1. Strait's 'Somewhere' Heads Right To No. 1

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT George Strait's "Somewhere Down in Texas" (MCA Nashville) earns the country veteran his third No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week and becomes his 20th to lead the Billboard Hot Country Albums roundup George Strait's "Somewhere Down in Texas" (MCA Nashville)…

  2. Mistrial Declared In Notorious B.I.G. Case

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge today (July 6) declared a mistrial in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death case in Los Angeles, attorneys on both sides said. A federal judge today (July 6) declared a mistrial in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death case in Los Angeles, attorneys on both sides said. U.S.…

  3. Los Temerarios: Brothers In Music

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The following interview with Los Temerarios principals Adolfo and Gustavo Angel is excerpted from a Billboard Stars special feature that appears in the July 9, 2005, issue of the magazine. Beyond an extensive interview with the brothers behind…

  4. Billboard Bits: Vandross, Hawley, Big Al Downing & More

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Luther Vandross, Richard Hawley, Big Al Downing, Mike Peters, Chapman Funeral services for Luther Vandross will be held Friday (July 8) at New York's Riverside Church (490 Riverside Drive) at noon. The artist died Friday at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J., two…

  5. TunesOnTV

    July 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 4-10, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JULY 4 "Today," NBC Featured artist: Earth, Wind & Fire (also scheduled: Julian McMahon). "PJ Harvey: Eurockeennes of Belfort Festival," Showtime Next Featured artist: PJ…

  6. Thalía's 'Sixth Sense'

    July 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Pop songstress Thalía has named her new album "El Sexto Sentido" not after a song, but after a state of mind. "It holds a big mystery—the mystery of life, of human feeling, of broken hearts. The mystery of the sixth sense,"…

  7. Simple Minds Go 'Black And White' On New CD

    July 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With new wave revivalists like the Killers and the Bravery storming the U.S. charts, first wavers Simple Minds have picked a splendid time to drop their first all-new studio album in three years. With new wave revivalists like the Killers and the Bravery storming the U.S. charts, first wavers…

  8. This Day in Music

    July 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>Country star Martina McBride joins the Lilith Fair lineup in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, making her the first contemporary country artist to guest on the popular festival's female-dominated 1999 - Reggae star Dennis Brown dies at University Hospital in Kingston,…

  9. CHART BEAT

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Bo Bice, Elton John, Mary Mary, Chris Hillman, A&M and more. BO CLOCKS IN AT NO. 1: There's good news and bad news for fourth season "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice, but it all adds up to a lot of chart news as his debut…

  10. This Day in Music

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, dies of cancer at his home in Nashville. He is 77. 2001 - Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, dies of…

  11. Billboard Bits: Iron & Wine, Podcasts, Big Al Downing

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Iron & Wine, Podcasts, Big Al Downing Iron & Wine's Sam Beam is planning to hit the studio in early 2006 to begin recording his third Sub Pop album. The artist tells Billboard.com he is hoping to release the new set later in the year. "Honestly, there's kind of…

  12. Backstage At The BET Awards

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Acknowledging after the Fugees' show-opening reunion that "BET had the balls to do this," group member Pras Michel promised that a new album is in the works. "Right now we're in the studio figuring ou Acknowledging after the Fugees' show-opening reunion that …

  13. Coldplay Logs A Third Week A No. 1

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Despite falling sales and four new titles entering the top 10, Coldplay's "X&Y" remains on top of The Billboard 200 for a third week in a row. Sales of the Capitol album dropped 44% to 181,000 cop Despite falling sales and four new titles entering the top 10, Coldplay'…

  14. Country Upstarts Collaborate On 'America'

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy have collaborated on a patriotic single that will be available for free download later this week. Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy have collaborated on a patriotic single that will be available for free download later this week. …

  15. Will Smith Urges Rappers To Be Role Models

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Will Smith has one big introduction to make at tonight's (June 28) BET Awards in Los Angeles: Gangster rappers, meet the rest of the world. Will Smith has one big introduction to make at tonight's (June 28) BET Awards in Los Angeles: Gangster rappers, meet the rest of the world.…

  16. This Day in Music

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Phish and the Grateful Dead are the big winners at the second annual Jammy Awards, held at New York's Roseland Ballroom. Phish takes home two of the most prestigious awards _ studio albu 2001 - Phish and the Grateful Dead are the big winners at the second annual…

  17. Billboard Bits: G. Love, Hanna-McEuen, Siren Festival

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on G. Love, Hanna-McEuen, Siren Festival Singer/songwriter G. Love has reworked a Coca-Cola ad jingle for a new television spot for the Coca-Cola Zero soft drink. The ad revives the "I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony" melody to fit with the new…

  18. Brown, Houston Ready To Join Reality TV Ranks

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT TV viewers have peeked into the lives of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey and Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. TV viewers have peeked into the lives of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey and Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. Now another celebrity couple is about to take the reality show…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. WONDER MAKES ANDY WONDER Dear Fred, I just heard Alicia Keys' remix of "Karma" (the one which samples heavily from Stevie Wonder's "Superstition"), and that made me wonder: About three years ago, chart policy regarding…

  20. Joplin Manager Chet Helms Dies

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Chet Helms, the "father of the Summer of Love," who brought Janis Joplin to San Francisco, died Saturday (June 25) from stroke complications at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He w Chet Helms, the "father of the Summer of Love," who brought Janis Joplin…

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