1. Ex-Beach Boy Jardine Recruits Neil Young, Steve Miller For Solo Album

    April 05, 2009 11:44 AM EDT Former Beach Boy Al Jardine recruited an impressive group of all-star friends to be part of his new solo album, which he plans to release in early summer. Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Steve Miller, Stephen Stills, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Glen Campbell all guest on "Post Card…

  2. R.E.M. Surprises At Carnegie Hall Tribute

    March 12, 2009 9:46 AM EDT R.E.M. made a surprise appearance last night (March 11) at Carnegie Hall. The band was being honored with a tribute show that boasted 20 different performers interpreting R.E.M.’s vast catalog. Stipe was humbled by the depth and range of the evening, and proceeded to play “E-Bow The Letter”…

  3. 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…

  4. Chris Isaak Is 'Mr. Lucky' In Song And On T.V.

    February 26, 2009 11:22 AM EST Chris Isaak thinks much unnecessary ado is being made that his just-released "Mr. Lucky" is his first new studio album in seven years. "Believe me, I never stopped and went to the Bahamas," the notoriously droll singer-songwriter and TV personalitiy tells Billboard.com…

  5. Katy Perry: Single Lady

    February 11, 2009 1:40 PM EST If you've only seen videos of Katy Perry singing "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot N Cold," looking like the love child of Zooey Deschanel and an anime character, you might take her for a lightweight. She giggles, does exaggerated pantomimes of femininity, and jumps into…

  6. Disturbed Drafts Killswitch, Lacuna Coil For Tour

    January 27, 2009 2:19 PM EST The 2009 installment of Disturbed's Music As A Weapon trek has been expanded into a full-fledged festival tour. The 38-city Music As A Weapon IV Festival will feature two stages of hard rock and metal acts, traveling tattoo artists, extreme sports demos and a gaming/tech zone. Killswitch…

  7. Stars Debut 'America's Song' On 'Oprah'

    January 19, 2009 4:21 PM EST Bono, will.i.am, Mary J. Blige, Seal and Faith Hill premiered a new patriotic song, "America's Song," yesterday (Jan. 18) during a special edition of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. The episode aired today; "America's…

  8. Keith Urban To Tour Behind New Album

    December 02, 2008 5:16 PM EST Keith Urban will tour North America next spring in support of his as-yet-untitled new album, due March 31 from Capitol Nashville. Dates are not confirmed, but the trek is expected to begin in May and run through the summer. Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley, Glen Campbell, Lady…

  9. New York Venue City Winery Preps For Opening

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST City Winery, a new New York venue being launched by Knitting Factory founder Michael Dorf, will open on New Year's Eve with a concert by Joan Osborne. City Winery, a new New York venue being launched by Knitting Factory founder Michael Dorf, will open on New Year's Eve with a…

  10. This Day in Music

    November 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Alabama, Glen Campbell and DeFord Bailey are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during the Country Music Association Awards in New York. 2005 - Alabama, Glen Campbell and DeFord Bailey are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during the Country Music Association…

  11. This Day in Music

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Spanish sisterly trio Las Ketchup adds the U.K. to its list of European conquests as its novelty hit "The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" goes straight to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. 2002 - Spanish sisterly trio Las Ketchup adds the U.K. to its list of European conquests as its…

  12. Mars Volta, N.E.R.D. Get Austin City Limits Started

    September 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Skies were blue and the sun often fierce as the seventh Austin City Limits festival got underway yesterday (Sept. 26) before 65,000 fans at Zilker Park. The Mars Volta, N.E.R.D., Vampire Weekend and t Skies were blue and the sun often fierce as the seventh Austin City Limits festival got…

  13. The Billboard Q&A: Loudon Wainwright III

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Since the late 1960s when he emerged on the New York and Boston folk scenes as a sharp and promising young songwriter, Loudon Wainwright III hasn't paused for a second. Since the late 1960s when he emerged on the New York and Boston folk scenes as a sharp and promising young songwriter,…

  14. Rhino Snaps Up Sex Pistols Live DVD

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rhino has secured U.S. rights to the Sex Pistols live DVD "There'll Always Be An England" and will release it Oct. 14, Billboard has learned. "England" features the pioneering punk outfit's original l Rhino has secured U.S. rights to the Sex Pistols live DVD …

  15. This Day in Music

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renaissance after being rediscovered by Fat Possum Records in the 1990s, dies in a Memphis hospital. He is 78. 2005 - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renaissance after being rediscovered by Fat Possum…

  16. Chart Beat: Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Glen Campbell, Metallica

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Pink and more! URBAN RENEWAL: Like the Beatles owning the top five songs on The Billboard Hot 100, this is a record that will be difficult, if not impossible, to ever break. The latest hit by Keith Urban has taken the longest time…

  17. Skynyrd Sets Sights On '09 For New Album

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After spending the last year or so working with former Marilyn Manson/current Rob Zombie guitarist John 5, Lynyrd Skynyrd is close to finishing its next studio album. After spending the last year or so working with former Marilyn Manson/current Rob Zombie guitarist John 5, Lynyrd Skynyrd is…

  18. Chart Beat Chat: ABBA, Dave Matthews Band, Kid Rock

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss chart action from ABBA, DMB, Kid Rock and more! STRIVING FOR LEVEL 42 Hi Fred, Congratulations to Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, who as songwriters simultaneously topped the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic last week with different releases (the …

  19. Judith Owen

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "I've noticed that very dark people are really funny and every funny person I've met has their dark side," Judith Owen says. "I've noticed that very dark people are really funny and every funny person I've met has their dark side," Judith Owen says.…

  20. More Than 'Shaft': Hayes Was Major Influence

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie "Shaft" not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but a With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature…

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