1. Illfonics Hope Kid Cudi Production Sends Them Over The 'Moon'

    October 07, 2009 5:13 PM EDT Last month, producer Matt Friedman got his first taste of the upper tier of the Billboard 200 when Kid Cudi 's debut album, "Man on the Moon: The End of Day," for which he produced a track titled "Enter Galactic," entered at No. 4. Now, Friedman and partner Jedd…

  2. Kid Cudi, "Man on the Moon: The End of Day"

    September 11, 2009 3:29 PM EDT Kid Cudi 's debut album, "Man on the Moon: The End of Day," is anything but a traditional hip-hop recording. It's more along the lines of pop fare, with narration by labelmate Common . Cudi describes inner struggles on the song "Mr. Solo Dolo," and he follows up…

  3. Kid Cudi Makes Peace With 'Man On The Moon'

    September 04, 2009 2:00 PM EDT At the beginning of the year, Kid Cudi threatened to quit the music industry because "the drama that comes with it is more overwhelming than the shit I was dealing with when I was piss-poor broke," he wrote on his blog. He says he felt pressured to top the success of his…

  4. 10 Must-Hear Back To School Albums

    August 28, 2009 10:48 AM EDT As the last of the summer festivals move the masses one more time before the weather turns and the bright, inescapable hits of the summer become nostalgia for the season passed, it's time to put on a sweater and head back to campus armed with Billboard's chronological crib sheet of…

  5. Trent Reznor Spurs Tom Morello To Kick Out Jams With New Band

    May 29, 2009 8:35 AM EDT A surprise invitation from Trent Reznor resulted in Street Sweeper Social Club -- the new group formed by Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, the Nightwatchman) and the Coup's Boots Riley -- getting an earlier than expected public airing. "We were finishing mixing our…

  6. Maceo Parker, Zappa, STS9 Anchor Jam Cruise Lineup

    May 07, 2009 6:39 AM EDT Now in its eighth year, the popular Jam Cruise will embark January 3, 2010 with a host of funk, techno, and roots-rock related acts on board. STS9, Maceo Parker, Zappa Plays Zappa, and the John Medeski/Robert Randolph/North Mississippi Allstars vehicle The Word are some of the top acts…

  7. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival / April 24-26, 2009 / New Orleans (Fair Grounds Race Track)

    April 29, 2009 5:42 PM EDT At 40 years old and still going strong, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is slipping into middle age with its musical mission evolving and its devotees skewing somewhat older and more musically literate than average concert crowds. Jazz Fest, as the two-weekend event is better known…

  8. Tool, Widespread Panic Top Denver's Mile High Fest Lineup

    March 26, 2009 1:24 PM EDT Tool, Widespread Panic and the Fray have been tapped to headline the second annual Mile High Music Festival, to be held July 18-19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Other artists scheduled to perform include Incubus, Ben Harper and Relentless7, G.Love & Special…

  9. Galactic, Cracker, Travis Tritt On Board For Free Green Apple Festival Shows

    March 24, 2009 10:56 AM EDT Galactic, Cracker, Travis Tritt and Soulive are among the artists who will play free "Green Apple Thank You Concerts" in various venues in ten different cities on Earth Day (April 19). The concert audiences will be filled entirely with volunteers who participate in simultaneous…

  10. Lineup Unveiled For Superfly During Jazzfest

    February 19, 2009 1:07 PM EST Death Cab For Cutie, Black Keys, Michael Franti and Galactic are among the artists confirmed to perform at the 2009 Superfly during Jazzfest Concert Series, which runs April 24-May 2 in New Orleans. The nightly events run in tandem with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's…

  11. Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello lead the lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo festival, to be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo will be Springsteen's only North American…

  12. John Legend

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sitting on a fluffy blue couch in the New York offices of Columbia Records, John Legend is surrounded by walls displaying framed portraits of Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. Sitting on a fluffy blue couch in the New York offices of Columbia Records, John Legend is surrounded by walls…

  13. King's X Enjoys Best Album Chart Debut Since '96

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a 12-year absence, veteran rock act King's X returned to The Billboard 200 last week with "XV" (InsideOut/SPV), debuting at No. 145. After a 12-year absence, veteran rock act King's X returned to The Billboard 200 last week with "XV" (InsideOut/SPV),…

  14. Jammy Awards Reunite Phish, For A Moment

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The reunion of all four members of Phish on stage at the Jammy Awards, which took place last night (May 7) at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, was a stunning, albeit brief, highlight of the The reunion of all four members of Phish on stage at the Jammy Awards, which took place last…

  15. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival / May 1-4, 2008 / New Orleans (Fair Grounds Race Course)

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Neville Brothers, playing their traditional closing-day slot at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the first time since 2005, offered an emotional conclusion to the 39th annual celebra The Neville Brothers, playing their traditional closing-day slot at the New Orleans Jazz and…

  16. R.E.M., NIN, STP Set For Voodoo Music Experience

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Modern rock titans R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the 10th Voodoo Music Experience, Billbord.com can reveal. The event will be held Oct. 24-26 at New Orleans' City Park; Modern rock titans R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the…

  17. Beck, Wilco, Panic Set For Outside Lands Fest

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Beck, Wilco, Widespread Panic and Primus lead the new additions to the lineup for the first Outside Lands festival, which will be held Aug. 22-24 at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. As previously rep Beck, Wilco, Widespread Panic and Primus lead the new additions to the lineup for the…

  18. Voodoo Music Experience Unveils Day-By-Day Lineup

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The day-by-day lineup has been unveiled for the 2007 Voodoo Music Experience, to be held Oct. 26-28 at New Orleans' City Park. The day-by-day lineup has been unveiled for the 2007 Voodoo Music Experience, to be held Oct. 26-28 at New Orleans' City Park. Rage Against The Machine and…

  19. Tunes On TV

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on television for the week of September 3 - 9. MONDAY, Sept. 3 "The Daily Habit," FUEL Featured artist(s): The Cribs. "Justin Timberlake: FutureSex / LoveShow," HBO Featured artist(s): Justin Timberlake. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured…

  20. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    August 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rilo Kiley unveils its major-label debut (sort of), the New Pornographers battle piracy in creative fashion on "Challengers," superstar hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz snags Kanye and Coldplay for his fi A DVD comprised of chapters 13 through 22 of R&B star R. Kelly's "…

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