1. Judge Assures Jurors Jackson Was Ill

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson returned to court today (Feb. 22) after a week's delay, and the judge assured prospective jurors that the singer really had been ill and there was no plot to put off his child molestat Michael Jackson returned to court today (Feb. 22) after a week's delay, and the…

  2. Jackson Recovering, Leaves Hospital

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson was recovering from flu symptoms and was in good spirits after a short hospital stay that prompted another delay in his child molestation trial, a doctor said. Michael Jackson was recovering from flu symptoms and was in good spirits after a short hospital stay that prompted…

  3. Will Smith Drafts Snoop, Mary J. For New Album

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost and Found," his first new album in three years. Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost and Found," his first new album in…

  4. Random House Sues P. Diddy Over Advance

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Random House Inc. is suing Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, alleging that the hip-hop mogul did not pay back a $300,000 advance for a memoir he never completed. Random House Inc. is suing Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, alleging that the hip-hop mogul did not pay back a $300,000 advance for…

  5. Billboard Bits: Garth Brooks, Carly Simon, Napster

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Garth Brooks, Carly Simon, Napster Garth Brooks' appearance Saturday at fundraiser in Fort Worth, Texas, reportedly helped raise more than $2 million for a local hospital. Brooks performed with pals Steve Wariner, Stephanie Davis and Dan Roberts, who had organized the $1,000-a…

  6. Raveonettes Are Back In 'Black' On New Album

    February 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Danish rock duo the Raveonettes will return May 3 with their next Columbia album, "Pretty in Black." Danish rock duo the Raveonettes will return May 3 with their next Columbia album, "Pretty in Black." The set will be led by the single "Love in a Trashcan," which…

  7. Killers Keep Up The 'Fuss' On Tour

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST With their Island debut, "Hot Fuss," having recently passed the 1 million mark in U.S. sales, the Killers plan to keep touring throughout the spring. With their Island debut, "Hot Fuss," having recently passed the 1 million mark in U.S. sales, the Killers plan to keep…

  8. Pitty Sing

    February 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST New York-by-way-of-Boston's Pitty Sing made its presence know last year with the EP "Demons, You Are the Stars in Cars 'Til I Die." One track in particular stood out: "Radio" deftly held its own when New York-by-way-of-Boston's Pitty Sing made its presence…

  9. CHART BEAT BONUS

    February 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on new Ciara topping a new Billboard chart, a change in Hot 100 methodology and Anne Murray. SO HOT IT POPS: Billboard introduces a new chart this week, the Pop 100. The chart is compiled by combining retail and digital sales with airplay, like The Billboard Hot 100, but…

  10. Spector Sued For Wrongful Death

    February 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music producer Phil Spector has been named in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the mother of a B-movie actress whom Spector is accused of killing in his home. Music producer Phil Spector has been named in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the mother of a B-movie actress whom Spector is…

  11. Santana Touring Latin America Ahead Of New Album

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Carlos Santana has lined up a six-date tour of Latin America, beginning April 1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Carlos Santana has lined up a six-date tour of Latin America, beginning April 1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The trek will also visit Panama, Costa Rica and El Salvador before concluding…

  12. 06TunesOnTV

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JAN. 31 "Making the Video," MTV2 Featured Artist: 50 Cent ("Candy Shop"). "The Bachelorette," ABC Featured Artist: Peter Cincotti. "The Late Show With…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.…

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