1. Spree, Smith Enliven Mills' 'Thumbsucker'

    August 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Polyphonic Spree leader Tim DeLaughter has penned the bulk of the soundtrack to the upcoming film "Thumbsucker," which marks the film directorial debut of visual artist Mike Mills. The Polyphonic Spree leader Tim DeLaughter has penned the bulk of the soundtrack to the upcoming…

  2. Paisley's 'Time' Has Come

    August 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When it comes to country music concerts, cowboy hats are usually the headgear of choice. However, lately when Brad Paisley looks out from the stage, he sees a lot of lampshades -- thanks to his hit single "Alcohol." Fans have…

  3. Carly To Tape Ocean Voyage Special

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Carly Simon's upcoming performances on board Cunard's Queen Mary 2 will be recorded for a PBS special and DVD release. The singer songwriter is scheduled to entertain passengers sailing Sept. 2-8 from Carly Simon's upcoming performances on board Cunard's Queen Mary 2 will…

  4. TunesOnTV

    August 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 15-21, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 15 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist: Brad Paisley. "TRL," MTV Featured artist: Mario, Backstreet Boys. "Access Granted: Scream Tour IV," BET…

  5. 'Idol' Keeping Paula Abdul After Probe

    August 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT There is no proof that "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul had an affair with one of the show's contestants, according to Fox TV, which said Abdul will remain on the show. There is no proof that "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul had an affair with one of the show's…

  6. Costello Commentary Spiffs DVD Retrospective

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The DVD "The Right Spectacle: The Very Best of Elvis Costello -- The Videos" will arrive Sept. 6 in the United Kingdom via demonVision. A North American release date has not yet been finalized for the Originally expected earlier this year, the DVD "The Right Spectacle: The Very…

  7. 'Neighborhood' Singers Salute Mr. Rogers

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Donna Summer, Roberta Flack, Ricky Skaggs, Amy Grant and CeCe Winans are among the artists featured on an upcoming tribute album to public television legend Fred Rogers. Donna Summer, Roberta Flack, Ricky Skaggs, Amy Grant and CeCe Winans are among the artists featured on an upcoming tribute…

  8. Rihanna Makes 'Play' For Stardom

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Having never even seen a celebrity in person, much less been in a room with one, several months ago this summer's breakout star Rihanna found herself auditioning for Def Jam Recordings president/CEO Jay-Z. But it turns out it was Jay-Z who…

  9. Friends Line Up To Duet With B.B. King

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With a special birthday just around the corner, B.B. King is nearly ready to unveil his latest star-studded duets album. Due Sept. 13, just three days before the blues great's 80th birthday, the Geffe With a special birthday just around the corner, B.B. King is nearly ready to unveil his…

  10. Beck Finally Hitting The Road This Fall

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nearly five months since the release of his latest Interscope album, "Guero," Beck has only played sporadic live dates in support of the set. But the artist has finally made plans to go on tour in Nor Nearly five months since the release of his latest Interscope album, "Guero,…

  11. Newsted Keeping Busy With Several Projects

    August 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT One thing Jason Newsted isn't likely to be accused of is musical predictability. One thing Jason Newsted isn't likely to be accused of is musical predictability. The former Metallica bassist is a member of a myriad of projects for his Chophouse label, while he still gets his metal…

  12. B&E: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    August 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has achieved what every unsigned band dreams…

  13. Tunes on TV

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 1-7, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 1 "Total Request Live (TRL)," MTV Featured artist: Bobby Valentino. "Daily Download," Fuse Featured artists: Switchfoot, Teairra Mari. "Tavis Smiley," PBS…

  14. Country Acts Set For 'Sound And Speed' Fest

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT NASCAR drivers and country stars will team up in January for a new Nashville festival with the impossibly long name "Nextel Sound and Speed Presented by SunTrust, a Motorsports and Music Celebration." NASCAR drivers and country stars will team up in January for a new Nashville…

  15. Billboard Bits: Amsterjam, Pearl Jam, Stereolab, Esquivel

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Amsterjam, Pearl Jam, Stereolab, Esquivel Wyclef Jean, Hector El Bambino, Antibalas and Grandmaster Flash have been added to the lineup for the inaugural Amsterjam, which will be held Aug. 20 at New York's Randall's Island. They join previously announced performers Snoop…

  16. CHART BEAT

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Elton John, Catherine Britt, Carly Simon, Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson and John Barry. COUNTRY COMFORT: It was just a couple of weeks ago that Elton John generated chart news by scoring two simultaneous top five hits on the U.K. singles chart.…

  17. Waters Previews French Revolution Opera

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT It was a far cry from "we don't need no education" yesterday (July 25) in New York when Pink Floyd's Roger Waters presented excerpts for the first time from "Ca Ira," his new three-act opera about the It was a far cry from "we don't need no education…

  18. This Day in Music

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1996 - </b>Composer Evelyn Levine dies at the age of 84.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - One of South Africa's most respected bass players and songwriters, Sipho Gumede, dies in a Durban hospital following his admission for…

  19. Queen, Rodgers Testing Waters With U.S. Dates

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A successful 32-date European tour now complete, Queen + Paul Rodgers have scheduled two fall U.S. shows, one on each coast. A successful 32-date European tour now complete, Queen + Paul Rodgers have scheduled two fall U.S. shows, one on each coast. In the east, the tour will on Oct. 16 visit…

  20. Death Cab, Widespread Bring Lollapalooza To A Close

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Death Cab For Cutie previewed material from its forthcoming major-label debut and jam band Widespread Panic performed two separate sets yesterday (July 24) to close out the second night of Lollapalooz Death Cab For Cutie previewed material from its forthcoming major-label debut and jam band…

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