1. Metallica Talks 'Guitar Hero,' Hall Of Fame at SXSW

    March 20, 2009 8:16 PM EDT Signing on for a "Guitar Hero" game was a "no brainer," according to Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. "When 'Guitar Hero' came to us in April of last year, we said 'yes' very quickly," Ulrich told Billboard.com on Friday during the quartet'…

  2. Devo Suit Up For Action At SXSW

    March 20, 2009 12:43 PM EDT Devo is "back in a serious way" and is spreading the word to that effect this week at the South By Southwest Music & Media Conference. "It was now or never," Gerald Casale told Billboard.com during a press conference on Thursday, just prior to a panel discussion about…

  3. Ask Billboard: Janet Jackson, Frankie Goes To Hollywood

    March 20, 2009 11:33 AM 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. LOVING THE '80s Hi Gary, I noticed that the top three songs on the UK…

  4. Jane's Addiction Drops Two Free New Trent Reznor-Produced Tracks

    March 20, 2009 10:24 AM EDT Jane's Addiction is releasing two new studio tracks online today (March 20) via Ninja2009.com , the tour site for the forthcoming co-headlining tour with Nine Inch Nails. The two studio cuts available for free download are "Chip Away" and "Whores," both songs that…

  5. Doug Sahm Remembered At SXSW

    March 20, 2009 9:32 AM EDT With a tribute album coming Tuesday (March 24), the late Doug Sahm was the subject of two live homage's this week at South By Southwest. A Texas Tornados set highlighted a two-hour show on Thursday night at Antone's, which featured several of the artists who contributed tracks to…

  6. Chart Beat: Kelly Clarkson, Julianne Hough, Barack Obama, Darius Rucker

    March 19, 2009 3:05 PM EDT MOST 'WANTED' : Kelly Clarkson's fourth album, "All I Ever Wanted," arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 255,000, granting the original "American Idol" her second chart-topper. She first reigned with her 2003 debut, "Thankful," which…

  7. Neil Young Brings His Lincvolt To SXSW

    March 19, 2009 12:58 PM EDT Though his participation at South By Southwest has not been announced, Neil Young was spotted strolling around the Four Seasons hotel and tooling around downtown Austin in his environmentally clean Lincvolt car. It makes sense: "Neil Young's Trunk Show," a new Young concert…

  8. Jonas Brothers' Fourth Album Due June 15

    March 18, 2009 1:27 PM EDT The Jonas Brothers are nearing completion of their fourth album, due out June 15, which the trio says will take the band in some new sonic directions. "This album is taking steps," Nick Jonas told Billboard.com during a teleconference with reporters on Wednesday. "We're…

  9. Chart Beat: Darius Rucker, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, Pearl Jam

    March 18, 2009 10:47 AM EDT TWICE AS NICE: Effective this week, Chart Beat will now offer a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. Tomorrow, when all of our online charts are refreshed with this week's data, Chart Beat will appear as always in its regular Thursday form, spotlighting…

  10. Decemberists, Gomez Give SXSW An Early Start

    March 18, 2009 9:32 AM EDT An intimate club doubleheader by the Decemberists and Gomez gave the South By Southwest Music & Media Conference a soaring launch on Tuesday night in Austin, Texas -- even though the annual affair formally starts today. The two groups, both promoting new albums, performed at a South By…

  11. Bell X1: Rock Of The Irish

    March 17, 2009 2:51 PM EDT Irish rockers Bell X1 commanded the sold-out crowd at New York's High Line Ballroom three nights before St. Patrick's day as they powered through favorites from "Flock" and new album "Blue Lights on the Runway" alike, and frontman Paul Noonan broke out the…

  12. Lynyrd Skynyrd Set For New Album, Kid Rock Tour

    March 17, 2009 1:00 PM EDT Lynyrd Skynyrd have signed with a worldwide record deal with Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records, and will release a new album later this year. Skynyrd are also heading back out on the road with Kid Rock for a second summer of the "Rock and Rebels" tour. The band is currently…

  13. Robin Thicke Readies New Album For 2009

    March 17, 2009 9:42 AM EDT Robin Thicke has made enough progress on his next album to predict a first single this summer with a full-length release in the fall. "I've got about 15 new (songs)," Thicke told reporters during a Monday conference call to promote his upcoming concert tour with Jennifer Hudson…

  14. Jennifer Hudson To Get 'Intimate And Personal' On Tour

    March 17, 2009 8:21 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson is buzzing at the prospect of the first-full scale concert tour of her career. "I'm excited to get out and meet the people and sing for the people," Hudson, who hits the road March 31 in Albany, N.Y. with Robin Thicke, told Billboard.com Monday during a…

  15. March 15, 2009

    March 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Bob Seger, George Harrison, Jackson Browne, Prince, the Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 1999 – Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney and the Staple Singers are inducted into the Rock …

  16. Chart Beat: U2, Rick Ross, Miley Cyrus

    March 12, 2009 3:30 PM EDT AND THE BEAT GOES ON: After the renowned Fred Bronson's 16-year run at the helm, and fellow music expert Paul Grein's 12-year stewardship before Fred, Chart Beat will continue to be a landmark feature on billboard.com. Please look for updates each week, reported by members of…

  17. Jack White Forms The Dead Weather

    March 12, 2009 10:46 AM EDT Jack White has formed a new group called The Dead Weather with The Kills frontwoman Alison Mosshart. White takes drum and vocal duties, while The Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence and Queens of the Stoneage guitarist Dean Fertita round the four piece out. The group debuted a handful of new…

  18. March 12, 2009

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Matchbook Romance announces it is taking an indefinite hiatus after 10 years. 2007 – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Patti Smith, R.E.M., the Ronettes and Van Halen are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 2001 – Vince Gill and Amy Grant welcome baby girl Corrina…

  19. Dhani Harrison Talks New Band, Beatles Video Game

    March 11, 2009 4:31 PM EDT Dhani Harrison could have started releasing records well before he was 30, but the small matter of being a Beatle's son made him cautious about the musical career path. Now, with the upcoming debut release from his band thenewno2, he's embraced the inevitable. "I did everything…

  20. Poison's Bret Michaels Pens Tell-All Book

    March 11, 2009 11:49 AM EDT Poison frontman Bret Michaels promises to tell all when he publishes his autobiography, "Roses and Thorns: The Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy to My Reality" (Simon & Schuster) in June. "It will give people the untold story," Michaels tells Billboard.com. "It…

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