1. Hot Product

    February 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Kings Of Leon Only Love Can 'Break' Your Heart For Kings of Leon, fame is a relative thing. The four-piece rock outfit from Tennessee has achieved platinum sales in the United Kingdom, where it is a bona fide sensation. However, in its hometown of Nashville and elsewhere in the…

  2. Hot Product

    February 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Crooked Fingers / Iron & Wine / M. Ward Meet The Folkers This week brings new releases from three acclaimed singer/songwriters, led by a new Sub Pop EP, "Woman King," from Iron & Wine. The set finds Iron & Wine mastermind Sam Beam broadening his acoustic-based repertoire…

  3. Vietnam War Still Fresh In Griffith's 'Mind'

    February 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Four years after her last studio album, Nanci Griffith is back with a new one, "Hearts in Mind"; a new label, New Door/Universal Music Enterprises; and a new producer -- herself. She retains her outspoken anti-war stance, as evidenced…

  4. Soundgarden Mates Revive Hater

    February 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd has put the finishing touches on archival tapes that will constitute the second album from Hater, a side project with former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron th Former Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd has put the finishing touches on archival tapes that…

  5. Burning in the Sun

    February 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST When we first heard Coldplay's "Yellow," we thought it was Dave Matthews with a new backing band. When we first heard Blue Merle, we thought it was Coldplay's Chris Martin backed by a latter-day Dave When we first heard Coldplay's "Yellow," we thought it was…

  6. Hancock Surrounded By Stars On New Album

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Herbie Hancock is surrounded by stars on his as-yet-untitled next album, due Sept. 13 via Vector. Among the artists already on tap with the jazz legend are Sting, Annie Lennox, Carlos Santana and Trey How does Starbucks, which partnered with Concord on Ray Charles' Grammy Award-sweeping …

  7. Ono, MMW To Play Benefits For NYC Club

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Yoko Ono, Medeski Martin & Wood and Jim O'Rourke are among the artists that will play benefit shows to help raise funds for New York club Tonic. Yoko Ono, Medeski Martin & Wood and Jim O'Rourke are among the artists that will play benefit shows to help raise funds for New…

  8. CHART BEAT CHAT

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Grammys and charts, new Billboard charts, Anne Murray and Tina Turner with readers. HERE WE GO AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME Hi Fred, "Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles and Norah Jones is the second Grammy winner for record of the year that did not chart on the Hot…

  9. Prosecutors: Jackson TV Interviews Are Evidence

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's "admissions" in a pair of TV interviews that he shared his bedroom with young boys help prove him guilty of child molestation and should be shown to jurors at his trial, prosecutors Michael Jackson's "admissions" in a pair of TV interviews that…

  10. Bono, Shankar Among Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST U2 singer Bono and Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar are among 166 nominees for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, a list that also includes Pope John Paul II and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. U2 singer Bono and Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar are among 166 nominees for the 2005 Nobel…

  11. This Day in Music

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Country singer Johnny Paycheck, best known for his 1977 song "Take This Job and Shove It," dies in a Nashville nursing home of emphysema and diabetes, among other problems. He is 64. 2003 - Country singer Johnny Paycheck, best known for his 1977 song "…

  12. Amos Embarking On Solo Piano Tour

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tori Amos has confirmed plans to open a solo piano tour April 1 in Clearwater, Fla. The month-long Original Sinsuality theater outing has 14 confirmed dates, closing April 25 in Los Angeles. Tori Amos has confirmed plans to open a solo piano tour April 1 in Clearwater, Fla. The month-long…

  13. This Day in Music

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2004 - </b>The Darkness confirms its status as Britian's new favorite rock band at the Brit Awards at London's Earls Court, taking three major trophies. The band _ which led the nominations going i 2004 - The Darkness confirms its status as Britian's new favorite…

  14. Billboard Bits: Death Cab, 'Friends & Lovers,' Nirvana

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Death Cab For Cutie, 'Friends & Lovers,' Nirvana Death Cab For Cutie will offer its final release on longtime indie home Barsuk Records next month, in the form of the seven-track live set "The John Byrd EP." The collection was recorded during the band's…

  15. House Approves Higher Indecency Fines

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST In an overwhleming bipartisan show of support for tougher indecency penalties, the House of Representatives today (Feb. 16) passed a modified Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, by a vote of 389-38. In an overwhleming bipartisan show of support for tougher indecency penalties, the House of…

  16. Minutemen Remembered In New Documentary

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Being in a punk band during the 1980s did not automatically secure you a mega-buck record deal, constant MTV rotation and a spot on the Grammys. Being in a punk band during the 1980s did not automatically secure you a mega-buck record deal, constant MTV rotation and a spot on the Grammys. In…

  17. 3 Doors Down Steers Straight To No. 1

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Doors Down's "Seventeen Days" (Republic/Universal) was the album of choice for Valentine's Day shoppers this year, as the group earns the highest-charting set and best sales week of its career with 3 Doors Down's "Seventeen Days" (Republic/Universal) was…

  18. Ask Billboard

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about "The O.C.," Fantasia, Kelly Clarkson and best-selling female artists. MUSIC AND 'THE O.C.' Keith, I'm a big fan of "The O.C." on Fox. How do they go about selecting music for the show? Does the production…

  19. This Day in Music

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Country singer Andy Griggs is arrested just before 3 a.m. after taking a joy ride in an ambulance. Griggs and band member Kevin Weaver came upon the vehicle, with keys inside, in the par 2001 - Country singer Andy Griggs is arrested just before 3 a.m. after taking a…

  20. Billboard Bits: Garth Brooks, Carly Simon, Napster

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Garth Brooks, Carly Simon, Napster Garth Brooks' appearance Saturday at fundraiser in Fort Worth, Texas, reportedly helped raise more than $2 million for a local hospital. Brooks performed with pals Steve Wariner, Stephanie Davis and Dan Roberts, who had organized the $1,000-a…

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