1. Sweet Success For Sugarland

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Eight months after the release of debut CD "Twice the Speed of Life," Sugarland's career is living up to its album title. The record has shown a steady build on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, where it has spent the last…

  2. Billboard Bits: 'Rize,' The Go! Team, Live 8

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Rize,' The Go! Team, Live 8 "Forget commercial hip-hop -- people are ready for something different." So says Tone Talauega, a co-producer with his brother Richmond of "Rize," a feature documentary about a burgeoning dance style known as krumping. The…

  3. Coheed Embracing Inner Prog On 'Good Apollo'

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pigeonholed by some listeners as emo after its 2004 disc "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3," prog rock act Coheed & Cambria hopes to distance itself from the pack with the Sept. 20 Columbia r Pigeonholed by some listeners as emo after its 2004 disc "In Keeping Secrets…

  4. Mayer In A Trio Mood On New Album, Tour

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT John Mayer's new trio, which features drummer Steve Jordan and bassist Pino Palladino, will begin a club tour Sept. 6 in San Francisco. A live album will follow in December. "I would feel like I'm not To John Mayer's way of thinking, it would be just plain wrong not to…

  5. Zappa Sons Paying Tribute To Dad On Tour

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After Frank Zappa's passing in 1993, many fans figured they'd never hear any of the iconic rocker's selections performed live on stage again. After Frank Zappa's passing in 1993, many fans figured they'd never hear any of the iconic rocker's selections performed…

  6. Ex-Detective Testifies In B.I.G. Case

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A retired police detective testified yesterday (June 23) that he was shocked when a prison cellmate of Marion "Suge" Knight said the Death Row Records founder had confessed to the slaying of Notorious A retired police detective testified yesterday (June 23) that he was shocked when…

  7. A Joyful Return For Yoakam

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Dwight Yoakam uses the words "joy" or "joyful" eight times in a 30-minute span when talking about the process of creating his new album, "Blame the Vain." The recording, he says, took him to "a place of joyful,…

  8. DeGraw Dialing In Material For Sophomore Album

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two years after releasing his J Records debut album, "Chariot," Gavin DeGraw is looking ahead to his next release, which he hopes to have out sometime in 2006. "I've written several records wor Nearly two years after releasing his J Records debut album, "…

  9. Madlib, Van Peebles Revive 'Br'er Soul'

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT It took the better part of five years for hip-hop wunderkind Madlib to follow up the debut of his alter ego, Quasimoto. But fans of the helium-voiced, antisocial Quas may not have as long to wait for It took the better part of five years for hip-hop wunderkind Madlib to follow up the debut of…

  10. CHART BEAT

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Weezer, Green Day, Backstreet Boys and Kelly Clarkson. IT'S CARRIE'S NATION: Following in the footsteps of three other "American Idol" finalists, 22-year-old Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood…

  11. 'Idol' Underwood Shoots Straight To No. 1

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A little more than a month after becoming the fourth winner of "American Idol," Carrie Underwood has the country's top single. "Inside Your Heaven," a Desmond Child-written song the country-leaning si A little more than a month after becoming the fourth winner of …

  12. Q&A: Wayne Shorter

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. During a two-night appearance at last month's Umbria Jazz Melbourne '05 festival in Australia, Wayne Shorter, jazz's pre-eminent saxophonist, was an intrepid astronaut navigating the musical cosmos with improvisational brio. With…

  13. Trapt Takes 'Control' On Sophomore Album

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Modern rock act Trapt will uneleash its sophomore album, "Someone in Control," Sept. 13 via Warner Bros. First single "Stand Up" will hit U.S. rock radio outlets July 11. Modern rock act Trapt will uneleash its sophomore album, "Someone in Control," Sept. 13 via…

  14. Posies Shine 'Light' On New Album

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Seattle-based power pop veterans the Posies will break a seven-year new album drought with "Every Kind of Light," due Tuesday (June 28) via Rykodisc. Seattle-based power pop veterans the Posies will break a seven-year new album drought with "Every Kind of Light," due…

  15. Super Furries Hone Their 'Kraft'

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Welsh rock act the Super Furry Animals will release its seventh album, "Love Kraft," Sept. 13 in North America via XL Recordings/Beggars Group. Welsh rock act the Super Furry Animals will release its seventh album, "Love Kraft," Sept. 13 in North America via XL Recordings…

  16. Coldplay Holds Foos, Backstreet From No. 1

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay staves off strong competition on The Billboard 200 as "X&Y" (Capitol) tops the chart for a second week. Although sales of the set dropped 56% to 323,000 copies in the United States, accor Coldplay staves off strong competition on The Billboard 200 as "X&Y"…

  17. Stills Preps First Solo CD In 14 Years

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stephen Stills' first solo album since 1991's "Stills Alone" will arrive Aug. 9 via Pyramid. Stephen Stills' first solo album since 1991's "Stills Alone" will arrive Aug. 9 via Pyramid. The 13-track "Man Alive" finds the artist augmented on…

  18. No Address' Accidental Hit

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT While Florida's No Address has a top 15 single on Billboard's Mainstream Rock airplay chart with "When I'm Gone (Sadie)," they've done it without makeup, jumpsuits, marrying a supermodel or hopping on While Florida's No Address has a top 15 rock airplay…

  19. Disturbed Feeling Aggressive On New Album

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT By the time Disturbed releases its third album in September, three years will have elapsed since 2002's "Believe,” which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. By the time Disturbed releases its third album in September, three years will have elapsed since 2002's "Believe,…

  20. Black Eyeing Second Nashville-Based Album

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Frank Black is eyeing an early 2006 release for an album recorded late last year in Nashville, where he also recorded his upcoming solo project, "Honeycomb." As previously reported, that album is due Frank Black is eyeing an early 2006 release for an album recorded late last year in…

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