1. Chart Beat

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from "Mamma Mia!", the Jonas Brothers, Rihanna and more! BETTER THAN THE BEST WEEK EVER: Two weeks ago I suggested in Chart Beat Chat that 34 years after they made their Billboard chart debut, songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus were having…

  2. Bob Dylan / Aug. 12, 2008 / Brooklyn, N.Y. (Prospect Park Bandshell)

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A sold-out crowd gathered at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell to hear the man romp and growl through 17 cuts from his storied catalog, from iconic acoustic staples like "Highway 61 Revisited" to lat While a summer thunderstorm pummeled Bob Dylan's old Greenwich Village…

  3. Bringing Sexy Back

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On the back of "Sexy Can I," his top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit with Ray J, Chicago rapper Yung Berg has a burgeoning single of his own, "The Business," and a new album, "Look What You Made Me," hitting On the back of "Sexy Can I," his top 10 Billboard…

  4. More Than 'Shaft': Hayes Was Major Influence

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie "Shaft" not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but a With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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" …

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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 "…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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