1. 2006: A Better Than Solid Start

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST The New Year brings with it promises of great new music, and so far, it's delivering. I begin every new year with the excitement of a puppy. The slate is wiped clean and the new music that filters in carries with it much promise for the coming months. Romantic? Possibly. A bit too pie…

  2. 'Walk The Line' Earns Five Oscar Nominations

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Although the shadow of "Brokeback Mountain" looms large, the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" pulled in five Academy Award nominations this morning (Jan. 31). Although the shadow of "Brokeback Mountain" looms large, the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line…

  3. Ask Billboard

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Answers to readers' questions about Cher, Paula Abdul and the AAA radio format. CHER-ING NEW SONGS? Hey Keith, Rumor has it that Diane Warren, who penned "If I Could Turn Back Time" for Cher, is writing new material for the latter's upcoming album. Do you have any news on…

  4. This Day in Music

    January 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1988 - </b>No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Need You Tonight," INXS. The group is only the third from Australia - and the first in five years - to top the pop chart.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2000 - Detroit radio legend Martha Jean …

  5. Devo 2.0: Coming To A Mall Near You

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST With its self-titled CD/DVD debut ready for a March 14 release via Disney Sound, the kid-staffed Devo 2.0 is preparing to take the original band's music to such unlikely locales as state fairs and sub With its self-titled CD/DVD debut ready for a March 14 release via Disney Sound, the…

  6. Nada Surf, Rogue Wave Team For Tour

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST College radio mainstays Nada Surf and Rogue Wave will begin a North American tour Feb. 8 in Federal Hill, Md. College radio mainstays Nada Surf and Rogue Wave will begin a North American tour Feb. 8 in Federal Hill, Md. The outing will run through March 11 in Toronto, with support from King…

  7. Chart Beat

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Solo Beyoncé bests her Destiny's Child No. 1 quota, plus inside the stats of Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, Johnny Cash, Dion DiMucci and Mary J. Blige. PICKING UP THE 'CHECK': With "Check On It" (Columbia) advancing to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100, Beyoncé…

  8. Prefuse Plots Tour, Multiple Projects

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST Prefuse 73's Scott Herren begins 2006 busy with a host of musical projects, the first of which is the previously announced studio album "Security Screenings," due Feb. 7 via Warp. Prefuse 73's Scott Herren begins 2006 busy with a host of musical projects, the first of…

  9. Bill Frisell Quintet / Jan. 23, 2005 / Los Angeles (Jazz Bakery)

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST Guitarist Bill Frisell began his one-night stand Monday at Los Angeles' Jazz Bakery leading his quintet in a loose-limbed, lowdown, shoes-off treatment of "You Are My Sunshine," taken at a sexually ev Guitarist Bill Frisell began his one-night stand Monday at Los Angeles'…

  10. Brandy To Voice Video Game Heroine

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST Brandy will develop an original soundtrack for the as-yet-untitled game, which will also be available as a separate CD simultaneous with the game's retail release. Brandy Norwood, the actress and vocalist best known solely by her first name, is extending her talents into the video game…

  11. Foxx Back On Top Of The Billboard 200

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST The game of musical chairs continues on The Billboard 200 with Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" and Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" flip-flopping again. With sales of just over 97,200 copies in the Uni The game of musical chairs continues on The Billboard 200 with…

  12. Harmer Plans 'Mountain' Outing

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer will begin a North American tour Feb. 2 in Buffalo, N.Y. Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer will begin a North American tour Feb. 2 in Buffalo, N.Y. The 32-date run will include a March 17 performance at the South By Southwest music festival in…

  13. This Day in Music

    January 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Singer R. Kelly is arrested at a Miami hotel on a warrant charging him with 12 counts of possession of child pornography. The Jive artist faces similar charges in Illinois.<br clear="non 2004 - Famed New York nightclub the Bottom Line closes the doors forever…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Readers discuss the rebounding singles market, songs with spoken lyrics, discovering Billboard and more with Fred. BORN AGAIN IN THE U.S.A. Dear Fred, As I read the column this week, I started thinking about the amazing rebirth of the single that has occurred in the last year. Here are some…

  15. Chart Beat

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Movie music makes its mark, Elvis' first No. 1 returns to the top, plus tidbits on Keith Urban and Johnny Cash. AND NEXT YEAR'S OSCAR GOES TO: The nominations for the 2005 Academy Awards haven't been announced yet, but there are already two candidates for best original song for…

  16. 'Idol' Premiere Draws 35 Million Viewers

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST The ratings juggernaut that is "American Idol" had a monster season premiere Tuesday, coming back with a vengeance to post its highest opening-night numbers yet with more than 35 million viewers. The ratings juggernaut that is "American Idol" had a monster season premiere…

  17. This Day in Music

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Travis Tritt performs at the Republican Texas Senators Ball in Washington, D.C., part of the festivities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect George W. Bush. Tritt supported B 2004 - Dancehall rapper Beenie Man suffers broken ribs and a broken nose in a…

  18. Blige's 'Breakthrough' Returns To No. 1

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST After sitting behind Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" at No. 2 for two weeks in a row, Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" returns to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. The Matriarch/Geffen release debu After sitting behind Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable…

  19. Billboard Bits: Lenny Kravitz, Starting Line, Sparks

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Lenny Kravitz, Starting Line, Sparks Lenny Kravitz has penned a new song, “Breathe,” for Absolut vodka as part of the company’s Absolut Tracks initiative, which seeks original musical interpretations of the brand from artists. The track is available for free for download through the…

  20. Melvins Expand Lineup, Ready Live Album

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Now expanded to a quartet, the Melvins have been joined by Hydra Head recording artists Big Business. Like Spinal Tap's bad luck with drummers, the Melvins have similar problems holding on to bassists. Their latest four-string casualty was Kevin Rutmanis, but the group -- led by longtime…

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