1. Ask Billboard

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Keith answers readers' questions on Christmas tunes, Christmas albums and Olivia Newton-John. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHART-MAS Hi Keith and Happy Holidays! My…

  2. Chart Beat Chat

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss "You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch," adult contemporary music, performing rights societies and more! IN THE 'MEAN' TIME Fred: I was perusing the 2007 year-end lists on Billboard.biz when I spotted an error that made my heart shrink three sizes.…

  3. MTV Tunes Up Musical From 'HSM' Producers

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST MTV is looking to make a splash in the original musical arena with "The American Mall." The project, from "High School Musical" producers Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush, will premiere in the summer o MTV is looking to make a splash in the original musical arena with "…

  4. This Day in Music

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen network. "Up Close And Personal With Natalie Merchant," which is aired and streamed on the network's Web site simultaneously 2001 - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen…

  5. Groban Remains No. 1, Becomes '07's Best-Seller

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban sets a new record on The Billboard 200 with "Noel," becoming the first Christmas album to top the chart for four straight weeks. The 143/Reprise set moved 669,000 copies in the U.S., accor Josh Groban sets a new record on The Billboard 200 with "Noel," becoming…

  6. This Day in Music

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. The performance marks the 10th year the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences 2002 - Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children…

  7. Jazz Producer Joel Dorn Dies At 65

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran record producer Joel Dorn, who worked with such artists as Roberta Flack, Max Roach and the Neville Brothers, died of a heart attack yesterday (Dec. 17) in New York. He was 65. Veteran record producer Joel Dorn, who worked with such artists as Roberta Flack, Max Roach and the Neville…

  8. This Day in Music

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST - The Pixies wrap their triumphant reunion tour with a show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The gig caps a nearly eight-month trek, the quartet's first since its original 1992 dissolution, wh 2004 - The Pixies wrap their triumphant reunion tour with a show at New York'…

  9. Morissette Experiments With New 'Flavors'

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alanis Morissette will burst back onto the scene next spring with the album "Flavors of Entanglement." The set balances world- and folk-influenced tracks against the experimental pop leanings of produ Alanis Morissette will burst back onto the scene next spring with the album "…

  10. This Day in Music

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Dave Clark Five saxophonist Denis Payton dies at age 63 after a long illness. 2006 - Dave Clark Five saxophonist Denis Payton dies at age 63 after a long illness. 2003 - Rapper Nas is charged with assault stemming from a Dec. 10 altercation in a New York nightclub. It is reported that…

  11. No 'Pains,' No Gains

    December 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Bringing out a new Mary J. Blige album is a big challenge. That's because Blige, anointed "the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" in 1992, is on a 15-year multi-platinum run as one of the most electric performers Bringing out a new Mary J. Blige album is a big challenge. That's…

  12. This Day in Music

    December 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Studio 8, the Detroit-area studio where Eminem recorded "My Name Is" for "The Slim Shady LP" goes on sale on Internet auction site eBay. Eminem recorded at Studio 8 in 1997; "The Slim Shady LP" 2004 - Studio 8, the Detroit-area studio where Eminem recorded…

  13. Ask Billboard

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Keith answers readers' questions on Seal, Grammys, the Police and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . SEAL THE DEAL Hi Keith, A few weeks ago Seal's "System" debuted at No. 35 on The…

  14. Chart Beat Chat

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Kimberley Locke, Christine Perfect, Leona Lewis and more! THE PERFECT E-MAIL Hi Fred. Last week, Mike Burk inquired about female artists who had success under both their maiden and married names. Christine Perfect had success in Great Britain as singer and…

  15. This Day in Music

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies at New York's Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is 83. Ertegun was critically injured when he fell backstage at a Rolling Stones concert at New Yor 2006 - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies at New York's Weill Cornell…

  16. The Year In Charts 2007: An Early Peek

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Daughtry, Fergie and Akon are among the 2007 chart leaders in the 387 tallies that comprise Billboard's Year in Music & Touring issue, which will be on newsstands tomorrow (Dec. 14) and online at Daughtry, Fergie and Akon are among the 2007 chart leaders in the 387 tallies that…

  17. Chart Beat

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses the Chipmunks, The Bee Gees, Taylor Swift and more! NOTABLE RETURN: Al Bennett was at Dot Records before he was named president of the Liberty label. From there, he went on to found the Cream imprint. But he's probably best known for lending his (full) name, along with…

  18. Flight Of The Conchords Debut Due In April

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST They play marginally talented singer/songwriters on their runaway hit HBO series, but Flight of the Conchords members Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie put in extensive time in the studio to perfect They play marginally talented singer/songwriters on their runaway hit HBO series, but Flight…

  19. Madonna, Mellencamp Lead 2008 Rock Hall Class

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Madonna, John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, the Ventures and the Dave Clark Five will be enshrined next year in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, organizers announced today (Dec. 13). Madonna, John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, the Ventures and the Dave Clark Five will be enshrined next year in the…

  20. This Day in Music

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Former Lovin' Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky dies of a heart attack at his farm home outside Kingston, Ontario. He is 57. 2002 - Former Lovin' Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky dies of a heart attack at his farm home outside Kingston, Ontario. He is 57. 2000 - Ex-Verve…

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