1. Robbie Robertson 'So Saddened' Over Levon Helm Illness

    April 18, 2012 8:27 PM EDT With news breaking on Tuesday that Levon Helm is in "the final stages of his battle with cancer," he's receiving words of support from a pair of his Band mates. "Last week I was shocked and so saddened to hear that my old band mate, Levon, was in the final stages of his…

  2. Levon Helm in 'Final Stages' of Cancer

    April 17, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Family Asks for Prayers for The Band's Last Surviving Vocalist Levon Helm, a treasured voice in Americana music whose Southern drawl and busy-but-tight drumming brought an authenticity to The Band, is losing his decade-long battle with cancer, his family announced on Tuesday. "Levon…

  3. ELLE's Women In Music Celebrated Jessie J, Ellie Goulding

    April 13, 2012 10:35 AM EDT On Wednesday night (April 11), ELLE magazine celebrated its third annual women in music event at the Avalon in Hollywood. Some of pop's brightest starlets strutted down the red carpet to pay tribute to rising stars as well as accomplished songbirds. Leading songstresses and performers in…

  4. Rock Hall: Axl Rose Will Miss Faces Reunion, Chili Peppers + More

    April 12, 2012 1:00 AM EDT Green Day Still Confirmed to Induct Guns N' Roses on April 14 G uns N' Roses will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend, despite Axl Rose's bombshell decision on Wednesday to boycott the event due to various grievances, large and small. A spokesperson…

  5. Robbie Williams to Become a Father

    March 30, 2012 9:30 PM EDT British pop singer Robbie Williams says he and his U.S. actress wife Ayda Field are expecting their first child this year. Williams - the voice behind hits such as "Kids" and "Angels" - took to his blog on Friday to tell fans that he has "been keeping a secret."…

  6. Rock Hall Presenters: John Mellencamp, Carole King, Chuck D, Bette Midler

    March 20, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Donovan Calls Mellencamp 'My Dear Friend,' Says He'll Perform With My Morning Jacket's Jim James Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Carole King, Robbie Robertson and ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons and Dusty Hill will be among the…

  7. Slash, Billy Corgan Take a Ride Down 'Sunset Strip'

    March 12, 2012 11:30 PM EDT In Hans Fjellestad's "Sunset Strip" documentary, several of his talking heads declare the mile and a half stretch of Sunset Boulevard dead in 2005 after Tower Records closed. Clive Davis and Lou Adler eulogize the store's closing, Ozzy Osbourne rambles on about Tower'…

  8. 'American Idol' Top 25: Male Round Led by Joshua Ledet, Colton Dixon

    February 29, 2012 12:05 PM EST "American Idol" has finally rolled into the voting rounds, in which fans -- for the most part -- control the fates of the remaining 25 singers on the show. If Tuesday night's male semi-finalist show is any indication, the decision in 2012 will be a tough one. Top 24 '…

  9. Shaggy Song Premiere: 'She Gives Me Love'

    January 24, 2012 11:15 AM EST Months after the digital release of his Grammy-nominated "Summer in Kingston" (July 2011). Shaggy is giving his fans a fresh re-release of the album. The re-release ("Summer in Kingston" (Lava Edition)), which will be available Feb. 7 in digital and physical form, features…

  10. Jim Morrison Would 'Love' Skrillex + The Doors, Says Ray Manzarek

    January 20, 2012 7:00 AM EST Plus, Talks 'Buried Treasures' In 'L.A. Woman' Reissue & Documentary As the Doors begin The Year of the Doors with a 40th anniversary release of "L.A. Woman" and an accompanying documentary, keyboardist Ray Manzarek says he hopes to spend more time "…

  11. 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…

  12. 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. …

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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"…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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