1. Ask Billboard: Observing Remembrance Day

    November 11, 2011 6:15 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. OBSERVING…

  2. Beryl Davis, Big Band Singer, Dies at 87

    November 01, 2011 11:20 AM EDT British-born big band singer Beryl Davis , who made her U.S. debut on Bob Hope's radio show and later performed with Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman, has died in Los Angeles at 87. Family spokesman Greg Purdy tells the Los Angeles Times she died Friday of complications from Alzheimer&…

  3. Panic! At The Disco Set Saved by Substitute Singers

    October 14, 2011 9:53 PM EDT When Panic! At The Disco singer Brendon Urie fell ill with a reported 102-degree fever, the band arrived to Salt Lake City music festival the X96 Big Ass Show without a frontman. But rather than cancel the headlining gig, according to the Alternative Press, they found a group of substitutes:…

  4. Portishead, Jeff Mangum, Public Enemy Highlight ATP Music Fest

    October 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT The fourth edition of All Tomorrow's Parties' annual East Coast music festival was one big greeting from Asbury Park. After three years of setting up shop on the charmingly dilapidated grounds of Kutsher's Country Club in New York's Castskills area, ATP's 2011 "I…

  5. Facebook Music: The New Social Connectivity

    September 23, 2011 1:30 PM EDT It's a generally accepted fact that Apple saved the music business. In the '00s with the iPod, iTunes and a fierce vision for a new way to experience music, Apple created a sensational alternative to illegal services and inferior legal ones. Music would never be the same. But times…

  6. Common Laughs Off White House Controversy on 'Daily Show'

    September 15, 2011 2:47 PM EDT Along with promoting his new memoir "One Day It'll All Make Sense" and his upcoming TV series "Hell On Wheels," Common addressed the controversy earlier this year regarding his invitation to perform at a White House event on "The Daily Show" Wednesday night …

  7. Ollabelle, 'Neon Blue Bird'

    September 12, 2011 4:57 PM EDT Decade-old New York rootsy collective Ollabelle returns to recording after a four-year hiatus, choosing to mine early-'70s musical styles-funk, light country and singer/songwriter soft rock. By alternating lead vocals over rich accompaniment, Ollabelle's newest album, Neon Blue Bird…

  8. Judas Priest's Halford: 'There Will Be a New Record Next Year'

    September 01, 2011 3:00 PM EDT While Judas Priest is in the midst of a worldwide farewell tour -- of sorts -- frontman Rob Halford promises the group is not exactly going away. In fact, he says, the iconic heavy metal troupe is well on its way towards making its next album. Halford tells Billboard.com that he and guitarist…

  9. Lady Antebellum: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 26, 2011 11:50 AM EDT The members of From its beginning the trio has been active on social media. All three members post messages to their nearly half a million Twitter followers and 5.6 million Facebook followers -- the fourth-most for a country act behind Taylor Swift , Johnny Cash and Carrie Underwood . The…

  10. Ask Billboard: Whistlers Smother The Hot 100's 10

    August 19, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHISTLERS SMOTHER…

  11. Memorial Service Held for Victims of Indiana State Fair Tragedy

    August 15, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told hundreds of people who gathered Monday for a service to remember five people killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair that the tragedy has broken the hearts of the state's residents. Daniels said Saturday's stage collapse as high winds…

  12. David Guetta: Inside His Latest Hit Parade, 'Nothing But the Beat'

    August 15, 2011 11:30 AM EDT He's an international networker whose musical openness and megawatt personality have made him a magnet for established artists seeking a brand-new sound. He's the studio savant who parlayed that trust and collaboration into career--defining anthems, in the process redefining the…

  13. Video: Pete Wentz & Black Cards Talk New Sound, Album

    August 06, 2011 4:59 PM EDT "That was my helicopter coming in to take me to my set," Pete Wentz joked after spotting a chopper flying overhead as he sat down on Billboard's coach for a quick chat before Black Cards ' afternoon set yesterday (Aug. 5). After taking a leak behind our tent (rather than…

  14. Inside Turntable.fm: Social Networking Meets Internet Radio

    July 15, 2011 2:00 PM EDT A strange thing happened on the way to the latest digital music revolution. Turntable.fm's popularity and ease of use raise an inevitable question faced by all music startups without licensing deals: Is it legal? Although the site differs from Pandora and other Internet radio services,…

  15. Spotify Finally Launches in the U.S.

    July 14, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Spotify is finally available for U.S. consumers, ending well over a year of anticipation that a deal with all four U.S. major labels was imminent. A deal with Warner Music Group was finalized Wednesday, according to sources and reports. The company brought on some premium brands for its U.S.…

  16. Born in the U.S.A.: Top Artists by State, Readers Respond

    July 06, 2011 4:05 PM EDT As you hopefully celebrated July 4th with friends, family, food (up-close) and fireworks (from a safe distance), Chart Beat considered the musical artists most associated with each U.S. state . Billy Joel , for example, represented New York; Ray Charles , Georgia; and, the Beach Boys ,…

  17. Clemons' Death Leaves Void for Springsteen

    June 19, 2011 1:14 PM EDT E Street will never be quite the same. The death of saxophone player Clarence Clemons ripped a hole in Bruce Springsteen 's music and onstage life, taking away a figure who had served him loyally for decades and never failed to add joy to the E Street Band's epic performances.…

  18. Bonnaroo 2011: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    June 13, 2011 10:54 AM EDT Bonnaroo 2011 came down from its Saturday high with an epic Widespread Panic set, a subdued Strokes one and an abbreviated one by Dallas Mavericks fans Explosions in the Sky. Offstage, fans led dance circles, chipped in for Neon Trees and snatched up merch and artist-tossed banana peels. Here…

  19. Black Country Communion 'Went from a Side Project to a Band,' Says Bonham

    June 09, 2011 2:22 PM EDT It's almost unheard of for any band these days to release two albums just nine months apart, but Glenn Hughes says that's one of the things that makes Black Country Communion "a freak of nature." "I've never been in a situation in a band before that's like…

  20. Google Remembers Les Paul with Guitar Doodle

    June 09, 2011 12:59 PM EDT Thursday's Google logo honors guitar legend Les Paul , who passed away in 2009 and would have turned 96 this year. The commemorative logo -- called a Google doodle -- is actually an interactive stringed instrument that somewhat resembles a guitar. A visitor can pluck one of the ten…

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