1. Two 'Sides' Of Ben

    March 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Ben Harper unveils 18 new songs spread across two discs on the new album "Both Sides of the Gun," due this week via Virgin. Singer/songwriter Ben Harper unveils 18 new songs spread across two discs on the new album "Both Sides of the Gun," due this week…

  2. Gelb Gets Down With Gospel On New Album

    March 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Giant Sand leader Howe Gelb returns March 21 with "Sno Angel Like You," an album he dubs his "most positive" effort yet. Giant Sand leader Howe Gelb returns March 21 with "Sno Angel Like You," an album he dubs his "most positive" effort yet. The Thrill…

  3. Say Anything

    March 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST A year after a nervous breakdown derailed his band's debut album and headlining tour, Max Bemis is ready for a second chance. Max Bemis is feeling much better these days. The Say Anything frontman is excited to be back on tour with his band, finally. "It's great being back on…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred chats with readers about everything from cover songs and "American Idol" to digital downloads and the action on Billboard's country charts. ACE: OFF BASE? Fred, First of all, hats off to your light and fact-filled response to [a] serious letter a few weeks ago. I'm…

  5. Billboard Bits: 'Hairspray,' McDonald/Steely Dan, Duran Duran

    March 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on 'Hairspray,' McDonald/Steely Dan, Duran Duran Queen Latifah and John Travolta are the first stars cast for New Line Cinema's film adaptation of the smash Broadway musical "Hairspray." Latifah will portray Motormouth Maybelle, while Travolta will transform into…

  6. Blunt Leapfrogs Beyoncé To Claim No. 1

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST After lingering at No. 2 for three straight weeks, James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" tops the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The U.K. singer/songwriter thus becomes the first British artist to reach No. After lingering at No. 2 for three straight weeks, James Blunt's …

  7. Billboard Bits: Pearl Jam, Vanessa Carlton, Don Caballero

    February 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Pearl Jam, Vanessa Carlton, Don Caballero The first taste of music from the new Pearl Jam album , the single "World Wide Suicide," was digitally delivered by J Records this morning (Feb. 24) to U.S. rock radio outlets in the form of a 15-second chorus snippet. The full track…

  8. New, Veteran Country Acts Land Deals

    February 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST The recent Country Radio Seminar, held in Nashville Feb. 15-17, brought with it a flurry of record deals for country artists both new and established. The recent Country Radio Seminar, held in Nashville Feb. 15-17, brought with it a flurry of record deals for country artists both new and…

  9. SYD MATTERS, "Syd Matters"

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST A few things about Syd Matters that are worth mentioning that aren't necessarily related to his music per se, but important nonetheless. A few things about Syd Matters that are worth mentioning that aren't necessarily related to his music per se, but important nonetheless. First,…

  10. Waters Returns To The 'Dark Side'

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST With Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour about to launch a new solo album and world tour, the band's former bassist/vocalist Roger Waters is gearing up to perform the classic 1973 album "Dark With Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour about to launch a new solo album…

  11. Harper Offering Up Two 'Sides' In March

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST A number of tracks on "Both Sides of the Gun" crackle with intensity and outrage over the political climate in the United States, particularly "Black Rain." Singer/songwriter Ben Harper will unveil 18 new songs spread across two discs on the new album "Both Sides of…

  12. Jack Black To Host Kids' Choice Awards

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Actor/musician/comedian Jack Black will add "kids' show host" to his many titles later this spring when he helms Nickelodeon's annual Kids' Choice Awards. Actor/musician/comedian Jack Black will add "kids' show host" to his many titles later this spring…

  13. JOSE GONZALEZ, "Stay in the Shade EP"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." The Swedish-by way of-Argentina folk singer has drawn modest comparisons to…

  14. MAN MAN, "Six Demon Bag"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Incorporating the whole sea chantey/carnival barker routine can either make or break your act in rock'n'roll. It has done wonders for the careers of Tom Waits, Procol Harum and Tod A. of Firewater/Cop Incorporating the whole sea chantey/carnival barker routine can either make or…

  15. Calexico / Jan. 24, 2006 / New York (Joe's Pub)

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST The packed house at Joe's Pub, mostly poor-looking rich hipsters guzzling down $12 boutique drinks, looked like the farthest cry from the border town banditos who come to mind when you listen to a Cal The packed house at Joe's Pub, mostly poor-looking rich hipsters guzzling down $12…

  16. Billboard Bits: Lachey/Simpson, Chicago, Living Things

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Lachey/Simpson, Chicago, Living Things The first new music to emerge from the Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey split will come from Lachey, in the form of the ballad "What's Left of Me." The track will premiere tomorrow (Feb. 3) at 12:01 AM ET via AOL Music, which will also…

  17. Cannon Crowns Motown Imprint With New CD

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nick Cannon has exited Jive Records and established his own imprint, Can I Ball, via Motown. Nick Cannon has exited Jive Records and established his own imprint, Can I Ball, via Motown. The first project as part of the deal will be his sophomore album, "Stages," due this spring. The…

  18. Nick Cave Tries His Hand At Film

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australian singer/songwriter Nick Cave is best known for his violent lyrics and legions of black-clad fans, but his latest incarnation is as screenwriter of a gritty Australian western. Australian singer/songwriter Nick Cave is best known for his violent lyrics and legions of black-clad fans,…

  19. This Day in Music

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Beijing songstress Faye Wong and Hong Kong Canto-pop star Andy Lau share the Century Award for best artist at the Channel V Chinese Music Awards, held at the mainland capital's Internati 2005 - Following a suicide attempt, Capitol Records artist Houston gouges…

  20. A 'Flawless' Audition

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST David "Nick" McCord (aka "Flawless") takes his shot at the "American Idol" crown. David "Nick" McCord (aka "Flawless") from Athens, Ga. performs at the Denver auditions for "American Idol." McCord was one of many aspiring singers who…

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