1. Billboard Bits: Bragg, Seagal, Elliott Smith, Silkworm

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Billy Bragg, Steven Seagal, Elliott Smith, Silkworm A little more than a week after Yep Roc Records confirmed it was prepping deluxe reissues of four Billy Bragg albums and a box set, the artist has postponed the projects until 2006. "As the date of release has approached, I have…

  2. This Day in Music

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>Mariah Carey uses her celebrity status to try to help police find a missing 13-year-old girl. The Grammy award-winning singer joins the family of Christina Williams at a Beverly Hills, C 2003 - Skip Battin, former bassist for the Byrds and other notable country-rock…

  3. Ocasek Looks To 'Nexterday,' Cars Documentary

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Not much has been heard musically from Ric Ocasek since the release of his 1997 solo album, "Troublizing," as his main focus has been on producing such bands as Guided By Voices and Weezer. But with t Not much has been heard musically from Ric Ocasek since the release of his 1997…

  4. CHART BEAT

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Jessica Simpson, Green Day, Coldplay & Kelly Clarkson. 'BOOTS' ARE READY AGAIN: If you've been trying to think of a suitable present for Jessica Simpson's 25th birthday on July 10, we've already come up with the…

  5. Billboard Bits: Vandross, Hawley, Big Al Downing & More

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Luther Vandross, Richard Hawley, Big Al Downing, Mike Peters, Chapman Funeral services for Luther Vandross will be held Friday (July 8) at New York's Riverside Church (490 Riverside Drive) at noon. The artist died Friday at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J., two…

  6. Drive Thru, Doghouse Prep Dylan Tributes

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jason Mraz, Something Corporate, James Blunt, Steel Train, the Format and former Catatonia vocalist Cerys Matthews are among the artists that have recorded tracks for "Listen to Bob Dylan," a double-d Jason Mraz, Something Corporate, James Blunt, Steel Train, the Format and former…

  7. This Day in Music

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, dies of cancer at his home in Nashville. He is 77. 2001 - Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, dies of…

  8. Canadian Stars Sign On For New Live 8 Show

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian edition of Bob Geldof's Live 8 concerts will be held July 2 at Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario. The lineup features a who's-who of Canadian music, including Celine Dion (via satellite from The Canadian edition of Bob Geldof's Live 8 concerts will be held July 2 at…

  9. Our Lady Peace Survives 'Paranoid Times'

    June 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Canadian modern rock outfit Our Lady Peace has set an Aug. 30 release date for its sixth Columbia studio album, "Healthy in Paranoid Times." Canadian modern rock outfit Our Lady Peace has set an Aug. 30 release date for its sixth Columbia studio album, "Healthy in Paranoid…

  10. Jackson Jurors Have Harsh Words For Accuser's Mother

    June 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The jurors who acquitted Michael Jackson of child molestation had harsh words for the accuser's mother, who made them uncomfortable during her jumbled and volatile testimony. The jurors who acquitted Michael Jackson of child molestation had harsh words for the accuser's mother, who…

  11. Billboard Bits: Idlewild, R.E.M., The Alarm

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Idlewild, R.E.M., The Alarm Scottish rock act Idlewild will release its next album, "Warnings/Promises," Aug. 16 in North America via Capitol. The Tony Hoffer-produced set recently debuted at No. 9 on the U.K. album chart. "There are three-part harmonies on most of the…

  12. Rhino Boxes Up '90s Favorites

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Following a template that has generated several prior collections, Rhino is compiling a grandiose box set surveying a decade less than six years in the rearview mirror. Following a template that has generated several prior collections, Rhino is compiling a grandiose box set surveying a decade…

  13. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., as he recovers from a rib injury. According to the artist's official Web site, Beck was watching Blu 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East…

  14. Austin Takes The Mic On So So Def Debut

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey's current hit, "We Belong Together," is just one example of co-author Johnta Austin's songwriting prowess. Mariah Carey's current hit, "We Belong Together," is just one example of co-author Johnta Austin's songwriting prowess. But listeners…

  15. Jackson Lawyer Finishes Closing Arguments

    June 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The family accusing Michael Jackson of child molestation is trying to pull off "the biggest con of their careers," Jackson's attorney told jurors today (June 3) as he wrapped up his closing argument. The family accusing Michael Jackson of child molestation is trying to pull off…

  16. H.I.M. Turning On 'Dark Light' In Fall

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Until recently, Finnish goth/metal quintet H.I.M. has been one of the most above-ground underground bands in America. Until recently, Finnish goth/metal quintet H.I.M. has been one of the most above-ground underground bands in America. While three of its albums have been released here, the…

  17. Common Not A Plain Rapper

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Common is back. That is the consensus that reverberated coast-to-coast in advance of the May 24 release of "Be." And judging by the unanimously positive buzz around the Getting Out Our Dreams/Geffen album, the Chicago rapper will find…

  18. Brown Says Houston Out Of Rehab

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bobby Brown says he believes that his wife, Whitney Houston, has successfully completed a second stint in rehab. Bobby Brown says he believes that his wife, Whitney Houston, has successfully completed a second stint in rehab. "I'm very confident," Brown told "Access…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>The first Native American Music Awards take place at the Fox Theater at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The show is hosted by Wayne Newton, and presenters include Joe W 1998 - The first Native American Music Awards take place at the Fox Theater at…

  20. This Day in Music

    May 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Renato Carosone, a key figure in Italian music in the post-war era, dies in Rome at the age of 81. Carosone, a Neapolitan, was most famous for his 1956 hit "Tu Vuo'Fa'L'Americano" ("You 2001 - Renato Carosone, a key figure in Italian…

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