1. This Day in Music

    April 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>Pop star George Michael is arrested for investigation of engaging in misdemeanor lewd conduct. The arrest is made at Will Rogers Park in Beverly Hills, Calif., after an undercover office 2004 - Nick and Mary Yankovic, the parents of "Weird Al" Yankovic, die…

  2. This Day in Music

    April 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>When Trisha Yearwood makes a visit to Sesame Street, the Country Music Association female vocalist of the year gets to rub shoulders with a major childhood influence. "As a child," she e 2005 - With the votes in and the slime poured, Usher, Avril Lavigne…

  3. If You Like You Can Buy The 'Ring'

    April 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Morrissey returns to a thicker, more rock-driven sound on his ninth solo album, "Ringleader of the Tormentors," due this week via Attack/Sanctuary. Morrissey returns to a thicker, more rock-driven sound on his ninth solo album, "Ringleader of the Tormentors," due this week…

  4. Rock Acts Have 'Superman' On The Brain

    March 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Artists like the Academy Is..., Jack's Mannequin and American Hi-Fi have contributed songs to "Sound of Superman," due May 23 via Rhino. Artists like the Academy Is..., Jack's Mannequin and American Hi-Fi have contributed songs to "Sound of Superman," due May 23…

  5. Jessica Simpson Shifts To Epic

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Simpson's as-yet-untitled ew set is expected before the year's end, but in the meantime, a source says an R&B-oriented first single is "not far away at all." Jessica Simpson has shifted from Columbia, for which she's recorded since 1999, to Epic Records. As…

  6. Early Manilow Albums Expanded For Reissue

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Three of Barry Manilow's early hit albums will be reissued in expanded form May 9 via Legacy/Arista. 1974's "Manilow II," 1975's "Tryin' To Get the Feeling" and 1978's "Even Now" will each feature two Three of Barry Manilow's early…

  7. Neil Young Offers Creative Insight At SXSW

    March 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Neil Young provided South by Southwest attendees with rare insight into his songwriting genius during a touching, inspirational keynote conversation yesterday (March 16). Neil Young provided South by Southwest attendees with rare insight into his songwriting genius during a touching,…

  8. Langford's Art Skewers Neo-Nashville

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST It's an arresting image: Hank Williams, wild-eyed and skeletal, pierced with arrows like the Christian martyr St. Sebastian. It's an arresting image: Hank Williams, wild-eyed and skeletal, pierced with arrows like the Christian martyr St. Sebastian. This astonishing graphic and…

  9. Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy Spice Up 'Driver'

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy are among the acts contributing new music to the in-game soundtrack for Atari's "Driver: Parallel Lines," which will hit stores March 14 for Playstation 2 and Xbox. Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy are among the acts contributing new music…

  10. Chart Beat Chat

    February 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses song origins, Mariah Carey, U.S. geography, birthdates, Ed Cobb and Kristine W with readers. BET THE NANNY OF McPHEE WOULD HAVE KNOWN Dear Fred, I have noticed that the younger generation in the entertainment field has no knowledge of musical history, regardless of genre. That…

  11. Franti Preps Album, Film, Book Releases

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Two of the most pivotal and event-filled years in the life of lauded singer/songwriter Michael Franti will culminate in June with the simultaneous release of a new studio disc with Spearhead and a doc Two of the most pivotal and event-filled years in the life of lauded singer/songwriter…

  12. Led Zeppelin 1968-1980: The Story Of A Band And Their Music (continued)

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Led Zeppelin may have disbanded in 1980, but the band's legacy lives on. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham always insisted that the music they made, onstage or in the studio, w To do so required iron-clad concentration, and this level of performance can be seen in…

  13. R. Kelly Leads Soul Train Award Nominees

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by Tyrese and actress Vivica Fox at Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif. R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by…

  14. mtvU Ramps Up Artist-Driven Programming

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Arctic Monkeys, the Federation, Gym Class Heroes, Lady Sovereign and MF Doom have been selected as the inaugural "mtvU Freshman Five," an initiative created by the college-focused network to champion Arctic Monkeys, the Federation, Gym Class Heroes, Lady Sovereign and MF Doom have…

  15. Billboard Bits: KT Tunstall, DFA, Avril Lavigne

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on KT Tunstall, DFA, Avril Lavigne In a first, iTunes is offering a download of a performance from NBC's "Today" show. "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree," the first single from KT Tunstall's Feb. 7 Virgin album, "Eye to the Telescope," is available…

  16. Sparxxx Hopes Third Album's 'The Charm'

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST With a new label and a new, club-friendly sound, southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx is viewing his third album as a new beginning. With a new label and a new, club-friendly sound, southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx is viewing his third album as a new beginning. "It's like the sun comin'…

  17. Hank III Rounds Up Double-Disc Set

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Shelton Hank Williams III, aka Hank III, has set a Feb. 28 release date for his newest effort, "Straight to Hell." Shelton Hank Williams III, aka Hank III, has set a Feb. 28 release date for his newest effort, "Straight to Hell." The double-disc Curb release, produced by…

  18. Popera House

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Chalk up Il Divo as the latest act to show that worldwide platinum-plus success can come without benefit of radio airplay. Chalk up Il Divo as the latest act to show that worldwide platinum-plus success can come without benefit of radio airplay. The quartet, which performs what has been…

  19. Billboard Bits: Scott Walker, Willy Mason, Jerome Dillon

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Scott Walker, Willy Mason, Jerome Dillon Cult rock hero Scott Walker will release his first studio album in more than a decade via a new deal with 4AD Records. Titled "The Drift," the set is due in May and is the follow-up to 1995's Drag City effort "Tilt,"…

  20. Rick Moranis Channels His Inner 'Cowboy'

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Having phased out his Hollywood career a decade ago, actor Rick Moranis ("Ghostbusters," "Spaceballs") returns to his first love, music, on the album "The Agoraphobic Cowboy," which earned a Grammy no Anyone who came of age in the 1980s is well-versed in the…

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