1. Downtown Links With Fontana, Interscope

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Downtown Records has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Fontana and has also entered a strategic relationship with Interscope Records, Billboard has learned. Downtown Records has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Fontana and has also entered a strategic relationship with…

  2. 'Mamma Mia!' Leaps To No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It took five weeks, but the ABBA-driven soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!" has ascended to the summit of The Billboard 200 for the first time. Moving 130,000 copies in the U.S., the Decca effort climbs 3-1 an It took five weeks, but the ABBA-driven soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!" has…

  3. Keep Feeling Fascination

    August 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Faint has always been a hands-on band, from booking its own tours, setting up its own lighting, making its own videos and ensuring its brand of electronic rock sounded little like anything else ou The Faint has always been a hands-on band, from booking its own tours, setting up its own…

  4. Q-Tip Returns To Roots On 'The Renaissance'

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Q-Tip's oft-delayed sophomore solo album, "The Renaissance," will finally hit stores Oct. 14 via Universal Motown. Q-Tip's oft-delayed sophomore solo album, "The Renaissance," will finally hit stores Oct. 14 via Universal Motown. The nine-track set blends live…

  5. Without A Label, BLK JKS Cuts Big Deals

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fast-rising South African rock band BLK JKS clearly knows how to make interesting music that channels the Mars Volta and more traditional sounds in equal measure. Fast-rising South African rock band BLK JKS clearly knows how to make interesting music that channels the Mars Volta and more…

  6. Whoa, 'Mamma!': ABBA Mania Back In Swing

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ABBA is about to take a chance on the movies. Today (July 18), "Mamma Mia!" opens in the United States, employing nearly two dozen songs from the enduring Swedish quartet, including "Dancing Queen," " ABBA is about to take a chance on the movies. Today (July 18), …

  7. Chart Beat Chat: Catalog Charts, ABBA, Record Players

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss the catalog charts, ABBA and vinyl and record players. LENGTHY VISITORS Dear Fred, I noticed that Buckcherry's "15" remained on The Billboard 200 after falling below No. 100 even though it had been on the chart over two years/104 weeks. A couple of…

  8. David Cook Triumphs On 'American Idol'

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amid deafening applause, David Cook was crowned the seventh "American Idol" last night (May 21) at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. The 25-year-old Blue Springs, Mo., native earned 56% of the record 97.5 m Amid deafening applause, David Cook was crowned the seventh "American…

  9. Prosecutors Play Sex Tape During R. Kelly Trial

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Prosecutors played the sex tape at the center of R. Kelly's child pornography trial in open court today (May 20), just hours after opening statements in which they accused the R&B singer of choreo Prosecutors played the sex tape at the center of R. Kelly's child pornography…

  10. The Faint Launching Label With New Album

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Omaha, Neb.,-based dance punk quintet the Faint has split with longtime label Saddle Creek and is launching its own imprint, blank.wav. The first release will be the band's fifth album, "Fasciinatiion Omaha, Neb.,-based dance punk quintet the Faint has split with longtime label…

  11. Dresden Dolls' Palmer Looks Back, Forward

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's looking to be a busy year for the Dresden Dolls and its frontwoman, Amanda Palmer. First up is the band's "No, Virginia," due May 20 via Roadrunner. It's looking to be a busy year for the Dresden Dolls and its frontwoman, Amanda Palmer. First up is the band'…

  12. Jason Castro Booted From 'American Idol' Finals

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jason Castro was shown the door on "American Idol" tonight after receiving the fewest votes from the show's viewers. Thus, four became three, as Sayesha Mercado and "the Davids" -- David Archuleta and Jason Castro was shown the door on "American Idol"…

  13. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien / March 26, 2008 / New York (Highline Ballroom)

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Del's latest album, the excellent "Eleventh Hour" (Definitive Jux), gives the veteran rapper ample room to be playful and thoughtful. But at his show at New York's Highline Ballroom, the stage seemed Del's latest album, the excellent "Eleventh Hour" …

  14. Ten Secrets About An American Idol Taping

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sure, for most people, "American Idol" is a fun way to spend two nights a week on the couch, groaning at every off-key note and appalling fashion choice. But for the studio audience, it is a lot more Sure, for most people, "American Idol" is a fun way to spend two nights a…

  15. 'American Idol' Whittles Down To Final 12

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The top 12 "American Idol" finalists include an actress, a "Star Search" champion, an Australian, a male stripper and someone who already recorded a debut album. The top 12 "American Idol" finalists include an actress, a "Star Search" champion, an…

  16. Top 24 Contestants Set For 'American Idol'

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST The tears flowed on "American Idol" last night (Feb. 13) as the show trimmed the competition to 24 semifinalists. The tears flowed on "American Idol" last night (Feb. 13) as the show trimmed the competition to 24 semifinalists. They were mostly happy tears for the 12 guys…

  17. Aly & AJ Writing New Songs, Plot Films

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Aly & AJ are still "in deep with 'Insomniatic'," according to older sister Alyson Renae Michalka, but the sibling pop duo has its third album already in its crosshairs. Aly & AJ are still "in deep with 'Insomniatic'," according to older sister…

  18. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    January 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Quirky U.K. singer/songwriter Kate Nash tries to capitalize on early international success with her U.S. debut and Marah keeps on rockin' in this week's Hot Product. Zero 7 vocalist Sia's "Some People Have Real Problems" (Hear Music). Pianist Jim Brickman's "…

  19. Louis Vuitton Wins Spears Video Lawsuit

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton has won a lawsuit that alleged a Britney Spears music video violated counterfeiting laws by showcasing a pink Vuitton-upholstered dashboard. Luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton has won a lawsuit that alleged a Britney Spears music video violated counterfeiting…

  20. 'Idol' Chatter

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST With the burgeoning hit "Tattoo" working in her favor, season six "American Idol" champion Jordin Sparks will this week release her debut album for 19 Recordings/Jive. "Tattoo" was produced by Stargat With the burgeoning hit "Tattoo" working in her…

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