1. Engineer Sues Over Charles' 'Genius' Grammy

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a lawsuit filed on Monday, Mark Fleming sued record label Concord Music Group and Ray Charles Enterprises, which administers the late singer's business interests, alleging breach of oral contract a Just after the late Ray Charles' last studio album swept the Grammy Awards with…

  2. B&E: Tyler Hilton

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Tyler Hilton. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. A whirlwind of recent television exposure swirls rumpled singer/songwriter Tyler…

  3. Ask Billboard

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about "The O.C.," Fantasia, Kelly Clarkson and best-selling female artists. MUSIC AND 'THE O.C.' Keith, I'm a big fan of "The O.C." on Fox. How do they go about selecting music for the show? Does the production…

  4. Billboard Bits: Garth Brooks, Carly Simon, Napster

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Garth Brooks, Carly Simon, Napster Garth Brooks' appearance Saturday at fundraiser in Fort Worth, Texas, reportedly helped raise more than $2 million for a local hospital. Brooks performed with pals Steve Wariner, Stephanie Davis and Dan Roberts, who had organized the $1,000-a…

  5. Doughty Gets 'Melodic' With Dave Matthews

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty will on May 3 release his debut for the Dave Matthews-co-owned ATO Records, "Haughty Melodic." Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty will on May 3 release his debut for the Dave Matthews-co-owned ATO Records, "Haughty Melodic.…

  6. Brazilian Girls Hit The Road

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Already a staple on New York's live music scene, Brazilian Girls are taking their sexy, globe-trotting act on tour. Already a staple on New York's live music scene, Brazilian Girls are taking their sexy, globe-trotting act on tour. After playing a handful of dates, including a…

  7. Amos Expresses Herself With New Album, Book

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST A version of a Tori Amos feature that appears in the Feb. 19 issue of Billboard, expanded and modified for Billboard.com. At midlife, Tori Amos understands that she cannot rule life's tidal shifts, only navigate them," Ann Powers writes near the end of the new book "Tori Amos:…

  8. This Day in Music

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Local star Herbert Gronemeyer is the big winner at Germany's Echo Awards in Berlin. He wins for national rock/pop artist, and his hit "Mensch" lands the award for national rock/pop singl 2003 - Local star Herbert Gronemeyer is the big winner at Germany…

  9. 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"…

  10. Charles Tops Grammys With Eight Trophies

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Even in death, Ray Charles was a force to be reckoned with at the 47th annual Grammy Awards last night (Feb. 13) in Los Angeles. Charles won eight Grammys stemming from his final release, "Genius Love Even in death, Ray Charles was a force to be reckoned with at the 47th annual Grammy…

  11. Womack's Back, And Back To Her Roots

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. After a three-year break between albums, Lee Ann Womack is back with a new set that has Music Row buzzing. Returning full circle to her country roots, "There's More Where That Came From" (due Feb. 8 from MCA Nashville) showcases…

  12. Winans Ready To 'Celebrate' New Album After Illness

    February 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. You would be hard pressed to find someone with a more powerful testimony than Ron Winans. After literally dying on the operating table, he survived, thrived and now returns with a new album, "Family & Friends 5: A Celebration."…

  13. 47th Annual Grammy Awards Winners

    February 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Winners of the 47th annual Grammy Awards, presented Feb. 13, 2005, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Staples Center. Below are the winners of the 47th annual Grammy Awards, presented Feb. 13, 2005, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Staples Center. Record Of The Year …

  14. Grant Street

    February 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST To view slide guitar slinger Sonny Landreth as just an occasional John Hiatt sideman totally misses Landreth's capabilities. He is every bit as innovative and inspiring a guitarist as Hiatt is a songw To view slide guitar slinger Sonny Landreth as just an occasional John Hiatt sideman…

  15. Billboard Bits: Nine Inch Nails, Frente, Louis XIV

    February 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Nine Inch Nails, Frente, Louis XIV Nine Inch Nails has announced three North American shows to precede a previously announced March 30-31 run at London's Astoria. The Trent Reznor-led group will play March 23 in Fresno, Calif., the following day in Reno, Nev., and March 25 in…

  16. U.K. Stars Sign On For Cancer Benefits

    February 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Franz Ferdinand, Keane, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey are among the acts confirmed to perform at the annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefit, to be held April 4-8 at London's Royal Albert H Franz Ferdinand, Keane, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey are among the acts…

  17. Steely Dan Sits For 'Piano Jazz'

    February 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Steely Dan's February 2003 visit to Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" show on National Public Radio will be released March 15 on CD via Concord Records. Steely Dan's February 2003 visit to Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" show on National Public Radio…

  18. CHART BEAT CHAT

    February 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson chats about single-letter song titles, Nat King Cole, Anne Murray and Rascal Flatts. NOT THE THEME TO A CIRQUE DE SOLEIL SHOW Dear Fred, Doesn't "O" by Omarion become the first one-letter title to reach the Hot 100? "I" by Don Cornell was in 1952, or six…

  19. The Two Sides Of 'Gemini' McKnight

    February 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Brian McKnight recalls that it was once easier for someone like himself to be considered a mainstream artist. "Seven years ago, maybe, there were eight or nine formats I could be played on," the singer/songwriter says. "But you…

  20. NYC Rockers Come Alive On 'Continental' CDs

    February 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Live recordings from Joey, Dee Dee and Marky Ramone, the Lunachicks, the Bouncing Souls, the Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome and Cro-Mags lead the track list for "Best of NYC -- Live at Continental," to be Live recordings from Joey, Dee Dee and Marky Ramone, the Lunachicks, the…

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