1. Hot Product

    February 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Crooked Fingers / Iron & Wine / M. Ward Meet The Folkers This week brings new releases from three acclaimed singer/songwriters, led by a new Sub Pop EP, "Woman King," from Iron & Wine. The set finds Iron & Wine mastermind Sam Beam broadening his acoustic-based repertoire…

  2. 'Prisoners' No More: Yo La Tengo Raids Vaults

    February 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST A career-spanning compilation of material by veteran indie rockers Yo La Tengo will arrive March 22 via Matador. A career-spanning compilation of material by veteran indie rockers Yo La Tengo will arrive March 22 via Matador. "Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent…

  3. Vietnam War Still Fresh In Griffith's 'Mind'

    February 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Four years after her last studio album, Nanci Griffith is back with a new one, "Hearts in Mind"; a new label, New Door/Universal Music Enterprises; and a new producer -- herself. She retains her outspoken anti-war stance, as evidenced…

  4. Hancock Surrounded By Stars On New Album

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Herbie Hancock is surrounded by stars on his as-yet-untitled next album, due Sept. 13 via Vector. Among the artists already on tap with the jazz legend are Sting, Annie Lennox, Carlos Santana and Trey How does Starbucks, which partnered with Concord on Ray Charles' Grammy Award-sweeping …

  5. Ono, MMW To Play Benefits For NYC Club

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Yoko Ono, Medeski Martin & Wood and Jim O'Rourke are among the artists that will play benefit shows to help raise funds for New York club Tonic. Yoko Ono, Medeski Martin & Wood and Jim O'Rourke are among the artists that will play benefit shows to help raise funds for New…

  6. CHART BEAT BONUS

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Mario, Gwen Stefani, Postal Service, Green Day and Ray Charles. ENDLESS 'LOVE': Mario's "Let Me Love You" (3rd Street/J) isn't ready to give up. The song is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for the ninth week…

  7. Usher Heads To The Movies, Preps CD/DVD

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Usher's mini-movie, "Rhythm City Volume 1: Caught Up," will be screened at 44 Regal Entertainment Group theaters on Monday (Feb. 21). Usher's mini-movie, "Rhythm City Volume 1: Caught Up," will be screened at 44 Regal Entertainment Group theaters on Monday (Feb.…

  8. House Approves Higher Indecency Fines

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST In an overwhleming bipartisan show of support for tougher indecency penalties, the House of Representatives today (Feb. 16) passed a modified Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, by a vote of 389-38. In an overwhleming bipartisan show of support for tougher indecency penalties, the House of…

  9. Ask Billboard

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about "The O.C.," Fantasia, Kelly Clarkson and best-selling female artists. MUSIC AND 'THE O.C.' Keith, I'm a big fan of "The O.C." on Fox. How do they go about selecting music for the show? Does the production…

  10. Random House Sues P. Diddy Over Advance

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Random House Inc. is suing Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, alleging that the hip-hop mogul did not pay back a $300,000 advance for a memoir he never completed. Random House Inc. is suing Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, alleging that the hip-hop mogul did not pay back a $300,000 advance for…

  11. Billboard Bits: Garth Brooks, Carly Simon, Napster

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Garth Brooks, Carly Simon, Napster Garth Brooks' appearance Saturday at fundraiser in Fort Worth, Texas, reportedly helped raise more than $2 million for a local hospital. Brooks performed with pals Steve Wariner, Stephanie Davis and Dan Roberts, who had organized the $1,000-a…

  12. Doughty Gets 'Melodic' With Dave Matthews

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty will on May 3 release his debut for the Dave Matthews-co-owned ATO Records, "Haughty Melodic." Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty will on May 3 release his debut for the Dave Matthews-co-owned ATO Records, "Haughty Melodic.…

  13. Amos Expresses Herself With New Album, Book

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST A version of a Tori Amos feature that appears in the Feb. 19 issue of Billboard, expanded and modified for Billboard.com. At midlife, Tori Amos understands that she cannot rule life's tidal shifts, only navigate them," Ann Powers writes near the end of the new book "Tori Amos:…

  14. This Day in Music

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Local star Herbert Gronemeyer is the big winner at Germany's Echo Awards in Berlin. He wins for national rock/pop artist, and his hit "Mensch" lands the award for national rock/pop singl 2003 - Local star Herbert Gronemeyer is the big winner at Germany…

  15. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (Feb. 14-20, 2005).

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Feb. 14-20, 2005). TOTALLY TORI: With new album ("The Beekeeper," Epic, Feb. 22) and book ("Tori Amos: Piece By Piece" co-written with Ann Powers," Broadway, Feb. 8), Tori Amos is a busy woman. This week begins a…

  16. TunesOnTV

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Feb. 14-20, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, FEB. 14 "All-Star Jams-Viewer Dedications," VH1 Classic Featured artist: Brian McKnight. "Today," NBC Featured artist: Michael Buble. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,…

  17. Billboard Goes Backstage At The Grammys

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Notes from backstage at last night's (Feb. 13) 47th annual Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Notes from backstage at last night's (Feb. 13) 47th annual Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Kanye West said it was "scary"…

  18. 47th Annual Grammy Awards Winners

    February 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Winners of the 47th annual Grammy Awards, presented Feb. 13, 2005, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Staples Center. Below are the winners of the 47th annual Grammy Awards, presented Feb. 13, 2005, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Staples Center. Record Of The Year …

  19. Different Days

    February 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST It is apropos that L'altra is in close alphabetical proximity to Lali Puna and Lamb in the record bins. With electro-pop cool and elements of moody, brooding rock, "Different Days" is epic in sound an It is apropos that L'altra is in close alphabetical proximity to Lali…

  20. Big Band

    February 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Kevin Mahogany is unquestionably one of today's most exciting and musically adept jazz vocalists. His latest project, "Big Band," is, as the title suggests, a foray into the big band groove, and it's Kevin Mahogany is unquestionably one of today's most exciting and…

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