1. Aspiring Rappers Eschew Gangs On 'Rep Yo Set'

    April 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT More than 20 former Los Angeles gang members-turned-rappers have united to record material for the compilation album "Rep Yo Set," due Aug. 8 via Universal. More than 20 former Los Angeles gang members-turned-rappers have united to record material for the compilation album "Rep…

  2. This Day in Music

    April 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Italian conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli dies after collapsing at the podium while leading a performance of Verdi's "Aida" at Berlin's Deutsche Oper House. He is 54.<br clear="none"/><br clea 2005 - The launch of MTV Networks 100th…

  3. This Day in Music

    April 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>R&B singer Luther Vandross suffers a stroke, just four days before his 55th birthday.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Tejano music legend Laura Canales dies in Corpus Christi, Texas, of complications following surgery.…

  4. Mariah, Kanye, Alicia Lead NAACP Image Noms

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST With four nominations each, Mariah Carey, Kanye West and Alicia Keys lead the field of musicians contending for 2006 NAACP Image Awards. With four nominations each, Mariah Carey, Kanye West and Alicia Keys lead the field of musicians contending for 2006 NAACP Image Awards. Mary J. Blige …

  5. Ask Billboard

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Answers to readers' questions about Donna Summer, Kate Bush and Sufjan Stevens. THE RETURN OF SUMMER? Hi Keith, I see that Donna Summer's "I Got Your Love" reached the top 10 of Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart. And "Power of Love" just recently debuted…

  6. Stevie Wonder / Nov. 9, 2005 / London (Abbey Road Studios)

    November 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Among the packed, excited crowd of 300 at one of London's most famous musical landmarks, a sense of Wonder was tangible. The Motown legend was about to perform a one-off concert for national adult con Among the packed, excited crowd of 300 at one of London's most famous musical…

  7. Chart Beat

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Richard Marx Helps Keith Urban To Another No. 1, Young Jeezy Reaches The R&B/Hip-Hop Summit, Garth Brooks Returns To The Charts & Much URBAN DEVELOPMENT: The 2-1 move of Keith Urban's "Better Life" (Capitol) on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart gives composer…

  8. Martha Getting Back Into Music With Holiday Set

    October 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With a newly created partnership with Sony BMG, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) is returning to music. With a newly created partnership with Sony BMG, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) is returning to music. Plans are for the uber-homemaker's brand to market compilations for…

  9. BB King At 80

    September 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com The following stems from a 20-page "Billboard Stars: B.B. King" special feature that appears in the Oct. 1, 2005, issue of Billboard magazine. Beyond the extensive Q&A excerpted below, the section boasts several articles examining…

  10. CHART BEAT

    September 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart accomplishments of Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, Sheryl Crow, Ray Charles and Earth, Wind & Fire. THE DOLLY-MERLE GAME: The numbers 108-105 might sound like a basketball score, but for purposes of "Chart Beat,…

  11. Disturbed's 'Fists' Earns No. 1 Debut

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Heavy rock act Disturbed leads a wave of new acts onto The Billboard 200 this week. Opening with U.S. sales of 239,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the group's "Ten Thousand Fists" (Warner Heavy rock act Disturbed leads a wave of new acts onto The Billboard 200 this…

  12. Hot Product

    September 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: An album of music inspired by the poetry of late rapper Tupac Shakur, "The Rose" (Amaru/Koch). Eclectic jazz trio the Bad Plus' "Suspicious Activity" (Columbia). New albums from reggae-inspired…

  13. Keys Blends Old With New On 'Unplugged'

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys revisits past favorites, collaborates with such acts as Common, Mos Def and Maroon 5's Adam Levine and unveils two new tunes on "MTV Unplugged," due Oct. 11 via J Records. The set will be Alicia Keys revisits past favorites, collaborates with several top acts and…

  14. Star-Studded Disc Pays Tribute To Vandross

    August 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Elton John and Usher are among the artists paying tribute to one of contemporary R&B's most celebrated balladeers on "So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute To Luther Vandross." Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Elton John and Usher are among the artists paying…

  15. Hot Product

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Babyface 'Sexy' Appeal In addition to Anita Baker, the underserved adult R&B market has something else to cheer about: Babyface is back. Luther Vandross' heir apparent returns with the long-awaited follow-up to "Face2Face." That 2001 project found Babyface upping…

  16. Babyface Is Back

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Grown and sexy. The phrase aptly describes the audience that recently gathered for the taping of BET's forthcoming Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds special. It's also the title of the songwriter/producer's latest album. "…

  17. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. REMEMBERING LUTHER Dear Fred, I expect many will write about the passing of Luther Vandross this week. A friend just e-mailed me with the miserable news, which must have just broken as the Billboard Web site doesn't mention it yet. I was really…

  18. 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…

  19. Luther Vandross Dies At 54

    July 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-winning soul singer and songwriter Luther Vandross, who suffered a serious stroke two years ago as he was about to relaunch his career, died on Friday (July 1) in a New Jersey hospital, officia Grammy-winning soul singer and songwriter Luther Vandross, who suffered a serious stroke two…

  20. Studdard Plots Fall 'Return' With New CD

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Currently in an Atlanta studio, 2003 "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is finishing up his third J Records release, "The Return of the Velvet Teddy Bear," for a tentative fall release date. Currently in an Atlanta studio, 2003 "American Idol" winner Ruben…

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