1. Nickel Creek 'Fires' Up For New Album

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Eclectic bluegrass-influenced outfit Nickel Creek bottles the energy of its acclaimed live shows on "Why Should the Fire Die?," due Aug. 9 via Sugar Hill. The 14-track set was produced by Tony Berg an Eclectic bluegrass-influenced outfit Nickel Creek bottles the energy of its…

  2. CHART BEAT

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to the Bee Gees, Snoop Dogg, Kelly Osbourne, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Madonna, Kook & the Gang and more. INSIDE AND OUT: The Bee Gees return to Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart after an absence of 22 years, courtesy…

  3. Carey Still 'Belongs' At No. 1

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For a third straight week, Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" is the top single in the United States. Steadfast at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100, the song again holds the title of the chart's greate For a third straight week, Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together…

  4. This Day in Music

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Peter Gabriel marries longtime companion Meah Flynn at the Li Capanni hotel he owns near Sardinia's Emerald Coast. 2002 - Peter Gabriel marries longtime companion Meah Flynn at the Li Capanni hotel he owns near Sardinia's Emerald Coast. 2000 - Boyz II Men…

  5. B&E: Rihanna

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Rihanna. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. Barbados-born Rihanna has already made a big impression in the music industry -- after…

  6. Oasis Storms U.K. Chart, Coldplay Looming

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Oasis stormed to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday with its sixth studio release, "Don't Believe the Truth" (Big Brother). Oasis stormed to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday with its sixth studio release, "Don't Believe the Truth" (Big Brother).…

  7. Rhino Boxes Up '90s Favorites

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Following a template that has generated several prior collections, Rhino is compiling a grandiose box set surveying a decade less than six years in the rearview mirror. Following a template that has generated several prior collections, Rhino is compiling a grandiose box set surveying a decade…

  8. Cowboy Troy's Wild Ride

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When Cowboy Troy made an appearance at the May 17 Academy of Country Music Awards, he joked about the odds of which would happen first: Garth Brooks coming out of retirement or Troy himself having a No. 1 album. Troy clearly came much closer than…

  9. Hot Product

    June 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: A new album from progressive rock act Dream Theater, "Octivarium" (Atlantic). A collection of Ray Charles songs from jazz guitarist John Scofield, "That's What I Say" (Verve), featuring guest spots…

  10. Informant Backs Off B.I.G. Slaying Claims

    June 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A paid informant who told police that rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and a rogue police officer orchestrated the killing of rapper Notorious B.I.G. has admitted that most of the information he passed A paid informant who told police that rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and…

  11. CHART BEAT CHAT

    June 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. WHAT'S NEW, PUSSYCAT DOLLS? Fred, I noticed the 17-spot move that the Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" took to No. 19 [on Billboard's Hot 100' this week and in my curiosity to see what prompted this move, reviewed its…

  12. Gorillaz Going Out On Virtual U.S. Tour

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Flush with the news of the highest Billboard 200 debut of its short career, animated U.K. act Gorillaz has confirmed details for an innovative virtual U.S. tour. Flush with the news of the highest Billboard 200 debut of its short career, animated U.K. act Gorillaz has confirmed details for an…

  13. Q&A: Carrie Underwood

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In front of some 30 million viewers, Carrie Underwood went from being a small town girl from Checotah, Okla., to the latest "American Idol." While in New York this week, Underwood took some time to ta In front of some 30 million viewers, Carrie Underwood went from being a small town…

  14. Underwood Ready To Record Debut Album

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fourth season "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood is eyeing a fall release for her 19 Recordings/Arista debut album. Her recording of "Inside Your Heaven," written by Andreas Carlsson for "America Fourth season "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood is…

  15. B&E: Natalie

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Natalie. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering the Billboard charts. Twenty five-year-old Natalie got her first big break as an dancer for the National…

  16. White Stripes Unveil North American Dates

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Following through on a pledge to not tour North America until later this summer, the White Stripes have revealed an initial round of dates. "In most towns we're trying to find an old theater to play i Following through on a pledge to not tour North America until later this summer,…

  17. Billboard Bits: Siren Fest, Rockin' The Corps & More

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Siren Fest, Rockin' The Corps, Apollo, Pearl Jam Spoon, Brendan Benson, the Dears, Mates Of State, VHS Or Beta, Dungen and the Q & Not U are the first acts confirmed for the fifth Siren Music Festival, sponsored by the Village Voice. The free event will be held July 16 at New…

  18. Dinosaur Jr. Focusing On Oldies On Tour

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sensing the climate was right for a reunion, the original members of Dinosaur Jr. are preparing for a summer tour. Sensing the climate was right for a reunion, the original members of Dinosaur Jr. are preparing for a summer tour. "We didn't realize there was like a lot of interest,…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>One of France's most celebrated lyricists of the past four decades, Etienne Roda-Gil, dies of a stroke. He is 62. 2004 - One of France's most celebrated lyricists of the past four decades, Etienne Roda-Gil, dies of a stroke. He is 62. 2001 - The first live…

  20. 23TunesOnTV

    May 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 30-June 5, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 30 "Today," NBC Featured artist: Antigone Rising (also scheduled: Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively). "The View," ABC Featured artist: Ben Folds (also scheduled: Christina…

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