1. This Day in Music

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - 50 Cent and Jermaine Dupri are named songwriters of the year at the 19th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. 2006 - 50 Cent and Jermaine Dupri are named songwriters of the year at the 19th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul…

  2. Capitol Gains: Perry, Coldplay Provide 1-2 Punch

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Capitol Records will succeed itself at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 tomorrow for the first time in 32 years ... Capitol Records will succeed itself at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 tomorrow for the first time in 32 years, as Katy Perry's cheeky "I Kissed a Girl"…

  3. Coldplay Cruises To No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Coldplay tops The Billboard 200 with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," which shifted a whopping 721,000 first-week U.S. copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As expected, Coldplay tops The Billboard 200 with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends,…

  4. William Joseph

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When you mix 14 years of classical piano training with practical experience -- playing piano in malls at Christmas, playing the organ at Phoenix Coyotes hockey games -- you get to be William Joseph, i When you mix 14 years of classical piano training with practical experience -- playing piano…

  5. The Vines, Insound Seal Exclusive U.S. Deal

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Vines' upcoming album, "Melodia," will be sold on CD exclusively in the United States by Insound beginning July 19, Billboard can reveal. The set, to be released by the Australian band's own Ivy L The Vines' upcoming album, "Melodia," will be sold on CD…

  6. This Day in Music

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Mariah Carey embarks on her first tour in more than three years in Osaka, Japan. 2003 - Mariah Carey embarks on her first tour in more than three years in Osaka, Japan. 2000 - Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks weds actor Adrian Pasdar in Las Vegas. 1999 - Eric Clapton parts with 100…

  7. The Cure / June 20 - 21, 2008 / New York

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One thing the Cure doesn't have is an identity crisis. Smith and co. know that their bread is sufficiently buttered on both sides, so it's no surprise that equal helpings of darkness and light were br As any fan will tell you, there are two faces of the Cure. One is that of a quirky…

  8. MTV Moves Video Music Awards To L.A.

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The MTV Video Music Awards are going Hollywood. After broadcasting from Las Vegas last year, the awards will air live from Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles on Sept. 7. The MTV Video Music Awards are going Hollywood. After broadcasting from Las Vegas last year, the awards will air…

  9. Sixpence None The Richer Readies Xmas Album

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Reunited pop/rock outfit Sixpence None The Richer has put the finishing touches on its first Christmas album. Reunited pop/rock outfit Sixpence None The Richer has put the finishing touches on its first Christmas album. "The Dawn of Grace" is due Oct. 14; album opener "Angels…

  10. This Day in Music

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Robert Plant leads the bill for a June 23 benefit concert for Love principal Arthur Lee, who is battling leukemia. 2006 - Robert Plant leads the bill for a June 23 benefit concert for Love principal Arthur Lee, who is battling leukemia. 2005 - Four people are stabbed, one fatally, at a…

  11. This Day in Music

    June 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Mexican pop star Juan Gabriel is arrested in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua for alleged income tax evasion. The 55-year-old crooner of such popular songs as "Hasta que te Conoci" and " 2005 - Mexican pop star Juan Gabriel is arrested in the northern Mexican…

  12. This Day in Music

    June 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - New York radio station WPLJ-FM debuts the title track from Bruce Springsteen's forthcoming album "The Rising" only to be immediately served with a cease and desist order from the Boss' label, C 2002 - New York radio station WPLJ-FM debuts the title track from Bruce…

  13. The Shins Releasing Next Album On Frontman's Label

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Shins are likely to self-release their fourth studio album through frontman James Mercer's Aural Apothecary label, Billboard can reveal. The beloved indie rock group's first three albums were rele The Shins are likely to self-release their fourth studio album through frontman…

  14. Alicia Keys / June 18, 2008 / New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dynamic musicianship is the mark of a good performer and Alicia Keys' performance Wednesday night (June 18) at New York City's Madison Square Garden definitely fit that description. Dynamic musicianship is the mark of a good performer and Alicia Keys' performance Wednesday…

  15. R.E.M. Premieres New Video At New York Show

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Stipe thinks the music video is a "dead medium" -- but the R.E.M. singer still wants the band's songs to be accompanied by some kind of visuals. Michael Stipe thinks the music video is a "dead medium" -- but the R.E.M. singer still wants the band's songs…

  16. Boz Scaggs Tackling Standards On New Album

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Boz Scaggs is staying on the standards path for his next album. Boz Scaggs is staying on the standards path for his next album. Scaggs -- who's currently finalizing a label deal for the planned September release of "Speak Low" -- tells Billboard.com that the follow-up to 2003&…

  17. Chart Beat Chat

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl," foreign language titles and Coldplay. KISS THE GIRL Hi Fred, I deeply empathize with Tommy Marx's letter about pop music's rising acceptance for the gay and lesbian community. We've come a long way from…

  18. This Day in Music

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a long illness. He is 57 2006 - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a…

  19. Chart Beat: Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou Harris and more! THE STATE OF CAPITOL: The stars have aligned for the Hollywood-and-Vine label. With Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" moving up one rung from 2-1 and Katy Perry's "I Kissed…

  20. Girl Talk's 'Animals' Run Wild Online

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As promised, Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis released his fourth record, "Feed the Animals," today (June 19) via the Web site for his label, Illegal Art. As promised, Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis released his fourth record, "Feed the Animals," today (June 19) via the Web…

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