1. Jackson Lawyers Challenge Photos Of Accuser's Mother

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's defense attorney today (April 19) challenged the authenticity of photographs that appeared to show the mother of the pop star's accuser with severe bruises from an alleged beating by Michael Jackson's defense attorney today (April 19) challenged the…

  2. Memphis Bleek Brings It All Back Home

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The new album from rapper Memphis Bleek, who was the first artist signed to Roc-A-Fella records in the late 1990s, will be the first released under the regime of new label president Jay-Z next month. The new album from rapper Memphis Bleek, who was the first artist signed to Roc-A-Fella…

  3. Christie's No. 1 On Reconfigured U.K. Chart

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The first No. 1 on Britain's much-heralded new "combined" singles chart, which yesterday (April 17) added download sales to those of physical releases for the first time, was the same as the last "tra The first No. 1 on Britain's much-heralded new "combined"…

  4. HOT PRODUCT

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Rob Thomas, DJ Z-Trip, Ana Nalick and more. /bb/hotprod/index.jsp News Ana Nalick , Rob Thomas …

  5. Hot Product

    April 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rob Thomas 'Something' New Fans of Matchbox Twenty will hear a different side of group frontman Rob Thomas on his eclectic Melisma/Atlantic solo debut, "...Something To Be," which arrives this week. The set veers from familiar Matchbox Twenty sounds ("Ever the Same…

  6. Hot Product

    April 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Z-Trip Sonic 'Shift' DJ Z-Trip's long-delayed debut album, "Shifting Gears," finally hits stores this week via Hard Left/Hollywood. The set features collaborations with Public Enemy's Chuck D ("Shock and Awe") and underground rappers Aceyalone and…

  7. Hot Product

    April 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ana Nalick 'Day' Ditty More than a year in the making, the bravely emotional "Wreck of the Day" by Columbia newcomer Anna Nalick hits stores this week. The 21-year-old has steadily toured since the album's completion, holding her own alongside such artists as Gavin…

  8. Hot Product

    April 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: Pianist Jim Brickman's "Grace" (RCA Victor), featuring a guest appearance by vocalist Michael Bolton. Experimental electronic music duo Autechre's "Untilted" (Warp). Rapper Matisyahu's …

  9. Pleasure & Pain

    April 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT On "Pleasure and Pain," Atlanta's 112 recaptures the vocal magic that powered its multiplatinum predecessors "112," "Room 112" and "Part II," as well as hit singles like "Peaches & Cream." Speakin On "Pleasure and Pain,"…

  10. Bleed Like Me

    April 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Garbage returns with the very rocking "Bleed Like Me," its first album since 2001's "beautifulgarbage." The new CD is already off to a promising start: Lead single "Why Do You Love Me" went top 10 on Garbage returns with the very rocking "Bleed Like Me,…

  11. This Day in Music

    April 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Soul/R&B legend Luther Vandross is hospitalized after suffering a stroke. The artist is hospitalized and begins a slow recovery. 2003 - Soul/R&B legend Luther Vandross is hospitalized after suffering a stroke. The artist is hospitalized and begins a slow…

  12. O'Connor To Make Rare Appearance At Jammys

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT O'Connor's performance with reggae legend Burning Spear will constitute her first on-stage appearance in New York in more than five years. Irish vocalist Sinead O'Connor will make a rare live appearance April 26 at the fifth annual Jammy Awards in New York. O'Connor's…

  13. Billboard Bits: Tori Amos, Killers, Uncle Monk

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Tori Amos, Killers, Uncle Monk Tori Amos has confirmed eight Australian tour dates that will kick off with a May 7-8 stand at the Sydney Opera House. The trek comes as part of her Original Sinsuality tour, which is presently a U.S. solo piano outing that finds Amos playing Chicago…

  14. Investigator Tapes Shown At Jackson Trial

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Prosecutors in the Michael Jackson molestation trial today (April 15) showed jurors videotapes found in a private investigator's office to demonstrate that the pop star's associates had closely monito Prosecutors in the Michael Jackson molestation trial today (April 15) showed…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. WHAT 'DREAM' MAY COME Hey Fred, I'm confused. The song that got Nadia Turner kicked off "American Idol" this week was Crystal Gayle's "When I Dream," which Nadia said was from 1977, the year she…

  16. Keith Enrolls In 'Honkytonk University'

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Toby Keith has set a May 17 release date for his next DreamWorks studio album, "Honkytonk University." First single "Honky Tonk U" reaches a new peak of No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Toby Keith has set a May 17 release date for his next DreamWorks…

  17. BMG, Warner Ready Next 'Totally Hits' Disc

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "Totally Hits 2005," the ninth volume in a series of Warner Strategic Marketing/BMG Strategic Marketing compilations, pulls together 20 tracks by Alicia Keys, Fat Joe, Simple Plan and Mario, among oth "Totally Hits 2005," the ninth volume in a series of Warner Strategic…

  18. CHART BEAT BONUS

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Akon, Rob Thomas, Blaine Larson, Shooter Jennings, Hanna-McEuen, Black Eyed Peas, Kenny Chesney and more. ISN'T IT LONELY TOGETHER: A couple of "Lonely" guys are inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Akon has the…

  19. This Day in Music

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Reggae artist Ziggy Marley releases his first solo album, "Dragonfly," via Private Music. The oldest son of Bob Marley, the artist fronted the Melody Makers through nine studio albums on 2003 - Reggae artist Ziggy Marley releases his first solo album, "…

  20. POP 100

    April 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT /bb/images/pdf/pop_100.pdf 1. "Since U Been Gone," Kelly Clarkson 2. "Candy Shop," 50 Cent Featuring Olivia 3. "Obsession (No Es Amor)," Frankie J Featuring Baby Bash 4. "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams," Green Day 5. "Lonely," Akon Issue date:…

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