1. Billboard Bits: Janet Jackson, Martin Gilks, Clapton

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Janet Jackson, Martin Gilks, Clapton Janet Jackson's new studio album has been given the tentative title "20 Years Old," an apparent reference to the 20-year-anniversary of her 1986 smash album "Control." As previously reported , the set is being produced by…

  2. This Day in Music

    April 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>When Trisha Yearwood makes a visit to Sesame Street, the Country Music Association female vocalist of the year gets to rub shoulders with a major childhood influence. "As a child," she e 2005 - With the votes in and the slime poured, Usher, Avril Lavigne…

  3. Billboard Bits: Vince Gill, Bonnaroo, Lord Jamar

    March 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Vince Gill, Bonnaroo, Lord Jamar Long known in the industry for his generous spirit and charitable work, Vince Gill will be named the winner of the Academy of Country Music's Home Depot Humanitarian Award. Gill will be presented with the award on the nationally televised 41st…

  4. Foo Fighters Still Planning Acoustic Tour

    March 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST "We're going to start rehearsing very soon," drummer Taylor Hawkins tells Billboard.com of the trek, which will focus on the less aggressive songs on the 2005 double album "In Your Honor." Although the Foo Fighters are taking it easy until frontman Dave Grohl's…

  5. New Janet Single Due In May, Album In Fall

    March 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST The first single from Janet Jackson's as-yet-untitled new album is expected to hit U.S. radio outlets in May, Virgin Urban president Jermaine Dupri tells Billboard. The album will likely follow at the The first single from Janet Jackson's as-yet-untitled new album is expected to hit…

  6. Gillian Welch Gets Busy On New Album

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Alt-country singer/songwriter Gillian Welch is currently in the studio hashing out her fourth solo set. The effort, which is as-yet-untitled, will likely be released by the end of the year, according Alt-country singer/songwriter Gillian Welch is currently in the studio hashing out her fourth…

  7. This Day in Music

    March 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>Shania Twain begins her first headlining tour, along with a nine-piece band in her Canadian homeland in Sudbury, Ontario.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2001 - Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern…

  8. Jessica Simpson Shifts To Epic

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Simpson's as-yet-untitled ew set is expected before the year's end, but in the meantime, a source says an R&B-oriented first single is "not far away at all." Jessica Simpson has shifted from Columbia, for which she's recorded since 1999, to Epic Records. As…

  9. This Day in Music

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend for the past decade, actress Charleen "Chuck" McCrory, finally tie the knot. The pair exchanges vows at Tony's Ballroom in Houston before 200 2004 - Roy "Pop" Lewis, patriarch of bluegrass gospel…

  10. Billboard Bits: Coachella, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Zakk Wylde

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Coachella, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Zakk Wylde The "Coachella" documentary , chronicling the first six editions of the storied California festival, will be released on DVD April 18 via Anti-. In addition to performances by Radiohead, Morrissey, Oasis, the Arcade Fire, the…

  11. ON TV

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for March 20-26, 2006. MONDAY, MARCH 20 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist: Chris Brown (also scheduled: Joy Philbin, Wentworth Miller). "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist: The Coby Brown Group (also…

  12. This Day in Music

    March 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Vocalist Kelle Bryan quits U.K. R&B/crossover act Eternal, leaving the band as the duo of sisters Easther and Vernie Bennet.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - Edmund Sylvers, former lead singer of '70s family group…

  13. This Day in Music

    February 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Rockabilly singer Malcolm Yelvington dies of heart failure in Memphis at the age of 82. Yelvington recorded for Sam Phillips' Sun Records in the early '50s; his label debut, "Drinkin' Wi 2003 - Folk music singer/songwriter Tom Glazer dies in…

  14. Billboard Bits: 'Rites Of Spring,' Juvenile, Yoakam

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Vanderbilt University sets bill for 'Rites Of Spring' festival, Juvenile adds ringtone creation software to new CD and Dwight Yoakam plans Oscar-related L.A. show. My Morning Jacket, Ben Folds and Gov't Mule are among the acts confirmed to play Vanderbilt University's…

  15. This Day in Music

    February 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Rap star Ol' Dirty Bastard is arrested in Hollywood for allegedly wearing body armor - a forbidden garment because of his previous arrests. ODB is initially pulled over for driving errat 2001 - Country singer Andy Griggs is arrested just before 3 a.m. after…

  16. Billboard Bits: Jay-Z, Ambulance LTD, Glen Phillips

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Jay-Z, Ambulance LTD, Glen Phillips Def Jam president Jay-Z, who is also part owner of the NBA's New Jersey Nets, has launched a contest for amateur performers to write and record a Nets theme song. The contest is a partnership with Sprite and New York radio station WQHT (Hot 97)…

  17. Manson Offers Glimpse Of Film-In-Progress

    February 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Marilyn Manson paid a visit to the Berlin International Film Festival yesterday (Feb. 12) to drum up interest for his directorial debut, a surreal-horrific look at the life of English writer Charles L Marilyn Manson paid a visit to the Berlin International Film Festival yesterday (Feb. 12) to…

  18. Chart Beat Chat

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses James Blunt, "High School Musical" and Gwen Stefani with readers. PUTTING IT BLUNTLY Dear Fred, I've just checked out the latest Hot 100 and was more than happy to learn of James Blunt's rise into the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with …

  19. Billboard Goes Backstage At The Grammys

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Billboard staffers check in with top winners U2, Kanye West, John Legend and more backstage at the 48th annual Grammy Awards, held last night (Feb. 8) at the Staples Center in Los angeles. Notes from backstage at last night's (Feb. 8) 48th annual Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples…

  20. Chart Beat

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Manilow taking 1950s songs to No. 1, Underwood extending her country reign and Bent Fabric returning to the Billboard charts are just a few of this week's chart-tastic stories. UNCHAINED MELODIES: You can't beat the songs of the '50s and no one did this week. Barry Manilow'…

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