1. Sum 41 Proud Of 'Pieces,' 'Puppets'

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST After Sum 41's Deryck Whibley finished writing the song "Pieces," the singer/guitarist didn't think the decidedly ballad-leaning track had a future with his more rock-oriented band. But "Pieces," the After Sum 41's Deryck Whibley finished writing the song …

  2. Theory Of A Deadman Pushes For Its Own Identity

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Canada's Theory of a Deadman may be seeking a mainstream rock career path, but its sophomore album, "Gasoline," displays a more independent streak than its 2002 self-titled debut. "Following our first album, we were advised to…

  3. Crowded House Drummer Hester Found Dead

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Crowded House and Split Enz drummer Paul Hester was found dead of an apparent suicide Saturday in a park in Melbourne. He was 46. Former Crowded House and Split Enz drummer Paul Hester was found dead of an apparent suicide Saturday in a park in Melbourne. He was 46. "It is not a…

  4. 'Now' Brings Presley Spring Tour

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST With the release of her sophomore full-length album nearing, Lisa Marie Presley has confirmed a spring tour that will kick off April 26 in St. Petersburg, Fla. With the release of her sophomore full-length album nearing, Lisa Marie Presley has confirmed a spring tour that will kick off April…

  5. Jackson Has Faith He'll Be Vindicated

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Saying his child molestation trial has brought him to the lowest emotional point of his life, Michael Jackson urged his fans to pray for him, adding he has faith in God he will be vindicated. The arti Saying his child molestation trial has brought him to the lowest emotional point of his life…

  6. Chain Letter

    March 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST This 19-year-old Houston native initially fronted the female trio Best Kept Secret—very fitting, given that the city is also home to another girl group, Destiny's Child. But BKS' implosion beca This 19-year-old Houston native initially fronted the female trio Best Kept Secret—very…

  7. 3 Speaker High

    March 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Speaker High is the brainchild of Gabrielis Kaye and Robert K. Rodriguez (aka DJ Rob Keith). The duo has already scored a top 10 and top 20 hit on the Hot Dance Club Play chart with "Make Me Dance A 3 Speaker High is the brainchild of Gabrielis Kaye and Robert K. Rodriguez (aka DJ Rob…

  8. Jackson Jurors Hear About Forensic Testing

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's defense team was back to its full complement today (March 24) with the return of a co-counsel who fell ill earlier this week and was hospitalized. Michael Jackson's defense team was back to its full complement today (March 24) with the return of a co-counsel who…

  9. Duran Duran Not Giving Up On 'Astronaut'

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Despite lukewarm sales for highly anticipated reunion album, "Astronaut," the members of Duran Duran aren't about to give up on the Epic disc. Despite lukewarm sales for highly anticipated reunion album, "Astronaut," the members of Duran Duran aren't about to…

  10. CHART BEAT BONUS

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Melissa Etheridge, Joss Stone, Craig Morgan, Kelly Clarkson, Audioslave and more. 'CRY' OUT LOUD: Three weeks after the Grammy performance of "Across the Universe" debuted on Billboard's Hot 100, another performance…

  11. This Day in Music

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Robbie Williams loses his two-year court battle with Nigel Martin-Smith, the manager of his former band Take That. 1999 - Robbie Williams loses his two-year court battle with Nigel Martin-Smith, the manager of his former band Take That. 1999 - Sony Corp. unveils…

  12. A Q&A With Merle Haggard

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Grammy Award winner, Country Music Hall of Famer, the Poet of the Common Man, Merle Haggard for many is country music. And while his accomplishments in the genre are second to none, Haggard is still a risk-taking live performer and remains…

  13. Billboard Bits: Rock Fantasy Camp, Locke, Something Corporate

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, Kimberley Locke, Something Corporate VH1 Classic will go behind the scenes of Rock and Roll Fantasy camp with a two-hour block airing April 2. The segment features interviews with such rock veterans as the Who's Roger Daltrey, the E Street Band's…

  14. Costa Preps New Set, Joins Kravitz Tour

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Nikka Costa has set a May 24 release for her second Virgin album, "can'tneverdidnothin'," which was originally expected last year. Nikka Costa has set a May 24 release for her second Virgin album, "can'tneverdidnothin'," which was originally expected…

  15. Ask Billboard

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Duran Duran, Faith Hill and more. DOUBLE D Keith, Can you tell me how Duran Duran's latest CD has sold? It seemed to be very hyped, but fell off the charts rather quickly. I also would like to see a comparison of the band's…

  16. Beck's Back

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Heralded as the voice of a disenfranchised generation ever since the 1994 release of signature song "Loser," Beck just laughs when asked if he feels pressure to live up to such an impossible standard. "I have no delusion that that…

  17. Billboard Bits: Voodoo Music, House Of Blues, Mitchell

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Voodoo Music, House Of Blues, Mitchell The seventh Voodoo Music Experience will be held over Halloween weekend (Oct. 29-30) at City Park in New Orleans, two miles from the city's famed French Quarter. The event's lineup will be announced in June. Last year's festival…

  18. Comedian Testifies At Jackson Trial

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A comedian who gave $20,000 to the family of the boy accusing Michael Jackson of molestation testified today (March 22) that she received a tearful phone call from the boy's mother that led her to bel A comedian who gave $20,000 to the family of the boy accusing Michael Jackson of…

  19. Costello's 'King' Receives Rhino Revamp

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST "King of America," the 1986 album that saw Elvis Costello ditch the Attractions and turn introspective and even rootsy, is the latest of the artist's catalog titles lined up for reissue via Rhino. "King of America," the 1986 album that saw Elvis Costello ditch the…

  20. Sparta Restless To Cover New Ground

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Less than a year after Sparta's latest Geffen album, "Porcelain," hit stores, singer/guitarist Jim Ward is feeling reflective about the past and rebellious about the future. Less than a year after Sparta's latest Geffen album, "Porcelain," hit stores, singer…

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