1. Gretchen 'All Jacked Up' On New Album

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Knowing she had substantial touring commitments looming, breakout country star Gretchen Wilson spent the better part of January and February recording material for her sophomore album. The result is t Knowing she had substantial touring commitments looming, breakout country star Gretchen…

  2. Dixie Chicks Recording With Rick Rubin

    April 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Dixie Chicks are in Los Angeles recording a new album with producer Rick Rubin. The Dixie Chicks are in Los Angeles recording a new album with producer Rick Rubin. No release date has been pegged for the Open Wide/Columbia set, which will be the follow-up to 2002's "Home."…

  3. Nellie McKay Prepping Sophomore Album

    April 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Nellie McKay is making progress on her as-yet-untitled sophomore album for Columbia. The artist tells Billboard.com she is eyeing a September release for the set, which will feature Singer/songwriter Nellie McKay is making progress on her as-yet-untitled sophomore album for…

  4. Matchbox's Thomas Tops Billboard 200

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rob Thomas makes Billboard 200 history this week as the first male artist from a pop or rock group to bow at No. 1 with his debut solo effort since the chart's realization in 1955. The matchbox twenty Rob Thomas makes Billboard 200 history this week as the first male artist from a pop or…

  5. Diary of a Mad Black Woman

    April 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tyler Perry's "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" scored No. 1 box-office kudos. Judging by the mesmerizing performances here, the movie's soundtrack deserves to do equally as well. Tyler Perry's "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" scored No. 1 box-office kudos. Judging…

  6. CHART BEAT

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Mariah Carey, Secret Garden, "American Idol"/Queen and 50 Cent and B5. EMANCIPATED: For the first time in seven-and-a-half years, Mariah Carey is sitting in pole position on The Billboard 200. "The Emancipation of Mimi"…

  7. 'Star Wars' Theme Set For Single Release

    April 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The next "Star Wars" theme tune, "Battle of the Heroes" will be issued as a single May 23 in the United Kingdom to coincide with the big screen release of the final episode of the epic science-fiction The next "Star Wars" theme tune, "Battle of the Heroes…

  8. Billboard Bits: Zootopia, Tyrese, David Sanborn

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Zootopia, Tyrese, David Sanborn Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Backstreet Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Rob Thomas, Frankie J, Gavin DeGraw, Simple Plan and Jesse McCartney are the first acts confirmed for New York radio station Z100's Zootopia 2005 concert. The event…

  9. Frankie J, Baby Bash Make Touring Team

    April 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Latino hitmakers Frankie J, Baby Bash and Natalie will team up for a spring tour that will kick off April 29 in Corpus Christie, Texas. The run will find each of the artists performing solo and in com Latino hitmakers Frankie J, Baby Bash and Natalie will team up for a spring tour that will…

  10. Willie's Got Dylan For July 4 Picnic

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic will return to the Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas, this summer, with Bob Dylan and Los Lonely Boys on the bill. This will be the 32nd Independence day bash for Nels Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic will return to the Stockyards in Fort Worth,…

  11. Christie, Imbruglia Top U.K. Charts

    April 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tony Christie's "(Is This the Way) To Amarillo" (UMTV) yesterday (April 10) extended its reign over the U.K. singles chart to four weeks. Tony Christie's "(Is This the Way) To Amarillo" (UMTV) yesterday (April 10) extended its reign over the U.K. singles chart to…

  12. Tony Christie Overtakes U.K. Charts

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Middle-of-the-road crooner Tony Christie achieved an improbable double on the British charts yesterday (March 27), holding at No. 1 on the singles chart with the reissue of his 1971 hit "(Is This the Middle-of-the-road crooner Tony Christie achieved an improbable double on the British…

  13. This Day in Music

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2004 - </b>A knee injury suffered near the end of Britney Spears' concert in Moline, Ill., forces the artist to cancel her planned performance the following day at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, I 2004 - A knee injury suffered near the end of Britney Spears' concert…

  14. 50 Cent Nets Hot 100 Top 5 Trifecta

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST As 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" extends its No. 1 reign to a second week on Billboard's Hot 100, the rapper makes history with three hits in the chart's top 5. With the Game's "How We Do" featuring 50 Cent As 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" featuring…

  15. Ask Billboard

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about boy bands, Fischerspooner and Green Day. BATTLE OF THE BOYS Hi Keith! I was wondering which boy band has sold the most records. Did the New Kids on the Block (aka NKOTB) sell more records than the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, 98 Degrees…

  16. Billboard Bits: Fuji Rock, Willie Nelson, Cinderella

    February 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Fuji Rock, Willie Nelson, Cinderella Sigur Ros, Mercury Rev, the Pogues, the reunited Dinosaur Jr. and Fatboy Slim are among the first acts to sign on for Japan's annual Fuji Rock Festival. The event will be held July 29-31 at the Naeba Ski Resort about 2 hours outside Tokyo.…

  17. This Day in Music

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2004 - </b>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 studie 2004 - Blues saxophonist A.C. Reed dies in Chicago of complications from cancer.…

  18. Imbruglia 'Days' Away From Third Album

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Australian vocalist Natalie Imbruglia will release her third album, "Counting Down the Days," April 4 internationally via Sony/BMG's new Brightside imprint. According to a spokesperson for RCA, which Australian vocalist Natalie Imbruglia will release her third album, "…

  19. This Day in Music

    February 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sexually harassing a former employee, rejecting four of the five counts brought against the singer. 2002 - A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sexually harassing a former…

  20. Ask Billboard

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about "The O.C.," Fantasia, Kelly Clarkson and best-selling female artists. MUSIC AND 'THE O.C.' Keith, I'm a big fan of "The O.C." on Fox. How do they go about selecting music for the show? Does the production…

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