1. Chart Beat

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Hicks wrests The Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 crown away from Shakira and Wyclef Jean, plus news on Taylor Swift, Billie Joel and Rascal Flatts. 'HIPS' SLIPS; HICKS CLICKS: America's love affair with "American Idol" hasn't abated, as evidenced by the series…

  2. Busta's 'Bang' Crowns Three Album Charts

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Busta Rhymes brings forth his first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with "The Big Bang." The album sold 209,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the rapper's best one- Busta Rhymes brings forth his first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with…

  3. Stars Help Bennett Celebrate 80th On 'Duets'

    June 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As first reported here in February, some of the biggest names in music have joined Tony Bennett for his 80th birthday celebration album, "Duets -- An American Classic." The 18-track project arrives Se As first reported here in February, some of the biggest names in music have joined…

  4. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    June 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Busta Rhymes strikes back on Dr. Dre's label, Sonic Youth slims down to a quartet, the Replacements quit arguing and record some new songs and "Dead Man Walking" is reborn in this week's Hot Product. The Billy Joel concert souvenir "12 Gardens Live" (Columbia),…

  5. Montreux On The Record

    May 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT From the beginning of the Montreux Jazz Festival four decades ago, festival founder Claude Nobs sought to record every artist who appeared on its stages. From the beginning of the Montreux Jazz Festival four decades ago, festival founder Claude Nobs sought to record every artist who appeared…

  6. This Day in Music

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Kenny Rogers receives a special Career Achievement Award from the Academy of Country Music during its 36th annual awards show, held at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. The awar 2005 - In what is billed as the first "descriptive music video," the…

  7. Billboard Bits: Billy Joel, GNR/Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Billy Joel, GNR/Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode Although details are still coming together, Columbia is eyeing a June 13 release for "12 Gardens Live," a double-disc concert album chronicling Billy Joel's record-breaking 12-night sell-out run at New York's Madison…

  8. ON TV

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 24-30, 2006. MONDAY, APRIL 24 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist(s): Bruce Springsteen. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist(s): Elton John (also scheduled: Kim Raver). "American Chopper: Billy Joel Bike,…

  9. This Day in Music

    April 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell finishes an eight-day promo tour around the world with a packed press conference in Milan. She presents her solo debut single, "Look At Me," and talks fr 2003 - Reggae artist Ziggy Marley releases his first solo album, "…

  10. Chart Beat Chat

    March 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred chats with readers about charts, Madonna, digital downloads, Mary J. Blige and more. AIN'T NOTHING LIKE THE 'REAL, REAL, REAL' THING Dear Fred, In Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles" book, he sometimes lists the sales and airplay chart positions along with the…

  11. Osaka Popstar Readies Punk-Driven Debut

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Misfts' John Cafiero and Jerry Only, the Ramones' Marky Ramone, Black Flag's Dez Cadena and Richard Hell and the Voidoids' Ivan Julian have completed their long-in-the-works debut as Osaka Popstar The Misfts' John Cafiero and Jerry Only, the Ramones' Marky…

  12. This Day in Music

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend for the past decade, actress Charleen "Chuck" McCrory, finally tie the knot. The pair exchanges vows at Tony's Ballroom in Houston before 200 2004 - Roy "Pop" Lewis, patriarch of bluegrass gospel…

  13. This Day in Music

    March 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Jeff Beck begins a headlining U.S. tour at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., in support of his current Epic album, "Who Else!"<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - Prince, the late George Harrison, Traffic, ZZ Top, Bob…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred chats with readers about everything from cover songs and "American Idol" to digital downloads and the action on Billboard's country charts. ACE: OFF BASE? Fred, First of all, hats off to your light and fact-filled response to [a] serious letter a few weeks ago. I'm…

  15. This Day in Music

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2004 - </b>Randy Travis escapes a bus accident in Lakeville, Pa., without serious injury. The country act, his wife/manager Elizabeth Travis and tour manager Jeff Davis are traveling along Rt. 590 2005 - Southern rock vocalist Danny Joe Brown dies of complications from diabetes…

  16. Stars Align For Bennett Birthday Album

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST By 11 a.m. the morning after the Grammy Awards, while other winners were undoubtedly still sleeping off the night before, Tony Bennett was doing what he does best: singing. By 11 a.m. the morning after the Grammy Awards, while other winners were undoubtedly still sleeping off the night before…

  17. Film, TV Actors Take The Mic On 'Unexpected Dreams'

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Actress Scarlett Johansson, "Moulin Rouge" star Ewan McGregor and "Desperate Housewives" principal Teri Hatcher are among the actors that have been tapped to put their own spin on famous tunes on "Une Actress Scarlett Johansson, "Moulin Rouge" star Ewan…

  18. This Day in Music

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Beatles principal George Harrison participates in his first-ever online chats via Yahoo! Chat and MSN Live.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Following a long illness, French popular singer Pierre Bachelet dies in the city of…

  19. Chart Beat Chat

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "High School Musical," musical siblings, Bedingfields, Lee Greenwood and much more with readers. NEVER HEARD OF A HUDGENS, NOR AN EFRON Fred, Has anyone, especially an obscure singer such as Zac Efron, had a better week? He had two debuts last week (at No. 86 and No.…

  20. Chart Beat

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST The rewriting of chart history by "High School Musical" is tackled in this week's column, as is news on John Corbett, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, James Blunt and Natasha Bedingfield. 'FREE' THROW: Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens are actors, so it's likely…

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