1. Xzibit Headed To The 'Gridiron'

    April 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Xzibit is in final negotiations to join Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the Columbia Pictures drama "Gridiron Gang." The rapper-turned-actor will play Malcolm, the assistant coach of the team in the film Xzibit is in final negotiations to join Dwayne "The Rock"…

  2. Wilson, 'Whiskey' Top CMT Awards

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Gretchen Wilson was a top vote-getter at the 2005 CMT Music Awards, held last night (April 11) at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. The entertainer took home two of the evening's nine fan-vote Gretchen Wilson was a top vote-getter at the 2005 CMT Music Awards, held last…

  3. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (April 11-18, 2005).

    April 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (April 11-18, 2005). A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY: Country music and comedy will collide Monday night at the 2005 CMT Music Awards, which will be hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. The show looks to be a big 'un, with the likes of Reba…

  4. 16TunesOnTV

    April 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 11-18, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, APRIL 11 "Today," NBC Featured artist: Kristin Chenoweth (also scheduled: Floyd Abrams, Shandi Finnessey, Sue Miller). "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist…

  5. Pearl Jam Halfway Home On New Album

    April 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam is progressing on its eighth studio album in Seattle. Guitarist Mike McCready tells Billboard.com the band has "about 20-25" songs in the hopper, comprising "some ballads and some pretty har Pearl Jam is progressing on its eighth studio album in Seattle. Guitarist…

  6. This Day in Music

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck walks free from court after a London jury acquits him of going on a drunken rampage on a trans-Atlantic flight a year before. 2002 - R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck walks free from court after a London jury acquits him of going on a drunken…

  7. Billboard Bits: Les Paul, 'Los Kidz Bop,' CMT

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Les Paul, 'Los Kidz Bop,' CMT With his 90th birthday around the corner, guitar legend Les Paul is working on a new album that will find him collaborating with Eric Clapton, Sting, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Joss Stone, the Goo Goo Dolls' Johnny Rzeznik, Peter…

  8. Tunes On TV

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for March 28-April 3, 2005 Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY,APRIL 28 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artists: BeBe Winans, Queen Latifah (also scheduled: Charlie O'Connell). "7th Avenue. Drop: Queens Of The Stone Age,"…

  9. Hot Product

    March 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Will Smith Fresh Prince Among Thieves Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost and Found," his first new album in three years. Due this week, the set is Smith's first for Interscope since parting ways with Columbia, which…

  10. Koz & Friends Plan 'Smooth Summer' Tour

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST For the fourth year in a row, several contemporary jazz artists will join forces under the Dave Koz & Friends banner for the latest edition of the A Smooth Summer Night tour. For the fourth year in a row, several contemporary jazz artists will join forces under the Dave Koz & Friends…

  11. 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"…

  12. Idol's Takes 'Playground' On Tour

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST With a well-received performance at Austin, Texas' South By Southwest music festival behind him, Billy Idol is readying for a full scale return to the road next month. He'll open a North American tour With a well-received performance at Austin, Texas' South By Southwest music…

  13. Hot Product

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ozzy Osbourne 'Prince' Among Thieves A 10-track disc of cover songs is the gem inside Epic's four-disc Ozzy Osbourne box set, "Prince of Darkness." Among the tracks tackled on the "Under Covers" disc is a version of Mountain's "Mississippi Queen,…

  14. South By Southwest Diary: March 18

    March 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard staffers criss-cross Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival in search of old favorites and new discoveries. In the third installment of a daily diary, Barry A. Jeckell, Todd Marten Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW) event is a music festival and…

  15. This Day in Music

    March 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Jazz organist Big John Patton dies in Montclair, N.J., of complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He is 66. 2002 - Jazz organist Big John Patton dies in Montclair, N.J., of complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He is 66. 2001 - Composer Monty Norman…

  16. King's X, Pearl Jam Project Almost Complete

    March 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST King's X singer/bassist Doug Pinnick will have quite a jam-packed schedule for the foreseeable future. King's X singer/bassist Doug Pinnick will have quite a jam-packed schedule for the foreseeable future. First up will be a new solo album, followed by a new King's X album with…

  17. B&E: Hanna-McEuen

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Hanna-McEuen Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. With a rich melody and warm lyrics like "It's a little like an old sad…

  18. This Day in Music

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2004 - </b>Prince, the late George Harrison, Traffic, ZZ Top, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, the Dells and Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner are welcomed into the ranks of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fam 2004 - Prince, the late George Harrison, Traffic, ZZ Top, Bob Seger, Jackson…

  19. Billboard Bits: Michael Franti, B.G., Lizz Wright

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Michael Franti, B.G., Lizz Wright Outspoken musician/poet/activist Michael Franti will record his next album in Kingston, Jamaica, with Island Records founder Chris Blackwell executive producing. Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson) are…

  20. 12TunesOnTV

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for March 13-20, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MARCH 14 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist: Percy Sledge (also scheduled: Will Farrell). "Today," NBC Featured artist: Kelly Clarkson (also scheduled: Michelle…

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