1. Playboy Announces 2010 Festival Lineup

    February 26, 2010 11:18 AM EST The Chick Corea Freedom Band , George Benson and the Manhattan Transfer are among the headliners for the 2010 Playboy Jazz Festival. Now in its 32nd year, the annual festival will be held June 12-13 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Serving once again as master of ceremonies is comedian…

  2. Whitney Houston Dismisses Critics, Says Tour Going Well

    February 26, 2010 8:34 AM EST Whitney Houston says her tour of Australia is going great, despite the swathes of fans and critics who have panned her performance . Houston has faced a barrage of complaints since embarking on a six-date tour of Australia in Brisbane on Monday, with some fans walking out of concerts, some…

  3. 'American Idol' Eliminates Tyler Grady, Ashley Rodriguez, Janell Wheeler, Joe Munoz

    February 25, 2010 9:21 PM EST "American Idol" voters said goodbye to the first four contestants of season nine on Thursday night (Feb. 25), eliminating Janell Wheeler, Joe Munoz, Ashley Rodriguez and Tyler Grady. The eliminations followed two shaky performance nights that saw nearly all of the top 24 "Idol…

  4. 'American Idol' Recap: Michael Lynche Can't Salvage Sub-Par Night

    February 25, 2010 1:53 AM EST Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. -- When Simon Cowell said before this week's performances that he thought a woman was going to win this season, I figured he was…

  5. Patti Smith Group / Feb. 19, 2010 / Detroit (Saint Andrews Hall)

    February 24, 2010 7:06 PM EST It was, to paraphrase U2 , a sort of homecoming for Patti Smith . The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and poet did, after all, live in the Detroit environs (suburban St. Clair Shores, to be precise) from 1980-96 with her late husband, former MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic"…

  6. Promoter Defends Whitney Houston's Australian Comeback

    February 24, 2010 8:22 AM EST The Australian promoter of Whitney Houston 's comeback tour down under has come out in full support of the diva whose opening date was savaged by fans and local critics. Houston Performs "I Will Always Love You" in Brisbane. Following her Monday (Feb. 22) night Australian tour…

  7. EMI Wants to Hold on to Abbey Road

    February 22, 2010 12:00 PM EST Music company EMI wants to retain ownership of the Abbey Road recording studios, immortalized by the Beatles album of the same name, though it is talking to other parties about revitalizing the site, EMI said on Sunday. A source familiar with the situation told Reuters last week that loss…

  8. 'American Idol' Top 24 Revealed

    February 18, 2010 8:20 AM EST "American Idol" revealed the remaining 17 of its top 24 season nine contestants on Wednesday night (Feb. 17), following the previous night's unveiling of the first seven finalists and capping off over a month of audition rounds. One by one, each auditioner entered the Kodak…

  9. Videos of the Week: John Mayer Breaks Down, Drake Explodes, Carrie Underwood Gets Wormy

    February 12, 2010 12:01 PM EST In this week's top 10 videos that had everyone buzzing, John Mayer's apology train hit Nashville, Drake debuted his Terminator-esque Sprite commercial, Bob Dylan sang for civil rights at the White House, and Carrie Underwood made a wormy appearance on Sesame Street. Take a look. 1)…

  10. Ellen DeGeneres Is Firm, Funny On 'American Idol' Debut

    February 10, 2010 12:50 AM EST Ellen DeGeneres kicked off her debut as the new "American Idol" judge in impressive fashion on Tuesday night (Feb. 9), bringing a healthy dose of honest critiques and well-timed punchlines to the first night of Hollywood auditions. Before even the first note was sung, though,…

  11. My Morning Jacket Returning To Road With Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    January 29, 2010 3:20 PM EST M y Morning Jacket , the electrifying rock band that took nearly a year away from touring, is set to hit the road in April for a 9-date outing through several Southeastern states. The tour kicks off April 20 in Birmingham, Ala., winds up in Columbus, Ohio on May 2 an includes a stop at the…

  12. Katy Perry Gets Feisty At 'Idol' Auditions In L.A.

    January 27, 2010 10:04 AM EST "American Idol" continued its audition episodes on Tuesday night (Jan. 26) in Los Angeles, where a few hopefuls came out strong, others came dressed as Adam Lambert , and guest judge Katy Perry gave Kara DioGuardi a reality check. The latter highlight occurred in the episode's…

  13. Ask Billboard: '80s Hits, Wyclef Jean, Lady Gaga

    January 15, 2010 4:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. TALKING PEAKS Dear Gary, I'm enjoying your "Taking Peaks"…

  14. Best Bets 2010: The Year In Music Ahead

    January 15, 2010 2:15 PM EST Out with the old, in with the new... and the loud, the soft, the twangy, the melodic, the weird and the just plain brilliant. The new year is shaping up to be a great one for music, with banner releases in almost every genre hitting shelves and online retailers in 2010. Artists are swapping…

  15. Trouble Andrew Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 3:41 PM EST Trouble Andrew, Title TBD (EMI) Release Date: TBD Frontman Trevor Andrew describes the process of creating his major-label debut as "a huge learning experience." And while the learning curve may have been steep, Andrew has embraced the ability to polish older tracks and work on new…

  16. Slash "Slash & Friends" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 3:33 PM EST Slash, "Slash & Friends" (Label TBD) Release Date: March/April 2010 With Velvet Revolver on hiatus, the top-hatted guitar hero worked with several of his friends for his first true solo album, which he recorded mostly at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood with co-producer Eric…

  17. Jack's Mannequin Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 3:31 PM EST Jack's Mannequin, Title TBD (Sire) Release Date: TBD You can probably expect a third studio album from Jack's Mannequin to surface later this year, but group founder Andrew McMahon is just now in "the initial stages" of working on a follow-up to 2008's "The Glass…

  18. Taking Peaks, Part 2: Nos. 75-51

    January 12, 2010 1:30 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  19. Sade Unveils 'Soldier' Album In New York

    December 15, 2009 3:46 PM EST Sade, the R&B group featuring vocalist Sade Adu, will release its first collection of new material in almost ten years , "Soldier of Love," on Feb. 8, 2010 through Epic Records. The singer/songwriter, looking as youthful as ever in a black, silk pant suit and her staple slicked…

  20. Lil Wayne's 'Rebirth' Delayed Until 2010

    December 10, 2009 1:05 PM EST Lil Wayne's oft-delayed rock album, "Rebirth," has now been pushed to a 2010 release. According to a Tweet from Cash Money labelhead and rapper, Bryan "Birdman" Williams, "Rebirth" will now be available on Feb. 1. The label wasn't available for comments…

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