1. CHART BEAT

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Ray,' Last Poets, 'Idols' & More /bb/chartbeat/index.jsp News …

  2. CHART BEAT BONUS

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to the 'Ray' soundtrack, the Last Poets and Josh Gracin. AT THE MOVIES: The soundtrack to the Ray Charles biopic remains on top of Billboard's Top Soundtracks chart for the 15th non-consecutive week, making "Ray" …

  3. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses "American Idol" contestants, P. Diddy, Kenny Chesney and more with readers. SOMEONE TELL BO AND NADIA Hey Fred, Don't know if you noticed that "American Idol" contestants have singles in the top 10 of at least three major charts: Kelly Clarkson…

  4. Anastasio Books Spring U.S. Tour

    March 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST The trek will begin April 26 in Richmond, Va., and wrap with a May 13-14 stand at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio has confirmed a three-week U.S. tour that will include a previously announced May 1 stop at New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage…

  5. Billboard Bits: Keen, SFA, St. Kitts/St. Lucia Fests

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Robert Earl Keen, SFA, St. Kitts/St. Lucia Fests Singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen will release his 11th album, "What I Really Mean," May 10 through Koch Records Nashville. Like 2003's "Farm Fresh Onions," the new set was produced by Keen's touring band…

  6. 50 Cent Massacres Album Chart Competition

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST The latest album from 50 Cent far outpaced the competition to debut this week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Particularly notable is that 1.14 million copies of "The Massacre" (Shady/Aftermath/Intersc The latest album from 50 Cent far outpaced the competition to debut this week at…

  7. Ask Billboard

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Daft Punk, Robbie Williams and "Watching Scotty Grow." DON'T BE DAFT Keith, When is Daft Punk going to tour the U.S.? I think they have an album coming this year, right? Thanks! Susanne Hi Susanne, There is no word on if…

  8. TunesOnTV

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for March 7-13, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MARCH 7 "The Tony Danza Show," Syndicated Featured artist: Vanessa Carlton (also scheduled: Dixie Carter, Lori Loughlin). "American Idol," Fox Featured artist: Paula Abdul …

  9. Billboard Bits: Summer Tours, Nickelback, BNL

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Summer Tours, Nickelback, BNL Talk is starting to heat up about early summer tour packages for North America. Among the outings believed to be in the works are a Don Henley/Stevie Nicks bill, a Queensryche/Judas Priest pairing and a tour featuring Robert Plant and another high-profile…

  10. THE BILLBOARD 200

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST /bb/charts/bb200.jsp 1. "O," Omarion 2. "Genius Loves Company," Ray Charles 3. "American Idiot," Green Day 4. "The Documentary," The Game 5. "THE BEEKEEPER," TORI AMOS Issue date: March 12, 2005 News Ray Charles , Tori Amos , Omarion …

  11. 'O' Puts Omarion On Top

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former B2K frontman Omarion's solo career makes a grand entrance this week, as the debut album "O" bows on top of The Billboard 200. The T.U.G./Epic/Sony Music set sold 182,000 copies in the United St Former B2K frontman Omarion's solo career makes a grand entrance this…

  12. Engineer Charged In Theft Of Ray Charles Tapes

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Bail was reduced for one of the late Ray Charles' longtime sound engineer following his arrest two weeks ago on allegations of stealing the singer's master recordings, authorities said. Bail was reduced for one of the late Ray Charles' longtime sound engineer following his…

  13. Benson & Asleep At The Wheel Take 'A Ride With Bob'

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel's debt to Western swing king Bob Wills comes to the fore once again with a new stage production. Benson and the band star in "A Ride With Bob: From Austin to Tulsa," a two-act musical drama that…

  14. This Day in Music

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Doreen Waddell, a former vocalist with the group Soul II Soul, dies after fleeing from a store where she had been accused of shoplifting and being struck by cars on a highway outside in 2002 - Doreen Waddell, a former vocalist with the group Soul II Soul, dies after…

  15. Foxx Wins Best Actor For 'Ray' Portrayal

    February 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jamie Foxx was crowned best actor at the 77th Academy Awards last night (Feb. 27) in Los Angeles for his portrayal of late music legend Ray Charles in the hit film "Ray." Foxx was also nominated for b Jamie Foxx was crowned best actor at the 77th Academy Awards last night (Feb. 27)…

  16. CHART BEAT BONUS

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to 50 Cent, Olivia, the Game, Los Lonely Boys, Green Day and Josh Gracin. 'CANDY' MAN: 50 Cent earns his third No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 this week with "Candy Shop" (Shady/Aftermath). It's the first chart…

  17. Holly Celebrated With Anniversary Set

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Music International is prepping what it calls the definitive audio/video collection of a lost rock'n'roll icon. Universal Music International is prepping what it calls the definitive audio/video collection of a lost rock'n'roll icon. Due April 25 in the United…

  18. This Day in Music

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2004 - </b>Blues saxophonist A.C. Reed dies in Chicago of complications from cancer. He is 77. Born Aaron Corthen in Wardell, Mo., Reed moved to Chicago in 1942, where he took up the sax and studie 2004 - Blues saxophonist A.C. Reed dies in Chicago of complications from cancer.…

  19. THE BILLBOARD 200

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST /bb/charts/bb200.jsp 1. "GENIUS LOVES COMPANY," RAY CHARLES 2. "American Idiot," Green Day 3. "Documentary," The Game 4. "Grammy Nominees 2005," Various Artists 5. "Confessions," Usher Issue date: March 5, 2005 News Ray Charles …

  20. Pixies Set For Sasquatch!, Eye Summer Shows

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Pixies, Kanye West, Wilco and Modest Mouse lead the lineup for the Sasquatch! Music festival, to be held May 28 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash. Billboard.com had learned that the Pixies The Pixies, Kanye West, Wilco and Modest Mouse lead the lineup for the Sasquatch! Music…

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