1. David Cook Promises 'Twists, Turns' On Debut CD

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Even though he's busy on the road with the American Idols Live! tour, reigning champ David Cook says he's making good progress on his debut album. "I think we've for sure got seven songs we're trackin Even though he's busy on the road with the American Idols Live…

  2. McCartney Plays For Thousands At Free Quebec Show

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney churned out a Beatles-laden set list to a pumped-up crowd gathered yesterday (July 20) for a free concert as part of Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebration. Paul McCartney churned out a Beatles-laden set list to a pumped-up crowd gathered yesterday (July 20) for a…

  3. Without A Label, BLK JKS Cuts Big Deals

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fast-rising South African rock band BLK JKS clearly knows how to make interesting music that channels the Mars Volta and more traditional sounds in equal measure. Fast-rising South African rock band BLK JKS clearly knows how to make interesting music that channels the Mars Volta and more…

  4. This Day in Music

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Pianist Bill Miller, Frank Sinatra's pianist for nearly 50 years, dies in Montreal at the age of 91. 2006 - Pianist Bill Miller, Frank Sinatra's pianist for nearly 50 years, dies in Montreal at the age of 91. 2005 - Dave Matthews Band's "Dreamgirl" video…

  5. Barenaked Ladies Singer Busted For Drugs

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Barenaked Ladies singer/guitarist Steven Page has been arrested on drug charges in upstate New York. Police say Page was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on Fri Barenaked Ladies singer/guitarist Steven Page has been arrested on drug charges in upstate…

  6. Billboard Bits: Oasis, Jenny Lewis, Randy/Janet Jackson

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Oasis has confirmed the track list for its new album, "Dig Out Your Soul," due Oct. 7 in North America via the band's Big Brother Recordings label. Oasis has confirmed the track list for its new album, "Dig Out Your Soul," due Oct. 7 in North America via the band'…

  7. This Day in Music

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - A bus carrying performers bound for the Denver stop on the Eminem/50 Cent Anger Management tour crashes into two tractor-trailers on I-70 near Odessa, Miss. Among the injured are rapper Stat Qu 2005 - A bus carrying performers bound for the Denver stop on the Eminem/50 Cent Anger…

  8. Secret Machines Leave Reprise For World's Fair

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Secret Machines are switching from Reprise Records to the World's Fair Label Group for their third album, a self-titled effort likely due in October. Secret Machines are switching from Reprise Records to the World's Fair Label Group for their third album, a self-titled effort likely…

  9. Top Acts Offer Exclusive Olympic Songs Via AT&T

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Several major artists have teamed up with AT&T to provide exclusive motivational songs for the U.S. Olympic Team as it gears up to compete in Beijing. Several major artists have teamed up with AT&T to provide exclusive motivational songs for the U.S. Olympic Team as it gears up to…

  10. The Right Stroke

    July 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. says he never really set out to record his solo debut, "Yours to Keep," which arrived in 2006 in England on Rough Trade, then hit American stores early last year v Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. says he never really set out to record his…

  11. George Michael / June 27, 2008 / Anaheim, Calif. (Honda Center)

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rarely does a performer smile for the duration of a show, but George Michael – out on his first American tour in 17 years -- wore a cat-that-ate-the canary grin throughout his Anaheim, Calif., gig o Rarely does a performer smile for the duration of a show, but George Michael – out on his…

  12. Labelle Sets Date For Reunion Album

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B trio Labelle is hitting the studio for a reunion album to be produced by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff and Lenny Kravitz. The as-yet-untitled set, the group first since 1976's "Chameleon," is d R&B trio Labelle is hitting the studio for a reunion album to be produced…

  13. Chart Beat Chat: Coldplay, Katy Perry, Juice Newton

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Coldplay, Katy Perry, Juice Newton and more! COLDPLAY PLAY Hi Fred, I wrote you a year ago asking why some of the great Eurovision songs never get released in the United States. I have been an avid follower of the Billboard charts for 45 years. And I continue to…

  14. This Day in Music

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, dies of cancer at his home in Nashville. He is 77. 2001 - Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, dies of cancer at his home in…

  15. Summer's Hip

    June 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cent lost last year's much-hyped first-week sales battle with Kanye West, but he's back in the ring this week with a new G-Unit album, "Terminate on Sight." 50 Cent lost last year's much-hyped first-week sales battle with Kanye West, but he's back in the ring…

  16. Alicia Keys / June 18, 2008 / New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dynamic musicianship is the mark of a good performer and Alicia Keys' performance Wednesday night (June 18) at New York City's Madison Square Garden definitely fit that description. Dynamic musicianship is the mark of a good performer and Alicia Keys' performance Wednesday…

  17. This Day in Music

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a long illness. He is 57 2006 - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a…

  18. D'Angelo Gets Busy On J Records Debut

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT D'Angelo is making progress on his first studio album since 2000, which will likely be released early next year via J Records. R&B star D'Angelo is making progress on his first studio album since 2000, which will likely be released early next year via J Records. The label…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2006 - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., as he…

  20. Erykah Badu w/ The Roots / May 30, 2008 / Chicago, Il (The Chicago Theatre)

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Like many a pop eccentric before her, from Prince to Bjork to Nina Simone, Erykah Badu isn't half as crazy as she sometimes seems. Like many a pop eccentric before her, from Prince to Bjork to Nina Simone, Erykah Badu isn't half as crazy as she sometimes seems. Yes, she spent a lot…

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