1. Chart Beat

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Tony Bennett, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ludacris and more! TONY, WINNER: Just two months ago, I compiled a list of Tony Bennett's top 20 albums for a special section in Billboard magazine. Today, if I were to update the list, a new album would be sitting on top. That's because…

  2. This Day in Music

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>The voice of Bob Marley ushers satellite radio onto the air, promising listeners greater variety on the dial _ for a price _ with the launch of XM Satellite Radio.<br clear="none"/><br c 2003 - Aftermath/Interscope artist 50 Cent dominates the…

  3. Star-Packed Jerry Lee Lewis CD Back On Track

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After five years and four different record labels, Jerry Lee Lewis' "Last Man Standing" will arrive Sept. 26 on Jeff Ayeroff's Artists First label. After five years and four different record labels, Jerry Lee Lewis' "Last Man Standing" will arrive Sept. 26…

  4. Chart Beat

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Fergie's big solo bow, Gnarls Barkley, Tom Petty and more. 'LONDON BRIDGE' IS FALLING UP : Going solo might give Stacy Ferguson the biggest hit of her career, which could come just in time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her Hot 100 debut. In its second week…

  5. This Day in Music

    July 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>Nancy Sinatra makes the announcement at a press conference in the capital that the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., have worked out an agreement t 2000 - Halfway into the first song of the band's encore for their Mannheim,…

  6. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers / June 20, 2006 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT All the usual suspects were dished out, from the massive crowd sing-a-longs "Free Fallin'" and "Learning To Fly" to early AOR smashes like "Refugee" and show opener "Listen to Her Heart," not to menti This year marks the 30th anniversary of the…

  7. This Day in Music

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Lee Ann Womack sings the national anthem, and a massive fireworks display lights up the Nashville sky in opening ceremonies for Country Music Fan Fair 2001.<br clear="none"/><br clear="n 2005 - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go,"…

  8. Yorn Telling Stories On New Album, Tour

    June 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Pete Yorn will complete a self-described musical "trilogy" with his third full-length album later this summer. Due Aug. 15 via Columbia, "Nightcrawler" is the follow-up to his 2003 s Singer/songwriter Pete Yorn will complete a self-described musical "…

  9. This Day in Music

    April 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1991 - </b>Punk rock forerunner Johnny Thunders dies of a drug overdose in New Orleans at age 38.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2003 - Pop singer Jessica Simpson adds to her television-acting resume with an episode of "The Twilight…

  10. Chuck Berry Film Bolstered With Extras

    April 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "Hail! Hail!" will be issued as a two-disc "Special Edition" and a four-disc "Ultimate Edition." Both include 54 minutes of previously unreleased Berry rehearsals. As tipped here in January, Image Entertainment is prepping a June 27 DVD release for "Hail!…

  11. Chart Beat Chat

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "American Idol," Daniel Powter, chart records and more with readers. LISA, LISTEN TO ME Hi Fred, I know that you have access to the "American Idol" finalists. Can you please tell Lisa Tucker for me NOT to choose bubblegum pop songs anymore, and go back to…

  12. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred chats with readers about everything from video downloads, Spanish hitmakers and the action on Billboard's country and adult contemporary charts. VIDEO CHARTS THE RADIO STAR Recently, iTunes has been offering music videos for purchase. Considering that they are actual purchases of a…

  13. To 'Know' Him Is To Love Him

    March 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Throughout his life, Willie Nelson has been a fan of fellow Texas native Cindy Walker, whose songs have been recorded by Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Wade Ray and Bing Crosby. Throughout his life, Willie Nelson has been a fan of fellow Texas native Cindy Walker, whose songs have been recorded by…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred chats with readers about everything from cover songs and "American Idol" to digital downloads and the action on Billboard's country charts. ACE: OFF BASE? Fred, First of all, hats off to your light and fact-filled response to [a] serious letter a few weeks ago. I'm…

  15. This Day in Music

    February 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>Despite a slight mix up in introduction, Elton John is honored to receive knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. Even though he is announced as "Sir John Elton," the singer maintains "They 2003 - Veteran rock band Fleetwood Mac previews a new song, "…

  16. Legacy Plans Ambitious Orbison Reissue Series

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG's Legacy Recordings label is embarking on a two-year campaign that will see virtually everything Roy Orbison ever recorded released. At the same time, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museu Sony BMG's Legacy Recordings label is embarking on a two-year campaign that will…

  17. DMC's Solo Debut Finally Ready For Release

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Run-D.M.C. principal DMC (Darryl McDaniels) will release his long-in-the-works solo debut, "Checks, Thugs and Rock'n'Roll," March 14 via RomenMpire. Run-D.M.C. principal DMC (Darryl McDaniels) will release his long-in-the-works solo debut, "Checks, Thugs and Rock'…

  18. Seminal Chuck Berry Film Heading To DVD

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Image Entertainment has secured DVD rights to "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll," the seminal Chuck Berry movie masterminded by Keith Richards. Image Entertainment has secured DVD rights to "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll," the seminal Chuck Berry movie…

  19. This Day in Music

    January 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>R&B singer/pianist Charles Brown, 76, dies of congestive heart failure in Oakland, Calif. Brown scored his first hit, "Drifting Blues," in 1946 with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers.<br 2002 - Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky, insinuating…

  20. This Day in Music

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Cypress Hill begins a download promotion in support of its forthcoming Spanish-language set, "Los Grandes Exitos En Espanol." Visitors to Spanish-language portal www.yupi.com are able to 2004 - Dick Clark suffers from a stroke. A spokesman for Clark tells…

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