1. Windham Hill Founder Mulling Next Album

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman is at work on material that he expects to form the basis of his next studio album. Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman is at work on material that he expects to form the basis of his next studio album. The project will be the follow-up to 2004's "…

  2. Flaming Lips Complete Shooting On Xmas Film

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Flaming Lips have completed shooting on their feature film "Christmas on Mars," which has been in the works for several years. The movie centers around scientists preparing to celebrate their firs The Flaming Lips have completed shooting on their feature film "Christmas on…

  3. GARY BENCHLEY, Rock Star

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A wry debut about self-absorbed twentysomethings who ditch bourgeois gigs in data entry for rock-'n'-roll dreams. A wry debut about self-absorbed twentysomethings who ditch bourgeois gigs in data entry for rock-'n'-roll dreams. A 21st-century Candide, Gary Benchley fled…

  4. CLAPTON'S GUITAR: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cheerful days spent in the company of master luthier Wayne Henderson as he oh-so-slowly handcrafts guitars. Cheerful days spent in the company of master luthier Wayne Henderson as he oh-so-slowly handcrafts guitars. Henderson's guitars—there are fewer than 300 in existence, journalist St…

  5. Billboard Bits: Dinosaur Jr, Presley, 'Idol'

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Dinosaur Jr, Presley, 'Idol' Reunited rock trio Dinosaur Jr will film a live DVD during its Dec. 2-3 run at New York's Irving Plaza. The DVD will be produced by the German company Gold in Berlin, which is run by Dinosaur Jr vocalist/guitarist J Mascis' brother-in…

  6. Flaming Lips Returning To Rock On New CD

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After two albums of lushly orchestrated pop that brought them to a new level of acclaim, the Flaming Lips are returning to guitar-based rock'n'roll as they finish up their next studio set. After two albums of lushly orchestrated pop that brought them to a new level of acclaim, the…

  7. MTV Launches Tempo With Caribbean Concert Series

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In conjunction with the Nov. 21 launch of a new cable television network devoted to Caribbean music and culture, MTV Networks will host Caribbean Rising, a series of concerts featuring performances fr In conjunction with the Nov. 21 launch of a new cable television network devoted to…

  8. Hot Product

    October 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Twista/Trina Do The Twist Atlantic labelmates Twista and Trina storm back this week with new albums. Twista's "The Day After" is led by first single "Girl Tonite" featuring Trey Songz. The cut is No. 12 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album…

  9. BB King At 80

    September 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com The following stems from a 20-page "Billboard Stars: B.B. King" special feature that appears in the Oct. 1, 2005, issue of Billboard magazine. Beyond the extensive Q&A excerpted below, the section boasts several articles examining…

  10. Chamillionaire Plots His 'Revenge'

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Just as one-time colleague Paul Wall debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his latest album, "The Peoples Champ," Houston-based rapper Chamillionaire is plotting his own explosion into the mainstr Just as one-time colleague Paul Wall debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his…

  11. Lil' Kim Reports To Detention Center

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Lil' Kim began serving a 366-day prison sentence yesterday (Sept. 19) for her conviction on charges stemming from a 2001 shootout outside a New York City radio station. Rapper Lil' Kim began serving a 366-day prison sentence yesterday (Sept. 19) for her conviction on charges…

  12. Sufjan Stevens / Sept. 15, 2005 / Chicago (Metro)

    September 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sufjan Stevens / Sept. 16, 2005 / Chicago (Metro) "We're going to try something we've never tried in this city before," said a modest Sufjan Stevens midway through his set. "The human pyramid." And with that, he and his band the Illinoisemakers, all dressed like…

  13. Multi-Network Broadcast To Benefit Katrina Victims

    September 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks are among the artists that will perform during "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast" a live telethon to be U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks are…

  14. Final 2005 CMA Awards Nominees

    September 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Final nominees for the 2005 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards Below are the final nominees for the 2005 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The 39th annual event will be held Nov. 15 at New York's Madison Square Garden and broadcast live on CBS. ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Kenny…

  15. Elton Talks

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. At the top of every hour the clock in Elton John's dressing room at Caesars Palace breaks wind. And every hour, the farting clock makes John laugh. The British superstar has every reason to smile. His Las Vegas run, in which he alternates…

  16. Top Acts Added To 'ReAct Now' Hurricane Special

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A host of top acts have joined the bill for Saturday's (Sept. 10) "ReAct Now: Music & Relief" special, which, as previously reported, will air live on MTV, VH1 and CMT and raise funds for victims A host of top acts have joined the bill for Saturday's (Sept. 10) "…

  17. This Day in Music

    August 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Songwriter Harold Clayton, who co-wrote the SOS Band hit "Take Your Time (Do It Right)," is killed in a hit-and-run accident in Los Angeles. He is 53.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - Carl Wayne, the former lead…

  18. Brickman Salutes 'Disney Songbook'

    August 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Adult contemporary staple Jim Brickman has recorded songs associated with classic Disney films for his next album, "The Disney Songbook." Adult contemporary staple Jim Brickman has recorded songs associated with classic Disney films for his next album, "The Disney Songbook.…

  19. Trina Feeling Glamorous On Third Album

    August 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tart-tongued rapper Trina will release her third album, "Glamorest Life," Oct. 4 via Slip-n-Slide/Atlantic. Tart-tongued rapper Trina will release her third album, "Glamorest Life," Oct. 4 via Slip-n-Slide/Atlantic. The set is led by the single "Don't Trip"…

  20. Trapt Taking Blindside, Aphasia On The Road

    August 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Modern rock act Trapt will hit the road this fall with Blindside and Aphasia in tow. Modern rock act Trapt will hit the road this fall with Blindside and Aphasia in tow. The groups will spend most of the next three months on tour in North America, beginning Sept. 10 in Boston and running…

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