1. Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Dies At 65

    August 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Isaac Hayes, the pioneering singer, songwriter and musician whose relentless "Theme From Shaft" won Academy and Grammy awards, has been found dead at his home in Memphis. He was 65. Isaac Hayes, the pioneering singer, songwriter and musician whose relentless "Theme From Shaft…

  2. This Day in Music

    August 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - At a press conference at the United Nations Def Jam president Jay-Z announces that he will trek to several countries plagued by the world's water crisis for the MTV documentary "Diary of Jay-Z: 2006 - At a press conference at the United Nations Def Jam president Jay-Z…

  3. Sam Sparro

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spin a globe and put a finger down: chances are, the wherever your finger lands, the locale loves and plays host to its own dance scenes. Having lived all over the world, Sam Sparro has absorbed so ma Spin a globe and put a finger down: chances are, the wherever your finger lands, the locale…

  4. The Police Call It A Career At New York Show

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The reunited Police took a final bow last night (Aug. 7) at New York's Madison Square Garden, capping a 151-show tour that will finish as the third highest-grossing of all time with $358,825,665 at th The reunited Police took a final bow last night (Aug. 7) at New York's Madison…

  5. Chart Beat: Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland and more! AIN'T THAT A 'SHAME': The seventh-place finalist from the seventh season of "American Idol" is the fourth contestant from this most recent year to appear on a Billboard chart, following…

  6. Billboard Bits: Ingrid Michaelson, Mary Chapin Carpenter

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will use her music to fight cancer via the Oct. 14 release of the album "Be OK." Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will use her music to fight cancer via the Oct. 14 release of the album "Be OK." The collection of previously unreleased…

  7. The Clash's Shea Stadium Gig Heading To CD

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Long bootlegged and sought after by collectors, the Clash's Oct. 13, 1982, performance at New York's Shea Stadium will finally see official release Oct. 7 via Legacy. Long bootlegged and sought after by collectors, the Clash's Oct. 13, 1982, performance at New York's Shea…

  8. This Day in Music

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer, one of the stars of the 1990s Buena Vista Social Club CD series, dies in Havana at the age of 78. The artist had returned three days earlier from a one-month tour o 2005 - Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer, one of the stars of the 1990s Buena Vista Social Club CD…

  9. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    August 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Conor Oberst takes a country-rock detour away from Bright Eyes, Lloyd offers a hearty dose of love "Lessons," Randy Newman returns to original music for the first time in nine years and the Faint goes A new album from emo rock outfit Hawthorne Heights, "Fragile Future" …

  10. Chart Beat Chat: Erin Hamilton, Katy Perry, Jill Sobule, ABBA, Madonna

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Erin Hamilton, Katy Perry and Jill Sobule, the year-end singles charts, ABBA and more! I'M SO GLAD WE HAD THIS TIME TOGETHER Hi, Fred. I love Chart Beat and Chart Beat Chat. Your knowledge of and interest in music extends far beyond a single genre, which I…

  11. Big Boi Gets Political On 'Luscious' Lead Single

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Outkast's Big Boi is putting the finishing touches to his first solo album, "Sir Luscious Leftfoot ... Son of Chico Dusty," due in October via Laface/Zomba. Outkast's Big Boi is putting the finishing touches to his first solo album, "Sir Luscious Leftfoot ... Son of…

  12. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent cardiac arrest. He is 52. Braunn had been suffering from a "debilitating physical ailment," according to a post on his official Web 2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent cardiac…

  13. Bob Dylan Unveils Triple-Disc Rarities Set

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan fans are in for a treat this fall, in the form of "Tell Tale Signs," a triple-disc rarities collection that will be the eighth volume in the artist's "Bootleg Series." The project arrives Oc Bob Dylan fans are in for a treat this fall, in the form of "…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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'…

  20. 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…

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