1. U2, McGraw Among First Grammy Performers

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Irish rock act U2, country superstar Tim McGraw, R&B chanteuse Alicia Keys and rock trio Green Day are the first acts confirmed to perform during the 47th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, to be held Irish rock act U2, country superstar Tim McGraw, R&B chanteuse Alicia Keys and rock trio…

  2. All-Star Clapton Cover To Raise Relief Funds

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST A multi-artist cover of Eric Clapton's 1992 hit single "Tears in Heaven" will raise money for the victims of the tsunami disaster in Southern Asia and Eastern Africa. A multi-artist cover of Eric Clapton's 1992 hit single "Tears in Heaven" will raise money for…

  3. Sasha Pushes Boundaries On 'Involver'

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST If his latest Global Underground album, "Involver," is any indication, DJ/producer Sasha has embarked on a brand new phase of his career. If his latest Global Underground album, "Involver," is any indication, DJ/producer Sasha has embarked on a brand new phase of his…

  4. This Day in Music

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson makes his Broadway debut joining the cast of "Chicago." The singer portrays slick lawyer Billy Flynn, replacing Billy Zane. 2003 - Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson makes his Broadway debut joining the cast of …

  5. B&E: Gavin DeGraw

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Gavin DeGraw. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. It's been a few years in the making, but listeners are beginning to catch on…

  6. Billboard Bits: 'Charlotte's Web,' Duran Duran, Burton

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on 'Charlotte's Web,' Duran Duran, Burton OutKast's Andre 3000 and Reba McEntire will join Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, John Cleese and Steve Buscemi in lending their vocal talents to the upcoming film adaptation of the classic children's book "Charlotte&…

  7. Fourth 'Idol' Premiere Draws Huge Ratings

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Last night's (Jan. 18) premiere of the fourth season of "American Idol" on Fox garnered a whopping 33 million U.S. viewers, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen. Last night's (Jan. 18) premiere of the fourth season of "American Idol" on Fox garnered a…

  8. Keni Thomas Waves 'Flag'

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Keni Thomas' new project, "Flags of Our Fathers: A Soldier's Story," is one of the best examples of art imitating life to ever emerge from Nashville. Prior to signing with Brent Maher's Moraine Music Group, Thomas served…

  9. Ask Billboard

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about the Rolling Stones, Mariah Carey, Sarah McLachlan, Madonna and Kelly Clarkson. STONED Hi Keith! I heard that the Rolling Stones are recording a new album, its first in eight years. Can you tell me how many copies of the band's last…

  10. Bonnaroo Sets Initial 2005 Lineup

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Dave Matthews Band, Modest Mouse, Joss Stone and Toots and the Maytals are among the first acts confirmed for Tennessee's fourth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The Dave Matthews Band, Modest Mouse, Joss Stone and Toots and the Maytals are among the first acts confirmed for…

  11. Garnier Sets Techno Aside On New Album

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Five years have passed since Laurent Garnier's last studio album, "Unreasonable Behaviour," but the iconic French DJ/electronic music pioneer has not been idle. "I did a lot of different projects before really sitting down to…

  12. Billboard Bits: NIN, '100 Acts Of Support,' Eels

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Nine Inch Nails, '100 Acts Of Support,' Eels Nine Inch Nails have announced their first live dates in four years, which will take place March 30-31 at London's Astoria. Tickets go on sale Saturday (Jan. 22) to the general public but members of Nine Inch Nails'…

  13. Kings Of Leon Take 'Heartbreak' On Tour

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tennessee-based rock act Kings Of Leon will hit the road in North America later this month in support of its sophomore album, "Aha Shake Heartbreak." Tennessee-based rock act Kings Of Leon will hit the road in North America later this month in support of its sophomore album, "…

  14. Tenacious D Rocks With Vedder, Grohl, Beck

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tenacious D drafted a formidable roster of guests to lend a hand at its benefit for Asian tsunami relief last night (Jan. 17) at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre. The show featured solo sets from Pearl Ja Tenacious D drafted a formidable roster of guests to lend a hand at its benefit for…

  15. Its A Trap!, 15 Megs Of Fame, Splendid

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tangled Web: A weekly column featuring intriguing online music-related issues & destinations. This Week: It’s a Trap!, 15 Megs of Fame and Splendid. TRAP DOOR: It's a Trap! is a site dedicated to promoting Scandinavian music, focusing on indie guitar pop. Run by Albany, Calif.,…

  16. Hersh's 50 Foot Wave Copes With Bad Timing

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Kristin Hersh had something else entirely in mind when she named her new band 50 Foot Wave. Kristin Hersh had something else entirely in mind when she named her new band 50 Foot Wave. Sometimes there's just not much you can do about bad timing. "It's either on my part or God&…

  17. Wilson, Costello Sign On For South By Southwest

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST The revival of Brian Wilson's long dormant "Smile" album will be the subject of an all-star panel discussion at this year's South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The revival of Brian Wilson's long dormant "Smile" album will be the subject of an…

  18. This Day in Music

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Loud-mouthed Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker earns a new opponent, when the members of '80s heavy metal band Twisted Sister. Rocker, who had come under fire from virtually every segme 2000 - Loud-mouthed Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker earns a new opponent…

  19. A Closer Look At Music & Television This Week (Jan. 17-23, 2005)

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (Jan. 17-23, 2005) THE RETURN OF 'IDOL': Your post-holiday blues are about to be lifted by the return of "American Idol" Tuesday and Wednesday on Fox. For the fourth time, the beginning of the…

  20. 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…

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