1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Beatles Musical Set To Open In Las Vegas

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In the desert gambling city of Las Vegas, the Canadian acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil today (June 30) opens its "Love" celebration of the musical legacy of the Beatles, marking the band's first agr In the desert gambling city of Las Vegas, the Canadian acrobatic troupe…

  9. This Day in Music

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1996 - </b>Neil Young premieres his album, "Broken Arrow" via the Internet. The album is slated for release on July 2, two days after its technologically advanced premiere.<br clear="none"/><br cle 2001 - Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most…

  10. Chart Beat

    June 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Nelly Furtado, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, George Strait and Paris Hilton. TWO 'LOOSE' TRACKS HOLD POLE POSITIONS: Nelly Furtado is No. 1 on the singles chart whether you live in the United States or the United Kingdom, but which track depends on your country of…

  11. Intonation Festival / June 24-25, 2006 / Chicago (Union Park)

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Drawing thousands of indie rock fans to an obscure park on Chicago's west side is no small feat, yet as so many other stationary fests (Coachella, Bonnaroo, et al.) have shown, a good lineup knows no Last year's inaugural Intonation Festival boasted the element of surprise and…

  12. Lou Reed Revisits 'Coney Island'

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The 30th anniversary of Lou Reed's 1976 album "Coney Island Baby" will be celebrated with a deluxe edition of the set, due Aug. 15 via RCA/Legacy. The 30th anniversary of Lou Reed's 1976 album "Coney Island Baby" will be celebrated with a deluxe edition of the…

  13. Bono, Sting, Lou Reed Fill 'Rogue's Gallery'

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bono, Sting, Lou Reed and Nick Cave are just a handful of the artists who have lent their voices to "Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys," due Aug. 22 via Anti-. Bono, Sting, Lou Reed and Nick Cave are just a handful of the artists who have lent their…

  14. 'Blues' Clues

    June 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT An album of jazz standards Diana Ross recorded more than 30 years ago will see the light of day for the first time this week via Motown/UME. "Blue" was intended as a companion to the hit 1972 soundtra An album of jazz standards Diana Ross recorded more than 30 years ago will see the…

  15. U2, Wainwright Rock Cohen Film Soundtrack

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U2, Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker and Antony are among the artists paying tribute to legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen on the soundtrack to the new Cohen documentary " U2, Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker and Antony are among the…

  16. Barenaked Ladies Enjoy 'Easy' Living

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After three years out of the limelight, Barenaked Ladies will on Sept. 12 release their first non-holiday studio album since splitting with longtime label Reprise. After three years out of the limelight, Barenaked Ladies will on Sept. 12 release their first non-holiday studio album since…

  17. Chart Beat

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera finds her "Man" on the Hot 100, plus news on the Bedingfields and Lionel Richie. SUPER 'MAN': After an absence of almost two years, Christina Aguilera returns to the Billboard Hot 100 with the highest debut of her career and the second-highest new entry…

  18. Billboard Bits: Barenaked Ladies, Opie & Anthony, M. Ward

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Barenaked Ladies are making 16 multi-track studio recordings for their new single, "Easy," available for paid download from their... Barenaked Ladies are making 16 multi-track studio recordings for their new single, "Easy," available for paid download from their Web site…

  19. Minnelli Paying Musical Tribute To Godmother

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Liza Minnelli plans to use her next album to pay tribute to her godmother, the singer, actress and writer Kay Thompson. Liza Minnelli plans to use her next album to pay tribute to her godmother, the singer, actress and writer Kay Thompson. "The Godmother and the Goddaughter" will be…

  20. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>James Eugene "Rosy" McHargue, a prolific jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and singer, dies in Los Angeles. He is 97. McHargue played with the bands of Benny Goodman and Kay Kyser.<br clear= 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival…

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