1. Jens Lekman / April 5, 2008 / New York (Webster Hall)

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For pop music lovers, there were arguably few 2007 releases that topped the superb sweetness of Jens Lekman's "Night Falls Over Kortedala." For pop music lovers, there were arguably few 2007 releases that topped the superb sweetness of Jens Lekman's "Night Falls Over…

  2. The Billboard Q&A: The Replacements' Paul Westerberg

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At the risk of sounding corny, is there one of the first four albums that holds a warmer spot in your heart than the others? At the risk of sounding corny, is there one of the first four albums that holds a warmer spot in your heart than the others? Paul Westerberg: To me, they were all just…

  3. This Day in Music

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Onstage in Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen takes a stand against hunger by donating all of the proceeds from a tour rehearsal show to World Hunger Year (WHY), which was co-founded in 1975 2005 - Onstage in Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen takes a stand against hunger by…

  4. The Dodos

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Dodos drummer Logan Kroeber was speaking as he lay on his back in a field in Van Buren State Park, somewhere in the depths of Ohio as the band continued its seemingly endless tour. The Dodos drummer Logan Kroeber was speaking as he lay on his back in a field in Van Buren State Park,…

  5. Alison Moyet Fulfills Wish With Yaz Reunion

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For Alison Moyet, the upcoming Yazoo tour represents a chance to complete some unfinished business. For Alison Moyet, the upcoming Yazoo tour represents a chance to complete some unfinished business. Although the British singer has carved out a hugely successful career as a solo artist since…

  6. The Billboard Q&A: Dolly Parton

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Since arriving in Nashville at 18 and being introduced to America on "The Porter Wagoner Show," Dolly Parton has written some of the most enduring songs in the pop and country canons, conquered film, Since arriving in Nashville at 18 and being introduced to America on "The…

  7. Madonna Racks Up 13th U.K. No. 1 Single

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna landed her 13th chart-topping U.K. single with "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.) featuring Justin Timberlake yesterday (April 20), while British rock band the Kooks scored an instant No. 1 with their Madonna landed her 13th chart-topping U.K. single with "4 Minutes" …

  8. This Day in Music

    April 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - An eclectic mix of artists are on display during the sixth annual Jammy Awards at New York's the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. A number of intriguing combinations hit the stage, including r 2006 - An eclectic mix of artists are on display during the sixth annual Jammy Awards…

  9. Take Flight

    April 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand duo Flight Of The Conchords skewers synth-pop, the French, David Bowie, American R&B, hip-hop and unattainable sexual conquests on its self-titled debut album, due this week via Sub Po New Zealand duo Flight Of The Conchords skewers synth-pop, the French, David Bowie, American…

  10. This Day in Music

    April 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - American Head Charge guitarist Bryan Ottoson dies prior to the group's performance in North Charleston, S.C. According to a spokesperson, the guitarist is found dead in his bunk on the group's 2005 - American Head Charge guitarist Bryan Ottoson dies prior to the group's…

  11. This Day in Music

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker opens a franchise of the popular restaurant chain Wahoo's Fish Taco in Norco, Calif. 2004 - Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker opens a franchise of the popular restaurant chain Wahoo's Fish Taco in Norco, Calif. 2003 - Superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold…

  12. Chart Beat Chat

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss the "Hottest Hot 100" books, Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney and more! CHART A LOT'S WEB Hi Fred, I wrote to you about a month or two ago asking about the most recent editions of your books. Thanks to your reply, I purchased the latest [edition of] …

  13. This Day in Music

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Juan Pablo Torres, one of Cuba's premier trombonists and a member of the group Cuban Masters who played alongside legends like Israel "Cachao" Lopez and Carlos "Patato" Valdez, dies in Miami. T 2005 - Juan Pablo Torres, one of Cuba's premier trombonists…

  14. Kristy Lee Cook Voted Off 'American Idol'

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The "American Idol" competition was narrowed down to six remaining hopefuls Wednesday (April 16) after Kristy Lee Cook was voted home. The 24-year-old native of Selma, Ore.'s country charm helped her The "American Idol" competition was narrowed down to six remaining…

  15. This Day in Music

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Reggae artist Ziggy Marley releases his first solo album, "Dragonfly," via Private Music. The oldest son of Bob Marley, the artist fronted the Melody Makers through nine studio albums on Capito 2003 - Reggae artist Ziggy Marley releases his first solo album, "Dragonfly,…

  16. Sub Pop Celebrates 20th With Seattle Bash

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sub Pop Records will celebrate its 20th birthday with a July 12-13 party at Seattle's Marymoor Park, featuring performances by bands from throughout the indie label's storied past and present. Sub Pop Records will celebrate its 20th birthday with a July 12-13 party at Seattle's…

  17. Cosby Writes For, But Doesn't Rap On, Hip-Hop Album

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Comedian/actor/author Bill Cosby will serve as executive producer and co-writer on a new hip-hop album, "Cosby Narratives Vol. 1: State of Emergency." Comedian/actor/author Bill Cosby will serve as executive producer and co-writer on a new hip-hop album, "Cosby Narratives Vol.…

  18. This Day in Music

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - R&B singer Angie Stone makes her Broadway debut when she joins the cast of "Chicago," starting with an April 14 performance. Stone is replacing B.J. Crosby in the role of Jail warden Matron 2003 - R&B singer Angie Stone makes her Broadway debut when she joins the cast…

  19. Simon Shines At Brooklyn Tribute Series

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paul Simon brought the second component in a three-part, month-long series of concerts celebrating his vast discography to a close last night (April 13) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, drafting inte Paul Simon brought the second component in a three-part, month-long series of concerts…

  20. Duffy, Estelle Rule Again On U.K. Charts

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British females continued to rule the new U.K. sales charts published yesterday (April 13), with Duffy's "Rockferry" album (A&M/Universal) rebounding 2-1 and Estelle's "American Boy" (Homeschool/A British females continued to rule the new U.K. sales charts…

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