1. 'Love for Levon' Helm Benefit: John Mayer, Dierks Bentley + More

    August 23, 2012 9:10 AM EDT John Mayer, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley and several other musicians are getting together to pay tribute to the late Levon Helm . The "Love for Levon" benefit concert will be held Oct. 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. It will include performances from such artists as My…

  2. Johnny Winter Eying All-Star Guitarists for 'Roots' Sequel

    August 03, 2012 7:16 PM EDT Johnny Winter plans on staying true to his "Roots" for his next album. After scoring raves for last year's "Roots" albums, which featured 11 blues staples recorded with guests such as Winter's younger brother Edgar along with Derek Trucks, Blues Traveler's…

  3. First Listen: Bob Dylan's Dark 'Tempest'

    August 02, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Death, whether it be the legacy of John Lennon, the sinking of the Titanic or a trio of cheating lovers, is a dominant subject on "Tempest," Bob Dylan 's 35th studio album that is scheduled for release on Sept. 11 . The album marks a return to straight-forward, story-driven…

  4. The Killers' Flowers: 'Runaways' Is 'A Great Starting Point' for Album

    July 22, 2012 11:00 AM EDT ''I had a good feeling about it," Killers frontman Brandon Flowers says about "Runaways," the anthemic new single from the Las Vegas rock group. The soaring number, which heralds "Battle Born," the band's first new album in four years set for release…

  5. Gathering of the Juggalos 2012 Lineup: Cheech & Chong, DMX, George Clinton

    July 17, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Insane Clown Posse admits that they tried for 'big-name acts,' but came up short. Cheech & Chong and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will be senior statesman among a host of rap and rock acts performing at Insane Clown Posse 's 13th annual Gathering of the…

  6. Queen Extravaganza Makes U.S. Debut

    June 01, 2012 11:35 AM EDT During the 22 years since Freddie Mercury's death, the Queen camp has carefully and at times creatively perpetuated the group's catalog and legacy. Reissues. A hit theater musical ("We Will Rock You"). Tours with Paul Rodgers and, this summer, with "American Idol"…

  7. Jimmy Buffett To Record New Album This Year

    May 30, 2012 3:45 PM EDT "I'm happy with the material 'cause I've been working at it for a while," Buffett says Jimmy Buffett says he has tunes to the left and tunes to the right as he eyeballs his next studio album. Buffett tells Billboard.com that he's "got a lot of songs and I&…

  8. Ed Helms: Bluegrass Ambassador, Tiger Bed Maker, 'Office' Optimist

    May 02, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Talks L.A. Bluegrass Situation, John C. Reilly's Great Voice & the 'Work Cut Out for Us' If 'The Office' Gets Another Season The 3rd annual L.A. Bluegrass Situation will be taking place this weekend. Conceived by Largo proprietor Mark Flanagan and comic actor Ed…

  9. Coachella 2012: 10 Best Performances of Both Weekends

    April 23, 2012 11:35 AM EDT This year, Southern California got two Coachellas for the price of one. The unprecedented model of having identical festivals on consecutive weekends not only meant that more fans got to have fun in the blazing sun, it also gave the artists two chances to bring their A-game to the desert. Set…

  10. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    April 16, 2012 11:20 AM EDT "Tupac Hologram" were the two words on everyone's lips as Weekend 1 of Coachella 2012 came to a close, but the third day of the festival was more than just the projected image of a legendary, long-deceased rapper during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining set. The two…

  11. 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…

  12. Eminem, Warren G Joining Dr. Dre and Snoop's Coachella Set

    April 10, 2012 8:43 PM EDT Eminem , Warren G and Daz Dillinger are heading to Coachella, according to Warren G's official site . "Dr. Dre will perform at the 2012 edition of the annual Indie festival 'Coachella' in the desert. The good doctor will perform with all times friends Snoop Dogg, Daz…

  13. Banjo Man: Remembering Earl Scruggs

    March 29, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Chet Atkins played the guitar. Bob Wills played the fiddle. Earl Scruggs played the banjo, and did he ever. Scruggs, who passed away yesterday at the age of 88, revolutionized the way that the banjo was played, influencing countless musicians in the process. Born January 6, 1924 in Shelby, NC…

  14. Carrie Underwood Rocks the Boat at CRS

    February 24, 2012 1:00 PM EST Countless seminars and panels, lunch with Alan Jackson, plus a cruise boat filled with some of Nashville's biggest artists and most promising upstarts -- all part of day two of the 2012 Country Radio Seminar (CRS). The panels, which covered such topics as sales and digital marketing,…

  15. Mick Jagger, B.B. King Ready to Sing Blues for Obama

    February 21, 2012 7:55 PM EST Mick Jagger, B.B. King and Jeff Beck are teaming up with musical up-and-comers at the White House to celebrate the blues. Jagger tweeted that President Barack Obama popped in during a rehearsal for Tuesday's A-list concert and "seemed really relaxed and happy!" Grammy-winner…

  16. White House Crasher Claims Journey Profited From His Split

    February 16, 2012 4:35 PM EST Lawsuit: Journey's 2011 Tour, Its Biggest in 20 Years, Got Boost When Guitarist Began Dating Michaele Salahi The White House crasher whose wife left him in a blaze of tabloid glory for Journey guitarist Neal Schon has filed a $50 million lawsuit claiming to have been "emotionally…

  17. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  18. Honoring Etta James: 7 Famous Covers of 'At Last'

    January 20, 2012 11:50 AM EST Etta James ' passing has reminded music fans of the wealth of R&B and blues classics the singer released, with none more timeless than her version of Mack Gordon and Harry Warren's "At Last." Since James originally married her soaring vocals to the wistful track in…

  19. Etta James, Soul Icon, Dies at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:40 AM EST Etta James , the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera , is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Honoring Etta James: 7 Versions of 'At Last…

  20. Tim McGraw, 'Emotional Traffic': Album Preview

    January 17, 2012 10:44 AM EST Tim McGraw Title: Emotional Traffic | Release Date: Jan. 24 For better or worse, the two decade musical union between Tim McGraw and Curb Records comes to an end. But, it ends with quite a musical bang. The uplifting "Better Than I Used To Be" has already made an impact at radio and…

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