1. Ashes Divide Takes To Road For First Tour

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As he takes his new Ashes Divide on the road, Billy Howerdel calls the project "a work in progress. I'm ready to grow with this band." But he's not ready to say whether the inaugural touring edition o As he takes his new Ashes Divide on the road, Billy Howerdel calls the…

  2. Chart Beat Chat

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss downloads, Leona Lewis, Fergie and more! DOWNLOADABLE, BUT WHEN? Hi Fred, I look forward to Chart Beat and Chart Beat Chat every week! Who determines when a song is made available for paid download? Once a song is selected as a single, are there factors that…

  3. Alanis Morissette Plans Fall U.S. Tour

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With her new album, "Flavors of Entanglement," due out June 10 on Maverick/Reprise, Alanis Morissette is planning an intense spate of road work that will include headlining dates in North America this With her new album, "Flavors of Entanglement," due out June 10 on…

  4. 'No End In Sight' For Foreigner

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Foreigner is taking a backward glance at its career this summer with "No End in Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner," due July 15 on Rhino. Foreigner is taking a backward glance at its career this summer with "No End in Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner," due July 15 on…

  5. Chart Beat

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Madonna, Tim McGraw, Steve Winwood and more! SWEET VICTORY: Madonna completes her first quarter-century on The Billboard 200 with "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.), her seventh No. 1 album since she made her debut on this survey the week of Sept. 3, 1983 (giving her an…

  6. Leona Lewis Holds Onto Hot 100 No. 1

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" keeps the lead on The Billboard Hot 100 as the track holds tight at No. 1 for a fourth non-consecutive week. Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" keeps the lead on the Billboard Hot 100 as the track holds tight at No. 1 for a fourth non…

  7. Steve Miller Band Celebrates 40 Years With 'Live' DVD

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the Steve Miller Band marks the 40th anniversary of the release of its first two albums, it will release its first-ever DVD, "Live From Chicago," on May 20. As the Steve Miller Band marks the 40th anniversary of the release of its first two albums, it will release its first-ever…

  8. Billboard Bits: Siren Festival, Nelson Mandela, Gang Of Four, Tilly And The Wall

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Annual Siren Fest lineup revealed; Queen, Lennox rock for Mandela; Gang Of Four becomes gang of two; Tilly and the Wall talk new album Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Broken Social Scene, Annuals and Beach House are among the top acts announced for The Village Voice's annual Siren Music…

  9. Madonna Leads Busy Billboard 200 With 7th No. 1

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a busy week at the top of the The Billboard 200, with Madonna's "Hard Candy" leading the action at No. 1. It is the artist's seventh chart-topper, the second-most among all female artists -- only It's a busy week at the top of the The Billboard 200 , with…

  10. Billboard Bits: John Mellencamp, Trisha Yearwood, Vanessa Williams/Gretchen Wilson

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT King-Mellencamp musical postponed; Yearwood on the Times bestseller list; Williams, Wilson earn belated degrees The John Mellencamp/Stephen King musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," which, as previously reported , was set to open at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre in April…

  11. Bootsy Collins Spearheading James Brown Tribute

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bootsy Collins is spearheading a star-studded tour dubbed "A Tribute to James Brown" featuring alumni from Brown’s own legendary J.B.’s that is slated for the fall. Bootsy Collins is spearheading a star-studded tour dubbed "A Tribute to James Brown" featuring alumni from…

  12. This Day in Music

    May 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Pearl Jam sticks around after taping a song for CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman to play a 10-song set inside New York's Ed Sullivan Theatre exclusively for members of its fan club. 2006 - Pearl Jam sticks around after taping a song for CBS' "The Late…

  13. Chart Beat Chat

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss The Billboard Hot 100, Leona Lewis, Paul Davis (R.I.P.) and more! NO COUNTRY FOR HOT 100? Fred, I love your books and Chart Beat, just wish you were in print again. You say the Hot 100 is based on airplay and sales, so explain how country songs with no sales can…

  14. Boston To Wrap New Album After Summer Tour

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Boston leader Tom Scholz tells Billboard.com he hopes to finish recording the band's next studio album after its summer tour and have it out "just after the first of the year." Boston leader Tom Scholz tells Billboard.com he hopes to finish recording the band's next studio…

  15. The Billboard Q&A: Def Leppard's Joe Elliott

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An album with a title like "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge" begs the question: what's a Sparkle Lounge? An album with a title like "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge" begs the question: what's a Sparkle Lounge? According to Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott, it was a…

  16. Chris Brown Gets Hot Shot Debut Honors On The Hot 100

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chris Brown not only earns the Hot Shot Debut award on The Billboard Hot 100 this week, he does so while charting two other singles within the top 10. Hot Shot Debuts: Chris Brown not only earns the Hot Shot Debut award on The Billboard Hot 100 this week, he does so while charting two other…

  17. Duran Duran Teams With Mark Ronson For Concert

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Duran Duran and hot producer Mark Ronson will join forces on July 2 at Paris' La Cigale for a special concert collaboration. Duran Duran and hot producer Mark Ronson will join forces on July 2 at Paris' La Cigale for a special concert collaboration. Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes…

  18. Chart Beat

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Chris Brown, Leona Lewis, Colby Caillat and more! LEONA'S TRIPLE PLAY: "Bleeding Love" (SyCo/J) returns to the top of The Billboard Hot 100 for a second time, making Leona Lewis the first artist to have three separate turns at No. 1 since January 1979, when Chic&…

  19. Yes Reveals 'Very Different' New Material

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Even as it prepares for its 40th anniversary tour this summer, Yes is working on new material, frontman Jon Anderson has revealed to Billboard.com. Even as it prepares for its 40th anniversary tour this summer, Yes is working on new material, frontman Jon Anderson has revealed to Billboard…

  20. Leona Lewis Regains No. 1 On Hot 100

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With help from "American Idol," Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" is back in the No. 1 spot on The Billboard Hot 100. Moving 2-1, the track replaces Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" featuring Static Major, which fli With help from "American Idol," Leona…

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