1. Ne-Yo, 'X-Factor' Contestants Top U.K. Charts

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST American R&B singer Ne-Yo's recent Billboard Hot 100 No.1 "So Sick" (Def Jam) climbed to the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (March 26), while two runners-up on December's "X Factor" talen American R&B singer Ne-Yo's recent Billboard Hot 100…

  2. Music Rising Launches Charity Ticket Auctions

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a rare alliance, a wide range of artists and promoters are combining efforts in an online auctioning program to benefit Music Rising, the musical instrument replacement fund founded by U2's the Edg In a rare alliance, a wide range of artists and competing promoters are combining…

  3. Spanish Singer Rocio Durcal Dies

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Spanish actress and singer Rocio Durcal, who found fame as one of Mexico's most popular folk singers, died Saturday in Madrid following a long battle against cancer of the womb. She was 61. Spanish actress and singer Rocio Durcal, who found fame as one of Mexico's most popular folk…

  4. Queensryche Offers A New Piece Of 'Mind'

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST With the April 4 arrival of "Operation: Mindcrime II" (Rhino Records), thousands of Queensryche fans will finally get to hear the second chapter of a story that began in 1988. With the April 4 arrival of "Operation: Mindcrime II" (Rhino Records), thousands of Queensryche…

  5. This Day in Music

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Actor/musician Dudley Moore-whose work as a jazz pianist was mainly overshadowed by his film roles-dies at his New Jersey home of pneumonia, a complication of progressive supranuclear pa 2005 - Former Crowded House and Split Enz drummer Paul Hester is found dead of…

  6. DILATED PEOPLES, "20/20"

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Dilated Peoples may never make the full-on break into the mainstream they're clearly shooting for with this fourth CD, but like frequent collaborator Talib Kweli, they seem to be comfortable settling Dilated Peoples may never make the full-on break into the mainstream they're…

  7. Keith Wrangles With 'White Trash' On New Album

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Toby Keith will release his first album for his own Show Dog Nashville imprint, "White Trash With Money," on April 11. The set was co-produced by Lari White, marking a break from Keith's longtime prod Toby Keith will release his first album for his own Show Dog Nashville…

  8. Q&A: The Police's Stewart Copeland

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST You spent a half-dozen years in one of the most popular bands in the world -- but that was more than two decades ago. So how do you refresh your memory? For the Police's Stewart Copeland, there was a You spent a half-dozen years in one of the most popular bands in the world -- but that…

  9. Chart Beat Chat

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "American Idol," Daniel Powter, chart records and more with readers. LISA, LISTEN TO ME Hi Fred, I know that you have access to the "American Idol" finalists. Can you please tell Lisa Tucker for me NOT to choose bubblegum pop songs anymore, and go back to…

  10. Chart Beat

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sean Paul is the latest leader on a rapidly changing Hot 100 while Mary J. Blige has the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs locked up. Plus notes on Brad Paisley and Pearl Jam. 'TEMPERATURE' RISING: The very rapid turnover of No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 continues, as Ne-Yo&…

  11. Doherty Pleads Guilty, Kicks Reporter

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Moments after pleading guilty to seven drug charges in a London court this morning (March 23), troubled rocker Pete Doherty lashed out at reporters covering the appearance and kicked one in the arm. Moments after pleading guilty to seven drug charges in a London court this morning (March 23),…

  12. Paul's 'Temperature' Rises To The Top

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sean Paul's "Temperature" moves up one rung to seize the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The cut ends the two-week run of Ne-Yo's "So Sick," which falls to No. 3. Pearl Jam scores the Hot Sean Paul's "Temperature" moves up one rung to…

  13. Billboard Bits: MTV VMAs, The Roots, Superfly During Jazzfest

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST MTV will bring back its Video Music Awards to its intimate New York roots this summer. MTV will bring back its Video Music Awards to its intimate New York roots this summer. The 23rd annual edition of the event returns to the Big Apple after a two-year stint at Miami's 20,000-capacity…

  14. Pixies Planning One More Summer Tour

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Two years since they reformed for the first time in more than a decade, the Pixies will reactivate for seven European shows in July. What happens after that is anybody's guess, according to guitarist Two years since they reformed for the first time in more than a decade, the Pixies will…

  15. 'High School' Returns To The Top Of The Class

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST After nine straight weeks of sales increases, the soundtrack to "High School Musical" returns to the top of the The Billboard 200. The Walt Disney Records set sold 142,000 copies in the United States, After nine straight weeks of sales increases, the soundtrack to "High School…

  16. Tyler's Surgery Scraps Aerosmith Tour

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Aerosmith has been forced to cancel the remaining dates on its spring tour with Cheap Trick. Although a spokeswoman could not confirm details, sources tell Billboard.com lead singer Steven Tyler will Aerosmith has been forced to cancel the remaining dates on its spring tour with Cheap Trick.…

  17. Branch Takes A 'Stand' With Wreckers

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Wreckers, a country-leaning duo that features singer/songwriter Michelle Branch, will release its debut, "Stand Still, Look Pretty," May 23 via Maverick/Warner Bros. Nashville. The Wreckers, a country-leaning duo that features singer/songwriter Michelle Branch, will release its…

  18. Billboard Bits: Refused, Kenny Rogers, American Film Institute

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Refused, Kenny Rogers, American Film Institute Influential Swedish rock act Refused will be celebrated with the DVD "Refused Are F***ing Dead," due April 25 via Burning Heart/Epitaph. The release features every song from the group's landmark 1997 swansong "The…

  19. Gnarls Barkley Going 'Crazy' In England

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Its soul-tinged single "Crazy" will be released April 3 on a physical CD in the United Kingdom by Warner Bros., but has been available as a digital download since March 13. Gnarls Barkley, the collaboration between Goodie Mob co-founder Cee-Lo and artist/producer Danger Mouse, looks…

  20. Summing Up Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Page three of three To mark the 30th anniversary of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' self-titled debut, Billboard surveyed some of Petty's contemporaries, some of the band's members and those who have worked closely with the group over the years about their favorite Petty …

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