1. March 23, 2009

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – With “Confessions,” Usher becomes the first R&B artist to have an album sell 1.1 million copies in its first week. 2004 – Roy “Pop” Lewis of bluegrass gospel group the Lewis Family dies at a hospital in Washington, Ga. He is 98. 2002 – ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend…

  2. Chart Beat: Kelly Clarkson, Julianne Hough, Barack Obama, Darius Rucker

    March 19, 2009 3:05 PM EDT MOST 'WANTED' : Kelly Clarkson's fourth album, "All I Ever Wanted," arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 255,000, granting the original "American Idol" her second chart-topper. She first reigned with her 2003 debut, "Thankful," which…

  3. Decemberists, Gomez Give SXSW An Early Start

    March 18, 2009 9:32 AM EDT An intimate club doubleheader by the Decemberists and Gomez gave the South By Southwest Music & Media Conference a soaring launch on Tuesday night in Austin, Texas -- even though the annual affair formally starts today. The two groups, both promoting new albums, performed at a South By…

  4. Jonas Brothers 3D Film Falls Flat

    March 02, 2009 10:08 AM EST The Jonas Brothers' performance at the weekend boxoffice proved not so extra-dimensional. Disney's "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert" rung up an estimated $12.7 million to open in second place among domestic rankings. The haul was roughly half what many had expected for the…

  5. Jonas Brothers May Be Box Office Kings With 3D Concert Film

    February 27, 2009 11:00 AM EST Get ready for another weekend of shuttling the kids to the movie theater. Disney's release of "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert" follows the studio's huge success of last February's "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds." Clearly poised as this…

  6. Rock Vets Remember 'The Day The Music Died'

    February 03, 2009 1:21 PM EST Fifty years after Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper played their final gig at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, the Day the Music Died became the Day the Music Went On and On. Last night's tribute concert at the original Surf raved on for six hours with a contingent of…

  7. Parents TV Council Protests Britney Song

    January 21, 2009 3:30 PM EST The Parents Television Council is warning parents and radio stations not to broadcast Britney Spears' "If U Seek Amy" because the organization believes it "would violate the broadcast indecency law" if aired between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saying the title phrase quickly…

  8. 'O.C.' Creator Lining Up Bands For Web Show

    January 13, 2009 9:06 AM EST Josh Schwartz plans to make good use of the indie rock bands appearing in his upcoming online endeavor "Rockville," putting their entire exclusive performances online. Unlike on his former Fox series "The O.C.," which introduced bands like Death Cab For Cutie to larger…

  9. This Day in Music

    December 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST - LaFace/Arista artist Usher sues trendy clothing company Tommy Hilfiger for alleged infringement of publicity rights and false endorsement. 1998 - LaFace/Arista artist Usher sues trendy clothing company Tommy Hilfiger for alleged infringement of publicity rights and false endorsement.…

  10. Chart Beat: Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, T.I.

    December 11, 2008 12:29 PM EST CIRCUSES : Britney Spears has the highest-debuting song of her career, thanks to the No. 3 bow of “Circus” (Jive) on The Billboard Hot 100. This latest single wrests the title from Spears’ first chart entry, “…Baby One More Time,” which opened at No. 17 the week of Nov. 21, 1998. Those doing…

  11. This Day in Music

    November 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison dies from his ailment at the age of 58. 2001 - Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison dies from his ailment at the age of 58. 2001 -…

  12. Guns N' Roses' 'Democracy' Streaming On MySpace

    November 20, 2008 2:06 PM EST Guns N' Roses is streaming its long-awaited Black Frog/Geffen album "Chinese Democracy" on MySpace ahead of its Sunday (Nov. 23) release exclusively via Best Buy. The album, which was debuted for fans at New York and Los Angeles listening parties earlier this week, has already…

  13. Guns N' Roses' 'Democracy' Streaming On MySpace

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Guns N' Roses is streaming its long-awaited Black Frog/Geffen album "Chinese Democracy" on MySpace ahead of its Sunday (Nov. 23) release exclusively via Best Buy. Guns N' Roses is streaming its long-awaited Black Frog/Geffen album "Chinese Democracy" on MySpace…

  14. This Day in Music

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Vines lead singer Craig Nicholls reveals that he has Asperger Syndrome, a neurobiologcal disorder that causes autistic-like episodes and severe communication difficulties. 2004 - Vines lead singer Craig Nicholls reveals that he has Asperger Syndrome, a neurobiologcal disorder that…

  15. Black Keys' Auerbach Unveils Solo Debut

    November 17, 2008 3:05 PM EST Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach will take time off from his primary band to release his solo debut early next year and will also tour in support of the project, Billboard can exclusively reveal. The 14-track "Keep It Hid" is due Feb. 10 via Nonesuch. Auerbach will hit the…

  16. Black Keys' Auerbach Unveils Solo Debut

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach will take time off from his primary band to release his solo debut early next year and will also tour in support of the project. Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach will take time off from his primary band to release his solo debut early next…

  17. This Day in Music

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Adding another chapter to her 2005 comeback story, Mariah Carey walks away the big winner at the third annual Vibe Awards. Carey nets artist of the year, album of the year ("The Emancipation of 2005 - Adding another chapter to her 2005 comeback story, Mariah Carey walks away the…

  18. Beyonce Belts It Out On 'Cadillac' Soundtrack

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beyonce's cover of Etta James' "At Last" will lead the soundtrack for "Cadillac Records," due Dec. 2 from Columbia. Beyonce stars as James in the film, which chronicles the rise and fall of iconic lab Beyonce's cover of Etta James' "At Last"…

  19. Chart Beat: Beyonce, T.I., Josiah Leming

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses chart action from "At Last," T.I., Josiah Leming and more! THIS COULD BE THE 'LAST' TIME: Mack Gordon and Harry Warren wrote "At Last" for the film "Orchestra Wives" in 1942. Glenn Miller had a No. 14 hit on the Billboard pop singles…

  20. Ray Davies: Kinks Writing New Material

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Kinks are writing songs for a potential reunion album, frontman Ray Davies told BBC News. "We've started a little bit of this and that," he said. But it is too early to judge the quality. The Kinks are writing songs for a potential reunion album, frontman Ray Davies told…

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