1. Film, TV Actors Take The Mic On 'Unexpected Dreams'

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Actress Scarlett Johansson, "Moulin Rouge" star Ewan McGregor and "Desperate Housewives" principal Teri Hatcher are among the actors that have been tapped to put their own spin on famous tunes on "Une Actress Scarlett Johansson, "Moulin Rouge" star Ewan…

  2. Billboard Bits: Black Sabbath, Garcia, Brookville

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Black Sabbath, Jerry Garcia, Brookville Warner Bros./Rhino will celebrate Black Sabbath's induction into the Rock and Hall of Fame with "Greatest Hits 1970-1978," due March 14, the day after the ceremony. The 16-track set is drawn exclusively from the eight studio…

  3. Stipe Covers Arthur Song For Katrina Relief

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has recorded singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur's "In the Sun" for a digital EP, proceeds from which will benefit Mercy Corps' efforts to rebuild New Orleans neighborhoods d R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has recorded singer/songwriter Joseph…

  4. 2006: A Better Than Solid Start

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST The New Year brings with it promises of great new music, and so far, it's delivering. I begin every new year with the excitement of a puppy. The slate is wiped clean and the new music that filters in carries with it much promise for the coming months. Romantic? Possibly. A bit too pie…

  5. This Day in Music

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Rapper Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is indicted in New York Criminal Court on two assault charges stemming from the Dec. 1 stabbing of record executive Lance "Un" Rivera.<br c 2002 - Spanish police admit they exchanged blows with Rodney Mack,…

  6. Beenie Man Readying 'Undisputed' New Set

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST A new Beenie Man single, "Hmm Hmm," is due to reach U.S. airwaves in late March. The track was produced by Tony Kelly (Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder) and will appear on the reggae artist's new album, "Undis A new Beenie Man single, "Hmm Hmm," is due to reach U.S.…

  7. Nas Launching Own Imprint With Def Jam

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST When Nas' first album under his new Def Jam Recordings pact is released later this year, it will be on his own imprint, the Jones Experience. The joint venture is a key component of the newly minted a When Nas' first album under his new Def Jam Recordings pact is released later this…

  8. Chart Beat

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Solo Beyoncé bests her Destiny's Child No. 1 quota, plus inside the stats of Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, Johnny Cash, Dion DiMucci and Mary J. Blige. PICKING UP THE 'CHECK': With "Check On It" (Columbia) advancing to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100, Beyoncé…

  9. Steely Dan Mulling Summer Shows

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Steely Dan is mulling a series of performances near the end of the summer, which would be the band's first since the fall of 2003. Steely Dan is mulling a series of performances near the end of the summer, which would be the band's first since the fall of 2003. At present, it's…

  10. 50 Cent Sued For Copyright Infringement

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rapper 50 Cent stole some of the lyrics for his 2003 hit "In Da Club" from a song by former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell, an attorney claims in a lawsuit. Rapper 50 Cent stole some of the lyrics for his 2003 hit "In Da Club" from a song by former 2 Live Crew…

  11. Flaming Lips Reveal 'Mystic' Track List

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Due April 4 via Warner Bros., the 12-track set is led by the single "The W.A.N.D.," which is available now from leading digital download stores. The Flaming Lips have set the track list for their upcoming album, " At War With the Mystics ," Billboard.com has learned. Due…

  12. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Readers discuss the rebounding singles market, songs with spoken lyrics, discovering Billboard and more with Fred. BORN AGAIN IN THE U.S.A. Dear Fred, As I read the column this week, I started thinking about the amazing rebirth of the single that has occurred in the last year. Here are some…

  13. Fountains Of Wayne Get Busy On New Album

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fountains Of Wayne have begun work on their first studio album since 2003. The group has already logged time at Bearsville Studios near Woodstock in upstate New York and plans to resume work this mont Fountains Of Wayne have begun work on their first studio album since 2003. The group has…

  14. Schlesinger, Iha Producing New America Disc

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fountains Of Wayne/Ivy principal Adam Schlesinger and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha have signed on to produce a new studio album from enduring soft rock act America. Fountains Of Wayne/Ivy principal Adam Schlesinger and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha have signed…

  15. This Day in Music

    January 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Trisha Yearwood gets a special proposal on the same stage where she was married in 1994. After Yearwood, making a guest appearance on the historic Ryman Auditorium stage, finishes her fi 2002 - Dido finds her nomination for a best British newcomer Brit Award revoked…

  16. Rick Moranis Channels His Inner 'Cowboy'

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Having phased out his Hollywood career a decade ago, actor Rick Moranis ("Ghostbusters," "Spaceballs") returns to his first love, music, on the album "The Agoraphobic Cowboy," which earned a Grammy no Anyone who came of age in the 1980s is well-versed in the…

  17. Billionaire Boys Club

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST From day one, the Billionaire Boys Club has had luck on its side. From day one, the Billionaire Boys Club has had luck on its side. The rock act played its first live show in 2002 with power-pop artisans Fountains Of Wayne. Since then, the New Jersey-based band has twice performed on NBC'…

  18. On TV

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 9-15, 2006. MONDAY, JAN. 9 "Attack of the Show," G4 Featured artist(s): Project 86 (also scheduled: Uwe Boll). "Influenc'd: Green Day," Fuse Featured artist(s): Green Day, Hawthorne Heights, blink-182, Bayside/Name Taken, Taking Back…

  19. Billboard Bits: Flipsyde, Townes Van Zandt, Hayseed Dixie

    January 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Have scientists found Mozart's skull? Researchers say they'll reveal the results of DNA tests in a documentary airing Sunday (Jan. 8) on Austrian television as part of a year of celebratory events mar Burgeoning hip-hop band Flipsyde will garner substantial exposure via NBC’s…

  20. On TV

    January 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 2-8, 2006. MONDAY, JAN. 2 "Today," NBC Featured artist(s): Willie Nelson. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist(s): Ginuwine (also scheduled: Tea Leoni, Enrique Murciano). "Inked: Rockers & Ribbons," A&E…

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