1. This Day in Music

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, undergoes emergency surgery on due to a heart condition. According to a spokesperson, Pedrini requires an eight-hour operation for an aortic laceration. 2004 - Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, undergoes emergency surgery on due to a…

  2. 'Back In Black' Tips 21M Mark

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Among the various certifications issued by the Recording Industry Association (RIAA) in May is a truly notable achievement for Australian hard rock act AC/DC. Among the various certifications issued by the Recording Industry Association (RIAA) in May is a truly notable achievement for…

  3. Osbourne Defends Wicked Wisdom's Ozzfest Slot

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Since the news broke in mid-May that Wicked Wisdom, the group fronted by actress Jada Pinkett Smith, will play at this year's Ozzfest, little has been heard about the act or how it landed such a covet Since the news broke in mid-May that Wicked Wisdom, the group fronted by actress Jada…

  4. Oasis Storms U.K. Chart, Coldplay Looming

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Oasis stormed to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday with its sixth studio release, "Don't Believe the Truth" (Big Brother). Oasis stormed to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday with its sixth studio release, "Don't Believe the Truth" (Big Brother).…

  5. Rhino Boxes Up '90s Favorites

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Following a template that has generated several prior collections, Rhino is compiling a grandiose box set surveying a decade less than six years in the rearview mirror. Following a template that has generated several prior collections, Rhino is compiling a grandiose box set surveying a decade…

  6. Jett, Chingy Lead 'Run Hit Wonder' Bill

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rocker Joan Jett, rapper Chingy and modern rock act Fountains Of Wayne are among the acts slated to take part in the third Nike Run Hit Wonder tour. Veteran rocker Joan Jett, rapper Chingy and modern rock act Fountains Of Wayne are among the acts slated to take part in the third Nike…

  7. ASK BILLBOARD

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Your Questions About Scissor Sisters, Madonna & More /bb/ask/index.jsp News Madonna …

  8. Fat Joe Gives 'All'

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. There is no denying that last summer belonged to Fat Joe and Terror Squad. It was hard to escape the sounds of "Lean Back," the single that propelled Joe and his crew to the top of The Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a Grammy Award…

  9. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., as he recovers from a rib injury. According to the artist's official Web site, Beck was watching Blu 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East…

  10. Austin Takes The Mic On So So Def Debut

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey's current hit, "We Belong Together," is just one example of co-author Johnta Austin's songwriting prowess. Mariah Carey's current hit, "We Belong Together," is just one example of co-author Johnta Austin's songwriting prowess. But listeners…

  11. Billboard Bits: Les Paul, RCA, NBA Finals

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Les Paul, RCA, NBA Finals As tipped here in April, guitar legend Les Paul will celebrate his 90th birthday with his first new studio album since 1978's "Guitar Monsters," a collaboration with Chet Atkins. Les Paul & Friends' "American Made, World Played…

  12. Braxton Aims To 'Please' On New Album

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Toni Braxton's first album for Blackground has been christened "Libra" and will be released in September. Toni Braxton's first album for Blackground has been christened "Libra" and will be released in September. The Scott Storch-produced first single, "…

  13. Kings Of Leon, Secret Machines Make Touring Team

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here in April, Kings Of Leon and Secret Machines will head out on the road together this summer. As first tipped here in April, Kings Of Leon and Secret Machines will head out on the road together this summer. The tour will begin July 15 in Portland, Ore., and will last…

  14. Cowboy Troy's Wild Ride

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When Cowboy Troy made an appearance at the May 17 Academy of Country Music Awards, he joked about the odds of which would happen first: Garth Brooks coming out of retirement or Troy himself having a No. 1 album. Troy clearly came much closer than…

  15. This Day in Music

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Founding Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby succumbs to AIDS after an eight-year battle with the disease. Crosby, who co-wrote many of the pop-metal band's best-known songs, is 42. 2002 - Founding Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby succumbs to AIDS after an eight-year…

  16. Hot Product

    June 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay Third Time's A Charm? U.K. rock act Coldplay looks to achieve worldwide dominance on its third studio album, "X&Y," due this week via Capitol. First single "Speed of Sound" has already reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The set will be supported by…

  17. Hot Product

    June 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas 'Business' As Usual R&B/pop outfit the Black Eyed Peas return this week with its next Interscope album, "Monkey Business." The 14-track set sports guest appearances by Justin Timberlake on "My Style," funk legend James Brown on "They Don&…

  18. This Day in Music

    June 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Guitarist Robert Quine, one of punk rock's most daring soloists, is found dead in his New York apartment. He is 61. According to close friend and guitar maker Rick Kelly, who discovers Q 2004 - Guitarist Robert Quine, one of punk rock's most daring soloists…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and others, dies of cancer in Boston. He is 69. 2004 - Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and…

  20. Billboard Bits: Babyface, Underwood, Chimaira

    June 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Babyface, Underwood and Chimaira. In addition to previously confirmed dates with Anita Baker, Babyface will play a handful of headlining shows leading up to the release of his album "Grown & Sexy," due June 26 via Arista Records. The tour will open June 23 in San…

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