1. Guests Lift Botti 'To Love Again'

    October 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Chris Botti's "To Love Again" is an impressive pop-jazz crossover outing that includes guest singers from Sting to Steven Tyler sharing the spotlight. It is an anomaly when a mainstream, largely instrumental jazz album breaks into The Billboard 200, but it is particularly…

  2. Killers Box Up 'Hot Fuss' Singles

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Having already reissued its Island debut, "Hot Fuss" in an expanded edition, the Killers will on Nov. 22 offer a boxed set featuring individual 7-inch vinyl singles for every track on the album. Having already reissued its Island debut, "Hot Fuss" in an expanded edition,…

  3. McBride Makes Time For Country Classics

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After establishing herself as one of country music's top female artists, Martina McBride decided to pay homage to the classic country music on which she was raised. After establishing herself as one of country music's top female artists, Martina McBride decided to pay homage to the…

  4. 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…

  5. Sugababes Take Over U.K. Charts

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT British female pop/R&B trio Sugababes achieved a notable double on the new U.K. charts yesterday (Oct. 16), starting a third week at the top with the single "Push the Button" (Universal Island) wh British female pop/R&B trio Sugababes achieved a notable double on the new U.K…

  6. I 'Me' Mine

    October 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lest anyone has forgotten, Ashlee Simpson appeared on "Saturday Night Live" last October. As she prepared to sing her second song, a prerecorded vocal track of her first performance erroneously began Lest anyone has forgotten, Ashlee Simpson appeared on "Saturday Night Live…

  7. Keller Williams / Sept. 24, 2005 / Tampa Theatre (Tampa, Fla.)

    October 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Groove making, generally speaking, means two or more lead players plus a rhythm section interacting in a process that at its best results in something akin to synchronicity. Groove making, generally speaking, means two or more lead players plus a rhythm section interacting in a process that…

  8. Slug Keeps Growing On New Atmosphere Album

    October 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Six albums into a career that has mobilized and polarized the indie rap underground, the Minneapolis rapper Slug, one-half of acclaimed Rhymesayers duo Atmosphere, is finally stepping outside himself. Six albums into a career that has mobilized and polarized the indie rap underground, the…

  9. Bonnie Raitt / Oct. 11, 2005 / Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Theater)

    October 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bonnie Raitt's been around long enough to have ghosts -- or at east friendly spirits -- all over the country. And she was feeling them when she and her band hit Ann Arbor for the fifth show of their N Bonnie Raitt's been around long enough to have ghosts -- or at east friendly…

  10. Billboard Bits: Neil Young, Bowling For Soup, Rob Swift

    October 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Neil Young, Bowling For Soup, Rob Swift Following U2's recent weeklong takeover of "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," Neil Young has signed on to appear four nights in a row (Nov. 1-4) on the NBC talk show. Young will head to New York to tape the shows immediately…

  11. Withers In No Hurry To Make New Album

    October 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "You don't know how frigging good you are. Just be yourself and sing." That is the advice rock icon Graham Nash offered 34 years ago to a nervous Bill Withers. The occasion? The recording of Withers' "You don't know how frigging good you are. Just be yourself and…

  12. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Linkin Park, Sheryl Crow, non-English hits, Academy Award winning artists and more with readers. LIKIN' LINKIN Hi Fred! Great column! As a late-blooming Linkin Park fan, could you summarize their total entries on any Billboard chart? Even though I found myself singing…

  13. Mariah Expands 'Mimi' With New Songs, Videos

    October 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey will on Nov. 15 re-release her Island Def Jam album "The Emancipation of Mimi" as a "Platinum Edition" with four new tracks. The set will also be available in a limited edition CD/DVD pac Mariah Carey will on Nov. 15 re-release her Island Def Jam album "…

  14. Mike Peters

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Dead Men walk into a recording studio for the first time and the results are even better than expected. Mike Peters Thursday 6th October-Cleethorpes A drive out to the East Coast, Cleethorpes and the fresh sea air. Jim and I take a walk down the beach and into the small town.…

  15. Emotional Cole Reaches The Soul

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Newcomer Keyshia Cole conveys heartache with a depth beyond her years. I'm an avid hip-hop fan with liberal music tastes, but R&B is the one genre that constantly moves me, admittedly to tears sometimes. It has the power to take me from love to heartache, and joy to pain in sweeping…

  16. Gordon Speaks His 'Mind' On New Album

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The rockabilly revival has come and gone twice since Robert Gordon ignited the movement back in 1977. But whether rockabilly is the flavor of the moment or not, the singer continues his longstanding l The rockabilly revival has come and gone twice since Robert Gordon ignited the movement back…

  17. Kanye's 'Gold' Streak Continues On Billboard Charts

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West's "Gold Digger" featuring Jamie Foxx still reigns at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Billboard chart for the sixth week in a row. The single achieves the same distinction on Hot Ringtones, p Kanye West's "Gold Digger" featuring Jamie Foxx still reigns…

  18. Tom Petty To Receive Billboard's Century Award

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tom Petty presented the inaugural Billboard Century Award in 1992 to George Harrison. Now it is Petty's turn to receive the honor. Billboard's highest honor for creative achievement, it will be presen Tom Petty presented the inaugural Billboard Century Award in 1992 to George…

  19. O.A.R.

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Just out, new album 'Stories of a Stranger' is on O.A.R. bassist Benj Gershman's mind as the band's fall tour gets underway. Our new record, "Stories of a Stranger," came out Oct 4. Talk about a sigh of relief... felt like we'd been working on it for years,…

  20. Cat Power Summons Southern Soul On New CD

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cat Power chanteuse Chan Marshall soaks up Memphis soul on her new album, "The Greatest," due Jan. 26 via Matador. Cat Power chanteuse Chan Marshall soaks up Memphis soul on her new album, "The Greatest," due Jan. 26 via Matador. The 12-track set was recorded in three days…

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