1. Billy Joe Shaver Indicted In Texas Shooting

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A McLennan County grand jury in Texas has indicted country singer Billy Joe Shaver on felony charges for his alleged role in an April 2007 shooting at a Lorena bar. A McLennan County grand jury in Texas has indicted country singer Billy Joe Shaver on felony charges for his alleged role in an…

  2. Chart Beat

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Joan Baez, Cliff Richard, Pink and more! GOT A JOANS FOR YOU: It's been 29 years and two weeks since Joan Baez appeared on the Billboard album chart, but her long hiatus is over, thanks to the debut of "Day After Tomorrow" (Razor & Tie) at…

  3. This Day in Music

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Johnny Ramone, guitarist in New York City punk rock pioneers the Ramones, dies at home in Los Angeles, California. He is 55 and had been suffering from prostate cancer. Johnny Ramone was born J 2004 - Johnny Ramone, guitarist in New York City punk rock pioneers the Ramones, dies at…

  4. Rob Thomas Gets Worldly On New Solo Disc

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas says he's "probably about 80 percent done" with his second solo album, the follow-up to 2005's platinum "...Something to Be," with plans to have it ready for releas Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas says he's "…

  5. The Who Puts Covers Album On Hold

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A planned covers album by the Who, to be produced by T-Bone Burnett, is on hold but still on the British duo's radar, according to frontman Roger Daltrey. "It still probably will happen, but I think t A planned covers album by the Who, to be produced by T-Bone Burnett, is on hold…

  6. Chart Beat

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from David Cook, Donna Summer, Jody Watley and more! 'TIME' IS ON HIS SIDE: The longest run of No. 1s by solo females in the history of the Adult Contemporary chart is over. After a 36-week reign by Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" (19 weeks),…

  7. Chesney, Strait, Sugarland Lead CMA Noms

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney leads all finalists with seven nominations for the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards. Kenny Chesney leads all finalists with seven nominations for the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards. George Strait and duo Sugarland each nabbed five nominations, with…

  8. Fashion Rocks / Sept. 5, 2008 / New York, New York (Radio City Music Hall)

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Conde Nast and CBS held its 5th annual Fashion Rocks concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Friday (Sept. 5) and numerous superstar acts took the stage to celebrate the kick-off event of Merce Conde Nast and CBS held its 5th annual Fashion Rocks concert at New York's Radio…

  9. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica roars back on its first album in five years, Jessica Simpson makes a play for country stardom, LL Cool J says adios to Def Jam and Gym Class Heroes bare their souls in this week's Hot Produc The first album in five years from trip-hop innovator Tricky, "Knowle West Boy…

  10. Crue Fest / Aug. 23, 2008 / Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At first glance, Crue Fest's diverse lineup could make you pause. At first glance, Crue Fest's diverse lineup could make you pause. You have Trapt, a rock band whose edge barely eclipses its pop tunings. You have Papa Roach, a one-time rap-rock band that's stepped away from…

  11. Chart Beat Chat: The Jonas Brothers, 'Just Stand Up!,' Keith Urban And UB40

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss the Jonas Brothers, "Just Stand Up!," Keith Urban and more! THE COMPLETION PROCESS Dear Fred, First of all, thank you for always mollifying us chart freaks with answers about Billboard's chart policies! iTunes released four of the Jonas Brothers&…

  12. Chart Beat: Jason Mraz, B.B. King, 'Gypsy'

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Jason Mraz, B.B. King, "Gypsy" and more! 'YOURS' SONG: The little bedroom demo that could gives Jason Mraz his first top 10 hit on the Hot 100. "I'm Yours" was written in 2004 while Mraz was working on his "Mr. A to Z…

  13. Cornell, Timbaland Prepare To 'Scream'

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chris Cornell's new Timbaland-produced album, "Scream," will arrive in November via Suretone/Interscope. Chris Cornell's new Timbaland-produced album, "Scream," will arrive in November via Suretone/Interscope. The first fruit of the collaboration, "Long Gone…

  14. Target Scores Aguilera Hits Album Exclusive

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Target and Target.com will be the sole retailers to carry Christina Aguilera's first greatest hits collection, "Keeps Gettin' Better -- A Decade of Hits," due Nov. 11 via RCA. Target and Target.com will be the sole retailers to carry Christina Aguilera's first…

  15. Actor, Country Star Jerry Reed Dies At 71

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jerry Reed, a singer who became a good ol' boy actor in car chase movies like "Smokey and the Bandit," has died of complications from emphysema at 71. Jerry Reed, a singer who became a good ol' boy actor in car chase movies like "Smokey and the Bandit," has died…

  16. Ask Billboard: Mariah Carey, Tracy Chapman, Jeff Bates

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith and his readers discuss Mariah Carey, Tracy Chapman, "Riverbank," and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country,…

  17. Kara DioGuardi Named New 'Idol' Judge

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season in January 2009. Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season in January 2009. DioGuardi, whose work includes…

  18. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts, including Larry Graham, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Richard Pryor, Dionne Warwick, Parliament Fu 2006 - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts,…

  19. Madonna Starts 'Sticky And Sweet' Tour In Wales

    August 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Even at 50, the queen of pop just can't stop courting controversy. As Madonna kicked off her international "Sticky and Sweet" tour Saturday night in Cardiff, Wales, she took a none-too subtle swipe at Even at 50, the queen of pop just can't stop courting controversy. As…

  20. Chart Beat: David Archuleta, Rihanna, Brandy and Monica, Journey, Isaac Hayes

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses David Archuleta's chart position, Rihanna 'Bowing' on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Monica and Brandy's return to the charts and more! 'CRUSH' TO JUDGMENT: Different artists have different feelings about the Billboard charts. Some follow the ups…

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