1. Legendary Producer Arif Mardin Dies

    June 26, 2006 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, died yesterday (June 25) in New York. Mardin was 74 and had b Arif Mardin, the legendary producer/arranger whose career spanned landmark recordings from…

  2. This Day in Music

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>Italian director Stefano Salvati sues Madonna, claiming that her "Ray of Light" video is stolen from a clip he shot in 1994 for local pop star Biagio Antonacci.<br clear="none"/><br clea 2005 - Seven years after his death, rap legend 2Pac…

  3. Chart Beat Chat

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses airplay v. sales, Hicks, "Hips", Madonna and Arista. SALES AND/OR AIRPLAY Hello Fred, I haven't written that often, but I read you faithfully every week. To me, the Hot 100 seems to favor downloaded sales more than airplay. I know that sales and airplay are…

  4. Aerosmith In Classic Frame Of Mind On New Album

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Aerosmith is in the thick of work on its new studio album, which should be out in spring 2007 via Columbia. The process had not been hindered by vocalist Steven Tyler's recent throat surgery, accordin Aerosmith is in the thick of work on its new studio album, which should be out in…

  5. The Clash's 'Rude Boy' Finally Headed To DVD

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The 1980 film starring the Clash, "Rude Boy," will make its DVD debut Aug. 1 via Epic/Legacy, Billboard.com has learned. The 1980 film starring the Clash, "Rude Boy," will make its DVD debut Aug. 1 via Epic/Legacy, Billboard.com has learned. The fictional documentary…

  6. Billboard Bits: Journey, Jason Mraz, Lynyrd Skynyrd

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Journey, Jason Mraz, Lynyrd Skynyrd Five Journey albums have been remastered and expanded with memorabilia-rich album booklets for an Aug. 1 release via Columbia/Legacy. A handful of the titles have new bonus tracks, including 1988's "Greatest Hits," which will feature…

  7. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Preps Album, Free Tour

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will Oldham is eyeing a Sept. 19 release for his next Drag City album as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "The Letting Go." Will Oldham is eyeing a Sept. 19 release for his next Drag City album as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "The Letting Go." The set will be preceded…

  8. Old Arguments Scotch New York Reggae Bash

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reggae legend Bunny Wailer has pulled out of Sunday's The Nice Revolution concert in Hunter Mountain, N.Y., which would have marked his first appearance alongside producer Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Reggae legend Bunny Wailer has pulled out of Sunday's The Nice Revolution…

  9. Aerosmith, Crue Turn Back Time For Fall Tour

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Enduring rock acts Aerosmith and Motley Crue are teaming for the first time for a fall tour, which will begin Sept. 14 in Holmdel, N.J. Enduring rock acts Aerosmith and Motley Crue are teaming for the first time for a fall tour, which will begin Sept. 14 in Holmdel, N.J. The Route of All Evil…

  10. Famous Friends Honor Billy Preston

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Little Richard and Joe Cocker joined hundreds of friends and relatives of Billy Preston in celebrating his musical legacy during an upbeat funeral yesterday (June 20) in Inglewood, Calif. Little Richard and Joe Cocker joined hundreds of friends and relatives of Billy Preston in celebrating…

  11. Bono, Sting, Lou Reed Fill 'Rogue's Gallery'

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bono, Sting, Lou Reed and Nick Cave are just a handful of the artists who have lent their voices to "Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys," due Aug. 22 via Anti-. Bono, Sting, Lou Reed and Nick Cave are just a handful of the artists who have lent their…

  12. Zappa Plays Zappa / June 16, 2006 / Toronto (Hummingbird Centre)

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT When Frank Zappa passed away, many believed seeing his music given true justice in a live setting would be slim at best and probably impossible. But Dweezil Zappa has other plans. The son of the late When Frank Zappa passed away, many believed seeing his music given true justice in a live…

  13. Notorious B.I.G. Retrial Postponed

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge yesterday (June 19) postponed retrial in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. against the city of Los Angeles. A federal judge yesterday (June 19) postponed retrial in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of slain rapper…

  14. White Drafts Clapton, Knopfler For New Album

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Southern singer/songwriter Tony Joe White has enlisted the help of friends like Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Michael McDonald for his new album, "Uncovered." Southern singer/songwriter Tony Joe White has enlisted the help of friends like Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Michael…

  15. 25OnTV

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 19-25, 2006. MONDAY, JUNE 19 "Imus in the Morning," MSNBC Featured artist(s): Dwight Yoakam. "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist(s): Corinne Bailey Rae (also scheduled: Nicole Richie). "Today," NBC Featured artist(s):…

  16. Bonnaroo Day One: Petty, Oysterhead, My Morning Jacket

    June 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The annual, sun-drenched music-marathon that is the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival kicked off its fifth year yesterday (June 16) with more than 14 hours of music. First-day highlights included Stevi The annual, sun-drenched music-marathon that is the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival kicked…

  17. Steve Miller Raids Archives, Gets Jazzy

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With a 30th anniversary edition of Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle" due out this month, can the same treatment for its follow-up, "Book of Dreams," be far behind? Probably not, says Miller. With a 30th anniversary edition of Steve Miller's "Fly Like an…

  18. Billboard Bits: Frank Black, Blues & Brews, Caldo Verde

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Frank Black, Blues & Brews, Caldo Verde Pixies frontman Frank Black has expanded his run of summer solo acoustic dates opening for the Foo Fighters with a host of headlining appearances. The outing, Black's first under his own name since 1995, will begin Aug. 9 in Salt Lake…

  19. Shakira's 'Hips' Still Shaking At No. 1

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After setting a single-week record for digital download sales last week, Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" featuring Wyclef Jean maintains its lead on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second frame. The song is al After setting a single-week record for digital download sales last week,…

  20. This Day in Music

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Lee Ann Womack sings the national anthem, and a massive fireworks display lights up the Nashville sky in opening ceremonies for Country Music Fan Fair 2001.<br clear="none"/><br clear="n 2005 - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go,"…

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