1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Go for Artistry Over Obvious at Henry Fonda Theater

    June 04, 2013 4:30 PM EDT The story may change as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers continue with their six-concert stand at the 1,400-capacity Henry Fonda Theater, but on opening night the star attraction in this vault-mining experiment was guitarist Mike Campbell. Petty's right-hand man since their start in…

  2. You Am I Launch Beer Brand to Celebrate Album Reissues

    May 30, 2013 2:36 AM EDT Australian rock legends You Am I will celebrate their vinyl reissue campaign with a beer – their very own brand of amber fluid. The alternative rockers today announced the cleverly-titled “Brew Am I” tipple, which will be available through Young Henry's brewers Down Under from mid-July…

  3. Meat Puppets, A-Trak and Omarion Added to Summerfest Lineup

    May 17, 2013 10:09 AM EDT Summerfest is adding to its already massive lineup for the Milwaukee-based music festival, with '90s rockers Meat Puppets and Cracker joining the mid-summer party, along with indie band Rogue Wave among others. A-Trak, Umphrey's McGee, Omarion, JC Brooks & The Upown Sound, The…

  4. Bob Dylan Inducted Into American Academy of Arts and Letters

    May 16, 2013 8:32 PM EDT Michael Chabon had long been mystified by that Bob Dylan lyric about "midnight's broken toe." The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, the keynote speaker Wednesday at the annual induction ceremony of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was explaining his undiminished…

  5. Breakdown Led Wade Robson to Reverse on Michael Jackson Sex Abuse Claims

    May 09, 2013 10:36 AM EDT A choreographer and television personality who was a key witness in Michael Jackson's successful defense against child molestation charges is seeking permission to file a claim against the singer's estate alleging the pop superstar sexually abused him as a child, court records and…

  6. Vampire Weekend, 'Modern Vampires of the City': Track-by-Track Review

    May 08, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Rewind to early 2007 --when Vampire Weekend first popped up on indie rock fans' radar at the end of that year, the idea of a band breaking via blog coverage was still a novel concept. Since then, championing the ever-fickle blogosphere has become a virtual requirement in the…

  7. Billy Bragg, Forever the Activist But Never A Luddite

    May 06, 2013 6:49 AM EDT After releasing his first new album in five years -- "Tooth & Nail" in June -- British troubadour Billy Bragg says he feels "re-engaged with the record industry" and anticipates we'll be hearing more from him sooner rather than later. "I kind of spurned…

  8. Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' Comic Book Series Goes Digital

    April 17, 2013 2:19 AM EDT Coldplay announced on Tuesday the digital release of its "Mylo Xyloto" comic book series, based on the 2011 album of the same name. Written by filmmaker Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) with help from the British band, the six-part saga depicts an…

  9. Flaming Lips' 'Do You Realize??' No Longer Oklahoma State Rock Song

    April 16, 2013 9:29 PM EDT Gov. Mary Fallin failed to renew an executive order keeping the Flaming Lips track the state's official rock song. Oklahoma's governor has taken The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??" out of rotation, pulling the tune as the state's official rock song in a move…

  10. Chicago Blues Guitarist Jimmy ‘Fast Fingers’ Dawkins Dies

    April 15, 2013 12:41 AM EDT Chicago bluesman Jimmy "Fast Fingers" Dawkins, known for his stellar guitar playing and mellow singing voice, has died. He was 76. Delmark Records owner Bob Koester said Friday that Dawkins died Wednesday. The cause of death wasn't immediately known. James Henry Dawkins was…

  11. Inside Boiler Room, Dance Music’s Internet Streaming Party

    April 11, 2013 2:01 PM EDT An exclusive peek into the world behind the camera. Barely 24 hours after playing a sold-out show at New York’s colossal Terminal 5 last October, Flying Lotus stood hunched over the DJ controls in a cramped warehouse tucked deep in the Lower East Side. The air was thick with smoke, and a…

  12. Baauer and RL Grime's SXSW Boiler Room Session: Watch the 45-Minute Show Here

    April 11, 2013 1:31 PM EDT The two acclaimed DJs joined forces and brought garage and hip-hop heavy sets to Austin, Texas' festival last month. Watch the Boiler Room footage here. March was a big month for Billboard cover boy Baauer . A few nights before he cranked out a set at Ultra Music Festival's second…

  13. Rachelle Spector Slams 'Phil Spector,' Releases 'Love' Song to Husband

    March 22, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Phil Spector's wife turns their love letters into a new EP … Talks HBO movie, premiering March 24: "They made no effort to really get to know my husband" Rachelle Spector, wife of legendary ‘Wall of Sound’ producer Phil Spector is releasing a single, "PS I Love You.…

  14. Songs For Slim Project Benefits Former Replacements Guitarist

    March 10, 2013 11:00 AM EDT "We will always play together in some fashion," Tommy Stinson says of the Replacements' future Last December, Peter Jesperson, the music executive who signed and managed the Replacements, paid a visit to the band's former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who's been…

  15. Court Overturns James Brown Estate Settlement

    February 28, 2013 5:07 AM EST The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a settlement divvying up the multimillion-dollar estate of James Brown, saying a former attorney general didn't follow the late soul singer's wishes in putting together the deal. Attorney General Henry McMaster brokered a…

  16. Tupac Shakur's Mom Vows to Release His 'Entire Body of Work'

    February 18, 2013 2:17 PM EST The late rapper's estate is now being handled by Jampol Artist Management The estate of Tupac Shakur is being placed in the hands of Jampol Artist Management and the late rapper's mother indicates there is more music to be released. Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, head of his…

  17. Grammy Album of the Year: How Much Does Being a Billboard No. 1 Help?

    February 11, 2013 2:39 AM EST Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' is the 37th Billboard chart-topper to win Grammys' top prize The Grammys are based on quality, not quantity. So artistic merit trumps sales and fan popularity. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, but is it possible to make an informed…

  18. Glenn Miller Trombonist Paul Tanner Dies at 95

    February 07, 2013 7:04 AM EST Paul Tanner, a trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra who later gave the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" its eerie hook, has died at 95. His stepson, Douglas Darnell, of Youngstown, Ohio, says Tanner died of pneumonia Tuesday morning at an assisted living center in Carlsbad…

  19. Chart Highlights: One Direction Plants 'Kiss' On Pop Songs, Taylor Swift Still No. 1

    February 04, 2013 4:30 PM EST One Direction notches the highest debut among its five Pop Songs hits, as 'Kiss You' launches at No. 30. Plus, Depeche Mode returns to rock radio. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top  songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  20. Bubbling Under: Twenty One Pilots Take Flight, Jake Miller's 'Lives' Begins

    January 04, 2013 1:05 PM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Twenty One Pilots, Jake Miller, Charlie Worsham, RaVaughn. Twenty One Pilots After scoring breakout success with fun. over the…

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