1. Andy Taylor Splits With Duran Duran

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Duran Duran's comeback will continue without the services of Andy Taylor. Duran Duran's comeback will continue without the services of Andy Taylor. The band's founding guitarist has split with the band again, this time ahead of a string of U.S. dates, beginning tonight (Oct. 26…

  2. Diddy Scores First No. 1 Album In Nine Years

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 this week with "Press Play." The Bad Boy/Atlantic effort also knocks Lloyd Banks' "Rotten Apple" from the throne on the Top R&B/H Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997…

  3. CHART BEAT

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris moves to the penthouse on two charts, plus news about David Bisbal, Alejandro Sanz, Tim McGraw and more. 'MONEY' FOR SOMETHING: Ludacris and Pharrell are kings of the hill on both The Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, deposing Justin Timberlake on…

  4. Ludacris Leapfrogs Timberlake To Overtake Hot 100

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris earns his third No. 1 single, as "Money Maker" featuring Pharrell advances one rung to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The cut replaces Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack," which falls Ludacris earns his third No. 1 single, as "Money Maker"…

  5. Rod Rocks Back With Fourth No. 1 Album

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rod Stewart earns his fourth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 this week with "Still the Same ... Great American Rock Classics of Our Time." The J Records effort sold 184,000 copies in the United State Rod Stewart earns his fourth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 this week with "…

  6. Timberlake Goes In The Round For 'FutureSex' Tour

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here in August, Justin Timberlake will tour "in the round" in North American arenas next year, beginning Jan. 8 in San Diego. The 11-week trek, with support from Pink, will be followed As first tipped here in August, Justin Timberlake will tour "in the round…

  7. Rapper Fabolous Shot In Manhattan

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Fabolous was shot early this morning (Oct. 17) as he stood at a Manhattan parking garage near Sean "Diddy" Combs' Justin restaurant, spurring a sequence of events that left him both hospitalize Rapper Fabolous was shot early this morning (Oct. 17) as he stood at a…

  8. Epic To Sign Menudo; MTV Plans Reality Show

    October 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In its heyday, Menudo caused stampedes, played stadiums around the world and sold millions of records. In its heyday, Menudo caused stampedes, played stadiums around the world and sold millions of records. In the process, the Puerto Rican boy band, whose alumni include Ricky Martin, became an…

  9. Chart Beat

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Jay-Z, Monica and more! THE STATE OF 'SHOW ME': Jay-Z returns to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with his first solo effort in a year and ties the highest-debuting single of 2006 in the process. "Show Me What You Got" (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam) blasts onto…

  10. Timberlake Still 'Sexy' At No. 1, New Single Keeps Climbing

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" notches a seventh week atop the Billboard Hot 100 and leads the Pop 100 for a sixth frame, while his new single "My Love" continues to scale the Hot 100. The cut is the Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" notches a seventh week…

  11. Evanescence Zooms By Killers To Take No. 1

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In another major week for new releases, Evanescence's "The Open Door" bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The Wind-Up effort moved 447,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the In another major week for new releases, Evanescence's "The Open…

  12. Darkness Lead Singer Hawkins Quits Band

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Singer Justin Hawkins has left British band the Darkness to continue his drug rehabilitation. Hawkins revealed his intentions today (Oct. 11) in an interview with the Sun newspaper. "It will be an uph Singer Justin Hawkins has left British band the Darkness to continue his drug…

  13. 41OnTV

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Oct. 9 - 15, 2006. MONDAY, OCT. 9 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist(s): James Blunt (also scheduled: Donald Trump, John Cena. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist(s): Sam Moore (also scheduled: Robin…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses corrected charts, Akon, "Weird Al" Yankovic and more with his readers. DIFFERENT CHART, DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES As you know, a Nielsen SoundScan error caused by delayed data from one retailer forced Billboard to recompile most of its charts for the issue dated Oct. 7.…

  15. Timberlake Still Tops, Akon Sets Hot 100 Record

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Showing no sign of slipping, Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" retains its lead on the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week and fronts the Pop 100 for a fifth. Meanwhile, the singer's new single, "My Love" Showing no sign of slipping, Justin Timberlake's "…

  16. Ludacris Scores Third No. 1 With 'Release Therapy'

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In a week featuring debuts in the first four slots of The Billboard 200, Ludacris' "Release Therapy" bows at No. 1 with 309,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The DTP/Def Jam effort is the ra In a week featuring debuts in the first four slots of The Billboard 200,…

  17. Scissor Sisters Not Budging On U.K. Charts

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Polydor's Scissor Sisters scored a double on the U.K. sales charts for the second consecutive week, starting a fourth week at No. 1 with the single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" and second with the albu Polydor's Scissor Sisters scored a double on the U.K. sales…

  18. Eve Drafts Top Producers For 'Here I Am'

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Eve is sifting through tracks for her upcoming fourth album, "Here I Am," a joint effort between Dr. Dre's Aftermath/Interscope imprint and Swizz Beatz' Full Surface. Eve will put the final touches on Eve is sifting through tracks for her upcoming fourth album, "Here…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss artists who have succeeded in their solo career as well as their group career, Bob Dylan and future book ideas. NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESSION Fred: A few weeks ago when Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" catapulted to No. 1, something was…

  20. Chart Beat

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Clay Aiken, Miki Howard and more. A THOUSAND = 99: One question I'm asked all the time is if I think the contestants on "American Idol" have staying power. In the past, I've had to say that time will tell... but time keeps passing and, three years after he…

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