1. Paul McCartney Restores Motown Piano, Will Play It at Fundraiser

    August 30, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Paul McCartney and Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr., will tickle the ivories to raise money for the Motown Museum next month in New York City. The two will be guests of honor at a $10,000-per-person fundraiser on Sept. 18 at Steinway Hall in New York City. The event will celebrate the…

  2. Primus to Launch 'Trippy' 3-D Tour Oct. 12

    July 30, 2012 1:10 PM EDT Les Claypool says that Primus ' fall tour is "for the head." During the 21-date (so far) trek -- which kicks off Oct. 12 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the trio will employ a special 3-D backdrop screen as well as a quadraphonic sound system to create what Claypool calls "a really…

  3. Who Has 'Dylan Goes Electric' Guitar? Icon, PBS Disagree

    July 12, 2012 9:20 AM EDT Watch Bob Dylan's game-changing opening number at Newport: "Maggie's Farm" Bob Dylan and historians at PBS are in a dispute over the whereabouts of an electric guitar that the singer plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, quite possibly the most historic single…

  4. Long-Distance 'Call': Carly Rae Jepsen Still Atop Hot 100

    July 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The singer also claims the chart's top debut. Plus, David Guetta and Sia reach the top 10 and Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa crown Radio Songs. Carly Rae Jepsen rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with "Call Me Maybe," while the singer concurrently scores the chart's…

  5. Walk the Moon Enjoys Overnight Success, Two Years in the Making

    June 18, 2012 4:10 PM EDT "Anna Sun," a catchy track by Ohio art-rock band Walk the Moon , is technically the first single from the paisley revival group's self-titled, major-label debut album, out June 19 on RCA Records. But the song, penned by lead singer/keyboardist Nicholas Petricca in 2009, has…

  6. GZA, of Montreal, Jens Lekman Rock Northside Festival

    June 18, 2012 1:05 PM EDT For the fourth year, an onslaught of bands and fans descended upon Brooklyn's Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods for the Northside Festival for four days of non-stop shows featuring bills filled with recognizable names and promising young guns. Northside now includes film, art,…

  7. Adele's '21' Hits 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 13, 2012 11:25 AM EDT What does Adele 's "21" album now have in common with the soundtracks to "Purple Rain" and "Saturday Night Fever?" As of this week, "21" equals the two soundtracks' 24-week runs at No. 1, as Adele's smash set returns to the top of the…

  8. Five Finger Death Punch Fights Suicide

    June 04, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Metal band Five Finger Death Punch has partnered with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in an effort to promote awareness about suicide prevention among its fans. The initiative comes in conjunction with the band's new single, "Coming Down," an anthem with an affirming…

  9. Akon Talks 'Stadium' Album, Upcoming Movie & More

    May 08, 2012 2:15 AM EDT Last week (May 1), Akon stepped back into the ring with the video for "Hurt Somebody;" the French Montana -assisted new single off his fourth studio album, "Stadium." The collaboration with his close friend, who was initially signed to Konvict Muzuk back in 2009 before now…

  10. Trace Adkins Teams Up With Maxwell House for 'Drops of Good'

    April 26, 2012 2:00 PM EDT In these tough times, more families than ever before rely on local community centers for vital support. In response, Maxwell House is launching the second year of "Drops of Good: The Maxwell House Community Project" to help revitalize these community centers, and they've…

  11. Jack White to Compose 'Lone Ranger' Score

    April 25, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Walt Disney Pictures has wrangled Jack White to compose the score for "The Lone Ranger." The studio announced Tuesday that the Grammy-winning rocker will write, produce and perform the score for director Gore Verbinski's upcoming adaptation of "The Lone Ranger." "…

  12. Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage to Lead Trespass America Festival

    April 24, 2012 9:46 PM EDT A new metal festival will be throwing down the gauntlet this summer. Trespass America, a co-production with the UK-based Metal Hammer magazine, will gather seven bands for a 25-date U.S. tour this summer, with more shows to be announced. The tour will include Battlecross, God Forbid, Emmure,…

  13. SXSW 2012: 8 Things Seen & Heard Wednesday

    March 15, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Which R&B hitmaker is looking to collaborate with Shakira this month? How did The Staves deal with a chatty crowd at their show? Here's 8 things from Day 1 of South By Southwest 2012 that you may have missed -- even if you were there. Billboard @ SXSW • PHOTOS: The Scene From Austin …

  14. Adele's '21' Hits 21st Week at No. 1; Sells 730,000 Post-Grammys

    February 21, 2012 8:22 PM EST Adele 's "21" album hits a number of major milestones this week on the Billboard 200 chart, as it basks in the glow of the British diva's multiple Grammy Award wins on Feb. 12. The album sold 730,000 copies in the U.S. last week (ending Feb. 19) according to Nielsen…

  15. Gorillaz/James Murphy/Andre 3000's Converse Track: The Story Behind The Song

    February 21, 2012 1:30 PM EST In the most high-profile offering of its "3 Artists. 1 Song" campaign to date, Converse Inc. announced on Feb. 9 that Gorillaz , LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and OutKast rapper Andre 3000 had teamed up to record an original song for the campaign. "DoYaThing," the…

  16. Chart Juice: Drake's Domination, The Latest Chapter

    February 17, 2012 4:50 PM EST Just one week ago, Drake 's moves on the Rap Songs chart were enough to declare him a rap radio god. Hold your applause. There's more. This week, he succeeds on the famed R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally in identical fashion. The Young Money canticle "The Motto," featuring Lil…

  17. Adele's '21' Set for 21st Week at No. 1

    February 16, 2012 12:45 PM EST Tracking to Sell Between 500-600,000 Copies... '19' Should Crack Top 5 A dele 's "21" album is going to celebrate its first year on the Billboard 200 chart in grand style. Fresh off her six Grammy Award wins on Sunday (Feb. 12) night, "21" is on course to…

  18. Say Anything: 'This Record Is About Rebellion'

    February 15, 2012 2:15 PM EST Frontman Max Bemis Talks Indie Label Shift, Upcoming Tour & Having a 'Clear Head' These Days Loudness is cool. It's also distracting, says Say Anything frontman Max Bemis. Which is why the guiding principle heading into the band's first release since leaving Sony'…

  19. Allbum Review: Lamb of God, 'Resolution'

    January 23, 2012 11:00 AM EST LAMB OF GOD "Resolution" Producer: Josh Wilbur Epic Records Release Date: Jan. 24 Don't take the (relatively) touchy-feely title of this Virginia metal band's seventh studio album as indication that Lamb of God has acquired a peaceful, easy mind-set since the release of…

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Van Halen, Aretha Franklin

    January 19, 2012 4:15 PM EST Adele's "21" becomes just the 20th album in the Billboard 200's five-decade-plus history to reign for at least 16 weeks SWEET 16: As previously reported , Adele 's "21" tops the Billboard 200 album chart for a 16th week, marking the survey's longest…

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