1. Chart Beat Chat

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "out" artists, two-letter names and album sales tallies. CAN YOU BE OUT AND SUCCESSFUL? Fred, Your opinion on "gay bands" got me thinking about some of my favorite groups and their success in America vs. Europe. The Pet Shop Boys and Erasure are two of my…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Diddy, Ludacris, Janet and the Scissor Sisters. DIDDY OR DIDN'T HE? Hi Fred: With his album "Press Play" debuting atop of The Billboard 200, Diddy is reported to be "scor[ing his] first No. 1 album in nine years," according to the headline…

  3. Brickman Offers 'Escape' From Stress-Filled Life

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jim Brickman's 12th album, "Escape," which arrived Oct. 3 on SLG Records, is a signature project for the veteran composer/pianist, offering a musical sanctuary via relaxing, primarily instrumental tri Jim Brickman's 12th album, "Escape," which arrived Oct. 3 on…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses corrected charts, Akon, "Weird Al" Yankovic and more with his readers. DIFFERENT CHART, DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES As you know, a Nielsen SoundScan error caused by delayed data from one retailer forced Billboard to recompile most of its charts for the issue dated Oct. 7.…

  5. New Beck Album Denied U.K. Chart Eligibility

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Beck's new Interscope album, "The Information," could sell a million copies next week and still not be considered for placement on the U.K. album chart. Beck's new Interscope album, "The Information," could sell a million copies next week and still not be…

  6. Queensryche / Sept. 23, 2006 / Atlantic City, N.J. (House of Blues)

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Queensryche made a ballsy move this year by releasing "Operation: Mindcrime II," the sequel to its groundbreaking 1988 concept album. It hasn't stopped there: The band is touring North America and pla Queensryche made a ballsy move this year by releasing "Operation:…

  7. Queensryche Rock For Benefit

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Queensryche performs for a benefit concert in New York. Queensryche lead singer Geoff Tate, center, bassist Eddie Jackson, left, and guitarist Stone perform at Hard Rock Cafe on Sept. 20 in New York's Times Square, at a benefit concert for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Partnering…

  8. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Robyn, "Diamonds," Janet Jackson and more! THE GIRL WONDER Hey Fred, In response to the reader who was asking about Robyn, I wanted to make sure he knew that Robyn's album "Robyn" (which features "Be Mine!") is currently…

  9. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses related chart entries, "American Idol" on the radio and Billboard chart eligibility with readers. WILL PARIS MATCH? Hey Fred, With Ashlee and Jessica Simpson songs sandwiched around Paris Hilton's debut single, the Hot 100 has three consecutive positions occupied…

  10. Top Acts Salute Harry Smith On Four-Disc Set

    August 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The life and work of musicologist Harry Smith will be saluted by acts such as Elvis Costello, Beck, Wilco and Lou Reed on the four-disc boxed set "The Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk M The life and work of musicologist Harry Smith will be saluted on the four-disc boxed…

  11. Billboard Bits: Portishead, Toby Lightman, Modest Mouse

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Portishead, Toby Lightman, Modest Mouse The glacial pace of Portishead's third album appears to be moving a bit quicker. Group member Geoff Barrow wrote last week on the group's Myspace.com page that its new tracks "are in a right mess but sounding like [an] album for…

  12. Report: Richards Out Of New Zealand Hospital

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Keith Richards has left a New Zealand hospital where he was admitted last week with a head injury suffered while on vacation in Fiji. Keith Richards has left a New Zealand hospital where he was admitted last week with a head injury suffered while on vacation in Fiji. "I can categorically…

  13. Howe Touring Solo While Yes Sleeps

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Howe says that after extensive touring in 2003-2004, Yes had agreed to take 2005 off but expected to be back to work this year. When considering his fans' wishes for his solo shows, guitarist Steve Howe notes, "I think they like the Yes music. There's no doubt about it."…

  14. Billboard To Rank MasterTones On New Chart

    April 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Billboard will this summer unveil a new Hot MasterTones chart, ranking the best selling master ringtones in the United States. Billboard will this summer unveil a new Hot MasterTones chart, ranking the best selling master ringtones in the United States. The tally will track ringtones that…

  15. HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles

    March 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Fab Four's sound engineer, present from their first single to their final album, tells all about sharing studio time with the biggest rock band in history. The Fab Four's sound engineer, present from their first single to their final album, tells all about sharing studio time…

  16. Queensryche Offers A New Piece Of 'Mind'

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST With the April 4 arrival of "Operation: Mindcrime II" (Rhino Records), thousands of Queensryche fans will finally get to hear the second chapter of a story that began in 1988. With the April 4 arrival of "Operation: Mindcrime II" (Rhino Records), thousands of Queensryche…

  17. Thursday 'Counting' Down To New Album

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rock act Thursday is nearly finished with its second Island album, "A City by the Light Divided." Due May 2, the project will be led by the single "Counting 5-4-3-2-1." Rock act Thursday is nearly finished with its second Island album, "A City by the Light Divided.…

  18. This Day in Music

    November 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Influential independent rock icons Pavement announce that they have broken up. During their show at London's Brixton Academy, bandmember Stephen Malkmus tells the crowd that the show wil 2000 - Fugitive Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard's luck runs…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses physical and digital single sales, remix credits and more with readers. TANGIBLE VS. INTANGIBLE Hi Fred, I read that Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" is the year's best-selling single, with just under a half million sold. But I know that Gwen Stefani&…

  20. Thursday Working Quickly On New Album

    October 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The as-yet-untitled set is tentatively due in April and is the follow-up to 2003's "War All the Time," which debuted at No. 7 on The Billboard 200. As tipped here last month, New Jersey-based rock act Thursday is a week into recording its second Island album with producer Dave…

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