1. Jury Selection Begins In Jackson Trial

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson faced prospective jurors in his child-molestation trial today (Jan. 31) after being greeted by a crowd of fans shouting encouragement and pressing against fences to see the pop star. Michael Jackson faced prospective jurors in his child-molestation trial today (Jan. 31) after…

  2. Cream Plans Short But Sweet Reunion

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST The May 2-3, 5-6 shows will constitute guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker's first on-stage appearances together since Cream's 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hal As first revealed here in early November, classic rock trio Cream is reuniting for…

  3. Lawyers Want To Show Jackson Documentary

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST The prosecution wants jurors in Michael Jackson's molestation trial to have their own screening of a British television documentary about the pop star, a show that the defense denounced as "heavily ed The prosecution wants jurors in Michael Jackson's molestation trial to have…

  4. 04TunesOnTV

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 17-23, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JAN. 17 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured Artist: JoJo (also scheduled: Ryan Seacrest, James Denton). "The View," ABC Featured Artist: Jesse McCartney (also…

  5. Gender Equity Among 'American Idol' Changes

    January 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" turned into the battle of the divas last season. This year, male contestants are getting a little help. "American Idol" turned into the battle of the divas last season. This year, male contestants are getting a little help. In a bid to freshen the Fox…

  6. Was (Not Was) Finds New Life On Tour

    January 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Was (Not Was) just wrapped its first set of U.S. dates since 1990 and is planning a lengthier tour for April. With a greatest hits compilation and a new album due this spring, things are finally heati Was (Not Was) just wrapped its first set of U.S. dates since 1990 and is planning a…

  7. WFMU, Prog Archives and Ted Leo

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tangled Web: A weekly column featuring intriguing online music-related issues & destinations. This Week: WFMU, Prog Archives and Ted Leo. RARE AND LOVELY: WFMU is a free-form radio station broadcasting in New York and the Hudson Valley region that also operates an extensive Web site which…

  8. Billboard Bits: Mudvayne, Jam Cruise 3, Aphex Twin

    January 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Mudvayne, Jam Cruise, Aphex Twin Hard rock act Mudvayne will unveil material from its next Epic album, "Lost and Found," on its upcoming North American tour. The trek begins Jan. 29 in Sacramento, Calif., and wraps Feb. 17 at New York's venerable CBGBs, while the album…

  9. Erasure Back In Flight With 'Nightbird'

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Former Depeche Mode and Yaz member Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell, who record as Erasure, have reason to rejoice. This is the synth-pop duo's 20th year making beautiful music together. To honor the anniversary, the pair is releasing its…

  10. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Green Day, Tamyra Gray, Gretchen Wilson, Rascal Flatts and chart rules with readers. GREEN MATTER Hi Fred! As always, I read and enjoy "Chart Beat" every week and I just read what you wrote about Green Day getting its first No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.…

  11. B&E: X-mas Balls

    December 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: X-mas Balls. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. HOLIDAY CHEER: Adulterous reindeers, squirrel jambalaya and a naughty Santa Claus…

  12. Harper, Blind Boys Pairing Spawns Live DVD

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Following a collaborative CD that resulted in a trio of Grammy nominations, Ben Harper and the Blind Boys Of Alabama are planning to release a concert DVD early next year. The film was taped at a one- Following a collaborative CD that resulted in a trio of Grammy nominations, Ben Harper and…

  13. Merchant Preps DVDs, Machaut Compilation Track

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Although Natalie Merchant isn't presently at work on a new studio album, the artist is preparing several projects in various states of completion. Although Natalie Merchant isn't presently at work on a new studio album, the artist is preparing several projects in various states of…

  14. Billboard Bits: Out Hud, Mogwai, 'Cursed'

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Out Hud, Mogwai, 'Cursed' New York rock act Out Hud will release its sophomore album , "Let Us Never Speak of It Again," March 22 via Kranky. The 10-track set will be preceded on Feb. 8 by the single "One Life To Leave," which will also include group…

  15. Chevelle, Crossfade, Helmet Suit Up For SnoCore

    December 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Chevelle, Helmet, Crossfade, Future Leaders Of The World and Strata have signed on for the 10th Winterfresh SnoCore tour, Billboard.com has learned. The trek will play 32 North American dates this win Chevelle, Helmet, Crossfade, Future Leaders Of The World and Strata have signed on for the…

  16. Killers Keep Touring, Ready New Tunes

    December 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Like many bands flush with the success of a debut album, the Killers have spent the better part of the year in the road in support of "Hot Fuss" (Island). And while the group has several new songs per Like many bands flush with the success of a debut album, the Killers have spent…

  17. Brown's Cancer Surgery A Success

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST James Brown underwent successful surgery today (Dec. 15) to treat his recently diagnosed prostate cancer. James Brown underwent successful surgery today (Dec. 15) to treat his recently diagnosed prostate cancer. "Mr. Brown has successfully undergone a localized prostate cancer procedure…

  18. HOT COUNTRY SINGLES & TRACKS

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST /bb/charts/airplay/country.jsp 1. "Nothing On But The Radio," Gary Allan 2. "Back When," Tim McGraw 3. "THE WOMAN WITH YOU," KENNY CHESNEY 4. "Some Beach," Blake Shelton 5. "Mr. Mom," Lonestar Issue date: Dec. 11, 2004 News Gary Allan , Blake…

  19. Hot Product

    December 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Eric Clapton Therapy 'Session' Broadening the scope of Eric Clapton's recent album of Robert Johnson interpretations, "Me and Mr. Johnson," the guitarist this week unveils the CD/DVD package "Sessions for Robert J." The Duck/Reprise release comprises tour…

  20. Report: 'Suge' Knight Eyed In Vibe Brawl

    December 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Police and probation officials have been reviewing video of the recent melee at the Vibe Awards to determine if hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight played a role in the altercation. Police and probation officials have been reviewing video of the recent melee at the Vibe Awards to…

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