1. Snow Patrol Making Progress On New CD

    October 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Snow Patrol has completed primary recording of eight songs for its next Interscope album. Snow Patrol has completed primary recording of eight songs for its next Interscope album, frontman Gary Lightbody wrote in a post on the band's Web site . The group had been recording in Scotland up…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Madonna, seasonal music and more with readers. 'HUNG,' GRRR! Hi Fred, Madonna's "Hung Up" gets a bit of airplay during the day and is selling well on iTunes, but I noticed larger radio stations aren't playing it, especially in the evening, which is…

  3. Jay-Z, Nas Bury The Hatchet At N.Y. Show

    October 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New York rappers Jay-Z and Nas ended their longtime feud and promoted peace on-stage last night (Oct. 27) during New York radio station Power 105.1's Power House concert at New Jersey's Continental Ai New York rappers Jay-Z and Nas ended their longtime feud and promoted peace on…

  4. Becoming A Kid All Over Again

    October 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Discovering the joy of a new era of kids music. I absolutely love music. I'm sure that seems like a no-brainer, but it's the main reason I and so many others ended up here at Billboard. Sure, various business-related talents scored these jobs. But it is music that started all of us…

  5. Chart Beat

    October 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stevie makes his highest album chart debut since the mid-'70s, Madonna posts her 51st Hot 100 single, Shakira breaks a Hot Latin Songs record, plus news on Rod Stewart, Gwen Stefanin & others. DELIVERED: It took a while, but it was worth it. Stevie Wonder's long-promised "A…

  6. Stars Celebrate BET's 25th In Los Angeles

    October 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT BET formally celebrated its 25th anniversary last night (Oct. 26) during the taping of "25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special." BET formally celebrated its 25th anniversary last night (Oct. 26) during the taping of "25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special."…

  7. Kanye's 'Gold' Begins Eighth Week At No. 1

    October 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In its 14th week on the chart, Kanye West's "Gold Digger" continues to dominate the Billboard Hot 100. The song is No. 1 on the big chart for an eighth straight week and also tops the Pop 100 for a si In its 14th week on the chart, Kanye West's "Gold Digger"…

  8. U2 Dominates Billboard Touring Awards

    October 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U2 came away with the most honors at last night's (Oct. 26) Billboard Roadwork '05 Touring Awards, winning top tour for its Vertigo trek, top draw and top Boxscore for its June 24-27 dates at Croke Pa U2 came away with the most honors at last night's (Oct. 26) Billboard…

  9. Hip-Hop Titans Bolster B.I.G.'s 'Duets'

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Some of the biggest names in hip-hop, both dead and alive, have contributed to "The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter," including Eminem, Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Mis Some of the biggest names in hip-hop, both dead and alive, have contributed to …

  10. Akon Adds To 'Trouble'

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R&B artist Akon will on Nov. 22 release an expanded edition of his 2003 Universal breakthrough, "Trouble." R&B artist Akon will on Nov. 22 release an expanded edition of his 2003 Universal breakthrough, "Trouble." The original 13-track set will be bolstered with a…

  11. Simpson Strikes Back: Ashlee Scores 2nd No. 1

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ashlee Simpson staves off a slew of Billboard 200 chart veterans this week, notching her second chart-topper with "I Am Me." With sales of 220,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, S Ashlee Simpson staves off a slew of Billboard 200 chart veterans this week,…

  12. Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT part two We was in church every time that church door was open. That was a must, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Saturday night Mama would cook our dinner. Then we'd all get up about 6:30 Sunday morning, 'cause everyone had to take their bath -- seven children, one bathroom! -- so…

  13. Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT part three They saw their father as a stern but fair man, but their mother was someone they could tell their secrets to. She treated their friends with the same kind of gentle consideration that she showed all of them, never reluctant to add another place to the table or take a mattress and…

  14. Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT part four The war impinged in various ways. Most directly because Willie was in the Army Corps of Engineers overseas -- he was in one of the first units to cross the Rhine, and they eagerly followed the news of his division's movements and looked forward to his letters home. Sam and L.C.…

  15. O.A.R.

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT There's a trick to staying healthy on the road, and O.A.R. knows it... Aside from that, there have been some good shows, videogame dreams and a visit with Sheryl Crow. We've just finished up a week of shows spanning from Texas to Colorado to Arizona and the extreme weather changes…

  16. Billy Joel: The Life & Times Of An Angry Young Man (continued)

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT part four Made His Move on Christie Lee After a relatively short tour that culminated with a New Year's Eve performance at Madison Square Garden, Billy found himself back home. Only now the home was empty. "I just have to get used to being on my own," he said. "I'm…

  17. Billboard Bits: AMAs, Springsteen, Ministry

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on AMAs, Springsteen, Ministry A trio of country stars has joined the performance lineup for the American Music Awards, which will be broadcast live Nov. 22 on ABC. Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban bolster a roster that also includes Kenny Chesney, Mariah Carey, Rob Thomas and…

  18. FIFA Drafts Gabriel For World Cup Ceremony

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The world soccer body FIFA has tapped Peter Gabriel to organize the opening ceremony for next year's World Cup finals in Germany. The world soccer body FIFA has tapped Peter Gabriel to organize the opening ceremony for next year's World Cup finals in Germany. The man who only…

  19. Billboard Bits: CMA Awards, Buffett, Andrew W.K.

    October 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on CMA Awards, Jimmy Buffett, Andrew W.K. Adding local flavor to the staging of the 39th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, New York's Paul Simon and New Jersey's Jon Bon Jovi have been tapped to perform during the Nov. 15 ceremony at Madison Square Garden. The…

  20. Keys To The Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia (continued)

    October 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "Mr. Tambourine Man" "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Bob Dylan) • Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home (1965); Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (1967); Bob Dylan at Budokan (1979); Biograph/'64 (1985); The Bootleg Series, Volume 5: Live 1975—The Rolling Thunder Revue …

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