1. Keith Graduates With Honors From 'Honkytonk U'

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The following interview with Toby Keith is excerpted from a Billboard Stars special feature that appears in the June 18, 2005, issue of the magazine. The 17-page special section dissects his success, from his chart history, creative success and…

  2. Lawyer: Jackson Won't Share Bed With Kids

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Basking in the jurors' decision to acquit his client of all counts, Michael Jackson's lawyer said today (June 14) the singer will no longer share his bed with young boys. Basking in the jurors' decision to acquit his client of all counts, Michael Jackson's lawyer said…

  3. This Day in Music

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Jazz trombonist Jimmy Knepper dies in Triadelphia, W. Va., of Parkinson's disease. He is 75. Knepper was best known for his association with bassist/composer Charles Mingus, for whom he 2003 - Jazz trombonist Jimmy Knepper dies in Triadelphia, W. Va., of…

  4. The Offspring Writing For New Album

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Offspring isn't wasting any time planning the follow-up to its last studio album, 2003's "Splinter." With its first greatest hits package due June 21 via Columbia, the Offspring isn't wasting any time planning the follow-up to its last studio album, 2003's …

  5. This Day in Music

    June 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and others, dies of cancer in Boston. He is 69. 2004 - Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and…

  6. Prosecutor: Jackson Targeted Vulnerable Boy

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments of the Michael Jackson trial today (June 2) that the pop star targeted a vulnerable cancer survivor, brought the little boy "into the world of the for A prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments of the Michael Jackson trial today …

  7. Smog To Give Summer 'Love' On Tour

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Smog's Bill Callahan will hit the road this summer, beginning with a lengthy tour of Europe that begins June 9 in London before heading back to North America. Smog's Bill Callahan will hit the road this summer, beginning with a lengthy tour of Europe that begins June 9 in London…

  8. Fan Claims Beating At Snoop Dogg Show

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A hip-hop fan says he was beaten by rapper Snoop Dogg and other artists during a concert near Seattle over the weekend. A hip-hop fan says he was beaten by rapper Snoop Dogg and other artists during a concert near Seattle over the weekend. Richard Monroe, 24, said he was invited onstage…

  9. This Day in Music

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>U2 frontman Bono tries to persuade European Union ministers to extend debt relief programs for the world's poorest countries when he addresses a special meeting in Dublin. 2004 - U2 frontman Bono tries to persuade European Union ministers to extend debt relief…

  10. Clarkson Hitting The Road This Summer

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With a third track from her sophomore album moving into the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100, Kelly Clarkson is gearing up for her second North American tour of the year. With a third track from her sophomore album moving into the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100, Kelly Clarkson is…

  11. Jazz Great Oscar Brown Dies

    May 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Oscar Brown Jr., a legendary rhythm & blues and jazz singer, died yesterday (May 29) at age 78 following a two-month illness, his son said. Oscar Brown Jr., a legendary rhythm & blues and jazz singer, died yesterday (May 29) at age 78 following a two-month illness, his son said. The…

  12. Hot Product

    May 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Smog 'River' Deep Bill Callahan's 12th full-length album as Smog, "A River Ain't Too Much To Love," arrives this week via Drag City. The 10-track set was recorded at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studios in Austin, Texas, and features Connie Lovatt on bass and…

  13. This Day in Music

    May 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Brenda Fassie is posthumously honored at the 10th annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs), held at Sun City, outside Johannesburg. Fassie _ who died May 9 _ is recognized with the pres 2004 - Brenda Fassie is posthumously honored at the 10th annual South African…

  14. Potters Find Success As 'Half-Blood' Nears

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Paul DeGeorge would never describe himself as an obsessed Harry Potter fan. Paul DeGeorge would never describe himself as an obsessed Harry Potter fan. Nonetheless, you can often find the 25-year-old Cambridge, Mass., native rocking out in Harry-inspired duds to tunes about the fictitious…

  15. Billboard Bits: Foos, Montgomery Gentry, Lambert

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Foo Fighters, Montgomery Gentry, Miranda Lambert The Foo Fighters will overtake MTV2 for a 24-hour block beginning June 11 at 12 p.m. ET, during which they will play favorite videos, perform tracks from the new RCA album "In Your Honor" and welcome guests to the set. The…

  16. Snoop, Stripes, Pixies On 'Street Scene' Bill

    May 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Snoop Doog, the White Stripes, 311, the Black Eyed Peas and the Pixies are among the acts confirmed for the 2005 edition of the San Diego Street Scene festival. Snoop Doog, the White Stripes, 311, the Black Eyed Peas and the Pixies are among the acts confirmed for the 2005 edition of the San…

  17. Judge May Sanction Jackson Attorney

    May 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The judge in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial said today (May 20) he may sanction lead defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. for misrepresenting the terms under which the pop star waived confi The judge in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial said today (May 20) he may…

  18. Young Cousin Testifies At Jackson Trial

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A young cousin of Michael Jackson testified at the pop star's child molestation trial today (May 18) that he saw Jackson's accuser and the boy's brother fondle themselves in a guest cottage at the sin A young cousin of Michael Jackson testified at the pop star's child…

  19. Coldplay To Hit North America In August

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay has confirmed dates for its summer North American tour. Coldplay has confirmed dates for its summer North American tour. The run in support of the band's forthcoming album, " X&Y " (Capitol), will open Aug. 2 in Toronto and close Sept. 30 in Bristow, Va. Rilo Kiley…

  20. Billboard Bits: Rev. Run, Duran Duran, 46664 Arctic

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Rev. Run, Duran Duran, 46664 Arctic Run-DMC's Reverend Run will open his home to MTV cameras for the new reality series "Run's House." The show will hit the airwaves at the end of the year and was brought to MTV by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy TV…

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