1. John Hiatt Finally Records His 10-Year-Old Song About 9/11

    August 01, 2011 8:00 PM EDT John Hiatt 's artistic life this year has been marked by two of America's great 21st-century tragedies: the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. In May, his performance of his song "Feels Like Rain" at the New Orleans House of Blues appeared in an episode of HBO's …

  2. Steve Cropper Taps B.B. King, Steve Winwood for 5 Royales Tribute Album

    June 30, 2011 3:38 PM EDT Steve Winwood , B.B. King , Sharon Jones , Bettye LaVette and Lucinda Williams are among the artists assisting guitarist Steve Cropper in his salute to the pre-rock 'n' roll band that has had a lasting effect on his career, the 5 Royales . Cropper, whose guitar playing, songwriting…

  3. U2 Rock Glastonbury Despite Tax Protesters: Video

    June 25, 2011 11:55 AM EDT Irish rockers U2 pulled it off with their Glastonbury music festival debut, critics said on Saturday, but the fallout from a protest over the band's tax status continued to rumble. Bono and co. raced through U2 classics like "Mysterious Ways," "Where the Streets Have No…

  4. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals

    June 24, 2011 6:05 PM EDT 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. PEN PALS Hi Gary,…

  5. 'The Voice': Vicci Martinez Does Florence & the Machine Proud, Plus 7 More Highlights

    June 22, 2011 1:00 PM EDT With just one week left before its inaugural season finale, "The Voice" whittled down its contestant pool to eight semi-finalists who rocked judges/coaches Christina Aguilera , Cee Lo Green , Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's worlds. Though Levine's indirect swipe at Adam…

  6. Brian Wilson, The Roots, Chaka Khan Get Jazzy For Inaugural Blue Note Fest

    June 08, 2011 8:00 AM EDT With an already fantastic start featuring performances from Bobby McFerrin , George Porter Jr . and more, the first annual Blue Note Jazz Festival will continue with its wide-ranging lineup at NYC clubs through June 30. In addition to collaborating with an array of venues to showcase acts…

  7. Dave Stewart Finds Inspiration in Nashville, Reese Witherspoon on 'Blackbird Diaries'

    May 28, 2011 8:00 AM EDT From his legendary work with Eurythmics to his recent collaboration with Stevie Nicks on her latest album, "In Your Dreams," Dave Stewart has had a reputation for capturing magic in the studio. He does it again on his new album, "The Blackbird Diaries," due Aug. 23 on…

  8. Dennis Coffey Taps Mayer Hawthorne, Paolo Nutini for Solo Album

    April 30, 2011 8:36 AM EDT D ennis Coffey , the man who brought wah-wah to Motown (on the Temptations ' "Cloud Nine") and has a Hall of Fame-caliber sessions resume, brings his own music to the fore again this week with the help of some famous friends. Paolo Nutini, Mayer Hawthorne, Lisa Kekaula of the…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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 …

  15. 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…

  16. 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 .…

  17. 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…

  18. Buddy Guy, "Living Proof"

    October 15, 2010 4:22 PM EDT Buddy Guy proudly announces himself as "74 Years Young" at the outset of his latest album, "Living Proof." But the guitar legend still plays with the energy of a teenager-albeit a highly talented one-just starting out. And when he gets his dander up on such tracks as "…

  19. 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…

  20. Foxy Brown Brings Out Famous Friends For New York Show

    July 26, 2010 4:18 PM EDT B.B. Kings patrons got more than they bargained for this past weekend. Brooklyn rapper Foxy Brown , sporting a tiny leather cut-out dress that exposed her flourescent blue underwear and backed by a full live band, brought out an all-star cast of hip-hop veterans to perform with her. Video:…

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