1. Playlist: The Sounds of Portland, Oregon

    February 14, 2011 3:00 PM EST Billboard music editor and Portland native Cortney Harding picks songs and videos by her ten favorite Portland bands. She's so "Portland" that she'll argue that Everclear weren't really a Portland band, and will point you to a Willamette Week cover story from the mid…

  2. Decemberists' 'King Is Dead' Is No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 26, 2011 11:00 AM EST T he Decemberists claim their first No. 1 album as "The King Is Dead" debuts atop the Billboard 200 with a career-high 94,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That easily beats its initial first week estimate of around 70,000. The Decemberists Folk Around on…

  3. Yo La Tengo, Pete Rock, Greg Dulli Kick Off CMJ 2010 in New York

    October 20, 2010 12:49 PM EDT The CMJ (College Music Journal) festival and conference kicked off Tuesday night (Oct. 19) with an especially wide-ranging lineup of shows, from indie rock stalwarts Yo La Tengo at Brooklyn Bowl and Greg Dulli at Bowery Ballroom to hip-hop veterans Pete Rock and Jean Grae at Le Poisson Rouge…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Kenny Chesney, Phil Collins

    October 07, 2010 4:35 PM EDT LIMA LEAPFROGS LIVERPOOL: As previously reported , the "Glee" cast swells its total to 75 Billboard Hot 100 chart entries, passing the Beatles for most visits to the survey among non-solo acts. The ensemble that portrays the show choir at Lima, Ohio's McKinley High trails only…

  5. 'House' Star Hugh Laurie Recording Blues Album

    July 28, 2010 9:30 AM EDT British actor and U.S. TV star Hugh Laurie has signed a deal with Warner Music Entertainment (WME) to release a New Orleans-flavored blues album. Laurie, the five-time Emmy winning star of Fox's hit medical drama series "House," will enter the studio this summer to record the…

  6. Michael Franti Pushes Up 'Sound of Sunshine' Release

    July 26, 2010 9:02 AM EDT Thirteen years later, Michael Franti is right back where he started. After releasing several independent albums, the barefoot troubadour and band Spearhead are now signed to Capitol -- the major the act left in 1997 after releasing two albums. "I guess it goes to show you, don't…

  7. TV On The Radio: Before There Was 'Glee' ...

    April 27, 2010 2:35 PM EDT As far as we know, the only class taught at William McKinley High School is Spanish. Between show choir, cheerleading and football practice (and the occasional slushie in the face), there's not much time for other subjects. A quick history lesson, then, as the success of the "Glee…

  8. Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal Up For Ivor Novello Awards

    April 20, 2010 10:16 AM EDT U.K. pop act Lily Allen and rapper Dizzee Rascal have each scored two nominations for the 55th Ivor Novello Awards. The award for British songwriters and composers take place at London's Grosvenor House on May 20. Allen and co-writer Greg Kurstin are nominated for best song musically and…

  9. Bo Bice Exhibits 'Different Shades' On New Album

    March 15, 2010 8:15 AM EDT Fans will get a chance to hear "the organic Bo Bice " when the 2005 "American Idol" runner-up releases his next album, "3," on May 18. Bice tells Billboard.com that the new set is "somewhere right in the middle" of the polished pop sound of his post-…

  10. Corinne Bailey Rae: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 11, 2010 4:37 PM EST Almost as quickly as she showed up, Corinne Bailey Rae has disappeared. The U.K. singer/songwriter just finished a highly abbreviated set at the 150-capacity Joe's Pub -- one of two New York gigs in early December, and her first live dates here since 2007 -- and the standing-room-only…

  11. Chart Beat Thursday: Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw Linked Again

    October 29, 2009 4:35 PM EDT LEAVING? NOT SO, SWIFT: Few weeks go by in which Taylor Swift doesn't occupy space in Chart Beat. She has, after all, consistently authored achievements since her arrival in 2006. Absolutely no weeks, however, have passed since Nov. 11, 2006, that Swift's debut album did not grace…

  12. Exclusive: How Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Changed The Music Business

    July 03, 2009 1:12 PM EDT In early 1984, when Epic Records executives presented their slate of upcoming releases at the CBS Records convention in Hawaii, they couldn't resist playing up the success they were already having. So between the pitches for new albums, Epic inserted stock footage of semi trucks and a…

  13. New Tower Of Power CD Revisits Classic Soul

    January 12, 2009 4:45 PM EST Tower of Power turned 40 in 2008, but the group is commemorating the anniversary with two special releases -- an album and DVD -- in the new year. The venerable R&B/rock outfit expects to release "The Great American Soulbook" during the first quarter of 2009 on its own Tower of…

  14. Chart Beat Chat

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Babyface, Diana Ross, "American Idol" and more! SHOULD BABYFACE TAKE A BOW? In your most recent Chart Beat column, you state, "Babyface's remake of James Taylor's 'Fire and Rain' on the Mercury label climbs 12-10, equaling the…

  15. Tunes On TV

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on television for the week of September 24- 30. MONDAY, Sept. 24 "Today," NBC Featured Artist(s): Jamie Foxx, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti. "Larry King Live," CNN Featured Artist(s): Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, Faith Hill, Britney Spears, Kevin Federline. "The…

  16. Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire Heat Up Coachella Day Two

    April 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT On a day when the mercury soared past 100 degrees, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Arcade Fire and Kings Of Leon provided extra heat at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. T On a day when the mercury soared past 100 degrees, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Arcade…

  17. Billboard Bits: Kaiser Chiefs, Sekou Bunch, Mary Weiss

    December 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Kaiser Chiefs will tour North America this spring on a jaunt sponsored by U.K. music magazine NME. It will get underway April 13 in New York and also visit Toronto (April 18), Chicago (April 20) and S Kaiser Chiefs will tour North America this spring on a jaunt sponsored by U.K. music…

  18. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss long single-word titles, Beyonce, Take That and more! WORD UP Fred: Call out the "Ghostbusters!" Beyonce doesn't seem to have any "Superstition" about the number 13 because the 13-letter "Irreplaceable" breaks a six-way tie for…

  19. 45OnTV

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 6-12, 2006. MONDAY, NOV. 6 "Imus in the Morning," MSNBC Featured artist(s): Delbert McClinton. "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist(s): Sugarland, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora (also scheduled: Russell Crowe, Sam Champion. "…

  20. 36OnTV

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Sept. 4-11, 2006. MONDAY, SEPT. 4 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist(s): The Cheetah Girls, Michael Bolton (also scheduled: Dikembe Mutombo). "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist(s): Justin Timberlake. …

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