1. Soul Stars Saluting Motown, Philly Hits

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Motown-Philly connection Boyz II Men once sang about is alive and well -- and taking the form of the album "A Soulful Tale of Two Cities." The Motown-Philly connection Boyz II Men once sang about is alive and well -- and taking the form of the album "A Soulful Tale of Two…

  2. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Rihanna, Billboard's AC chart and Eurovision Song Contest with readers. SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Dear Fred, Why is Rihanna's "SOS" only No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100? It's No. 7 on the Pop 100 and No. 2 on the Pop 100 airplay chart. SOS! Please help me…

  3. Billboard Bits: DJ Shadow, Jesus & Mary Chain, Tapes 'N Tapes

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on DJ Shadow, Jesus & Mary Chain, Tapes 'N Tapes DJ Shadow's next as-yet-untitled studio album will be released this summer via Universal. Shadow's last major-label release, 2002's "The Private Press," was issued via MCA, which has since been absorbed…

  4. Madonna Spilling 'Secrets' In June

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Madonna will release her documentary "I'm Going To Tell You a Secret" as a CD/DVD package June 13 via Warner Bros. Madonna will release her documentary "I'm Going To Tell You a Secret" as a CD/DVD package June 13 via Warner Bros. The film, directed by Jonas…

  5. Thorogood Rocks 'Hard' On New Album

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rocker George Thorogood will return May 30 with "The Hard Stuff," his latest album with his band the Destroyers. Veteran rocker George Thorogood will return May 30 with "The Hard Stuff," his latest album with his band the Destroyers. In addition to a handful of…

  6. Chart Beat

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ann Nesby, Dixie Chicks return to the charts, plus news on Daniel Powter and Nick Lachey. PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR GRANDMA: It was a double dose of good news for singer Ann Nesby this week. Moments after finding out that her granddaughter Paris Bennett had survived being in the bottom two…

  7. Kanye Crashes Coachella

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Kanye West has been added to the lineup for this weekend's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., bestowing further star power on an event that will also boast the first-e Rapper Kanye West has been added to the lineup for this weekend's Coachella Valley…

  8. Billboard Bits: Jerry Lee Lewis, ACM Awards, Bee Gees

    April 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Jerry Lee Lewis, ACM Awards, Bee Gees Originally expected in February 2005 via DreamWorks Nashville, a long-in-the-works, star-studded album from rock legend Jerry Lewis has shifted to Columbia. "Redemption" is due in September and features guest appearances from Eric…

  9. Spector Murder Trial Pushed To January

    April 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The much-delayed murder trial of music producer Phil Spector was postponed again yesterday (April 25), with a California judge pushing the case back to January. The much-delayed murder trial of music producer Phil Spector was postponed again yesterday (April 25), with a California judge…

  10. Billboard Bits: Save The Rhinos, Tortoise, Foxworthy

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Save The Rhinos, Tortoise, Foxworthy Common, Rakim, Lupe Fiasco, DJ Z-Trip and Rhymefest have signed to perform at the June 8 benefit concert Marc Ecko Presents...Save the Rhinos. The second annual show will be held at Central Park Summerstage in New York, with proceeds to benefit the…

  11. Ask Billboard

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Answers to readers' questions about Madonna, Maroon5 and Paula Abdul. SORRY GET TOGETHER Hello Keith, After the inexplicable disappointment of Madonna's "Sorry" not being the huge hit in the United States that it's been in Europe, fan sites have been filled with…

  12. Q&A: Scott Storch

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT An in-demand songwriter/producer, Scott Storch is busier than ever, working with Nas, the Game, Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton, among others, and planning to launch his own label. Leaving school in ninth grade, Scott Storch implemented his own course of independent study. "I was…

  13. Bill Frisell Quintet / April 19, 2006 / New York (Village Vanguard)

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT When the Bill Frisell Quintet sauntered onto the hallowed stage of New York City's Village Vanguard and tuned up, their throat-clearing squeaks and strums oozed slowly into music without a pause to de When the Bill Frisell Quintet sauntered onto the hallowed stage of New York City's…

  14. ON TV

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 24-30, 2006. MONDAY, APRIL 24 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist(s): Bruce Springsteen. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist(s): Elton John (also scheduled: Kim Raver). "American Chopper: Billy Joel Bike,…

  15. Dio Unleashes Live Album, Makes Acting Debut

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT One of the most instantly recognizable voices in heavy metal, Ronnie James Dio, has issued a new concert album that focuses on one of his classic works, "Holy Diver: Live." One of the most instantly recognizable voices in heavy metal, Ronnie James Dio, has issued a new concert album…

  16. Wilson Cooking Up New Songs, First Book

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Still on tour supporting her 2005 sophomore album, "All Jacked Up," Gretchen Wilson tells Billboard.com she's already working up material for her next album, which she hopes to have out within a year. Still on tour supporting her 2005 sophomore album, "All Jacked Up,"…

  17. Pearl Jam Plots Fall European Tour

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam's first European tour in six years will kick off Aug. 23 in Dublin and run through Sept. 30 in Athens. Pearl Jam's first European tour in six years will kick off Aug. 23 in Dublin and run through Sept. 30 in Athens. As previously reported , the band will also headline the…

  18. This Day in Music

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Limp Bizkit announces details of its planned 24-date "Back To Basics" tour. Kicking off July 4 and ending Aug. 6, the tour _ with rappers Cypress Hill in tow _ is to play multiple night 2002 - Pop singer Jewel breaks a collarbone and a rib, and suffers…

  19. Frampton Returns To A&M For 'Fingerprint'

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After a nearly 25-year split, guitarist Peter Frampton is returning to A&M Records, with which he enjoyed his biggest successes in the 1970s. After a nearly 25-year split, guitarist Peter Frampton is returning to A&M Records, with which he enjoyed his biggest successes in the 1970s.…

  20. Doors Dusting Off Concerts For Download

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As part of the Doors' 40th anniversary celebration, the band will soon make more than a dozen concerts from 1967-1970 available for download from its... As part of the Doors' 40th anniversary celebration, the band will soon make more than a dozen concerts from 1967-1970 available…

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