1. William Shatner Gathers Stellar Line-up for Prog-Rock Set 'Ponder the Mystery'

    October 03, 2013 2:09 AM EDT William Shatner, 82, who startled Star Trek fans by recording tunes like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" on his 1968 debut "The Transformed Man," will release a new album -- his fifth -- on Oct. 8. “Ponder the Mystery,” a prog-rock effort with Billy Sherwood of Yes,…

  2. Pixies Release 'Bagboy,' First New Song in Nine Years: Listen

    June 28, 2013 12:35 PM EDT On Friday morning (June 28), Pixies unexpectedly returned with a new single, "Bagboy," their first new material since 2004. The track is available for stream and download (the latter with an email address), and was unveiled alongside a chaotic music video, directed by Lamar + Nik.…

  3. SXSW Shorts: Charli XCX, Shoes, Nik Bartsch, White Lung and K-Pop's f(x)

    March 14, 2013 6:30 PM EDT So many bands. So little time. Billboard is roaming Austin this week, checking out as many acts at SXSW as possible -- and each day we'll highlight a selection of our favorites. On Wednesday we caught Charli XCX, The Sights, a pair of Lung acts (White Lung, Wet Lungs), along with…

  4. Ke$ha, 'Warrior': Track-By-Track Review

    December 04, 2012 12:35 PM EST There's no denying the pop lightning-in-a-bottle Ke$ha captured on her breakthrough debut "Animal" and its follow-up EP "Cannibal," producing two Hot 100 No. 1 singles and an impressive list of Top 10 hits. So it's understandable why Dr. Luke and his dream team…

  5. The Jezabels Live: Billboard Tastemakers Video

    August 18, 2012 11:20 AM EDT Since winning 2011's Australian Music Prize, the Jezabels appear ready to take on the world. The Sydney-based quartet won the coveted title for its debut LP "Prisoner," a slick collection of rock songs that's gotten the band acquainted with some of Australia's most…

  6. 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…

  7. Lil Wayne Talks 'Jersey Shore,' Drake and Nicki on Hot 97

    March 29, 2011 5:10 PM EDT L il Wayne visited Angie Martinez's Hot 97 radio show in New York today (Mar. 29) for his first on-air interview since being released from jail, and talked about Nicki Minaj and Drake 's albums -- which he confessed he hasn't listened to -- Eric Benet 's "Sometimes I…

  8. Robbie Williams To Star In Video Game

    July 22, 2010 8:23 AM EDT U.K. pop superstar Robbie Williams is to feature in his own karaoke video game, "We Sing Robbie Williams." It will feature 25 tracks accompanied by all the original videos. The game is to be released by publisher Nordic Games, which struck a licensing deal with EMI. The release of…

  9. Chart Beat Wednesday: Crash Kings, Carrie Underwood, STP

    March 31, 2010 1:15 PM EDT ALTERNATIVE KINGS: Crash Kings complete a 20-week climb to the summit of Alternative Songs, as their first chart entry, "Mountain Man," hikes 2-1. The band crowns the chart with its introductory track less than two months after Phoenix reigned with its first format hit, "1901.…

  10. Taking Peaks, Part 3: Nos. 50-26

    January 19, 2010 1:55 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  11. Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis / July 4, 2009 / New York (Battery Park)

    July 13, 2009 7:32 PM EDT A sea of blankets spread across the shady grounds of Battery Park as concertgoers gathered on a beautiful Fourth of July afternoon to see Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band with Jenny Lewis . The free event, part of the summer-long NYC River to River Festival, drew a large diverse crowd…

  12. Conor Oberst & Jenny Lewis / July 4, 2009 / New York (Battery Park)

    July 09, 2009 7:15 PM EDT A sea of blankets spread across the shady grounds of Battery Park as concertgoers gathered on a beautiful Fourth of July afternoon to see Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band with Jenny Lewis. The free event, part of the summer-long NYC River to River Festival, drew a large diverse crowd…

  13. Conor Oberst Explores The 'Outer South'

    February 19, 2009 3:08 PM EST Conor Oberst has wrapped his second album with his Mystic Valley Band, "Outer South," and will release it May 5 on Merge Records. The group debuted with an album under Oberst's name last summer. The five-piece Mystic Valley Band, which consists of guitarist Taylor Hollingsworth…

  14. Conor Goes Country

    August 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Like many young, hip kids nearing the end of their 20s, Conor Oberst is slightly torn, a little jaded and mighty contemplative. Like many young, hip kids nearing the end of their 20s, Conor Oberst is slightly torn, a little jaded and mighty contemplative. "I look back on the good old…

  15. This Day in Music

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Bryan Harvey, former guitarist with the early 1990s duo House Of Freaks, is found murdered along with his family in Richmond, Va. Harvey, his wife Kathryn and their two daughters, aged 9 and 4, 2006 - Bryan Harvey, former guitarist with the early 1990s duo House Of Freaks, is found…

  16. This Day in Music

    January 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Bryan Harvey, former guitarist with the early 1990s duo House Of Freaks, is found murdered along with his family in Richmond, Va. Harvey, his wife Kathryn and their two daughters, aged 9 and 4, 2006 - Bryan Harvey, former guitarist with the early 1990s duo House Of Freaks, is found…

  17. This Day In Music

    January 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST - Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is arrested on suspicion of refusing to follow police officers' orders to leave a nightclub after a fight breaks out. The youngest of the five-member pop group at age 2004 - Daniel Bedingfield is injured in a car crash in Whangerei, New Zealand. The 24…

  18. Billboard Bits: Summer Tours, Nickelback, BNL

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Summer Tours, Nickelback, BNL Talk is starting to heat up about early summer tour packages for North America. Among the outings believed to be in the works are a Don Henley/Stevie Nicks bill, a Queensryche/Judas Priest pairing and a tour featuring Robert Plant and another high-profile…

  19. Update: Puddle Of Mudd Drummer Defects To 3DD

    February 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Doors Down has drafted Puddle Of Mudd drummer Greg Upchurch to join its ranks, replacing the recently exited Daniel Adair. 3 Doors Down has drafted Puddle Of Mudd drummer Greg Upchurch to join its ranks, replacing the recently exited Daniel Adair. Calling Upchurch "a brilliant drummer,…

  20. Nickelback Parts With Drummer

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ryan "Nik" Vikedal has left the ranks of Canadian rock act Nickelback. Ryan "Nik" Vikedal has left the ranks of Canadian rock act Nickelback. A member of the band since 1998, the drummer's exit from the group appears amicable, with the remaining members issuing a…

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