1. U2, Glen Hansard Star in 'Music of Ireland' Documentary

    August 27, 2010 4:30 PM EDT U 2 , Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and The Script will star in the second installment of the "Music of Ireland" documentary series, which originally premiered on PBS stations in February. "Music of Ireland - Welcome to America" will roll out nationwide on public television…

  2. Swell Season Pays for Counseling for Fans Who Saw Suicide

    August 26, 2010 11:28 AM EDT The Swell Season is paying for grief counseling sessions for hundreds of music fans who watched in horror as a man jumped to his death during the band's concert in California a week ago. As the band finished performing a song, 32-year-old Michael Pickels jumped from a roof covering the…

  3. Billboard Bits: Vampire Weekend Cover Girl Speaks, Phish Plots Tour

    August 24, 2010 6:48 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Vampire Weekend Cover Girl Speaks Ann Kirsten Kennis, the model whose photo appears on the cover of Vampire Weekend 's sophomore album "Contra," opened up to Vanity Fair about her $2 million…

  4. Ryan Bingham Reteams with 'Crazy Heart' Producer T-Bone Burnett

    August 23, 2010 6:55 PM EDT R yan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett swept the awards season earlier this year, winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for their original song "The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart." And if there's one superstition even musicians in Hollywood adhere to, it's this:…

  5. Swell Season Fans Witness Man Leap To Death

    August 20, 2010 7:41 AM EDT Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová of the Swell Season and their crew have issued a statement following a bizarre incident in which a man died at their show last night (Aug. 19) at Saratoga Mountain Winery, California. The audience watched in horror when the man deliberately threw himself from…

  6. Slayer Ready for More Carnage with Megadeth

    August 04, 2010 1:28 PM EDT After storming through Europe on the Big Four tour with fellow thrashers Metallica , Megadeth and Anthrax , the members of Slayer say they're ready to do it again -- though bassist Tom Araya notes that "in some ways it's not really in our control." "I thought it was…

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Lee Brice, Judy Collins

    July 08, 2010 5:45 PM EDT PARTY IN THE U.S.A.: Before the release of "California Gurls," Katy Perry revealed her inspiration for co-writing the song: "It's so great that ( Jay-Z and Alicia Keys ') 'Empire State of Mind' is huge and that everyone has the New York song, but ... what…

  8. Faces, With Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, Planning Tour

    May 27, 2010 12:40 PM EDT Declaring that "this is a band," Ian McLagan says the new incarnation of the Faces is planning to play much more than the just-announced Aug. 13 at the Vintage at Greenwood Festival in West Sussex, England. "Frankly, I'd be happy to get the band on the road proper and get…

  9. 'American Idol' Recap: Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze Soar on 'Falling Slowly' Duet

    May 12, 2010 12:21 AM EDT With Oscar winner and R&B crooner Jamie Foxx as their mentor, the "American Idol" top 4 tackled songs from the movies tonight. Sadly, no one picked the awesome "Ghostbusters" theme that was on the list of cleared songs, but there were still plenty of eyebrow-raising…

  10. Ask Billboard: Records About Records

    May 07, 2010 7:55 PM 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. THE SO-LO-DOWN Hi Gary, Get ready for an extremely geeky chart-related e-mail…

  11. Glen Campbell Enlists Jakob Dylan, Paul Westerberg For Farewell Album

    March 26, 2010 12:37 PM EDT G len Campbell is collaborating with Jakob Dylan , Chris Isaak, Paul Westerberg , Bob Pollard and others on "Ghost on the Canvas," which is slated to be the veteran artist's farewell album. Producer Julian Raymond tells Billboard.com that the album's basic tracks have been…

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: Rihanna, Ludacris, Timbaland

    March 18, 2010 4:15 PM EDT ATTA 'BOY'!: Rihanna rules the Billboard Hot 100, as "Rude Boy" rides 4-1. With the ascension, the singer improves upon an already impressive chart history that began less than five years ago. The song marks Rihanna's sixth trip to the Hot 100 summit, tying her with…

  13. Oscar Winners On The Hot 100

    March 09, 2010 2:05 PM EST "Crazy Heart" emerged victorious at Sunday's (March 7) 82nd Annual Academy Awards. While lead character Jeff Bridges was anointed Best Actor, the film's theme likewise produced a coveted Oscar statue, as Ryan Bingham 's "The Weary Kind" earned Best Original…

  14. U2, Pete Seeger, Sinead O'Connor In PBS 'Music of Ireland' Doc

    February 10, 2010 3:40 PM EST "The Music of Ireland - Welcome Home," a documentary featuring interviews and performances from U2 , Pete Seeger , Sinead O'Connor and the Chieftans will debut on New York public television station WLIW on Feb. 17, then rollout to other PBS affiliates throughout March. "…

  15. Ask Billboard: '80s Hits, Wyclef Jean, Lady Gaga

    January 15, 2010 4:05 PM EST 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. TALKING PEAKS Dear Gary, I'm enjoying your "Taking Peaks"…

  16. Taking Peaks, Part 2: Nos. 75-51

    January 12, 2010 1:30 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  17. Galactic Enlists New Orleans Legends For 'Ya-Ka-May'

    December 03, 2009 9:31 AM EST New Orleans' multi-tasking funk outfit Galactic is set to return on Feb. 9, 2010 with its sixth studio album, entitled "Ya-Ka-May." The 15 song set is the group's second for Anti- and features numerous collaborations, including New Orleans staples Irma Thomas , Allen…

  18. Ringo, McCartney Duet On Starr's Latest Solo Album

    November 19, 2009 2:43 PM EST R ingo Starr is joined by his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney for a duet on "Y Not," the drummer's forthcoming solo album due out Jan. 12, 2010 on Hip-O Records/UMe. The album also includes vocal turns by Joss Stone , Ben Harper and Richard Marx as well as musical and…

  19. The Swell Season, "Strict Joy"

    October 16, 2009 4:45 PM EDT The Swell Season 's Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova gained notoriety two years ago after starring in and releasing the soundtrack to the Academy Award-winning film "Once." With the arrival of its second album, "Strictly Joy," the duo proves itself as much a real-life…

  20. Tim McGraw, "Southern Voice"

    October 09, 2009 4:09 PM EDT Tim McGraw is one introspective SOB, or so it seems on his latest album, "Southern Voice." He doesn't reveal any new sides to his personality on the mostly down-tempo set, but he does prove that when it rains, it pours. On the song "If I Died Today," the singer…

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