1. Mann Gets In The Holiday Spirit For New Album

    August 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Aimee Mann was filled with holiday spirit when she entered the studio in May. Aimee Mann was filled with holiday spirit when she entered the studio in May. "You'd be surprised -- it didn't take any time to into the Christmas vibe. Before it got really hot, it was just so nice…

  2. Aiken Covers Elton, Adams, Celine On New Album

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Season two "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken tackles a host of enduring power ballads on his third album, "A Thousand Different Ways." Due Sept. 19 via RCA, the set features 10 covers and four new Season two "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken tackles a host…

  3. Chart Beat

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Fergie's big solo bow, Gnarls Barkley, Tom Petty and more. 'LONDON BRIDGE' IS FALLING UP : Going solo might give Stacy Ferguson the biggest hit of her career, which could come just in time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her Hot 100 debut. In its second week…

  4. Studdard Returns To R&B On New Album

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Second season "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard will release his third effort, "The Return," Sept. 26 via J Records. The album is the follow-up to 2004's gospel-leaning "I Need an Angel." Second season "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard will…

  5. Austin Eyeing Blige Duet For 'Ocean Drive'

    July 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In-demand R&B songwriter Johnta Austin will on Oct.17 release his So So Def/Virgin artist debut, "Ocean Drive." The album boasts production by Jazze Pha, Scott Storch and Jermaine Dupri, who produ In-demand R&B songwriter Johnta Austin will on Oct.17 release his So So Def…

  6. Monica Opens Up 'Musical Diary' On New Album

    July 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT R&B songstress Monica is putting the finishing touches on her fourth album, "The Makings of Me," due Sept. 26 via J. The set is led by the single "Everytime Tha Beat Drop," which was produced by J R&B songstress Monica is putting the finishing touches on her fourth…

  7. Valentino's 'Special' Serves Up 'Real R&B'

    July 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Valentino co-wrote several tracks, including current single "Wreck," cowritten and produced by Sean Garrett. A video for the official first single, "Turn the Page," produced by Jerkins, will be shot t R&B singer Bobby Valentino previewed tracks from his upcoming…

  8. THE SLEEPY JACKSON, "Personality (One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird)"

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Sleepy Jackson was clearly adept at playing with its "sound" on 2004's "Lovers," but has chosen (wisely?) to take a clear-cut path on this new full-length. Australia's Sleepy Jackson was clearly adept at playing with its "sound" on 2004…

  9. This Day in Music

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>At Woodstock 99, all hell breaks loose. Fires fueled by paper plates, pizza boxes and garbage strewn around everywhere break out during a set by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The group's en 2001 - Mariah Carey checks herself into an undisclosed hospital, suffering…

  10. 30OnTV

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 24-30, 2006. MONDAY, JULY 24 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured Artist(s): Miranda Lambert (also scheduled: Matt Dallas). "CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party," ABC Featured Artist(s): Brooks & Dunn, Martina…

  11. This Day in Music

    July 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>The Beastie Boys begin touring in support of their fifth release, "Hello Nasty," at Seattle's Key Arena. It is their first headlining tour since 1995's "Quadrophonic Joystick" tour.<br c 2005 - British R&B artist "Long John…

  12. Paris Pencils Debut Album In For August

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With her single "Stars Are Blind" unexpectedly making an impact on the Billboard charts, Paris Hilton will on Aug. 22 release her self-titled album via Warner Bros. With her single "Stars Are Blind" unexpectedly making an impact on the Billboard charts, Paris Hilton will…

  13. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss artists with multiple No. 1s in a single year, Madonna and single-word song titles. Fred and his readers discuss artists with multiple No. 1s in a single year, Madonna and single-word song titles. NO REPEATS Hi Fred, I read your columns every week and really enjoy…

  14. 29OnTV

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 17-23, 2006. MONDAY, JULY 17 "One Life To Live," ABC Featured artist(s): Jeannie Ortega. "Lil' Wayne Makes A Video," MTV2 Featured artist(s): Lil' Wayne, Robin Thicke. "Larry King Live," CNN Featured artist(s): Sheryl…

  15. This Day in Music

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Travis drummer Neil Primrose suffers a head injury while swimming in a pool in Belfort, France, necessitating the cancellation of several European concerts.<br clear="none"/><br clear="n 2005 - Dave Matthews Bandís ìDreamgirlî video premieres…

  16. Bobby Valentino Preps Something 'Special'

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT R&B up-and-comer Bobby Valentino will return on Sept. 19 with his sophomore album for Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace label, "Special Occasion." R&B up-and-comer Bobby Valentino will return on Sept. 19 with his sophomore album for Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace…

  17. 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…

  18. 27OnTV

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 10-16, 2006. MONDAY, JULY 10 "TRL," MTV Featured artist(s): Teddy Geiger, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ne-Yo. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist(s): The Fray (also featured: Michael Douglas, John Witherspoon). "The…

  19. Kasting A Wide Net

    July 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT OutKast duo Antwan Patton and Andre Benjamin are sitting in a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills picking at pancakes. They need to figure out the track listing for their upcoming soundtr OutKast duo Antwan Patton and Andre Benjamin are sitting in a suite at the Four Seasons…

  20. 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…

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