1. Gang Of Four, "Content"

    February 19, 2011 5:16 PM EST Thirty-three years after the release of the single "Damaged Goods" and almost 16 since its last studio album, this legendary post-punk group fit into 2011 a lot better than we-or they-might have any reason to expect. Today's audiences have been primed for Gang of Four 's…

  2. Gang of Four Aims for 'Wider Audience' with 'Content' Album

    January 15, 2011 9:13 AM EST When the original members of Gang of Four reunited in 2004 for a world tour, no one expected them to make a new album. But the Leeds-bred post-punks, whose 1979 debut "Entertainment!" put its stamp on bands from R.E.M. to Franz Ferdinand , have a grand tradition of defying…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Heart, Michelle Branch

    September 09, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 'DREAM' SEQUENCE: As previously reported , Katy Perry pockets her third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Teenage Dream" rises 2-1. Perry previously led for seven weeks with "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008 and for six weeks with "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop…

  4. Green Day's Explosive Set Tops Lollapalooza Day Two

    August 08, 2010 10:41 AM EDT A combination of explosions, cover songs, toilet paper guns, stage dives, and crowd participation sealed the deal: There's no topping Green Day at Lollapalooza 2010. The punk veterans played a thrilling, two-and-a-half-hour-long set made up of tracks from last year's "21st…

  5. The Hold Steady, "Heaven Is Whenever"

    May 21, 2010 12:05 PM EDT Brooklyn-based band the Hold Steady explores what happens when the party ends on fifth album "Heaven Is Whenever." The departure earlier this year of keyboardist Franz Nicolay means less Springsteen -like keyboard embellishments, but the group's Everyman quality remains intact…

  6. Lily Allen Wins Three Ivors

    May 20, 2010 1:51 PM EDT A tearful Lily Allen won three Ivor Novello Awards at the ceremony for British songwriters in London - and said she now plans to focus on writing for other artists. There were also awards for alt-rock act Bat For Lashes , singer songwriter Paolo Nutini and Paul Weller , who received the…

  7. Hold Steady Seeks To Break Out Of The Brooklyn Rock Box

    April 30, 2010 3:57 PM EDT Craig Finn of the Hold Steady says that one way he knows his Brooklyn-based band has reached a certain level of success is that when it plays smaller markets - as it did during an early-April trek that included stops in Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y., and Morgantown, W.Va. - people turn up. …

  8. Billboard Bits: Simon Cowell, Elton John, Jack White, Melanie Fiona

    March 17, 2010 5:48 PM EDT With Simon Cowell's wedding to 'Idol' make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy fast approaching, there is much to do in the way of planning. But the Idol judge isn't concerned with napkins, flower arrangements or invitations -- he just wants to find the right singer. According to a…

  9. Chart Beat Thursday: Taio Cruz, Ludacris, Peter Gabriel

    March 11, 2010 2:35 PM EST RECORD 'BREAK'-ER: As previously reported , Taio Cruz skyrockets 53-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his maiden chart entry, "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris . The song's ascent to the apex marks the biggest jump to No. 1 for an artist's first Hot 100…

  10. Billboard Bits: Hold Steady, Diddy, Max Weinberg, Spice Girls And More

    January 21, 2010 7:33 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs is pulling out all the stops for his son Justin's super sweet 16th birthday party this weekend. According to Page 6 , performers and guests will include…

  11. The Soft Pack "The Soft Pack" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 1:43 PM EST The Soft Pack, "The Soft Pack" (Kemado) Release Date: February 2, 2010 San Diego-turned-Los-Angeles-based four-piece the Soft Pack made headlines in late 2008 for changing its name from the Muslims -a moniker that reportedly subjected the band to what it called "racist"…

  12. Annie, "Don't Stop"

    December 01, 2009 4:29 PM EST Working with a host of producers on her second release, "Don't Stop," Norwegian pop singer/DJ Annie continues to balance her carefree playfulness with darker themes of struggling love to create a bittersweet dance party. But regardless of the mood, Annie steals listeners'…

  13. Video: Virgin Mobile FreeFest All Access Doc

    November 18, 2009 3:45 PM EST The annual Virgin Mobile fest near Baltimore changed to reflect the times this year. Renamed the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, the 2009 event reacted to the country's economic struggles by condensing the proceedings to one day, making the tickets free, and sending out a crew of 14 teen…

  14. Virgin Mobile FreeFest: 2009 CM&P Award Finalist

    September 08, 2009 4:32 PM EDT Tapping into the economic realities of the country, Virgin Mobile USA teamed with Washington D.C. promoter I.M.P. to offer the third annual Virgin Mobile Festival for free, creating Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sunday, August 30, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The move to a…

  15. Virgin Mobile FreeFest: Preview

    August 27, 2009 12:14 PM EDT Following last weekend's successful V Fest in the U.K. -- which featured a buzzed-about appearance by Amy Winehouse during The Specials' headlining set -- its organizers are bringing big name bands to U.S. shores this Sunday (Aug. 30) for the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a one-day…

  16. Baaba Maal Tunes In With Brazilian Girls On 'Television'

    July 22, 2009 11:09 AM EDT After an eight-year break, Senegalese recording artist Baaba Maal will release "Television," his first album of all-new recorded material since 2001's "Missing You." Due September 15 on Palm, the album joins Maal with members of New York lounge-pop act Brazilian Girls…

  17. Drake Flies Twice Into Top 10 Of Billboard Hot 100

    June 25, 2009 10:56 AM EDT Drake flies twice into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week, with "Best I Ever Had" the week's greatest airplay gainer and "Every Girl," his collaboration with Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Mack Maine and Jae Millz, the week's biggest digital gainer. Drake&…

  18. Blink-182, Weezer To Headline Free Virgin Fest

    June 24, 2009 12:03 AM EDT After months of speculation about the fate of the 2009 Virgin Mobile Festival, organizers have made an announcement that should please music fans who've felt the economic pinch of the recession: this year's event is free. With headliners Weezer and Blink-182, organizers say 35,000…

  19. Airborne Toxic Event Flying High

    June 23, 2009 8:59 AM EDT The trouble with fronting a constantly touring rock outfit is that it leaves little time to finish a novel. That's what Mikel Jollett, singer/guitarist of the Airborne Toxic Event, came to realize as the momentum behind his band's self-titled debut album stalled his prose output. …

  20. Dirty Projectors Shift Gears On 'Orca'

    June 08, 2009 8:25 AM EDT The Dirty Projectors' last two releases, "The Getty Address" and "Rise Above," were lo-fi concept albums built around inscrutable song structures. Given the Brooklyn-based indie band's track record, "Stillness Is the Move" -- the group's pop…

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