1. Madonna, Il Divo Lead U.K. Charts

    November 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Madonna's "Hung Up" (Warner Bros.) became her 11th U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Nov. 13), and first for five years. The first single from the album "Confessions on a Dance Floor" extends her span of U Madonna's "Hung Up" (Warner Bros.) became her 11th U…

  2. Billboard Bits: Toby Keith, Coldcut, Carlos Ponce

    November 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Toby Keith, Coldcut, Carlos Ponce Shooting has begun in Atlanta on Toby Keith's first feature film, "Angel From Montgomery," which is being produced by Paramount and MTV Networks' new CMT Films division. Noted country music video director Steven Goldmann is…

  3. Ancestral Connection Inspires deSol

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jersey-hailing Latin-American act seeks its roots "My mother's in the kitchen cookin' up a pot of rice and beans/...Then her favorite song would come on the radio/Soon she'd start dancing/The way the ladies do in the old country." Queens by-way-of-New Jersey native…

  4. Becoming A Kid All Over Again

    October 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Discovering the joy of a new era of kids music. I absolutely love music. I'm sure that seems like a no-brainer, but it's the main reason I and so many others ended up here at Billboard. Sure, various business-related talents scored these jobs. But it is music that started all of us…

  5. Phish Commits New Year's 1995 To Disc

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Phish's Dec. 31, 1995, New Year's show at New York's Madison Square Garden is headed to the marketplace Dec. 20 as a three-CD set via Rhino. Phish's Dec. 31, 1995, New Year's show at New York's Madison Square Garden is headed to the marketplace Dec. 20 as a three…

  6. Gordon Speaks His 'Mind' On New Album

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The rockabilly revival has come and gone twice since Robert Gordon ignited the movement back in 1977. But whether rockabilly is the flavor of the moment or not, the singer continues his longstanding l The rockabilly revival has come and gone twice since Robert Gordon ignited the movement back…

  7. Hot Product

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Babyface 'Sexy' Appeal In addition to Anita Baker, the underserved adult R&B market has something else to cheer about: Babyface is back. Luther Vandross' heir apparent returns with the long-awaited follow-up to "Face2Face." That 2001 project found Babyface upping…

  8. DVD To Celebrate Phish's 20th Anniversary

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT It has been almost a year since Phish disbanded after a weekend's worth of shows in Coventry, Vt., but several releases are in the works to satiate the band's rabid fan base. It has been almost a year since Phish disbanded after a weekend's worth of shows in Coventry, Vt., but…

  9. Jamiroquai's 'Dynamite' Explodes In September

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jay Kay is planning an explosive fall return for his pop/dance/funk outfit Jamiroquai. "Dynamite," the U.K.-based group's sixth studio album, and first in four years, is due Sept. 20 in the United Sta Jay Kay is planning an explosive fall return for his pop/dance/funk outfit…

  10. 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…

  11. Hot Product

    May 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Spoon Stranger Than 'Fiction' Austin's Spoon has lingered at the intersection of critical acclaim and commercial underachievement for years. Singer/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno began by revisiting angular '80s guitar rock and addressing indie-kid heartbreak.…

  12. Uprooting

    April 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT This is a burst of sonic energy from Eastern Europe. The Warsaw Village Band is a musical collective that relishes fusing the old with the new. This is a burst of sonic energy from Eastern Europe. The Warsaw Village Band is a musical collective that relishes fusing the old with the new. Its…

  13. Suite Unseen: Summoner of the Ghost

    April 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With contagious ebullience, drummer/ percussionist Babatunde Lea's "Suite Unseen: Summoner of the Ghost" pays homage to the spirits of friends, family and musical masters. With contagious ebullience, drummer/ percussionist Babatunde Lea's "Suite Unseen: Summoner of…

  14. Motown Classics Get Modern Updates

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST The 15-track set will be augmented on the same day by "Motown Unmixed," featuring the original versions of the source material for the remix project. As first revealed here in January, a host of Motown classics have been remixed for the aptly named "Motown Remixed"…

  15. 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.…

  16. 'Prisoners' No More: Yo La Tengo Raids Vaults

    February 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST A career-spanning compilation of material by veteran indie rockers Yo La Tengo will arrive March 22 via Matador. A career-spanning compilation of material by veteran indie rockers Yo La Tengo will arrive March 22 via Matador. "Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent…

  17. 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.…

  18. Standing Room Only

    January 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST This latest incarnation of Roomful of Blues is quite possibly as formidable as any lineup assembled since the group's inception in 1967. "Standing Room Only," Roomful's second record for Alligator, is This latest incarnation of Roomful of Blues is quite possibly as…

  19. La Fuerza del Destino

    January 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Mexican singer Fey, an artist who made a name for herself with teeny-bopper pop, returns after a three-year absence with an album that aspires to substance and depth. Mexican singer Fey, an artist who made a name for herself with teeny-bopper pop, returns after a three-year absence with an…

  20. Motown Producer Freddie Perren Dies

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Grammy Award-winner Freddie Perren, who produced records for Gloria Gaynor, the Jackson 5 and the "Saturday Night Fever" album, has died at the age of 61. Grammy Award-winner Freddie Perren, who produced songs for Gloria Gaynor, the Jackson 5 and the "Saturday Night Fever"…

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