1. Gretchen 'All Jacked Up' On New Album

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Knowing she had substantial touring commitments looming, breakout country star Gretchen Wilson spent the better part of January and February recording material for her sophomore album. The result is t Knowing she had substantial touring commitments looming, breakout country star Gretchen…

  2. Billboard Bits: Toby Keith, Moogfest, 30 Seconds To Mars, Stryper

    May 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stories about Toby Keith, Moogfest, 30 Seconds To Mars and Stryper. Toby Keith is preparing to launch his third United Service Organizations ( USO ) tour during which he will perform for U.S. troops stationed in Cuba, Germany, Belgium and the Persian Gulf. Along with performing, the country…

  3. Christie Single, Springsteen Album U.K. No. 1s

    May 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tony Christie's "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo" (UMTV) has become the United Kingdom's longest-running No. 1 single in seven years. Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia), meanwhile, debut Tony Christie's "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo…

  4. This Day in Music

    May 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Hundreds of admirers line up outside a large suburban Atlanta church to attend the funeral of TLC singer Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died in a car crash the week before. 2002 - Hundreds of admirers line up outside a large suburban Atlanta church to attend…

  5. This Day in Music

    April 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>The L.A. recording studios of Ray Charles _ RPM International _ are designated as a historic landmark at a public ceremony. "Thank you all from my heart," Charles tells the audience gath 2004 - The L.A. recording studios of Ray Charles _ RPM International _…

  6. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. HOLLA FOR GWEN Hi Fred, I was thrilled to see that Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" made it to the top of The Billboard Hot 100. It's been such a long time since a non-R&B/rap song hit the summit. Then I noticed…

  7. Nellie McKay Prepping Sophomore Album

    April 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Nellie McKay is making progress on her as-yet-untitled sophomore album for Columbia. The artist tells Billboard.com she is eyeing a September release for the set, which will feature Singer/songwriter Nellie McKay is making progress on her as-yet-untitled sophomore album for…

  8. Secret Machines Follow New 'Road'

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rock trio the Secret Machines will unveil a new EP on June 7, led by the single "The Road Leads Where It's Led." Rock trio the Secret Machines will unveil a new EP on June 7, led by the single "The Road Leads Where It's Led." In addition to the previously…

  9. CHART BEAT BONUS

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Coldplay, "American Idol," Gwen Stefani, Bill Monroe, Kenny Chesney, Bobby Valentino, 50 Cent, Green Day and Neil Sedaka. HOW COLDPLAY IS IT: The new Coldplay single "Speed of Sound" (Capitol) reaches the top 10 of The…

  10. Stefani Single Ousts 50 Cent From No. 1

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A 3-1 move on Billboard's Hot 100 for Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" ends the nine-week reign of 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" featuring Olivia, which slips to No. 3. Last week, Stefani's single took over t A 3-1 move on Billboard's Hot 100 for Gwen…

  11. CD/DVD Salutes Bluegrass Fest's 30th

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As the Telluride Bluegrass Festival pulls into its 32nd year, Rounder Records is commemorating the annual event's 30th anniversary with separate CD and DVD releases. As the Telluride Bluegrass Festival pulls into its 32nd year, Rounder Records is commemorating the annual event's…

  12. Q&A: Rudy Pérez

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Miami-based producer Rudy Pérez has ranked No. 1 on the Billboard year-end recap of Hot Latin Tracks Producers for three consecutive years. Now, Pérez, known for his high-quality productions, is up for the Latin producer of the year honor at the…

  13. This Day in Music

    April 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Pop singer Jewel breaks a collarbone and a rib, and suffers bumps and bruises when she is thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray. 2002 - Pop singer Jewel breaks a collarbone and a rib, and suffers bumps and bruises when she is…

  14. Buzzin' Fly Volume 2: Replenishing Music for the Modern Soul

    April 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Two years ago, Everything but the Girl's Ben Watt established Buzzin' Fly Records so he could release house music he deemed noteworthy. Two years ago, Everything but the Girl's Ben Watt established Buzzin' Fly Records so he could release house music he deemed noteworthy.…

  15. Def Leppard Covers Up, Hits The Road

    April 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran pop/metal outfit Def Leppard is showing no signs of slowing down, as evidenced by its jam-packed summer/fall schedule. Veteran pop/metal outfit Def Leppard is showing no signs of slowing down, as evidenced by its jam-packed summer/fall schedule. First up is a double-disc career…

  16. Potential Witness In Jackson Case Arrested

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A potential witness in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial has been accused of having sex with a minor in the basement of her home after telling her he had seen the pop star seduce a girl. A potential witness in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial has been accused of having…

  17. CHART BEAT

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Mariah Carey, Secret Garden, "American Idol"/Queen and 50 Cent and B5. EMANCIPATED: For the first time in seven-and-a-half years, Mariah Carey is sitting in pole position on The Billboard 200. "The Emancipation of Mimi"…

  18. 50 Cent's 'Candy' Enters Ninth Week At No. 1

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cent notches a ninth week atop Billboard's Hot 100 with "Candy Shop" featuring Olivia. The song remains strong despite being replaced at the top of Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks list by the Game's "Ha 50 Cent notches a ninth week atop Billboard's Hot 100…

  19. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (April 19-24, 2005).

    April 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting the best of music offerings on television (April 19-24, 2005). BYE BYE BYE: I'd actually not planned on writing anything in this space this week, as it's been decided to discontinue the "Fine Tuning" column on Billboard.com. But,…

  20. Ask Billboard

    April 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about international releases, Oasis and Blur. UNFAIR PRACTICE? Hi Keith, I've always wondered about the practice of including bonus tracks on international releases. The issue most recently comes to mind because the Japanese version of…

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