1. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    September 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney continues on his hot streak with a new album, rap titans 50 Cent and Kanye West square off in a Sept. 11 shootout, indie heavyweights Pinback and Animal Collective take it to the next le Bad Boy boy band B5's "Don't Talk, Just Listen." Pixies frontman Frank…

  2. Redefining The 'Canon': Ani DiFranco

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "No hit singles. No platinum albums. No compromises." That's as good a summation of Ani DiFranco's career as any well-heeled Madison Avenue copywriter could conjure, but like all things DiFranco, this "No hit singles. No platinum albums. No compromises." That&…

  3. Voodoo Music Experience Unveils Day-By-Day Lineup

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The day-by-day lineup has been unveiled for the 2007 Voodoo Music Experience, to be held Oct. 26-28 at New Orleans' City Park. The day-by-day lineup has been unveiled for the 2007 Voodoo Music Experience, to be held Oct. 26-28 at New Orleans' City Park. Rage Against The Machine and…

  4. With New Order Kaput, Hook Presses On With Freebass

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peter Hook has no interest in being idle. The former New Order/Joy Division bassist is making progress with his new project Freebass, which gathers Smiths bassist Andy Rouke and Stone Roses counterpar Peter Hook has no interest in being idle. The former New Order/Joy Division bassist is…

  5. Dylan's 'Newport' Performances Making DVD Debut

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Adding to an already robust slate of Bob Dylan-related releases this fall, Columbia/Legacy will on Oct. 30 release the DVD "The Other Side of the Mirror -- Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival Adding to an already robust slate of Bob Dylan-related releases this fall, Columbia…

  6. Great White Fire Defendants Agree To Settle

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Several defendants being sued by relatives of the 100 people killed in a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire have tentatively agreed to a $13.5 million settlement, one of the families' lawyers told the A Several defendants being sued by relatives of the 100 people killed in a 2003 Rhode…

  7. Billboard Bits: Baby Bash, Voxtrot/Arctic Monkeys, CMJ

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Latin rapper Baby Bash will release his Arista debut, "Cyclone," on Oct. 16. The set features guest spots from Paula DeAnda, T-Pain and Danity Kane's Andrea, while J.R. Rotem, Jim Jonsin, Felli Fell, Latin rapper Baby Bash will release his Arista debut, "Cyclone," on…

  8. Billboard Bits: Raveonettes, 'Across The Universe,' Kate Nash

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Having split with Columbia, Danish rock duo the Raveonettes have signed a new U.S. record deal with 429 Records, Billboard.com can reveal. The group's new album, "Lust Lust Lust" will arrive Oct. 9. Having split with Columbia, Danish rock duo the Raveonettes have signed a new U…

  9. Good Charlotte's Agenda: Babies, Production, Touring

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Good Charlotte's Benji Madden is so excited about becoming an uncle that he's already bought a high chair, stroller and crib for his house in anticipation. And it's not only for his twin brother and G Good Charlotte's Benji Madden is so excited about becoming an uncle that…

  10. The Cure Postpones Fall North American Tour

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "The schedule as it stands only gives us a couple of weeks to finish our new double album before we hit the road again, and we know this just isn't enough time to complete the project to our total sat Having already pushed back the release of its next album from fall until spring…

  11. Rhino Unearths Rare Cuts From Aretha's 'Reign'

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Previously unreleased material from Aretha Franklin in the vaults at Atlantic has been unearthed for an upcoming collection from Rhino Records. Previously unreleased material from Aretha Franklin in the vaults at Atlantic has been unearthed for an upcoming collection from Rhino Records. The…

  12. Billboard Bits: Coachella '08, Genesis, Bob Mould

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The dates for the 2008 Coachella festival won't be announced for several weeks, but festival co-creator Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice tells Billboard.com he's "just starting right now" to seek out talen The dates for the 2008 Coachella festival won't be announced for…

  13. Yung Joc's Young Crowd

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bad Boy rapper Yung Joc just wants to have fun. And judging by the success of his first two singles last year, so do his listeners. Bad Boy rapper Yung Joc just wants to have fun. And judging by the success of his first two singles last year, so do his listeners. Joc's "It's…

  14. Brit Bummers: Winehouse, Allen Scrap Dates

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Brit singers Amy Winehouse and Lilly Allen have both announced the cancellation of upcoming concert dates. Winehouse, whose label cites "ongoing health issues," has pulled out of the V Festival this w Brit singers Amy Winehouse and Lilly Allen have both announced the cancellation of…

  15. This Day in Music

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements dies at his daughter Midge Cranor's home outside Nashville following a battle with cancer. Born in 1928, Clements was referred to as the "Miles Davis o 2005 - Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements dies at his daughter Midge Cranor…

  16. Wilson Funeral Set For Monday In Manchester

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The funeral of Factory Records founder Tony Wilson will take place Monday (Aug. 20) at the Hidden Gem Church in Manchester, England. The funeral of Factory Records founder Tony Wilson will take place Monday (Aug. 20) at the Hidden Gem Church in Manchester, England. The ceremony will be open…

  17. Chart Beat Chat

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss unbreakable chart records, Anne Murray, Carrie Underwood, genre classifications and Sean Kingston. UNBREAKABLE Hi, Fred. There has been a lot of media coverage about Barry Bonds overtaking Hank Aaron's all-time home run total, which was until recently…

  18. Joy Division/New Order Manager Wilson Dies

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tony Wilson, who managed U.K. rock bands Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, has died. Tony Wilson, who managed U.K. rock bands Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, has died. The Manchester Evening News reported that the 57-year-old, who also co-founded Factory Records and the…

  19. New Cure Album Shifts From Fall To Next Spring

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Originally due in early 2007 and then bumped to the fall, the new Cure album will now not see the light of day until next spring, according to a Geffen spokesperson. Originally due in early 2007 and then bumped to the fall, the new Cure album will now not see the light of day until next…

  20. Unknown Actor To Play Notorious B.I.G. In Biopic

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The role of Notorious B.I.G. for an upcoming biopic on the rapper will be found through an open casting call, the film's producers told the Associated Press. The role of Notorious B.I.G. for an upcoming biopic on the rapper will be found through an open casting call, the film's…

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