1. Staying Gold: The Big Pink Loosens Up For Sophomore Release

    January 12, 2012 1:15 PM EST The Big Pink 's debut album, "A Brief History of Love" (4AD), was released in 2009 and did quite well, particularly for a British band breaking into the United States. The set has sold 32,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and the duo's lush, electronic-based rock earned…

  2. When Will Deer Tick Split? 'If Someone Dies or Quits'

    November 18, 2011 11:50 AM EST Founder John McCauley Says 'Nobody at This Point Could Be Replaced' With its fourth album, "Divine Providence," Rhode Island's Deer Tick has finally become "a real band" -- which is what founder John McCauley says he originally envisioned seven years ago. …

  3. The Doors Prep 'L.A. Woman' Reissue with 'Amazing' Bonus Material

    November 11, 2011 3:35 PM EST Full details are forthcoming, but Doors guitarist Robby Krieger says the upgraded and expanded edition of the original group's 1971 swan song "L.A. Woman," due out early next year, is a revelation. "It's pretty cool," Krieger tells Billboard.com. "We found a…

  4. Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Bon Jovi, Take That Are Top Finalists

    November 04, 2011 10:50 AM EDT U2, Bon Jovi, Take That, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Usher are among the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards , set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York City. The awards are primarily based on box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1,…

  5. The Stone Roses Reunite, Announce Live Shows for 2012

    October 18, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Seminal U.K. rock band The Stone Roses is to reform for a series of highly lucrative live shows. Following days of speculation that a reunion was imminent, the announcement was made earlier today (Oct. 18) at a packed press conference in The Soho Hotel, Central London. All four original band…

  6. Apple's Biggest Music Synchs: Infographic

    October 07, 2011 1:30 PM EDT Steve Jobs had an ear for music, both indie and mainstream, and often cherrypicked the songs featured in some of Apple's best-known spots of the last decade. From Feist's "1234" video in a 2007 iPod nano commercial to the Ting Tings' "Shut Up and Let me Go"…

  7. Folk-Rockers Dawes Get Boost From VH1 'You Oughta Know' Campaign

    September 26, 2011 3:50 PM EDT California has long been romanticized in song. Now folk-rock band Dawes hopes its ode to the Golden State -- "Time Spent in Los Angeles" -- will make waves with a boost from VH1. The Americana act, which released second album "Nothing Is Wrong" (ATO/Sony/RED) in June, is…

  8. Austin City Limits 2011: 14 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    September 17, 2011 2:16 PM EDT "Keep Austin Weird" has become something of an official tagline for Texas' capital city -- a notion that even Kanye and Coldplay tried to abide by on Friday (Sept. 16). Did the first day of the tenth annual Austin City Limits festival live up to expectations? Read onward for 14…

  9. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Returns After Sophomore Slump

    September 16, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Within a short span of time, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (CYHSY) appeared to experience the entire life span of an indie buzz band: the unique, massively hyped debut (2005's "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah"); the "disappointing" follow-up (2007's "Some Loud Thunder…

  10. Alice Cooper Sticks With the Hits at 'Nightmare' Release Bash

    September 16, 2011 1:50 PM EDT "We're a bar band tonight," Alice Cooper declared from the small stage of the Whisky A Go-Go Thursday where the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was celebrating the release this week of his "Welcome 2 My Nightmare." Flanked by guest guitarists Steve Hunter and Orianthi,…

  11. Hot Tours: Take That, U2, Roger Waters

    July 22, 2011 1:30 PM EDT A reunited Take That - the British boy band featuring Robbie Williams - tops Hot Tours, having stormed through the U.K., shattering gross records, including Bruce Springsteen's eight-year title as the highest grossing concert stand ever, a mark it topped twice on this tour. Take That…

  12. Billboard Bits: Bette Midler Vs. Gaga, Take That Beats Springsteen's Tour Record

    July 18, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bette Midler Accuses Lady Gaga Of Stealing 'Mermaid in a Wheelchair' Routine Angry fans threw eggs at Lady Gaga when she went onstage in Sydney last week dressed as her alter-ego Yuyi, a mermaid in a…

  13. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 1

    July 01, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PEN PALS: READERS…

  14. Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals

    June 16, 2011 1:07 PM EDT Chart Article Get the skinny on Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Fest, Newport Folk Fest, and 30 more fests you may not even know about. Chart Article Bon Jovi Open Air Tour (also called Circle/Greatest Hits tour) Support: The Breakers Dates: Ongoing until July 31 Price: $120 - $184 ( buy…

  15. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Beastie Boys, NKOTBSB

    April 14, 2011 6:35 PM EDT POP AND HIP 'HOP': Astute Chart Beat reader Jonathan Gregas from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, sent the following e-mail earlier this week: "Dear Gary, Over the weekend, Katy Perry 's 'E.T.,' featuring Kanye West , was atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week,…

  16. Robbie Robertson, "How to Become Clairvoyant"

    April 08, 2011 10:00 AM EDT It's been 13 years since Robbie Robertson 's last solo album, an unacceptable interim for someone whose output has been consistently stellar, both during his days with the Band and since "The Last Waltz." But his newest album, "How to Become Clairvoyant," was…

  17. Billboard Bits: Jay-Z Launches Lifestyle Site, Mumford & Sons Announce June Tour

    April 05, 2011 7:04 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jay-Z Launches Lifestyle Site Life + Times, an extensive lifestyle website helmed by Jay-Z , has premiered today (April 5). The site features pieces on indie bands, an interview with chef Daniel Boulud, and a video…

  18. Robbie Robertson Returns To TV, But No Concerts or Festivals Planned

    April 01, 2011 5:15 PM EDT R obbie Robertson , who has performed only one concert in the last 35 years, has no intentions of taking to concert stages after making his first television performance in more than a decade on April 5 and 6. "I made a movie saying I'm gonna put the road behind me," he tells…

  19. Billboard Bits: Aerosmith, J.Lo to Perform on 'Idol,' Bon Jovi Says Steve Jobs 'Killing' Music Biz

    March 15, 2011 6:52 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Aerosmith, J.Lo to Perform on 'Idol,' Says Nigel Lythgoe "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe revealed that Steven Tyler (and his Aerosmith cohorts) and Jennifer Lopez will perform…

  20. Remembering 15 Forgotten Hot 100 No. 1s

    March 09, 2011 1:05 PM EST As Billboard celebrates 1,000 No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100's storied archives , it's inevitable that certain past toppers require an extra pause before triggering recognition. Despite all 1,000 titles having earned the honor of, at least for one week, reigning as the most popular…

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