1. Jack & Meg White's Satanic Pact

    June 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The White Stripes have a credo when it comes to promotion of their upcoming album, "Get Behind Me Satan": Less is more. Unlike other platinum-selling rock acts with new albums on the way, the White Stripes have neither a pre-street mini…

  2. Smog To Give Summer 'Love' On Tour

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Smog's Bill Callahan will hit the road this summer, beginning with a lengthy tour of Europe that begins June 9 in London before heading back to North America. Smog's Bill Callahan will hit the road this summer, beginning with a lengthy tour of Europe that begins June 9 in London…

  3. Crazy Frog Outpaces Coldplay In U.K.

    May 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The novelty single "Axel F" (Gusto) by Crazy Frog upstaged Coldplay's "Speed of Sound" (Parlophone) on yesterday's (May 29) new U.K. singles chart by beating it to No. 1. The track, one of several to The novelty single "Axel F" (Gusto) by Crazy Frog…

  4. Hot Product

    May 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Smog 'River' Deep Bill Callahan's 12th full-length album as Smog, "A River Ain't Too Much To Love," arrives this week via Drag City. The 10-track set was recorded at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studios in Austin, Texas, and features Connie Lovatt on bass and…

  5. The Darkness Splits With Bassist

    May 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT British rock act the Darkness has split with bassist Frankie Poullain, citing "musical differences." British rock act the Darkness has split with bassist Frankie Poullain, citing "musical differences." According to a statement issued today (May 23) on the band's…

  6. Sex Pistols 'Swindle' Again With DVD

    May 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sex Pistols fans are getting swindled again, not that they'll mind too much. Sex Pistols fans are getting swindled again, not that they'll mind too much. The venerable punk band has just issued its posthumous movie spoof "The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle" on DVD…

  7. Brian Wilson Concocts Christmas Vision

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Revisiting territory he first covered with the Beach Boys more than four decades ago, Brian Wilson is planning a solo album of seasonal holiday music. Revisiting territory he first covered with the Beach Boys more than four decades ago, Brian Wilson is planning a solo album of seasonal…

  8. Rappers Wax Financial At Detroit Summit

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT It was all business -- literally -- at Saturday's (May 14) Detroit Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment, the first stop on the Hip-Hop Action Summit Network's (HSAN) seven-city Get Your Money Right It was all business -- literally -- at Saturday's (May 14) Detroit Hip-Hop…

  9. Billboard Bits: The Coral, Rob Thomas, Shelby Lynne

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on The Coral, Rob Thomas, Shelby Lynne U.K. rock act the Coral will release its fourth album, "The Invisible Invasion," Aug. 30 in North America via Deltasonic/Columbia. The set was produced by Portishead's Adrian Utley and Geoff Barrow and will arrive May 23…

  10. Longwave Flips Lineup, Readies New Album

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New York rock act Longwave will release its third album, "There's a Fire," June 28 via RCA. New York rock act Longwave will release its third album, "There's a Fire," June 28 via RCA. The 12-song set was produced by John Leckie (Radiohead, Stone Roses); an MP3 of…

  11. Stones Regroup For New Tour, Album

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, the Rolling Stones are today announcing another mega world tour during a media event at New York's Juilliard School of Music. The outing begins Aug. 21 at Fenway Park in Boston, and ticke As expected , the Rolling Stones today (May 10) announced another mega world tour…

  12. Billboard Bits: Jim Brickman, Ndegeocello, OK Go

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Jim Brickman, Meshell Ndegeocello, OK Go Although he just released the new album "Grace" via Windham Hill, pianist Jim Brickman has already settled on his next project. The artist tells Billboard he is working on an album of Disney songs, tentatively titled "Imagination…

  13. Staples, King Lead Handy Awards Winners

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite led the field with three trophies each at the 26th W.C. Handy Awards, held last night (May 5) in Memphis. Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite led the field with three trophies each at the 26th W.C. Handy Awards, held last night (May 5) in Memphis.…

  14. Thompson Plans Album, Box, Live Releases

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Revered singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson has an impressive slate of releases planned throughout the rest of 2005, including a new studio album, a five-disc box set and several live CDs and Revered singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson has an impressive slate of releases…

  15. Profile: A.B. Quintanilla III And Cruz Martinez

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billbaord.com. It's hard to classify A.B. Quintanilla III and Cruz Martínez, because they are involved in so many aspects of the music industry. They are the founders, leaders and the musical drive behind A.B. Quintanilla III & the Kumbia Kings, one of…

  16. Collaborations Highlight Fifth Jammy Awards

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A number of intriguing collaborations highlighted the fifth annual Jammy Awards, held last night (April 26) at New York's Theatre at Madison Square Garden. A number of intriguing collaborations highlighted the fifth annual Jammy Awards, held last night (April 26) at New York's…

  17. B&E: Martha Wainwright

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Martha Wainwright. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. With vulnerable vengeance, Martha Wainwright sets herself apart from her…

  18. Hot Product

    April 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen 'Dust' Bowl Bruce Springsteen re-teams with producer Brendan O'Brien on his 19th album, "Devils & Dust," which Columbia will release this week. The 12-track set follows the format of Springsteen's '90s studio work, in which he eschewed…

  19. Jumping the Creek

    April 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Reeds man Charles Lloyd's spirituality-infused music has a meditative, quiet side and a roiling, ecstatic manner of expression. Reeds man Charles Lloyd's spirituality-infused music has a meditative, quiet side and a roiling, ecstatic manner of expression. On his latest excursion,…

  20. Life Is A 'Little' Better For Billy Dean

    April 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the April 23, 2005, issue magazine and expanded for Billboard.com. Before it became the year's surprise success story, Billy Dean thought his new album might be his last. A consistent hitmaker through much of the '90s, Dean had fallen from view after his deal with…

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