1. Kings Of Leon, Secret Machines Make Touring Team

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here in April, Kings Of Leon and Secret Machines will head out on the road together this summer. As first tipped here in April, Kings Of Leon and Secret Machines will head out on the road together this summer. The tour will begin July 15 in Portland, Ore., and will last…

  2. Informant Backs Off B.I.G. Slaying Claims

    June 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A paid informant who told police that rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and a rogue police officer orchestrated the killing of rapper Notorious B.I.G. has admitted that most of the information he passed A paid informant who told police that rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and…

  3. CHART BEAT CHAT

    June 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. WHAT'S NEW, PUSSYCAT DOLLS? Fred, I noticed the 17-spot move that the Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" took to No. 19 [on Billboard's Hot 100' this week and in my curiosity to see what prompted this move, reviewed its…

  4. Gorillaz Going Out On Virtual U.S. Tour

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Flush with the news of the highest Billboard 200 debut of its short career, animated U.K. act Gorillaz has confirmed details for an innovative virtual U.S. tour. Flush with the news of the highest Billboard 200 debut of its short career, animated U.K. act Gorillaz has confirmed details for an…

  5. Prosecutor: Jackson Targeted Vulnerable Boy

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments of the Michael Jackson trial today (June 2) that the pop star targeted a vulnerable cancer survivor, brought the little boy "into the world of the for A prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments of the Michael Jackson trial today …

  6. Smog To Give Summer 'Love' On Tour

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Smog's Bill Callahan will hit the road this summer, beginning with a lengthy tour of Europe that begins June 9 in London before heading back to North America. Smog's Bill Callahan will hit the road this summer, beginning with a lengthy tour of Europe that begins June 9 in London…

  7. Third Strokes Album Due In January

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Strokes are nearing the finish line on their as-yet-untitled third studio album, due in late January via RCA. The group has recorded 14 songs for consideration, three of which were co-produced by The Strokes are nearing the finish line on their as-yet-untitled third studio album, due in…

  8. Billboard Bits: 'Decades Rock,' Nada Surf, Foo Fighters

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Decades Rock,' Nada Surf, Foo Fighters VH1 Classic and World Productions have created "Decades Rock Live," a new live concert series featuring rock and soul artists who have influenced popular music over the past 50 years. The show will debut in September on VH1…

  9. Underwood Ready To Record Debut Album

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fourth season "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood is eyeing a fall release for her 19 Recordings/Arista debut album. Her recording of "Inside Your Heaven," written by Andreas Carlsson for "America Fourth season "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood is…

  10. Built To Spill In No Rush On New Album

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Idaho-based rock act Built To Spill is eyeing a spring 2006 release date for its fourth Warner Bros. studio album. The as-yet-untitled project was originally expected in the fall but has been pushed b Idaho-based rock act Built To Spill is eyeing a spring 2006 release date for its fourth…

  11. Hot Product

    May 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Smog 'River' Deep Bill Callahan's 12th full-length album as Smog, "A River Ain't Too Much To Love," arrives this week via Drag City. The 10-track set was recorded at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studios in Austin, Texas, and features Connie Lovatt on bass and…

  12. This Day in Music

    May 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Rock bands Powderfinger and Killing Heidi are big winners at the Australian Performing Right Assn. music awards, presented at Sydney's Randwick Pavillion. 2001 - Rock bands Powderfinger and Killing Heidi are big winners at the Australian Performing Right Assn.…

  13. Defense Suddenly Rests In Jackson Case

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Michael Jackson child molestation trial hurtled toward a close today (May 27) as prosecutors showed jurors a video of the accuser being interviewed by police and defense lawyers decided not to put The Michael Jackson child molestation trial hurtled toward a close today (May 27) as…

  14. Killers Crafting Their Own 'Thriller'

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Living up to its moniker, the Killers are moving forward with plans to produce a 25-minute movie based around a murder trilogy. Living up to its moniker, the Killers are moving forward with plans to produce a 25-minute movie based around a murder trilogy. "It's kind of like our &…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. CHANGING HOT 100 LANDSCAPE Fred, Since the introduction of digital downloads into the Hot 100 formula, there is a lot more movement on the chart and the top 40 is slowly becoming a mix of different genres again. Notably we are seeing a…

  16. Update: NIN, QOTSA To Make Touring Team

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nine Inch Nails have chosen Interscope labelmates Queens Of The Stone Age to open their fall North American arena tour. The itinerary will be announced early next month, according to NIN's official We Nine Inch Nails have chosen Interscope labelmates Queens Of The Stone Age to open their…

  17. Royksopp Plotting Fall North American Tour

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Although dates are not yet confirmed, Norwegian electronica duo Royksopp is eyeing a fall North American tour in support of its upcoming Astralwerks album... Although dates are not yet confirmed, Norwegian electronica duo Royksopp is eyeing a fall North American tour in support of its…

  18. System Of A Down 'Mezmerizes' Album Chart

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Scoring its second No. 1 with "Mezmerize," System Of A Down leads an influx of Billboard 200 entries, breathing life into the chart after weeks of declining sales. The American/Columbia title provided Scoring its second No. 1 with "Mezmerize," System Of A Down leads an…

  19. Sex Pistols 'Swindle' Again With DVD

    May 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sex Pistols fans are getting swindled again, not that they'll mind too much. Sex Pistols fans are getting swindled again, not that they'll mind too much. The venerable punk band has just issued its posthumous movie spoof "The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle" on DVD…

  20. This Day in Music

    May 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>U2 lead singer Bono and his wife Ali welcome a new baby boy into their family. 2001 - U2 lead singer Bono and his wife Ali welcome a new baby boy into their family. 2000 - Bad Boy Records rapper Black Rob (a.k.a. Robert Ross) is arrested and charged with criminal…

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