1. Akon Overtakes U.K. Singles, Album Chart

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Akon's "Lonely" (Universal) finally ended the seven-week reign of Tony Christie's "(Is This the Way To) Amarillo" (UMTV) on the U.K. singles chart. It gave the American rapper/singer cause for a doubl Akon's "Lonely" (Universal) finally ended the…

  2. HOT PRODUCT

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Dave Matthews Band, Weezer, Dierks Bentley, Spoon and more. /bb/hotprod/index.jsp News Dierks Bentley …

  3. This Day in Music

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>South African singer Brenda Fassie dies at the Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg. She is 39. She had been in a coma since April 26, after suffering an asthma attack. This led to cardi 2004 - South African singer Brenda Fassie dies at the Sunninghill Hospital in…

  4. Hot Product

    May 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews Band 'Up' With People Dave Matthews Band puts a renewed emphasis on rhythm and groove on its new album, "Stand Up," due this week via RCA. Producer Mark Batson worked with members individually to build tracks from even the most basic of ideas. "In a way,…

  5. Hot Product

    May 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Weezer We All 'Believe' In advance of this week's release of its fifth Geffen album, "Make Believe," Weezer has already notched the biggest hit of its career on the Billboard Hot 100. First single "Beverly Hills" recently opened at No. 25 on that chart;…

  6. Hot Product

    May 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dierks Bentley 'Drift' Away "Modern Day Drifter" is not just the title of Dierks Bentley's new album, it is also his lifestyle. The up-and-coming country artist is homeless, albeit by choice. Bentley spends so many days on the road -- 300 last year -- that he has…

  7. Hot Product

    May 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Spoon Stranger Than 'Fiction' Austin's Spoon has lingered at the intersection of critical acclaim and commercial underachievement for years. Singer/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno began by revisiting angular '80s guitar rock and addressing indie-kid heartbreak.…

  8. Hot Product

    May 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: A new album from Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and his band Strange Sensation, "Mighty Rearranger" (Sanctuary). The self-titled debut from Team Sleep (Maverick), led by Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno with…

  9. HOT COUNTRY SONGS

    May 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/country.jsp 1. "MY GIVE A DAMN'S BUSTED," JO DEE MESSINA 2. "Homewrecker," Gretchen Wilson 3. "That's What I Love About Sunday," Craig Morgan 4. "It's Getting Better All The Time," Brooks & Dunn 5. "If Heaven,…

  10. HOT LATIN SONGS

    May 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/latintracks.jsp 1. "LA CAMISA NEGRA," JUANES 2. "Hoy Como Ayer," Conjunto Primavera 3. "En Soledad," Jimena 4. "Aire," Intocable 5. "Obsesion (No Es Amor)," Frankie J Featuring Baby Bash Issue date: May 14, 2005 News Frankie…

  11. Billboard Bits: Jim Brickman, Ndegeocello, OK Go

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Jim Brickman, Meshell Ndegeocello, OK Go Although he just released the new album "Grace" via Windham Hill, pianist Jim Brickman has already settled on his next project. The artist tells Billboard he is working on an album of Disney songs, tentatively titled "Imagination…

  12. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. KELLY BREAKS AWAY Dear Fred, Kelly Clarkson has three songs in the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 this week! Have any other contestants from "American Idol" achieved this? Thanks! Sincerely, Dean Smedley Dear Dean, While…

  13. HOT RINGTONES

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/airplay/ringtones.jsp 1. "CANDY SHOP," 50 CENT FEATURING OLIVIA 2. "Oh," Ciara Featuring Ludacris 3. "Wait (The Whisper Song)," Ying Yang Twins 4. "Disco Inferno," 50 Cent 5. "Lovers And Friends," Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz…

  14. This Day in Music

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Jazz guitarist, arranger, writer and producer Barney Kessel dies of brain cancer in San Diego, Calif. He is 80. 2004 - Jazz guitarist, arranger, writer and producer Barney Kessel dies of brain cancer in San Diego, Calif. He is 80. 2004 - David Bowie cancels a…

  15. Pop Gathers 'Prizes,' Preps Live DVD

    May 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Iggy Pop will be the subject of a career-spanning retrospective and a live DVD this summer. Iggy Pop will be the subject of a career-spanning retrospective and a live DVD this summer. Due July 19 via Virgin/EMI Music Catalog Marketing, the 37-track "A Million in Prizes: The Iggy Pop…

  16. Wonder Adds Busta's Commentary To New Video

    May 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In what is being billed as the first "descriptive music video," the clip for Stevie Wonder's "So What the Fuss" will be available with an audio track from rapper Busta Rhymes in an effort to convey it In what is being billed as the first "descriptive music video,…

  17. CHART BEAT

    May 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Bruce Springsteen, Walter Murphy, Jo Dee Messina and Mariah Carey. 'DEVILS' AND THE DETAILS: There was no reason to assume that the new Bruce Springsteen album was going to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, and yet that's…

  18. Stefani Holds Hot 100 Lead As Ciara Surges

    May 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" sits at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 again this week, but it looks as though the latest single from Ciara has designs on making it to the top. In addition to spending t Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" sits at No. 1 on…

  19. Prosecution Rests In Jackson Trial

    May 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Prosecutors rested their case today (May 4) in the Michael Jackson trial after more than two months of dramatic testimony in which they sought to prove that the pop star molested a teenage cancer pati Prosecutors rested their case today (May 4) in the Michael Jackson trial after more than two…

  20. Beatles Earn Landmark 6th RIAA Diamond Award

    May 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With U.S. shipments of 10 million copies certified in April by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the Beatles' "1," the group has become the first act to earn six of the organiza With U.S. shipments of 10 million copies certified in April by the Recording…

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