1. This Day in Music

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Nigerian Drummer Bahatunde Olatunji, whose albums introduced African percussion to a wide U.S. audience, dies of diabetes in Salinas, Calif. He is 76. 2003 - Nigerian Drummer Bahatunde Olatunji, whose albums introduced African percussion to a wide U.S. audience, dies…

  2. Campbell Croons With Lanegan, Iha

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former Belle & Sebastian principal Isobel Campbell is set to unveil two new albums in the coming months. Former Belle & Sebastian principal Isobel Campbell is set to unveil two new albums in the coming months. "Ballad of the Broken Seas" is a collaboration with Mark Lanegan…

  3. Jackson Witness Pleads Poor Memory

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A man who testified he was molested by Michael Jackson more than a decade ago repeatedly pleaded a poor memory today (April 5) as the pop star's lawyer cross-examined him about his story. A man who testified he was molested by Michael Jackson more than a decade ago repeatedly pleaded a…

  4. Wonder's 'Life' Earns A Diamond

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder has joined an elite list of artists who have earned a diamond award from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Stevie Wonder has joined an elite list of artists who have earned a diamond award from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The…

  5. Charlatans Bear Down On Ninth Album

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Charlatans are writing music for their ninth studio album, front man Tim Burgess tells Billboard.com. The Charlatans are writing music for their ninth studio album, front man Tim Burgess tells Billboard.com. The veteran British rock outfit, which recently signed a worldwide recording pact…

  6. Witness Says Jackson Molested Him In 1990

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a halting, emotion-choked voice, the son of Michael Jackson's former housekeeper testified today (April 4) that the pop star molested him during a tickling game in 1990. In a halting, emotion-choked voice, the son of Michael Jackson's former housekeeper testified today (April 4)…

  7. Hot Product

    April 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST A Tribute to Black Sabbath Sabbath Sounds Four Tet, Matmos, Paul Newman, Ruins and Racebannon are among the acts contributing tracks to "Everything Comes & Goes: A Tribute to Black Sabbath." Due this week via Temporary Residence, the set has been in the works for more than eight…

  8. This Day in Music

    April 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Bluesman Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey dies of prostate cancer in Gary, Ind., at the age of 74. Kinsey is the patriarch of a well-known blues family: sons Donald, Kenneth, and Ralph backed t 2001 - Bluesman Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey dies of prostate…

  9. Alien

    April 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Strapping Young Lad leader/vocalist Devin Townsend says of "Alien," the band's new album: "This record isn't about anything in particular; it's just a freakout." The man is not kidding. Strapping Young Lad leader/vocalist Devin Townsend says of "Alien,…

  10. It's Me Again

    April 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tweet's unmistakable alto and lyrically driven songs were the key attractions on her debut, "Southern Hummingbird." That album spawned the tongue-in-cheek hit "Oops (Oh My)." Those same talents are in Tweet's unmistakable alto and lyrically driven songs were the…

  11. Billboard Bits: Diamond, Mellencamp, Jewel & More

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Neil Diamond/Rick Rubin, John Mellencamp, Jewel, Cary/Cockrell Pop legend Neil Diamond is collaborating with producer Rick Rubin on a new studio album, sources have confirmed to Billboard.com. The as-yet-untitled set will be Diamond's first album of original material since 2001&…

  12. ODB To Live On Via Remix Project

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fans of late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard will have a chance to intersect with his legacy by entering the contest "ODB Forever: the Remix Project." Fans of late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard will have a chance to intersect with his legacy by entering the contest "ODB Forever:…

  13. Lollapalooza Promises 70 Bands On Five Stages

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Additional details have come to light about this year's scaled-down version of Lollapalooza, which, as previously reported, will be held July 23-24 in Chicago's Grant Park. According to the event's of Additional details have come to light about this year's scaled-down…

  14. Billboard Bits: Teenage Fanclub, Cowboy Junkies & More

    March 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Teenage Fanclub, Cowboy Junkies & More Veteran Scottish rock outfit Teenage Fanclub has signed with Merge, which will release the new album "Man-Made" on June 7. The 12-track set was recorded by John McEntire (Tortoise, the Sea & Cake) at his Soma Electronic Studio…

  15. Master P Pleads Not Guilty To Gun Charges

    March 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rapper Master P and his brother pleaded not guilty yesterday (March 30) to a felony charge of carrying unregistered loaded guns. Rapper Master P and his brother pleaded not guilty yesterday (March 30) to a felony charge of carrying unregistered loaded guns. The 37-year-old artist, whose real…

  16. Joplin's Old Band Hunts For New 'Pearl'

    March 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sam Andrew will soon embark on what mildly might be called a challenging task: to replace his rock band's long-dead singer -- Janis Joplin. Sam Andrew will soon embark on what mildly might be called a challenging task: to replace his rock band's long-dead singer -- Janis Joplin.…

  17. O'Connor Recording Reggae In Kingston

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Irish vocalist Sinead O'Connor is in Jamaica recording a reggae album with some of the country's leading musicians. The artist has been in Kingston since last week working on tracks for the album, co- Irish vocalist Sinead O'Connor is in Jamaica recording a reggae album with…

  18. 50's 'Massacre' Holds Steady At No. 1

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Cent's "The Massacre" continues to slaughter The Billboard 200 competition this week with a fourth straight week on top. The Shady/Aftermath/Interscope set moved 329,000 copies in the United States 50 Cent's "The Massacre" continues to slaughter The Billboard…

  19. Master P, Brother Booked On Gun Charges

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rapper Master P and his brother were charged yesterday (March 28) with carrying unregistered loaded guns. Rapper Master P and his brother were charged yesterday (March 28) with carrying unregistered loaded guns. The 37-year-old rapper, whose real name is Percy Robert Miller, was arrested…

  20. New White Stripes Album Due In June

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rock duo the White Stripes will release their next studio album on June 14 via Third Man/V2. Rock duo the White Stripes will release their next studio album on June 14 via Third Man/V2. The as-yet-untitled set was recently recorded in the group's Detroit home base. It will be the follow…

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