1. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Discussion of soundtracks, Shakira and more with readers. FROM THE MOVIE OF THE SAME NAME Dear Fred, One trend that I've noticed in recent years is the decline of soundtracks that spawn singles on the charts. Last year, Billboard reported that soundtrack sales were down 33% and there…

  2. Cowboy Troy

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Out on the road with Brooks & Dunn, Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson, the self-proclaimed "hick-hop" artist checks in with tales of food and music on the highway. Yo hawww!!!! Now that it's out of my system let's get down to brass tacks (whatever that means). Right…

  3. Chart Beat

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Monk, Colbrane, Shearing, Hancock and others give Billboard's jazz charts a vintage feel. JAZZ MEN AND WOMEN: The Billboard jazz charts look like they were compiled in the 1950s or 1960s this week, with six debuts from artists whose careers harken back five decades or more. Debuting at…

  4. Kanye's 'Gold Digger' Still Strong On Billboard Charts

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Despite his album's slow descent through The Billboard 200, Kanye West's "Gold Digger" featuring Jamie Foxx again stays on top of several Billboard charts. For the fifth week in a row, the song is fir Despite his album's slow descent through The Billboard 200, Kanye…

  5. Waylon Payne Drifts Into Film

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "If you nail yourself down to one thing, you're gonna have a hurt foot," Waylon Payne says. "If you nail yourself down to one thing, you're gonna have a hurt foot," Waylon Payne says. The country singer/songwriter has been a hard man to nail down lately. The…

  6. Chesney's 'Road' Leads To New Album

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Country superstar Kenny Chesney will release his second studio album of the year, "The Road and the Radio," Nov. 8 via BNA. First single "Who You'd Be Today" jumps 18-13 on the Billboard Hot Country s Country superstar Kenny Chesney will release his second studio…

  7. Ask Billboard

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Depeche Mode, En Vogue and Britney Spears. DEPECHE ANGELS Hi Keith, I heard that Depeche Mode will release a brand new single and album this fall. Do you know the release dates in the United States? Thanks for your time, Sebastien Hi…

  8. Cabrera, Click Five Plan Fall Outing

    October 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of his sophomore release, "You Stand Watching" (E.V.L.A./Atlantic), Ryan Cabrera will venture out on a six-week fall U.S. tour. On the heels of his sophomore release, "You Stand Watching" (E.V.L.A./Atlantic), Ryan Cabrera will venture out on a six-week fall U…

  9. Sugababes, Melua Repeat With U.K. No. 1s

    October 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT British female pop-R&B trio Sugababes scored their fourth No. 1 single as "Push the Button" (Island) went straight to the top of the new U.K. singles chart, published yesterday (Oct. 2). Meanwhile British female pop-R&B trio Sugababes scored their fourth No. 1 single as …

  10. HOT PRODUCT

    October 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Franz Ferdinand, NIckelback, Fiona Apple, My Morning Jacket and more. /bb/hotprod/index.jsp News Franz Ferdinand …

  11. This Day in Music

    October 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Rock band Powderfinger dominates the 15th annual Australian Record Industry Association awards with six victories at Sydney's Capitol Theatre.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Kid Rock, Fat…

  12. Hot Product

    October 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Franz Ferdinand Boys, 'Better' After a breakout year in 2004, Franz Ferdinand is not resting on its success. Just 18 months after the Glasgow, Scotland, four-piece of frontman/guitarist Alex Kapranos, guitarist Nick McCarthy, bassist Bob Hardy and drummer Paul Thomson helped lead an…

  13. Hot Product

    October 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nickelback Nickel And Dime Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger knows that the success of his gimmick-free, high-octane Canadian quartet confounds many people. "But I think everybody now accepts that Nickelback is going to be around for awhile ... for better or for worse," the guitarist…

  14. Hot Product

    October 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fiona Apple 'Machine' Shop The back story of Fiona Apple's first new album in six years, "Extraordinary Machine," is truly, well, extraordinary. Earlier this year, 11 of Apple's tracks leaked on the Internet, making the rounds on peer-to-peer networks. Although…

  15. Hot Product

    October 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT My Morning Jacket A To 'Z' The January 2004 departure of My Morning Jacket members Johnny Quaid and Danny Cash presented more than just a hole in the lineup: The Louisville, Ky.-based band's longtime recording studio was located on Quaid's grandparents' Indiana farm.…

  16. Hot Product

    October 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Twista/Trina Do The Twist Atlantic labelmates Twista and Trina storm back this week with new albums. Twista's "The Day After" is led by first single "Girl Tonite" featuring Trey Songz. The cut is No. 12 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album…

  17. Hot Product

    October 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: The fifth studio album from singer/songwriter Liz Phair, "Somebody's Miracle" (Capitol). Concert DVDs from the Pixies ("Sell Out," Rhino) and the Black Keys ("Live," Fat Possum). A live CD…

  18. Billboard Bits: Enya, Bruce Springsteen, Silver Jews

    September 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Enya, Bruce Springsteen, Silver Jews Although details are scant at deadline, Enya will release her next studio album, "Amarantine," Nov. 22 via Reprise, Billboard.com has learned. Produced by longtime collaborator Nicky Ryan, it will be the follow-up to 2000's "A…

  19. R. Kelly Concluding 'Closet' On DVD

    September 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly's multi-faceted musical drama "Trapped in the Closet" will be revealed in full on the DVD "Trapped in the Closet Chapters 1-12." The film is due Nov. 1 via Jive and tacks on seven new chapter R. Kelly's multi-faceted musical drama "Trapped in the…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses 'greatest hits' collections, chart methodology and more with readers. THE GREATEST GREATEST HITS Hi Fred, I remember reading that when Madonna's "Immaculate Collection" peaked at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 in 1990, it was the highest peak for a greatest…

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