1. Ne-Yo Completes Chart Takeover With 'So Sick'

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ne-Yo's "So Sick" climbs eight rungs to capture the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, just as the singer/songwriter's Def Jam album, "In My Own Words," debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 20 Ne-Yo's "So Sick" climbs eight rungs to capture…

  2. Chart Beat

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ne-Yo, James Blunt, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Sting and Jessi Colter are among those making noteworthy moves and news. RAPID TRANSIT: The turnover rate of No. 1 songs on The Billboard Hot 100 continues at an accelerated pace, the fastest in eight years. After just one week at the…

  3. MMJ Roars Back With DVD, Live CD, Pearl Jam Tour

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Last fall, My Morning Jacket had just finished a sold-out tour in support of its latest ATO/RCA album, "Z," which ranked No. 1 on Billboard's annual year-end Critics' Choice poll. Last fall, My Morning Jacket had just finished a sold-out tour in support of its latest ATO…

  4. Springsteen's New Band Added To Jazz Fest

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and his new Seeger Sessions Band, Herbie Hancock, Etta James and Warren Haynes have been added to the lineup for the 2006.. Bruce Springsteen and his new Seeger Sessions Band, Herbie Hancock, Etta James and Warren Haynes have been added to the lineup for the 2006 New Orleans…

  5. Billboard Bits: Woody Allen, Corinne Bailey Rae, Film School, Kennedy

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Woody Allen, Corinne Bailey Rae, Ray Kennedy Film legend Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band will open the fifth annual Rochester International Jazz festival in Rochester, N.Y., this summer. The June 9 concert at Eastman Theatre will benefit the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane…

  6. Ne-Yo's 'Words' Speak Volumes At No. 1

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a hot week for new albums in the top 10, R&B singer Ne-Yo's debut solo release flies straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200. "In My Own Words" (Def Jam) sold 301,000 copies in the United States In a hot week for new albums in the top 10, R&B singer Ne-Yo's debut…

  7. LL Cool J: 'I Do What Comes Natural, What I Love'

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST More than two decades into his career, this artist continues to diversify, but keeps his head in the game. Grow. That word pops up frequently in conversation with LL Cool J. Indeed, since the rapper became the first Def Jam artist to release a single some 20 years ago, it seems to have become…

  8. 41st Academy of Country Music Awards - Final Nominees

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Final nominees for the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards, to be handed out May 23 in Las Vegas. Below are the final nominees for the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards, to be handed out May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in a ceremony airing live on CBS. ALBUM OF THE YEAR…

  9. Newcomers Rae, Chico Rule U.K. Charts

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST English singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae continued her meteoric emergence in the U.K by debuting at the top of the album chart yesterday (March 5) with her self-titled debut set. English singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae continued her meteoric emergence in the U.K by debuting at the…

  10. Future Floyd

    March 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST David Gilmour has remained quiet since Pink Floyd's unexpected reunion last July for the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, but hardly inactive. The man described as "the guitar and the voice of Pink Floyd" David Gilmour has remained quiet since Pink Floyd's unexpected reunion…

  11. Chart Beat Chat

    March 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred chats with readers about favorite songs, originals vs. covers and more. ALL IN THE FAMILY Dear Fred, I have loved your column for years now, but [last week] was the first time that I got goose bumps from reading it. As you know, music can have an extremely powerful effect on people. But…

  12. Springsteen Does Seeger On First Covers Album

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Almost exactly a year since the release of his last Columbia studio album, "Devils & Dust," Bruce Springsteen will return April 25 with the first covers album of his career. "We Shall Overcome -- Almost exactly a year since the release of his last Columbia studio album, …

  13. Chart Beat

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST James Blunt, Madonna and Ray Davies are all making noteworthy moves and news. IT'S A 'BEAUTIFUL' DAY: He's been No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs, Adult Top 40 and the Pop 100 charts, but this week James Blunt takes the big prize as his debut single, "You&…

  14. Blunt Leapfrogs Beyoncé To Claim No. 1

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST After lingering at No. 2 for three straight weeks, James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" tops the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The U.K. singer/songwriter thus becomes the first British artist to reach No. After lingering at No. 2 for three straight weeks, James Blunt's …

  15. James Blunt Soars To No. 1 On Hot 100

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST U.K. singer/songwriter James Blunt has reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the single "You're Beautiful." Blunt becomes the first British artist to reach the summit since Elton John achieved t U.K. singer/songwriter James Blunt has reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100…

  16. Bullet For My Valentine

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Welsh metal act plans U.S. invasion. Let the massacre begin. The metal band Bullet For My Valentine has already exploded in the United Kingdom. Now they're locked, loaded and ready to take on the States. Last week, the band's debut full-length, "The Poison" (Trustkill),…

  17. 'High School' Leads Youthful Album Chart Charge

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST After seven weeks on the chart, the soundtrack to "High School Musical" rises to the top on The Billboard 200, up from last week's previous high of No. 6. The Walt Disney set sold 101,000 copies in th After seven weeks on the chart, the soundtrack to "High School Musical…

  18. Billboard Bits: CMT Awards, The Cult, LCD Soundsystem, Ween

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on CMT Awards, The Cult, LCD Soundsystem, Ween Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Gretchen Wilson, Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland are confirmed to perform at the 2006 CMT Music Awards. Tickets for the April 10 show at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in…

  19. David James Herbert

    February 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST This London-based singer/songwriter may be at the start of his career, but his songs are already heavy with spirit, emotion and sadness. David James Herbert's full-length album, "Turn Up Your Silence," begins with his raspy vocal rising above a bubbling, primal drum beat. The…

  20. Madonna, Jack Johnson Take Lead On U.K. Charts

    February 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Madonna's "Sorry" (Warner Bros.) became her second consecutive U.K. No. 1 single from the album "Confessions on a Dance Floor" yesterday, while Jack Johnson's "In Between Dreams" (Brushfire/Island) su Madonna's "Sorry" (Warner Bros.)…

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