1. Crowded House Stars As Live Earth Begins In Sydney

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first of the Live Earth climate change concerts in Sydney began today (July 7) with an emotional welcome by a traditional Aboriginal troupe painted in white and waving eucalyptus leaves, and ended The first of the Live Earth climate change concerts in Sydney began today (July 7) with an…

  2. This Day in Music

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Pink Floyd co-founder Roger "Syd" Barrett dies in Cambridge, England at the age of 60, due to complications from diabetes. 2006 - Pink Floyd co-founder Roger "Syd" Barrett dies in Cambridge, England at the age of 60, due to complications from diabetes. 2001 - Folk…

  3. Ask Billboard

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers readers' questions on Stevie Nicks, Madonna, the Spice Girls and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . NICKS IN THE MIX Hi Keith, Thank you very much for always providing great answers…

  4. Osbourne: Ozzfest Early Birds May Win Ticket Upgrades

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT If metal fans were pleased to get tickets to this year's free Ozzfest in the first place, Sharon Osbourne and the tour's other organizers are hatching plans to make them even happier once they get in If metal fans were pleased to get tickets to this year's free Ozzfest in the…

  5. Pete Doherty Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pete Doherty pleaded guilty to a drug charge today (July 3) in London after arriving so late the judge had issued an arrest warrant. District Judge Davinder Lachhar warned Doherty that he had one last Pete Doherty pleaded guilty to a drug charge today (July 3) in London after arriving so late…

  6. This Day in Music

    June 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, dies of cancer at his home in Nashville. He is 77. 2001 - Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, dies of cancer at his home in…

  7. Big Business

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Here's who's in the van: Jared Warren--Bass, vocals Coady Willis--Drums (I'm also writing this) Toshi Kasai--Guitar, vocals, various and sundry instrumentation Dusty Warren--Merchandise, Tour Managem Here's who's in the van: Jared Warren--Bass, vocals Coady Willis-…

  8. Billboard Bits: Grand National, N.O.R.E., Molotov & More

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Grand National concluded a week's worth of shows and appearances with an acoustic gig last night (June 26) at New York's Joe's Pub. U.K. rock act Grand National concluded a week's worth of shows and appearances with an acoustic gig last night (June 26) at New…

  9. Carlton Links With The Inc. For Third Album

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As the Oct. 9 release date for her third album, "Heroes & Thieves," approaches, singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton has inked with a surprising label: hip-hop music entrepreneur Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo' As the Oct. 9 release date for her third album, "Heroes &…

  10. This Day in Music

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - 50 Cent and Jermaine Dupri are named songwriters of the year at the 19th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. 2006 - 50 Cent and Jermaine Dupri are named songwriters of the year at the 19th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul…

  11. This Day in Music

    June 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Arif Mardin, the legendary producer/arranger whose career spanned landmark recordings from Aretha Franklin to the Bee Gees to Norah Jones, dies in New York. Mardin is 74 and had been suffering 2006 - Arif Mardin, the legendary producer/arranger whose career spanned landmark recordings…

  12. The Academy Is...

    June 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It's very hot outside but when I walk into an air-conditioned place, (which is pretty much all of USA) it freaks me out! Today I'm in San Antonio, Texas! It's been raining for most of the day and it's very humid! One of the biggest frustrations I have is, in America,…

  13. WMG Combines Cordless, Rykodisc, Taps Slim Moon

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is partnering its digital label Cordless with Rykodisc, a move intended to give Cordless artists access to Rykodisc's staff and distribution while enhancing the digital offerings of Warner Music Group is partnering its digital label Cordless with Rykodisc, a move…

  14. Toby Keith's 'Big Dog' Heads Straight To No. 1

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Toby Keith scores his third No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and his fifth chart-topper on Top Country Albums this week with "Big Dog Daddy." The Show Dog Nashville set moved 204,000 copies in the United St Toby Keith scores his third No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and his fifth chart-topper…

  15. The Police, Ween, Flaming Lips Star At Bonnaroo

    June 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Police's first festival appearance since reuniting last month and performances by Ween and the Flaming Lips highlighted the Saturday (June 16) bill at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn. Th The Police's first festival appearance since reuniting last month and performances…

  16. This Day in Music

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," is awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The Fellowship, which comes with a $20,000 prize, 2005 - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," is awarded a National…

  17. Def Leppard Nearly Complete With 'Sparkly' New Album

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Def Leppard is "about 85, 90 percent finished" with its next album, which frontman Joe Elliott describes as "a very <I>rock</I> album" tentatively titled "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge." Def Leppard is "about 85, 90 percent finished" with…

  18. Long-Lost Stills Sessions Hitting Stores In July

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nearly 30 years ago, Stephen Stills was in a New York studio with then-girlfriend Judy Collins recording music for the film "The Subject Was Roses." He finished early, so he asked the engineer, "'Can Nearly 30 years ago, Stephen Stills was in a New York studio with then…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. Speaking in Brussels after meeting European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, Bono s 2005 - U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union to step up efforts to support the…

  20. Chart Beat Chat

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Eurovision Song Contest, The Shop Boyz, two-sided singles and more! WALES, DOUZE POINTS? Dear Fred, In your reply to Ken Bruin of Scotland in last week's Chart Beat Chat column, you ruminated on the possibility of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland…

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