1. This Day in Music

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>George Jones pleads guilty in Franklin, Tenn., to driving while impaired and violating the state's open-container law, in charges stemming from his near-fatal March 6 car accident. Jones 2002 - Singer Dionne Warwick is arrested when baggage screeners at Miami…

  2. Chart Beat Chat

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses slow turnover of No. 1s, digital sales, chart methodology and more with readers. DISPARATE DOMAINS Dear Fred, There's another piece of trivia for which the slow turnover of No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart is partially responsible. This year…

  3. THE ESSEX GREEN, "Cannibal Sea"

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As power pop/punk continues to dominate charts and shelf space, sweet, bubbly indie pop is becoming more of a rarity. As power pop/punk continues to dominate charts and shelf space, sweet, bubbly indie pop is becoming more of a rarity. Even more rare: groups that can do it well. Rilo Kiley…

  4. JONNY LIVES!, "Get Steady"

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Hailing from New York's Lower East Side, Jonny Lives! may not be breaking any new musical ground, but their EP "Get Steady" sure is fun to listen to. Hailing from New York's Lower East Side, Jonny Lives! may not be breaking any new musical ground, but their EP "Get…

  5. SUNNY HAWKINS, "More of You"

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Hawkins' resume already indicates a talent of stature before this fine debut album even hits the street. Hawkins' resume already indicates a talent of stature before this fine debut album even hits the street. With more than a year on Broadway as a lead in the smash, "Rent,…

  6. Wire Revisits, Reissues Classic Albums

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nearly 30 years after its formation, influential rock act Wire has reissued back-to-the-basics CD versions of its first three albums and bundled them with a pair of live discs as a special edition box Nearly 30 years after its formation, influential rock act Wire has reissued back-to-the…

  7. Rihanna Stays Strong On Hot 100

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna's "SOS" maintains the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. The cut also holds atop the Pop 100 and Hot Digital Songs charts for a second frame. Rihanna's "SOS" maintains the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. The cut…

  8. Bogdanovich Rooted In Petty Documentary

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT You can hear the unmistakable introduction to Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" playing in the background as Peter Bogdanovich discusses his latest project on the phone. You can hear the unmistakable introduction to Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" playing in…

  9. This Day in Music

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1995 - </b>Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray reunite for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan in Austin, Texas, the late blues guitarist's hometown. All five played with 2003 - Rock musician Noel Redding, best known for his stint as the bassist…

  10. Latin Singer Soraya Dead At 37

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Soraya, one of the first artists to write and record in both English and Spanish, has died, Billboard has learned. She was 37. Singer/songwriter Soraya, one of the first artists to write and record in both English and Spanish, has died, Billboard has learned. She was 37.…

  11. Anaís

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The second-season winner of "Objetivo Fama" makes her mark with debut single and album. On her debut album, Anaís asks listeners to accept her "asi soy yo," just as I am. It was that straightforward attitude that helped the 21-year-old Dominican singer become the season…

  12. This Day in Music

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Singer Bobby Brown, 31, is arrested at Newark Airport in Newark, N.J., on an outstanding warrant for probation violation in a prior drunken-driving case.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none 2005 - Country superstar Faith Hill's new single …

  13. Lavender Diamond

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "It's my dream to make music for the commercial radio world, of shaking up the genre," Stark says. "We just happen to make pop music. It wouldn't hurt to make it popular." Lavender Diamond frontwoman Becky Stark originally studied to become an opera singer and an…

  14. This Day in Music

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Kenny Rogers receives a special Career Achievement Award from the Academy of Country Music during its 36th annual awards show, held at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. The awar 2005 - In what is billed as the first "descriptive music video," the…

  15. Furtado Ready To Dance On New Album

    May 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nelly Furtado has turned off the light on pop music -- at least for the moment. On her third album, "Loose," due June 20 via Geffen, she makes a concerted effort to get jiggy. The set features product Nelly Furtado has turned off the light on pop music -- at least for the moment. On…

  16. This Day in Music

    May 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Promise Ring lead singer Davey vonBolhlen undergoes emergency surgery to remove a benign brain tumor, necessitating the cancellation of the Milwaukee-based band's European tour.<br clear 2001 - Husband and wife team Vince Gill and Amy Grant help raise…

  17. Quincy Coleman

    May 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "Come closer baby, read between my lips/You drive me crazy, I can feel it in my hips," Quincy Coleman beckons on "Calling Your Name," the sinewy, shuffling opening track on her self-released sophomore "Come closer baby, read between my lips/You drive me crazy, I can…

  18. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    May 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers double the musical pleasure for the first time in their career, Gnarls Barkley catches fire with "Crazy," Paul Simon looks to the future with Brian Eno and Snow Patrol tries The second solo album from pop vocalist Nick Lachey, "What's Left of Me…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>A small but enthusiastic audience turns out to see vocalist Patti Page in a special concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Celebrating the release of a new album, "Brand New Tennessee 2005 - A 3 to 1 move on Billboard's Hot 100 for Gwen Stefani'…

  20. This Day in Music

    May 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs _ including "Don't Be Cruel," "Return To Sender" and "All Shook Up" for Elvis Presley _ dies of a heart attack. He is 70.<br clear="none"/>< 2005 - Audioslave becomes…

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