1. This Day in Music

    August 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements dies at his daughter Midge Cranor's home outside Nashville following a battle with cancer. Born in 1928, Clements was referred to as the "Miles Davis o 2005 - Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements dies at his daughter Midge Cranor…

  2. Master P Takes On BET With New Cable Network

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop entrepreneur Percy Miller, a.k.a. Master P, is launching a family-friendly cable network, Better Black Television. Hip-hop entrepreneur Percy Miller, a.k.a. Master P, is launching a family-friendly cable network, Better Black Television. The network will provide "positive content…

  3. This Day in Music

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - As Andy Griggs waits to open a show for Reba McEntire at the Milwaukee State Fair, he gets quite a surprise. A local radio DJ asks the crowd to serenade Griggs in observance of his 27th birthda 2000 - As Andy Griggs waits to open a show for Reba McEntire at the Milwaukee State Fair, he…

  4. Ask Billboard: Robin Sparkles, Garbage, Alkaline Trio, Bayside

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith and his readers discuss Robin Sparkles, Garbage, Alkaline Trio, Bayside and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if…

  5. This Day in Music

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, dies of cancer at his home in Nashville. He is 77. 2001 - Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, dies of cancer at his home in…

  6. Lil Wayne Suits Up For Voodoo Experience

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne has joined the lineup for the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, to be held Oct. 24-26 at New Orleans' City Park. Wayne, a New Orleans native, will be playing the biggest hometown headlining Lil Wayne has joined the lineup for the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, to be held Oct…

  7. Death Cab, Badu, Wyclef Join Voodoo Experience Bill

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Death Cab For Cutie, Erykah Badu, Wyclef Jean, Panic At The Disco, Joss Stone, Lupe Fiasco and Dashboard Confessional are among the top names joining R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots at Death Cab For Cutie, Erykah Badu, Wyclef Jean, Panic At The Disco, Joss Stone, Lupe Fiasco…

  8. Usher and Al Green Lead This Week's Hot Shot Debuts

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher and Al Green score Hot Shot Debuts this week while Katy Perry and Rihanna earn Greatest Gainers stripes and Fergie and Kirk Franklin grab Pacesetter honors. Hot Shot Debuts: Usher makes an impressive return to The Billboard 200 this week, earning the Hot Shot Debut prize and the No. 1…

  9. Erykah Badu w/ The Roots / May 30, 2008 / Chicago, Il (The Chicago Theatre)

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Like many a pop eccentric before her, from Prince to Bjork to Nina Simone, Erykah Badu isn't half as crazy as she sometimes seems. Like many a pop eccentric before her, from Prince to Bjork to Nina Simone, Erykah Badu isn't half as crazy as she sometimes seems. Yes, she spent a lot…

  10. This Day in Music

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Country stars Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney are arrested in Buffalo, N.Y. after Chesney rides off on a mounted police officer's horse and McGraw allegedly attacks sheriff's deputies who attempt 2000 - Country stars Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney are arrested in Buffalo, N.Y.…

  11. David Cook Storms The Hot 100 At No. 3 With 'The Time Of My Life'

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There’s no question that the hottest of the Hot Shot Debuts this week belongs to newly-minted “American Idol” champion David Cook. Hot Shot Debuts: There’s no question that the hottest of the Hot Shot Debuts this week belongs to newly-minted “American Idol” champion David Cook. The rock…

  12. Chart Beat Chat

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Death Cab for Cutie, gay and lesbian artists, David Cook and more! MAKE ROOM FOR CUTIE Death Cab for Cutie claims its first No. 1 album with "Narrow Stairs" and no write-up in Chart Beat? That achievement is certainly more newsworthy than reporting on…

  13. Death Cab For Cutie Earns Hot Shot Debut, No. 1 Album

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Kids on the Block, Death Cab and Keith Sweat earn Hot Shot Debuts while Miranda Lambert and Radiohead make a showing as Greatest Gainers. Hot Shot Debuts : Keith Sweat crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums -- and wins the chart’s Hot Shot Debut award -- with "Just Me," his first…

  14. This Day in Music

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Led Zeppelin and conductor/artistic director Valery Gergiev are awarded the 15th annual Polar Music Prize on by His Majesty King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden. The prestigious prize is presented du 2006 - Led Zeppelin and conductor/artistic director Valery Gergiev are awarded the 15th…

  15. Coldplay Is Hot Shot Debut On Billboard Hot 100

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay makes an impressive Hot Shot Debut on The Billboard Hot 100 with “Viva La Vida,” which starts at No. 15. Hot Shot Debuts Coldplay makes an impressive Hot Shot Debut on The Billboard Hot 100 with “Viva La Vida,” which starts at No. 15. The song is one of two Coldplay tracks to enter…

  16. This Day in Music

    May 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Rock musician Noel Redding, best known for his stint as the bassist of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, is found dead at his home in Ireland of unknown causes. He is 57. 2003 - Rock musician Noel Redding, best known for his stint as the bassist of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, is found dead…

  17. Madonna Is 'Hot Shot' Of Billboard 200

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna puts the "hot" in Hot Shot Debut this week as the diva scores her seventh Billboard 200 No. 1 with "Hard Candy." Hot Shot Debuts : Madonna puts the "hot" in Hot Shot Debut this week as the diva scores her seventh Billboard 200 No. 1 with "Hard Candy.…

  18. Chris Brown Gets Hot Shot Debut Honors On The Hot 100

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chris Brown not only earns the Hot Shot Debut award on The Billboard Hot 100 this week, he does so while charting two other singles within the top 10. Hot Shot Debuts: Chris Brown not only earns the Hot Shot Debut award on The Billboard Hot 100 this week, he does so while charting two other…

  19. This Day in Music

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - E.Y. "Yip" Harburg _ writer of such well known songs as "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz" and (with Jay Gorney) "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" _ is immortalized on a U.S. postage sta 2005 - E.Y. "Yip" Harburg _ writer of such…

  20. R.E.M., NIN, STP Set For Voodoo Music Experience

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Modern rock titans R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the 10th Voodoo Music Experience, Billbord.com can reveal. The event will be held Oct. 24-26 at New Orleans' City Park; Modern rock titans R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the…

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