1. Update: Organizers Pull Plug On Zooma Tour

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Zooma tour, which was to be headlined by Trey Anastasio and Ben Harper, has been canceled. Zooma was scheduled to run from June 13 to July 31 and feature a high-profile cast of supportin The inaugural Zooma tour , which was to be headlined by Trey Anastasio and Ben Harper, has…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. CHANGING HOT 100 LANDSCAPE Fred, Since the introduction of digital downloads into the Hot 100 formula, there is a lot more movement on the chart and the top 40 is slowly becoming a mix of different genres again. Notably we are seeing a…

  3. Cursive Ties Up 'Loose Ends'

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nebraska-based indie rock outfit Cursive has rounded up 12 rare and unreleased tracks for "The Difference Between Houses and Homes (Lost Songs and Loose Ends 1995-2001." Nebraska-based indie rock outfit Cursive has rounded up 12 rare and unreleased tracks for "The Difference…

  4. Messina's 'Surprise' Comeback

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Jo Dee Messina has had a career marked by ups and downs, but right now she's definitely on a professional high. Her new Curb album, "Delicious Surprise," spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart after its…

  5. Sex Pistols 'Swindle' Again With DVD

    May 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sex Pistols fans are getting swindled again, not that they'll mind too much. Sex Pistols fans are getting swindled again, not that they'll mind too much. The venerable punk band has just issued its posthumous movie spoof "The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle" on DVD…

  6. This Day in Music

    May 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>U2 lead singer Bono and his wife Ali welcome a new baby boy into their family. 2001 - U2 lead singer Bono and his wife Ali welcome a new baby boy into their family. 2000 - Bad Boy Records rapper Black Rob (a.k.a. Robert Ross) is arrested and charged with criminal…

  7. Minogue Faces Imminent Cancer Operation

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of a breast cancer diagnosis, international pop star Kylie Minogue is expected to undergo an operation this week in Melbourne. Up to this point, tests confirm that the disease has not spre In the wake of a breast cancer diagnosis, international pop star Kylie Minogue is expected…

  8. Social Worker Testifies In Jackson Case

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A social worker testified today (May 17) at Michael Jackson's child molestation trial that she met privately with the accuser and his family during the time they claim they were Jackson's captives, an A social worker testified today (May 17) at Michael Jackson's child…

  9. Coldplay Tells Stories At Intimate New York Gig

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay dropped in on the tiny Harvey Theatre in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., last night (May 16) to tape an episode of VH1's newly revived "Storytellers" show. The show will premiere June 8, the day aft Coldplay dropped in on the tiny Harvey Theatre in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y.,…

  10. 2005 BET Awards Nominees

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT BET Awards nominees Here are the nominees for the 2005 BET Awards, to be handed out June 28 at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre: Best female, hip-hop: Miri Ben-Ari Jackie-O Remy Martin Shawnna Best male, hip-hop 50 Cent Jay-Z Ludacris Snoop Dogg T.I. Kanye West Best collaboration: Ciara f…

  11. Bluegrass Legend Jimmy Martin Dies

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Martin, one of the greatest vocalists in bluegrass, died Saturday (May 14) in a Nashville hospice where he was battling bladder cancer. He was 77. Jimmy Martin, one of the greatest vocalists in bluegrass, died Saturday (May 14) in a Nashville hospice where he was battling bladder cancer…

  12. Backstreet Boys Finalize New Album Track List

    May 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Backstreet Boys have nailed down the track list for their fourth studio album, "Never Gone." The Backstreet Boys have nailed down the track list for their fourth studio album, "Never Gone." As previously reported , the set is due June 14 via Jive and is led by the…

  13. Gov't Mule Plans Free EP, Tour

    May 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With a slate of summer tour dates confirmed, Gov't Mule is planning to extend the life of its' 2004 album "Deja Voodoo" with the release of a free five-song EP. With a slate of summer tour dates confirmed, Gov't Mule is planning to extend the life of its' 2004…

  14. Duff Makes It Two 'Dozen' For Sequel

    May 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hilary Duff is joining the cast of "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" for 20th Century Fox, reprising the role she played in the 2003 hit. Hilary Duff is joining the cast of "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" for 20th Century Fox, reprising the role she played in the 2003 hit. Duff returns as…

  15. Jackson: 'Adults Have Let Me Down'

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The jury in the Michael Jackson trial watched a video today (May 12) in which the journalist who made a damaging documentary about the pop star actually praised him as a parent. The jury in the Michael Jackson trial watched a video today (May 12) in which the journalist who made a damaging…

  16. Spears Sued For Copyright Infringement

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT An Indiana songwriter is suing singer Britney Spears for copyright infringement, claiming he wrote the song "Sometimes" 15 years ago. An Indiana songwriter is suing singer Britney Spears for copyright infringement, claiming he wrote the song "Sometimes" 15 years ago. An…

  17. Akon Overtakes U.K. Singles, Album Chart

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Akon's "Lonely" (Universal) finally ended the seven-week reign of Tony Christie's "(Is This the Way To) Amarillo" (UMTV) on the U.K. singles chart. It gave the American rapper/singer cause for a doubl Akon's "Lonely" (Universal) finally ended the…

  18. This Day in Music

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>South African singer Brenda Fassie dies at the Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg. She is 39. She had been in a coma since April 26, after suffering an asthma attack. This led to cardi 2004 - South African singer Brenda Fassie dies at the Sunninghill Hospital in…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) formally cautions Pete Townshend for "accessing a Web site containing child abuse images" in 1999. Townshend-who was arrested in January on sus 2003 - London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) formally…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. KELLY BREAKS AWAY Dear Fred, Kelly Clarkson has three songs in the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 this week! Have any other contestants from "American Idol" achieved this? Thanks! Sincerely, Dean Smedley Dear Dean, While…

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