1. Johnny Winter Taps All-Star Lineup for 'Roots' Album

    April 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It should be no surprise that Johnny Winter 's next album finds him playing the blues. But on "Roots," due out later this year, he's playing other people's blues. The veteran guitarist, singer and bandleader's first studio album in more than seven years finds him…

  2. App Developers = Tomorrow's Rock Stars

    March 31, 2011 1:00 PM EDT About two years ago, Miso Media CEO Aviv Grill received a phone call that changed the course of his three-person iPhone/iPad development company. It was from the parents of co-founder/chief technology officer Ryan Tsukamoto. They were in Japan on vacation, but Tsukamoto was spending the…

  3. Pinetop Perkins, Legendary Bluesman, Dies At 97

    March 21, 2011 9:00 PM EDT P inetop Perkins , one of the last old-school bluesmen who played with Muddy Waters and became the oldest Grammy winner this year, died Monday at his home of cardiac arrest. He was 97. Perkins was having chest pains when he went to take a nap and paramedics could not revive him, said Hugh…

  4. Warren Haynes Mines His Soul Roots On 'Man in Motion' Album, Due in May

    February 24, 2011 12:28 PM EST G ov't Mule co-founder and Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes will shows his roots as a soul man with the May 10 release of his fourth solo album, "Man in Motion" (Stax/Concord Music Group). The 10-song set, recorded in Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio near…

  5. Decemberists' 'King Is Dead' Is No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 26, 2011 11:00 AM EST T he Decemberists claim their first No. 1 album as "The King Is Dead" debuts atop the Billboard 200 with a career-high 94,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That easily beats its initial first week estimate of around 70,000. The Decemberists Folk Around on…

  6. Ask Billboard: Readers' 2010 Top Picks, Continued

    January 07, 2011 5:15 PM EST 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. BACK TO DECEMBER …

  7. James Moody, Jazz Saxophonist, Dies of Cancer

    December 10, 2010 1:45 PM EST Jazz saxophonist James Moody , who recorded more than 50 solo albums as well as songs with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie , Quincy Jones , Lionel Hampton and B.B. King , has died. He was 85. Moody's wife, Linda McGowan Moody, says he died Thursday at San Diego Hospice after battling…

  8. Gregg Allman 'Can't Wait' to Cut 'Low Country Blues' Follow-Up

    November 30, 2010 8:00 AM EST After taking 14 years between solo albums, Gregg Allman says he can't wait to do another one. Allman releases "Low Country Blues" on Jan. 18, featuring 11 blues covers and one original, "Just Another Rider," he wrote with Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes .…

  9. Ghostface Brings Out Raekwon, Brand Nubian at CMJ Show

    October 23, 2010 3:10 PM EDT G hostface Killah was listed as the headliner at B.B. King's on Friday night in New York, but the Wu-Tang Clan MC played the master of ceremonies of an old-school rap celebration. Before Ghostface took the stage a little before 2:30 AM and brought out special guests Raekwon and Brand…

  10. Jerry Lee Lewis Enlists Legendary Friends for New Album

    August 31, 2010 4:25 PM EDT J erry Lee Lewis wants to make one thing clear: The title of his new album, "Mean Old Man," isn't a reference to the Killer himself. "No, it has nothing to do with me whatsoever," the 74-year-old rock'n'roll legend says. "It's named for the Kris…

  11. Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Jason Derulo, Cyndi Lauper

    July 01, 2010 5:35 PM EDT SIX-SHOOTER: As previously reported , Eminem roars onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "Recovery." The set becomes the rap superstar's sixth consecutive leader on the list. He first appeared with the No. 2-peaking "The Slim Shady LP," on March 13, 1999, and then…

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Gleans 2nd No. 1

    May 27, 2010 5:15 PM EDT TV SETS: With an album that opens with a cover of the Beatles ' "Hello Goodbye," the "Glee" cast breaks a Billboard 200 record that the Fab Four had held for almost 44 years. Just four weeks after the troupe topped the Billboard 200 with "Glee: the Music, the…

  13. Steve Miller Band: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 4:26 PM EDT "Bingo!" (Space Cowboy Records/Roadrunner/Loud & Proud, June 15) The first new Steve Miller Band studio album in 17 years has a bluesy edge, with guest spots from B.B. King , Jimmy Reed and Jimmy Vaughan . Joe Satriani will also join Miller on a few tracks. Previous album and…

  14. New Orleans Jazz Fest Photo Gallery

    May 03, 2010 3:06 PM EDT This year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which wrapped up seven days of music yesterday (May 2), served up sounds that hit every sonic flavor related to the brassy genre born in the city. Aretha Frankin may have had to cancel her set, but that didn't slow the momentum of…

  15. New Orleans Jazz Fest / April 23-25 / Fairgrounds Racetrack

    April 27, 2010 6:00 PM EDT With three days of memorable performances by artists as varied as Simon and Garfunkel , Drake , My Morning Jacket , the Allman Brothers , and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band , the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 23-25) demonstrated just why the yearly…

  16. Digital Genre Charts Launch

    April 06, 2010 11:05 AM EDT Billboard has added to its vast chart menu with the introduction of new digital download lists ranking the top songs in 21 specific genres, compiled from data gathered by Nielsen SoundScan. All digital genre song charts appear in full to subscribers on billboard.biz, where Billboard's…

  17. Steve Miller Band Mines The Blues For 'Bingo!'

    March 31, 2010 1:35 PM EDT Steve Miller hasn't released a new studio album in 17 years but he plans to make up for lost time with a pair of blues and R&B cover sets that will come out this year and next. "Bingo!," Miller's first Steve Miller Band release on his own Space Cowboy Records label in…

  18. First Listen: Joe Bonamassa's "Black Rock

    March 17, 2010 2:57 PM EDT Now twenty years into his career, blues-rocker Joe Bonamassa has built his audience the old fashioned way: through songwriting playing live. The veteran guitarist will be spending the rest of 2010 on a world tour , but before you see him -- and before you can hear it anywhere else --…

  19. Eric Clapton Enlists Jeff Beck, John Mayer, ZZ Top For Crossroads Fest

    February 10, 2010 10:31 AM EST The Allman Brothers Band , ZZ Top , Jeff Beck , Steve Winwood , John Mayer , B.B. King and Sheryl Crow will join Eric Clapton at his third Crossroads Guitar Festival, which will take place June 26 at Toyota Park in Chicago -- where Clapton also held the 2007 event. The day-long festival will…

  20. Fantasia Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 1:23 PM EST Fantasia, Title TBD (J/RCA Music Group) Release Date: March 2010 When Fantasia 's VH1 reality series, "Fantasia for Real," premiered Jan. 11, it included footage of her working on her third studio album. The as-yet-untitled CD will capture the melodic storytelling qualities of…

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