1. Billboard Bits: Cream, El Tri, Connick

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Cream, El Tri, Connick Cream's recent live album "Royal Albert Hall London: May 2-3, 5-6" will be released as a triple-vinyl set Dec. 13 via Reprise. The set debuted earlier this month at No. 59 on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 19,000 copies in the United…

  2. 'Sound Of Music' Director Robert Wise Dies

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Robert Wise, a four-time Academy Award winner whose epic 65-year career ranged from editing Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" to directing the quintessential 1960s musical "The Sound of Music" to launching Robert Wise, a four-time Academy Award winner whose epic 65-year…

  3. Top Acts Sign On For VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Some of the biggest names of hip-hop past and present will be on hand for the second VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, to be broadcast on the music channel Sept. 26 from New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Some of the biggest names of hip-hop past and present will be on hand for the second VH1 Hip-Hop…

  4. Bonnie Raitt Readying Fall Tour

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Raitt will be backed on the road by such longtime contributors as bassist Hutch Hutchinson, drummer Ricky Fataar, keyboardist Jon Cleary and guitarist George Marinelli. Bonnie Raitt will begin a fall tour Oct. 5 in Tulsa, Okla., in support of her new album, " Souls Alike ." That set…

  5. This Day in Music

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Gilles Thibault, who co-penned the hit "Comme D'Habitude," which Paul Anka adapted to English as "My Way," dies in Paris of unknown causes. He is 72.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - A van driven by…

  6. New York Dolls Sign With Roadrunner

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After reuniting last year for the first time in decades, seminal underground rock act the New York Dolls has signed a new deal with Roadrunner. After reuniting last year for the first time in decades, seminal underground rock act the New York Dolls has signed a new deal with Roadrunner. The…

  7. This Day in Music

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1985 - </b>No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "A View to a Kill," Duran Duran. It is the first No. 1 hit from a James Bond movie. (Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die" and Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better 2004 - New York Dolls bassist Arthur Kane…

  8. NY Dolls Influence Lives On Via New Film

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT First-time filmmaker Greg Whiteley came to the subject of his documentary feature not as a fan but as a friend of Arthur "Killer" Kane, bassist for the short-lived but influential '70s rock band the N First-time filmmaker Greg Whiteley came to the subject of his documentary…

  9. Dynamic Duo Scores Big With 'Batman Begins'

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pointing to Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Newman's joint credit on "The Egyptian" in 1954, James Newton Howard notes that such collaborations between prominent film composers are rare. Pointing to Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Newman's joint credit on "The Egyptian"…

  10. Connick, Marsalis Team For New Album

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pianist Harry Connick Jr. teams with longtime friend/saxophonist Branford Marsalis on his next album, "Occasion (Connick on Piano, Vol. 2)." Pianist Harry Connick Jr. teams with longtime friend/saxophonist Branford Marsalis on his next album, "Occasion (Connick on Piano, Vol. 2…

  11. Profile: A.B. Quintanilla III And Cruz Martinez

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billbaord.com. It's hard to classify A.B. Quintanilla III and Cruz Martínez, because they are involved in so many aspects of the music industry. They are the founders, leaders and the musical drive behind A.B. Quintanilla III & the Kumbia Kings, one of…

  12. CD/DVD Salutes Bluegrass Fest's 30th

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As the Telluride Bluegrass Festival pulls into its 32nd year, Rounder Records is commemorating the annual event's 30th anniversary with separate CD and DVD releases. As the Telluride Bluegrass Festival pulls into its 32nd year, Rounder Records is commemorating the annual event's…

  13. Jackson Tells Fans 'We Will Be Victorious'

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson made a speakerphone call late yesterday (April 3) to some 200 fans gathered for an event to support him, telling the group, "God and the truth are on our side. We will be victorious." Michael Jackson made a speakerphone call late yesterday (April 3) to some 200 fans…

  14. Slipknot Drummer Launches Label

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Slipknot drummer M. Shawn Crahan, better-known as Clown or #6, has launched his own label, Big Orange Clown Records. Slipknot drummer M. Shawn Crahan, better-known as Clown or #6, has launched his own label, Big Orange Clown Records. The imprint falls under the Sanctuary Records umbrella; its…

  15. Coach Carter

    January 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Like 1989's "Lean On Me," starring Morgan Freeman, "Coach Carter" revolves around academic performance. The film, starring Samuel L. Jackson, is inspired by the story of Richmond, Calif. Like 1989's "Lean On Me," starring Morgan Freeman, "Coach…

  16. Music In The Sundance Spotlight

    December 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music seems to take a bigger role each year at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The Jan. 20-30 independent film showcase will see a slate of eclectic live performances to entertai Music seems to take a bigger role each year at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park…

  17. Kumbia Kings Continue Their Reign

    November 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com To judge the degree of influence wielded by Kumbia Kings, one need only look at the numbers. Earlier this year, the Texas-based band had simultaneously two albums on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. At the same time, the act was competing…

  18. NY Dolls CD/DVD Sports Final Kane Gig

    September 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The reunited New York Dolls' performance at the Morrissey-curated Meltdown Festival in June is heading to CD and DVD. As tipped here in July, the reunited New York Dolls' performance at the Morrissey-curated Meltdown Festival in June is heading to CD and DVD. "The Return of the…

  19. New, Classic Tracks Power 'Def Jam Fight'

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Familiar classics from the likes of Public Enemy, LL Cool J and Ice T mingle with new offerings from Joe Budden and Xzibit on the in-game soundtrack to "Def Jam Fight for NY." Familiar classics from the likes of Public Enemy, LL Cool J and Ice T mingle with new offerings from Joe…

  20. Billboard Bits: Fuji Rock, Big Star, OK Go

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Fuji Rock, Big Star, OK Go Morrissey has dropped off the bill for this weekend's Fuji Rock Festival in Japan due to a "miscommunication," according to the event's official Web site . The artist was originally confirmed to close the festival on Sunday (Aug. 1); the…

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