1. Franz Ferdinand Mixing Sophomore Album

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand is in New York mixing its as-yet-untitled sophomore album with engineer Rich Costey. "It should be out in September," lead singer Alex Kapranos told Billboard.com bef Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand is in New York mixing its as-yet-untitled…

  2. Prosecutor: Jackson Targeted Vulnerable Boy

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments of the Michael Jackson trial today (June 2) that the pop star targeted a vulnerable cancer survivor, brought the little boy "into the world of the for A prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments of the Michael Jackson trial today …

  3. Q&A: Carrie Underwood

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In front of some 30 million viewers, Carrie Underwood went from being a small town girl from Checotah, Okla., to the latest "American Idol." While in New York this week, Underwood took some time to ta In front of some 30 million viewers, Carrie Underwood went from being a small town…

  4. This Day in Music

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Tim McGraw is named the National Fatherhood Institute's father of the year during the non-profit organizations annual summit in Washington, D.C. McGraw, married to country singer Faith H 2000 - Tim McGraw is named the National Fatherhood Institute's father…

  5. White Stripes Unveil North American Dates

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Following through on a pledge to not tour North America until later this summer, the White Stripes have revealed an initial round of dates. "In most towns we're trying to find an old theater to play i Following through on a pledge to not tour North America until later this summer,…

  6. Built To Spill In No Rush On New Album

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Idaho-based rock act Built To Spill is eyeing a spring 2006 release date for its fourth Warner Bros. studio album. The as-yet-untitled project was originally expected in the fall but has been pushed b Idaho-based rock act Built To Spill is eyeing a spring 2006 release date for its fourth…

  7. Ask Billboard

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about the Donnas, Judas Priest and more. LIFE IN DONNALAND Hi Keith, I've been a fan of the Donnas (and your column) for a while. What are the U.S. sales figures for all of their albums? I know there was a snafu in the first printing of the…

  8. This Day in Music

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>One of France's most celebrated lyricists of the past four decades, Etienne Roda-Gil, dies of a stroke. He is 62. 2004 - One of France's most celebrated lyricists of the past four decades, Etienne Roda-Gil, dies of a stroke. He is 62. 2001 - The first live…

  9. 23TunesOnTV

    May 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 30-June 5, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 30 "Today," NBC Featured artist: Antigone Rising (also scheduled: Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively). "The View," ABC Featured artist: Ben Folds (also scheduled: Christina…

  10. This Day in Music

    May 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Mickie Most, one of the top U.K. producers in the '60s and '70s, dies in London of cancer. He is 64. Most produced such hits as the Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" and "We Gotta Get O 2003 - Mickie Most, one of the top U.K. producers…

  11. Potters Find Success As 'Half-Blood' Nears

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Paul DeGeorge would never describe himself as an obsessed Harry Potter fan. Paul DeGeorge would never describe himself as an obsessed Harry Potter fan. Nonetheless, you can often find the 25-year-old Cambridge, Mass., native rocking out in Harry-inspired duds to tunes about the fictitious…

  12. Rhino Revives Hamilton's 'Soulife'

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT An album soul vocalist Anthony Hamilton recorded prior to his 2003 Arista breakthrough "Comin' From Where I'm From" will see release for the first time next month. An album soul vocalist Anthony Hamilton recorded prior to his 2003 Arista breakthrough "Comin' From…

  13. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. CHANGING HOT 100 LANDSCAPE Fred, Since the introduction of digital downloads into the Hot 100 formula, there is a lot more movement on the chart and the top 40 is slowly becoming a mix of different genres again. Notably we are seeing a…

  14. Billboard Bits: Sonic Youth, MuchMusic, Troiano & More

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Sonic Youth, MuchMusic, Dominic Troiano & More As it prepares to launch a European tour Saturday (May 28) in Barcelona, Sonic Youth is also prepping a series of upcoming releases. According to its official Web site , the group is "putting the finishing touches" on a…

  15. Underwood Wins 4th 'Idol' Crown

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The "country girl" prevailed tonight (May 25) as Carrie Underwood was named the "American Idol" at the conclusion of the Fox show's two-hour fourth season finale at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The The "country girl" prevailed tonight (May 25) as Carrie…

  16. Billboard Bits: Sum 41, Ringo Starr, BRMC, Hornsby

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Sum 41, Ringo Starr, BRMC, Hornsby Although details are scant at deadline, Canadian rock act Sum 41 will be subject of an MTV2 reality show dubbed "Road To Ruin." The network describes the project as a "half reality [show], half mockumentary," and is filming the…

  17. Bice, Underwood Deliver Final 'Idol' Performances

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In what seemed to leave the "American Idol" judging panel split, Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood gave their final performances last night (May 24) in search of the Fox show's fourth season crown. In what seemed to leave the "American Idol" judging panel split, Bo Bice…

  18. Leno Was Suspicious Of Jackson Accuser

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno testified today (May 24) that the boy who is now accusing Michael Jackson of molestation was "overly effusive" and sounded suspicious in phone calls to him but never a "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno testified today (May 24) that…

  19. Gilberto Gil Receives Polar Music Prize

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Brazilian pop star and Culture Minister Gilberto Gil received the Polar Music Prize from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony last night (May 23) in Stockholm. Brazilian pop star and Culture Minister Gilberto Gil received the Polar Music Prize from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at a…

  20. Spector Gun History To Be Heard At Trial

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Four women who claim that Phil Spector pointed guns at them during dates will be allowed to testify when the record producer stands trial on charges of shooting dead an actress at his mansion, a judge Four women who claim that Phil Spector pointed guns at them during dates will be allowed to…

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