1. Grizzly Bear Re-Emerges With 'Veckatimest'

    February 17, 2009 1:24 PM EST Grizzly Bear has set a May 26 release date for its third album, "Veckatimest," one of the more anticipated indie rock releases of 2009. The 12-song set was taped at Allaire Studios in upstate New York, Cape Cod, Mass., and in a New York church. The Warp album includes vocals from…

  2. Death Row Assets Auctioned For $18 Million

    January 16, 2009 10:38 AM EST The assets of Death Row Records, said to include master recordings of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, were auctioned yesterday (Jan. 15) for $18 million to Canadian development company WIDEawake Entertainment Group. Because of the less-than-expected acquisition price, the only creditor…

  3. Times Square Virgin Megastore To Close

    January 13, 2009 7:06 PM EST The Times Square Virgin Megastore, which is the highest volume music store in the U.S., will shut down come April. The store has been at the center of speculation since August 2007 when the Virgin Entertainment Group North America was acquired by two real estate companies - the Related Cos.…

  4. Death Row Goes Back On The Auction Block

    January 08, 2009 4:21 PM EST The assets of Death Row Records, once the thriving home to artists such as Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg, are going back on the auction block Jan. 15 as part of a Chapter 11 proceeding. Death Row initially filed for Chapter 11 protection in April 2006 and that July, the California Judge…

  5. This Day in Music

    December 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Pierre Delanoe, French veteran lyricist, music-radio pioneer and a major influence at French collecting society SACEM, dies at the age of 88. One of the most prolific songwriters of the post-Wo 2006 - Pierre Delanoe, French veteran lyricist, music-radio pioneer and a major influence at…

  6. This Day in Music

    December 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen network. "Up Close And Personal With Natalie Merchant," which is aired and streamed on the network's Web site simultaneously 2001 - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen…

  7. Barenaked Ladies Assembling Boxed Set

    December 19, 2008 12:12 PM EST After a tumultuous year, particularly for its two lead singers, Barenaked Ladies are understandably "looking forward to seeing the ass end of 2008," according to drummer Tyler Stewart -- and to a 2009 in which the Canadian quintet will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a boxed set…

  8. The Billboard Q&A: Rivers Cuomo

    December 05, 2008 1:06 PM EST A Jermaine Dupri song about partying excessively seems a far cry from a Brian Wilson song about sweetly loving a girl. The tie that binds these polar opposites of pop music is the ever-eccentric Rivers Cuomo. As the frontman for Weezer, Cuomo has sang wistfully about time spent alone in the…

  9. Kanye, Guns N' Roses Post Slow Debut-Week Sales

    December 01, 2008 4:46 PM EST While mainstream media is touting that the Black Friday weekend started the holiday selling season with a bang, music merchandisers certainly didn't have that experience. Music sales were down anywhere from 10% to 30% and hit albums released for Black Friday didn't perform up to…

  10. This Day in Music

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Aaron Tippin and his wife, Thea, become parents again when their second child, Thomas Aaron Tippin is born at the Baptist Women's Pavilion in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Thomas weighs seven pounds, fou 2000 - Aaron Tippin and his wife, Thea, become parents again when their second child,…

  11. This Day in Music

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer who made a name for herself in Germany with the duo La Bouche, is among the victims of an airliner crash in Switzerland. She is 34. 2001 - Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer who made a name for herself in Germany with the duo La Bouche, is…

  12. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th No. 1 single to complete her domination of the British sales charts. "Confessions on a Dance Floor" goes straight to 2005 - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th…

  13. This Day in Music

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST - With the aid of a private jet, Jay-Z plays seven 30-minute shots across the country in one day in advance of the release of his comeback album, "Kingdom Come." 2006 - With the aid of a private jet, Jay-Z plays seven 30-minute shots across the country in one day in advance of…

  14. Neil Finn To Rock With Radiohead, Wilco Mates

    November 17, 2008 3:09 PM EST Neil Finn has drafted Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, Wilco 's Jeff Tweedy, John Stirrat, Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone, Smiths/Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr, Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, singer/songwriter Lisa Germano and his son Liam for a sequel of…

  15. Neil Finn To Rock With Radiohead, Wilco Mates

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Neil Finn has drafted Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, John Stirrat, Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone, Smiths/Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr, Soul Coughing bassist Sebastia Neil Finn has drafted Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, Wilco…

  16. This Day in Music

    November 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Pink Floyd, the Kinks and the Eurythmics are among the honorees inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame. The second annual show, which takes place in a ceremony at London's Alexandra Palace, 2005 - Pink Floyd, the Kinks and the Eurythmics are among the honorees inducted into the…

  17. Body Of Infatuated Fan Found Near Abdul's Home

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST A fan of Paula Abdul whose failed audition for "American Idol" aired in season five was found dead in a car near the home of the pop star and judge she admired, authorities said today (Nov. 12). A fan of Paula Abdul whose failed audition for "American Idol" aired in season…

  18. Department Of Eagles

    November 07, 2008 1:56 PM EST Speaking from a remote house near Cape Cod, Daniel Rossen spends a few minutes explaining why his musical endeavors in Department of Eagles is different from his primary band, Grizzly Bear . "[Department of Eagles] is not a band. It's more of a music project. We're a…

  19. Department Of Eagles

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Department of Eagles has achieved some pretty impressive feats for a non-band band: Its album "In Ear Park" (4AD) has impacted a good number of Billboard's charts, including a No. 3 bow on Top Heatsee Speaking from a remote house near Cape Cod, Daniel Rossen spends a few…

  20. Ask Billboard: Ashanti, Nelly, Chate Moore, Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, BlackGirl

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers questions about Ashanti, Nelly, Chate Moore, Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, BlackGirl and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city,…

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