1. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on 'The Whole Love,' Diva Moments & Pompous Journos

    September 27, 2011 5:30 PM EDT There's something about Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy that suggests that, generally speaking, he does what he pleases. In recent years, this includes starting Wilco's own record label (dBpm) and music festival (Solid Sound), and oddly enough, covering the Black Eyed Peas . One day he&…

  2. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance industries -- except, of course, some of the…

  3. Music's Next Great Biopics

    June 09, 2011 1:06 PM EDT No one wants to talk about a Marvin Gaye movie. Or one about Janis Joplin , or a Jimi Hendrix biopic. As film subjects go, they're problematic. Heirs to the Joplin and Hendrix estates have blocked films by withholding music and image rights. The pieces to the Gaye story are in so many…

  4. Billboard Bits: Zach Galifianakis Disses Ke$ha, How Alice Cooper Almost Killed Elvis

    June 08, 2011 7:02 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Zach Galifianakis Disses Ke$ha In the latest Rolling Stone cover story, Zach Galifianakis discusses, in addition to his apparent reluctance to fame, his run-ins with and negative feelings toward Kesha. "I saw…

  5. Chaka Khan Collaborating With Steven Tyler, Akon

    June 03, 2011 5:20 PM EDT C haka Khan may be a legacy artist in the industry, but that isn't to say the legendary songstress isn't as busy as ever. At the top of her list? A duets album, including a Led Zeppelin cover alongside "American Idol" judge and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler . "We…

  6. Lennon Documentary Traces Ex-Beatle's New York Years

    September 28, 2010 4:43 PM EDT So much has been told about the Beatles that director Michael Epstein knew he needed to say something different in his documentary of John Lennon , which premiered this past weekend at the New York Film Festival. The film, "LENNONYC," recounts the ex-Beatle's decade in the…

  7. Taylor Swift Among Diverse Honorees At Songwriters Hall

    June 18, 2010 8:28 AM EDT The iconic ballad "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was so stirring that even a young Paul Simon knew he was onto something special when he composed it 40 years ago. "I thought, 'Hmm. That's better than I usually write,'" Simon recalled. "I was completely…

  8. Backstreet Boys, "This Is Us"

    October 16, 2009 4:33 PM EDT Years removed from their teen-pop prominence, Backstreet Boys continue to produce pleasurable hooks and hummable vocal harmonies on "This Is Us," the group's seventh studio album and second as a foursome. Working with longtime producer Max Martin as well as in-demand dance…

  9. Colbie Caillat 'Excited, Thankful' For No. 1 'Breakthrough' Album

    September 02, 2009 10:52 AM EDT Colbie Caillat practiced a little bit of reverse psychology as she waited for the numbers to come in for her sophomore album, "Breakthrough" -- which is No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 106,000. "You always hope for the best, but you never…

  10. New Backstreet Boys Album Due In October

    July 28, 2009 2:42 PM EDT Backstreet Boys announced today (July 28) that it will release its ninth album, "This is Us," Oct. 6 on Jive Records. The lead single, "Straight Through My Heart," has just been released to radio and can be heard on the group's MySpace page . The 11-track set follows…

  11. Bob Bogle Of Rock Band The Ventures Dies At 75

    June 16, 2009 11:37 AM EDT Bob Bogle, lead guitarist and co-founder of the rock band The Ventures, known for 1960s instrumental hits like "Walk, Don't Run," has died at age 75. Don Wilson, the band's other co-founder, tells The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., that Bogle became ill over the weekend…

  12. Akon Heads To Trial In Fan-Tossing Case

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Akon is headed to trial on criminal charges he tossed a fan offstage at a concert last summer. Akon is headed to trial on criminal charges he tossed a fan offstage at a concert last summer. The 35-year-old singer is accused of throwing a teenager off the stage during a June 2007 concert at a…

  13. This Day in Music

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Joe Thomas, co-producer of Brian Wilson's 1998 album "Imagination," countersues Melinda Wilson, the musician's wife and conservator. The suit claims that Melinda Wilson "schemed against and... 1999 - Joe Thomas, co-producer of Brian Wilson's 1998 album …

  14. This Day in Music

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Jam-band juggernaut Phish begins its two-day Coventry festival. It the band's plan to have Coventry be their last show. 2004 - Jam-band juggernaut Phish begins its two-day Coventry festival. It the band's plan to have Coventry be their last show. 2003 - Stone Temple Pilots…

  15. Backstreet Boys At Work On New Album, Solo Discs

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Backstreet Boys Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean are continuing to work on their first solo projects even as the group has started work on its sixth studio album. Backstreet Boys Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean are continuing to work on their first solo projects even as the group has started work…

  16. John Lennon: The Life

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A comprehensive biography of the Beatles' most outspoken and controversial member, whose murder by a demented fan in 1980 only added to his legacy. Phillip Norman wrote one of the first and still one of the best Beatles histories ("Shout!," 1981), and though he claims to have…

  17. George Martin Reflects On 'Sgt. Pepper' In L.A.

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Beatles producer George Martin offered a fascinating look into the group's creative process during a multimedia presentation for members of the National Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences Friday a Beatles producer George Martin offered a fascinating look into the group's…

  18. Nas Breaks Tradition, Inks Deal With Fila

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Nas has broken his tradition of sidestepping brand partnerships and inked a one-year partnership with athletic apparel company Fila, Billboard can reveal. Rapper Nas has broken his tradition of sidestepping brand partnerships and inked a one-year partnership with athletic apparel…

  19. Opening song "Hold Your Breath" is also an apt

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Opening song "Hold Your Breath" is also an apt command for the listener. Opening song "Hold Your Breath" is also an apt command for the listener. "Glory Hope Mountain" positively rumbles with tension and release as jangly guitars often give way to thundering…

  20. This Day in Music

    February 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Doris Troy, best known for the 1963 Atlantic R&B/pop crossover hit "Just One Look," dies in Las Vegas. The 67-year-old singer/songwriter had suffered from emphysema. Born Doris Payne in Har 2004 - Doris Troy, best known for the 1963 Atlantic R&B/pop crossover hit …

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