Musicals Star Howard Keel Dead At 85

Musicals Star Howard Keel Dead At 85

Howard Keel, who sang and danced to stardom in the heyday of MGM musicals, died Sunday of colon cancer at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 85.
Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Welcomes Four

Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Welcomes Four

Guy Clark, Freddie Hart, Dennis Morgan and Billy Joe Shaver became the newest members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony yesterday (Nov. 7) in Nashville. The event was hosted by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation.
Retail Track

Retail Track

Jim Donio gets the official nod as National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers president. Read Ed Christman's column.
MSN Music Inks American Express Deal

MSN Music Inks American Express Deal

MSN Music is partnering with American Express to promote its new music service. The move marks the service's first strategic partnership since it formally launched Oct. 12.
Retail Track

Retail Track

Jim Donio gets the official nod as National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers president. Read Ed Christman's column.
Tuned In: The Tube

Tuned In: The Tube

Jay-Z and Linkin Park's "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups" is caught on a two-disc CD/DVD. Read Carla Hay's column.
Global Pulse

Global Pulse

The Alex Cuba Band's "Lo Mismo Que Yo" track attracts the attention of U.K. radio airplay. Read Tom Ferguson's column.
Promoters: Smaller Venues The Key

Promoters: Smaller Venues The Key

Both major and independent promoters agree that artists should consider playing smaller venues for the good of the touring industry. Panelists at the Billboard Backstage Pass Conference today (Nov. 8) in New York said selling out smaller venues will help draw concertgoers to more shows.
APRA Posts Revenue Growth

APRA Posts Revenue Growth

The Australasian Performing Right Assn. (APRA) has reported net distributions to members in the 2003-04 period increased year-on-year by 6.5% to A$97.88m ($74.38 million).
The Beat

The Beat

The release of "Acoustic" and the reissue of "Rock 'N' Roll" show two sides of John Lennon. Read Melinda Newman's column.

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