1. Van Dyke Parks Takes Artful Approach on First Solo Album in Decades

    July 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT On "Songs Cycled," acclaimed composer enlists artists Art Spiegelman, Klaus Voorman and others The artwork inside the booklet for Van Dyke Parks' first solo album in 20 years is as important as the music itself, the songwriter-composer arranger says. With contributions from…

  2. 9 Things We Can’t Wait to See at the TomorrowLand Festival

    July 19, 2013 5:19 PM EDT CODE’s going to Belgium next week for TomorrowLand, arguably the world’s favorite dance festival and definitely its most international one. Dance fans from 214 countries come to the town of Boom to dance, camp and party for three days, in a fantastical setting. Fitting its fairytale theme,…

  3. Ultra Music Festival Weekend 1, Day 1: 10 Things Seen and Heard

    March 16, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Afrojack loses power, Swedish House Mafia heads toward its finale, AraabMUZIK and BoysNoize draw crowds As South by Southwest wraps up in Austin, Miami Music Week is just getting underway. Kicking off the festivities is Ultra Music Festival, now in its 15 th year but celebrating its first…

  4. Trance DJ Armin van Buuren Sells Out Madison Square Garden

    January 23, 2013 9:05 PM EST The Dutch artist is second EDM act to fill the world-famous arena. Welcome to the club, Armin van Buuren. The Dutch trance DJ/producer joined an exclusive fraternity today, becoming the second EDM act ever to sell out Madison Square Garden. And he did it in under an hour. (Swedish House Mafia…

  5. Sammy Kershaw Fast-Tracks His Second Christmas Album

    November 18, 2012 8:00 AM EST Sammy Kershaw is no stranger to the world of holiday music. The country music favorite's 1994 platter "Christmas Time's A Comin'" (which featured the classic "Daddy Stuff") remains a favorite. Kershaw has just released a second Yuletide-themed collection, …

  6. Van Dyke Parks, 'SMiLE' Collaborator, Aims to 'Agitate' With Solo Music

    May 08, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Van Dyke Parks' mantra these days is "My greatest victories are ahead of me, not behind." And that's saying something considering the musical track record the composer, arranger, producer and lyricist has amassed to this point. Roman Cho Probably best known as Brian Wilson…

  7. Fashion Week Kicks Off: 10 Songs We Want to Hear on the Runway

    February 08, 2012 3:30 PM EST As New York Fashion Week kicks off today (Feb. 8), designers are making sure their fall/winter 2012 collections are just so, and that their runway shows have all the finishing touches. One crucial flourish: the runway playlist. Here are our picks for ten hot tracks we want to hear on the…

  8. The Scorpions Raiding Archives Before Final Farewell

    January 31, 2012 5:20 PM EST Rudolf Schenker says we will not have heard the last of the Scorpions even after the German headbangers finally complete their farewell tour later this year or in early 2013. "We have a library in our warehouse where we have a lot of old songs, especially from the days where you had only…

  9. Antoine Dodson, YouTube Stars Team for 'Rick Roll' Movie

    February 25, 2011 9:20 AM EST A collection of Internet stars from Antoine Dodson to the Double Rainbow Guy are making a movie. Producer Andrew Fischer has gathered more than a half-dozen YouTube stars for "The Chronicles of Rick Roll." He is shooting the film and has released a trailer online. The 26-year-old…

  10. 'American Idol' Top 24 Revealed

    February 24, 2011 11:56 PM EST "American Idol" season 10 finally has its top 24. After weeks of auditions and a drama-filled Hollywood round, judges Steven Tyler , Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson unveiled the two dozen finalists who will face off for fans' votes starting next week, adding 19 more future…

  11. Ask Billboard: Who Could Break "Glee"'s Record?

    February 18, 2011 6:45 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. WHO COULD BREAK …

  12. 'American Idol' Top 5 Hollywood Auditions, from Casey Abrams to Ashton Jones

    February 17, 2011 11:16 PM EST After a drama-filled group round last night in "Hollywood," the remaining "American Idol" hopefuls were narrowed down from 100 to 60 with their final solo auditions. It was a solid night all around, with Casey Abrams and John Wayne Schulz cementing their frontrunner status…

  13. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears' '3' Decades of No. 1s

    February 11, 2011 7:25 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. BRITNEY SPEARS&…

  14. Ask Billboard: You Can't Say That On Radio

    February 04, 2011 1:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. YOU CAN'T…

  15. 'American Idol' Top 5 Austin Auditions, from Casey Abrams to Janelle Arthur

    February 03, 2011 9:00 AM EST S teven Tyler , Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson were able to uncover a slew of talented singers -- some single, others paired with their significant other -- when "American Idol" headed to Austin on Wednesday night (Feb. 2). Country music was the predominant genre of the night,…

  16. 'American Idol' Hopeful John Wayne Schulz Released Album As a Teen

    February 02, 2011 10:27 PM EST If cowboy, country singer and "American Idol" hopeful John Wayne Schulz appeared comfortable during his Austin audition that aired Tuesday night (Feb. 2), there's a good reason -- the 23-year-old released an album by the time he was 14 years old. The ten-track set, titled "…

  17. 'American Idol' Hits Austin, John Wayne Schulz & Janelle Arthur Bring Country Charm

    February 02, 2011 9:15 PM EST "American Idol" headed to Austin, Texas for Wednesday night's (Feb. 2) episode, and the show's third-ever trip to the city paid off, with 50 hopefuls getting tickets to Hollywood and contestants John Wayne Schulz and Janelle Arthur bringing their country charm. Schulz, a…

  18. Michael Jackson No. 1 on Forbes' Top-Earning Dead Celebrities

    October 25, 2010 4:37 PM EDT M ichael Jackson's sudden death sparked an outpouring of grief around the world, but fans also opened their wallets to make him this year's top-earning dead celebrity with $275 million, Forbes said on Monday. Jackson raked in more than the combined total of the other 12 celebrities…

  19. Holy Fuck, "Latin"

    June 04, 2010 3:49 PM EDT With a brand of electronica that's almost as aggressive as its moniker, Holy Fuck is definitely not for music fans with delicate sensibilities. The Toronto-based collective goes all out on its third album, "Latin," which features lead members Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh&…

  20. Yoko Ono Brings Eric Clapton, Bette Midler, Sean Lennon To Rare Brooklyn Gig

    February 17, 2010 9:54 AM EST Y oko Ono revived the Plastic Ono Band for a concert on Tuesday night that was part tribute, part vanity project and all irresistible fun. The show belonged as much to her son Sean Lennon , 34, as to Ono, 76. Looking and sounding like his famous father, Sean Lennon pulled together an all-star…

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