1. THE COUP, "Pick a Bigger Weapon"

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Longtime funk/hip-hop collective the Coup relocates to the punk outpost Epitaph for a set full of the fist-up militantism both outlets have become synonymous with. Longtime funk/hip-hop collective the Coup relocates to the punk outpost Epitaph for a set full of the fist-up militantism both…

  2. Girl Authority

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Are you ready for the next generation of girl power? Are you ready for the next generation of girl power? Nine girls ages 8-13 make up Girl Authority -- touted as a G-rated version of the Spice Girls for the ever-growing 'tween market -– and each comes with her own unique moniker and…

  3. Rascal Flatts Wins Billboard 200 Country Battle

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Two high-profile country acts go head to head on The Billboard 200 this week, with Rascal Flatts holding onto the lead despite a strong challenge from Toby Keith. The former's "Me and My Gang," which Two high-profile country acts go head to head on The Billboard 200 this week,…

  4. Gov't Mule Feeling 'High And Mighty'

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gov't Mule has finished recording its seventh studio album at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio near Austin, Texas. Gov't Mule has finished recording its seventh studio album at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio near Austin, Texas. According to frontman Warren Haynes, the…

  5. Bird Feeling 'Big And Spacious' On New Album

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Andrew Bird is in the midst of recording his next full-length album, due early next year. Andrew Bird is in the midst of recording his next full-length album, due early next year. The as-yet untitled album has been recorded "all over the place," from Bird's barn in rural…

  6. Billboard Bits: 'S.M.A.C.K.,' NYC River To River,

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on 'S.M.A.C.K.,' NYC River To River, Paul Wall, DMX, Juvenile and Bun B are among the hip-hop artists featured on "S.M.A.C.K. The Album: Volume 1," due May 23 via Koch. The two-disc CD/DVD set also spotlights up-and-coming rappers such as Maino and Bleu DaVinci. The…

  7. Jayhawks Principals Regroup For Tour

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After regrouping for a tour last year, Mark Olson and Gary Louris have once again reunited for brief Western U.S. swing this spring. After regrouping for a tour last year, Mark Olson and Gary Louris have once again reunited for brief Western U.S. swing this spring. The former principals of…

  8. ON TV

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 17-23, 2006. MONDAY, APRIL 17 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Syndicated Featured artist(s): Jamie Foxx (also scheduled: Jeff Bridges). “My Music Mix,” Great American Country Featured artist(s): Sara Evans “VH1 News Presents: Blackmail,” VH1 Featured artist(s):…

  9. Young Urges Bush Impeachment On New Album

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rocker Neil Young has recorded a protest album featuring an anti-Iraq war track with "a holy vow to never kill again" and a song titled "Let's Impeach the President." Veteran rocker Neil Young has recorded a protest album featuring an anti-Iraq war track with …

  10. Streets, Gnarls Barkley Rule U.K. Charts

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Streets' third album "The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living" (679/Locked On) yesterday (April 16) became the second U.K. No. 1 set for the recording alter ego of Mike Skinner. Featuring the top 1 The Streets' third album "The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living…

  11. Bless You And Keep You

    April 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After six albums full of Dixie-fried themes and musical mayhem, Alabama's Drive-By Truckers entered the studio for their seventh release with a different agenda. After six albums full of Dixie-fried themes and musical mayhem, Alabama's Drive-By Truckers entered the studio for their…

  12. This Day in Music

    April 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>R&B singer Luther Vandross suffers a stroke, just four days before his 55th birthday.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Tejano music legend Laura Canales dies in Corpus Christi, Texas, of complications following surgery.…

  13. Chart Beat Chat

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses the T.I., chart jumps, Jennifer Nettles, Bon Jovi and more with readers. DID T.I. SET A RECORD? Fred, Last week T.I's "What You Know" jumped 35 positions on the Billboard Hot 100. This got me thinking about other rap singles that have charted and I couldn't…

  14. Alicia Keys Lands Another Film Role

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys is adding another note to her acting resume. The singer/songwriter has been cast in the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling book, "The Nanny Diaries," according to the artist's spoke Alicia Keys is adding another note to her acting resume. The singer…

  15. Pearl Jam's 'New' World Order

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Eddie Vedder chuckles when he looks back on the early years of Pearl Jam's lifecycle and how the group balanced the pressures of success: "You get growing pains when you get taller, but we got them wh Eddie Vedder chuckles when he looks back on the early years of Pearl Jam's…

  16. This Day in Music

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Filmmaker George Lucas' Lucasfilm Ltd. files a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against artist Dr. Dre, his Aftermath Entertainment, and Interscope Records. The suit claims t 2003 - R&B singer Angie Stone makes her Broadway debut when she joins…

  17. Cassidy Back With Swizz Beatz On New Album

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fresh out of jail, Cassidy is heading to the studio next week to begin recording his as-yet-untitled third album, he said yesterday (April 12) on BET's "106 and Park." Fresh out of jail, Cassidy is heading to the studio next week to begin recording his as-yet-untitled third…

  18. Powter Stays Hot, Chili Peppers Sizzle On Charts

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" notches a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The cut also remains atop the Pop 100 and Hot Digital Songs charts for a third week. Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Pepp Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" notches a third week at No. 1 on the…

  19. Mojave 3 Completes New 'Puzzles'

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Mojave 3 will release its fifth studio album, "Puzzles Like You," June 6 via 4AD. U.K. rock act Mojave 3 will release its fifth studio album, "Puzzles Like You," June 6 via 4AD. The 11-track follow up to 2003's "Spoon and Rafter" reveals a more…

  20. This Day in Music

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>A claymation version of Canada's Barenaked Ladies makes an appearance on the UPN series "Gary & Mike." The episode features the voices of various bandmembers offering commentary on t 2005 - Switchfoot, the Crabb Family and Casting Crowns are the…

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