1. James Taylor Writing Material For New Album

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter James Taylor has begun work on his first studio album since 2002's "October Road," his final release for longtime label Columbia. Singer/songwriter James Taylor has begun work on his first studio album since 2002's "October Road," his final…

  2. R. Kelly Leads Soul Train Award Nominees

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by Tyrese and actress Vivica Fox at Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif. R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by…

  3. Beyoncé Still No. 1, 'High School' Breaks Record

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beyoncé's "Check On It" featuring Slim Thug retains its No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, but the star this week is the "High School Musical" soundtrack, which spawns several Beyoncé's "Check On It" featuring Slim Thug retains its…

  4. McCartney, Clarkson, Ciara Join Grammy Lineup

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST The performance lineup for the 48th annual Grammy Awards continues to swell. Following yesterday's (Feb. 1) confirmation of a show-opening Madonna/Gorillaz pairing, the Recording Academy has added Pau The performance lineup for the 48th annual Grammy Awards continues to swell. Following…

  5. Madonna, Gorillaz To Open Grammys

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST The 48th annual Grammy Awards will open with a bang, as international superstar Madonna will be paired with "virtual band" Gorillaz. The group will be present via 3D color animation in what the Record The 48th annual Grammy Awards will open with a bang, as international superstar…

  6. UNKLE Revs Up With Homme, Dalle, Astbury

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST James Lavelle's UNKLE project is progressing on its third studio album, which is presently being mixed in London and expected for a summer release via Global Underground. James Lavelle's UNKLE project is progressing on its third studio album, which is presently being mixed in London…

  7. Auf Der Maur Rocks With Old Friends On New CD

    January 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Melissa Auf Der Maur is recording her sophomore Capitol album with the help of some old friends, including former Smashing Pumpkins bandmate Billy Corgan and Steve Durand and Jordon Zadorozny, her col Melissa Auf Der Maur is recording her sophomore Capitol album with the help of some old…

  8. On TV

    January 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2005. MONDAY, JAN. 30 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist(s): Leif Garrett (also scheduled: Mark DiCarlo, Garrett's mother Carolyn Stellar). "The View," ABC Featured artist(s): Barry Manilow (also scheduled: Rosie…

  9. Billboard Bits: Pearl Jam, Gov't Mule, the 5 Browns

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Pearl Jam, Gov't Mule, the 5 Browns As Pearl Jam nears completion on its new studio album , the group has finalized the track list for its upcoming holiday single, sent annually to members of its Ten Club fan organization. This year's single will feature a live cover of the…

  10. Beyoncé, Slim Thug Battle Their Way To No. 1

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beyoncé's "Check on It" featuring Slim Thug rises one rung to claim the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The cut ends the two-week run of Nelly's "Grillz" featuring Paul Wall and Al Beyoncé's "Check on It" featuring Slim Thug rises…

  11. This Day in Music

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>Blues drummer S.P. Leary dies at the age of 67 of complications from cancer. During his half-century-long career, the Texas-born musician supported such performers as T-Bone Walker, Mudd 2003 - U.K. modern rock act Coldplay closes down a section of Los Angeles'…

  12. Bill Frisell Quintet / Jan. 23, 2005 / Los Angeles (Jazz Bakery)

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST Guitarist Bill Frisell began his one-night stand Monday at Los Angeles' Jazz Bakery leading his quintet in a loose-limbed, lowdown, shoes-off treatment of "You Are My Sunshine," taken at a sexually ev Guitarist Bill Frisell began his one-night stand Monday at Los Angeles'…

  13. Foxx Back On Top Of The Billboard 200

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST The game of musical chairs continues on The Billboard 200 with Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" and Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" flip-flopping again. With sales of just over 97,200 copies in the Uni The game of musical chairs continues on The Billboard 200 with…

  14. Sparxxx Hopes Third Album's 'The Charm'

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST With a new label and a new, club-friendly sound, southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx is viewing his third album as a new beginning. With a new label and a new, club-friendly sound, southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx is viewing his third album as a new beginning. "It's like the sun comin'…

  15. Everything I'm Cracked Up To Be: A Rock & Roll Fairy Tale

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a series of dizzying, hilarious, heartbreaking snapshots, Jen Trynin captures what it's like to be catapulted to the edge of rock stardom, only to plummet back down to earth. "Everything I'm Cracke "With plenty to say and ample musical gifts with which to say it, Boston…

  16. Superstars Sign On For Taylor Tribute

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen, the Dixie Chicks and Sting are among the high-profile acts confirmed to perform as part of the 2006 MusiCares Person of the Year dinner honoring James Taylor. Bruce Springsteen, the Dixie Chicks and Sting are among the high-profile acts confirmed to perform as part of the…

  17. This Day in Music

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1995 - </b>Courtney Love appears in Australian court on charges of abusing a flight attendant. The singer admits to responding with an obscenity when a Quantas flight attendant told her to take her 1999 - Bill Givens, founder of pioneering reissue label Origin Jazz Library,…

  18. This Day in Music

    January 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>R&B singer/pianist Charles Brown, 76, dies of congestive heart failure in Oakland, Calif. Brown scored his first hit, "Drifting Blues," in 1946 with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers.<br 2002 - Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky, insinuating…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Readers discuss the rebounding singles market, songs with spoken lyrics, discovering Billboard and more with Fred. BORN AGAIN IN THE U.S.A. Dear Fred, As I read the column this week, I started thinking about the amazing rebirth of the single that has occurred in the last year. Here are some…

  20. Nelly's 'Grillz' Grabs Second Week At No. 1

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nelly's "Grillz" featuring Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp retains the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. The cut also ascends 12-5 on the Pop 100 and rises 3-2 on the Hot R&B/Hip Nelly's "Grillz" featuring Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp…

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