1. Ne-Yo Scores Second No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ne-Yo scores his second No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Because of You" enters at the summit. Amid a heavy week for new releases, the Def Jam set moved 251,000 copies in the United States, accord Ne-Yo scores his second No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Because of You…

  2. Verizon Pulls Out Of Stefani Tour Over Akon Flap

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless has abruptly pulled out as the presenting sponsor on Gwen Stefani's current Sweet Escape tour due to an incident involving the trek's opening act, Akon. Verizon Wireless has abruptly pulled out as the presenting sponsor on Gwen Stefani's current Sweet Escape…

  3. Jurors Hear Angry Spector Phone Messages

    May 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jurors in the Phil Spector murder trial heard expletive-laced phone messages from the music producer to a former girlfriend, telling her "be careful what you say to me because nothing you say is worth Jurors in the Phil Spector murder trial heard expletive-laced phone messages from the…

  4. This Day in Music

    May 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - A 3 to 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. 2005 - A 3 to 1 move on Billboard's Hot 100 for Gwen Stefani's "…

  5. Garage Rock

    May 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Some wild publishing stuff going on. Sony/ATV, a joint venture of Sony and Michael Jackson, just added the catalog of legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller to their already impressive roster that incl Some wild publishing stuff going on. Sony/ATV, a joint venture of Sony and Michael Jackson,…

  6. New Film Goes Behind The Scenes With Rob Thomas

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT When Rob Thomas first agreed to have independent filmmaker Gillian Grisman follow his move from lead singer and primary songwriter of matchbox twenty to a solo artist, it was simply meant to be a keep When Rob Thomas first agreed to have independent filmmaker Gillian Grisman follow his move…

  7. MONSTRANCE, "Monstrance"

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As you may already know from such historic bootleg recordings of impromptu sessions between the likes of Prince and Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Johnny Winter, the idea of great mind As you may already know from such historic bootleg recordings of impromptu sessions between…

  8. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival / April 27-29, 2006 / New Orleans (Fair Grounds Race Course)

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Last year's edition of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was aptly dubbed a miracle, because divine intervention -- manifested via major sponsorship from Shell Oil Co. and the sheer determina Last year's edition of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was aptly dubbed…

  9. Despite New Song, Joel Still In Composing State Of Mind

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Despite the recent appearance of "All My Life," his first new pop song in 14 years, Billy Joel says he doesn't foresee a re-opening of the creative floodgates that led to 33 Top 40 hits. Despite the recent appearance of "All My Life," his first new pop song in 14…

  10. Lavigne Remains No. 1 As Joe Debuts High

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" remains atop The Billboard 200 for a second week straight, despite a 58% drop in sales. The RCA effort sold 122,000 copies in the United States, according to Niel Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" remains atop The…

  11. Spears Plays Brief Show At San Diego Club

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears strutted her way back to center stage with a short, sexy set at the House of Blues in San Diego last night (May 1), believed to be her first public concert appearance in nearly three ye Britney Spears strutted her way back to center stage with a short, sexy set at the House of…

  12. Sheik Juggling Broadway, Film Scores, Covers CD

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Having conquered the Great White Way with "Spring Awakening," singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik's dance card is suddenly filled with more theater projects -- plus film prospects and a covers album. Having conquered the Great White Way with "Spring Awakening," singer…

  13. Lupe Fiasco Forecasts 'Cool' For October

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Lupe Fiasco will hit the studio this week to begin recording his sophomore album, "The Cool." The artist told Billboard.com backstage at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival over the Rapper Lupe Fiasco will hit the studio this week to begin recording his sophomore…

  14. Bennett Preps Debut, Clarifies 'Idol' Comments

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pint-sized singer Paris Bennett may have been voted off the fifth season of "American Idol," but she didn't let that derail her music career aspirations. Indeed, the 18-year-old's debut album, "Prince Pint-sized singer Paris Bennett may have been voted off the fifth…

  15. Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire Heat Up Coachella Day Two

    April 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT On a day when the mercury soared past 100 degrees, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Arcade Fire and Kings Of Leon provided extra heat at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. T On a day when the mercury soared past 100 degrees, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Arcade…

  16. Down aka Kilo

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It's about a two-hour drive between Long Beach-Compton and Oxnard, Calif., but for rapper Down aka Kilo, the hub of West Coast hip-hop and his seaside agricultural hometown couldn't be closer. It's about a two-hour drive between Long Beach-Compton and Oxnard, Calif., but for…

  17. Chart Beat Chat

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," Diane Warren, changing song titles and more. IT'S NOT WHERE YOU FINISH Hi Fred, I saw that Bucky Covington, the eighth-place finalist on season five of "American Idol," debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 this week. It…

  18. SOAD's Serj Tankian Finishing Up Solo Debut

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian is planning a fall release for his first solo album, "Elect the Dead," telling Billboard.com it's "a rock record, but it's pretty progressive. It's very wide sou System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian is planning a fall…

  19. Trans Am

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT We end up on a dirt road behind a bunch of other detoured cars and trucks. We can see shacks and houses out the side but there is so much dust being kicked up by other cars that we can't see anything Nathan Means, Tuesday 4-10-07 Washington, DC Our first show! There are three of us in…

  20. Interpol Shares Its 'Love' On Third Album

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Interpol doesn't stray far from the formula that helped its first two Matador albums sell more than 1 million copies combined on the new "Our Love To Admire," due July 10 via Capitol. First single "Th Interpol doesn't stray far from the formula that helped its first…

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