1. Ludacris Scores Third No. 1 With 'Release Therapy'

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In a week featuring debuts in the first four slots of The Billboard 200, Ludacris' "Release Therapy" bows at No. 1 with 309,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The DTP/Def Jam effort is the ra In a week featuring debuts in the first four slots of The Billboard 200,…

  2. This Day in Music

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Teenage U.K. R&B vocalist Craig David wins a record three MasterCard Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards at London's Alexandra Palace. He is named best U.K. newcomer and wins awards 2001 - Rhonda Vincent and the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"…

  3. Young, Nelson, Mellencamp Help Farm Aid Turn 21

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young were joined by Dave Matthews, Steel Pulse, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gov't Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer for the organization's 21st an Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young were joined by…

  4. Into The Great Wide 'Open'

    October 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In the past three years, Evanescence has skyrocketed to fame thanks to its 2003 Wind-up debut, "Fallen," which won two Grammy Awards and has sold 6.5 million copies in the United States, according to In the past three years, Evanescence has skyrocketed to fame thanks to its 2003…

  5. 'Town' & Country

    October 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Killers were arguably the biggest artist development story last year. But for bands hot enough to make the Everest-like climb from club to arena level on one album cycle, getting there is only hal The Killers were arguably the biggest artist development story last year. But for bands hot…

  6. I, 'Me,' Mine

    October 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT R&B songstress Monica returns this week with her fourth album, "The Makings of Me." R&B songstress Monica returns this week with her fourth album, "The Makings of Me." The J set is led by the single "Everytime Tha Beat Drop," which was produced by…

  7. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    October 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Evanescence slims down and grows up, The Killers try to follow up a smash debut, Beck tries a little bit of everything and Monica is back with her fourth album in this week's Hot Product. The second album from Australian rock act Jet, "Shine On" (Atlantic). The Capitol debut…

  8. Governor

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT It has been a long time coming for the 30-something artist, who over the years has been signed to three different labels and recorded music with 50 Cent and Dr. Dre that was never officially released. "I was born ready," says R&B singer Governor about the release of his album …

  9. Foo Fighters Acoustic Trek Heading To CD, DVD

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three Los Angeles performances from the Foo Fighters' recent stripped-down tour form the basis for the live album "Skin and Bones," Billboard.com can reveal. Three Los Angeles performances from the Foo Fighters' recent stripped-down tour form the basis for the live album …

  10. Flavor Flav Says It All On Solo Debut

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "This is my first and only album ever because I want it to be a collector's item," Flav tells Billboard.com. After finishing up an overseas outing with Public Enemy, group member Flavor Flav plans to go full steam ahead with his self-titled solo debut , which has been in the…

  11. Compilation Tiding Over Label-less Oasis

    September 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The greatest hits set "Stop the Clocks," coming Nov. 21 via Epic, will have to satisfy the appetites of Oasis fans for awhile, according to guitarist and chief songwriter Noel Gallagher. The band is a The greatest hits set "Stop the Clocks," coming Nov. 21 via Epic, will…

  12. Bentley Offers Love Songs, 'Guy' Songs On New Album

    September 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Shedding his neo-traditional label one song at a time, country singer Dierks Bentley says his third album, "Long Trip Alone," is a snapshot in time. The set is due Oct. 17 via Capitol Nashville. Shedding his neo-traditional label one song at a time, country singer Dierks Bentley…

  13. Timberlake Remains No. 1 Amid Five Top 10 Debuts

    September 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Amid debuts by several major new releases this week, Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" keeps the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 warm for a second time. Despite a sales drop of 68%, the Jive Amid debuts by several major new releases this week, Justin Timberlake's …

  14. LOS ABANDONED, "Mix Tape"

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With their aptly titled debut, bilingual L.A. foursome Los Abandoned turn the wildly varying musical references and self-awareness wrought from growing up in the big city into an energetic excuse to r With their aptly titled debut, bilingual L.A. foursome Los Abandoned turn the wildly varying…

  15. THE BIG SLEEP, "Son of the Tiger"

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The band comes crashing out of the gates with the unrelenting "Brown Beauty," whose jet plane guitar and buzzing synth lift the song toward a dramatic, heart-pounding climax. The Big Sleep, a mostly instrumental trio from Brooklyn, N.Y., touches down with an uncommonly strong debut…

  16. Q&A: Fergie And Will.I.Am On "The Dutchess"

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fergie has been preparing a lifetime for moments like these. Clad in booty-baring shorts and flanked by a brigade of costumed Brits, she marched down the red carpet during MTV's Video Music Awards pre Fergie has been preparing a lifetime for moments like these. Clad in booty-baring…

  17. 'Weird Al' Won't Back Down On Twelfth Album

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic reports that his new single, the Star Trek-quoting, D&D-referencing, comic-obsessed tour de force called "White and Nerdy," represents nothing less than "a culmination of a lif "Weird Al" Yankovic reports that his new single, the Star…

  18. Newsom Follows Orchestral Muse Underwater On 'Ys'

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "The things I wanted to write about, the ideas I was interested in, demanded longer songs," Newsom tells Billboard.com. Indie chanteuse Joanna Newsom went to the depths of the ocean for her sophomore set, " Ys ," due Nov. 14 via Drag City. The effort, which surrounds her…

  19. 39OnTV

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2006. MONDAY, SEPT. 25 "Imus in the Morning," MSNBC Featured Artist(s): Cheap Trick. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured Artist(s): Kenny Chesney (also scheduled: Matthew Perrymakes). "Live with Regis and…

  20. This Day in Music

    September 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Hank Williams is the subject of the first-ever country music symposium at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. "A Tribute To Hank Williams" begins with Lucinda Williams, Kim R 2003 - Rising British singer/songwriter Matthew Jay dies after falling…

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