1. This Day in Music

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Otha Turner, one of the last exponents of North Mississippi's pre-blues fife-and-drum tradition, dies in Gravel Springs, Miss., of pneumonia. He is 94. 2003 - Otha Turner, one of the last exponents of North Mississippi's pre-blues fife-and-drum tradition, dies in Gravel…

  2. Clapton Invited To Play In North Korea

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST North Korean officials have invited Eric Clapton to play a concert in the Communist state, a diplomat at the country's embassy in London said today (Feb. 26). North Korean officials have invited Eric Clapton to play a concert in the Communist state, a diplomat at the country's…

  3. This Day in Music

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Blues saxophonist A.C. Reed dies in Chicago of complications from cancer. He is 77. Born Aaron Corthen in Wardell, Mo., Reed moved to Chicago in 1942, where he took up the sax and studied at th 2004 - Blues saxophonist A.C. Reed dies in Chicago of complications from cancer. He is 77.…

  4. Duffy, The Feeling Remain Atop U.K. Charts

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Despite a strong impact on the new U.K. sales charts by the stars of last week's BRIT Awards, Duffy's "Mercy" (A&M/Universal) earned a second week atop the singles list yesterday (Feb. 24), and th Despite a strong impact on the new U.K. sales charts by the stars of…

  5. This Day in Music

    February 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Veteran rock band Fleetwood Mac previews a new song, "Peacekeeper," on the NBC series "Third Watch." The song, which premieres at the end of the episode, is off the group's album "Say You Will. 2003 - Veteran rock band Fleetwood Mac previews a new song, …

  6. 'Seventh' Heaven

    February 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Goldfrapp fans are in for a noticeably different sound from the British duo on the Flood-co-produced "Seventh Tree," due this week via Mute. Goldfrapp fans are in for a noticeably different sound from the British duo on the Flood-co-produced "Seventh Tree," due this week…

  7. This Day in Music

    February 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Doris Troy, best known for the 1963 Atlantic R&B/pop crossover hit "Just One Look," dies in Las Vegas. The 67-year-old singer/songwriter had suffered from emphysema. Born Doris Payne in Har 2004 - Doris Troy, best known for the 1963 Atlantic R&B/pop crossover hit …

  8. This Day in Music

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Anthony Burger, known primarily as the pianist on the Gaither Homecoming concerts, dies of a heart attack at the age of 44. Burger was playing piano on a Gaither Homecoming Cruise, finished a s 2006 - Anthony Burger, known primarily as the pianist on the Gaither Homecoming concerts,…

  9. / February 18, 2008 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST In the late '90s, like it or not, there was no avoiding the Spice Girls. For some, the British girl group was little more than a sexed-up Pepsi ad, an annoying chorus ("zigazig" huh?) and a collection In the late '90s, like it or not, there was no avoiding the Spice Girls.…

  10. Chart Beat Chat

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss "Thriller," American Idols and iTunes, French acts and more! NOT ALL THAT THRILLED Fred: You're bound to get scads of letters complaining about the re-release of [Michael Jackson's] "Thriller" being ineligible for The Billboard 200,…

  11. Leona's Lineup: Another Album, Then Tour

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis' fast track to global stardom will not detour for a full-scale live outing until after a second album is wrapped next year. Leona Lewis' fast track to global stardom will not detour for a full-scale live outing until after a second album is wrapped next year. The British…

  12. PBJ's Moren Finds Life After 'Writer's Block'

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Seeking to continue the breakout momentum Peter Bjorn and John enjoyed in 2007, group member Peter Moren is keeping his plate full with two albums due this year and a third on the way. Seeking to continue the breakout momentum Peter Bjorn and John enjoyed in 2007, group member Peter Moren is…

  13. This Day in Music

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Folk music singer/songwriter Tom Glazer dies in Philadelphia. Glazer, 88, is best known for the 1963 novelty song "On Top of Spaghetti." 2003 - Folk music singer/songwriter Tom Glazer dies in Philadelphia. Glazer, 88, is best known for the 1963 novelty song "On Top of…

  14. Timberlake Suits Up For Baseball Flick

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST The new star of the Corpus Christi Hooks minor league baseball team wants some playing tips. The new star of the Corpus Christi Hooks minor league baseball team wants some playing tips. Justin Timberlake will portray fictional Hooks player Carlton Garrett in the upcoming movie "The Open…

  15. Chart Beat

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Michael Jackson, Brad Paisley, Mariah Carey and more! KING OF POP (CATALOG): In its original run, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was on The Billboard 200 for 122 weeks, 37 of which were spent at No. 1. With the re-entry of a silver anniversary edition, the…

  16. This Day in Music

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Tragedy strikes at a Great White show at West Warwick, Rhode Island nightclub The Station when a pyrotechnic ignites soundproofing foam around the stage. The fire quickly spreads, killing 97 an 2003 - Tragedy strikes at a Great White show at West Warwick, Rhode Island nightclub The…

  17. Monkeys, Foos, Take That Reign At Brit Awards

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST It was all set up as the night pop would rule again. But rockers the Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters tweaked the script for the Brit Awards 2008, grabbing two awards each tonight (Feb. 20) alongside T It was all set up as the night pop would rule again. But rockers the Arctic Monkeys and Foo…

  18. Johnson Remains No. 1; Winehouse, Hancock Soar

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST In a slow week for new releases, Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" remains No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second week, despite a 52% sales slide. Bigger news comes from Amy Winehouse and Her In a slow week for new releases, Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the…

  19. Best Bets: 2008 Album Preview (Continued)

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Our coverage of twenty of 2008's most highly-anticipated albums continues with sets due in March through the end of the year. Our coverage of twenty of 2008's most highly-anticipated albums continues with sets due in March through the end of the year. Click here to return to…

  20. Best Bets: 2008 Album Preview

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST There's a wealth of highly anticipated albums heading into stores in 2008 and Billboard has the lowdown of 20 you should check out, from the Mars Volta and Mariah Carey to Nas. What's the biz to do when the top-selling album of 2007 was a Christmas project, and the second-best was a…

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