1. Green Apple Fest Hitting NYC, Chicago, San Fran

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST The second Green Apple Music & Arts Festival will descend on New York, Chicago and San Francisco on Earth Day (April 22) with a lineup that includes Bob Weir & Ratdog, the Decemberists, Taylor The second Green Apple Music & Arts Festival will descend on New York, Chicago and San…

  2. Chart Beat Chat

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss his books, Fergie, Beyonce and more! NEW EDITION Hi Fred, I'm a fan of your book, "The Billboard Book of Number One Hits." You started all five editions with "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets. What are…

  3. Chart Beat

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses song titles with celebrity names, Pat Boone, Norah Jones and more! CULT OF PERSONALITY: What do Johnny Cash, Jane Fonda, Grace Kelly and Tim McGraw have in common? They're all on the Billboard charts this week -- not as artists, but as song titles. "Tim McGraw" …

  4. SXSW Finally Confirms First Round Of Artists

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Bloc Party, the Good, the Bad & the Queen, Taylor Hicks, Daniel Johnston (with the Nightmares), Mastodon, Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini, Spoon, Mogwai, the Stooges, the Apples In Stereo and Amy Winehou Bloc Party, the Good, the Bad & the Queen, Taylor Hicks, Daniel Johnston (with the…

  5. Finding Her Rhythm

    January 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST When 2006 "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee rushed off the road and into the studio last fall to begin working on her debut album, she quickly realized the art of the compromise. When 2006 "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee rushed off the road and into the…

  6. Chart Beat Chat

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss the NFL, the Oscars, Diana Ross and more! GOOD SPORTS Dear Fred, As a passionate music and football fan, I sometimes find myself discovering connections between the music and sports worlds. Billboard and the NFL are my two favorite corporate entities, so when I…

  7. Chart Beat

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyonce, Diana Ross, American Idol and more! 'SCENE' IS BELIEVING: "Irreplaceable" (Columbia) by Beyonce holds off a powerful challenger and remains No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 for the eighth week, making it the longest-running chart-topper that advanced…

  8. Chart Beat

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses American Idols, Rodney Atkins, Justin Timberlake and more! 'DIFFERENT' DRUMS BUCKY ONTO CHART: With record ratings for its sixth season premiere (see story here ), the "American Idol" juggernaut rolls on, ready to produce a whole new field of artists who…

  9. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss American Idols, Elton John and more. 'IDOL' CHATTER Happy Holidays Mr. Bronson, Now that Taylor Hicks' debut album has had a second week of sales tabulated, we can see that it will not rank among the TV franchise's biggest hits. Some people may…

  10. Taylor Hicks Unveils 2007 Tour Plans

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST As expected, latest "American Idol" champ Taylor Hicks will spend the early part of 2007 on the road in support of his self-titled debut album. The theatre trek begins Feb. 21 in Jacksonville, Fla., a As expected, latest "American Idol" champ Taylor Hicks will spend the…

  11. Thomas Tentative On matchbox 20 Reunion

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rob Thomas acknowledges that "we've been talking about doing some matchbox stuff" and that "the guys in the band are writing," but he claims the quartet has not locked into any specific plans yet to m Rob Thomas is working hard these days. He's just not sure on…

  12. Young Jeezy, Hicks Enter Atop The Billboard 200

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his second Def Jam album, "The Inspiration," The set sold 352,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, more Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his second…

  13. Hicks Anxious To Hit The Road In February

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Reigning "American Idol" Taylor Hicks sang in front of millions each week on the TV show. But when he hits the road in February to support his self-titled debut album, the Alabama singer and songwrite Reigning "American Idol" Taylor Hicks sang in front of millions each…

  14. Chart Beat

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Kimberley Locke, other American Idols, Incubus and more! 'JINGLE' ALL THE WAY: It's beginning to look a lot like Kimberley Locke has a lock on Christmas. For the second year in a row, she tops the Adult Contemporary chart with a seasonal song written in the 19th…

  15. Chart Beat

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gwen Stefani, Elisabeth Withers and more! THIS WILL BRING YOU BACK TO DO: Thanks to Gwen Stefani reaching once again into the well of Broadway songs, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II have their first top 10 hit on The Billboard Hot 100 as a…

  16. Taylor Hicks Covers Gaye, Robinson On Debut

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" season five champ Taylor Hicks will tackle songs written by Bryan Adams, Rob Thomas and Marvin Gaye on his upcoming self-titled debut. As previously reported, the 12-track set is due D "American Idol" season five champ Taylor Hicks will tackle songs written…

  17. Chart Beat

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Dean Martin, several American Idols, Johnny Cash and more! HIS SECOND COUNTRY SONG: Dean Martin had pop hits when he covered Stuart Hamblen's No. 2 country tune from 1950, "(Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You" and Hank Locklin's No. 5 country song…

  18. 48OnTV

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2006. MONDAY, NOV. 27 "Dew Circuit Breakout Challenge," MTV2 Featured artist(s): Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer, Brandtson. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist(s): Tom Waits (also scheduled: Kate…

  19. 47OnTV

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 20-26, 2006. MONDAY, NOV. 20 "Makes A Video|30 Seconds To Mars Makes A Video," MTV2 Featured artist(s): 30 Seconds To Mars). "Making the Video," MTV Featured artist(s): Gwen Stefani.. "Charlie Rose," PBS Featured artist(s):…

  20. Chart Beat

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred tackles news on "Hannah Montana," Justin Timberlake, "American Idol" and more! MAKING THE 'MOST' OF IT: Rascal Flatts writes its own chapter in chart history as it becomes the first group to have a song reach pole position on both the Adult Contemporary and…

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