1. CHART BEAT BONUS

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to 50 Cent, Olivia, the Game, Los Lonely Boys, Green Day and Josh Gracin. 'CANDY' MAN: 50 Cent earns his third No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 this week with "Candy Shop" (Shady/Aftermath). It's the first chart…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Westlife, chart records, Greek artists, Mariah Carey and "Rich Girl" with readers. LIVING THE WESTLIFE Hi, I have been a U.S. fan of Irish pop group Westlife for several years and I think I have a good question to ask you about them. At the beginning of their…

  3. Jackson Jurors Reflect Star's Influence

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST The jurors and alternates selected in the Michael Jackson molestation trial reflect the tremendous influence the pop star has had on the community surrounding his Neverland Ranch. One juror and two al The jurors and alternates selected in the Michael Jackson molestation trial reflect the…

  4. Can 50 Cent Do It Again?

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Fans have been counting the days until the March 8 release of "The Massacre," 50 Cent's highly anticipated Shady/Aftermath/Interscope sophomore album. They'll have to count a little less with this week's announcement that…

  5. B&E: The Academy Is...

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: The Academy Is... Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. Plenty of people are in love with Chicago's the Academy Is..., as…

  6. Edwards Is 'Back' With New Album

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. On her sophomore album "Back to Me," 26-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards boldly declares her prowess at seduction. On the title track, she warns, "I've got ways to make you sing my songs/Ones I ain't…

  7. Billboard Bits: Sting, Rogers/Richie, Life Of Agony

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Sting, Rogers/Richie, Life Of Agony Sting's 1986 home video/CD release "Bring on the Night" will be released on DVD for the first time next month, as well as a remastered double-disc CD package. Due March 29 via A&M, the projects chronicle Sting's foray into…

  8. Crowell Celebrates 'Outsider' Status On New CD

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rodney Crowell has been trying to shake labels like "country" and "singer/songwriter" for years, and it's a message he delivers loud and clear on his latest studio album. Rodney Crowell has been trying to shake labels like "country" and "singer…

  9. Homme's Lung Infection Fells QOTSA Tour

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Queens Of The Stone Age has scrapped the remainder of its European tour after frontman Josh Homme was diagnosed with a severe lung infection. Queens Of The Stone Age has scrapped the remainder of its European tour after frontman Josh Homme was diagnosed with a severe lung infection. The…

  10. Grammy-Winning 'Genius' Rises To No. 1

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST On the heels of taking the Grammy's album of the year honors, Ray Charles earns his first No. 1 album in more than four decades with his final studio set, "Genius Loves Company." The title rockets 15- On the heels of taking the Grammy's album of the year honors, Ray…

  11. Jury Selected In Michael Jackson Case

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Well ahead of schedule, a jury was selected today (Feb. 23) to decide Michael Jackson's fate on charges that he molested a teenage boy at his Neverland Ranch. "We have a jury," Superior Court Judge Ro Well ahead of schedule, a jury was selected today (Feb. 23) to decide Michael…

  12. Johnson's On A Roll With Third Album

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Dave Matthews may be the world's most unassuming rock star, but he's positively Axl Rose compared to Jack Johnson. Dave Matthews may be the world's most unassuming rock star, but he's positively Axl Rose compared to Jack Johnson. With his T-shirt-and-sandals fashion sense…

  13. Korn Guitarist Welch Leaves Band

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has parted ways with the hard rock act. Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has parted ways with the hard rock act. Welch broke the news Sunday on Bakersfield, Calif., station KRAB-FM, citing a recent religious awakening. "I had it in…

  14. Foos Draft A Pair Of Jones' For New Album

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Foo Fighters have landed guest appearances by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and singer/songwriter Norah Jones for their upcoming double album, which will feature one disc of rock tracks and another o Foo Fighters have landed guest appearances by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and…

  15. Judge Assures Jurors Jackson Was Ill

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson returned to court today (Feb. 22) after a week's delay, and the judge assured prospective jurors that the singer really had been ill and there was no plot to put off his child molestat Michael Jackson returned to court today (Feb. 22) after a week's delay, and the…

  16. Mellencamp Ready To Rock The U.S.A. Again

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. John Mellencamp is about to put his best foot forward on the road. On his first North American tour in three years, Mellencamp will play mostly secondary markets beginning March 23 at the Savannah (Ga.) Civic Center. The tour supports his recent…

  17. Vietnam War Still Fresh In Griffith's 'Mind'

    February 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Four years after her last studio album, Nanci Griffith is back with a new one, "Hearts in Mind"; a new label, New Door/Universal Music Enterprises; and a new producer -- herself. She retains her outspoken anti-war stance, as evidenced…

  18. Ultimate Kylie

    February 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Why is "Ultimate Kylie" important? Well, the double-CD, 33-song set includes nearly every significant international hit the Australian singer has had since her 1987 debut. Why is "Ultimate Kylie" important? Well, the double-CD, 33-song set includes nearly every significant…

  19. Soraya Reveals A Different Side On New Set

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When Soraya won the 2004 Latin Grammy Award for best singer/songwriter album, she was caught off guard. The artist was up against some of Latin music's most venerable songwriters, including Joan Manuel Serrat, Joan Sebastian and Leon Giecco.…

  20. Bono, Shankar Among Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST U2 singer Bono and Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar are among 166 nominees for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, a list that also includes Pope John Paul II and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. U2 singer Bono and Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar are among 166 nominees for the 2005 Nobel…

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