1. This Day in Music

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Helen Forrest, often called the best of the big band singers, dies of congestive heart failure at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills. She is 82.<br clear="non 2002 - R&B pioneer Rosco Gordon dies after suffering a hear attack…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. REMEMBERING LUTHER Dear Fred, I expect many will write about the passing of Luther Vandross this week. A friend just e-mailed me with the miserable news, which must have just broken as the Billboard Web site doesn't mention it yet. I was really…

  3. Billboard Bits: INXS, Clay Walker, Evans/Alter Bridge

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on INXS, Clay Walker, Evans/Alter Bridge With its new CBS reality series set to debut next week, veteran Australian rock act INXS has signed a worldwide recording agreement with Epic Records. A new album is slated for late 2005 and will feature the winning contestant from "Rock Star…

  4. CHART BEAT

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Jessica Simpson, Green Day, Coldplay & Kelly Clarkson. 'BOOTS' ARE READY AGAIN: If you've been trying to think of a suitable present for Jessica Simpson's 25th birthday on July 10, we've already come up with the…

  5. Mariah Still No. 1 As 'Idols' Fade

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for a second week in a row, and a sixth overall. The cut also returns to No. 1 on the Pop 100 chart, replacing Bo Bice's version of Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" is No. 1 on…

  6. Brooks & Dunn Bump Up New Album

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Borrowing a title Dwight Yoakam used on his sophomore album, Brooks & Dunn are readying the release of their newest set, "Hillbilly Deluxe." Borrowing a title Dwight Yoakam used on his sophomore album, Brooks & Dunn are readying the release of their newest set, "…

  7. Billboard Bits: SOAD/Volta, Faith Hill, Rock The Bells

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on SOAD/Volta, Faith Hill, Rock The Bells System Of A Down has unveiled dates for the second leg of its fall tour with the Mars Volta. That portion of the run will begin Sept. 17 in Vancouver and wrap Oct. 6 in Portland, Ore. As previously reported , the tour will kick off with an Aug. 4…

  8. Lil' Kim Sentenced To A Year In Prison

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-award winning rapper Lil' Kim was sentenced today (July 6) in New York to a year and a day in prison and fined $50,000 for lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a 2001 sh Grammy-award winning rapper Lil' Kim was sentenced today (July 6) in New York to a…

  9. Strait's 'Somewhere' Heads Right To No. 1

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT George Strait's "Somewhere Down in Texas" (MCA Nashville) earns the country veteran his third No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week and becomes his 20th to lead the Billboard Hot Country Albums roundup George Strait's "Somewhere Down in Texas" (MCA Nashville)…

  10. 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…

  11. B&E: Bo Bice

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Bo Bice. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. Fourth season "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice entered the TV-show…

  12. This Day in Music

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1991 - </b>Van Halen's "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's pop album chart.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his pointed lyrics and…

  13. Billboard Bits: Vandross, Hawley, Big Al Downing & More

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Luther Vandross, Richard Hawley, Big Al Downing, Mike Peters, Chapman Funeral services for Luther Vandross will be held Friday (July 8) at New York's Riverside Church (490 Riverside Drive) at noon. The artist died Friday at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J., two…

  14. Ask Billboard

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about U2, Cher and more. U2 REDUX? Hi Keith, I have a question about U2's CDs. As far as I can tell, none of the band's older titles have ever been remastered. Some of the earlier CDs have fairly poor sound quality, at least in my…

  15. HOT R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/rnb.jsp 1. "WE BELONG TOGETHER," MARIAH CAREY 2. "Slow Down," Bobby Valentino 3. "Wait (The Whisper Song)," Ying Yang Twins 4. "Free Yourself," Fantasia 5. "Let Me Hold You," Bow Wow Featuring Omarion Issue date: July 9,…

  16. 2Pac/Elton Single Leads U.K. Charts Again

    July 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "Ghetto Gospel" (Interscope) by 2Pac featuring Elton John started a second week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (July 3), pursued by former classical protege Charlotte Church, who opened "Ghetto Gospel" (Interscope) by 2Pac featuring Elton John started a…

  17. HOT PRODUCT

    July 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from R. Kelly and Missy Elliott. /bb/hotprod/index.jsp News R. Kelly , Missy Elliott …

  18. Hot Product

    July 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly 'Closet' Conversations On his new album "TP3: Reloaded" (Jive), R. Kelly eschews the dance party/inspirational vibe of last year's "Happy People/U Saved Me" in favor of the sexually charged themes that first earned him musical notoriety 10 albums…

  19. Hot Product

    July 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Missy Elliott Missy's 'Book' Missy Elliott returns this week with a new album, "The Cookbook," via her the Gold Mind imprint/Atlantic. First single "Lose Control" featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop is already a top 15 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Other…

  20. Live 8 Recap: Philadelphia's Museum Of Art

    July 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The intense glare from the sun did little to curb the enthusiasm of animated concertgoers during Philadelphia's Live 8 show, held in front of the city's Museum of Art. The intense glare from the sun did little to curb the enthusiasm of animated concertgoers during Philadelphia'…

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