1. This Day in Music

    March 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>More than a quarter-century after its release as a double album of amplified noise and feedback, former Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music" gets its first live per 2005 - Prolific singer/songwriter/guitarist Lalo Guerrero, known…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred chats with readers about everything from cover songs and "American Idol" to digital downloads and the action on Billboard's country charts. ACE: OFF BASE? Fred, First of all, hats off to your light and fact-filled response to [a] serious letter a few weeks ago. I'm…

  3. 'American Idol' Picks 5th Season Finalists

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST The competitors for the fifth season "American Idol" crown emerged last night (March 9) as viewers voted off four contestants, leaving a dozen finalists. The competitors for the fifth season "American Idol" crown emerged last night (March 9) as viewers voted off four…

  4. Common Heading Back Into The Studio With Kanye

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Common will head to the studio this month to begin recording his seventh studio album, "Finding Forever." The rapper is hoping to once again call on the production talents of fellow Chicagoan Kanye We Common will head to the studio this month to begin recording his seventh studio…

  5. This Day in Music

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Beatles principal George Harrison participates in his first-ever online chats via Yahoo! Chat and MSN Live.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Following a long illness, French popular singer Pierre Bachelet dies in the city of…

  6. Keys Pleasantly Surprised By Grammy Nominations

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite having reeled in nine Grammy Awards and multiple nominations over the past five years, Alicia Keys was surprised to hear of her five additional nods for this year's 48th annual honors. Despite having reeled in nine Grammy Awards and multiple nominations over the past five years,…

  7. Flipsyde

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST A unique mix of hip-hop, rock and Latin rhythms creates something new. With cultures, beliefs and musical styles constantly colliding, Flipsyde is a natural reflection of the world we live in. The band, which hails from California's Bay Area, uses a unique mix of hip-hop, rock and Latin…

  8. This Day in Music

    January 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>Elton John receives a knighthood in British Prime Minister Tony Blair's first New Year's Eve Honours List.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Scottish artist Martyn Bennett dies in Edinburgh following a long battle…

  9. BESSIE SMITH AND THE NIGHT RIDERS

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST A little-known episode in legendary blues singer Bessie Smith's career comes to life in this playfully fictionalized account. (Picture book. Ages 5-8) A little-known episode in legendary blues singer Bessie Smith's career comes to life in this playfully fictionalized account.…

  10. Nine Black Alps Eyes Tour With Giant Drag, Cribs

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Up-and-coming British rock act Nine Black Alps is plotting a spring North American tour with Giant Drag and the Cribs, lead singer Sam Forrest tells Billboard.com. Up-and-coming British rock act Nine Black Alps is plotting a spring North American tour with Giant Drag and the Cribs, lead…

  11. Keys Colleague Brothers Tries Other Side Of The Mic

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Best known for his work with Alicia Keys, songwriter/producer Kerry "Krucial" Brothers is stepping out from behind the boards with his own solo rap project. Best known for his work with Alicia Keys, songwriter/producer Kerry "Krucial" Brothers is stepping out from behind…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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&…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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