1. AMOS LEE, "Supply and Demand"

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With his reedy, almost delicate voice conjuring a Bill Withers raised on '70s singer/songwriter/California light-rock records, Lee has massive potential to reign atop the Triple A charts and even tipt The delivery of an Amos Lee record has to make for an emotional day for Blue Note execs…

  2. 'Melody' Spawns New Jack Johnson, Vedder Tracks

    September 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Previously unreleased tracks from Jack Johnson and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will see the light of day on the soundtrack to the Johnson-spearheaded surfing documentary "A Brokedown Melody." The Previously unreleased tracks from Jack Johnson and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder…

  3. The Lost Trailers

    September 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After making the rounds on various labels, the contemporary country band has finally scored a direct hit with its self-titled BNA Records debut. Last week, the album entered the Top Heatseekers chart The fourth album is the charm for the Lost Trailers. After making the rounds on various…

  4. Rush Drummer Peart Chronicles Life On The 'Road'

    September 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart spent Rush's 2004 30th anniversary tour riding between gigs on the bike, an experience chronicled in his new book, "Roadshow: Landscape With Drums -- A Concert Tour by Who could blame a veteran artist from becoming bored beyond belief with the…

  5. Electric Picnic Festival / Sept. 1-3, 2006 / Co. Laois, Ireland (Stradbally Estate)

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT There are now more outdoor music festivals in Ireland than you can shake a muddy shoe at. But if they're approaching saturation point, there will always be room for the Electric Picnic, which, over th There are now more outdoor music festivals in Ireland than you can shake a muddy shoe…

  6. Janet's Juggernaut

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson conceived her new Virgin Records release, "20 Y.O." (due Sept. 26), as a celebration of the joyful liberation and history-making musical style of her 1986 breakthrough album, "Control." Don't call it a comeback. Janet Jackson conceived her new Virgin…

  7. Forever Young

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT When MTV: Music Television debuted on Aug. 1, 1981, many media experts felt it was doomed from the start. It was an experimental format trying to get established on an experimental platform -- cable T When MTV: Music Television debuted on Aug. 1, 1981, many media experts felt it was doomed…

  8. The Shins Stretching Out On Third Album

    August 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Indie rock kingpins the Shins stretch out on their third album, "Wincing the Night Away," due in January via Sub Pop. Save for a handful of backing vocals, the set is completely finished and will be m Indie rock kingpins the Shins stretch out on their third album, "Wincing the…

  9. Petty, Panic, Crowes, Fiona To Rock Vegoose

    August 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Widespread Panic, the Black Crowes, the Killers, the Raconteurs, Fiona Apple, the Mars Volta, the Roots and Damian Marley lead the lineup for the second Vegoose festiv Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Widespread Panic, the Black Crowes, the Killers, the…

  10. 311 Eyeing Time Off After Tour

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT It's not a farewell gambit of any kind, but 311 may be taking some time off when it finishes touring to promote its 2005 album, "Don't Tread on Me." It's not a farewell gambit of any kind, but 311 may be taking some time off when it finishes touring to promote its…

  11. Pitchfork Music Festival / July 29-30, 2006 / Chicago (Union Park)

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT On the scorching hot first day of Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival, there was one band that was able to inspire an audience clap-along without any prodding from the stage. That band was Britain's Ar On the scorching hot first day of Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival, there…

  12. Masta Killa Keeps Wu-Tang Close For New Projects

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "Everybody who has an album coming out, I'm there," Masta Killa tells Billboard.com. "The foundation of my music is family oriented so without my supporting cast it wouldn't be what it is." With his sophomore solo set, "Made in Brooklyn ," due for an…

  13. Billboard Bits: Madonna, The Spill Canvas, Lenor Watling

    July 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT NBC is eyeing a November airdate for a Madonna concert special, "The Confessions Tour Live." The program will be taped this summer at London's Wembley Stadium and will mark the first broadcast network NBC is eyeing a November airdate for a Madonna concert special, "The…

  14. Lustra

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Internet is changing the music industry, and Lustra is reaping the benefits. The Los Angeles-based band has been working tirelessly to promote its song "Scotty Doesn't Know," which was featured in The Internet is changing the music industry, and Lustra is reaping the…

  15. Ask Billboard

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Answers to readers' questions about Madonna, Renee Olstead and Dannii Minogue. MADONNA'S SINGLE Hello Keith. I was wondering about the status of Madonna's third single from "Confessions on a Dance Floor." I heard that "Get Together" was her last commercial…

  16. Beatles Musical Set To Open In Las Vegas

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In the desert gambling city of Las Vegas, the Canadian acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil today (June 30) opens its "Love" celebration of the musical legacy of the Beatles, marking the band's first agr In the desert gambling city of Las Vegas, the Canadian acrobatic troupe…

  17. Regina Spektor

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Born in Russia, bred in the Bronx, Regina Spektor emerged in the New York anti-folk scene five years ago, hypnotizing cafe crowds with her prodigious piano chops and pitch-perfect vocal quirks. Over t Regina Spektor sings in many voices, but she doesn't sound like anyone else. Born in…

  18. Buckley Bound For Biopic Treatment

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Late musician Jeff Buckley is getting the biopic treatment. Writer-director Brian Jun, whose "Steel City" was nominated for the grand jury prize at January's Sundance Film Festival, will write and dir Late musician Jeff Buckley is getting the biopic treatment. Writer-director…

  19. Demand High For Rare George Michael Tour

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promoters were correct to put their faith in George Michael's first European tour in 15 years. Since going on sale in April, Michael's 47-date 25 Live tour, which begins Sept. 23 in Barcelona, has mov Promoters were correct to put their faith in George Michael's first European…

  20. Bonnaroo Day Three: Lesh And Friends Bring It Home

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT If the fifth annual Bonnaroo initially raised eyebrows for booking Tom Petty and Radiohead, two mainstage headliners that have nothing to do with the current jam scene, the festival returned to its ro If the fifth annual Bonnaroo initially raised eyebrows for booking Tom Petty and Radiohead,…

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