1. Keys Craves 'Strange As Hell' Collaborations

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST "I definitely see the album being a little bit edgier," Keys tells Billboard.com. "I feel like it's going to have a lot of political elements to it as well and be a bit more guitar-driven. Amid new ventures in film and television, Alicia Keys is writing new material for…

  2. EA Bringing Def Jam To PSP

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Def Jam artists like Ludacris, Method Man and Redman who were previously involved in the top-selling Electronic Arts Def Jam console videogames will have a third shot at exposure via the March release Def Jam artists like Ludacris, Method Man and Redman who were previously involved in the top…

  3. Keys, Simmons Bringing Projects To TV

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST UPN, riding high with its new Chris Rock sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris," has joined forces with Grammy-winning R&B singer Alicia Keys to develop a drama loosely based on her childhood. UPN, riding high with its new Chris Rock sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris," has joined…

  4. Chart Beat

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nelly returns to the top of the Hot 100 for a fourth time, Carrie Underwood notches a pair of country No. 1s and new Billboard charts are among this week's topics. 'GRILLZ' GONE WILD: A surprise 5-1 move carries Nelly to the top of The Billboard Hot 100. "Grillz" …

  5. Ask Billboard

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Answers to readers' questions about the 'Grease' Soundtrack, Whitney Houston and Crossfade. 'GREASE' IS THE WORD Keith, As the manager of Billboard's Pop Catalog and Soundtracks charts, you must certainly be aware of how well the "Grease" soundtrack…

  6. Chart Beat

    January 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST This week's examination of Billboard's chart stats is overwhelmingly country, with George Strait, Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash all in the spotlight, along with hip-hop act D4L and late STRAIT TO NO. 1: A chart record that has stood unchallenged for almost 20 years…

  7. Mike Patton, Rahzel / Dec. 28, 2005 / Brooklyn, N.Y. (Warsaw)

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST There's nothing more satisfying than witnessing two masters of a particular musical skill in collaboration, be it guitar legends Chet Atkins and Les Paul or jazz drummers Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Bu There's nothing more satisfying than witnessing two masters of a particular…

  8. Billboard Bits: Songwriters Hall, Big & Rich, Pretty Girls Make Graves

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Canadian Songwriters Hall, Big & Rich, Pretty Girls Make Graves Willie Nelson, k.d. lang, and Rufus Wainwright are among the performers tapped to perform Feb. 5 at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Third Annual Gala in Toronto. The event will be broadcast nationally on both…

  9. TOMMY DORSEY: His Life and Times

    December 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing," the embodiment of a leader of the big-band era, was actually a temperamental martinet of the age, says music biographer Levinson (September in the Rain, 2001, etc "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing," the embodiment of a leader of the…

  10. Evolution Of The Banjo On Display

    December 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Consider the evolution of the humble banjo. It morphed from a hollow gourd, strummed by African slaves, into an elegant toy for Victorian society ladies. Later, it grew into one of the mainstays of bl Consider the evolution of the humble banjo. It morphed from a hollow gourd, strummed by…

  11. Sevendust

    December 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Masters Of Horror tour comes to a close and the band makes plans to ring in the new year. Morgan Rose coming to you after a week of Christmas shows and birthday celebrations! This run with Mudvayne has been a blast. It has been an adventure with new and old friends. We have been all…

  12. Death Cab Commissions Twelve 'Plans' Videos

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Taking a page from rapper 50 Cent's playbook, Death Cab For Cutie has commissioned music videos for each of the 12 tracks on its Atlantic debut, "Plans." The clips, which were created by a mix of expe Taking a page from rapper 50 Cent's playbook, Death Cab For Cutie has…

  13. Ball, Slim, Campbell Lead Blues Award Nominees

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Singer-pianist Marcia Ball, guitarist Magic Slim and the late vocalist-guitarist Little Milton Campbell lead nominees for the 2006 Blues Music Awards with four nominations apiece. Singer-pianist Marcia Ball, guitarist Magic Slim and the late vocalist-guitarist Little Milton Campbell lead…

  14. Chart Beat

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Chart news about Mariah Carey, Kristine W, James Blunt and Nelly, as well as Fred's top singles and albums of the year. GIFT-WRAPPED: For the first time in the short history of Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart, a track that is not a current hit ranks No. 1. The 11-year-old song …

  15. This Day in Music

    December 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Jazz trumpeter Conte Candoli dies of cancer in Palm Desert, Calif. He is 74.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2003 - As he recovers in a Berkshire, England, hospital from injuries sustained in an earlier ATV crash, Ozzy Osbourne has…

  16. Compilation Nation

    December 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Three familiar hip-hop names return to stores this week via their own compilations, led by "Ludacris Presents...Disturbing Tha Peace." Three familiar hip-hop names return to stores this week via their own compilations, led by "Ludacris Presents...Disturbing Tha Peace." The…

  17. Sevendust

    December 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST The small things make touring life bearable, be it drinks with friends, relaxing on the bus or a great dessert. We spent the last week up in the Northeast. After the press day in New York City we traveled to Portland, Maine, for a couple lobsters and great show at the State Theater. We always…

  18. 2005 Billboard Century Award Speeches

    December 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST The full text of 2005 Century Award honoree Tom Petty's acceptance speech and the introduction by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong at the Billboard Music Awards, Dec. 6 in Las Vegas. Below is the full text of 2005 Century Award honoree Tom Petty's acceptance speech and the…

  19. OnTV

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 5-11, 2005. MONDAY, DEC. 5 "The Early Show," CBS Featured Artists: Clay Aiken, Tony Bennett, Tina Turner (also scheduled: Gisele Bundchen, Adam Rodriguez, Suzanne Farrell, Julie Harris, Robert Redford). "The Ellen DeGeneres Show,"…

  20. Alexis Y Fido

    November 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Reggaetón duo's debut makes its mark on three Billboard charts. For the past five years, reggaetón duo Alexis Y Fido have focused on building a loyal following in their native Puerto Rico and select U.S. cities. While they have recorded numerous songs for various compilations and mix…

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