1. News And Notes From Backstage At The VMAs

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Billboard goes behind the scenes at last night's MTV Video Music Awards in New York to get the latest from Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Method Man, Mario and more. Billboard goes behind the scenes at last night's MTV Video Music Awards in New York to get the latest scoop from Ne-Yo, Rick Ross,…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Eurovision, the Top 100 and Hot 100 debuts . FROM ESC TO ASC Hello Mr. Bronson, I know that you are an avid follower of the Eurovision Song Contest. I hear that a major U.S. TV network is working on an American version of Eurovision. Will it be called "…

  3. Janet Ready To Dance Again On New Album

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson conceived her new album, "20 Y.O.," as a celebration of the joyful liberation and history-making musical style of her 1986 breakthrough album, "Control." Janet Jackson conceived her new album, "20 Y.O.," as a celebration of the joyful liberation and…

  4. Upsets, Upstarts Prevail At Quirky VMAs

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT There were no snakes, lesbian kisses or bizarre appearances by Michael Jackson. Instead, MTV played it safe at the 2006 Video Music Awards, held last night (Aug. 31) at New York's Radio City Music Hal There were no snakes, lesbian kisses or bizarre appearances by Michael Jackson. Instead…

  5. This Day in Music

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Australian rocker Ted Mulry dies in a Sydney hospital, following a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He is 49.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renaissance after…

  6. Rockabilly Singer Gene Simmons Dies

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rockabilly singer/songwriter Jumpin' Gene Simmons, who worked with Elvis Presley and had a top 20 hit in 1964 with the bouncy "Haunted House," has died. He was 69. Rockabilly singer/songwriter Jumpin' Gene Simmons, who worked with Elvis Presley and had a top 20 hit in 1964…

  7. Timberlake Brings 'Sexy' Back To No. 1

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After selling an astonishing 250,000 copies as a digital download, Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" leaps 31-1 to seize the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The lead single from the artist's After selling an astonishing 250,000 copies as a digital download,…

  8. Ask Billboard

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Answers to readers' questions about Chris Isaak, Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. ISAAK THROUGH THE AGES Hello Keith, I look forward to reading your responses to readers' questions every week! Until now, I never had an occasion to write. However, a question occurred to me as Chris…

  9. This Day in Music

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Songwriter Harold Clayton, who co-wrote the SOS Band hit "Take Your Time (Do It Right)," is killed in a hit-and-run accident in Los Angeles. He is 53.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - Carl Wayne, the former lead…

  10. KAADA, "Music for Moviebikers"

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT It's too bad Norwegian sound clasher Kaada wasn't making music 40 or 50 years ago, because he would've given Ennio Morricone and John Barry a serious run for their money. It's too bad Norwegian sound clasher Kaada wasn't making music 40 or 50 years ago, because he…

  11. Lemonheads Revived For Album, Fall Tour

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Evan Dando's Lemonheads shake off a decade-long hiatus with their vibrant self-titled debut for Vagrant.. Evan Dando's Lemonheads shake off a decade-long hiatus with their vibrant self-titled debut for Vagrant, which, as previously reported , is due Sept. 26. The 11-track disc is…

  12. Early Bee Gees Albums Expanded For Reissue

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The first three Bee Gees albums to enjoy international release have been expanded and grouped for the six-disc boxed set "The Studio Albums 1967-1968," due Nov. 7 via Reprise. The first three Bee Gees albums to enjoy international release have been expanded and grouped for the six…

  13. Danity Kane Sidesteps OutKast To Claim No. 1

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In yet another big week for new albums on The Billboard 200, Danity Kane comes out on top of the crop with its self-titled debut. The set sold 234,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen In yet another big week for new albums on The Billboard 200, Danity Kane comes out on top of…

  14. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>New York's hip-hop community comes out at New York's New Age Cabaret in support of the Black August Hip-Hop Collective. The organization's third-annual benefit concert features appearanc 2004 - For the first time in its 60-year history, Cuban state…

  15. Love! Boys In Mascara

    August 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT I love emo. There, I said it. Emo, emo, emo. I love emo. There, I said it. Emo, emo, emo. (Trade secret: If I love a genre, it usually means that said genre has morphed into pure, delicious pop.) By far the best band of the broody bunch is Panic! At The Disco and I'm here to say that it&…

  16. This Day in Music

    August 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, singer of '70s Australian glam band Skyhooks, dies in a helicopter crash. He is 49.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Already battling an injured knee, Queens Of The Stone Age frontman…

  17. Florez

    August 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In its short career, rock outfit Florez has found plenty of industry cheerleaders. The still-unsigned band has linked with BMG Songs North America for a co-publishing agreement. And despite having onl In its short career, rock outfit Florez has found plenty of industry cheerleaders. The still…

  18. XTC's Partridge Combs Archives For Mammoth Box

    August 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT XTC leader Andy Partridge recently combed his vaults and discovered an exorbitant amount of rarities and outtakes, resulting in the Oct. 10th release of the nine-disc box "The Fuzzy Warbles Collectors XTC leader Andy Partridge recently combed his vaults and discovered an exorbitant…

  19. Beyonce, Snow Patrol Rule U.K. Charts

    August 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce achieved her second solo U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Aug. 27), climbing from last week's entry position of No. 21 with "Deja Vu" featuring Jay-Z (Columbia). Beyonce achieved her second solo U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Aug. 27), climbing from last week's entry…

  20. This Day in Music

    August 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1997 - </b>Dani Grace Jackson is born at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. The baby girl - weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 21 inches long - is the third daughter for father Alan Jackson and 2005 - Green Day continues its charmed year by dominating the 2005 MTV Video…

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