1. John Ellis & Double-Wide, "Puppet Mischief"

    February 26, 2010 3:21 PM EST On "Puppet Mischief," saxophonist John Ellis ' second album with his superb band Double-Wide, the former New Orleans resident who's now based in New York delivers a set that refracts jazz steeped in the who-dat nation through a hip Brooklyn lens. With the help of Matt…

  2. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Ledisi, Sly Stone, Nina Simone, Public Enemy

    December 08, 2009 4:18 PM EST Grammy nominee Ledisi will join gospel singers Yolanda Adams and Donald Lawrence for BET's 10th anniversary of "Celebration of Gospel." Hosted by comedian/actor Steve Harvey , the Dec. 12 event will be taped at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles for broadcast on Jan. 10, 2010.…

  3. JLS Edges Out Robbie Williams On U.K. Chart

    November 16, 2009 8:21 AM EST In a close-run battle between U.K. chart heavyweights, "X Factor" graduates JLS just pipped Robbie Williams to the top spot on the new album survey. On the new singles chart, Black Eyed Peas scored their third No. 1 inside six months, and fourth overall. Williams' "Reality…

  4. Jack Johnson Includes Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper Collaborations On 'En Concert'

    October 20, 2009 11:00 AM EDT With his "En Concert" film and live album coming Oct. 27, Jack Johnson sees his fifth studio album on the horizon as well. "I think we're starting to get together a new album right now," Johnson tells Billboard.com. "Whenever it seems like there's an album&…

  5. Ask Billboard: Neil Diamond, Taylor Swift, Queen

    September 25, 2009 6:16 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. DIAMOND (AND STREISAND) RECORDS Dear Gary, Per last week's Ask Billboard…

  6. KSM, "Read Between the Lines"

    September 11, 2009 3:38 PM EDT KSM sounds like what would result if the Go-Go's mentored a young band-and amazingly, that's exactly what happened. Brought together by the original members of the 1980s rock act, KSM has been trained in the ways of distinctive individual looks, spunky stage presence and monster…

  7. Joaquin Phoenix: Rapper On Film?

    January 16, 2009 4:01 PM EST Casey Affleck will track the musical career of Joaquin Phoenix behind the lens of a camera. Affleck is directing a documentary feature on Phoenix, his friend and fellow actor who last spring decided to swap the thespian business for a musical one. Phoenix is embarking on a new path as a…

  8. DELTA BLUES

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Writer-musician Gioia (Healing Songs, 2006, etc.) undertakes the daunting task of reconsidering the blues of the Mississippi Delta, musicological terrain well-plowed in several noteworthy books, most Writer-musician Gioia (Healing Songs, 2006, etc.) undertakes the daunting task of…

  9. This Day in Music

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall leads all winners, taking home three honors, at the 17th Annual MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. The event features performances by Nelly Furtado featuring 2006 - Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall leads all winners, taking home three honors, at the…

  10. MMW Plotting Three Records, Summer Camp

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Feeling free from the confines of traditional label standards of write, release, tour, jazz-fusion trio Medeski Martin and Wood have slated three unique albums for 2008, with the material being writte Feeling free from the confines of traditional label standards of write, release, tour, jazz…

  11. Music On TV: July 2 - July 8

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on TV listings for July 2 - July 8, 2007. MONDAY, July 2 "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," NBC Featured Artist(s): Kings Of Leon, Conan O'Brien. "Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC Featured Artist(s): Ashley Judd, Matthew Bomer, The Bravery. "Late Night with Conan O&…

  12. This Day in Music

    June 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall leads all winners, taking home three honors, at the 17th Annual MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. The event features performances by Nelly Furtado featuring 2006 - Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall leads all winners, taking home three honors, at the…

  13. Underground Garage

    December 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a year that started with our president "staying the course" and ending with him saying the Commission on Iraq had some "good points" (yeah, like screw your course, get the hell out of there, you mo In a year that started with our president "staying the course"…

  14. Jonesin' For An Award

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Quincy Jones score a Behind the Lens award. Music composer Quincy Jones (right) is congratulated by Chrysler Senior Vice President Frank Fountain after receiving the 5th annual Behind the Lens award ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on Oct. 24. The award was established in 2002 to…

  15. Underground Garage

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Little Steven's Underground Garage column, produced exclusively for Billboard. The charts are a combination of airplay from the Underground Garage format and coolness. Wanna have some fun? Tune in to intheattic.tv for Rachel Fuller's Internet TV show. Fuller is a very talented…

  16. Tom Waits / Aug. 9, 2006 / Chicago (Auditorium Theatre)

    August 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The album-tour-album-tour pattern is so well established that any deviation comes as a pleasant surprise. Of course, anything Tom Waits does is generally full of surprises and more than a little bit d The album-tour-album-tour pattern is so well established that any deviation comes as a…

  17. DUB TRIO, "New Heavy"

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT I'm sorry to say, but your ex may have been right -- change is indeed a good thing. I'm sorry to say, but your ex may have been right -- change is indeed a good thing. For longtime fans of NYC's Dub Trio, the primary draw was hearing three white dudes throw down the kind of raw…

  18. This Day in Music

    June 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>Heart featuring Ann Wilson embarks on a U.S. in Chicago. Other tour stops include Detroit and Los Angeles.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - Ozma keyboardist/flute player Star Wick is injured in a car accident in the midst of…

  19. Singer Aviance Recovering From NYC Attack

    June 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A recording artist assaulted by youths yelling anti-gay slurs in New York's East Village left the hospital yesterday (June 12), his leg in a brace and his jaw wired shut because of the injuries he had A recording artist assaulted by youths yelling anti-gay slurs in New York's East…

  20. Little Steven's Underground Garage

    April 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Little Steven's Underground Garage column ranks the "coolest" albums and singles. WELCOME FELLOW FREAKS , misfits and outcasts. The Vines are back with the just released "Vision Valley." Check out the video for "Don't Listen to the Radio" at thevines…

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