1. 'X Factor' Winner Lewis Earns U.K. Xmas No. 1

    December 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis, the winner of the Dec. 16 final of talent series "The X Factor," duly took her place as the U.K.'s Christmas No. 1 with the single "A Moment Like This" (Syco Music) on Christmas Eve. Leona Lewis, the winner of the Dec. 16 final of talent series "The…

  2. Ask Billboard

    December 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Answers to readers' questions about Nick Drake, No Doubt, Bush and more! DRAKE ON THE MIND Hi Keith, About three years ago a friend introduced me to the music of Nick Drake and I thought it was amazing. A few days later I went to a record store and bought all three of Nick's studio…

  3. This Day in Music

    December 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1954 - </b>While playing Russian roulette, R&B singer Johnny Ace shoots himself and dies backstage at a Houston concert.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - U2's Vertigo tour is declared the top-grossing trek of 2005, according to…

  4. Underground Garage

    December 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a year that started with our president "staying the course" and ending with him saying the Commission on Iraq had some "good points" (yeah, like screw your course, get the hell out of there, you mo In a year that started with our president "staying the course"…

  5. This Day in Music

    December 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1959 - </b>No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Why," Frankie Avalon. This last No. 1 song of the '50s has the shortest title of any chart topping hit.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 1989 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Another Day in…

  6. This Day in Music

    December 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1984 - </b>No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Like a Virgin," Madonna. Billboard ranks the song as the top single of 1984.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 1998 - The Higher Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany, sentences promoter Mathias…

  7. The Faint, Tilly & the Wall / Dec. 17, 2006 / Omaha, Neb. (Sokol Auditorium)

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST On the second night of the Faint's two-night, sold-out stand at Sokol Auditorium, the electroclash boys were joined by fellow Omaha natives Tilly & the Wall to wrap up their brief winter tour, and On the second night of the Faint's two-night, sold-out stand at Sokol Auditorium,…

  8. Chart Beat

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Perry Como, "Happy X-mas (War Is Over)" and more! IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE: There's an artist who is No. 1 on a Billboard chart this week who first went to No. 1 on a Billboard chart 61 years, three months and two weeks ago. Sound impossible? It's not. This…

  9. Classic Sebadoh Lineup Reuniting For 2007 Tour

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Having spent the past two years on tour with the original lineup of Dinosaur Jr., Lou Barlow is now setting his sights on Sebadoh, which became his main musical outlet after exiting Dinosaur Jr. in th Having spent the past two years on tour with the original lineup of Dinosaur Jr., Lou Barlow…

  10. Simon Cowell Sets Sights On 'Grease'

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pop impresario Simon Cowell is turning his attention to the West End stage and promising "the biggest casting call the U.K. has ever seen" as part of a new TV series that will find two unknowns to pla Pop impresario Simon Cowell is turning his attention to the West End stage and…

  11. Beyonce Begins Third Week Atop The Hot 100

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" begins a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and also sits at No. 1 on the Pop 100 for a second week and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a fourth. The track had been Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" begins a third week at No. 1 on the…

  12. This Day in Music

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1996 - </b>Tony Bennett is rushed to a hospital for an emergency operation for an erupted hernia. Bennett is just arriving at the White House for a holiday dinner with President and Mrs. Clinton wh 2001 - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen…

  13. The Sea & Cake Eyeing May For Seventh Album

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Chicago indie rock institution the Sea & Cake is eyeing a May release for its seventh Thrill Jockey studio album. Basic tracks were completed in a five-day session last month, and frontman Sam Pre Chicago indie rock institution the Sea & Cake is eyeing a May release for its seventh…

  14. Black Eyed Peas Finishing Up 'Fun' New Album

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas aren't monkeying around on their follow-up to 2005's four million-selling "Monkey Business." Main Pea will.i.am tells Billboard.com that the quartet's next album is "almost finishe The Black Eyed Peas aren't monkeying around on their…

  15. RJD2 Continues Pop Pursuit On XL Debut

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop-leaning producer RJD2 will release his third album, appropriately named "The Third Hand," March 6 via XL Records, his first after parting ways with Definitive Jux. Hip-hop-leaning producer RJD2 will release his third album, appropriately named "The Third Hand,"…

  16. Gia Farrell

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST "I've always wanted to be a household name," gushes 17-year-old Gia Farrell to Billboard.com when asked about her goals for the future. And judging by the way things are going, that's exactly what she "I've always wanted to be a household name," gushes 17…

  17. This Day in Music

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Jazz bassist and photographer Milt Hinton dies in Queens, N.Y., after a long hospitalization. He is 90.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children's…

  18. Dave Clark Five's Denis Payton Dies

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Dave Clark Five saxophonist Denis Payton has died at age 63 after a long illness. "He had an amazing philosophy on life and will be greatly missed by me and all who knew him," Clark said in a statemen Dave Clark Five saxophonist Denis Payton has died at age 63 after a long illness. …

  19. Hicks Anxious To Hit The Road In February

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Reigning "American Idol" Taylor Hicks sang in front of millions each week on the TV show. But when he hits the road in February to support his self-titled debut album, the Alabama singer and songwrite Reigning "American Idol" Taylor Hicks sang in front of millions each…

  20. Shiny Toy Guns

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST "Ghosts? Which room?" we ask as she darts a look to me and pushes Carah Faye’s room key towards me. "This one." Tonight suddenly became a different sort of interesting. 7 december. 1000hrs. seattle, Wash. looms on the morning horizon, a short drive from our gig in Spokane…

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