1. This Day in Music

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>South African singer Brenda Fassie dies at the Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg. She is 39. She had been in a coma since April 26, after suffering an asthma attack. This led to cardi 2004 - South African singer Brenda Fassie dies at the Sunninghill Hospital in…

  2. Amerie Reaches With 'Touch'

    May 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Last December, Amerie and co-manager Lenny Nicholson decided to leak her new song "1 Thing." Some four months later, the pair's gamble is paying off. "[The label] had had the record since last spring," recalls Amerie …

  3. Hot Product

    April 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Z-Trip Sonic 'Shift' DJ Z-Trip's long-delayed debut album, "Shifting Gears," finally hits stores this week via Hard Left/Hollywood. The set features collaborations with Public Enemy's Chuck D ("Shock and Awe") and underground rappers Aceyalone and…

  4. Pianist Johnnie Johnson Dies

    April 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Johnnie Johnson, a rock'n'roll pioneer who teamed with Chuck Berry for hits like "Roll Over Beethoven" and "No Particular Place to Go," died today (April 13) at his St. Louis home. He was 80. Johnnie Johnson, a rock'n'roll pioneer who teamed with Chuck…

  5. Avril Takes Juno Hat-Trick

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With three awards, Avril Lavigne led the pack at Canada's 34th Annual Juno Awards, held last night (April 3) at Winnipeg's MTS Centre. Lavigne, who is currently on tour in the Far East, won artist of With three awards, Avril Lavigne led the pack at Canada's 34th Annual Juno…

  6. Sum 41 Proud Of 'Pieces,' 'Puppets'

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST After Sum 41's Deryck Whibley finished writing the song "Pieces," the singer/guitarist didn't think the decidedly ballad-leaning track had a future with his more rock-oriented band. But "Pieces," the After Sum 41's Deryck Whibley finished writing the song …

  7. This Day in Music

    March 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Former Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo dies at the age of 41. 2002 - Former Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo dies at the age of 41. 2000 - Phil Collins takes home the Oscar for best original song at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles,…

  8. DJ Spooky, Slayer's Lombardo Drum Up New CD

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST On the surface, DJ Spooky's new collaboration with Slayer's Dave Lombardo is just the latest example of his try-anything aesthetic, which has produced avant-garde turntable symphonies alongside dancef On the surface, DJ Spooky's new collaboration with Slayer's Dave…

  9. This Day in Music

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2004 - </b>Roy "Pop" Lewis, patriarch of bluegrass gospel group the Lewis Family, dies at Wills Memorial Hospital in Washington, Ga. He is 98. Lewis and wife Pauline Holloway formed the Lewis Famil 2004 - Roy "Pop" Lewis, patriarch of bluegrass gospel group…

  10. Z-Trip, UNKLE, Watt Added To Coachella

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Z-Trip, UNKLE and Everything But The Girl's Ben Watt have been added to the lineup for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 30-May 1 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Cali Z-Trip, UNKLE and Everything But The Girl's Ben Watt have been added to the lineup…

  11. Junkie XL Channels The '70s For Xbox Game

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST In-demand producer/artist Junkie XL conjures a range of '70s-inspired music on the in-game soundtrack to the Xbox racing simulator "Forza Motorsport," which Microsoft will release on May 3. In-demand producer/artist Junkie XL conjures a range of '70s-inspired music on the…

  12. 2005 Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees Here are the nominees for the 2005 Academy of Country Music Awards, to be handed out May 17 in Las Vegas: ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR BROOKS & DUNN KENNY CHESNEY TOBY KEITH TIM McGRAW KEITH URBAN TOP MALE VOCALIST KENNY CHESNEY ALAN JACKSON TOBY…

  13. Good Charlotte, Simple Plan Teaming For Tour

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Pop/punk heavyweights Good Charlotte and Simple Plan will team for a North American tour later this spring. Although the itinerary has yet to be confirmed, the outing is expected to begin May 3 in Kan Pop/punk heavyweights Good Charlotte and Simple Plan will team for a North American tour…

  14. Billboard Bits: Jam Master Jay, Prince, Ying Yang Twins

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Jam Master Jay, Prince; Ying Yang Twins Adidas' 35th anniversary celebration of its Superstar sneaker will also serve as a tribute to slain Run-D.M.C. DJ Jam Master Jay. The Feb. 25 JMJ: Superstar gala at New York's Skylight nightclub will feature participation from the late…

  15. Billboard Bits: NBA All-Star Game, Petra Haden, Ridgway

    February 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on NBA All-Star Game, Petra Haden, Ridgway Rapper Nelly, rapper/actor Ice Cube, singer/songwriter Ryan Cabrera, producer/artist/record executive Jermaine Dupri, singer Brian McKnight and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath are among those taking part in this year's NBA All-Star Celebrity…

  16. Z-Trip 'Gears' Up For Debut CD

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST "Shifting Gears" features collaborations with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington ("Walking Dead") and Public Enemy's Chuck D ("Shock and Awe"). DJ Z-Trip's long-delayed debut album , "Shifting Gears," will finally hit stores April 26 via…

  17. Billboard Bits: Tibet House, Heavenly States, DiscLive

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Tibet House, Heavenly States, DiscLive Lou Reed, the Kinks' Ray Davies and vocalist Antony have joined the lineup for the 15th annual Tibet House benefit concert , to be held Feb. 9 at New York's Carnegie Hall. They join a bill that already includes the Black Keys, Patti…

  18. This Day in Music

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>More than 30 years after the heyday of soul duo Sam & Dave, Sam Moore finally launches a solo career when he releases "Plenty Good Lovin': The Lost Solo Album," in England on Swing C 2002 - More than 30 years after the heyday of soul duo Sam &…

  19. This Day in Music

    January 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Bill Givens, founder of pioneering reissue label Origin Jazz Library, dies of a heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif. He is 68. In the late '50s, Givens' indie imprint was among the first 1999 - Bill Givens, founder of pioneering reissue label Origin Jazz…

  20. Billboard Bits: Coachella Fest, Mardi Gras, David Foster

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Coachella, Mardi Gras, David Foster The sixth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will be held April 30-May 1 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., organizers tell Billboard.com. Ticket information has not yet been announced for the event, which last year drew record…

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