1. THE LIBRETTIST OF VENICE

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Lively biography of the Italian librettist of Mozart's three most famous operas emphasizes his restless desire for distinction. Lively biography of the Italian librettist of Mozart's three most famous operas emphasizes his restless desire for distinction. Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749–1838…

  2. Beyonce, Chicks, Chilis Set For Grammy Performances

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Beyonce, the Dixie Chicks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gnarls Barkley will all perform at the 49th Grammy Awards, to be broadcast live Feb. 11 on CBS from Los Angeles' Staples Center. Pink, Rihanna Beyonce, the Dixie Chicks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gnarls Barkley will all perform…

  3. This Day in Music

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1968 - </b>Miami Pop Festival features performances by Procul Harum, Chuck Berry, Fleetwood Mac and Canned Heat.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 1998 - LaFace/Arista artist Usher sues trendy clothing company Tommy Hilfiger for alleged…

  4. This Day in Music

    December 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1954 - </b>While playing Russian roulette, R&B singer Johnny Ace shoots himself and dies backstage at a Houston concert.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - U2's Vertigo tour is declared the top-grossing trek of 2005, according to…

  5. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss holiday hits, Kimberley Locke and more! THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE RADIO FOR THE HOLIDAYS It's interesting in Chart Beat that you note this is the seventh year in a row that a holiday song has hit No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In the '90s this…

  6. Mavis Staples Gets Personal On Anti- Debut

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Mavis Staples revisits songs forever associated with the civil rights movement on her new album, "We'll Never Turn Back," her debut for Anti-. Due April 24, the 12-track set was produced by Ry Cooder, Mavis Staples revisits songs forever associated with the civil rights…

  7. This Day in Music

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Jazz bassist and photographer Milt Hinton dies in Queens, N.Y., after a long hospitalization. He is 90.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children's…

  8. Stax Relaunches With Hayes, Stone, White Tribute

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fifty years after the launch of legendary soul label Stax, Concord Music Group is reactivating the imprint after a 30-year-hiatus with new signings, reissues, and special events. Fifty years after the launch of legendary soul label Stax, Concord Music Group is reactivating the imprint after a…

  9. Long Live 'Hip-Hop'

    December 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST When Nas and Jay-Z set aside their feud and joined forces last October, it was a great moment for hip-hop, but an even greater moment for Nas. Having been Columbia's staple rap artist for more than a When Nas and Jay-Z set aside their feud and joined forces last October, it was a great…

  10. New Diana Ross Album To Get U.S. Release

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Diana Ross' first new studio album in more than seven years, "I Love You," will arrive Jan. 16 in the United States via Manhattan/EMI. Diana Ross' first new studio album in more than seven years, "I Love You," will arrive Jan. 16 in the United States via…

  11. Blige, Chilis Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Mary J. Blige leads the nominations for the 49th annual Grammy awards, which were announced today (Dec. 7) in Los Angeles. The R&B singer was recognized in eight categories, including song of the Mary J. Blige leads the nominations for the 49th annual Grammy awards, which were announced…

  12. Hinder, Eddie Money Heading 'Home' Together

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Upstart rockers Hinder will be giving new life to an Eddie Money hit -- and helping the veteran singer with a hoped-for comeback in 2007. The Oklahoma City quintet is planning to record a version of M Upstart rockers Hinder will be giving new life to an Eddie Money hit -- and helping the…

  13. Streisand Wraps Comeback Tour In Los Angeles

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Barbra Streisand ended her latest farewell tour last night (Nov. 20) at a celebrity-studded Los Angeles love-in that included incoming Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi among the thousands of rapt Barbra Streisand ended her latest farewell tour last night (Nov. 20) at a celebrity-studded…

  14. LCD Soundsystem Mines For 'Silver'

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST LCD Soundsystem, the brainchild of DFA principal James Murphy, will release its second studio album, "Sound of Silver," March 20 via Capitol. LCD Soundsystem, the brainchild of DFA principal James Murphy, will release its second studio album, "Sound of Silver," March 20…

  15. Josh Groban Unveils Spring Tour Plans

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST With his latest album, "Awake," having debuted this week at No. 2 on The Billboard 200, vocalist Josh Groban has announced a spring 2007 tour in support. The outing will begin Feb. 17 in Verona, N.Y., With his latest album, "Awake," having debuted this week at No. 2 on The…

  16. Rod Stewart Ready To Rock On 2007 Tour

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rod Stewart will kick off a 56-city North American tour Jan. 12 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in support of his most recent covers effort, "Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time." Rod Stewart will kick off a 56-city North American tour Jan. 12 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in…

  17. Hit Streisand Tour To Spawn Live Album

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's box-office busting North American tour will be chronicled on an as-yet-untitled double-disc live album, due Dec. 5 via Columbia. The set was recorded during the tour's Oct. 4 openin Barbra Streisand's box-office busting North American tour will be chronicled…

  18. Newton-John Radiates 'Grace' On 30th Album

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Since her first U.S. hit in 1971, Olivia Newton-John has maintained her standing as a beloved artist across a demographic swath that is practically unparalleled. Since her first U.S. hit in 1971, Olivia Newton-John has maintained her standing as a beloved artist across a demographic swath…

  19. Timberlake Goes In The Round For 'FutureSex' Tour

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here in August, Justin Timberlake will tour "in the round" in North American arenas next year, beginning Jan. 8 in San Diego. The 11-week trek, with support from Pink, will be followed As first tipped here in August, Justin Timberlake will tour "in the round…

  20. Billboard Bits: Kiss, Q Awards, Pearl Jam

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The first three editions of the "Kiss Alive" series have been bundled with a previously unreleased show from Dec. 31, 1999, in Vancouver as "KISS ALIVE! 1975-2000," due Nov. 21 via Mercury/UME. The first three editions of the "Kiss Alive" series have been bundled…

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