1. This Day in Music

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Willie Nelson undergoes successful endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery. 2004 - Willie Nelson undergoes successful endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery. 2001 - Susannah McCorkle, a jazz and cabaret singer who performed in major clubs and concert halls…

  2. Young Cousin Testifies At Jackson Trial

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A young cousin of Michael Jackson testified at the pop star's child molestation trial today (May 18) that he saw Jackson's accuser and the boy's brother fondle themselves in a guest cottage at the sin A young cousin of Michael Jackson testified at the pop star's child…

  3. Poll: Bo Bice Will Be The Next 'Idol'

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rocker Bo Bice will emerge as the next "American Idol" winner, according to a Billboard.com poll. The Alabama native pulled in a commanding 61% of 6,823 votes cast. Rocker Bo Bice will emerge as the next "American Idol" winner, according to a Billboard.com poll. The…

  4. Strait Never Far From 'Texas' On New Album

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Country veteran George Strait will release a new album late next month, led by the highest-debuting single of his career on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Country veteran George Strait will release a new album late next month, led by the highest-debuting single of his career on…

  5. Lohan Eyes 'Mission: Impossible" Role

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lindsay Lohan has a mission ... and she wants to accept it. The actress/singer says she has met with "Mission: Impossible III" director J.J. Abrams regarding the possibility of starring in the third i Lindsay Lohan has a mission ... and she wants to accept it. The actress/singer…

  6. Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson Lead ACM Winners

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson were the big winners at last night's (May 17) Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Wilson was the surprise winner in the female vocalist of the year category, Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson were the big winners at last night's (May 17)…

  7. Double Down

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Few acts can trot out a Peter Jennings newsreel before a concert and have a hard-rock audience of 6,000 erupt in cheers. For fans of System Of A Down, however, a pre-show report on genocide is as fitting as a guitar solo. It is a Sunday night in…

  8. CBGB Eyeing Last-Ditch Summer Benefit Tour

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT CBGB is hoping to host a 30-date festival of big-name acts this summer in a last-ditch effort to save the legendary punk rock club, founder and owner Hilly Kristal told the handful of journalists and CBGB is hoping to host a 30-date festival of big-name acts this summer in a last-ditch effort…

  9. Coldplay To Hit North America In August

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay has confirmed dates for its summer North American tour. Coldplay has confirmed dates for its summer North American tour. The run in support of the band's forthcoming album, " X&Y " (Capitol), will open Aug. 2 in Toronto and close Sept. 30 in Bristow, Va. Rilo Kiley…

  10. Kylie Minogue Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australian pop icon Kylie Minogue has been diagnosed with breast cancer, her management representatives said today (May 17). All remaining dates of her "Showgirl" tour, including concerts in Australia Australian pop icon Kylie Minogue has been diagnosed with breast cancer, her…

  11. Coldplay Tells Stories At Intimate New York Gig

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay dropped in on the tiny Harvey Theatre in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., last night (May 16) to tape an episode of VH1's newly revived "Storytellers" show. The show will premiere June 8, the day aft Coldplay dropped in on the tiny Harvey Theatre in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y.,…

  12. This Day in Music

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Top Jimmy, an influential, hard-rocking bluesman on the L.A. club scene in the 1980s, dies of liver failure. He is 46. James "Top Jimmy" Paul Konceck found his greatest fame in a Van Hal 2001 - Top Jimmy, an influential, hard-rocking bluesman on the L.A.…

  13. Brian Wilson Concocts Christmas Vision

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Revisiting territory he first covered with the Beach Boys more than four decades ago, Brian Wilson is planning a solo album of seasonal holiday music. Revisiting territory he first covered with the Beach Boys more than four decades ago, Brian Wilson is planning a solo album of seasonal…

  14. Faithfull Going Orchestral For U.K. Fest

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Marianne Faithfull will unveil "Symphony Under the Spire," collaboration between the Sarum Orchestra, a 60-voice choir and her band, when she headlines the U.K.'s Salisbury International Arts Festival Marianne Faithfull will unveil "Symphony Under the Spire,"…

  15. Tunes On TV

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 16-22, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 16 "TRL: Prom Week," MTV Featured artist: Ciara. "VH1 All Access: More Awesome Celeb Beefs," VH1 Featured artists: Elton John, Madonna, R. Kelly, George Michael, Nick…

  16. Sting Caps Tour With New York Club Show

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sting wrapped his Broken Music tour Saturday (May 14) with a private show at New York's Irving Plaza, which, as previously reported, was filmed for DVD release later this year by director Lance Bangs. Sting wrapped his Broken Music tour Saturday (May 14) with a private show at New York&…

  17. U2 Shoot DVD At Chicago Run

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U2 filmed two of the shows during its four-night run earlier this month in Chicago for future DVD release, according to the band's official Web site. The gigs were overseen by director Hamish Hamilton U2 filmed two of the shows during its four-night run earlier this month in Chicago for…

  18. Billboard Bits: Sting/Fiction Plane, Cher, 'Hey Ya!'

    May 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Sting, Cher, 'Hey Ya!' Sting's Broken Music tour, which has found him reviving Police and solo tracks with a lean, five-piece band, wraps with shows tonight (May 13) in Wantagh, N.Y., and tomorrow with a rare club gig at New York's Irving Plaza. The latter…

  19. Foos Rock Hard, Sing Softly On New Album

    May 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Foo Fighters present two distinct sides of their musical personalities on "In Your Honor," which offers one disc each of electric and acoustic songs. The 20-track album is due June 14 via RCA; fir The Foo Fighters present two distinct sides of their musical personalities on …

  20. B&E: Aqualung

    May 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Aqualung. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. NOT JETHRO TULL, MY FRIEND: "WE@VE BEEN F***ING KIDDNA_PED," writes Aqualung&…

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