1. Hot Product

    April 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New Order 'Call' Of The Wild Pioneering U.K. electro/rock outfit New Order broke an eight-year absence with the well-received 2001 set "Get Ready," but that didn't make the prospect of writing material for its follow-up any easier for vocalist/guitarist Bernard Sumner…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. TANGIBLE Dear Fred, I passionately believe that illegal downloading never would have become a gigantic problem for the recording industry had it not all but eliminated the commercial singles market. I still can't figure out why they…

  3. CHART BEAT

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Mariah Carey, Secret Garden, "American Idol"/Queen and 50 Cent and B5. EMANCIPATED: For the first time in seven-and-a-half years, Mariah Carey is sitting in pole position on The Billboard 200. "The Emancipation of Mimi"…

  4. Missy Opens 'The Cookbook' In June

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here in February, Missy Elliott will release her new album, "The Cookbook," May 28 via her the Gold Mind imprint/Atlantic. Although a track list was not available at deadline, the set will f As tipped here in February, Missy Elliott will release her new album, "The…

  5. Hot Product

    April 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Z-Trip Sonic 'Shift' DJ Z-Trip's long-delayed debut album, "Shifting Gears," finally hits stores this week via Hard Left/Hollywood. The set features collaborations with Public Enemy's Chuck D ("Shock and Awe") and underground rappers Aceyalone and…

  6. BMG, Warner Ready Next 'Totally Hits' Disc

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "Totally Hits 2005," the ninth volume in a series of Warner Strategic Marketing/BMG Strategic Marketing compilations, pulls together 20 tracks by Alicia Keys, Fat Joe, Simple Plan and Mario, among oth "Totally Hits 2005," the ninth volume in a series of Warner Strategic…

  7. Unwritten Law Boots Guitarist As Tour Dawns

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "It was an incredibly difficult decision, albeit the right thing to do given the recent circumstances," vocalist Scott Russo says. When Unwritten Law opens its tour with Sum 41 tonight (April 12) in Buffalo, N.Y., the group will be a little bit lighter. "Volatile circumstances…

  8. This Day in Music

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Italian singer Alex Baroni is declared dead at the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome. He is 36. Baroni had been in a coma since March 19, following a motorcycle accident in Rome. 2002 - Italian singer Alex Baroni is declared dead at the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome.…

  9. This Day in Music

    April 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Two months removed from her infamous breast-baring incident at the Super Bowl halftime show, Janet Jackson makes another big splash on network television when she earns NBC's "Saturday N 2004 - Two months removed from her infamous breast-baring incident at…

  10. Country Duos Team For Summer Tour

    April 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a triple shot of duos, Brooks & Dunn will join forces with Big & Rich and the Warren Brothers on the Deuces Wild tour this summer. The 32-date amphitheatre outing launches Aug. 6 in Dallas In a triple shot of duos, Brooks & Dunn will join forces with Big & Rich and the…

  11. Billboard Bits: MTV VMAs, David Pajo, Yip Harburg

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on MTV VMAs, David Pajo, Yip Harburg The MTV Video Music Awards will be held for the second straight year in Miami. Participating artists have yet to be announced for the Aug. 28 event, which last year found stars arriving by yacht to American Airlines Arena and featured performances by…

  12. Tunes

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 4-10, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, APRIL 4 "D'Fused," Fuse Featured artist: Taking Back Sunday ("This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You)"). "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured…

  13. Coldplay Finalizes New Album Track List

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay has finalized the track list for its wildly anticipated third Parlophone album. Coldplay has finalized the track list for its wildly anticipated third Parlophone album, " X&Y ," due June 6 in its native United Kingdom and the following day in North America via Capitol.…

  14. Joplin's Old Band Hunts For New 'Pearl'

    March 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sam Andrew will soon embark on what mildly might be called a challenging task: to replace his rock band's long-dead singer -- Janis Joplin. Sam Andrew will soon embark on what mildly might be called a challenging task: to replace his rock band's long-dead singer -- Janis Joplin.…

  15. This Day in Music

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Diana Streisand Kind, mother of singer-actress Barbra Streisand, dies of complications from an accident she suffered at her home the previous November. She is 93. 2002 - Diana Streisand Kind, mother of singer-actress Barbra Streisand, dies of complications from an…

  16. U2 Opens Vertigo Tour In San Diego

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST U2 opened its wildly anticipated Vertigo tour last night (March 28) at the San Diego Sports Arena, performing seven songs from its latest Interscope album, "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," plus a nu U2 opened its wildly anticipated Vertigo tour last night (March 28) at the San…

  17. Duran Duran Not Giving Up On 'Astronaut'

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Despite lukewarm sales for highly anticipated reunion album, "Astronaut," the members of Duran Duran aren't about to give up on the Epic disc. Despite lukewarm sales for highly anticipated reunion album, "Astronaut," the members of Duran Duran aren't about to…

  18. 50 Cent Nets A Fourth Top 10 Hit

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST In addition to notching a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Candy Shop" featuring Olivia, 50 Cent also moves 11-6 as the featured artist on the Game's "Hate It or Love It" giving him four cu In addition to notching a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100…

  19. This Day in Music

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>A massive crowd of Juanes fans overflows the Grand Foyer of Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center to take in a free performance by the Colombian artist. The audience of more than 6,000 spill 2003 - A massive crowd of Juanes fans overflows the Grand Foyer of…

  20. 13TunesOnTV

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for March 21-27, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MARCH 21 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist: Jesse McCartney. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist: Gwen Stefani (also scheduled: Sandra…

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