1. Back To Pop

    July 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Imani Coppola admits that the story behind her forming Little Jackie with multi-instrumentalist Adam Pallin is "really not very exciting at all": ... Imani Coppola admits that the story behind her forming Little Jackie with multi-instrumentalist Adam Pallin is "really not very…

  2. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    July 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Beck and Danger Mouse make a lean and mean psychedelic opus, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. presses on with his solo career and Imani Coppola gets back to pop with Little Jackie in this week's H A collaborative album from Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson, "Two Men With the…

  3. This Day in Music

    July 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his pointed lyrics and storyteller's sensibility is found dead in his car on Chicago's southwest side. He is 71. He has a single gunshot 2002 - Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his pointed lyrics…

  4. This Day in Music

    July 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Syreeta Wright, best known for her duet with Billy Preston on "With You I'm Born Again," dies after a long struggle with cancer. She is 58. The singer/songwriter recorded six albums for Motown, 2004 - Syreeta Wright, best known for her duet with Billy Preston on "…

  5. This Day in Music

    July 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Target is the exclusive U.S. retailer for Ziggy Marley's second solo album, "Love Is My Religion," via Tuff Gong Worldwide. The deal marks Marley's first independent release without employing t 2006 - Target is the exclusive U.S. retailer for Ziggy Marley's…

  6. Chart Beat: Katy Perry, Leona Lewis, Coldplay

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Katy Perry, the first rock song, Leona Lewis and more! TIME FOR A CHANGE? Dear Fred, It is a significant achievement that Katy Perry has achieved the rock era's 1000th Number One single on the Billboard pop charts with "I Kissed A Girl," which -…

  7. Billboard Bits: Bruce Springsteen, Kidz Bop & More

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen will on July 15 release "Magic Tour Highlights," a digital-only EP of tracks culled from Springsteen's current "Magic" swing. No physical release is planned. Bruce Springsteen will on July 15 release "Magic Tour Highlights," a digital-only…

  8. Grizzly Bear Gets Busy On 'Sunnier' New Album

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A month away from joining Radiohead as opener for six dates on its second North American tour leg, indie rock act Grizzly Bear is about to spend the next three weeks in the studio. A month away from joining Radiohead as opener for six dates on its second North American tour leg, indie rock…

  9. This Day in Music

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell dies of complications relating to diabetes in a hospital outside Nashville. He is 61. 2001 - Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell dies of complications relating to diabetes in a hospital outside…

  10. Exclusive: ZZ Top Signs To American Recordings

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ZZ Top has signed a new record deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint through Columbia, Billboard can reveal. ZZ Top has signed a new record deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint through Columbia, Billboard can reveal. The veteran rock trio is planning to…

  11. George Michael / June 27, 2008 / Anaheim, Calif. (Honda Center)

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rarely does a performer smile for the duration of a show, but George Michael – out on his first American tour in 17 years -- wore a cat-that-ate-the canary grin throughout his Anaheim, Calif., gig o Rarely does a performer smile for the duration of a show, but George Michael – out on his…

  12. This Day in Music

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, and his one-time wife Ella Fitzgerald in a career that spanned more than half a centu 2002 - Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie…

  13. The Medic Droid

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When Hector Bagnod and Chris Donathon of the Medic Droid uploaded their first song "Fer Sure" on MySpace, they didn't expect it to result in a record deal. When Hector Bagnod and Chris Donathon of the Medic Droid uploaded their first song "Fer Sure" on MySpace, they…

  14. The Sea & Cake Energized For Eighth Album

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Sea & Cake frontman Sam Prekop concedes "Car Alarm," the Chicago indie rock institution's eighth studio album, "does feel much more upbeat and as much in your face as the Sea & Cake can be The Sea & Cake frontman Sam Prekop concedes "Car Alarm,"…

  15. This Day in Music

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Robbie "Rocket" Watts, guitarist for Australian rock act the Cosmic Psychos, dies in Melbourne. He is 47. 2006 - Robbie "Rocket" Watts, guitarist for Australian rock act the Cosmic Psychos, dies in Melbourne. He is 47. 2006 - Co-founder of Mercury Records Irving…

  16. Labelle Sets Date For Reunion Album

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B trio Labelle is hitting the studio for a reunion album to be produced by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff and Lenny Kravitz. The as-yet-untitled set, the group first since 1976's "Chameleon," is d R&B trio Labelle is hitting the studio for a reunion album to be produced…

  17. Chart Beat Chat: Coldplay, Katy Perry, Juice Newton

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Coldplay, Katy Perry, Juice Newton and more! COLDPLAY PLAY Hi Fred, I wrote you a year ago asking why some of the great Eurovision songs never get released in the United States. I have been an avid follower of the Billboard charts for 45 years. And I continue to…

  18. Jay-Z Covers Oasis, Wins Over Doubters At Glastonbury

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The tents are packed up and most of the 140,000 music lovers have made their weary way home, but memories of this year's Glastonbury festival, and its headline act Jay-Z, are likely to linger. The tents are packed up and most of the 140,000 music lovers have made their weary way home,…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, dies of cancer at his home in Nashville. He is 77. 2001 - Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, dies of cancer at his home in…

  20. This Day in Music

    June 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Johnny Jenkins, a guitarist who worked with Otis Redding in the early 1960s and influenced Jimi Hendrix through his acrobatic playing style, dies at a hospital in Macon, Ga. He is 67. 2006 - Johnny Jenkins, a guitarist who worked with Otis Redding in the early 1960s and influenced Jimi…

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