1. Uncle Kracker Serves Up 'Happy Hour'

    June 17, 2009 7:46 AM EDT Uncle Kracker closes a five-year gap between albums with the Sept. 15 release of "Happy Hour," his fourth full-length effort and first outing since "Seventy Two and Sunny" in 2004. "Smile," the first single from the 12-song set -- and "probably the most…

  2. Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood / June 10, 2009 / East Rutherford, NJ (IZOD Center)

    June 11, 2009 5:48 PM EDT As the crowd filed into East Rutherford’s IZOD Center Wednesday night (June 10) the sounds of John Lennon, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix blared overhead, triggering already pent-up nostalgia and building the anticipation for the night’s double-bill of Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood.…

  3. Jay-Z To Release 'Blueprint 3' On Sept. 11

    June 04, 2009 2:41 PM EDT Jay-Z will release his "Blueprint 3" album on Sept. 11 on Roc Nation with distribution through Atlantic Records, numerous sources have confirmed. A formal announcement is expected Sunday on New York radio station Hot 97 and at the station's massive Summer Jam concert in New…

  4. Michael Johns Not Holding Back On First Post-'Idol' Album

    May 29, 2009 4:43 PM EDT While the American Idol post-season promo drive for Summer 2009 has kicked into gear for Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, Season 7's Michael Johns will be resurfacing this summer with his first post-Idol album entitled "Hold Back My Heart." Due June 23 via TRP Records, the twelve…

  5. 'Idol' Finale Down To The Wire

    May 19, 2009 9:31 PM EDT Kris Allen "won" the first round of the "American Idol" finale, but the force of nature known as Adam Lambert bounced back to tie it all up. Lambert, the guylinered glam rocker from California, is battling acoustic guitar player Allen from Conway, Ark. For his first song,…

  6. May 9, 2009

    May 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Britney Spears confirms that she and her husband, rapper and dancer Kevin Federline, are expecting their second child together. 2005 – In what is billed as the first “descriptive music video,” the clip for Stevie Wonder’s “So What the Fuss” becomes available with an audio track from…

  7. Q&A: Billy Joel at 60

    April 30, 2009 6:27 PM EDT Turning 60, A 'Happy And Contented' Billy Joel Looks Back It's April in Manhattan but winter is lingering, a fact Billy Joel notices as he looks out the window of his West Village townhouse. Joel is mildly surprised. "Oh, my God, it's snowing, look at this." Yet…

  8. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival / April 24-26, 2009 / New Orleans (Fair Grounds Race Track)

    April 29, 2009 5:42 PM EDT At 40 years old and still going strong, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is slipping into middle age with its musical mission evolving and its devotees skewing somewhat older and more musically literate than average concert crowds. Jazz Fest, as the two-weekend event is better known…

  9. Pearl Jam, Beasties, Dave Matthews To Headline Austin City Limits Fest

    April 28, 2009 1:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and the Beastie Boys will make their Austin City Limits Music Festival debuts as headliners of the eight edition of the event in Austin's Zilker Park on Oct. 2-4. Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Thievery Corporation, John Legend, the Dead Weather…

  10. Killers Prepping Live DVD, Covers Album

    April 23, 2009 3:39 PM EDT Even though The Killers are deep into touring their third studio effort "Day & Age," drummer Ronnie Vannucci tells Billboard.com plans are in the works for a DVD concert release later this year. "We're working on some ideas for what will be our first DVD,"…

  11. Ask Billboard

    April 17, 2009 4:56 PM EDT 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. PRESENT OF THE PAST Hi Gary, I have a special request. My brother will be…

  12. Iron Maiden's 'Flight 666' Doc Takes Off

    April 15, 2009 9:42 AM EDT Iron Maiden will follow the April 21 worldwide debut if its new documentary, "Flight 666," with a variety of video and soundtrack album packages in May. The May 26 roll-out will include DVD and Blu-Ray editions of the film, which documents the headbangers' 2008 Somewhere Back…

  13. April 9, 2009

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” tour, the country singer’s first solo outing, kicks off in Minneapolis. 1997 – Country singer-songwriter Mae Axton, 82, dies at home in Hendersonville, Tenn. 1988 – Singer-songwriter Brook Benton dies from complications of spinal meningitis in Queens, N.Y., at…

  14. AC/DC Adds Summer Stadium Shows

    April 06, 2009 3:01 PM EDT Following a successful run of North American arenas earlier this year, AC/DC will bring its Black Ice tour back to the United States this summer. New dates begin July 28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and are currently scheduled through Sept. 8 in Anaheim, Calif. Nine new U.S.…

  15. Ron Wood Taps Eddie Vedder, Bob Rock For Solo Album

    April 05, 2009 10:58 AM EDT Ron Wood's got his own album to do -- again. After inducting Bobby Womack into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Cleveland, Wood said that he's recorded about a dozen songs for a solo album called "More Good News." During an after-party at the House of…

  16. Metallica, Run-DMC Inducted Into Rock Hall Of Fame

    April 05, 2009 1:31 AM EDT Metallica shoved the mosh pit into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Heavy metal's heaviest hitters, whose menacing, monstrous sound has banged heads around the globe for decades, were inducted into rock's shrine on Saturday night, capping a star-studded ceremony that felt much more…

  17. Booker T.'s New Band: The Drive By Truckers

    March 31, 2009 9:12 AM EDT Two years ago, Booker T. Jones went to South by Southwest and ended up performing with his old band and connecting with a new one. After playing a showcase with the MG's—the Stax Records house band that backed Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and others and became famous for instrumentals…

  18. Nickelback Dominates Canada's Juno Awards

    March 30, 2009 7:40 AM EDT Alberta rockers Nickelback dominated the Junos, Canada's music awards, on Sunday night as they won trophies for group of the year and album of the year for "Dark Horses" and the fan choice award. Nickelback led all comers with five nominations going into the 38th edition of the…

  19. John Lennon Biopic Picked Up by Weinstein Co.

    March 16, 2009 4:32 PM EDT The Weinstein Co. has acquired a host of rights for "Nowhere Boy," the story of John Lennon's tumultuous childhood. The company has secured U.S., Latin American and German rights from producer Ecosse Films. "Boy," with its titular allusion to Beatles song "…

  20. Bob Dylan, The Dead Lead Rothbury Lineup

    March 16, 2009 1:21 AM EDT The Dead, Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, and The Black Crowes are among the top acts set for the second annual Rothbury, a weekend-long festival produced by Madison House Presents and AEG Live. The event will be held July 2-5 at the Double JJ Ranch in…

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