1. Poison, Cinderella / Aug. 1, 2006 / Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre)

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT It's been 20 years since the formation of leading hair metal bands Poison and Cinderella, and while they've continued to tour throughout the years, it seems fitting that both would join forces to cele It's been 20 years since the formation of leading hair metal bands Poison and…

  2. Top Acts Salute Harry Smith On Four-Disc Set

    August 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The life and work of musicologist Harry Smith will be saluted by acts such as Elvis Costello, Beck, Wilco and Lou Reed on the four-disc boxed set "The Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk M The life and work of musicologist Harry Smith will be saluted on the four-disc boxed…

  3. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Iron Maiden drummer Michael "Nicko" McBrain is arrested and charged with assault after hitting a parking attendant with his car, according to reports. The incident occurs backstage at th 2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "Top of the Pops," Sanny X and Tina Charles, Montgomery Gentry, Mariah and Madonna. HERE LIES TOTP, JAN. 1, 1964 - JULY 30, 2006 Fred, This Sunday (July 30) sees the last ever [broadcast of the British TV series] "Top of the Pops" after 42…

  5. Sunshine Anderson Returns With New Album

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT R&B vocalist Sunshine Anderson will release her sophomore disc, "Sunshine at Midnight," in January via her label, Shining Star Incorporated, and Matthew Knowles' Music World company. R&B vocalist Sunshine Anderson will release her sophomore disc, "Sunshine at…

  6. ABC's Fry Is Hugh Grant's New Vocal Coach

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Wearing gold lame and crooning suave, blue-eyed soul, Martin Fry has always seemed the quintessential frontman. Wearing gold lame and crooning suave, blue-eyed soul, Martin Fry has always seemed the quintessential frontman. But the lead singer of '80s hitmakers ABC stepped behind the…

  7. Keys, Barenaked Ladies Rock For AIDS Conference

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A star-studded lineup that includes Alicia Keys and the Barenaked Ladies will kick off the opening ceremonies for next month's International AIDS Conference in Toronto. A star-studded lineup that includes Alicia Keys and the Barenaked Ladies will kick off the opening ceremonies for next…

  8. Ask Billboard

    July 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Answers to readers' questions about the Spice Girls, Jem and Jackson Browne GREATEST SPICES Hey Keith, Thanks for answering my "Garbage" question a few weeks ago and now I'm very excited about the greatest hits compilation -- hopefully it'll be out soon. Now, here is…

  9. 'Gothic Box' Shines Light On Ultra Dark Music

    July 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rhino has rounded up the top names in goth rock for the four-disc boxed set "A Life Less Lived -- The Gothic Box," due Sept. 19. Rhino has rounded up the top names in goth rock for the four-disc boxed set "A Life Less Lived -- The Gothic Box," due Sept. 19. Despite…

  10. This Day in Music

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Travis drummer Neil Primrose suffers a head injury while swimming in a pool in Belfort, France, necessitating the cancellation of several European concerts.<br clear="none"/><br clear="n 2005 - Dave Matthews Bandís ìDreamgirlî video premieres…

  11. Basement Jaxx Scratches New 'Itch'

    July 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Veteran electronica duo Basement Jaxx will return Sept. 12 with is new album, "Crazy Itch Radio." The 14-track XL Recordings set is the follow-up to 2003's "Kish Kash," which debuted at No. 2 on Billb Veteran electronica duo Basement Jaxx will return Sept. 12 with is…

  12. This Day in Music

    July 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Skip Battin, former bassist for the Byrds and other notable country-rock bands of the '70s and '80s, dies near Palm Springs, Calif., of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He is 69. 2005 - A bus carrying performers bound for the Denver stop on the…

  13. Unreleased Cash Duet Bolsters Jennings Box

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A previously unreleased duet with Johnny Cash is among the special tracks to be found on the Waylon Jennings boxed set "Nashville Rebel," due Sept. 26 via RLG Nashville/Legacy. A previously unreleased duet with Johnny Cash is among the special tracks to be found on the Waylon…

  14. THE PIPETTES, "We Are the Pipettes"

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT There are few things older and more overdone than the girl group, but on their debut album, the Pipettes are bringing it back with style. There are few things older and more overdone than the girl group, but on their debut album, the Pipettes are bringing it back with style. Like fellow Brit…

  15. Billboard Bits: Ricky Martin, Lady Sovereign, Squarepusher

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Ricky Martin, Lady Sovereign, Squarepusher Ricky Martin will tape an episode of "MTV Unplugged" next month in Miami. The show will air in November on MTV worldwide and will also be released as a CD/DVD package that month via Columbia. In addition to his usual band, Martin…

  16. Commodores Member Milan Williams Dies

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, died yesterday (July 9) at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He was 58. Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, died yesterday (July 9) at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer…

  17. Billboard Bits: Bumbershoot, LeAnn Rimes, The Orb

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Blondie, Spoon, New Pornographers, Steve Miller Band, the Thermals, the Bellrays, As I Lay Dying and Copeland are among the final additions to the lineup for the 2006 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Fest Blondie, Spoon, New Pornographers, Steve Miller Band, the Thermals, the Bellrays, As I Lay…

  18. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Canadians, the Beatles, "Over the Rainbow" and turnover rates on The Billboard Hot 100. CANADIANS ON TOP Hi Fred: With "Promiscuous" taking over the No. 1 spot [on the Hot 100], Nelly Furtado joins some rather elite company. She's the second Canadian…

  19. Chart Beat

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Katharine McPhee, India.Arie, "Superman" and more! 'RAINBOW' CONNECTION: "The Wizard of Oz" had its world premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Aug. 15, 1939. Exactly 65 years and 11 months later, one of the songs from that…

  20. Masta Killa Surrounded By Wu-Tang On New Album

    July 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Wu-Tang Clan member Masta Killa will on Aug. 8 issue his sophomore album, "Made in Brooklyn," via Nature Sounds. Wu-Tang Clan member Masta Killa will on Aug. 8 issue his sophomore album, "Made in Brooklyn," via Nature Sounds. The set features appearances from the entire Wu…

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