1. Billboard Bits: Coldplay, James Taylor & More

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Coldplay, James Taylor & More Beginning today, the first track from Coldplay's upcoming Capitol album, "X&Y," is available as a 30-second master ringtone a week before the entire song can be heard on the radio. "Speed of Sound" is being offered…

  2. This Day in Music

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Italian singer Alex Baroni is declared dead at the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome. He is 36. Baroni had been in a coma since March 19, following a motorcycle accident in Rome. 2002 - Italian singer Alex Baroni is declared dead at the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome.…

  3. Hot Product

    April 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey Setting Mimi Free Multi-million-selling, two-time Grammy winner Mariah Carey has experienced great highs and lows in the course of her 15-year career. But on the eve of the North American release of her eighth studio album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," Carey is confident…

  4. Suite Unseen: Summoner of the Ghost

    April 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With contagious ebullience, drummer/ percussionist Babatunde Lea's "Suite Unseen: Summoner of the Ghost" pays homage to the spirits of friends, family and musical masters. With contagious ebullience, drummer/ percussionist Babatunde Lea's "Suite Unseen: Summoner of…

  5. The First Lady

    April 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Despite a successful career as a solo artist ("Love Like This") and as a guest vocalist ("Heartbreak Hotel," "I'll Be Missing You"), former session singer and Notorious B.I.G. widow Faith Evans has st Despite a successful career as a solo artist ("Love…

  6. Auf Der Maur Gets Busy On Sophomore Album

    April 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Melissa Auf Der Maur has finished writing the material that will make up her sophomore album for Capitol. After hunkering down at a family home in Cape Cod, Mass., to get ideas on tape, the artist tel Melissa Auf Der Maur has finished writing the material that will make up her sophomore album…

  7. This Day in Music

    April 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Toby Keith's three wins top the CMT Flameworthy 2003 Video Music Awards, held at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. His "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry Amer 2003 - Toby Keith's three wins top the CMT Flameworthy 2003 Video…

  8. Evans Puts Herself 'First'

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. At one point, Faith Evans' weekly routine in Atlanta consisted of "driving to Target, picking up the kids from school and working out." That is no longer the case. Now based here in Los Angeles, Evans is in the midst of a seven…

  9. Campbell Croons With Lanegan, Iha

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former Belle & Sebastian principal Isobel Campbell is set to unveil two new albums in the coming months. Former Belle & Sebastian principal Isobel Campbell is set to unveil two new albums in the coming months. "Ballad of the Broken Seas" is a collaboration with Mark Lanegan…

  10. Megadeth To Lead Summer 'Gigantour'

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine will launch a six-week festival tour in late July boasting two stages of music. Joining his band on the main stage for Gigantour will be Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Dil Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine will launch a six-week festival tour in late July boasting…

  11. Tunes

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 4-10, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, APRIL 4 "D'Fused," Fuse Featured artist: Taking Back Sunday ("This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You)"). "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured…

  12. This Day in Music

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is killed in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. Police say Baloi, 39, is shot in the neck as he makes his way home from performing at the Lucit Candl 2004 - Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is killed in downtown Johannesburg,…

  13. Jones' 'Special Guests' Expanded, Reissued

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The 1979 duets album "George Jones: My Very Special Guests" has grown nearly three times larger for its May 31 reissue by Columbia/Legacy. The 1979 duets album "George Jones: My Very Special Guests" has grown nearly three times larger for its May 31 reissue by Columbia…

  14. Mariah 'Digs Deep' On Upcoming Album

    March 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. On this severely cold March night, Mariah Carey is inside a studio at MTV's New York headquarters taping an interview for an upcoming broadcast. Walking out of the studio, she is heard muttering to no one in particular, "The abuse I…

  15. Carter's New 'Story': Artistic Freedom

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Most artists who make the move from a major label to an independent tout their newfound artistic freedom, but Deana Carter really means it. On "The Story of My Life," her first album for Vanguard, Carter produced, wrote all the songs…

  16. Smokey Retrospective Boasts New Songs

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Soul legend Smokey Robinson has recorded the new songs "My World" and "Fallin'" for the retrospective "My World: The Definitive Collection." Soul legend Smokey Robinson has recorded the new songs "My World" and "Fallin'" for the…

  17. Jackson Has Faith He'll Be Vindicated

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Saying his child molestation trial has brought him to the lowest emotional point of his life, Michael Jackson urged his fans to pray for him, adding he has faith in God he will be vindicated. The arti Saying his child molestation trial has brought him to the lowest emotional point of his life…

  18. Motown Classics Get Modern Updates

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST The 15-track set will be augmented on the same day by "Motown Unmixed," featuring the original versions of the source material for the remix project. As first revealed here in January, a host of Motown classics have been remixed for the aptly named "Motown Remixed"…

  19. Dream Theater Eyeing June For New Album

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rock act Dream Theater will release its next album, "Octavarium," June 7 via Atlantic. Rock act Dream Theater will release its next album, "Octavarium," June 7 via Atlantic. "We wrote it and recorded it at [New York's] the Hit Factory, which is now closed -- we…

  20. Costello's 'King' Receives Rhino Revamp

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST "King of America," the 1986 album that saw Elvis Costello ditch the Attractions and turn introspective and even rootsy, is the latest of the artist's catalog titles lined up for reissue via Rhino. "King of America," the 1986 album that saw Elvis Costello ditch the…

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