1. Billboard Bits: Journey, Jason Mraz, Lynyrd Skynyrd

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Journey, Jason Mraz, Lynyrd Skynyrd Five Journey albums have been remastered and expanded with memorabilia-rich album booklets for an Aug. 1 release via Columbia/Legacy. A handful of the titles have new bonus tracks, including 1988's "Greatest Hits," which will feature…

  2. Kracker, Hiatt, Sweet Cozy Up To 'Earl'

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Previously unreleased songs from Matthew Sweet, Uncle Kracker and John Hiatt will be featured on "My Name Is Earl -- The Album." Previously unreleased songs from Matthew Sweet, Uncle Kracker and John Hiatt will be featured on "My Name Is Earl -- The Album." The soundtrack…

  3. Donwood Dresses Up Thom Yorke Solo Album

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Artist Stanley Donwood was fascinated by the floods in Cornwall, England, two years ago, inspiring part of his recent exhibition, "London Views." Artist Stanley Donwood was fascinated by the floods in Cornwall, England, two years ago, inspiring part of his recent exhibition, "…

  4. Dem Franchize Boyz Member Arrested In Atlanta

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A member of chart-topping Atlanta rap group Dem Franchize Boyz was one of eight people arrested last night (June 13) in a drug raid at an Atlanta recording studio. A member of chart-topping Atlanta rap group Dem Franchize Boyz was one of eight people arrested last night (June 13) in a drug…

  5. When The Shack Is Rockin', Do Come A Knockin'

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A new Legendary Shack Shakers fan prays at the altar of the band's awesome, shirtless psychobilly after a New York show. Dear Legendary Shack Shakers, Thank you for kicking my ass the other week. Your soundcheck was swift -- you took half the amount of time that someone like, say, Feist…

  6. Junior Boys Await New Musical 'Morning'

    June 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Canadian electronica-leaning outfit Junior Boys is eyeing a September release for its second album, "So This Is Goodbye." Canadian electronica-leaning outfit Junior Boys is eyeing a September release for its second album, "So This Is Goodbye." The 10-track set will be…

  7. Q&A: Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs

    May 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Billboard interview with the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival. The Montreux Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer, may well be one of the world's best-known live music events. Montreux has a remarkable history of presenting global superstars from…

  8. Billboard Bits: Field Mob, Taj Mahal, Head Automatica

    May 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Field Mob and Head Automatica ready new albums and , Taj Mahal headlines Congressional Blues Festival. Atlanta rap duo Field Mob, who recently signed to Ludacris’ Disturbing the Peace/Geffen imprint, has set June 20 as the release date for its third album "Light Poles and Pine Trees.…

  9. Shawnna Heads Back To The 'Block'

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Shawnna, a member of Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace clique, will release her sophomore album "Block Music" June 27 via Disturbing Tha Peace/Island Def Jam. The album features appearances from L Rapper Shawnna, a member of Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace clique, will…

  10. This Day in Music

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Paul Brandt and Claudia Church answer the call of their country when they head to Bosnia to entertain U.S. troops there. The trip is the first USO junket for both artists.<br clear="none 2004 - Indianapolis residents get more than they bargain for after an…

  11. SUNNY HAWKINS, "More of You"

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Hawkins' resume already indicates a talent of stature before this fine debut album even hits the street. Hawkins' resume already indicates a talent of stature before this fine debut album even hits the street. With more than a year on Broadway as a lead in the smash, "Rent,…

  12. Sam Roberts Looking For U.S. Breakthrough

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After scoring three Juno Awards for its 2003 album "We Were Born in a Flame," Montreal's Sam Roberts Band plans to turn up the heat in the United States with its latest release, "Chemical City." After scoring three Juno Awards for its 2003 album "We Were Born in…

  13. Vines Hoping To Return To Live Duty

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Australian rock act the Vines is back in the spotlight with a new Capitol album, "Vision Valley." Having emerged from a period of great uncertainty following frontman Craig Nicholls' fall 2004 diagnosis with the neurobiological disorder Asperger Syndrome, Australian rock act…

  14. Roth Says Farewell To Radio, Plays Party

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "It's official, today is my last day." That was the word from David Lee Roth seconds into his syndicated radio show this morning (April 21), ending the nearly four-month CBS Radio experiment known as "It's official, today is my last day." That was the word from…

  15. Frampton Returns To A&M For 'Fingerprint'

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After a nearly 25-year split, guitarist Peter Frampton is returning to A&M Records, with which he enjoyed his biggest successes in the 1970s. After a nearly 25-year split, guitarist Peter Frampton is returning to A&M Records, with which he enjoyed his biggest successes in the 1970s.…

  16. Mission Of Burma Preps New Album, DVD

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Influential rock trio Mission Of Burma will re-emerge with a number of projects this spring, including a new studio album, "The Obliterati," and a band documentary. Influential rock trio Mission Of Burma will re-emerge with a number of projects this spring, including a new studio…

  17. Ask Billboard

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Answers to readers' questions about Kelly Clarkson, the Eagles and 1990s R&B groups. NOT YET 'GONE' Dear Keith, I am an avid reader of your column as well as Fred Bronson's " Chart Beat Chat ," and I am hoping you could shed some light on this question for me…

  18. Shawnna Prepping 'Candy Coated' Single

    March 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rapper Shawnna's second solo album, "Block Music," is slated for a June release on Distrubing Tha Peace/Island Def Jam. Rapper Shawnna's second solo album, "Block Music," is slated for a June release on Distrubing Tha Peace/Island Def Jam. First single, "…

  19. The Living Things

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bat weilding weirdos and a police presence in the Lone Star State. Waco, Texas - March 20 Today was a drive day, but never a dull day. Sittin' in the van all day lookin' out my window at sprawling Texas, I was gettin' hungry so we stopped for some food and almost got beat... no…

  20. This Day in Music

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend for the past decade, actress Charleen "Chuck" McCrory, finally tie the knot. The pair exchanges vows at Tony's Ballroom in Houston before 200 2004 - Roy "Pop" Lewis, patriarch of bluegrass gospel…

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