1. Live Signs With Epic, Album Due In November

    August 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran modern rock act Live has signed with Epic after ending its decade-plus association with Radioactive/MCA. Veteran modern rock act Live has signed with Epic after ending its decade-plus association with Radioactive/MCA. The group's manager, Chris Hardin, tells Billboard.com a new…

  2. 'Hip-Hop Violinist' Preps Solo Debut

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West, John Legend, Fabolous, Lil' Wayne, Twista and Anthony Hamilton are among the guest artists featured on Miri Ben-Ari's upcoming debut album. Kanye West, John Legend, Fabolous, Lil' Wayne, Twista and Anthony Hamilton are among the guest artists featured on Miri Ben…

  3. Cassidy Faces Third-Degree Murder Charge

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Cassidy can face a trial on a third-degree murder charge, but not first-degree murder, for allegedly taking part in an... Rapper Cassidy can face a trial on a third-degree murder charge, but not first-degree murder, for allegedly taking part in an ambush that left one person dead, a…

  4. Madonna Injured In Horse Riding Accident

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Madonna's 47th birthday celebration was marred when she suffered several broken bones in a horse riding accident today (Aug. 16) at her country home outside London. The superstar was hospitalized with Madonna's 47th birthday celebration was marred when she suffered several broken…

  5. Bright Eyes Heading Back On The Road

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Conor Oberst will return to the road with Bright Eyes this fall, beginning Oct. 22 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Whereas Bright Eyes' spring/summer tour found Oberst backed by the Faint and largely perform Conor Oberst will return to the road with Bright Eyes this fall, beginning Oct. 22 at…

  6. CD Compiles Clinton's Favorite Tunes

    August 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fans of former President Bill Clinton will soon be able to enjoy some of his favorite recordings in the comfort of their own home. Fans of former President Bill Clinton will soon be able to enjoy some of his favorite recordings in the comfort of their own home. "The Bill Clinton…

  7. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses charts and more with readers. MAYBE WE NEED A PUBLICIST Dear Fred, I read your column every week and find it endlessly fascinating as my interest in the pop charts goes back many years, as will become evident by my question to you. I read with interest the letters in…

  8. Billboard Bits: Velvet Revolver, Setzer, Rollins

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Velvet Revolver, the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Henry Rollins. Velvet Revolver will perform at the official grand opening celebration for New York's Hard Rock Cafe, which is relocating from its 57th location to Times Square. The Sept. 17 event will also feature DJ Mark Ronson…

  9. Box Set Celebrates Charles' Atlantic Catalog

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rhino has compiled a massive, eight-disc boxed set containing Ray Charles' entire Atlantic Records catalog. Due Sept. 20 in commemoration of what would have been Charles' 75th birthday, "Ray Charles P Rhino has compiled a massive, eight-disc boxed set containing Ray Charles&…

  10. Rihanna Makes 'Play' For Stardom

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Having never even seen a celebrity in person, much less been in a room with one, several months ago this summer's breakout star Rihanna found herself auditioning for Def Jam Recordings president/CEO Jay-Z. But it turns out it was Jay-Z who…

  11. This Day in Music

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Representatives from the National Organization for Women's (NOW) New York chapter demonstrate outside the office of Woodstock '99 promoter/producer John Scher to protest the violence aga 2004 - African author, composer and singer Gnonnas Pedro dies of…

  12. Love Backing Band Splits With Arthur Lee

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Highlighted by the 1967 masterpiece "Forever Changes,” Love crafted some of the most celebrated rock'n'roll of the psychedelic rock era. Highlighted by the 1967 masterpiece "Forever Changes,” Love crafted some of the most celebrated rock'n'roll of the psychedelic…

  13. 'Ceasefire' Protest Concert Planned For D.C.

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Electronica act Thievery Corporation, indie rock group Le Tigre and singer/songwriter Steve Earle have signed on to perform at "Operation: Ceasefire," a daylong Sept. 24 concert and rally at the Washi Electronica act Thievery Corporation, indie rock group Le Tigre and singer…

  14. Carey Still No. 1 As 'Together' Goes To 11

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For an 11th non-consecutive time, Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" finds itself on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The track also holds at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it has r For an 11th non-consecutive time, Mariah Carey's "We Belong…

  15. Hootie Feels 'Lucky'

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Darius Rucker's throat hurts, and he is tired after a long day of promoting Hootie & the Blowfish's new album, "Looking for Lucky" (released Aug. 9), but the lead singer is not about to complain. As first single "One…

  16. Billboard Bits: Staind, DJ Quik, Broken Social Scene

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Staind, DJ Quik, Broken Social Scene Staind drew approximately 10,000 fans to the fourth show of the previously announced Fusion Flash Concerts series, which features top acts performing amid circumstances that are not announced until the last minute. The show at Boson's City…

  17. Cullum's 'Catching Tales' Coming This Fall

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The sophomore album from singer/songwriter/pianist Jamie Cullum has been scheduled for a Sept. 26 U.K. release via UCJ and an Oct. 11 U.S. release by Verve Forecast. The sophomore album from singer/songwriter/pianist Jamie Cullum has been scheduled for a Sept. 26 U.K. release via UCJ and an…

  18. Makeup Artist Drops Lawsuit Against Snoop Dogg

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A makeup artist dropped a lawsuit alleging she was drugged and raped by rapper Snoop Dogg and several of his associates after a taping of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" two years ago. A makeup artist dropped a lawsuit alleging she was drugged and raped by rapper Snoop Dogg and…

  19. B&E: Uncle Earl

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Uncle Earl. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. By finding just the right mix of original and traditional songs, the all-female…

  20. Billboard Bits: MTV VMAs, Dianne Reeves, Pink Floyd

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on MTV VMAs, Dianne Reeves, Pink Floyd Billboard Bits: MTV VMAs, Dianne Reeves, Pink Floyd Shakira and Ludacris have been added to the performance lineup for the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. They will join previously announced acts Mariah Carey, the Killers, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson…

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