1. Billboard Bits: Fergie, 'Soundstage,' Nikki Sixx

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fergie's solo tour is going wireless. No paper tickets will be sold for the 20-city tour, sponsored by Verizon Wireless. Instead, fans can download a ticket to their mobile phones that can be presente Fergie's solo tour is going wireless. No paper tickets will be sold for the 20…

  2. Chris Cornell / April 14, 2007 / Toronto (Phoenix Concert Theatre)

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With the demise of Audioslave, Chris Cornell is once again going the solo route. The former Soundgarden lead singer has decided to simplify things on this current tour, opting for smaller venues as a With the demise of Audioslave, Chris Cornell is once again going the solo route. The former…

  3. It's Summer Time With T.I., 'T.I.P.'

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It's just after midnight and T.I. is waiting to go home from Teterboro, N.J.'s Atlantic airport in a private G-3 aircraft, courtesy of producer Wyclef Jean. The plane is equipped with 10 seats, a padd It's just after midnight and T.I. is waiting to go home from Teterboro, N.J.&…

  4. Decemberists Get Orchestra Treatment On Tour

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT This July, the Decemberists will perform alongside local orchestras at select dates in amphitheaters in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago and Columbia, Md. The Portland, Ore.-based act is cu This July, the Decemberists will perform alongside local orchestras at select dates in…

  5. Spector Jury Prospects Face Questioning

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Phil Spector today (April 16) faced a panel of prospective jurors who were warned by the judge that the murder trial of the music legend is not an opportunity for them to have their "15 minutes of fam Phil Spector today (April 16) faced a panel of prospective jurors who were warned by…

  6. Bailey Rae Ready To Write For Second Album

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Corinne Bailey Rae is enjoying her time on the road with John Legend these days, but the British singer says she's looking forward to getting back home and starting work on the follow-up to her self-t Corinne Bailey Rae is enjoying her time on the road with John Legend these days, but…

  7. Akon's 'Matter' Begins Second Week Atop Hot 100

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Akon's "Don't Matter" begins a second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, and also rises 10-7 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart. In addition, Akon shares the No. 2 slot on the Hot 100 with Gwen S Akon's "Don't Matter" begins a second week at No. 1…

  8. This Day in Music

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Wonder Stuff drummer Martin Gilks dies in London after injuries sustained a day earlier in a motorcycle accident. He is 41. 2006 - Wonder Stuff drummer Martin Gilks dies in London after injuries sustained a day earlier in a motorcycle accident. He is 41. 2006 - Jeremy Camp takes top…

  9. Proclaimers Remake Hits No. 1 In U.K.

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT One single raising money for the BBC's Children in Need appeal replaced another at the top of new U.K. singles chart yesterday (March 25). Scottish duo the Proclaimers' remake of their 1988 hit "I'm G One single raising money for the BBC's Children in Need appeal…

  10. Chart Beat

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Neil Young, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry and more! MASSIVE 'MASSEY': It's a chart of gold for Neil Young, who has his highest-debuting album on The Billboard 200 in almost 12 years with "Live at Massey Hall 1971" (Reprise), which blasts onto the tally at…

  11. Chart Beat

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Fergie, Kenny Chesney, Jennifer Hudson and more! 'GLAM' ROCKS: Only six solo female artists have been able to pull two or more Hot 100 No. 1 singles from a debut album in the last 20 years. The list includes Tiffany, Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera,…

  12. Down The Freeway Of Fame

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Naomi Striemer was never supposed to become a singer. Reared in the tiny Canadian community of Malagash, Nova Scotia, population 774, by a former band manager (dad) and booking agent (mom) who later s Naomi Striemer was never supposed to become a singer. Reared in the tiny Canadian community…

  13. This Day in Music

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Country singer/songwriter Sammi Smith dies in Oklahoma City after an extended illness. She is 61. Smith took the Kris Kristofferson-penned "Help Me Make It Through The Night" to No. 1 on Billbo 2005 - Country singer/songwriter Sammi Smith dies in Oklahoma City after an…

  14. Justin Timberlake / Feb. 7, 2007 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Time flies when you're having fun. That certainly explains Justin Timberlake's professed surprise at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, when the singer suddenly realized he hadn't played the venue Time flies when you're having fun. That certainly explains Justin…

  15. 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" …

  16. New York (Birdland)

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Blues, b-l-u-e-s," a disembodied voice, heard on a sample cued by Jason Moran, blurted out at the start of the inspired first set of the pianist's first performance of the new year. "Blues, b-l-u-e-s," a disembodied voice, heard on a sample cued by Jason Moran,…

  17. NORTHERN SKY

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST A group of childhood pals try to instigate a British folk revival in this seriocomic tale by Radcliffe, a BBC radio deejay. A group of childhood pals try to instigate a British folk revival in this seriocomic tale by Radcliffe, a BBC radio deejay. Narrator Ed Beckinsale is so sensitive he&…

  18. I COULD HAVE SUNG ALL NIGHT

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The voice behind the stars recalls the life behind the voice. The voice behind the stars recalls the life behind the voice. As an infant, Marni Nixon stood up and sang in her crib late at night. By the time she was 11, she performed in professional choruses in Los Angeles and, learning she…

  19. Chart Beat

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyonce, Hank Williams Jr., 2006-2007 hits and more! LIKE THE TITLE SAYS: "Irreplaceable," indeed. Beyonce's latest hit has stretched its reign over the Hot 100 to six weeks, making it the second-longest running No. 1 of the songs that achieved pole position in…

  20. Omarion Leads Active Post-Christmas Album Chart

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Omarion leads the post-Christmas Billboard 200 with his new Epic album "21," which landed at No. 1 on U.S. sales of 119,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set matches the entry of his 200 Omarion leads the post-Christmas Billboard 200 with his new Epic album "21,…

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