1. Rob Thomas Solo Debut Due In May

    January 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST Matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas will release his as-yet-untitled solo debut in May via Atlantic Records. The set features a guest spot by singer/songwriter John Mayer on guitar on an unnamed track Matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas will release his as-yet-untitled solo debut in May via…

  2. TrakStarz Ink Deal With Blackground

    January 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST Production duo the TrakStarz, who gained national attention after writing and producing Chingy's multi-platinum Capitol debut, "Jackpot," have formed a joint venture with Blackground Records. Production duo the TrakStarz, who gained national attention after writing and…

  3. Milian 'Cool' As Film, Soundtrack Star

    January 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST Along with playing the lead in the forthcoming feature "Be Cool," Christina Milian contributes two new songs to the film's soundtrack, due March 1 via TVT. Along with playing the lead in the forthcoming feature "Be Cool," Christina Milian contributes two new songs to…

  4. Owner Of Studio Used By Eminem Slain

    January 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST The owner of the Detroit studio where hip-hop star Eminem recorded his multimillion-selling 1999 debut album, "The Slim Shady LP," was found shot to death Tuesday inside the facility, police said. The owner of the Detroit studio where hip-hop star Eminem recorded his multimillion…

  5. Erasure Back In Flight With 'Nightbird'

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Former Depeche Mode and Yaz member Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell, who record as Erasure, have reason to rejoice. This is the synth-pop duo's 20th year making beautiful music together. To honor the anniversary, the pair is releasing its…

  6. Billboard Bits: Damien Rice, Death By Stereo, Blood Brothers

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Stories on Damien Rice and the "Goldfish Memory" soundtrack, Death By Stereo album and tour and a Blood Brothers-led Anti-Inauguration concert. Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan's reworked versions of songs by late bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim are featured on the…

  7. Modest Mouse Sets Winter Tour

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Following a Jan. 21 Nashville benefit show, Modest Mouse will set off on a headlining tour that will get underway with a Jan. 28-29 stand in Eugene, Ore. At deadline dates were scheduled into the begi Following a Jan. 21 Nashville benefit show, Modest Mouse will set off on a headlining tour…

  8. Artists Aid Tsunami Relief Efforts

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Along with several large concerts in the planning stages, artists around the world are staging their own benefit shows for or donating to funds for the victims of the recent tsunami in Southern Asia. Along with several large concerts in the planning stages, artists around the world are…

  9. Neil's New Year's Wish Triggers FCC Probe

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials say they've received complaints about Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil's use of an expletive during the live New Year's Eve broadcast of "The Tonight S Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials say they've…

  10. Crow, Aguilera, McGraw Set For NBC Tsunami Telethon

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sheryl Crow, Christina Aquilera and Tim McGraw will participate in a Jan. 15 benefit for victims of the tsunami in Southern Asia being organized by the NBC Universal Television Group. Sheryl Crow, Christina Aquilera and Tim McGraw will participate in a Jan. 15 benefit for victims of the…

  11. This Day in Music

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>The Canadian Record Industry Assn. (CRIA) declares Quebec superstar Celine Dion "the best-selling Canadian recording artist of the century." 2000 - The Canadian Record Industry Assn. (CRIA) declares Quebec superstar Celine Dion "the best-selling…

  12. Nelson To Headline Texas Tsunami Benefit

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Willie Nelson will headline a Texas benefit concert to help the relief effort for victims of the tsunamis in southern Asia and eastern Africa. "I started at the top," says musician Michael Hall of his Willie Nelson will headline a Texas benefit concert to help the relief effort for…

  13. Billboard Bits: Jerkins, Keith, Byron/Sugar Hill

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Stories on Rodney Jerkins, Toby Keith and Don Byron and the Sugar Hill Gang. Producer Rodney Jerkins is adding a twist to his instrumental solo album , "Versatility" (Bungalo/Universal). Aspiring songwriters can write a song based on one of the set's 12 original tracks for the…

  14. 'SMiLE' Cellist Missing In Tsunami's Wake

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Brian Wilson has issued a desperate plea for any information on the whereabouts of Markus Sandlund, a cellist from the Stockholm Strings & Horns who played on his recently released recreation of t Brian Wilson has issued a desperate plea for any information on the whereabouts of Markus…

  15. Super Furry Animals Prep Hits Set

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST It's set to be a Super Furry world in 2005, as idiosyncratic Welsh pop mavens Super Furry Animals have three album projects in the works. It's set to be a Super Furry world in 2005, as idiosyncratic Welsh pop mavens Super Furry Animals have three album projects in the works. The…

  16. Australian Acts To 'Reach Out To Asia'

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Australian entertainment community will rally together to help victims of the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami with an all-star concert and telethon set for Saturday (Jan. 8). Reach Out to Asia will The Australian entertainment community will rally together to help victims of the Dec. 26…

  17. Bright Eyes Greets New Year With Two Albums

    January 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Saddle Creek Records received a finished album from Bright Eyes last February and prepped the set for a summer release. But then Bright Eyes principal Conor Oberst had other ideas. He went back into the studio and recorded enough songs for a…

  18. U.K. Tsunami Relief Concert Proposed

    January 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a little more than three weeks' time, officials at Wales' Millennium Stadium are attempting to organize a massive concert to benefit victims of the earthquake and tsunami that has left Southeastern In a little more than three weeks' time, officials at Wales' Millennium…

  19. Billboard Bits: Alrosa Villa, Buenos Aires, Vai

    January 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Stories on Alrosa Villa, Buenos Aires nightclubs and Steve Vai. Alrosa Villa, the Columbus, Ohio, nightclub that was the scene of a gunman's Dec. 8 rampage that left Damageplan/Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and two others dead, will reopen Jan. 14 to host a benefit…

  20. Music Plays Big Part At Inaugural Fetes

    January 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST With the Jan. 20 inauguration of George W. Bush, visitors to the capital won't be able to swing a cat next week without hitting a ball or party. Although there will be free daytime festivities open to With the Jan. 20 inauguration of George W. Bush, visitors to the capital won't be…

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