1. This Day in Music

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert dies today of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The artist turned 40 years old in July. 2006 - Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert dies today of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The artist turned 40 years old in July. 2003 -…

  2. This Day in Music

    November 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Justin Timberlake and Gnarls Barkley each win several trophies at the 13th annual MTV Europe Music Awards, held in Copenhagen. Timberlake, who also serves as host and performer at the event, w 2006 - Justin Timberlake and Gnarls Barkley each win several trophies at the 13th annual MTV…

  3. Sarah Brightman Goes Holiday 'Crazy'

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sarah Brightman says life is "completely crazy at the moment," and with a new holiday album, a tour and her debut film role, who's going to doubt her? Sarah Brightman says life is "completely crazy at the moment," and with a new holiday album, a tour and her debut…

  4. This Day in Music

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - British singer Robert Palmer, best known for his dapper dressing style and his iconic videos in the 1980s for songs like "Addicted to Love," dies. He is 54. Palmer, who had lived in Switzerland 2003 - British singer Robert Palmer, best known for his dapper dressing style and…

  5. Revered Session Drummer Earl Palmer Dies

    September 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Earl Palmer, the session drummer whose pioneering backbeats were recorded on such classics as Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" and The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," has died. H Earl Palmer, the session drummer whose…

  6. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    September 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ne-Yo moves past R&B on his third album in three years, Nelly breaks a four-year hiatus with his latest effort, Lindsey Buckingham gets a little help from his Fleetwood Mac friends and Buckcherry A new album from rock act Buckcherry, "Black Butterfly" (Atlantic). DJ Khaled'…

  7. DELTA BLUES

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Writer-musician Gioia (Healing Songs, 2006, etc.) undertakes the daunting task of reconsidering the blues of the Mississippi Delta, musicological terrain well-plowed in several noteworthy books, most Writer-musician Gioia (Healing Songs, 2006, etc.) undertakes the daunting task of…

  8. Avant Returns With New Label, Album

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Having recently wrapped a performance tour for U.S. troops in Iraq, Avant is busy promoting his self-titled first album for Capitol Records. Having recently wrapped a performance tour for U.S. troops in Iraq, Avant is busy promoting his self-titled first album for Capitol Records. The album&…

  9. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts, including Larry Graham, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Richard Pryor, Dionne Warwick, Parliament Fu 2006 - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts,…

  10. Chart Beat Chat: Erin Hamilton, Katy Perry, Jill Sobule, ABBA, Madonna

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Erin Hamilton, Katy Perry and Jill Sobule, the year-end singles charts, ABBA and more! I'M SO GLAD WE HAD THIS TIME TOGETHER Hi, Fred. I love Chart Beat and Chart Beat Chat. Your knowledge of and interest in music extends far beyond a single genre, which I…

  11. Dresden Dolls' Palmer Looks Back, Forward

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's looking to be a busy year for the Dresden Dolls and its frontwoman, Amanda Palmer. First up is the band's "No, Virginia," due May 20 via Roadrunner. It's looking to be a busy year for the Dresden Dolls and its frontwoman, Amanda Palmer. First up is the band'…

  12. This Day in Music

    April 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - International pop music stars Shakira, Alejandro Sanz and Juanes are the top winners at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Shakira leads the night with five trophies, including wins for Latin po 2006 - International pop music stars Shakira, Alejandro Sanz and Juanes are the top winners…

  13. Reunited Asia Readies New Album, Tour

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Asia has wrapped recording on its next album, "Phoenix" -- due out in April and the first to feature the group's original all-star lineup since "Alpha" in 1983. Asia has wrapped recording on its next album, "Phoenix" -- due out in April and the first to…

  14. This Day in Music

    February 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Rapper/producer James Yancey aka J Dilla dies in Los Angeles at the age of 32. 2006 - Rapper/producer James Yancey aka J Dilla dies in Los Angeles at the age of 32. 2004 - Internet leaks of the new Janet Jackson track "Just a Little While" spur Virgin Records to digitally…

  15. This Day in Music

    January 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Soul/R&B legend Wilson Pickett dies of a heart attack at a Reston, Va., hospital near his home. He is 64. Born in Pratville, Ala., Pickett moved to Detroit as a teen and joined the Falcons, 2006 - Soul/R&B legend Wilson Pickett dies of a heart attack at a Reston, Va., hospital…

  16. Mariah, Paula, 'Idols' Join Jackson's 'Club'

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Randy Jackson has a busy first quarter ahead of him. Not only will the musician/producer be returning to the stage this week as a judge on "American Idol," but come March 11, the musician/producer wil Randy Jackson has a busy first quarter ahead of him. Not only will the musician…

  17. This Day in Music

    December 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry stalwarts feted in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Stewart is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for se 2006 - Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry stalwarts feted…

  18. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th No. 1 single to complete her domination of the British sales charts. "Confessions on a Dance Floor" goes straight to 2005 - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th…

  19. This Day in Music

    November 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert dies today of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The artist turned 40 years old in July. 2006 - Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert dies today of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The artist turned 40 years old in July. 2003 -…

  20. This Day in Music

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Justin Timberlake and Gnarls Barkley each win several trophies at the 13th annual MTV Europe Music Awards, held in Copenhagen. Timberlake, who also serves as host and performer at the event, w 2006 - Justin Timberlake and Gnarls Barkley each win several trophies at the 13th annual MTV…

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