1. Billboard Bits: Les Paul, RCA, NBA Finals

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Les Paul, RCA, NBA Finals As tipped here in April, guitar legend Les Paul will celebrate his 90th birthday with his first new studio album since 1978's "Guitar Monsters," a collaboration with Chet Atkins. Les Paul & Friends' "American Made, World Played…

  2. Bloodshot Celebrates 10 Years Of 'Sin'

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Chicago-based roots label Bloodshot Records is plotting a two-disc compilation to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Chicago-based roots label Bloodshot Records is plotting a two-disc compilation to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Acts slated to participate range from Ryan Adams and Alejandro…

  3. Braxton Aims To 'Please' On New Album

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Toni Braxton's first album for Blackground has been christened "Libra" and will be released in September. Toni Braxton's first album for Blackground has been christened "Libra" and will be released in September. The Scott Storch-produced first single, "…

  4. The Dears Dabbling In Love On New Album

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Dears frontman Murray A. Lightburn is already preparing for the potential backlash that could stem from the Montreal-based band's next album featuring a few more rays of sunshine than its forlorn The Dears frontman Murray A. Lightburn is already preparing for the potential backlash…

  5. Jackson Jury Ends First Day Of Deliberations

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jurors in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial completed their first full day of deliberations today (June 6) without reaching a verdict. Little more than an hour into the day the jurors sent w Jurors in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial completed their first full day of…

  6. TunesOnTV

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 6-12, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 6 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist: Ciara (also scheduled: guest co-host Ryan Seacrest, Glenn Close, Miss Universe). "The View," ABC Featured…

  7. Harper Regroups For Intimate Tour

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ben Harper has slated a 16-date North American small venue tour to kick off July 12 in Vancouver and close Aug. 1 in Atlanta. As the cancellation of the ill-fated Zooma tour left him without summer plans, singer/songwriter Ben Harper has slated a 16-date North American small venue tour to…

  8. Kings Of Leon, Secret Machines Make Touring Team

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here in April, Kings Of Leon and Secret Machines will head out on the road together this summer. As first tipped here in April, Kings Of Leon and Secret Machines will head out on the road together this summer. The tour will begin July 15 in Portland, Ore., and will last…

  9. Paisley Makes 'Time' For Fourth Album

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With first single "Alcohol" already in the top 20 on Billboard's country chart, Brad Paisley is gearing up for the release of his fourth album, "Time Well Wasted." Recorded in Nashville with longtime With first single "Alcohol" already in the top 20 on…

  10. Jackson Treated At Emergency Room

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson was treated at an emergency room yesterday (June 5) for what his spokesperson described as a continuing back problem that flared up again a day before jurors in his molestation case we Michael Jackson was treated at an emergency room for what his spokesperson described as a…

  11. Cowboy Troy's Wild Ride

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When Cowboy Troy made an appearance at the May 17 Academy of Country Music Awards, he joked about the odds of which would happen first: Garth Brooks coming out of retirement or Troy himself having a No. 1 album. Troy clearly came much closer than…

  12. This Day in Music

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Founding Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby succumbs to AIDS after an eight-year battle with the disease. Crosby, who co-wrote many of the pop-metal band's best-known songs, is 42. 2002 - Founding Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby succumbs to AIDS after an eight-year…

  13. Hot Product

    June 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay Third Time's A Charm? U.K. rock act Coldplay looks to achieve worldwide dominance on its third studio album, "X&Y," due this week via Capitol. First single "Speed of Sound" has already reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The set will be supported by…

  14. Hot Product

    June 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT White Stripes Satan's Bed The White Stripes stretch out musically without abandoning the rock on their highly anticipated new album, "Get Behind Me Satan," due this week via Third Man/V2. First single and album opener "Blue Orchid" gets things off to a hard rocking…

  15. Hot Product

    June 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Shakira Shakira Times 2 Leave it to Shakira to defy all the rules. Typically, a Latin crossover act with an album in English will promote it to English-speaking and Latin fans. For Spanish-language albums, promotion is concentrated on the act's Latin fan base, wherever it may be. But not…

  16. Hot Product

    June 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas 'Business' As Usual R&B/pop outfit the Black Eyed Peas return this week with its next Interscope album, "Monkey Business." The 14-track set sports guest appearances by Justin Timberlake on "My Style," funk legend James Brown on "They Don&…

  17. Hot Product

    June 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: A new album from progressive rock act Dream Theater, "Octivarium" (Atlantic). A collection of Ray Charles songs from jazz guitarist John Scofield, "That's What I Say" (Verve), featuring guest spots…

  18. This Day in Music

    June 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Guitarist Robert Quine, one of punk rock's most daring soloists, is found dead in his New York apartment. He is 61. According to close friend and guitar maker Rick Kelly, who discovers Q 2004 - Guitarist Robert Quine, one of punk rock's most daring soloists…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and others, dies of cancer in Boston. He is 69. 2004 - Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and…

  20. Informant Backs Off B.I.G. Slaying Claims

    June 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A paid informant who told police that rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and a rogue police officer orchestrated the killing of rapper Notorious B.I.G. has admitted that most of the information he passed A paid informant who told police that rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and…

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