1. 615 Spotlight: Rachel Holder Stands Out With 'In Your Arms,' Lady Gaga Cover

    June 13, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with singer Rachel Holder, and you will indeed be charmed by the wide-eyed innocence and stunning vocal range of the East Tennessee native. She recalls a night where she showed just what nerve she had -- much to her parent's surprise. "I was at a Vince Gill…

  2. JD Fortune Talks INXS Exit, New Band

    June 13, 2012 1:05 PM EDT "I had no idea I had left INXS the second time to be honest with you" JD Fortune, who was unceremoniously dropped from INXS last August for yet another new singer, discovered his photo being used to sell tickets to the Australian institution's homeland tour, which begins this…

  3. Justin Bieber: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 11, 2012 3:25 PM EDT The first time we meet, on the set for his Billboard cover shoot, Justin Bieber accidentally moonwalks, Michael Jackson-style, right back into me. It's a moment of youthful spontaneity that at once confirms he's not kidding around about his King of Pop obsession and inadvertently…

  4. Beck Releases New Single With Jack White

    May 30, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Teaming up with Jack White, Beck released the menacing country number "I Just Started Hating Some People Today" on Third Man Records this week. The song skirts the line between a range of styles, including punk (with White supplying screaming vocals), smooth funk, and country. It is…

  5. Slash Raves About Myles Kennedy, Says 'Lie' Almost Didn't Happen

    May 21, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Who needs multiple singers when you've got Myles Kennedy? Slash's new album, "Apocalyptic Love" (out May 22), only employs the one singer unlike the self-titled rock album the guitarist released in 2010 which features an assorted bunch: Lemmy, Fergie, Ian Astbury, Ozzy…

  6. Ask Billboard: Madonna: the Material 'Woman'?

    May 07, 2012 12:15 PM EDT 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. THE MATERIAL GIRL …

  7. Bobby Vee Has Alzheimer's Disease

    May 01, 2012 3:40 PM EDT Former 1960s teen pop idol Bobby Vee says he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The 69-year-old, born Robert Velline in Fargo, N.D., says on his website that he was diagnosed last year. "Needless to say it was a moment that stunned my family and myself to the core,"…

  8. Slash Q&A: 'Cathartic' New Band, Guitar Lessons and Hall of Fame 'Bias'

    April 12, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Before Axl Dropped Out, We Talked to Slash: "You get inducted into the Hall of Fame and then the next day life goes on" Slash's new album, "Apocalyptic Love," doesn't come out until May 22, but in part 1 of this interview with the iconic guitarist he talks a…

  9. Juno Awards: Feist, Michael Buble Win Big in Canada

    April 02, 2012 10:30 AM EDT A Christmas album by Michael Bublé took home Album of the Year; Hedley broke its Susan Lucci losing streak; Martin Solveig & Dragonette's "Hello" beat Deadmau5 for Dance Recording; Feist was named Artist of the Year; Canadian's beloved Blue Rodeo were inducted into the…

  10. Road to 'Church' a Painful One for Lost in the Trees

    March 17, 2012 11:00 PM EDT Austin's public radio station provides a platform for select artists during the music festival, presenting four hourlong sets each day between Wednesday and Saturday. It's great for exposure, but it also means rising early -- ridiculously early -- for bands like Lost in the Trees,…

  11. Jack White Gives Career Retrospective at Third Man SXSW Show

    March 17, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Karen Elson surely knew the answer when she asked her audience Friday night at the Stage on Sixth: "Are you ready for Jack?" The night was dedicated to Jack White's Third Man Records label, but as his ex-wife plainly knew, he was the star of the show and the reason a line of…

  12. Gary Clark Jr. & Ed Sheeran Rock Warner's SXSW Bash

    March 15, 2012 1:00 PM EDT If diversity remains one of South By Southwest's credos, you didn't have to look further than the second night of the Warner Music Group's The Warner Sound residency on Wednesday at La Zona Rosa. Recalling old-school SXSW showcases, the seven-act affair hopped through a…

  13. Madonna's Free Pass for Quebec Concert Site Draws Controversy

    March 14, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Officials for Quebec City's historic Plains of Abraham has relaxed its rule about for-profit concerts on the park grounds and made an exception for Madonna . Live Nation Entertainment will present her concert September 1, and according to the Globe and Mail , the National Battlefields…

  14. Dee Cernile of Sven Gali Dead at 46

    February 27, 2012 3:45 PM EST Dee Cernile, guitarist for gold-selling 90s hard rock band Sven Gali, died Feb. 25 after battling lung cancer. He was 46. On his personal Facebook page - now filled with messages of memories and condolences from many members of the Canadian music industry - was this message: "After such…

  15. Sex Pistols Ink Record Deal With Universal

    February 27, 2012 10:05 AM EST The Sex Pistols have signed a record deal with Universal, according to the BBC . An "expanded and repackaged edition" of the band's Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols album will be released later this year. Universal said the release will tie in with the…

  16. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  17. 20 Rockin' Commercials You've Never Seen

    January 30, 2012 8:00 AM EST While we all gather 'round the television in the name of football for this Super Bowl Sunday, there's one part of the broadcast that's just as memorable as the game itself: the commercials. Last year's Bowl saw its fair share of memorable musical ads , from a claymation…

  18. Dierks Bentley Returns 'Home' to Country

    January 21, 2012 9:00 AM EST When Dierks Bentley steps onstage at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 2 to launch his new album, "Home," the show may feel like a walk down memory lane. "I played gigs on Lower Broadway for a number of years. I'd walk by the building at three o'clock in the…

  19. Aretha Franklin's Wedding Wish List: Hamptons, Vera Wang & Smokey Robinson

    January 05, 2012 11:20 AM EST Legendary Singer Says Summer Nuptials Now that the Queen of Soul has found her king, she's focusing on all the key details of her upcoming nuptials, including the place, the entertainment and, most important, the dress. "You know I am very hands-on. There is no way in the world…

  20. Fred Milano of Dion & the Belmonts Dies

    January 03, 2012 4:30 PM EST Sang on 'A Teenager in Love' & 'Where or When' for the Doo-Wop Group Fred Milano, who made rock and roll history on doo-wop hits with Dion and the Belmonts in the 1950s and continued to perform while starting a late-in-life career with the New York City Department of…

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