1. R. Kelly, 'Write Me Back': Track-By-Track Review

    June 26, 2012 12:40 PM EDT R. Kelly is a man of many skills -- all of which he stretches on his 11th studio album, "Write Me Back." R. Kelly, who wrote and produced all but two songs, colors in his 12-track set with influences from nostalgic old-school soundscapes. Kellz' signature impelling vocals sheen…

  2. String Cheese Incident End 'Wait' for New Music: Exclusive Premiere

    June 21, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Watch Video & Listen to "Can't Wait Another Day" ... Band Talks New Songs, Tour String Cheese Incident ends a seven-year wait for fresh recorded material with a new single, "Can't Wait Another Day." And there's more on the way, according to keyboardist…

  3. Adam Lambert Snags First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 23, 2012 11:00 AM EDT For the first time, one "American Idol" replaces another at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as Adam Lambert 's "Trespassing" debuts atop the list with 77,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. His arrival bumps last week's leader, Carrie Underwood 's …

  4. Randy Travis Talks Don Henley Collab, Marvels at Carrie Underwood's Voice

    May 22, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Country Legend Pairs With Eagles Icon for New Single, 'More Life' Randy Travis is continuing to celebrate 25 years on the charts with the release of a new single that pairs him with a very familiar voice -- Eagles legend Don Henley. The new release, "More Life," is taken…

  5. Keane Edge Tenacious D to Top U.K. Chart

    May 21, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Sunday's new U.K. sales data from the Official Charts Company showed a second week atop the album chart for Keane's "Strangeland" and on the singles survey for "R.I.P." by Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah. The album top ten included debuts for Tenacious D, Ren…

  6. Tenacious D, 'Glee' and Garbage Headed for High Billboard 200 Debuts

    May 18, 2012 10:49 PM EDT While it seems that Adam Lambert is on the verge of his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Trespassing," a number of other acts are set to debut in the top 20 next week. Industry sources suggest that Lambert's "Trespassing" could sell around 70,000 to…

  7. Matchbox Twenty Heading 'North' For Long-Awaited Fourth Album

    May 18, 2012 12:25 PM EDT For all of the hits that the Matchbox Twenty guys have accrued over the past 15 years, the pop-rock group has only released three official albums, with the last of that trio, "More Than You Think You Are," released nearly a decade ago. At long last, however, Rob Thomas and co. have…

  8. Taylor Swift Donates $4 Million to Country Hall of Fame

    May 17, 2012 9:45 AM EDT The Gift Will Fund the Taylor Swift Education Center, to Open in 2014 Taylor Swift has taught a generation of kids to appreciate country music over the last five years. Now, she's donating $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to make sure that education continues. The…

  9. Tenacious D Without F-Bombs? Salty Duo Clean Up 'Fenix'

    May 11, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Jack Black & Kyle Gass Get Creative for Bleep-Free Version of New Album Are we just going to watch rock and roll as it gurgles its last breath?" asks Jack Black, the raucous actor who also performs in the band Tenacious D with longtime friend and fellow actor Kyle Gass. "Or are…

  10. NBA Playoff Songs: 16 Anthems For the First Round

    April 27, 2012 10:30 AM EDT From Lady Gaga to Wu-Tang, These Tracks Represent The NBA's Best With the National Basketball Association's regular season ending triumphantly on Thursday night (Apr. 26), the real fun begins -- at least it does for the 16 teams left standing in the playoffs (and maybe for the Nets,…

  11. Tenacious D Train With Dave Grohl, Kill Val Kilmer in 'To Be the Best'

    March 27, 2012 11:50 AM EDT They've already written the greatest song in the world (no, wait... that was just a tribute), but theatrical folk-metal rockers Tenacious D have been resurrected with a new video for "To Be The Best," a parody of typical 1980's movie "training" montages. Filled…

  12. 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…

  13. 'American Idol' Group Round: Not for the Faint of Heart

    February 16, 2012 11:45 AM EST Finally, some singing! Following the most disease-stricken episode "Idol" has ever seen , the show returned Wednesday (Feb. 15) with that all-important element that sets this competition apart from, say, a straight-up reality show: talent. The evening was spread out over two hours,…

  14. Public Enemy Headlining Movement Electronic Music Festival

    February 15, 2012 2:45 PM EST Rap legends Public Enemy will preview their upcoming album "Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp" at this year's Movement Electronic Music Festival held over Memorial Day weekend in Detroit. The troupe will join Chicago house music DJ/producer Lil' Louis,…

  15. Bon Iver Not Performing at Grammys: 'I Don't Think They Wanted Us To Play'

    February 03, 2012 1:10 PM EST Justin Vernon Talks Grammys Non-Performance, Bushmills Campaign, Avalanches Feud Bon Iver may be up for four Grammys, and frontman Justin Vernon may even appear (digitally, anyway) in a striking new commercial for this year's ceremony -- but you won't see the indie-folk band…

  16. Tenacious D Announces New Album, 'Rize of the Fenix'

    February 03, 2012 10:35 AM EST Tenacious D , the mock-rock duo comprised of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, will release its third album and first effort in six years, "Rize of the Fenix," in May. "Fenix" follows the group's 2001 self-titled album, which featured funny-but-actually-awesome-and-well…

  17. 'Idol' Alum Kellie Pickler Toughens Up With '100 Proof'

    January 23, 2012 2:10 PM EST It's been more than three years since Kellie Pickler's self-titled sophomore album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (No. 9 on Billboard 200), but the "American Idol" alumna has hardly been idle. "I jumped, not giving a shit whether my…

  18. Yaaawn: 'Idol' Underwhelms in San Diego - Plus Jim Carrey's Daughter Auditions

    January 23, 2012 11:30 AM EST Miss the third audition round of "American Idol" Sunday night after the NFL's NFC Championship Game went into overtime? It's OK. You didn't miss much of anything. In what was one of the most lackluster "Idol" episodes ever, Randy, Jennifer and Steven…

  19. Was 2011 the Beginning of the End of 'Selling Out' in Indie Rock?

    December 10, 2011 10:00 AM EST Australian act the Avalanches recently called out Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, on Twitter, for selling out. The conversation that ensued made indie headlines. Bon Iver: The Billboard Cover Story Vernon, recently nominated for four Grammy Awards, had been quoted days earlier on a New York…

  20. Nickelback, Michael Buble Post Social 50 Chart Gains

    December 02, 2011 8:35 AM EST Nickelback returns to Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 30 -- a new high -- thanks to the debut of a new video and a lot of NFL chatter. The clip for "When We Stand Together" arrived Nov. 23, while the band performed a hotly debated halftime show during the Thanksgiving Day…

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