1. Keys Crossing Over Into TV, Film

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys is branching outside of music, with upcoming projects in film and television and a newly formed production company with her longtime manager, Jeff Robinson. Alicia Keys is branching outside of music, with upcoming projects in film and television and a newly formed production…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses chart fans, 'bullets,' his love of Swedish music and a lot more with readers this week. IRAQ (SO FAR AWAY) Was there a watershed moment when the Billboard charts became a fan tool as well as an industry tool? I often read you patiently explain that the charts exist…

  3. Metallica Doc Director Turns Camera On Lee

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST One of the directors of the rock documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" is poised to make some more noise. One of the directors of the rock documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" is poised to make some more noise. Bruce Sinofsky will turn his camera on Motley…

  4. Drive-By Truckers Bring Musical 'Blessings'

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Drive-By Truckers have set an April 25 release for their sixth studio album, "A Blessing and a Curse." The Drive-By Truckers have set an April 25 release for their sixth studio album, "A Blessing and a Curse." As previously reported , the 11-track set is largely made…

  5. Billy Joel: The Life & Times Of An Angry Young Man

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Successful, volatile, creative, self—aware and self—destructive, singer—songwriter Billy Joel's life reads like a popular novel. Hank Bordowitz's "Billy Joel: The Life & Times of an Angry Yo Doesn't Matter What They Say in the Papers Late in the winter of 1980, ads…

  6. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyoncé, George Strait, Dolly Parton, "chart years," year-end accounting and much more this week with readers. WHERE'S 'FIGHTING' - GILBERT'S GRIPE Dear Fred, I think I found another Beyoncé song that did not make the top 10 of the Hot 100. Didn&…

  7. Weezer Preps Live DVD As Hiatus Begins

    January 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Having completed its promotional obligations in support of its 2005 Geffen album, "Make Believe," Weezer has begun a hiatus of undetermined length. Having completed its promotional obligations in support of its 2005 Geffen album, "Make Believe," Weezer has begun a hiatus…

  8. Billboard Bits: Flipsyde, Townes Van Zandt, Hayseed Dixie

    January 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Have scientists found Mozart's skull? Researchers say they'll reveal the results of DNA tests in a documentary airing Sunday (Jan. 8) on Austrian television as part of a year of celebratory events mar Burgeoning hip-hop band Flipsyde will garner substantial exposure via NBC’s…

  9. Carey's 'Forget' No. 1 Again

    December 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us" sits atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week in a row, keeping Chris Brown's former No. 1, "Run It!" at No. 2. Meanwhile, in the same week she's on top of T Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us…

  10. This Day in Music

    December 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>1945 - </b>Lemmy (Ian Kilmister) of Motorhead is born in Stoke-on-Trent, England.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Let's Do It Again," The Staple Singers. 1962 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "…

  11. Tad Planning Two Grunge-Heavy Releases

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The group hasn't issued a new album since 1995's "Infrared Riding Hood," but Tad's ex-members are readying several projects. Although not as well known as its colleagues in the Seattle '90s rock revolution, Tad released such favorites as 1991's "8-Way…

  12. Death Cab Commissions Twelve 'Plans' Videos

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Taking a page from rapper 50 Cent's playbook, Death Cab For Cutie has commissioned music videos for each of the 12 tracks on its Atlantic debut, "Plans." The clips, which were created by a mix of expe Taking a page from rapper 50 Cent's playbook, Death Cab For Cutie has…

  13. Ween / Dec. 2-3, 2005 / Boulder, Colo. (Boulder Theater, Fox Theater)

    December 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a neighboring universe not so far away from this one, Ween are bigger than U2 or Led Zeppelin. Somehow, in our dimension, the duo's transgressive humor and tape-warped vocals have masked their scar In a neighboring universe not so far away from this one, Ween are bigger than U2 or Led…

  14. OnTV

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 5-11, 2005. MONDAY, DEC. 5 "The Early Show," CBS Featured Artists: Clay Aiken, Tony Bennett, Tina Turner (also scheduled: Gisele Bundchen, Adam Rodriguez, Suzanne Farrell, Julie Harris, Robert Redford). "The Ellen DeGeneres Show,"…

  15. Ask Billboard

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Answers to readers' questions about Britney Spears, Charlotte Church and Kiss' Paul Stanley. REMIXED AND UNHEARD Keith, Supposedly Britney Spears' remix set, "B in the Mix," was released as an "underground" album -- basically, with little to no promotion.…

  16. This Day in Music

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>In the penultimate show of its storied 13-year career, the Smashing Pumpkins say a long and loud goodbye at Chicago's United Center, where they rip through three hours of big hits, a few 2001 - Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles'…

  17. Tom Petty: A Portrait Of The Artist

    November 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Billboard Interview with the 2005 Century Award Honoree Tom Petty just laughs and shakes his head when he looks at the 26-year-old smirking back at him from the cover of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' 1976 self-titled debut. They "were just boys," he says. "It was…

  18. Up From The 'Hood And Giving Back

    November 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST At 72 years old, Quincy Jones shows no sign of slowing down. His work and passion keep him young at heart. Quincy Jones is getting on a plane to Cambodia in five hours. He is leading a coalition in conjunction with UNICEF to bring attention to the region's desperate need for heath care.…

  19. Nickel Creek / Nov. 19, 2005 / Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Theatre)

    November 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Is Nickel Creek a bluegrass band, or not? The trio of SoCal twentysomethings, who have played together since they were preteens in San Diego, long ago apparently decided not to decide. In terms of art Is Nickel Creek a bluegrass band, or not? The trio of SoCal twentysomethings, who have…

  20. Common, Mudvayne Join Big Day Out Lineup

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Common, Mudvayne, M.I.A., the Go! Team and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy have joined the lineup for the Big Day Out festival tour of Australia and New Zealand. Common, Mudvayne, M.I.A., the Go! Team and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy have joined the lineup for the Big Day Out…

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