1. Ask Billboard

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Answers to readers' questions about Kelly Clarkson, the Eagles and 1990s R&B groups. NOT YET 'GONE' Dear Keith, I am an avid reader of your column as well as Fred Bronson's " Chart Beat Chat ," and I am hoping you could shed some light on this question for me…

  2. Underground Support Brings Dir En Grey To Forefront

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Japanese metal act sees U.S. breakout, mainstream interest. Before having released an album in America, Dir En Grey is causing a commotion here. In March, the Japanese band ignited frenzied response with its first three U.S. shows. Dir en grey made its stateside debut with a showcase…

  3. Burke In A Country Mood On New Album

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Gillian Welch, Patty Loveless and Patti Griffin have contributed to Solomon Burke's upcoming album, his first full-length country effort. Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Gillian Welch, Patty Loveless and Patti Griffin have contributed to Solomon Burke's…

  4. This Day in Music

    April 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>R&B singer Luther Vandross suffers a stroke, just four days before his 55th birthday.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Tejano music legend Laura Canales dies in Corpus Christi, Texas, of complications following surgery.…

  5. Ask Billboard

    April 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Answers to readers' questions about McFly, the Go-Gos and Guns N'Roses. HELLO? McFLY? Hello Keith, I was wondering -- especially with the abundance of British music acts coming into the United States (lately) -- if you know anything about any other British acts trying to crack the…

  6. This Day in Music

    April 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Sean "Puffy" Combs cancels a sold-out appearance at London's Wembley stadium. The show is the planned finale of the rapper's European tour. Fans are not offered an explanation for the ca 2001 - Violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzales, 55, dies while…

  7. Billboard Bits: Death Row, Mariah Carey, Zappa Plays Zappa

    April 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Death Row, Mariah Carey, Zappa Plays Zappa Now that Marion "Suge" Knight Jr. and Death Row Records have filed for bankruptcy, a number of parties flush with cash are snooping around the label's sizeable master and publishing catalogs. At deadline, it's unclear if…

  8. Gorillaz / April 2, 5, 2006 / Harlem, N.Y. (Apollo Theatre)

    April 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The first night of a multi-date stand can either be a rousing success or a total train wreck. In the case of Gorillaz's run at New York's Apollo Theatre, it was a little bit of both. How would they pu The first night of a multi-date stand can either be a rousing success or a total…

  9. This Day in Music

    April 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Trace Adkins seriously injures two fingers on his left hand while working on his property in Middle Tennessee. Moving some rocks to correct an erosion problem, Adkins dislodges a 400-pou 2005 - The Library of Congress announces the third annual selection of 50 U.S.…

  10. 'Suge' Knight Files For Bankruptcy

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight filed for bankruptcy today (April 4) to avoid losing control of his Death Row Records label in a $107 million civil court judgment, his lawyers said. Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight filed for bankruptcy today (April 4) to avoid losing control…

  11. Toby Keith: 'White Trash With Money' & Proud Of It

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Toby Keith likes to shock people. So says his longtime friend -- and now co-producer -- Lari White. Toby Keith likes to shock people. So says his longtime friend -- and now co-producer -- Lari White. She thinks shock value may be part of the reason Keith tapped her for his latest project. In…

  12. ON TV

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 3-9, 2006. MONDAY, APRIL 3 “Good Morning America,” ABC Featured artist(s): The Pretenders (also scheduled: Lucy Liu, Stephen Lanzalotta). “Today,” NBC Featured artist(s): Pink (also scheduled: Antonio Banderas). “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Syndicated…

  13. Death Row Close To Court Takeover

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight skipped a court-ordered appearance at a hearing about his assets Saturday, setting the stage for courts to take control of his Death Row Records label. Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight skipped a court-ordered appearance at a hearing about his…

  14. This Day in Music

    April 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1997 - </b>Jolie Gabor, mother of Eva and Zsa Zsa dies at the age of 97.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - Paul Atkinson, veteran record executive and guitarist for the Zombies, dies in his sleep after a long battle with cancer and…

  15. Gillian Welch Gets Busy On New Album

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Alt-country singer/songwriter Gillian Welch is currently in the studio hashing out her fourth solo set. The effort, which is as-yet-untitled, will likely be released by the end of the year, according Alt-country singer/songwriter Gillian Welch is currently in the studio hashing out her fourth…

  16. Billboard Bits: JAS Fest, 'Imaginational Anthem,' Sub Pop

    March 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on JAS Fest, 'Imaginational Anthem,' Sub Pop Trey Anastasio, Elvis Costello and the Imposters and Diana Krall lead the lineup for the 2006 Jazz Aspen Snowmass festival, to be held June 22-25 in Aspen's Rio Grande Park. The event will kick off June 22 with shows by Jamie…

  17. TOO MUCH, TOO LATE

    March 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST A garage-rock band made up of middle-aged guys suddenly hits the big time in this lightweight comedy. A garage-rock band made up of middle-aged guys suddenly hits the big time in this lightweight comedy. Back in the early '90s, the Jane Ashers, a power-pop quartet led by charismatic…

  18. 'King' T.I. Holds Court

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite a Grammy nomination, a hand in an Oscar win, a new album and film debut, this Atlanta rapper says he's only beginning to build his kingdom. Rapper T.I. is too busy getting his career hustle on to ponder where he expects to be in five years. "I couldn't have predicted…

  19. 'King' Of Rap

    March 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST At the end of 2005, T.I. (born Clifford Harris) became a first-time best rap solo performance Grammy Award nominee for "U Don't Know Me." He also co-executive-produced the "Hustle & Flow" soundtra At the end of 2005, T.I. (born Clifford Harris) became a first-time…

  20. Country Star Buck Owens Dies

    March 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST Buck Owens, the flashy "rhinestone cowboy" who shaped the sound of country music with hits like "Act Naturally," and helped introduce the genre to mainstream America on the long-running TV show "Hee Buck Owens, the flashy "rhinestone cowboy" who shaped the…

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