1. Clarkson Spokesperson Dismisses 'Idol' Flap

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST One day after "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell slammed Kelly Clarkson for refusing to let the TV talent contest that launched her career use her hits, a spokesperson for the pop star denies there wa One day after "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell slammed Kelly Clarkson…

  2. 'Idol' Premiere Draws 35 Million Viewers

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST The ratings juggernaut that is "American Idol" had a monster season premiere Tuesday, coming back with a vengeance to post its highest opening-night numbers yet with more than 35 million viewers. The ratings juggernaut that is "American Idol" had a monster season premiere…

  3. Yellowcard Makes Unlikely Pairing With A Dixie Chick

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Yellowcard's third album, "Lights and Sounds," due Tuesday (Jan. 24) via Capitol, represents a number of sonic departures for the Jacksonville, Fla.-based pop-punk outfit. Yellowcard's third album, "Lights and Sounds," due Tuesday (Jan. 24) via Capitol,…

  4. Billboard Bits: Yearwood/Brooks, Full Frontal Fashion, Cheap Trick

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Trisha Yearwood/Garth Brooks, Full Frontal Fashion, Cheap Trick MCA Nashville will re-release Trisha Yearwood's latest album, "Jasper County," Feb. 7 with the addition of a Yearwood/Garth Brooks duet. The song, "Love Will Always Win," was recently sent to…

  5. Mylo

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST After four top 20 hits in his native United Kingdom, DJ act Mylo aims to break through across the Atlantic. Mylo is already a household name in his native United Kingdom. The DJ began burning up dance floors there in 2004, and it has been a whirlwind of success ever since. In the past year,…

  6. Brad Finishing Up Fourth Album

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST On-again/off-again Seattle rock act Brad is close to finishing its fourth studio album. On-again/off-again Seattle rock act Brad is close to finishing its fourth studio album. The set was recorded in 2003, after the group had returned from an Australian tour, and has a proposed title of "…

  7. Blige's 'Breakthrough' Returns To No. 1

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST After sitting behind Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" at No. 2 for two weeks in a row, Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" returns to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. The Matriarch/Geffen release debu After sitting behind Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable…

  8. Schlesinger, Iha Producing New America Disc

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fountains Of Wayne/Ivy principal Adam Schlesinger and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha have signed on to produce a new studio album from enduring soft rock act America. Fountains Of Wayne/Ivy principal Adam Schlesinger and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha have signed…

  9. Ask Billboard

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'Brokeback Mountain,' Kelly Rowland and Prince questions answered. 'BROKEBACK' SOUNDTRACK Hi Keith, I saw the film "Brokeback Mountain" and just fell in love with it. In fact, I loved it so much I rushed out to the record store the next day and bought the…

  10. Melvins Expand Lineup, Ready Live Album

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Now expanded to a quartet, the Melvins have been joined by Hydra Head recording artists Big Business. Like Spinal Tap's bad luck with drummers, the Melvins have similar problems holding on to bassists. Their latest four-string casualty was Kevin Rutmanis, but the group -- led by longtime…

  11. 'Walk The Line' Scores Big At Golden Globes

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Johnny Cash biography "Walk the Line" won the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy film last night (Jan. 16) and earned acting honors for stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, boosting t The Johnny Cash biography "Walk the Line" won the Golden Globe for best…

  12. EA Bringing Def Jam To PSP

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Def Jam artists like Ludacris, Method Man and Redman who were previously involved in the top-selling Electronic Arts Def Jam console videogames will have a third shot at exposure via the March release Def Jam artists like Ludacris, Method Man and Redman who were previously involved in the top…

  13. This Day in Music

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>As in previous years, Hong Kong and Taiwan acts dominate the sixth annual Channel V Music Awards, held in Beijing. Hong Kong's Andy Lau is named most well-received singer, while Faye Won 2005 - Tenacious D drafts a formidable roster of guests to lend a hand at…

  14. Blunt Bounces Back To Top U.K. Album Chart

    January 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST While Shayne Ward's "That's My Goal" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) started a fourth week at the top of the U.K. singles chart, there was a return to the top of the album survey for the top-selling album in B While Shayne Ward's "That's My Goal" (Syco Music/Sony…

  15. This Day in Music

    January 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Marion Ryan, a popular U.K. singer of the '50s and mother of '60s British hitmakers, twins Paul and Barry Ryan, dies of a heart attack in Florida. Ryan, 67, was best known for her 1958 h 2005 - Sheryl Crow, Christina Aquilera and Tim McGraw participate in a…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses chart fans, 'bullets,' his love of Swedish music and a lot more with readers this week. IRAQ (SO FAR AWAY) Was there a watershed moment when the Billboard charts became a fan tool as well as an industry tool? I often read you patiently explain that the charts exist…

  17. Copeland Curates New Police Documentary

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Add "filmmaker" to drummer Stewart Copeland's list of credits. His documentary, "Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out," will debut Jan. 22 at the Sundance Film Festival. Add "filmmaker" to drummer Stewart Copeland's list of credits. His documentary, …

  18. DMX Inks With Sony Urban, Album Due This Summer

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Newly released from New York's Rikers Island prison after serving more than two months for a 2004 incident at New York's JFK Airport, rapper DMX has parted ways with longtime label Def Jam and signed Newly released from New York's Rikers Island prison after serving more than…

  19. Rick Moranis Channels His Inner 'Cowboy'

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Having phased out his Hollywood career a decade ago, actor Rick Moranis ("Ghostbusters," "Spaceballs") returns to his first love, music, on the album "The Agoraphobic Cowboy," which earned a Grammy no Anyone who came of age in the 1980s is well-versed in the…

  20. This Day in Music

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Brazilian police arrest Gloria Trevi, the Mexican pop star who had been on the run from authorities since mid-1999. Trevi, whose real name is Gloria de los Angeles Trevino, and her manag 2003 - Spain's Alex Ubago and Colombia's Juanes sweep the sixth…

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