1. Chart Beat Chat

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "High School Musical," musical siblings, Bedingfields, Lee Greenwood and much more with readers. NEVER HEARD OF A HUDGENS, NOR AN EFRON Fred, Has anyone, especially an obscure singer such as Zac Efron, had a better week? He had two debuts last week (at No. 86 and No.…

  2. Keys Pleasantly Surprised By Grammy Nominations

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite having reeled in nine Grammy Awards and multiple nominations over the past five years, Alicia Keys was surprised to hear of her five additional nods for this year's 48th annual honors. Despite having reeled in nine Grammy Awards and multiple nominations over the past five years,…

  3. Poll: Legend Will Win Best New Artist

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Top nominee John Legend is a shoo-in to win the best new artist award at the 48th annual Grammy Awards, according to a Billboard.com poll. Top nominee John Legend is a shoo-in to win the best new artist award at the 48th annual Grammy Awards, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 1,950 voters…

  4. Corgan, Chamberlin Revive Smashing Pumpkins

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST In the clearest sign yet that Billy Corgan is moving ahead with his plan to revive seminal alternative rock act Smashing Pumpkins, sources say the group has signed a new management deal with Jared Pau In the clearest sign yet that Billy Corgan is moving ahead with his plan to revive seminal…

  5. GREAT PRETENDERS: My Strange Love Affair with '50s Pop Music

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Former Newsweek music critic Karen Schoemer checks out some singers of the pop tunes of the '50s and, surprised to discover that their records were not a waste of vinyl, finds love in the kitsch. Former Newsweek music critic Karen Schoemer checks out some singers of the pop tunes of the …

  6. This Day in Music

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>James Louis "J.J." Johnson, the father of modern jazz trombone, dies at home in Indianapolis of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been suffering from prostate cancer. He i 2004 - One of the most respected groups to emerge from the 1980s…

  7. Calexico / Jan. 24, 2006 / New York (Joe's Pub)

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST The packed house at Joe's Pub, mostly poor-looking rich hipsters guzzling down $12 boutique drinks, looked like the farthest cry from the border town banditos who come to mind when you listen to a Cal The packed house at Joe's Pub, mostly poor-looking rich hipsters guzzling down $12…

  8. R. Kelly Leads Soul Train Award Nominees

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by Tyrese and actress Vivica Fox at Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif. R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by…

  9. Soaring With Kirk & Rebecca

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Kirk Franklin and Rebecca St. James sing during GMA nomination announcement. Kirk Franklin, left, sings with artist Rebecca St. James in Nashville at the Feb. 1 announcement of nominations for the 37th GMA Gospel Music Awards. Franklin and St. James will host the awards ceremony April 5 at…

  10. Billboard Bits: Lachey/Simpson, Chicago, Living Things

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Lachey/Simpson, Chicago, Living Things The first new music to emerge from the Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey split will come from Lachey, in the form of the ballad "What's Left of Me." The track will premiere tomorrow (Feb. 3) at 12:01 AM ET via AOL Music, which will also…

  11. Foo Fighters Draft Band For Acoustic Tour

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Foo Fighters are making plans for their first acoustic tour, which will tentatively get underway in May. The trek will focus on the less aggressive material found on the second disc of 2005's "In The Foo Fighters are making plans for their first acoustic tour, which will…

  12. Beyoncé Still No. 1, 'High School' Breaks Record

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beyoncé's "Check On It" featuring Slim Thug retains its No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, but the star this week is the "High School Musical" soundtrack, which spawns several Beyoncé's "Check On It" featuring Slim Thug retains its…

  13. McCartney, Clarkson, Ciara Join Grammy Lineup

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST The performance lineup for the 48th annual Grammy Awards continues to swell. Following yesterday's (Feb. 1) confirmation of a show-opening Madonna/Gorillaz pairing, the Recording Academy has added Pau The performance lineup for the 48th annual Grammy Awards continues to swell. Following…

  14. This Day in Music

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1993 - </b>Willie Nelson and the IRS settle their longstanding tax feud. The government will keep $3.6 million in assets it already seized and Nelson will pay $5.4 million of the $13.1 million bala 2004 - Internet leaks of the new Janet Jackson track "Just a Little While…

  15. Billboard Bits: Daft Punk, Van Morrison, Elf Power

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Daft Punk, Van Morrison, Elf Power In what will be a rare live appearance in the United States, French techno duo Daft Punk has joined the lineup for the 2006 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The group didn't play any shows in North America in support of its 2005…

  16. Flipsyde

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST A unique mix of hip-hop, rock and Latin rhythms creates something new. With cultures, beliefs and musical styles constantly colliding, Flipsyde is a natural reflection of the world we live in. The band, which hails from California's Bay Area, uses a unique mix of hip-hop, rock and Latin…

  17. Il Divo Zooms Past Jamie Foxx To Claim No. 1

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Il Divo's "Ancora" ends weeks of dueling for the No. 1 slot with a chart-topping debut on The Billboard 200. One of five debuts in the chart's top 10, "Ancora" notches a career-best chart position for Il Divo's "Ancora" ends weeks of dueling for…

  18. With Devo On Hold, Casale Pursues Evildoers

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST With pioneering synth-rock act Devo unlikely to pursue a new studio album and/or extensive touring in the near future, principal member Gerald V. Casale is progressing with his solo project, Jihad Jer With pioneering synth-rock act Devo unlikely to pursue a new studio album and/or extensive…

  19. Madonna, Gorillaz To Open Grammys

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST The 48th annual Grammy Awards will open with a bang, as international superstar Madonna will be paired with "virtual band" Gorillaz. The group will be present via 3D color animation in what the Record The 48th annual Grammy Awards will open with a bang, as international superstar…

  20. Bonnaroo Goes Rock With Radiohead, Petty, Beck

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Radiohead, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Death Cab For Cutie and My Morning Jacket are among the acts lined up to play the fifth Radiohead, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Beck,…

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