1. Sounds Like This, Again: Eric Hutchinson

    January 12, 2009 11:42 AM EST Eric Hutchinson's pop-rock set "Sounds Like This" (Warner Bros.) can be found in the most recent Heatseeker's chart, but the story behind the album goes much further back than that. The 28-year-old songwriter released his first EP, "That Could've Gone Better,…

  2. Kara DioGuardi Drops 'American Idol' Hints

    January 08, 2009 6:03 PM EST She's the new kid on the block, but she's ready for the spotlight. The newest judge on "American Idol," songwriter-producer Kara DioGuardi, gave reporters a preview of what to expect during the eighth season of the show, which debuts Jan. 13 on Fox. 1. She's keeping…

  3. Live Nation Launches Ticketing Company

    January 08, 2009 2:39 PM EST Live Nation Ticketing is live. The bulk of the world's largest promoter's 10-year contract with Ticketmaster has expired and the company has now launched its in-house ticketing company. "Anytime you have a major rollout, you hold your breath and hope there are no major glitches…

  4. Stooges Guitarist Ron Asheton Dead At 60

    January 06, 2009 10:32 AM EST Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead this morning (Jan. 6) at his home in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to local police. He was 60. Ann Arbor Detective Bill Stanford tells Billboard.com that police were called to Asheton's house early this morning by Dara Hytinen, his personal…

  5. Lance Bass Hopeful For 'N Sync Reunion

    January 05, 2009 1:15 PM EST He may be dancing with the stars this winter, but Lance Bass says he can foresee an 'N Sync reunion somewhere down the road. "I mean, I hope so," says Bass, who's on the road as part of the "Dancing With the Stars" live tour after finishing third in the ABC…

  6. Artist Of The Year: Chris Brown

    December 30, 2008 11:21 AM EST "Chris is just coming out of the shower, so we'll call you back in a couple of minutes." There's no doubt that many young females (as well as older ones, as you'll read below) would give anything to hear Chris Brown's assistant say those words. Bursting out of…

  7. Brutha Hears The Music

    December 29, 2008 2:38 PM EST The Harrell brothers say their father was a strict disciplinarian, but being raised with a hard hand has apparently paid off. The R&B quintet, now known as Brutha, signed to Island Def Jam/Good Fellas Entertainment in 2007 and the lead single, "I Can't Hear The Music,"…

  8. Alexandra Burke Is 'X Factor' On U.K. Charts

    December 22, 2008 10:32 AM EST "X Factor" winner Alexandra Burke had her U.K. Christmas No. 1 single confirmed yesterday (Dec. 21), as her version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) debuted at the top with sales of 576,000 units to become the fastest-selling single by a…

  9. Barenaked Ladies Assembling Boxed Set

    December 19, 2008 12:12 PM EST After a tumultuous year, particularly for its two lead singers, Barenaked Ladies are understandably "looking forward to seeing the ass end of 2008," according to drummer Tyler Stewart -- and to a 2009 in which the Canadian quintet will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a boxed set…

  10. U2 Looks Toward New 'Horizon'

    December 18, 2008 2:52 PM EST U2's twelfth studio album, "No Line on the Horizon," will arrive March 3 from Interscope. A track list for the set, which was produced by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, has not been announced. Following sessions in Fez, Dublin and New York, "No Line on the…

  11. Simon Says: Five Hints About 'Idol' '09

    December 17, 2008 2:03 PM EST In a conference call with reporters this morning (Dec. 17), surly-as-ever "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell revealed some highlights for the forthcoming eighth season of the show, which begins Jan. 13 on Fox. And don't worry Paula -- he also said he'll continue to pester…

  12. Rock Veterans Sign On For Fantasy Camp

    December 16, 2008 2:01 PM EST Former and present members of Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Yes, Kiss, the Stray Cats, Grand Funk Railroad and Alice Cooper's and Paul McCartney's bands will take part in next year's Hollywood edition of Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp, which will take place April 29…

  13. Jazz Fest Turns 40 With Star-Packed Bill

    December 16, 2008 11:21 AM EST The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this spring with a star-studded lineup featuring Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, James Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Kings Of Leon, Tony Bennett, the Neville Brothers and Sugarland. The event will be held…

  14. Straight No Chaser

    December 15, 2008 6:09 PM EST Straight No Chaser have one noble goal in mind: Eschew the hackneyed, and convert even the most stubborn of unbelievers. This 10-man a cappella group is eager to redefine a genre they consider traditionally misunderstood and may do so with their Christmas album "Holiday Spirits,"…

  15. Coldplay Responds To Satriani Lawsuit

    December 09, 2008 3:17 PM EST Coldplay has responded to Joe Satriani's copyright infringement lawsuit over its song "Viva La Vida," which he claims contains" substantial, original portions" of his 2004 track "If I Could Fly." "If there are any similarities between our two pieces of…

  16. This Day in Music

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood perform a holiday show at the Palace at Auburn Hills (Mich.) to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The Country Cares concert is presented by Detroit 2005 - Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood perform a holiday show at the…

  17. The Billboard Q&A: Rivers Cuomo

    December 05, 2008 1:06 PM EST A Jermaine Dupri song about partying excessively seems a far cry from a Brian Wilson song about sweetly loving a girl. The tie that binds these polar opposites of pop music is the ever-eccentric Rivers Cuomo. As the frontman for Weezer, Cuomo has sang wistfully about time spent alone in the…

  18. Joe Satriani Sues Coldplay For Plagiarism

    December 05, 2008 10:08 AM EST Rock guitarist Joe Satriani has sued British band Coldplay, accusing the Grammy-nominated stars of plagiarizing one of his songs. Satriani's copyright infringement suit, filed yesterday (Dec. 4) in Los Angeles federal court, claims the Coldplay song "Viva La Vida" incorporates …

  19. Fall Out Boy / Dec. 3, 2008 / St. Louis (Creepy Crawl)

    December 04, 2008 3:06 PM EST Before Fall Out Boy soared into the consciousness of the mainstream music world and Pete Wentz became a tabloid fixture, the Chicago-based band cut its teeth in dingy Midwestern clubs. Now, well-versed in pop superstardom and with a new album in the wings, the band returned to St. Louis…

  20. Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Already on track to have the best-selling album of 2008, rapper Lil Wayne leads the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with eight, including album of the year and best rap album for "Tha Carter III," best rap song for "Lollipop" and best rap/sung collaboration…

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