1. Iris DeMent to 'Sing the Delta,' First New Music in 16 Years

    June 28, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Exclusive First Listen: Hear the Title Song ... Album Art & Tracklisting Iris DeMent will close out a 16-year gap since her last album of originals on October 2, when "Sing the Delta" is released on the acclaimed folk singer's Flariella label. DeMent tells Billboard she&…

  2. Lily Allen Recording New Music

    June 21, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Since the 2009 debut of her sophomore album, U.K. songstress Lily Allen has taken a break from music, gotten married, become a mother, and opened a clothing store. Rumors that Allen was recording in London's RAK Studios began circulating in April, but the singer has now confirmed that…

  3. Pink Announces 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss)' Single, New Album

    June 19, 2012 8:09 PM EDT Pink will return with single "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," the singer announced in a video on Tuesday. "It's very exciting," she said, revealing she co-wrote the provocatively titled track with producer Greg Kurstin ( the Bird and the Bee , Kelly Clarkson ). "I…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Phillip Phillips, Aerosmith, Rihanna

    June 01, 2012 9:05 PM EDT Phillips' 'Home' is the 30th song by an 'American Idol' graduate to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10. As his "Home" debuts at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 , 2012 "American Idol" victor Phillip Phillips becomes the series' 13th…

  5. 3 Doors Down Guitarist Leaves Band

    May 23, 2012 9:51 PM EDT Doors Down says on its website that founding member and guitarist Matt Roberts has left the rock band because of health problems. The statement Wednesday says Roberts has problems with blood circulation and other health issues. It calls the split amicable. Roberts grew up with bassist Todd…

  6. John Mayer, 'Born and Raised': Track-By-Track Review

    May 22, 2012 11:15 AM EDT John Mayer 's mouth has gotten him in all sorts of trouble over the years. His music? Not so much. "Born and Raised," Mayer's fifth studio album, follows four successful full-lengths, all of which have reached the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. Sadly, "Born and Raised…

  7. Wiggled Out: Purple, Red & Yellow Wiggles Leaving Group

    May 17, 2012 10:35 AM EDT 'It's Been a Great Ride In Our Big Red Car,' Founding Members Say Three founding members of the Australian group today announced they'd leave behind their famous colored skivvies -- an Aussie term for a thin sweater -- and pass them on to the next generation by year's…

  8. Greg Ham: No Foul Play in Death of Men at Work Instrumentalist

    April 20, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Australian police have ruled out foul play in the death of Men At Work's Greg Ham, whose body was found Thursday at his Melbourne home. He was 58. Ham's body was discovered by friends who checked in on him. The state of Victoria's Homicide Squad subsequently started an…

  9. Marina and The Diamonds Answers Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend': Watch

    April 19, 2012 10:50 PM EDT It's easy to imagine Justin Bieber singing to girlfriend Selena Gomez in his steamy new single "Boyfriend." But Marina and The Diamonds have put a completely different spin on his track, turning The Bieb's latest into a dark, acoustic lament. In her answer to "…

  10. Men at Work's Greg Ham Found Dead

    April 19, 2012 7:35 AM EDT Multi-Instrumentalist Was Best Known for Playing Controversial Flute Riff in 'Down Under' Greg Ham, a musician with the iconic Australian band Men at Work, was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday, Australian reports said. Victoria state police confirmed that the deceased…

  11. Bound for Glory: Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert an Inspired Tribute

    April 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT The Woody Guthrie centennial celebration landed in Los Angeles for a weekend of scholarly discussions and a sold-out, 3-1/2 hour concert that ended with a most unlikely sight -- more than 2,000 people pogo-ing while singing Guthrie's best-known song, "This Land is Your Land."…

  12. Another Emerson, Lake & Palmer Reunion? Greg Lake Says Probably Not

    April 11, 2012 12:30 PM EDT 'Working with the band was a little difficult,' Lake says of 2010 reunion Prog rock fans are still buzzing about Emerson, Lake & Palmer 's reunion for the 2010 High Voltage Festival, the trio's first show together since 1998. But even with a new catalog reissue deal…

  13. Album Review: The All-American Rejects, 'Kids in the Street'

    April 04, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The All-American Rejects "Kids in the Street" Producer: Greg Wells Interscope Records Release Date: March 26 It's easy to understand why the title track of the All-American Rejects' fourth studio album, "Kids in the Street," pines for simpler times -- the rest of…

  14. All-American Rejects Singer Escapes L.A.: 'It Was Destructive'

    March 27, 2012 1:15 PM EDT "Kids in the Street," the All-American Rejects' new album, is the result of frontman Tyson Ritter's "lost weekend" that led him "far out in every aspect to make this record." "Self-discovery is such an important thing," Ritter tells Billboard…

  15. Neon Hitch Shows Who's 'Betta' with First No. 1 Solo Hit

    March 16, 2012 4:00 PM EDT After scoring a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as a guest vocalist on Gym Class Heroes ' "Ass Back Home" (which has climbed as high as No. 12 and is now No. 16), British singer/songwriter Neon Hitch notched her first No. 1 as a solo artist last week when her debut single, …

  16. Watch Katy Perry Play An Ugly Prison Guard on 'Raising Hope'

    March 07, 2012 2:35 PM EST Katy Perry 's "Teenage Dream" loveliness was turned into a nightmare during her guest appearance on Fox sitcom "Raising Hope" on Tuesday night (Mar. 6). The pop superstar played Rikki, a frizzy-haired, slightly-mustachioed prison guard who humiliates Sabrina (Shannon…

  17. Track Review: John Mayer, 'Shadow Days'

    March 06, 2012 1:00 PM EST JOHN MAYER "Shadow Days" (3:53) Producers: Don Was and John Mayer Writers: John Mayer Publishers: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP), Specific Harm Music (ASCAP) Columbia When John Mayer begins the second verse of his new single with the declaration, "I ain't no troublemaker, and…

  18. Afghan Whigs, Louis C.K. to Play ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror Fest

    February 24, 2012 11:15 AM EST The I'll Be Your Mirror event hosted by All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) is returning to Asbury Park, NJ in September, with The Afghan Whigs, Louis C.K. and The Roots among the confirmed acts. Co-curated by ATP and Greg Dulli of the reformed Whigs, I'll Be Your Mirror USA 2012…

  19. Tyga's Album's First Week at Retail Disrupted by Uncleared MLK Sample

    February 23, 2012 6:20 PM EST Tyga trumpeted Tuesday's release date for his long-awaited Young Money/Universal debut, "Careless World," for weeks. The album's title has come to mean more than the MC probably intended: While the LP did officially drop on that date, an uncleared sample meant that it didn…

  20. Katy Perry to Guest on 'Raising Hope'

    February 22, 2012 2:50 PM EST Fox's "Raising Hope" will arrive into its new time slot with a touch of fireworks. The Greg Garcia comedy has booked pop star Katy Perry for a guest turn, the network announced Wednesday. The "Firework" singer will appear in the March 6 episode as Rikki, a prison…

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