1. 'World' Party

    May 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After an unexpected acoustic detour with last year's "Union Street," veteran synth-pop duo Erasure is back in familiar territory for "Light at the End of the World," due this week via Mute. After an unexpected acoustic detour with last year's "Union Street,…

  2. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    May 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Maroon 5 makes a grand re-entrance with a smash Hot 100 hit and a new album, Ozzy Osbourne gets down the business with his first new release since 2001, Erasure returns to synth-pop and Fiction Plane The second Beggars Banquet album from New York indie rock outfit the National, "Boxer,…

  3. Billboard Bits: McCarren Park, Prefab Sprout, Animal Collective

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The initial lineup has been announced for a slate of free shows at McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn, N.Y., which began hosting concerts last summer after two decades of inactivity. The initial lineup has been announced for a slate of free shows at McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn, N.Y., which…

  4. Erasure Seeing The 'World' On Summer Tour

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The veteran synth-pop duo will also visit Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Mexico on the way to an Aug. 1 finale in Cleveland. A week after it concludes its stint on the summer True Colors tour with Cyndi Lauper, Blondie's Debbie Harry and the Gossip, Erasure will embark on a run…

  5. Billboard Bits: Dresden Dolls, Click Five, Sir Andre Previn

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dresden Dolls vocalist Amanda Palmer is recording her debut solo album in Nashville with Ben Folds. No release date has been penciled in for the as-yet-untitled project. Dresden Dolls vocalist Amanda Palmer is recording her debut solo album in Nashville with Ben Folds. No release date has…

  6. Proclaimers, Kings Of Leon Rule U.K. Charts

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an unchanged top three on the new U.K. singles chart, Scottish brothers the Proclaimers' update of their own "(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles" (EMI), featuring comic characters Brian Potter and Andy Pipki In an unchanged top three on the new U.K. singles chart, Scottish…

  7. Erasure, Lauper, Harry Anchor True Colors Tour

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As first reported here last month, Erasure, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and the Gossip will anchor the first True Colors tour this summer. Dresden Dolls, Misshapes and host Margaret Cho are also on boa As first reported here last month, Erasure, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and the Gossip will…

  8. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    February 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST The instrumental rock of Explosions In The Sky leads the way in a slow week for new releases in this week's Hot Product. Canadian rapper K-OS' "Atlantis -- Hymns for Disco" (Virgin). A live CD/DVD from synth-pop veterans Erasure, "The Road to Nashville" (Mute).…

  9. Erasure Sees The 'Light' On New Album

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST After an unexpected acoustic detour with last year's "Union Street," veteran synth-pop duo Erasure is back in familiar territory for "Light at the End of the World," due May 22 via Mute. The 10-track After an unexpected acoustic detour with last year's "…

  10. Chart Beat Chat

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, George Michael and more. BACK TO THE 'DANCE' To: Mr. Fred Bronson I see on the Adult Contemporary chart that Rascal Flatts' "What Hurts the Most" has hit No. 1 (for the week ending Nov. 18). I know that the…

  11. Chart Beat Chat

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "out" artists, two-letter names and album sales tallies. CAN YOU BE OUT AND SUCCESSFUL? Fred, Your opinion on "gay bands" got me thinking about some of my favorite groups and their success in America vs. Europe. The Pet Shop Boys and Erasure are two of my…

  12. This Day in Music

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>A week after his death at the age of 71, country legend Johnny Cash is bestowed with artist, song and album of the year awards at the Americana Music Awards ceremony in Nashville. Cash w 2004 - - Skeeter Davis, a veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, dies at Nashville'…

  13. Billboard Bits: Billy Joel, GNR/Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Billy Joel, GNR/Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode Although details are still coming together, Columbia is eyeing a June 13 release for "12 Gardens Live," a double-disc concert album chronicling Billy Joel's record-breaking 12-night sell-out run at New York's Madison…

  14. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    April 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The seventh studio album from Southern rock mainstays Drive-By Truckers and the latest effort from in-demand producer/artist Junkie XL top this week's Hot Product. An album from synth-pop veterans Erasure, "Union Street," featuring stripped-down versions of previous hits (Mute)…

  15. Billboard Bits: Say Anything, Gunther, Erasure

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Say Anything, Gunther, Erasure Rock act Say Anything returned to live duty for the first time in several months last night (March 1) with a show at New York's CBGB. Frontman Max Bemis spent extended time out of commission last fall struggling with bipolar disorder, but now the…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses chart rules, Elvis' chart career, his favorites of 2005 and more with readers. WHY ISN'T 'CHRISTMAS' PRESENT? Hi Fred, I noticed that "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey is the No. 1 song on the digital download chart. My question…

  17. Pet Shop Boys, Erasure Ready New Albums

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Synth-pop veterans the Pet Shop Boys and Erasure are readying new albums for release in the spring. Synth-pop veterans the Pet Shop Boys and Erasure are readying new albums for release in the spring. First up will be Erasure's "Union Street," which is due April 3…

  18. Chart Beat

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dolly Scores a career best, Depeche Mode returns, plus chart news involving Chris Brown, Kelly Clarkson and Sheryl Crow, Santana, Michelle Branch, Goo Goo Dolls and Jordan Knight. DOLLY WOULD: Dolly Parton's new album is the highest-debuting set of her career on The Billboard 200. "…

  19. Hot Product

    October 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: The fifth studio album from singer/songwriter Liz Phair, "Somebody's Miracle" (Capitol). Concert DVDs from the Pixies ("Sell Out," Rhino) and the Black Keys ("Live," Fat Possum). A live CD…

  20. This Day in Music

    September 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>A week after his death at the age of 71, country legend Johnny Cash is bestowed with artist, song and album of the year awards at the Americana Music Awards ceremony in Nashville. Cash w 2004 - - Skeeter Davis, a veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, dies at Nashville'…

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