1. Shayne Ward, Eminem Lead U.K. Charts

    January 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST "X Factor" winner Shayne Ward begins 2006 as he ended the old year, with a second week atop the U.K. singles chart for "That's My Goal" (Syco Music/Sony BMG). "X Factor" winner Shayne Ward begins 2006 as he ended the old year, with a second week atop the U.K…

  2. Rapper Pimp C Released From Prison

    December 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST After almost four years in prison, underground rap star Pimp C became a free man just before noon today (Dec. 30), according a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. After almost four years in prison, underground rap star Pimp C became a free man just before noon today …

  3. Marsalis, City Workers To Drop Ball in NYC

    December 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Workers from city agencies that joined in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, along with New Orleans jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, will serve as the guests of honor at the annual New Year's Eve ba Workers from city agencies that joined in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, along…

  4. ONE O'CLOCK JUMP: The Unforgettable History of the Oklahoma City Blue Devils

    December 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rolling history of an exemplary jazz band that incubated such legends as Count Basie and vocalist Jimmy Rushing. Rolling history of an exemplary jazz band that incubated such legends as Count Basie and vocalist Jimmy Rushing. With its ever-shifting membership, the Oklahoma City Blue Devils…

  5. Ward, Eminem Rule U.K. Christmas Charts

    December 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Shayne Ward, the winner of last week's "The X Factor" TV talent series, achieved the much-sought Christmas No. 1 single in the U.K. with "That's My Goal" (Syco Music/Sony BMG). The single sold a remar Shayne Ward, the Manchester-born winner of last week's …

  6. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses chart rules, Elvis' chart career, his favorites of 2005 and more with readers. WHY ISN'T 'CHRISTMAS' PRESENT? Hi Fred, I noticed that "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey is the No. 1 song on the digital download chart. My question…

  7. Merry & Bright

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Stirring with the sounds of the season. In the days before Christmas, all through my house, everything is stirring with the sounds of the season. At this time of year I admit that all the self-important, egocentric rules about tunes go out the window. While a Mariah Carey will get nary a note…

  8. The Pogues Plot North American Tour

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Legendary Irish rock act the Pogues will visit North America for the first time in years this spring. Legendary Irish rock act the Pogues will visit North America for the first time in years this spring. The nine-show tour will begin with a March 9-10 stand at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30…

  9. John Legend / Dec. 15, 2005 / Johannesburg (Standard Bank Arena)

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Playing in Africa for the first time, John Legend sustained a feverish momentum and plainly revealed a man capable of keeping a crowd enthralled as easily as any of his (currently) better-known peers. A day before he played to a sold-out crowd of 5,000 at Johannesburg's Standard Bank…

  10. Bono Joins Gates, Wife As 'Persons Of The Year'

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST The richest man in the world, Bill Gates, and his wife, Melinda, were named Time magazine's "Persons of the Year" along with U2 frontman Bono for being Good Samaritans who made a difference in differe The richest man in the world, Bill Gates, and his wife, Melinda, were named…

  11. Obscure Duo Nizlopi Tops U.K. Singles Chart

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST An acoustic ballad by two former street performers known as Nizlopi upset the odds by beating regular chart-toppers Westlife to No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart, as "JCB Song" shifted 81,660 copies An acoustic ballad by two former street performers known as Nizlopi upset the odds…

  12. Hard Rock Heavyweights Visit 'Underworld'

    December 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack for "Underworld: Evolution" will boast a host of exclusive selections. The soundtrack for "Underworld: Evolution" will boast a host of exclusive selections, including the first solo recording from Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington and a song from the…

  13. Billboard Bits: Anastasio, Robert Bradley, Tate

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Trey Anastasio, Robert Bradley, Howard Tate Trey Anastasio has joined the bill for the Black Crowes' New Year's Eve show at New York's Madison Square Garden, replacing My Morning Jacket, which has been forced to back out while frontman Jim James recovers from health…

  14. No Dislodging Brown's 'Run It' From No. 1

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Chris Brown's "Run It!" holds firm at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for its fifth straight week. The cut also remains atop the Pop 100, but drops 2-5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Brown's latest Chris Brown's "Run It!" holds firm at No. 1 on the…

  15. Chart Beat

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Chart news about Mariah Carey, Kristine W, James Blunt and Nelly, as well as Fred's top singles and albums of the year. GIFT-WRAPPED: For the first time in the short history of Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart, a track that is not a current hit ranks No. 1. The 11-year-old song …

  16. This Day in Music

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Garth Brooks says on TNN's "Crook & Chase" show that he plans to keep an "extremely low" profile in 2000 and then will "probably" announce his retirement at the end of the year, hint 2003 - Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham…

  17. deSol

    December 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST N.J.-based band's holiday single makes Billboard chart history. Often lauded as a band that combines "rock'n'roll with Latin soul," deSol strives to achieve musical balance. The band's self-titled debut on Curb Records showcases this aural harmony, but it's…

  18. Cash Biopic, 'Producers' Among Golden Globe Nominees

    December 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music has a prominent place among the nominees for the 63rd annual Golden Globe Awards, with the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" and the screen version of Broadway musical "The Producers" among the Music has a prominent place among the nominees for the 63rd annual…

  19. Young Buck Gets Probation In Vibe Stabbing

    December 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rapper Young Buck pleaded no contest yesterday (Dec. 12) to a felony in the stabbing of a man during a melee at last year's Vibe Awards show. Rapper Young Buck pleaded no contest yesterday (Dec. 12) to a felony in the stabbing of a man during a melee at last year's Vibe Awards show.…

  20. Korn Unveils A New 'Side'

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST With a new label and smaller lineup, one of hard rock's titans signals a creative shift. When Korn named its seventh studio album "See You on the Other Side," the band really meant it. Guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer explains that the title is an offer for people to …

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