned him musical notoriety 10 albums…

  6. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. HOW MUCH 'HEAVEN'? Hello Fred, I have followed your column and Billboard charts for years and have [watched] three "American Idol" winners debut at No. 1. My question to you is how many singles does someone have to sell in order to…

  7. Pajo Rocks Quietly On New Album

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Indie rock institution David Pajo (Slint, Tortoise, Papa M) unveils a new project under his last name this week via Drag City. The set was inspired by the artist's move from Louisville to New York, wh Indie rock institution David Pajo (Slint, Tortoise, Papa M) unveils a new project under…

  8. My Morning Jacket Stretches Out On 'Z'

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT My Morning Jacket takes its Southern-tinged rock'n'roll to new and exciting places on its fourth studio album, "Z." As previously reported, the 10-track set will be released Sept. 20 via ATO/RCA and w My Morning Jacket takes its Southern-tinged rock'n'roll to new…

  9. Trapt Takes 'Control' On Sophomore Album

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Modern rock act Trapt will uneleash its sophomore album, "Someone in Control," Sept. 13 via Warner Bros. First single "Stand Up" will hit U.S. rock radio outlets July 11. Modern rock act Trapt will uneleash its sophomore album, "Someone in Control," Sept. 13 via…

  10. Glastonbury Gears Up For Another Year

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rain, hail or mud: nothing is likely to dampen the spirits of those visiting England's annual Glastonbury Festival. The three-day event, which begins Friday (June 24), is widely recognized as one of t Rain, hail or mud: nothing is likely to dampen the spirits of those visiting England&…

  11. This Day in Music

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" tops the American Film Institute's (AFI) list of top movie songs. The honor for the song, famously sung by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz," is revealed at 2004 - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" tops the…

  12. Clapton Gets A Lift From Winwood, Mayer

    June 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For "Back Home," his first album of new original material since 2001's "Reptile," Eric Clapton tapped the talents of longtime collaborator Simon Climie, as well as such guests as Steve Winwood, John M For "Back Home," his first album of new original material…

  13. Rhino Readies Ramones, Dead Sets

    June 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Ramones and the Grateful Dead will both be feted with multi-disc summer releases from Rhino. The Ramones and the Grateful Dead will both be feted with multi-disc summer releases from Rhino. Due Aug. 16, the box set "Weird Tales of the Ramones" will compile 85 tracks onto three…

  14. Hot Product

    June 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Transplants Ghost Stories To Transplants lead signer Rob Aston, hearing the trio's new songs on the radio is vindication. Aston says more than half the songs on the punk act's genre-hopping second album, "Haunted Cities," were intended for another project -- his solo album…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    June 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. FROM THE LAND OF THE CRAZY FROG Hi Fred, After taking my regular weekly look at the U.S. movers and shakers on the Billboard Hot 100 I decided to e-mail you to get your honest opinion of our top 40 chart over here in the United Kingdom. This week, for…

  16. Major-Label Transplants

    June 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. To Transplants lead signer Rob Aston, hearing the trio's new songs on the radio is vindication. Aston says more than half the songs on the punk act's genre-hopping second album, "Haunted Cities," were intended for another…

  17. Live 8 Expands Again, Adds Acts For Philly

    June 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo, Toronto and Johannesburg will host additional concerts under the Live 8 banner, Bob Geldof confirmed today (June 16). Organizers are expected to officially announce the new locations tomorrow. Tokyo, Toronto and Johannesburg will host additional concerts under the Live 8 banner, Bob…

  18. Pixies Unplug For Newport Folk Festival

    June 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Pixies will unplug for the first time in their career later this summer at Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival. The Pixies will unplug for the first time in their career later this summer at Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival. The group will anchor the Aug. 6 bill for the…

  19. Kelly Finalizes 'Reloaded' Tracklist

    June 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly has put the finishing touches on the track list for his 10th album, "TP.3 Reloaded." R. Kelly has put the finishing touches on the track list for his 10th album, "TP.3 Reloaded." As previously reported , the 19-track set is due July 5 via Jive. Snoop Dogg, the…

  20. King Helps Break Ground On Museum

    June 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Blues icon B.B. King joined local and state dignitaries today (June 10) for the groundbreaking of a $10 million museum honoring him in a Mississippi Delta town where he used to live. Blues icon B.B. King joined local and state dignitaries today (June 10) for the groundbreaking of a $10…

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