1. This Day in Music

    August 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan is found dead in bed at his New Orleans home. Sheehan, who had recently begun work on a solo project, is 31.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2003 - The Occupational Safety and Health…

  2. Yearwood Returns With New Album, Tour

    August 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Save for a handful of one-off performances and appearances, Trisha Yearwood has not been on the road in three years. Save for a handful of one-off performances and appearances, Trisha Yearwood has not been on the road in three years. That will change this fall with a 27-date tour that will…

  3. Garth Brooks Inks Exclusive Deal With Wal-Mart

    August 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has signed a multi-year, exclusive pact with Wal-Mart, making the retailer and its Sam's Clubs and Walmart.com outlets the only places where his music will be commercially available. The Garth Brooks has signed a multi-year, exclusive pact with Wal-Mart, making the retailer…

  4. Filming Completed On Germs Biopic

    August 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Now, his story will be told in the forthcoming biopic "What We Do Is Secret." The end of the 1970s saw California's punk scene explode, spawning such bands as Black Flag, X, the Dead Kennedys and the Germs. The latter was fronted by a daredevil with a death wish, Darby Crash,…

  5. Kweli, Arcade Fire Among Vegoose Additions

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, modern rock acts Arcade Fire and Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) and progressive jam band Umphrey's McGee have been added to the lineup of the inaugural Vegoose festival. Hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, modern rock acts Arcade Fire and Animal Liberation…

  6. Bluesman 'Little' Milton Dies After Stroke

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist "Little" Milton Campbell, whose gritty vocals and songwriting recalled B.B. King's rough-edged style, died today (Aug. 4) from a stroke, his record company said. Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist "Little" Milton Campbell,…

  7. Inaugural Vegoose Fest Solidifies Lineup

    August 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews and Friends, Jack Johnson and Widespread Panic will head the lineup for the first Vegoose festival, assembled by A.C. Entertainment and Superfly Presents, the organizers behind Bonnaroo. As first tipped here last month, Dave Matthews and Friends, Jack Johnson and Widespread…

  8. Iron & Wine/Calexico Book Fall Tour

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A West Coast swing will begin Oct. 15 in Calexico's Tucson, Ariz.-home base, and stretch through Oct. 30 in Austin, Texas. As tipped here in June, Iron & Wine and Calexico have announced dates for the first leg of their collaborative tour. A West Coast swing will begin Oct. 15 in…

  9. This Day in Music

    July 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1978 - </b>No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Miss You," The Rolling Stones. The song is the band's eighth No. 1 single.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 1995 - Selling 331,000 copies, Selena's "Dreaming of You," her first…

  10. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Iron Maiden drummer Michael "Nicko" McBrain is arrested and charged with assault after hitting a parking attendant with his car, according to reports. The incident occurs backstage at th 2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent…

  11. This Day in Music

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Simon "Mahlathini" Nkabinde, lead singer of South African group Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens, dies in Vosloorus of complications from diabetes. He is 62.<br clear="none"/><br cl 2003 - The 20th annual MTV Video Music Awards begin…

  12. Ask Billboard

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Donna Summer, import singles and radio's "Jack" format. SUMMER LOVE Hi Keith, I noticed that Donna Summer has embarked on a big U.S. tour for the first time in five years. In light of this, would you know if she will have a…

  13. Green Day Dominates MTV VMA Nominations

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With eight nods, Green Day tops the list of nominees for the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards -- six for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and two for "American Idiot." Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliott earned six With eight nods, Green Day tops the list of nominees for the 2005 MTV…

  14. Bonnaroo Organizers Head West With Vegoose

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After months of speculation, the producers of the Bonnaroo festival have confirmed they will stage a mega-event in Las Vegas around Halloween. Produced by A.C. Entertainment and Superfly Presents, Veg After months of speculation, the producers of the Bonnaroo festival have confirmed they will…

  15. Billboard Bits: Primus, Jerry Douglas, Barry Manilow

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Primus, Jerry Douglas, Barry Manilow Primus' classic lineup of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander will hit the studio later this year to record its first album together since 1995's "Tales From the Punchbowl…

  16. Tunes On TV

    July 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 18-24, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 18 "The View," ABC Featured artist: Frankie J (also scheduled: Suzanne Somers). "Fabulous Life of Snoop Dogg," VH1 Featured artist: Snoop Dogg. "Rock Star: INXS,…

  17. Calexico, Iron & Wine Preview EP In New York

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT At the end of its set, the group invited Iron & Wine mastermind Sam Beam on stage to debut the songs "He Lays in the Reins" and "Prison on Route 41" from "In the Reins," due Sept. 20 via Overcoat Calexico gave fans a taste of its upcoming EP with Iron &…

  18. Bragg Reissued, Boxed By Yep Roc

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Five releases by English singer/songwriter Billy Bragg will be expanded in deluxe two-disc editions later this year by indie Yep Roc Records. Five releases by English singer/songwriter Billy Bragg will be expanded in deluxe two-disc editions later this year by indie Yep Roc Records. Due Sept.…

  19. Billboard Bits: Iron & Wine, Podcasts, Big Al Downing

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Iron & Wine, Podcasts, Big Al Downing Iron & Wine's Sam Beam is planning to hit the studio in early 2006 to begin recording his third Sub Pop album. The artist tells Billboard.com he is hoping to release the new set later in the year. "Honestly, there's kind of…

  20. Cold Brings The 'Pain' On Fourth Album

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The group previously recorded for several Universal Music Group labels; its most recent album, 2003's "Year of the Spider," was issued by Flip/Geffen. As tipped here last fall, Cold will on Aug. 30 release its Lava debut, "A Different Kind of Pain. The group previously…

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