1. Rick James Lives Again On Upcoming Album

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tracks that funk legend Rick James was working on before his death last August will form the new album "Rick James Forever," due Aug. 16 via Sanctuary. Tracks that funk legend Rick James was working on before his death last August will form the new album "Rick James Forever,…

  2. Hip-Hop Heavyweights Crowd 'Hustle And Flow'

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Juvenile, T.I. & P$C, Trillville and Mike Jones have recorded new songs for the "Hustle and Flow" soundtrack. The album is due July 12 via Atlantic, a day before the U.S. theatrical debut of the f Juvenile, T.I. & P$C, Trillville and Mike Jones have recorded new songs for…

  3. Rhino Boxes Up '90s Favorites

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Following a template that has generated several prior collections, Rhino is compiling a grandiose box set surveying a decade less than six years in the rearview mirror. Following a template that has generated several prior collections, Rhino is compiling a grandiose box set surveying a decade…

  4. This Day in Music

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Founding Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby succumbs to AIDS after an eight-year battle with the disease. Crosby, who co-wrote many of the pop-metal band's best-known songs, is 42. 2002 - Founding Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby succumbs to AIDS after an eight-year…

  5. Kem's Back In A Major Way

    May 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The tag line for Kem's upcoming 20-city concert tour is "Find Your Way." In the last two years, the Detroit-based artist has done just that. Once homeless, Kem (last name Owens) later supported himself and his family by waiting…

  6. Young Cousin Testifies At Jackson Trial

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A young cousin of Michael Jackson testified at the pop star's child molestation trial today (May 18) that he saw Jackson's accuser and the boy's brother fondle themselves in a guest cottage at the sin A young cousin of Michael Jackson testified at the pop star's child…

  7. Elements of Persuasion

    April 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For this third solo album, Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie enlisted the backing crew of writer/ keyboardist Matt Guillory, writer Brain Wherry, bassist Bryan Beller, drummer Mike Mangini and guita For this third solo album, Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie enlisted the backing crew of…

  8. Campbell Croons With Lanegan, Iha

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former Belle & Sebastian principal Isobel Campbell is set to unveil two new albums in the coming months. Former Belle & Sebastian principal Isobel Campbell is set to unveil two new albums in the coming months. "Ballad of the Broken Seas" is a collaboration with Mark Lanegan…

  9. South By Southwest Diary: March 19

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard staffers criss-cross Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival in search of old favorites and new discoveries. In the fourth and final installment of a daily diary, Barry A. Jeckell, Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW) event is a music festival and media…

  10. Real Illusions: Reflections

    March 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Guitarist Steve Vai isn't finished pushing audio boundaries and creating new noises, as "Real Illusions: Reflections" can attest. Guitarist Steve Vai isn't finished pushing audio boundaries and creating new noises, as "Real Illusions: Reflections" can attest.…

  11. Billboard Goes Backstage At The Grammys

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Notes from backstage at last night's (Feb. 13) 47th annual Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Notes from backstage at last night's (Feb. 13) 47th annual Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Kanye West said it was "scary"…

  12. Scissor Sisters Dominate Brit Awards

    February 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST With three awards, Scissor Sisters were the big winners of the Brit Awards last night (Feb. 9) at London's Earls Court. The show, branded "Brits25 with MasterCard," will be televised today on U.K. com With three awards, Scissor Sisters were the big winners of the Brit Awards…

  13. Billboard Bits: Flaming Lips, Scissor Sisters, 'Reunion'

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Flaming Lips, Scissor Sisters, 'High School Reunion' The Flaming Lips are the focus of the documentary "The Fearless Freaks," which Shout! Factory will release May 17 on DVD. Directed by longtime Lips colleague Bradley Beesley, the film draws from 15 years and 400…

  14. Ween Hoping To Return 'Browner Than Ever'

    February 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST But with any luck, the rock duo will return "browner than ever," group member Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo wrote. Ween remains on hiatus after canceling a U.S. tour last fall due to an undisclosed health issue afflicting one of its members. But with any luck, the rock duo…

  15. This Day in Music

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Cuban-born conga player/percussionist Ramon "Mongo" Santamaria dies in a Miami hospital after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. He is 85. 2003 - Cuban-born conga player/percussionist Ramon "Mongo" Santamaria dies in a Miami hospital after…

  16. 'Anastacia' Gets North American Release Date

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST After becoming one of 2004's biggest international success stories, Anastacia's self-titled third album will at long last arrive in North America. "Anastacia" is slated for a June 7 release via Columb After becoming one of 2004's biggest international success stories,…

  17. Ask Billboard

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Anastacia, Kelly Osbourne and AC/DC. EXPLAINING THE UNEXPLAINABLE Hi Keith, First and foremost, thanks for your column. Every Wednesday, I look forward to it, and in the years I've been reading your work, you've even been…

  18. Billboard Bits: Out Hud, Mogwai, 'Cursed'

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Out Hud, Mogwai, 'Cursed' New York rock act Out Hud will release its sophomore album , "Let Us Never Speak of It Again," March 22 via Kranky. The 10-track set will be preceded on Feb. 8 by the single "One Life To Leave," which will also include group…

  19. Billboard Bits: Mercury Rev, Dissociatives, M. Ward

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Mercury Rev, Dissociatives, M. Ward Mercury Rev will release its new V2 album, " The Secret Migration ," as three separate digital EPs prior to the May 2005 release of the physical CD. The first segment, featuring the tracks "Secret for a Song," "Across Yer…

  20. Merge Unearths Dinosaur Jr. Reissues

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Merge will on March 22 reissue Dinosaur Jr.'s first three albums "Dinosaur," "You're Living All Over Me" and "Bug." Merge will on March 22 reissue Dinosaur Jr.'s first three albums "Dinosaur," "You're Living All Over Me"…

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