1. Beirut's Zach Condon on 'Rip Tide': 'I Was Trying to Write a Pop Album'

    August 26, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Zach Condon, the songwriter and mastermind behind Beirut , may be just as famous for his music as for the cultures that have influenced it. Beirut's debut, 2006's "Gulag Orkestar," played like an old-world village party in the Balkans. Follow-up "The Flying Cup Club…

  2. Billboard Bits: Beyonce to Debut 'God Bless the USA' on CNN, Tori Amos Announces New Album

    May 05, 2011 7:32 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce to Debut 'God Bless the USA' on Piers Morgan After releasing new single "Run the World (Girls)" last month, Beyonce will debut her version of "God Bless the USA" on Piers…

  3. Battles, Of Montreal Lead PLUG Award Nominees

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST With seven each, Battles and Of Montreal scored the most nominations for the upcoming the 2008 PLUG Independent Music Awards. Voting began Tuesday (Nov. 13) for the annual awards ceremony, which will With seven each, Battles and Of Montreal scored the most nominations for the upcoming the…

  4. Beirut Breaking From Balkan For Sophomore Set

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Blog-driven indie rock sensation Beirut is putting the final touches on the follow-up to 2006's "Gulag Orkestar," tentatively due in September. Twelve songs are being eyed to make the final cut for th Blog-driven indie rock sensation Beirut is putting the final touches on the…