1. Eddie Vedder 'Ukulele Songs': Track-by-Track Review

    May 31, 2011 3:57 PM EDT Insomnia. Moons. Oceans. Like each of Pearl Jam's nine albums, you'll easily find surfer-songwriter Eddie Vedder's favorite metaphors firmly embedded in his second solo album, "Ukulele Songs." But instead of the driving rockers and six-string ballads familiar to PJ…

  2. Dave Stewart Finds Inspiration in Nashville, Reese Witherspoon on 'Blackbird Diaries'

    May 28, 2011 8:00 AM EDT From his legendary work with Eurythmics to his recent collaboration with Stevie Nicks on her latest album, "In Your Dreams," Dave Stewart has had a reputation for capturing magic in the studio. He does it again on his new album, "The Blackbird Diaries," due Aug. 23 on…

  3. Pearl Jam Reveals WI Labor Day Fest, Canadian Tour, Film, Book

    May 16, 2011 12:06 PM EDT Pearl Jam has finally confirmed the details for its own festival, as well as a film, tour and book in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its debut album, "Ten." Anchored by the only U.S. performances by Pearl Jam this year, the festival will be held Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3-4)…

  4. Lil Wayne Extends 'I Am Still Music' Tour

    May 09, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Peeps can't get enough of Weezy . The Grammy award winner will extend his 2011 North American tour, "I Am Still Music," through the summer. On the second leg of the tour, Lil Wayne will bring on board Rick Ross , Keri Hilson , Lloyd and Far East Movement . Before hitting the…

  5. John Walker, Walker Brothers Singer, Dies at 67

    May 09, 2011 11:45 AM EDT John Walker, the American-born musician who was the frontman for the Walker Brothers , one of the most successful bands of Britain's Golden Age of rock 'n' roll, has died at age 67. Walker died Saturday of liver cancer, his personal assistant, Polly Klemmer, told The Associated…

  6. Stevie Nicks Calls New Album 'My Own Little 'Rumours''

    April 27, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Stevie Nicks says it wasn't her intention to take a decade between solo albums. Nicks -- whose "In Your Dreams," the follow-up to 2001's "Trouble in Shangri-La," comes out May 3 -- tells Billboard.com that she was ready to start work on a solo set in 2005 after…

  7. Liam Finn Talks New Album, Band And Tour

    April 21, 2011 2:43 PM EDT Liam Finn could have played -- and captivated -- a much larger place. But with his first full solo studio album in three years in his back pocket and a still-unnamed band flanking him, Finn brought his manic, likeable live energy (on vocals, drums, theremin, and guitar) and his well-crafted,…

  8. Brad Paisley: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 08, 2011 2:19 PM EDT When Brad Paisley and longtime friend/collaborator Chris DuBois wrote "This Is Country Music," they knew they'd penned more than a catchy title track. They had a blueprint. "The song itself is what inspired the album, which is the best way to have an album come about,"…

  9. Hidden Beach Slates New Jill Scott Album for Spring

    April 05, 2011 1:44 PM EDT After a long hiatus, fans are being treated to a double dose of new music from Jill Scott . "The Light of the Sun" -- the singer/songwriter's first album under her recently announced distribution deal with Warner Bros. -- is due in early summer. Its first single is "Shame…

  10. Phish to Stage Super Ball IX in Upstate NY

    March 31, 2011 5:05 PM EDT Talk of an upcoming Phish fest for upstate New York has been swimming around the blogs for weeks, and today (Mar. 31) the band confirms it will host Super Ball IX at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York July 1-3. The shows will cap Phish's summer tour, which begins with a three…

  11. Eddie Vedder Sets Summer 2011 Tour Dates

    March 25, 2011 2:09 PM EDT Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will be hitting the road solo this summer in support of his just-announced new album, "Ukulele Songs." The North American trek begins June 15 in Providence, R.I. and heads down the East coast, across the midwest and then up the west coast before…

  12. 'Treme' Tour to Bring HBO Show's Musicians Across U.S.

    March 24, 2011 4:01 PM EDT A tour of New Orleans musicians under the banner of the HBO show "Treme" have booked nine dates this summer, and the promoter is looking to extend its routing into the spring of 2012. "A Night in Treme" is booked June 10-13 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and…

  13. Eddie Vedder Solo Album 'Ukulele Songs' Due In May

    March 21, 2011 10:39 AM EDT Rumored in fan circles for weeks, it's now official: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder 's new solo album, "Ukulele Songs," will arrive on May 31 in tandem with a live solo DVD titled "Water On The Road." Featuring a number of songs that Vedder penned and first…

  14. Alice Cooper Calls Rock Hall Induction 'A Dream,' Plots 'Nightmare' Sequel

    March 14, 2011 6:02 AM EDT As he prepares for the "dream" of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday (Mar. 14), Alice Cooper is also delivering a nightmare. Make that another nightmare. This fall, the shock rocker will be releasing "Welcome 2 My Nightmare," a sequel to his 1975…

  15. Dave Matthews Band Reveals Summer Mini-Festival Details

    March 09, 2011 10:15 AM EST As tipped here Feb. 22, Dave Matthews Band will stage four regional destination festivals this summer under the Dave Matthews Band Caravan banner, the first of which is set for June 24-26 at Bader Field, former site of the Atlantic City (N.J.) Municipal Airport, the band announced this…

  16. 'Spider-Man' Musical Universally Panned in Early Reviews

    February 08, 2011 1:29 PM EST Seems that "Spider-Man" on Broadway's five delays haven't done anything to improve the $65 million production, the most expensive in the Great White Way's history. The first round of reviews hit the web Monday night, Feb. 7, the date "Spider-Man" was…

  17. J. Lo Tightens Up on 'American Idol' Nashville Auditions

    January 28, 2011 1:06 AM EST They don't call it Music City for nothing. On Thursday night, "American Idol" auditions returned to Nashville for only the second time and brought out plenty of top-notch talent, along with a few moments of comic relief, naturally, starting with chirping dental assistant…

  18. Stevie Nicks: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 2:27 PM EST Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" May 3 For her first solo album in 10 years, Stevie Nicks is working with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and Glen Ballard. The iconic Fleetwood Mac diva has said that songs will include the "catchy, uptempo" title track, as well as a "romantic…

  19. Rock Hall of Fame to Induct Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits

    December 14, 2010 6:43 PM EST It's official -- Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The class of 2011 will be formally feted on Mar. 14 at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. All but Waits and Love were first-time nominees…

  20. The Script Heads Toward Sophomore Sprint with 'Science & Faith'

    December 02, 2010 1:55 PM EST Danny O'Donoghue and Mark Sheehan -- frontman and guitarist with soulful Irish trio the Script -- know how to hustle. And not simply because their single "Breakeven" (Phonogenic/Epic) took 36 weeks -- the longest climb ever -- to hit the summit of Billboard's Adult Top 40…

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