1. Chart Beat: Michael Jackson, Colbie Caillat, Shakira

    July 09, 2009 4:43 PM EDT JACKSON ACTION: Tuesday's (July 7) star-studded, and oftentimes touching, memorial at Los Angeles' Staples Center may have begun to engender a sense of closure for fans of Michael Jackson following his passing June 25. On the newest Billboard charts, however, the King of Pop…

  2. Merry & Bright

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Stirring with the sounds of the season. In the days before Christmas, all through my house, everything is stirring with the sounds of the season. At this time of year I admit that all the self-important, egocentric rules about tunes go out the window. While a Mariah Carey will get nary a note…

  3. New Found Freedom

    November 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST It's the little touches that make a contemporary jazz release stand out from the pack, and most are so intrinsic to the nature of jazz that it is a wonder how often they are ignored. It's the little touches that make a contemporary jazz release stand out from the pack, and most are…