1. Erasure's Bell Preps Solo Debut

    July 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Erasure frontman Andy Bell has signed a worldwide solo recording deal with Sanctuary Records. Erasure frontman Andy Bell has signed a worldwide solo recording deal with Sanctuary Records, according to the artist's Web site . His solo debut, "Electric Blue," will be released Oct…

  2. Billboard Bits: 'Charlotte's Web,' Duran Duran, Burton

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on 'Charlotte's Web,' Duran Duran, Burton OutKast's Andre 3000 and Reba McEntire will join Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, John Cleese and Steve Buscemi in lending their vocal talents to the upcoming film adaptation of the classic children's book "Charlotte&…

  3. Ask Billboard

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Kylie Minogue, research and charts. KYLIE! WHERE ARE YOU? Hello Hello. Kylie Minogue is set to do a greatest hits tour in Europe. Is there any chance of a few shows in the United States? Mike Spoganetz Iselin, N.J. Hi Mike, Pop songbird…

  4. Guitarist Hank Garland Dies

    December 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST Legendary country, rock and jazz guitarist Hank Garland, who performed with Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Charlie Parker and many others, died yesterday (Dec. 27) of a Legendary country, rock and jazz guitarist Hank Garland, who performed with Elvis Presley,…

  5. Billboard Bits: Kylie, Chamberlin, STS9

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Stories on Kylie Minogue, the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex and Sound Tribe Sector 9. A pair of new songs by international pop star Kylie Minogue will appear on the "Ultimate Kylie" compilation, due Feb. 1 via Capitol in the United States. The 32-track set will boast the new single "…

  6. Hummin' to Myself

    November 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST There's nothing new about Linda Ronstadt strolling through the Great American Songbook. She established a respectable post-rock career with her three 1980s big-band albums arranged with Sinatra-esque There's nothing new about Linda Ronstadt strolling through the Great American…

  7. Scissor Sisters To Slice Through America

    October 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Scissor Sisters, one of the groups at the forefront of the return of danceable new wave rock, will hit the road in the United States near the end of the year. The Scissor Sisters, one of the groups at the forefront of the return of danceable new wave rock, will hit the road in the United…

  8. Billboard Bits: Kylie, QOTSA, Prefuse 73

    October 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Kylie Minogue, QOTSA, Prefuse 73 Additional dates have been confirmed for Kylie Minogue's 2005 U.K. tour after more than 100,000 tickets shifted within hours of going on sale yesterday (Oct. 18). Tour promoter 3A says the tickets sold out within two hours, eclipsing the pace of…

  9. R.S.V.P.

    September 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Only a few can lay claim to a 50-year musical career. Count Nancy Wilson among them. Only a few can lay claim to a 50-year musical career. Count Nancy Wilson among them. Throughout the course of an astounding 67 recordings, this singer's singer has crafted an impressive body of work—jazz…

  10. Shortlist Music Prize 'Longlist' Nominees

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The "longlist" of artists and their latest albums being considered for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize. Ten finalists for the award will be announced in late September; the Prize will be awarded duri Below is the "longlist" of artists, and their latest albums, being…

  11. Breaking & Entering

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Scissor Sisters. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. Roll out the Twister, dust off the punch bowl and invite your closest friends over for a night of…

  12. Music Fuels New Year's Eve Celebrations

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST While the winter holidays often signal a break from live performance and touring for many music acts, the festivities surrounding New Year's Eve tend to drag others off of the couch and onto the stage While the winter holidays often signal a break from live performance and touring for…

  13. U.K. Still 'Mad' About Andrews, Jules

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST The single "Mad World" remained No. 1 for a second week in the U.K., topping yesterday's (Dec. 29) final weekly sales chart of 2003. Released by Sanctuary/Adventure, the Michael Andrews featuring Gary The single "Mad World" remained No. 1 for a second week in the U.K.…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Madonna, chart methodology and Shania Twain with readers. SOMETHING FAILS? Dear Fred, How would you rate 2003 in terms of chart success for Madonna: a failure or did she do well? Her "American Life" album is considered to be a flop, but it did reach No. 1, it…

  15. Unknowns Snag U.K. Holiday No. 1

    December 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST One of the most closely-fought races ever for the U.K.'s coveted Christmas No. 1 title was ended yesterday (Dec. 21) with a dramatic victory by a demo recording made two years ago for $50. The dark ho One of the most closely-fought races ever for the U.K.'s coveted Christmas No. 1…

  16. Dance Acts Flock To L.A. New Year's Bashes

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Los Angeles dance revelers will once again have two massive events to pick from this New Year's Eve. Paul Oakenfold, the Crystal Method, Sandra Collins and Danny Howells will lead an event at the Bona Los Angeles dance revelers will once again have two massive events to pick from this…

  17. Billboard Bits: Corgan/Blindside, Beck, Farm Aid

    October 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Corgan/Blindside, Beck, Farm Aid Former Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan leader Billy Corgan has contributed guitar to a song on Swedish rock band Blindside's forthcoming album. "Billy Corgan heard a song, flipped out, and asked if he could play guitar on the record," the band&…

  18. Rice, Spree Head 'Eclectic' Show

    October 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The concert is aligned with the station's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" morning show, and features a bill similar to the varied, global reach of that show's playlists. Los Angeles-based public radio station KCRW has tapped recent Shortlist Prize winner Damien Rice, the…

  19. Chimera

    July 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Opening with the Abbess Hildegard Von Bingen chant that has been sampled ad infinitum is an inauspicious start for Delerium, the group that broke out in 1997 with "Silence" featuring singer Sarah McLa Opening with the Abbess Hildegard Von Bingen chant that has been sampled ad…

  20. Tunes On TV

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 9-15, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 9 "Rock Bodies III," VH1 Featured Artists: Tori Amos, Bret Michaels, Beyonce Knowles. "Intimate Portrait: Chaka Khan," Lifetime Channel Featured Artists: Chaka Khan, Mary…

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