1. Season Six 'Idol' Stars Prepping Debut Albums

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT While their fellow "American Idol" finalists wait for word later this month on their futures, season six champ Jordin Sparks and runner-up Blake Lewis are hard at work on their debut albums. While their fellow "American Idol" finalists wait for word later this month on…

  2. Music On TV Aug. 13-19

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on television listings from Aug. 13-20. MONDAY, Aug. 13 "The Sauce," Fuse Featured artist(s): Underoath, Mute Math, Avenged Sevenfold "Access Granted," BET Featured artist(s): Ciara, T.I., T-Pain, Lloyd, Yung Joc. "D'Fused," Fuse Featured artist(s):…

  3. Chart Beat Chat

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss unbreakable chart records, Anne Murray, Carrie Underwood, genre classifications and Sean Kingston. UNBREAKABLE Hi, Fred. There has been a lot of media coverage about Barry Bonds overtaking Hank Aaron's all-time home run total, which was until recently…

  4. Kingston Has No. 1 Song, Top Debut On Hot 100

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A week after soaring 23-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls" begins a second week in the top spot on the chart. The newcomer's self-titled debut album opened yesterday at No. A week after soaring 23-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Sean Kingston's …

  5. Watley Helps Long Beach Jazz Fest Turn 20

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Long Beach Jazz Festival is coming upon its 20th anniversary this summer and organizers have called on some famous friends to celebrate. The Long Beach Jazz Festival is coming upon its 20th anniversary this summer and organizers have called on some famous friends to celebrate. Jody Watley…

  6. Beyonce, Timberlake Lead MTV VMA Nominations

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With seven each, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake lead the nominations for the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, to be handed out Sept. 9 in Las Vegas. The two artists will square off in the video of the year With seven each, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake lead the nominations for the 2007 MTV Video…

  7. Chart Beat

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses "Stand By Me," the Cyruses, Daughtry and more! SEAN BY ME: "Stand by Me" is one of the classic songs of the 20th century. It has charted on The Billboard Hot 100 by eight different artists, and that's not counting the sampling of this evergreen in Sean…

  8. Kingston Has 'Beautiful' View Atop Revamped Hot 100

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT R&B newcomer Sean Kingston moves to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week with his first charting single, as "Beautiful Girls" rockets 23-1. In the first week of the new Hot 100 formula, the R&B newcomer Sean Kingston moves to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week…

  9. Coheed And Cambria Looks Toward 'Tomorrow'

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The next chapter in Coheed And Cambria's artistic saga will be released Oct. 23 via Columbia. "No World for Tomorrow" was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush) and features former Dillinge The next chapter in Coheed And Cambria's artistic saga will be released…

  10. Music On TV: July 30 - August 5

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on TV listings for July 30 - August 5, 2007. MONDAY, July 30 "The Sauce," FUSE Featured Artist(s): Korn. "Extra Sauce," FUSE Featured Artist(s): Korn. "The Daily Habit," FUEL Featured Artist(s): The Rentals. "The Late Show With David Letterman,"…

  11. Dashboard Confessional Goes Solo For Fall Tour

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in five years, Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba will embark on a solo tour. The 32-date jaunt, which begins Sept. 14 in Rochester, Mich., will take the Vagrant songwri For the first time in five years, Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba will embark…

  12. Ask Billboard

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Keith discusses Madonna, TLC and Natash Bedingfield. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . LEAKY MADONNA Hi Keith, I am a big Madonna fan, and I keep hearing rumors about the release of her new album sometime in…

  13. Queensryche Ready For Life Post-'Mindcrime'

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Queensryche has begun working on the follow-up to last year's "Operation: Mindcrime II" in Seattle. Frontman Geoff Tate tells Billboard.com he hopes the as-yet-untitled set will arrive next summer or Queensryche has begun working on the follow-up to last year's "…

  14. Aiden Wins Virgin Mobile's 'Book The Band' Contest

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rock act Aiden has been selected by MTV2 "Book the Band" viewers to perform at Baltimore's Virgin Festival, set for Aug. 4-5 at Pimlico Race Course. The Seattle-based band will open day two of the fes Rock act Aiden has been selected by MTV2 "Book the Band" viewers to…

  15. will.i.am Has Love On The Brain For Solo Debut

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am says he's "really excited and nervous at the same time" about becoming a solo artist with the Sept. 25 release of "Songs About Girls." The first single, a club track c Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am says he's "really…

  16. Plain White T's Hold Atop Hot 100 Amid High Debuts

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A week after scoring the first No. 1 hit for Hollywood Records, Plain White T's remain at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Hey There Delilah." Still in hot pursuit is Fergie's "Big Girls Don' A week after scoring the first No. 1 hit for Hollywood Records…

  17. Akon, Snoop Help Tell Banner's New 'Story'

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Due Oct. 9 via Universal Motown/SRC, the set is led by the single "Speaker" featuring Akon, Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg. As tipped here in May, rapper David Banner will return this fall with his next album, "Greatest Story Ever Told." Due Oct. 9 via Universal Motown/SRC, the…

  18. Desert Rock

    July 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It's no surprise the spotlight doesn't appear to suit James Lavelle. As the primary creative force UNKLE, he's pulled together three albums behind the scenes "Oz" style, integrating the sounds of some It's no surprise the spotlight doesn't appear to suit…

  19. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    July 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Prince stirs up controversy with his rock- and soul-flavored new album, UNKLE starts fresh with a new label and some powerhouse collaborators and the Flaming Lips head home for a rip-roaring live DVD, Canadian rock act Sum 41's "Underclass Hero" (Island). Sibling duo Tegan &…

  20. Manager: Beck Not Touring With Page In Yardbirds

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Contradicting a published report, Jeff Beck's manager tells Billboard.com the guitarist has no plans to tour with Jimmy Page, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty as the Yardbirds this fall. Contradicting a published report, Jeff Beck's manager tells Billboard.com the guitarist has no plans…

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