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. ON TV

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2006. MONDAY, MARCH 27 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist: Shakira, Wyclef Jean (also scheduled: Joy Philbin, Chris Kattan). "Martha," Syndicated Featured artist: Aretha Franklin (also scheduled: Dougray…

  3. Two 'Sides' Of Ben

    March 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Ben Harper unveils 18 new songs spread across two discs on the new album "Both Sides of the Gun," due this week via Virgin. Singer/songwriter Ben Harper unveils 18 new songs spread across two discs on the new album "Both Sides of the Gun," due this week…

  4. New, Veteran Country Acts Land Deals

    February 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST The recent Country Radio Seminar, held in Nashville Feb. 15-17, brought with it a flurry of record deals for country artists both new and established. The recent Country Radio Seminar, held in Nashville Feb. 15-17, brought with it a flurry of record deals for country artists both new and…

  5. SYD MATTERS, "Syd Matters"

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST A few things about Syd Matters that are worth mentioning that aren't necessarily related to his music per se, but important nonetheless. A few things about Syd Matters that are worth mentioning that aren't necessarily related to his music per se, but important nonetheless. First,…

  6. Harper Offering Up Two 'Sides' In March

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST A number of tracks on "Both Sides of the Gun" crackle with intensity and outrage over the political climate in the United States, particularly "Black Rain." Singer/songwriter Ben Harper will unveil 18 new songs spread across two discs on the new album "Both Sides of…

  7. JOSE GONZALEZ, "Stay in the Shade EP"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." The Swedish-by way of-Argentina folk singer has drawn modest comparisons to…

  8. Springfield Returns To 'General Hospital'

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST For Rick Springfield, it's a little strange to be back on his old soap-opera stomping grounds. For Rick Springfield, it's a little strange to be back on his old soap-opera stomping grounds. "I don't know if there has ever been a character that reoccurred after 23 years,…

  9. BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO

    October 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mehldau and his trio of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard open their covers-heavy new set with "Knives Out," the Obligatory Radiohead Song. Mehldau and his trio of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard open their covers-heavy new set with "Knives Out,…

  10. THE CLIENTELE, "Strange Geometry"

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With so much attention directed at post-punk British acts such as Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs, London's the Clientele may be unfortunately destined for the margins. With so much attention directed at post-punk British acts such as Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs, London's the…

  11. Sweden? More Like Sweeten...

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Perhaps unknown to many, the Scandinavian region has produced a bumper crop of enjoyable music as of late. Writing about acts by geography essentially groups unique, blisteringly awesome bands into a superficial category so that I may discuss them at length without having to justify their…

  12. Pianist O'Riley Reworks Smith, Drake

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Respected classical pianist Christopher O'Riley received accolades two years ago for his album "True Love Waits: Christopher O'Riley Plays Radiohead." Respected classical pianist Christopher O'Riley received accolades two years ago for his album "True Love Waits:…

  13. Billboard Bits: Rogue Wave, Brad Mehldau, MTV VMAs

    August 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Rogue Wave, Brad Mehldau, MTV VMAs Rogue Wave looks to expand on the indie success of its 2004 album "Out of the Shadow" with "Descended Like Vultures," due Oct. 25 via Sub Pop. The 11-track set finds group leader Zach Rogue backed by his touring band of multi…

  14. Billboard Bits: Amsterjam, Pearl Jam, Stereolab, Esquivel

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Amsterjam, Pearl Jam, Stereolab, Esquivel Wyclef Jean, Hector El Bambino, Antibalas and Grandmaster Flash have been added to the lineup for the inaugural Amsterjam, which will be held Aug. 20 at New York's Randall's Island. They join previously announced performers Snoop…

  15. M.I.A., MC5 To Visit New York's SummerStage

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT M.I.A., the MC5 and Coheed & Cambria are among the acts confirmed to play free shows as part of New York's Central Park SummerStage. M.I.A., the MC5 and Coheed & Cambria are among the acts confirmed to play free shows as part of New York's Central Park SummerStage. The…

  16. Gretchen 'All Jacked Up' On New Album

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Knowing she had substantial touring commitments looming, breakout country star Gretchen Wilson spent the better part of January and February recording material for her sophomore album. The result is t Knowing she had substantial touring commitments looming, breakout country star Gretchen…

  17. Coldplay Sounds Loud, Proud On 'X&Y'

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay offers up a bigger, louder version of its widely loved pop/rock sound on its third studio album, "X&Y." Due June 7 in North America via Capitol, the 12-track set is led by the soaring sin Coldplay offers up a bigger, louder version of its widely loved pop/rock sound on…

  18. Gomez Goes 'West' For Live Album

    April 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Gomez has rounded up highlights from a Jan 20-22 stand at San Francisco's Fillmore for its first live album. U.K. rock act Gomez has rounded up highlights from a Jan 20-22 stand at San Francisco's Fillmore for its first live album. The 20-track, double-disc "Out…

  19. Tunes On TV

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for March 28-April 3, 2005 Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY,APRIL 28 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artists: BeBe Winans, Queen Latifah (also scheduled: Charlie O'Connell). "7th Avenue. Drop: Queens Of The Stone Age,"…

  20. South By Southwest Diary: March 19

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard staffers criss-cross Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival in search of old favorites and new discoveries. In the fourth and final installment of a daily diary, Barry A. Jeckell, Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW) event is a music festival and media…

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