1. Chain Letter

    March 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST This 19-year-old Houston native initially fronted the female trio Best Kept Secret—very fitting, given that the city is also home to another girl group, Destiny's Child. But BKS' implosion beca This 19-year-old Houston native initially fronted the female trio Best Kept Secret—very…

  2. 112 Gets Its Groove Back

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST R&B quartet 112 sought to "get back to the essence of making great love songs" on its new album, "Pleasure & Pain," according to group member Daron. R&B quartet 112 sought to "get back to the essence of making great love songs" on its new album, "…

  3. CHART BEAT BONUS

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Melissa Etheridge, Joss Stone, Craig Morgan, Kelly Clarkson, Audioslave and more. 'CRY' OUT LOUD: Three weeks after the Grammy performance of "Across the Universe" debuted on Billboard's Hot 100, another performance…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses "American Idol," Sarah Connor, Nena and more with readers. HERE'S TO YOU, ANWAR ROBINSON Hi Fred, Congratulations for being the subject of one of "American Idol's" theme shows. It worked well and ended up being, I think, the best show of…

  5. NIN Lining Up Remixes, Special Package

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Nine Inch Nails has drafted Photek and DFA to remix tracks from the group's upcoming album, "With Teeth," due May 3 via Interscope. Photek has remixed first single "The Hand That Feeds," while it is u Nine Inch Nails has drafted Photek and DFA to remix tracks from the…

  6. 50 Squeaks Out Another Week At No. 1

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Although sales amounted to less than half of the previous week, enough copies of 50 Cent's "The Massacre" made their way into the hands of consumers to keep the title at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for Although sales amounted to less than half of the previous week, enough copies…

  7. MTV Gets Bad With P. Diddy Deal

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST MTV has announced a first-look production agreement with Bad Boy Entertainment and its founder, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, who will act as executive producer for upcoming TV projects. MTV has announced a first-look production agreement with Bad Boy Entertainment and its founder, Sean …

  8. Ask Billboard

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Duran Duran, Faith Hill and more. DOUBLE D Keith, Can you tell me how Duran Duran's latest CD has sold? It seemed to be very hyped, but fell off the charts rather quickly. I also would like to see a comparison of the band's…

  9. Beck's Back

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Heralded as the voice of a disenfranchised generation ever since the 1994 release of signature song "Loser," Beck just laughs when asked if he feels pressure to live up to such an impossible standard. "I have no delusion that that…

  10. Comedian Testifies At Jackson Trial

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A comedian who gave $20,000 to the family of the boy accusing Michael Jackson of molestation testified today (March 22) that she received a tearful phone call from the boy's mother that led her to bel A comedian who gave $20,000 to the family of the boy accusing Michael Jackson of…

  11. Costello's 'King' Receives Rhino Revamp

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST "King of America," the 1986 album that saw Elvis Costello ditch the Attractions and turn introspective and even rootsy, is the latest of the artist's catalog titles lined up for reissue via Rhino. "King of America," the 1986 album that saw Elvis Costello ditch the…

  12. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (March 21-27, 2005).

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (March 21-27, 2005). IN 'RAY'S' IMAGE: Despite the fact that it's widely known that the Ray Charles biopic "Ray" was the big winner March 12 at the 36th NAACP Image Awards, the show's musical performances…

  13. 13TunesOnTV

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for March 21-27, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MARCH 21 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist: Jesse McCartney. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist: Gwen Stefani (also scheduled: Sandra…

  14. South By Southwest Diary: March 19

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard staffers criss-cross Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival in search of old favorites and new discoveries. In the fourth and final installment of a daily diary, Barry A. Jeckell, Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW) event is a music festival and media…

  15. This Day in Music

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2004 - </b>OutKast is the big winner at the 18th annual Soul Train Music Awards, picking up two statuettes. Yet the evening belongs to career achievement honoree Janet Jackson. The singer, whose ne 2004 - OutKast is the big winner at the 18th annual Soul Train Music Awards,…

  16. South By Southwest Diary: March 18

    March 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard staffers criss-cross Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival in search of old favorites and new discoveries. In the third installment of a daily diary, Barry A. Jeckell, Todd Marten Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW) event is a music festival and…

  17. The Rough Guide to Bogaloo

    March 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST There's something inherently corny about a bogaloo album. But that same element, combined with the rich sound of big bands and an irresistible swing, makes this compilation a delight. There's something inherently corny about a bogaloo album. But that same element, combined with the…

  18. The Band recorded its 1968 debut, "Music From Big

    March 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Band recorded its 1968 debut, "Music From Big Pink," in a small, rural house near Woodstock, N.Y. The Band recorded its 1968 debut, "Music From Big Pink," in a small, rural house near Woodstock, N.Y. For its second album, the back-to-roots classic known simply as "…

  19. This Day in Music

    March 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Jazz organist Big John Patton dies in Montclair, N.J., of complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He is 66. 2002 - Jazz organist Big John Patton dies in Montclair, N.J., of complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He is 66. 2001 - Composer Monty Norman…

  20. South By Southwest Diary: March 17

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard staffers criss-cross Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival in search of old favorites and new discoveries. In the second installment of a daily diary, Barry A. Jeckell, Todd Marte South By Southwest Diary: March 17 Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW)…

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