1. Hot Product

    January 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: The latest album from singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, "Knuckle Down," co-produced by Joe Henry (Righteous Babe). A new album from veteran synth-pop act Erasure, "Nightbird" (Mute). The latest release…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses title/chart move coincidences, Elvis Presley's return to No. 1 in the United Kingdom and No. 1 country singles. A REAL CHART MOVE Dear Fred, I've been following the chart progress of "1, 2 Step" by Ciara featuring Missy Elliott to see if it would hit…

  3. Elvis Turns 70 With 19th U.K. No. 1

    January 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" (RCA) entered the U.K. singles chart at No. 1 yesterday (Jan. 9), the day after the King would have turned 70 years old. Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" (RCA) entered the U.K. singles chart at No. 1 yesterday (Jan. 9), the day…

  4. Erasure Back In Flight With 'Nightbird'

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Former Depeche Mode and Yaz member Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell, who record as Erasure, have reason to rejoice. This is the synth-pop duo's 20th year making beautiful music together. To honor the anniversary, the pair is releasing its…

  5. Erasure Taking 'Nightbird' On Tour

    December 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST As tipped here last week, veteran synth-pop duo Erasure has lined up a five-week spring North American tour. The outing will come in support of the group's new album, "Nightbird," due Jan. 25 via Mute As tipped here last week, veteran synth-pop duo Erasure has lined up a five…

  6. Erasure's Bell Reveals HIV-Positive Status

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Erasure principal Andy Bell has confirmed he has been HIV-positive for more than six years. Erasure principal Andy Bell has confirmed he has been HIV-positive for more than six years. "I found out I was [HIV-positive] in June 1998 when I had a bout of pneumonia in Mallorca," he said…

  7. Hits!—The Videos

    December 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST For the first time, all 35 of Erasure's music videos have been compiled for release. For the first time, all 35 of Erasure's music videos have been compiled for release. "Hits!" spotlights the over-the-top campy fun of the duo's brilliant '80s hits, like "…

  8. This Day in Music

    September 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Kenny Chesney makes a hometown appearance in Luttrel, Tenn. During an assembly held in his honor at Gibbs High Scholl, the country singer is greeted by local dignitaries and faculty from 2000 - Kenny Chesney makes a hometown appearance in Luttrel, Tenn. During an…

  9. Breaking & Entering

    July 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. This week: The Hiss, Cooler Kids and Café Tacuba. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. HISSIN' IN THE U.K.: When Atlanta four…

  10. White Stripes, Room 5 Lead U.K. Charts Again

    April 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The White Stripes' "Elephant" (XL Recordings) still wears the No. 1 crown on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (April 13). It was a quiet week that saw only one top-10 entry, "The Very Best of the Li The White Stripes' "Elephant" (XL Recordings) still wears…

  11. Big Beautiful Sky

    April 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nashville may not be known for dance and electronic music, but that doesn't seem to pose a problem for Nashville-based trio Venus Hum. Nashville may not be known for dance and electronic music, but that doesn't seem to pose a problem for Nashville-based trio Venus Hum. Led by the…

  12. Other People's Songs

    February 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST Hardcore Erasure fans will likely gobble up this collection of cover songs, as it is the pair's first new effort in three years (the lackluster Loveboat was its last). Although Erasure's Andy Bell and Hardcore Erasure fans will likely gobble up this collection of cover songs, as it…

  13. Hot Product

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Lou Reed, Zwan, Erasure, and more. 'Rave' On Lou Reed's Edgar Allen Poe-inspired "The Raven" (Sire/Reprise) first began to take shape after the artist collaborated with director Robert Wilson on "POEtry," a primitive live stage…

  14. Diverse List Of Songs Get Erasure-fied

    January 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. British duo Erasure has been making music for 18 years. In the years since bandmates Andy Bell and Vince Clarke released their first album, "Wonderland" -- which spawned global hits like "Who Needs Love (Like That)" and "…

  15. Girl Power Reigns On U.K. Charts

    January 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Girls Aloud and Avril Lavigne made it another week of girl power on the new U.K. charts, published yesterday (Jan. 12). Girls Aloud's Polydor debut "The Sound of the Underground" racks up its fourth w Girls Aloud and Avril Lavigne made it another week of girl power on the new U…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson answers readers' questions and discusses Alison Moyet, success of international artists in the U.S., the future of rap, ranking the top songs of the rock era, online charts, and Billboard ALISON? HER AIM IS TRUE Dear Fred, This past weekend on VH1 Classic, I caught the…

  17. Erasure Tackles 'Other People's Songs'

    October 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST Veteran synth-dance-pop group Erasure will release an album of covers Jan. 28 via Mute North America. Dubbed "Other People's Songs," the duo's 12-track set features songs by Peter Gabriel, Buddy Holly Veteran synth-dance-pop group Erasure will release an album of covers…

  18. This Day in Music

    September 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Kenny Chesney makes a hometown appearance in Luttrel, Tenn. During an assembly held in his honor at Gibbs High Scholl, the country singer is greeted by local dignitaries and faculty from 2000 - Kenny Chesney makes a hometown appearance in Luttrel, Tenn. During an…

  19. No Doubt Feels 'Rock Steady'

    November 21, 2001 12:00 AM EST Discussing the making of No Doubt's new album, "Rock Steady," Gwen Stefani saturates her comments with utterings of "like" and "know what I mean?" It's, like, quite charming, and, honestly, a little b Discussing the making of No Doubt's new album, …

  20. CHART BEAT BONUS

    September 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Chart-based stories on Bob the Builder and songs appearing twice on the U.K. chart. FIVE PLUS FIVE EQUALS: Who would have ever thought that almost two years after Lou Bega had an international hit with his remake of Perez Prado's "Mambo No. 5," the song would be a hit all over…

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