1. This Day in Music

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - BMI assistant vice president Patricia Baird, whose more than 35-year career helped to launch such stars as Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, Three Dog Night, Blood, Sweat Y Tears, and Grand Funk Rai 2006 - BMI assistant vice president Patricia Baird, whose more than 35-year career helped to…

  2. Chart Beat

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Billie Holiday, Constantine Maroulis, Chaka Khan and more! LADY DAY: There's no point in even doing any research to confirm that the record has been set for the longest gap between appearances on a Billboard singles chart. I mean, who could have a longer hiatus than 62…

  3. This Day in Music

    August 09, 2007 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…

  4. Moby, BNL, Of Montreal Rock 'For The Kids'

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Moby, Barenaked Ladies and Of Montreal are among the 20 acts contributing children's songs to the third installation of the benefit album "For the Kids." Moby, Barenaked Ladies and Of Montreal are among the 20 acts contributing children's songs to the third installation of…

  5. The Police / July 31, Aug. 1, 2007 / Hartford, Conn. (Rentschler Field), New York (Madison Square Garden)

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT You shuffle into the venue, grab a couple of $7 Bud Lights and maybe peruse the $30 T-shirts. If you're there early, you watch the opening band, a rock trio whose singer bears an uncanny resemblance t You shuffle into the venue, grab a couple of $7 Bud Lights and maybe peruse the $30 T…

  6. This Day in Music

    August 06, 2007 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…

  7. Chart Beat Chat

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Mariah Carey, Madonna, Sean Kingston and more! MARIAH'S 40TH Hello Fred! Reading your always amazing Chart Beat column, I noticed that Mariah Carey made her 40th chart entry on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. That's awesome, but with this accomplishment, is…

  8. Chingy Drops Ludacris Beef, Inks With Island Def Jam

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Chingy has split Capitol and signed a new deal with Island Def Jam. A new album, "Hate It or Love It," is tentatively due before the end of the year. In addition, Chingy has settled his differe Rapper Chingy has split Capitol and signed a new deal with Island Def Jam. A new…

  9. Billboard Bits: Sia, Rogue Wave, Canvasback Records

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australian vocalist Sia has split Astralwerks and is negotiations with several labels to release her new album, "Some People Have Real Problems," in January. The 14-track project will be released digi Australian vocalist Sia has split Astralwerks and is negotiations with several…

  10. Kingston Has 'Beautiful' View Atop Revamped Hot 100

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT R&B newcomer Sean Kingston moves to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week with his first charting single, as "Beautiful Girls" rockets 23-1. In the first week of the new Hot 100 formula, the R&B newcomer Sean Kingston moves to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week…

  11. 'NOW 25' Fends Off 'Hairspray,' Prince To Remain No. 1

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After debuting at No. 1 last week, the "NOW 25" hits compilation remains atop The Billboard 200 after moving 149,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 33% sales decrease f After debuting at No. 1 last week, the "NOW 25" hits compilation remains…

  12. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2007 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. Akon, Snoop Help Tell Banner's New 'Story'

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Due Oct. 9 via Universal Motown/SRC, the set is led by the single "Speaker" featuring Akon, Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg. As tipped here in May, rapper David Banner will return this fall with his next album, "Greatest Story Ever Told." Due Oct. 9 via Universal Motown/SRC, the…

  14. Chart Beat Chat

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Kool and the Gang, cover songs, "Girlfriend" and more! 'STILL KOOL' AFTER ALL THESE YEARS Mr. Bronson, I was curious how well Kool and the Gang's first new studio release in 10 years did in relation to their past albums. Are they "…

  15. Green: Duets Album Turning Out Like 'Fresh Cream'

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Green tells Billboard.com that he and the Roots have already laid down 15 songs at Electric Lady Studios in New York for the tentatively titled "The Duet Album." Soul legend Al Green says it's been all love and happiness as he's worked on his next album -- a duets project…

  16. This Day in Music

    July 17, 2007 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…

  17. This Day in Music

    July 14, 2007 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…

  18. Famous Friends Help Out On Yung Berg Remix

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Yung Berg is slated to shoot a video next week in New York for the remix of his burgeoning hit "Sexy Lady," directed by Dale Resteghini. The original version of the song is No. 7 this week on Billboar Yung Berg is slated to shoot a video next week in New York for the remix of his…

  19. Dozens Of 'Simpsons' Songs Bundled For 'Testify'

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT More than three-dozen original songs from the past nine seasons of "The Simpsons" have been bundled for the album "The Simpsons: Testify," due Sept. 18 via Shout! Factory. More than three-dozen original songs from the past nine seasons of "The Simpsons" have been…

  20. 'Love' Is All Around

    July 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Interpol doesn't stray far from the formula that helped its first two Matador albums sell more than 1 million copies combined on the new "Our Love To Admire," due this week via Capitol. Interpol doesn't stray far from the formula that helped its first two Matador albums…

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