1. Staind Taking A Break To Recapture Heaviness

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST It will be a while before Staind returns to the scene. Following the release of the new compilation "The Singles: 1996-2006," frontman Aaron Lewis tells Billboard.com that the Massachusetts quartet is It will be a while before Staind returns to the scene. Following the release of…

  2. Underground Garage

    December 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Once again we find ourselves stretching our umbrella to include the two most unlikely rock gods since Flo and Eddie left the Turtles. Once again we find ourselves stretching our umbrella to include the two most unlikely rock gods since Flo and Eddie left the Turtles. Jack Black and Kyle Gass…

  3. Underground Garage

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Little Steven's Underground Garage column, produced exclusively for Billboard. The charts are a combination of airplay from the Underground Garage format and coolness. Once again we find ourselves stretching our umbrella to include the two most unlikely rock gods since Flo and Eddie left…

  4. John Legend / Oct. 30, 2006 / John Legend / Oct. 30, 2006 / John Legend / Oct. 30, 2006 / New York (Nokia Theatre)

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Having hit up so many nightclubs and intimate venues in his roughly yearlong career run, John Legend milked every swoon and cheer Monday night (Oct. 30) at New York's Nokia Theatre. Having hit up so many nightclubs and intimate venues in his roughly yearlong career run, John Legend…

  5. Switchfoot

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST I don't remember throwing the guitar as an isolated event. I remember a blur. So I threw a guitar at the drums last night. It broke in half. And I got a speeding ticket. It was a pricey evening. I suppose there are consequences for everything we do, a reaction for every action. I know…

  6. Switchfoot

    October 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT For me, music blurs the lines between the natural and the supernatural. I find true miracles in most of my favorite songs. Maybe it's a conflict of interest to mix business with therapy. Or maybe musi Howdy from Minneapolis! It's been a great first seven shows. Some of my favorite…

  7. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," the Pussycat Dolls and more! MARIO ON THE MOVE Fred, Love your column. I really enjoyed reading your piece about the Latin charts this week. Last week, the single "Gallery" by Mario Vazquez reached No. 40 on The Billboard Hot…

  8. This Day in Music

    September 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Coldplay frontman Chris Martin brings a surprise element of glitz to an otherwise staid gathering of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Cancun, Mexico, when he delivers the so-called 2005 - U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie…

  9. Anaís

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The second-season winner of "Objetivo Fama" makes her mark with debut single and album. On her debut album, Anaís asks listeners to accept her "asi soy yo," just as I am. It was that straightforward attitude that helped the 21-year-old Dominican singer become the season…

  10. Feds Bust Fans For Pirated Ryan Adams Tunes

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST A pair of apparent Ryan Adams fans ran afoul of a new law making it a crime to publish songs before their release to the general public when they made portions of the singer's latest album available o A pair of apparent Ryan Adams fans ran afoul of a new law making it a crime to publish…

  11. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses songs with similar titles, the Academy Awards and more with readers. TOGETHERNESS Dear Fred, I've been reading your column for several years now, but I've only written in once before. However, the No. 38 debut of Gavin DeGraw's "We Belong Together" got…

  12. Billy Joel: The Life & Times Of An Angry Young Man

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Successful, volatile, creative, self—aware and self—destructive, singer—songwriter Billy Joel's life reads like a popular novel. Hank Bordowitz's "Billy Joel: The Life & Times of an Angry Yo Doesn't Matter What They Say in the Papers Late in the winter of 1980, ads…

  13. Obscure Duo Nizlopi Tops U.K. Singles Chart

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST An acoustic ballad by two former street performers known as Nizlopi upset the odds by beating regular chart-toppers Westlife to No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart, as "JCB Song" shifted 81,660 copies An acoustic ballad by two former street performers known as Nizlopi upset the odds…

  14. Backstage In Vegas: Notes & Quotes From The Billboard Music Awards

    December 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard.com gets the scoop from Tom Petty, Kanye West, Shakira, Pharrell, Daddy Yankee, Chingy and more backstage at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Acknowledging that awards shows aren't exactly his cup of tea, Billboard Century Award winner Tom Petty said of his storied…

  15. Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT part three They saw their father as a stern but fair man, but their mother was someone they could tell their secrets to. She treated their friends with the same kind of gentle consideration that she showed all of them, never reluctant to add another place to the table or take a mattress and…

  16. Kanye West / Oct. 13, 2005 / Gainesville, Fla. (O'Connell Center)

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT This was only the third show on the Touch The Sky trek and it was thick with that new-concert smell. West vanished for long stretches of time, prop transitions were ragged and cues were missed -- at o Ah, college. Times may change and the years may tumble past like crisp leaves through the…

  17. Boss Confession

    September 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A love of Bruce Springsteen's music explained. Holy crap, I love Bruce Springsteen . Fortunately, it's a love of which can be spoken. Let me come clean here: I'd always imagined myself as the subject in myriad Springsteen songs. I wanted to be the one convincing Mary to leave…

  18. This Day in Music

    September 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Carolyn Dawn Johnson is again the big winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards, held in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to top female, Johnson takes home trophies for top single and top 2003 - Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel announce their first tour since 1994. 2003 -…

  19. For Kanye, Confidence Is King

    August 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. For those familiar with Kanye West's well-documented braggadocio, it may come as a surprise that the rapper/producer found plenty wrong with his Grammy Award-winning debut, "The College Dropout." With his sophomore effort, "…

  20. Courtney Love Ordered Into Drug Rehab

    August 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Courtney Love tearfully admitted using drugs in violation of her probation terms today (Aug. 19) in Los Angeles. The rocker-actress was ordered into a 28-day drug treatment program by a judge who said Courtney Love tearfully admitted using drugs in violation of her probation terms today (Aug.…

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