1. Jason Isbell Sweeps, Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

    September 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires . Isbell won artist, album and song of the year during the 13th annual awards show Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium in…

  2. Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt Discusses Writing Novels, Finding His (Singing) Voice, & Calling Time On DJing

    April 30, 2014 2:52 AM EDT Best known as the male half of Everything But The Girl, the duo he formed in 1981 with Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt has many talents beyond providing the harmony to Thorn’s lead vocal. Since 1998, he has been an established presence on London’s deep house circuit, as a DJ, re-mixer, producer and…

  3. Movement Detroit Announces Second Phase of Lineup: Exclusive

    February 05, 2014 11:41 AM EST Movement, Detroit’s long-running electronic music festival, announces the second phase of its roster today, adding Baauer, Boys Noize, Claude VonStroke, Green Velvet, Just Blaze, Ryan Hemsworth, Tourist and more to a previously announced list that includes Pete Tong, Jamie Jones, Richie…

  4. Margaret Thatcher & The Rise & Fall of the Great British Pop Protest Song

    April 09, 2013 6:17 AM EDT In early 1997, I interviewed the Spice Girls who were already massive in their U.K. homeland but had yet to release their debut single “Wannabe” in America. Amid frequent and voluble declarations of their Girl Power manifesto, Geri Halliwell blurted out, “We love Margaret Thatcher!” My…

  5. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  6. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Lead Nominations

    November 30, 2011 11:10 PM EST Bruno Mars Up for Biggest Awards; Bon Iver & Skrillex Huge Surprises | SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED MAJOR NOMINEES LIST Album Of The Year: "21" -- Adele "Wasting Light" -- Foo Fighters "Born This Way" -- Lady Gaga "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" -- Bruno Mars …

  7. Pussycat Dolls Creator Robin Antin: Revamped Group Will Be 'Fierce'

    November 06, 2011 10:00 AM EST Did Perez Hilton jump the gun with his recent blog post and photo proclaiming, "The REAL New Pussycat Dolls!"? According to Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin, the actual members of the revamped group haven't officially been chosen. "It's official that I'm doing…

  8. Jill Scott: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT A word that captures Jill Scott's vibe of late? "Free." "That's the word I've been using," Scott says with a laugh. She's calling in from Baltimore, one of the stopovers on a promotional tour in support of her new album, "The Light of the Sun."…

  9. Yoko Ono, Roots To Play London's Meltdown Festival

    April 28, 2009 1:09 PM EDT The first acts confirmed for London's Meltdown Festival, which runs June 13 to June 21 at the Southbank Centre, include Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Sean Lennon, Cornelius, Patti Smith, Robert Wyatt, Yo La Tengo, Baaba Maal and Moby. The Roots will open the event at the Royal Festival Hall…

  10. Fresh Hot Chip: Covers, EPs, Shows, New Songs

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With a live EP, covers of Joy Division and Vampire Weekend, a slew of tour dates, a remix EP and a new record on the way, the members of Hot Chip have certainly kept themselves busy lately. With a live EP, covers of Joy Division and Vampire Weekend, a slew of tour dates, a remix EP and a new…

  11. Bragg Preaches 'Love And Justice'

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Billy Bragg's first album under his own name in six years will double as his debut for Epitaph's Anti- imprint. "Mr. Love & Justice" is due April 22 and includes 12 new songs. Billy Bragg's first album under his own name in six years will double as his debut for…

  12. Billboard Bits: Bruce Hornsby, Robert Wyatt, Gucci Mane

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Hornsby will release his first full-length instrumental jazz album, "Camp Meeting," Aug. 7 via Legacy. Bruce Hornsby will release his first full-length instrumental jazz album, "Camp Meeting," Aug. 7 via Legacy. Joined by renowned jazz musicians Christian McBride and…

  13. Bjork Drafts Timbaland, Antony For New Album

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Bjork has worked with a typically eclectic crew of collaborators on her next album, due in late spring via Atlantic. According to a post on the artist's Web site, the as-yet-untitled album features tw Bjork has worked with a typically eclectic crew of collaborators on her next album, due…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," the Pussycat Dolls and more! MARIO ON THE MOVE Fred, Love your column. I really enjoyed reading your piece about the Latin charts this week. Last week, the single "Gallery" by Mario Vazquez reached No. 40 on The Billboard Hot…

  15. Q&A: David Gilmour

    February 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST David Gilmour has remained quiet since Pink Floyd's reunion last July for the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park; quiet but hardly inactive. David Gilmour has remained quiet since Pink Floyd's reunion last July for the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park; quiet but hardly inactive. The man…

  16. Ask Billboard

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Answers to readers' questions about Mariah Carey, Pussycat Dolls and Grammys. EMANCIPATION FOR 'MIMI' Keith, I have a question regarding Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi", which was a Grammy nominee for album of the year. It was released on April 12, 2005…

  17. Gilmour Gears Up For Solo Album, Tour

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour will begin his first solo tour in decades March 10 in Dortmund, Germany, in support of his upcoming solo album, "On an Island." Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour will begin his first solo tour in decades March 10 in Dortmund, Germany…

  18. Franz Ferdinand Snares Mercury Music Prize

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. The annual music-industry award, recognizing the U.K.…

  19. Hot Product

    August 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bjork Brain Freeze Known for never following a conventional artistic path, Bjork's challenging new Elektra album, "Medulla," finds the Icelandic artist singing over rhythms fashioned by such beatboxers as former Roots member Rahzel, Shlomo and Dokaka. The 14-track set was…

  20. Streets, Franz Ferdinand Lead Mercury Shortlist

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize, which celebrates the best of British and Irish music. Other newcomers with albums on the lis Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nationwide…

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