1. 'Uptown Funk!' Gains More Writers After Gap Band's Legal Claim

    May 01, 2015 12:21 AM EDT Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!” -- the Bruno Mars  featuring hit that recently topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks -- originally had six songwriters. On April 28, it officially picked up another five. According to documents from RCA Records, which released the song, the original writers…

  2. Robert Wilson of the Gap Band Dies at 53

    August 16, 2010 12:09 PM EDT Robert Wilson, a member of R&B/funk group the Gap Band , died at the age of 53 on Sunday (Aug. 15). Wilson, known as the "Godfather of Bass Guitar," suffered a heart attack in his Palmdale, Ca. home. Wilson formed the Gap Band with brothers Charlie and Ronnie in the early 1970s,…

  3. Rufus Wainwright Has Future In Shakespeare

    April 05, 2010 5:00 PM EDT Those three Shakespearian sonnets featured on Rufus Wainwright 's new album, "All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu," will not be the end of his interest in the bard's musical poems. Wainwright tells Billboard.com that he's writing a song cycle featuring five of the…

  4. Byrne's 'Knee Plays' Making CD Debut Next Month

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT David Byrne's "The Knee Plays," comprising music written for Robert Wilson's mid-1980s theatrical piece "The CIVIL WarS," will be released for the first time on CD Oct. 30 via Nonesuch. David Byrne's "The Knee Plays," comprising music written for…

  5. Byrne Sharing 'Perspectives' At Carnegie Hall

    August 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT David Byrne has unveiled the lineup for his Perspectives series, which will he curate at New York's Carnegie Hall from Feb. 1-4. David Byrne has unveiled the lineup for his Perspectives series, which will he curate at New York's Carnegie Hall from Feb. 1-4. The former Talking Heads…

  6. Placido Domingo Exits Paris Production

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tenor Placido Domingo has canceled his appearance in Wagner's "Die Walkuere" in Paris in April, citing a lack of time to prepare for the production by avant-garde director Robert Wilson. Tenor Placido Domingo has canceled his appearance in Wagner's "Die Walkuere"…

  7. Ailing Faithfull Cancels European Tour

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Marianne Faithfull has canceled a European tour after collapsing before a show in Italy last week. Marianne Faithfull has canceled a European tour after collapsing before a show in Italy last week. A spokesperson for the artist says doctors told the singer that she has chronic exhaustion and…

  8. Billboard Bits: Waits, Bozulich, Santa Fe Jazz Fest

    August 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Tom Waits, Bozulich, Santa Fe Jazz Fest A new album by enigmatic singer/songwriter Tom Waits is on the Anti Records release schedule. No details are available about the set, which is tentatively slated for a March 2004 release. If it comes to fruition, the set will be Waits'…

  9. Reed's 'Raven' Reinterprets Poe

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST By his own admission, "The Raven" is the most ambitious project undertaken by Lou Reed in a recording career that now spans four decades. The new Sire/Reprise album by the former lynchpin of the Velve By his own admission, "The Raven" is the most ambitious project…

  10. Hot Product

    January 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Lou Reed, Zwan, Erasure, and more. 'Rave' On Lou Reed's Edgar Allen Poe-inspired "The Raven" (Sire/Reprise) first began to take shape after the artist collaborated with director Robert Wilson on "POEtry," a primitive live stage…

  11. Reed Readies 'Raven' Record

    November 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Lou Reed's forthcoming album, "The Raven," is heavily inspired by 19th-century author/poet Edgar Allen Poe, and will feature guest appearances by David Bowie, Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, and jazz saxo Lou Reed's forthcoming album, "The Raven," is heavily inspired…

  12. Alice

    May 04, 2002 12:00 AM EDT With Alice and its companion release, Blood Money, Waits completes a theatrical trilogy that began with 1993's The Black Ryder. With Alice and its companion release, Blood Money, Waits completes a theatrical trilogy that began with 1993's The Black Ryder. All three sets derive from…

  13. Billboard Bits: Tom Waits, Olivia Newton-John, Hendrix

    April 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Tom Waits, Olivia Newton-John, Hendrix Tom Waits will make a rare television performance appearance May 8 on CBS' "Late Night With David Letterman," the day after Anti Records' release of his new albums, "Alice" and "Blood Money." Although Waits…

  14. New Waits Songs On Bluesy 'Big Bad Love' Soundtrack

    January 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Two new songs from gravel-voiced singer/songwriter Tom Waits will grace the blues-heavy soundtrack to the upcoming film "Big Bad Love." The artist contributes "Long Way Home" and "Jayne's Blue Wish" t Two new songs from gravel-voiced singer/songwriter Tom…

  15. Lou Reed Gets Poe-etic

    October 29, 2001 12:00 AM EST Lou Reed and stage director Robert Wilson have teamed up to create "POEtry," a musical journey through the spooky and often spine-tingling works of author Edgar Allen Poe. The show will open Nov. 27 a Lou Reed and stage director Robert Wilson have teamed up to create "POEtry,…