1. The 5 Worst (And Best) Ad Songs

    May 29, 2009 1:07 PM EDT The right song can help a product shine - but the wrong one can hit an off note Billboard consulted with a six-person panel of experts in advertising and branding to determine our list of the best five songs in commercials - and five that made viewers reach for their remotes. The Panel of…

  2. Violent Femmes Embroiled In Inter-Band Lawsuit

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fresh off their latest tour, the Violent Femmes are headed for a surprise gig in federal court. Bassist Brian Ritchie sued lead vocalist Gordon Gano yesterday (Aug. 15), saying he was deprived of cred Fresh off their latest tour, the Violent Femmes are headed for a surprise gig in federal…

  3. The National, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / Sept. 23, 2005 / Chicago (Schuba's)

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Friday night, the National played two shows at Schuba's, one of Chicago's cozier and more inviting clubs. The first, featuring Talkdemonic opening, failed to immediately sell out. The second, featurin There's a difference between buzz and hype. Buzz is an honest excitement…

  4. TunesOnTV

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Sept. 20-26, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, SEPT. 20 "Live with Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Lil' Romeo (also scheduled: Melina Kanakaredes, Miss America). "The Late Show With David Letterman,"…

  5. Billboard Bits: NBC, Justin Timberlake, TMBG

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on NBC, Justin Timberlake, TMBG NBC's 2003-2004 season schedule will include new concert specials from Elton John, Shania Twain, and Harry Connick Jr., Billboard reports in the May 31 issue. The telecasts are still untitled; dates and times are to be determined. John's one-hour…

  6. Frank Black & The Catholics Double Up

    October 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. A decade ago, Charles Thompson, aka Frank Black, was opening for U2 on the Zoo TV tour as Black Francis, the abrasively creative guitar-playing frontman of the Pixies. Success was smiling on Thompson and his critically lauded band; Kurt Cobain…

  7. Violent Femmes

    July 13, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Whether they like it or not, the careers of many bands are defined by their debut albums. Violent Femmes are such a band. Whether they like it or not, the careers of many bands are defined by their debut albums. Violent Femmes are such a band. The trio's 19-year-old eponymous debut is…

  8. Billboard Bits: White Stripes/Strokes, Gordon Gano, Wire

    June 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on White Stripes/Strokes, Gordon Gano, Wire Up-and-coming rock outfits the White Stripes and the Strokes are teaming for a spate of shows in their respective hometowns, Detroit and New York. An Aug. 9 show at Detroit's Chene Park will see the White Stripes headline, while an Aug. 15…

  9. Deluxe Femmes Reissue Adds 26 Tracks

    May 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The Violent Femmes' classic self-titled debut album will be reissued nearly 20 years after it was recorded as a double-disc, 36-track deluxe edition. Due June 18 from Slash Records/Rhino Entertainment The Violent Femmes' classic self-titled debut album will be reissued nearly 20…

  10. Hot Product

    September 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Bob Dylan, Jay-Z, Jamiroquai, Stone Gossard, P.O.D., John Hiatt, and more. 'Love' Everlasting Few '60s icons still inspire the sort of anticipation that is rife for the Columbia follow-up to Bob Dylan's latter-day high-water mark, 1997's…