1. Mickey Hart Travels Across the Universe on 'Mysterium Tremendum'

    May 01, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Mickey Hart has tapped into the sounds of the universe and the heart of the Grateful Dead for his latest band's first album, "Mysterium Tremendum." The percussion virtuoso tells Billboard.com that he built the songs from the 12-song set from celestial sound waves captured by…

  2. 'The Voice' Recap: Tony Lucca 'Went There,' Explains Christina Retort

    April 24, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Tells Billboard He and Adam Levine Hatched Idea to Sing Britney Months Ago A winged singer, the return of Cee Lo's group Goodie Mob, Adam Levine on drums and an impressive show opener from Jamar Rogers took a back seat Monday to Tony Lucca's musical retort to Christina Aguilera on …

  3. The Miracles Grateful of Effort to Get Them Into Rock Hall of Fame

    April 13, 2012 10:00 PM EDT "I didn't think it would happen in my lifetime," Claudette Robinson tells Billboard Smokey Robinson got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Now the rest of his Motown group, the Miracles, are happy to be joining him at this year's induction ceremony on Saturday in…

  4. 'The Voice' Recap: Juliet Simms Lights It Up, Erin Martin Stumbles

    April 10, 2012 9:45 AM EDT The 10,000 hour theory gets frequently quoted when aging rock fans aim to point out that today's music lacks character, skill, instrumental chops -- you name it. The theory contends that to excel at anything, 10,000 hours need to be invested in practice and/or research before someone is…

  5. Gathering of the Vibes: A Grateful Dead Fan's Dream (Almost)

    April 02, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Surviving Members to Perform, Separately... Also on Tap at July Festival: Avett Brothers, Primus, Bruce Hornsby The surviving four members of the Grateful Dead -- with their solo projects -- will join the Avett Brothers, Primus, Zappa Plays Zappa, Steel Pulse, Sound Tribe Sector 9 and others…

  6. Pop Stars Before They Were Famous

    March 29, 2012 2:40 PM EDT It's difficult to imagine life before Bieber and Gaga, but what's even weirder is thinking of pop stars' lives before they hit it big. How fierce a rapper was Nicki Minaj before all the wigs? Was Rihanna always so "Hard"? How emo was Skrillex back when he was just…

  7. Friday Flashback: Remembering Cindy Walker

    March 23, 2012 8:00 PM EDT With the lone exception of Dolly Parton, it could be said that Cindy Walker was possibly the finest female songwriter in the history of country music. One of the more prolific writers in the format's history, she composed such classics as "Distant Drums" for Jim Reeves and …

  8. Pitbull Going 'Back In Time' with 'Men in Black 3' Theme Song

    March 22, 2012 12:35 PM EDT After handling the theme songs for the first two "Men in Black" movies, Will Smith has deferred to superstar rapper Pitbull to provide the theme for the forthcoming third installment of the sci-fi franchise. "Back In Time" will be released to radio and as a digital single…

  9. Faith Hill Shows Off New Songs at Radio Seminar

    February 27, 2012 11:50 AM EST Faith Hill returned to a Country Radio Seminar-related stage for the first time in quite a few years on Friday (Feb. 24) to perform as part of the Warner Brothers-sponsored luncheon. She took to the stage with a stirring performance of her 2005 hit "Mississippi Girl," and also…

  10. Bret McKenzie on 'Muppet'-less Oscars: 'It's a Shame'

    February 08, 2012 1:00 AM EST Best Original Song Nominee Talks Oscars & 'Muppets,' Plus Future of Flight of the Conchords Bret McKenzie is up for a best original song Oscar later this month, not that "Man or Muppet" (from "The Muppets") will be performed live or anything. The Flight of…

  11. 'The Voice' Kicks Off Post-Super Bowl With A Blast From Christina's Past

    February 06, 2012 3:00 PM EST The second season of "The Voice" launched Sunday with the promise of making dream's come true just as they had moments earlier for the New York football Giants. The hour-long show filled the bulk of its time with exemplary auditions, bickering judges hoping to land contestants…

  12. Bring It On! 5 Awesome Cheerleader Videos

    February 03, 2012 3:00 PM EST Madonna 's new music video for "Give Me All Your Luvin'" features the Queen of Pop collaborating with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. for the first time, walking on the hands of football players for the first time (we assume), and, shockingly, unleashing her first cheerleader-laden…

  13. Azealia Banks Performs '212' For Karl Lagerfeld: Watch

    January 26, 2012 5:00 PM EST The fashion world has a new darling: Azealia Banks , Universal Music Group's latest signee. The "212" rapper performed her YouTube hit at Karl Lagerfeld's Paris home Wednesday night, just days after her music appeared in Mugler designer Nicola Formichetti's runway…

  14. Disney Pulls Joy Division-Inspired Shirt

    January 25, 2012 7:45 PM EST Disney has halted sales of a Mickey Mouse shirt after its comparisons to Joy Division drew web attention. The shirt, which presented a silhouette of the iconic cartoon character's head filled with raised black-and-white lines, echoed the cover of the post-punk band's 1979 album …

  15. Grateful Dead Exhibit Coming To Rock Hall of Fame

    January 19, 2012 7:00 AM EST The Grateful Dead 's long, strange trip will be the subject of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's next major exhibit. Titled, in fact, "Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip," the display will open April 12 as part of the Rock Hall's Induction Week lineup of…

  16. Lauren Alaina, The Band Perry Heading to White House for Country Celebration

    November 16, 2011 7:43 PM EST Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week. The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program. Among those performing Monday night: Lauren Alaina, The Band…

  17. No More 'Red Red Wine': UB40 Declares Bankruptcy

    October 17, 2011 9:08 PM EDT Reggae chart toppers UB40 have declared bankruptcy. As reported by the Daily Mai l, saxophonist Brian Travers, drummer Jimmy Brown, trumpeter Terence "Astro" Wilson, and percussionist Norman Hassan were all "declared insolvent." A Birmingham County Court judge has given…

  18. Exclusive: 'The Muppets' Soundtrack Song List

    October 10, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords has four original songs in the Disney film "The Muppets," which features special appearances by Feist , Joanna Newsom and Nathan Pacheco. Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack Nov. 21. McKenzie has written "Life's a Happy…

  19. Hooked: Nicki Minaj in S&M Leather On Cosmo & Gaga the Mint Green Fairy

    October 06, 2011 3:50 PM EDT Get Hooked and discover how Nicki Minaj toned down her style for Cosmo and Lady Gaga turned mint fairy in London. Nicki Minaj In S&M Leather On The Cover of Cosmo After her whirlwind of bizarre outfits during Fashion Week, Nicki Minaj has landed on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine…

  20. Sylvia Robinson, Sultry Singer & Hip-Hop Visionary, Dead at 75

    September 29, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson , a sultry voiced R&B singer who later formed Sugar Hill Records and dreamed up the first commercial hit in the rap genre, died Thursday at a New Jersey hospital. She was 75. An unconfirmed report from The Urban Daily lists conjestive heart failure as the cause of death.…

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