1. George Jones Honored at Stagecoach, Grand Ole Opry and All Around Nashville

    April 29, 2013 11:50 AM EDT A single candle was lit at Nashville's Ernest Tubb Record Shop, where only a handful of Jones CDs remained on the shelves Over the weekend following the passing of George Jones, the singer's voice could be heard all around classic country circles. Nowhere was the loss of Jones…

  2. George Jones Was King of the Country Charts

    April 26, 2013 11:05 AM EDT From the time his second single became his first chart entry in October 1955 until his final appearance on Billboard's Hot Country Songs as a featured artist on Aaron Lewis' "Country Boy" two years ago, George Jones distinguished himself as a peerless chart force with…

  3. Celebrated Producer Andy Johns Dead at 61

    April 08, 2013 3:33 AM EDT Andy Johns, the veteran producer and engineer who worked on classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and many others, has died at the age of 61. The news was confirmed to Billboard.biz by guitarist Stacy Blades, who was working on an untitled…

  4. A Tale of Two Queensryches: Hear 'Redemption' Single, Geoff Tate Album Samples

    March 25, 2013 7:51 PM EDT Singer Geoff Tate and his former bandmates each have new albums due later this year under the Queensryche name. Music from both versions of rock band Queensryche has now hit the Internet, supplying fans who are sharply divided about the state of the Seattle group with audio ammunition in…

  5. Wale Reveals 'The Gifted' Release Date, 'Bad' Video

    March 21, 2013 10:50 PM EDT The new single is "a pretty good indication" of the album's direction, the MC says. Wale has unveiled the album title and release date for his third studio album, along with the video for its lead single, "Bad." The album, "The Gifted," will be released…

  6. SXSW Shorts: Charli XCX, Shoes, Nik Bartsch, White Lung and K-Pop's f(x)

    March 14, 2013 6:30 PM EDT So many bands. So little time. Billboard is roaming Austin this week, checking out as many acts at SXSW as possible -- and each day we'll highlight a selection of our favorites. On Wednesday we caught Charli XCX, The Sights, a pair of Lung acts (White Lung, Wet Lungs), along with…

  7. Van Halen European Tour Not Happening, Says Irving Azoff

    March 12, 2013 6:25 PM EDT Comments by Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth that the band will tour Europe beginning late this year are incorrect, according to Irving Azoff, manager for founders Alex and Eddie Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. In comments picked up by multiple media outlets, Roth said on the…

  8. Jimi Hendrix's 'People, Hell & Angels' Gives Final Taste of Unreleased Works

    March 06, 2013 3:28 AM EST Jimi Hendrix recorded everything. More than 40 years after his death, though, the tape is finally running out. "People, Hell & Angels," out Tuesday, will be the last album of Hendrix's unreleased studio material, according to Eddie Kramer, the engineer who recorded…

  9. Mel Tillis Eyes New Book, Greatest Hits Album

    March 04, 2013 3:00 PM EST As a writer, Mel Tillis has crafted some of the format's most memorable songs, such as "Detroit City" for Bobby Bare and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town" for Kenny Rogers. As an artist, he placed 77 singles on the singles chart between 1958 and 1989.…

  10. Queensryche Ink New Record Deal, Next Album Due June 11

    March 04, 2013 9:30 AM EST Band signs with Century Media Records, becoming de facto labelmates with former singer Geoff Tate Billboard has exclusively learned that rock band Queensryche has signed with metal label Century Media Records for a worldwide record deal. The group will release its next album -- its first with…

  11. George Strait Honored At Country Radio Hall of Fame Gala

    February 27, 2013 3:21 AM EST It was a night of celebration Tuesday (Feb. 26) at the Nashville Convention Center as the 2013 Country Radio Seminar kicked off with the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame ceremony. Five broadcasters were inducted into the Hall, and one country music icon was celebrated for his legendary…

  12. Pearl Jam Guitarist 'Stoked' For New Album

    February 22, 2013 6:35 PM EST Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says the band has seven songs and has new album sessions planned. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready tells Billboard he's "stoked" the band is heading back into the studio soon "to finish off this record that we've been working on for about…

  13. The Doors' John Densmore Hopes Book Spurs 'Dialogue' With Bandmates

    February 22, 2013 4:35 PM EST Drummer chats exclusively with Billboard about "The Doors: Unhinged" ... says he won't play with a "Jimitator," but a singer like Eddie Vedder? "I'm open to it" While his new book may light some fires with his cohorts from the Doors, John Densmore…

  14. Blues Great Magic Slim Dies at 75

    February 21, 2013 11:21 PM EST Magic Slim, a dynamic guitarist who helped shape the sound of Chicago's electric blues, died Feb. 21 in a Philadelphia hospital. He was 75. Born Morris Holt in Torrance, Mississippi in 1937, Slim’s recording career ran from the sixties through to recent times, built on his peerless…

  15. Van Halen, Billy Joel Headline New Aussie Stone Fest

    February 17, 2013 6:24 AM EST Van Halen and Billy Joel will headline the new two-day Stone Music Festival in Sydney this April. Other international acts confirmed for the April 20 and 21 fest at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium include Buckcherry, Richie Ramone, Lifehouse and so-called “supergroup” Kings of Chaos. Australian fans of…

  16. Natalie Maines Announces 'Mother' Solo Album

    February 08, 2013 2:45 PM EST Debut effort by Dixie Chick co-produced with Ben Harper, includes songs by Pink Floyd, Eddie Vedder and Jeff Buckley Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines' long-awaited debut solo album, "Mother," a rock-leaning collection co-produced by Ben Harper featuring songs by…

  17. Lil Wayne Returns Home, Rocks Madden Super Bowl Party With Big Boi

    February 01, 2013 10:15 AM EST Much of pregame festivities at the Super Bowl are centered around music, and considering the sponsorships and dollars thrown to host these affairs, the stakes are high. The name of the game is to get the most media impressions and ultimately, have folks talking about your event well after…

  18. Pearl Jam To Play Wrigley Field in July

    January 23, 2013 8:30 AM EST PJ headlines the Chicago Cubs' Ballpark on July 19 and Ontario's Budweiser Gardens on July 16. Fall dates to be announced. Pearl Jam will headline famed Chicago Cubs baseball park Wrigley Field on July 19 and London, Ontario's Budweiser Gardens on July 16, the band announced…

  19. Ask Billboard: Solo Duets, Almost-Heatseeker Graduates & Kenny Chesney

    January 22, 2013 10:05 AM EST In this week's mailbag, your assistance is required when it comes to remembering solo hits which probably should've been billed as duets. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  20. Ask Billboard: 20 No. 13 Hits For 2013

    January 15, 2013 9:05 AM EST So many great songs have peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here's a look at 20 (plus a whole bunch more). 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…

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