1. Chart Beat

    May 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Isley Brothers, after 44 years, impact the chart yet again this week, along news on Neil Young, Paul Simon, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rihanna. THIS OLD CHART OF MINE: The latest album from the Isley Brothers, "Baby Makin' Music" (Def Soul Classics/Def Jam), is also chart…

  2. Busta Works BET Awards 'Memory' Into New Album

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Although he won't reveal the details, Busta Rhymes says that his forthcoming album weaves in a snippet from the 2004 edition of the BET Awards. "You'll just have to listen to the record when it comes Although he won't reveal the details, Busta Rhymes says that his…

  3. Chili Peppers Post 'Stadium' At No. 1

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in their 22-year career, Red Hot Chili Peppers score a No. 1 album on The Billboard 200. The two-disc "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.) sold 442,000 copies in the United States in i For the first time in their 22-year career, Red Hot Chili Peppers score a No. 1…

  4. Thom Yorke Solo Album Due In July

    May 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's debut solo album, "The Eraser," will be released in July via XL Recordings. The set was produced and arranged by longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich. "Inevita Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's debut solo album, "The Eraser,…

  5. Time Life Boxes Up Jerry Lee Lewis

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jerry Lee Lewis will inaugurate Time Life's "Legends of American Music" with the three-disc boxed set "Jerry Lee Lewis: A Half Century of Hits." Jerry Lee Lewis will inaugurate Time Life's "Legends of American Music" with the three-disc boxed set "…

  6. Chart Beat Chat

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses slow turnover of No. 1s, digital sales, chart methodology and more with readers. DISPARATE DOMAINS Dear Fred, There's another piece of trivia for which the slow turnover of No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart is partially responsible. This year…

  7. Chart Beat

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jewel's latest becomes her fifth studio set to reach the top 10, plus Nelly, Texas Lightning and the 'Idol' effect. 'WONDERLAND' BOOGIES: Lewis Carroll's novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" has served as inspiration for a number of songs. The…

  8. DJ Spooky Revisits 'Fine' Reggae

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT DJ Spooky raided the vaults of Trojan Records and came out on the other side with the double-disc set "In Fine Style: 50,000 Volts of Trojan Records." DJ Spooky raided the vaults of Trojan Records and came out on the other side with the double-disc set "In Fine Style: 50,000…

  9. Tool Tops Album Chart With '10,000 Days'

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rock acts dominate the top two slots on The Billboard 200 again this week, with Tool's "10,000 Days" taking the crown on more than double the sales of the latest from Pearl Jam. The big chart also wel Rock acts dominate the top two slots on The Billboard 200 again this week,…

  10. This Day in Music

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Singer Bobby Brown, 31, is arrested at Newark Airport in Newark, N.J., on an outstanding warrant for probation violation in a prior drunken-driving case.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none 2005 - Country superstar Faith Hill's new single …

  11. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses the Eurovision Song Contest and more with readers. WILL WE BE SAYING CONGRATULATIONS, ICELAND? Hi Fred, With the Eurovision Song Contest less than a month away, I agree there are a number of songs that could win. But I'm hoping Iceland's "Silvia Night" is…

  12. Pearl Jam Rocks 'Late Show,' Vedder Joins Strokes

    May 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam stuck around last night (May 4) after taping a song for CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman" to play a 10-song set inside New York's Ed Sullivan Theatre exclusively for members of its f Pearl Jam stuck around last night (May 4) after taping a song for CBS&…

  13. Chart Beat

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna's huge leap to No. 1 puts her name high on the Hot 100's big jump list, plus news about Nick Lachey, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. SAVE OUR SINGLES: If Rihanna was disappointed that her first Billboard Hot 100 single, "Pon de Replay," had to settle for peaking…

  14. Bambino CD Inaugurating Roc La Familia

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reggaeton artist Hector "El Father" Bambino's debut album will be the first release on Def Jam's new world music imprint Roc La Familia. Reggaeton artist Hector "El Father" Bambino's debut album will be the first release on Def Jam's new world music…

  15. Young Named Fourth 'Nashville Star'

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Twenty-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist Chris Young is the newest "Nashville Star," winning the fourth season of the USA Networks country talent series last night (May 2). Twenty-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist Chris Young is the newest "Nashville Star,"…

  16. Q&A: Jewel

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After a turn towards a more pop-dance sound, the singer/songwriter returns to her roots on 'Goodbye Alice in Wonderland." The last time we all saw Jewel, she was hot. Not hot, like beautiful-hot, the sort of earthy-granola beauty that Jewel fans had come to expect. It was more of a …

  17. Coachella Day One: Depeche Brings The Pain, Kanye Sizzles

    April 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Depeche Mode, Kanye West and Daft Punk highlighted the first day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., which drew a record crowd of 60,000 people to the Empire Polo Field Depeche Mode, Kanye West and Daft Punk highlighted the first day of the Coachella Valley…

  18. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Rihanna, Billboard's AC chart and Eurovision Song Contest with readers. SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Dear Fred, Why is Rihanna's "SOS" only No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100? It's No. 7 on the Pop 100 and No. 2 on the Pop 100 airplay chart. SOS! Please help me…

  19. This Day in Music

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>A fire damages R&B legend James Brown's office in Augusta, Ga. It turns out to be no accident, as, a week later investigators find a fire accelerant in several locations in the build 2005 - E.Y. "Yip" Harburg _ writer of such well known songs as …

  20. Billboard Bits: DJ Shadow, Jesus & Mary Chain, Tapes 'N Tapes

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on DJ Shadow, Jesus & Mary Chain, Tapes 'N Tapes DJ Shadow's next as-yet-untitled studio album will be released this summer via Universal. Shadow's last major-label release, 2002's "The Private Press," was issued via MCA, which has since been absorbed…

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