1. Billboard Bits: Toby Keith, F. Lips, Tony Orlando

    June 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Toby Keith, F. Lips, Tony Orlando With one album left on his DreamWorks contract following the recent release of "Honkytonk University," Toby Keith is considering starting his own label. "It's just time," the artist tells Billboard. "We're in…

  2. Brooks & Dunn To Host NYC CMA Awards

    June 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Brooks & Dunn have been tapped to host the 39th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards Nov. 15 in New York. Brooks & Dunn have been tapped to host the 39th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards Nov. 15 in New York . This will be the second consecutive year the duo of…

  3. Williams Compiles Top Acts For Compilation

    June 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Her compilation, "Wendy Williams Brings the Heat: Volume 1," will hit stores June 28 via Virgin. Radio personality Wendy Williams, who handles afternoon drive at R&B/hip-hop radio station WBLS New York, is also a TV host (VH1's "Wendy Williams Is on Fire") and…

  4. New Big & Rich Album Due In November

    June 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The sophomore album from high-voltage country duo Big & Rich will be released Nov. 8 on Warner Bros. The leadoff single is titled, appropriately enough, "The 8th of November." John Rich tells Bill The sophomore album from high-voltage country duo Big & Rich will be released…

  5. Broken Social Scene, Dears To Remix Stars

    June 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Inspired by the 2004 Super Furry Animals' remix album "Phantom Phorce," indie pop act Stars is moving forward with a similar project involving its recently released third full-length, "Set Yourself on Inspired by the 2004 Super Furry Animals' remix album "Phantom…

  6. Black Eyed Peas Back In 'Business'

    June 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The Black Eyed Peas have made a habit of showing up everywhere. From TV commercials to the Grammy Awards, the quartet's upbeat blend of rap and pop has kept it in the spotlight nearly two years after the release of "Elephunk" -- a…

  7. This Day in Music

    June 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Ray Charles dies at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home from complications relating to liver disease. He is 73. The R&B legend is surrounded by family and friends at the time of his deat 2004 - Ray Charles dies at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home from complications…

  8. EWF Lights Up New Album With Big Boi, Wil.I.Am

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After numerous release date changes, the new album from legendary R&B outfit Earth, Wind & Fire, "Illumination," is set for a Sept. 20 release via Sanctuary. After numerous release date changes, the new album from legendary R&B outfit Earth, Wind & Fire, "…

  9. CHART BEAT

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to the Bee Gees, Snoop Dogg, Kelly Osbourne, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Madonna, Kook & the Gang and more. INSIDE AND OUT: The Bee Gees return to Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart after an absence of 22 years, courtesy…

  10. CHART BEAT

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bee Gees, Snoop Dogg, Kellys Osbourne & Clarkson & More /bb/chartbeat/index.jsp News Snoop Dogg …

  11. Carey Still 'Belongs' At No. 1

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For a third straight week, Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" is the top single in the United States. Steadfast at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100, the song again holds the title of the chart's greate For a third straight week, Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together…

  12. This Day in Music

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Peter Gabriel marries longtime companion Meah Flynn at the Li Capanni hotel he owns near Sardinia's Emerald Coast. 2002 - Peter Gabriel marries longtime companion Meah Flynn at the Li Capanni hotel he owns near Sardinia's Emerald Coast. 2000 - Boyz II Men…

  13. B&E: Rihanna

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Rihanna. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. Barbados-born Rihanna has already made a big impression in the music industry -- after…

  14. BREAKING & ENTERING

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna /bb/breakenter/index.jsp News Rihanna …

  15. Q&A With Maroon5's Adam Levine

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The following interview with Maroon5 frontman Adam Levine is excerpted from a Billboard Stars special feature that appears in the June 4, 2005, issue of the magazine. The 16-page special section dissects the success the band has seen, from…

  16. This Day in Music

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, undergoes emergency surgery on due to a heart condition. According to a spokesperson, Pedrini requires an eight-hour operation for an aortic laceration. 2004 - Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, undergoes emergency surgery on due to a…

  17. 'Back In Black' Tips 21M Mark

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Among the various certifications issued by the Recording Industry Association (RIAA) in May is a truly notable achievement for Australian hard rock act AC/DC. Among the various certifications issued by the Recording Industry Association (RIAA) in May is a truly notable achievement for…

  18. Osbourne Defends Wicked Wisdom's Ozzfest Slot

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Since the news broke in mid-May that Wicked Wisdom, the group fronted by actress Jada Pinkett Smith, will play at this year's Ozzfest, little has been heard about the act or how it landed such a covet Since the news broke in mid-May that Wicked Wisdom, the group fronted by actress Jada…

  19. Oasis Storms U.K. Chart, Coldplay Looming

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Oasis stormed to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday with its sixth studio release, "Don't Believe the Truth" (Big Brother). Oasis stormed to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday with its sixth studio release, "Don't Believe the Truth" (Big Brother).…

  20. Rhino Boxes Up '90s Favorites

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Following a template that has generated several prior collections, Rhino is compiling a grandiose box set surveying a decade less than six years in the rearview mirror. Following a template that has generated several prior collections, Rhino is compiling a grandiose box set surveying a decade…

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