1. Saving Jane

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST High school experience provides fodder for hit single from band that makes 'pop that rocks.' Marti Dodson forged her musical path while still in high school, playing clarinet in the marching band. That love of music spilled over into college, where she picked up the guitar and was…

  2. Matchbox Twenty Hoping For Musical Reinvention

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Asked what it took to bring the members of the Rob Thomas-fronted act back together, Kyle Cook tells Billboard.com with a smile, "Vegas, cash, New Year's Eve and booze, all in that order." After a two-year break, matchbox twenty is gearing up for a Dec. 30-Jan. 1 reunion at the…

  3. This Day in Music

    December 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Jay-Z becomes the first hip-hop artist ever to release an album from the "MTV Unplugged" series when roc-A-Fella/Def Jam issues "Jay-Z Unplugged."<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - The Pixies wrap their…

  4. Juliet

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Television is addictive, venting is theraputic. September 18 3:18 pm There is a tom cruise movie on now. Come on Jim, you can’t be serious about watching this. I can’t avoid the tv situation because wireless internet only works in the living room. Tom is young and she is hot And the music wow…

  5. Country Cares Benefit / Dec. 8, 2005 / Auburn Hills, Mich. (The Palace)

    December 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Amid the afterglow of the Country Music Association Awards and the buzz of the Grammy nominations, three of country's leading ladies -- Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood -- took time o Amid the afterglow of the Country Music Association Awards and the buzz of the Grammy…

  6. Secret Machines Set New Album Track List

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rock trio Secret Machines has finalized the track list for its second Reprise album, "Ten Silver Drops." Rock trio Secret Machines has finalized the track list for its second Reprise album, "Ten Silver Drops." In the same vein as its nine-song 2004 predecessor, "Now…

  7. Idol Hands

    December 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST About the only thing Bo Bice shares in common with Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson is his vehicle: It took "American Idol" to earn the Southern rocker a place in the sun. About the only thing Bo Bice shares in common with Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson is his vehicle: It took…

  8. Stapp Addresses Thanksgiving Spat

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Two weeks after the incident, Scott Stapp has publicly weighed in on a Thanksgiving altercation between the former Creed singer and members of the band 311. Two weeks after the incident, Scott Stapp has publicly weighed in on a Thanksgiving altercation between the former Creed singer and…

  9. Juliet

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST The perils of touring are many and include tables and chairs. September 11 I woke up this morning in Philadelphia. Four years later… God Bless us all. Last night was a trip. It’s midnight and I’m back in NY I spent the day with friends… in another life. Right, the show… None of us knew what…

  10. This Day in Music

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Sting receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The former Police frontman's star (No. 2,168) is revealed in front of the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in a ceremony att 2004 - Damageplan/Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott is…

  11. Ciara, Underwood, R. Kelly Tune Up For BMAs

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rehearsals for Tuesday's Billboard Music Awards got off with a bang yesterday (Dec. 4) at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena, as Ciara's pyro-laden set kicked off a day filled with high-energy numbers. Rehearsals for Tuesday's Billboard Music Awards got off with a bang…

  12. Friends Mark Anniversary Of Dimebag's Death

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Next Thursday (Dec. 8) will mark a year since the on-stage murder of Pantera/Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was shot to death by an enraged fan during a Damageplan show in Columbus Next Thursday (Dec. 8) will mark a year since the on-stage murder of Pantera…

  13. This Day in Music

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Faith Hill and Tim McGraw perform in a benefit concert for the USS Cole Fund. Country's super couple add the date at The Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va., to help the families of the 17 2004 - Dance artist Nadine Shamir, who recorded as Nadine Renee, dies at…

  14. No Verdict In Day Eight Of Murder Inc. Trial

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Anxiety set in as the jury was unable to reach a verdict today (Dec. 1) in day eight of the Murder Inc. money laundering trial. After nearly seven hours of deliberation, the 14 jurors asked to review Anxiety set in as the jury was unable to reach a verdict today (Dec. 1) in day eight of the…

  15. Juliet

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST A September residency begins and brings stress, exhilaration and more. September 4 4 am Oh no! A car will be here in 3 hours & I haven’t packed I haven’t packed I haven’t packed one thing. Dream dream dream until the twenty second hour… It’s not the end of the world for today’s debauchery…

  16. Celine Dion: For Keeps

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST More than an authorized biography, Jenna Glatzer's "Celine Dion: For Keeps" draws on the artist's personal archives, compiling photographs and mementoes from throughout her career. In addition to new Some of her producers say that it's actually a danger to have talent…

  17. Trey Anastasio / Nov. 26, 2005 / Denver (Fillmore)

    November 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Having established a reputation for being able to pull off just about anything on stage with his group Phish, Trey Anastasio continues to struggle with finding a separate identity for his burgeoning s Having established a reputation for being able to pull off just about anything on stage with…

  18. Chris Cornell Sues Ex-Wife/Former Manager

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has sued his ex-wife and one-time manager Susan J. Silver, seeking more than $1 million in damages. Former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has sued his ex-wife and one-time manager Susan J. Silver, seeking more than $1 million in damages. Cornell…

  19. Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams / Nov. 17, 2005 / New York (Beacon Theatre)

    November 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST While the CMA Awards were the main event in town, Willie Nelson quietly abandoned his "presenter" role and played two sold-out shows at the Beacon Theatre to the faithful. Throwing Ryan Adams and his While the CMA Awards were the main event in town, Willie Nelson quietly abandoned…

  20. Tom Petty: A Portrait Of The Artist

    November 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Billboard Interview with the 2005 Century Award Honoree Tom Petty just laughs and shakes his head when he looks at the 26-year-old smirking back at him from the cover of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' 1976 self-titled debut. They "were just boys," he says. "It was…

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