1. Club Date—Live in Memphis

    April 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Eagle Rock Entertainment's debut release in its "Club Date" DVD series is a doozy. It stars Elvis Costello & the Imposters, with special guest Emmylou Harris, and was recorded live before 250 fans Eagle Rock Entertainment's debut release in its "Club Date"…

  2. Jones' 'Special Guests' Expanded, Reissued

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The 1979 duets album "George Jones: My Very Special Guests" has grown nearly three times larger for its May 31 reissue by Columbia/Legacy. The 1979 duets album "George Jones: My Very Special Guests" has grown nearly three times larger for its May 31 reissue by Columbia…

  3. Crowell Celebrates 'Outsider' Status On New CD

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rodney Crowell has been trying to shake labels like "country" and "singer/songwriter" for years, and it's a message he delivers loud and clear on his latest studio album. Rodney Crowell has been trying to shake labels like "country" and "singer…

  4. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (Feb. 7-13, 2005).

    February 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Feb. 7-13, 2005). GRAMMY TIME! Sure they hand out about 90 awards before the broadcast even starts, but the Grammy Awards remain an annual touchstone in the world of popular music. Sunday's 47th annual event will be no different, and…

  5. Hot Product

    January 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: The Lava debut from modern rock act Unwritten Law, "Here's to the Mourning." A new album from veteran vocalist Joe Cocker, "Heart & Soul" (New Door/Universal), featuring guest spots from Eric…

  6. Hot Product

    January 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Bright Eyes Burn Out Bright Saddle Creek Records received a finished album from Bright Eyes last February and prepped the set for a summer release. But then Bright Eyes principal Conor Oberst had other ideas. He went back into the studio and recorded enough songs for a second set. Unwilling…

  7. Keni Thomas Waves 'Flag'

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Keni Thomas' new project, "Flags of Our Fathers: A Soldier's Story," is one of the best examples of art imitating life to ever emerge from Nashville. Prior to signing with Brent Maher's Moraine Music Group, Thomas served…

  8. DMB Gets Busy On New Studio Album

    January 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Dave Matthews Band has enlisted producer Mark Batson (Seal, Indie.Arie) for its as-yet-untitled sixth studio album, due later this year via RCA. "Mark met the band at their [Los Angeles] show in Augus Dave Matthews Band has enlisted producer Mark Batson (Seal, Indie.Arie) for its as-yet…

  9. Bright Eyes Greets New Year With Two Albums

    January 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Saddle Creek Records received a finished album from Bright Eyes last February and prepped the set for a summer release. But then Bright Eyes principal Conor Oberst had other ideas. He went back into the studio and recorded enough songs for a…

  10. Chambers Follows 'Wayward' Muse

    December 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Years removed from the familial Dead Ringer Band, Australian singer Kasey Chambers came to most people's attention with "The Captain," the title track from her 2000 debut album and a song heard on the Years removed from the familial Dead Ringer Band, Australian singer Kasey…

  11. B&E: Keni Thomas

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Keni Thomas. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. It's not often that finding yourself knee-deep in a swamp in the middle of the…

  12. CHART BEAT BONUS

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to Josh Groban, Ruben Studdard, Emmylou Harris, Patti LaBelle, Ron Isley and Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz. ON THE FAST TRACK Josh Groban sets one record and ties another, as his song from the soundtrack to "The Polar Express" makes…

  13. Harris, Colvin, Finns Whistle 'Dixie'

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Shawn Colvin, Emmylou Harris and the Finn Brothers are among the artists featured on the "Because of Winn-Dixie" soundtrack, due Feb. 1 via Nettwerk. Shawn Colvin, Emmylou Harris and the Finn Brothers are among the artists featured on the "Because of Winn-Dixie" soundtrack…

  14. New Seasonal Offerings Compete For Attention

    November 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ever year, artists and labels pull together holiday music releases in hopes of striking perennial silver and gold, and 2004 can be considered a banner year for seasonal fare. Thanks to new albums from Ever year, artists and labels pull together holiday music releases in hopes of striking…

  15. Bright Eyes Plotting Two Distinct Tours

    November 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST In addition to launching two albums on Jan. 25, Saddle Creek act Bright Eyes will stage two distinct U.S. tours in support of the releases. In addition to launching two albums on Jan. 25, Saddle Creek act Bright Eyes will stage two distinct U.S. tours in support of the releases. Each outing…

  16. Paisley, Emmylou Win At ASCAP Country Awards

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois, Neil Thrasher, Emmylou Harris and EMI Music Publishing were the top honorees at the 42nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, held last night (Nov. 8) at Nashville's Opryland Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois, Neil Thrasher, Emmylou Harris and EMI Music Publishing were…

  17. Country, Rock Rebels Pair For 'Crossroads'

    November 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Modern country duo Montgomery Gentry and stalwart Southern rock act Lynyrd Skynyrd will meet on an upcoming episode of "CMT Crossroads." The performance will be taped at an undisclosed Nashville locat Modern country duo Montgomery Gentry and stalwart Southern rock act Lynyrd Skynyrd…

  18. Musicians Step Up Stumping Ahead Of Election

    October 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With the U.S. presidential election a little more than a week away, everyone from hip-hop moguls Russell Simmons and P. Diddy to John Kerry's old bandmates are making get out the vote appearances. With the U.S. presidential election a little more than a week away, everyone from hip-hop…

  19. Wonder To Receive Billboard Century Award

    October 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT For his enduring influence and contributions to music, Stevie Wonder has been named the 2004 recipient of the Billboard Century Award. The honor will be presented Dec. 8 during the annual Billboard Mu For his enduring influence and contributions to music, Stevie Wonder has been named the 2004…

  20. Bright Eyes Betting On Two New Albums

    October 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Conor Oberst will release two new albums in January under his Bright Eyes moniker, one a collection of acoustic songs and the other a more rock-oriented affair. "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" and "Dig Conor Oberst will release two new albums in January under his…

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