1. Stone Temple Pilots Rock Houdini Mansion

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The reunited Stone Temple Pilots solidified their summer reunion tour plans last night (April 7) with a brief performance at the former estate of magician Harry Houdini, tucked away in Los Angeles' Ho The reunited Stone Temple Pilots solidified their summer reunion tour plans last night …

  2. This Day in Music

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Toby Keith's three wins top the CMT Flameworthy 2003 Video Music Awards, held at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. His "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)" 2003 - Toby Keith's three wins top the CMT Flameworthy 2003 Video Music…

  3. This Day in Music

    April 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Nigerian Drummer Bahatunde Olatunji, whose albums introduced African percussion to a wide U.S. audience, dies of diabetes in Salinas, Calif. He is 76. 2003 - Nigerian Drummer Bahatunde Olatunji, whose albums introduced African percussion to a wide U.S. audience, dies of diabetes in…

  4. Grown And 'Sexy'

    April 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Having added another crossover hit to his belt, Ray J declares he's ready to move beyond the playoffs. Having added another crossover hit to his belt, Ray J declares he's ready to move beyond the playoffs. "I tend to start off good and make it to the playoffs," he says…

  5. This Day in Music

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is killed in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. Police say Baloi, 39, is shot in the neck as he makes his way home from performing at the Lucit Candle Garde 2004 - Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is killed in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa.…

  6. Sons & Daughters

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A few of us jump a taxi cab to the hotel for a wash of the undercarriage, and on the way back we meet a cab driver who tells us exactly who really knocked down the twin towers with planes. We travel beyond the night into morning, and arrive in Atlanta in the early hours. We fall sleepily out…

  7. Ask Billboard

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers readers' questions on Madonna, Enrique Iglesias and Kelly Rowland. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . '4 MINUTES' OF FAME Hi Keith, Madonna's new video "4 Minutes"…

  8. Mariah, Madonna Make Billboard Chart History

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two leading ladies, Mariah Carey and Madonna, leapfrog over Elvis Presley in the Billboard charts record book this week. With a 15-1 move, Carey's "Touch My Body" becomes her 18th No. 1 Hot 100 hit, w Two leading ladies, Mariah Carey and Madonna, leapfrog over Elvis Presley in…

  9. Ladies, Ladies, Ladies

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chart expert Fred Bronson discusses the hot action on this week's charts, including Madonna's return, Leona Lewis' historic triumph, Danity Kane's chart-topper, Paula Abdul's "Dance" and beyond. Chart expert Fred Bronson discusses the hot action on this week…

  10. 'Baddest' Of The Bad

    March 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Trina is notorious for her provocative, sex-filled lyrics, but it seems her mainstream fan base likes her best when she's engaging in less dirty talk and more personal chit chat. Trina is notorious for her provocative, sex-filled lyrics, but it seems her mainstream fan base likes her…

  11. This Day in Music

    March 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern Jazz Quartet, dies at the age of 80. Lewis, who also worked as a solo performer and recording artist, led the quartet from 2001 - Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern Jazz Quartet,…

  12. The Billboard Q&A: Taylor Swift

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift has accomplished a lot for someone who turned 18 in December. Taylor Swift has accomplished a lot for someone who turned 18 in December. At 11 she was dropping off CDs of her singing to karaoke tracks to Nashville labels; at 14 she signed with Sony/ATV Tree Publishing; and at 16…

  13. This Day in Music

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Swell Maps frontman Nikki Sudden dies after a show at New York's Knitting Factory. He is 49. Cause of death is an enlarged heart. 2006 - Swell Maps frontman Nikki Sudden dies after a show at New York's Knitting Factory. He is 49. Cause of death is an enlarged heart. 2002 -…

  14. This Day in Music

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - 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 spills into 2003 - A massive crowd of Juanes fans overflows the Grand Foyer of Washington, D.C.'…

  15. Chart Beat Chat

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Sheena Easton, Kristine W, Juanes and more! WHICH CAME FIRST, THE 'MORNING' OR THE 'MODERN'? Hi Fred, I love your Chart Beat column. This week you stated that Sheena Easton was the second solo female U.K. act to hit No. 1 with a debut single (…

  16. Exclusive: Eels Invite President To D.C. Gig

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eels frontman Mark "E" Everett has high hopes that President George W. Bush and the First Lady can make it to the band's Washington D.C. concert on March 29; the singer/songwriter wrote a lengthy pers Eels frontman Mark "E" Everett has high hopes that President George…

  17. Usher's 'Club' Remains Atop The Hot 100

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher's "Love in This Club" featuring Young Jeezy holds tight to the top spot on the Hot 100 for a second week. The track continues to fend off Chris Brown's "With You," which rises 3-2, the same slot Usher's "Love in This Club" featuring Young…

  18. R.E.M. Crowns First Day Of South By Southwest

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R.E.M. rocked unafraid last night (March 11) as it previewed its next album with an energetic, politically charged South by Southwest concert at Stubb's BBQ. The, 22-song, 90-plus minute set offered a R.E.M. rocked unafraid last night (March 11) as it previewed its next album with an…

  19. Ledisi / February 15, 2008 / New York (Highline Ballroom)

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ledisi's performance at New York City's Highline Ballroom was emotional both for performer and audience; it was like a religious experience. Ledisi's performance at New York City's Highline Ballroom was emotional both for performer and audience; it was like a religious…

  20. This Day in Music

    March 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Singer/songwriter Chris LeDoux, who became a cult favorite on the rodeo circuit during the 1970s, dies in a Casper, Wy., hospital after a lengthy illness. He is 56. 2005 - Singer/songwriter Chris LeDoux, who became a cult favorite on the rodeo circuit during the 1970s, dies in a Casper…

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