1. LL Cool J Targets Women With Film Deal

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a bid to attract black female moviegoers, Lions Gate Films has signed a multi-picture deal with LL Cool J, whose first project will be an urban version of "Fatal Attraction." In a bid to attract black female moviegoers, Lions Gate Films has signed a multi-picture deal with LL…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. I S-A-W THE LIGHT Dear Fred, Before submitting my question I want to say I enjoy reading your column week after week and reading the chart trivia you supply. I've been a fan of (most) songs produced by the [Mike] Stock, [Matt] Aitken and [Pete]…

  3. CHART BEAT

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, R. Kelly, Jessica Simpson, Mary Mary and more. HE TAUGHT THE BAND TO PLAY: When the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts…

  4. Blind Melon Revisited On Hits/Live Sets

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rock act Blind Melon will be the subject of a "Best of" CD and a live DVD this fall via Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing, and will also issue a previously unreleased concert recording to digital do Rock act Blind Melon will be the subject of a "Best of" CD and a live…

  5. This Day in Music

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>Singer/songwriter Jimmy Driftwood dies in Fayetteville, Ark., of a heart attack. He is 91. Driftwood, who was born James Corbett Morris, was best known for writing the Grammy-winning son 2000 - Yusuf Islam, born Stephen Georgiou and formerly known by his stage name…

  6. 2Pac, Elton Begin Third Week At U.K. No. 1

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pac's "Ghetto Gospel" (Interscope) featuring Elton John started a third week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (July 10). On the album chart, John's colleague on the Twenty First Artists m 2Pac's "Ghetto Gospel" (Interscope) featuring Elton John…

  7. Stevens Album Soars Despite 'Superman' Flap

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Not even the Man of Steel could stop the new album by critically acclaimed artist Sufjan Stevens from hitting most store shelves on its July 5 release date. He came close, though. Not even the Man of Steel could stop the new album by critically acclaimed artist Sufjan Stevens from hitting…

  8. B.I.G. Family To Renew Wrongful Death Suit

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Relatives of slain rap star Notorious B.I.G. vowed yesterday (July 7) to renew their wrongful death suit against the city of Los Angeles after a U.S. judge declared a mistrial and accused police of co Relatives of slain rap star Notorious B.I.G. vowed yesterday (July 7) to renew their…

  9. Mistrial Declared In Notorious B.I.G. Case

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge today (July 6) declared a mistrial in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death case in Los Angeles, attorneys on both sides said. A federal judge today (July 6) declared a mistrial in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death case in Los Angeles, attorneys on both sides said. U.S.…

  10. Billboard Bits: Vandross, Hawley, Big Al Downing & More

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Luther Vandross, Richard Hawley, Big Al Downing, Mike Peters, Chapman Funeral services for Luther Vandross will be held Friday (July 8) at New York's Riverside Church (490 Riverside Drive) at noon. The artist died Friday at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J., two…

  11. TunesOnTV

    July 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 4-10, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 4 "Today," NBC Featured artist: Earth, Wind & Fire (also scheduled: Julian McMahon). "PJ Harvey: Eurockeennes of Belfort Festival," Showtime Next Featured artist: PJ…

  12. Run-D.M.C. Refurbishes Classic Albums

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Legendary rap trio Run-D.M.C.'s first four studio albums will be reissued in expanded form Sept. 5 via Arista/Profile/Legacy, Billboard.com has learned. Legendary rap trio Run-D.M.C.'s first four studio albums will be reissued in expanded form Sept. 5 via Arista/Profile/Legacy,…

  13. Coldplay, Crazy Frog Stay Strong On U.K. Charts

    June 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Crazy Frog's "Axel F" (Gusto) and Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) kept their respective places at the top of yesterday's (June 19) the U.K. singles and album charts. But the biggest news was the pre Crazy Frog's "Axel F" (Gusto) and Coldplay…

  14. Ask Billboard

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about the Cult, Stevie Nicks/Deep Dish and AC/DC. CULTISH Dear Keith, I have been a fan of the Cult for a good long while now. I recently saw the band's singer Ian Astbury enjoying living his Jim Morrison fixation as singer for the Doors of…

  15. This Day in Music

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, undergoes emergency surgery on due to a heart condition. According to a spokesperson, Pedrini requires an eight-hour operation for an aortic laceration. 2004 - Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, undergoes emergency surgery on due to a…

  16. White, Benson Make A Racket With Greenhornes

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The project White Stripes vocalist/guitarist Jack White has been working on with singer/songwriter Brendan Benson and Greenhornes bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler has been christened t The project White Stripes vocalist/guitarist Jack White has been working on with singer…

  17. Update: Two Members Exit The Cure

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Two members of the Cure have exited the veteran U.K. rock act, which has long featured a revolving door of musicians backing up leader Robert Smith. Two members of the Cure have exited the veteran U.K. rock act, which has long featured a revolving door of musicians backing up leader Robert…

  18. Cursive Ties Up 'Loose Ends'

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nebraska-based indie rock outfit Cursive has rounded up 12 rare and unreleased tracks for "The Difference Between Houses and Homes (Lost Songs and Loose Ends 1995-2001." Nebraska-based indie rock outfit Cursive has rounded up 12 rare and unreleased tracks for "The Difference…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Toby Keith is the big winner at the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, taking home four honors, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist. Keith picks up album of the 2004 - Toby Keith is the big winner at the 39th annual Academy of Country Music…

  20. 22TunesOnTV

    May 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 23-29, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 23 "Today," NBC Featured artist: Kelly Clarkson (also scheduled: Morgan Spurlock). "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artists: Gretchen Wilson, Faith Hill …

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