1. Big Star Looks Forward Despite Years

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Having thrown its hat into the ring as a reunited touring band in recent years, Big Star has set a Sept. 27 release for its first new studio album since 1978's "Third/Sister Lovers." Having thrown its hat into the ring as a reunited touring band in recent years, Big Star has…

  2. Megadeth's Mustaine Sues Former Bassist

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Megadeth lead singer Dave Mustine has sued the band's former bass player for allegedly using the name of the group without permission in an advertisement for musical equipment. Megadeth lead singer Dave Mustaine has sued the band's former bass player for allegedly using the name of…

  3. Hot Product

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: The seven-disc, 130-track boxed set "Whatever: The '90s Pop Culture Box" (Rhino). Up-and-coming rapper Young Jeezy's "Let Get It: Thug Motivation 101" (Def Jam). E Street Band member Danny…

  4. Nada Surf Hitting The Road This Fall

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Produced by Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla, "The Weight Is a Gift" is the follow-up to 2003's "Let Go," which debuted at No. 31 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. Indie rock act Nada Surf will hit the road in North America in October in…

  5. This Day in Music

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1982 - </b>No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Eye of the Tiger," Survivor. The song is the theme from the film "Rocky III."<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 1999 - In his speech at the 4th annual Plug.In music and technology…

  6. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. I S-A-W THE LIGHT Dear Fred, Before submitting my question I want to say I enjoy reading your column week after week and reading the chart trivia you supply. I've been a fan of (most) songs produced by the [Mike] Stock, [Matt] Aitken and [Pete]…

  7. Billboard Bits: Kaiser Chiefs, The Like, Sheryl Crow

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Kaiser Chiefs, The Like, Sheryl Crow Although dates still haven't been announced, the Foo Fighters/Weezer fall tour has drafted U.K. rock act Kaiser Chiefs as its opening act. Beforehand, the group has a handful of North American club dates on tap, beginning July 20 in…

  8. Crazy Frog Descending On North America

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Having already conquered the U.K. singles chart with a remake of "Axel F," computer-animated creation Crazy Frog has his sights set on North America. Following its July 25 U.K. release, Crazy Frog's f Having already conquered the U.K. singles chart with a remake of "Axel F…

  9. Daniels Follows Krauss To Cracker Barrel

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Charlie Daniels has inked a deal to issue an album exclusively at the Cracker Barrel restaurant/retail chain. A successful partnership with Alison Krauss + Union Station that resulted in the sale of more than 125,000 albums in just two months has executives at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store…

  10. Hot Product

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson Country Kitchen Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses reggae, Willie Nelson will release the set, "Countryman," this week via Lost Highway. The album finds the outlaw country icon covering Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come…

  11. Stevens Album Soars Despite 'Superman' Flap

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Not even the Man of Steel could stop the new album by critically acclaimed artist Sufjan Stevens from hitting most store shelves on its July 5 release date. He came close, though. Not even the Man of Steel could stop the new album by critically acclaimed artist Sufjan Stevens from hitting…

  12. Death Cab's Atlantic Debut Due In Late August

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Death Cab For Cutie sticks with its trademark emotional rock'n'roll sound on "Plans," its major-label debut for Atlantic after releasing four studio sets on Barsuk. Death Cab For Cutie sticks with its trademark emotional rock'n'roll sound on "Plans,"…

  13. Live 8 Recap: Philadelphia's Museum Of Art

    July 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The intense glare from the sun did little to curb the enthusiasm of animated concertgoers during Philadelphia's Live 8 show, held in front of the city's Museum of Art. The intense glare from the sun did little to curb the enthusiasm of animated concertgoers during Philadelphia'…

  14. Erasure's Bell Preps Solo Debut

    July 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Erasure frontman Andy Bell has signed a worldwide solo recording deal with Sanctuary Records. Erasure frontman Andy Bell has signed a worldwide solo recording deal with Sanctuary Records, according to the artist's Web site . His solo debut, "Electric Blue," will be released Oct…

  15. CHART BEAT

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Bo Bice, Elton John, Mary Mary, Chris Hillman, A&M and more. BO CLOCKS IN AT NO. 1: There's good news and bad news for fourth season "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice, but it all adds up to a lot of chart news as his debut…

  16. Rossdale Opens Institute's Doors

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale will introduce his new band, Institute, with a three-week North American club tour later this summer. Former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale will introduce his new band, Institute, with a three-week North American club tour later this summer. The trek will…

  17. Audioslave Heading Home For Studio Time, Fall Tour

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT At the conclusion of its ongoing European tour, rock quartet Audioslave plans to make a quick return to the studio and begin preparing for an extensive fall tour of North America. The group's second I At the conclusion of its ongoing European tour, rock quartet Audioslave plans to make a…

  18. T.I. Signs On For Debut Film Role

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rising hip-hop artist T.I. will make his feature film debut in Warner Bros. Pictures' untitled Chris Robinson movie. Newcomer Lauren London also is joining the cast. Rising hip-hop artist T.I. will make his feature film debut in Warner Bros. Pictures' untitled Chris Robinson movie.…

  19. Supersuckers Go With The Marketing Flow

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Fans of veteran indie band Supersuckers admire the group for offering tremendous live shows and albums and for living the rock'n'roll lifestyle to the hilt. But Supersuckers have at least one more distinguishing characteristic: They try…

  20. This Day in Music

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Phish and the Grateful Dead are the big winners at the second annual Jammy Awards, held at New York's Roseland Ballroom. Phish takes home two of the most prestigious awards _ studio albu 2001 - Phish and the Grateful Dead are the big winners at the second annual…

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