1. Don Was Is Busy: Talks Rolling Stones, Van Morrison & Detroit Love

    July 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Grammy Award-winning producer and Blue Note Records president Don Was (the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan) is giving some love to his home town's jazz scene. Was (ne Fagenson) is back in Detroit this week for his annual All-Star Revue at the 20th Concert of Colors festival. But…

  2. Van Morrison Returns to Blue Note for 'Born to Sing' Release

    June 26, 2012 10:50 AM EDT The legendary voice of Van Morrison is returning to Blue Note Records. The artist, whose classic albums include "Astral Weeks," "Moondance" and "Tupelo Honey," will release "Born to Sing: No Plan B" on Oct. 2, the label announced Tuesday. Blue Note…

  3. Ronnie Montrose's Death Ruled A Suicide

    April 10, 2012 6:25 PM EDT The Mar. 3 death of Ronnie Montrose , the famed rock guitarist who helped launch Sammy Hagar's career, has been ruled a suicide. According to Guitar Player , the San Mateo County Coroner's Office reported on Apr. 6 that the 64-year-old died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and…

  4. Carly Rae Jepsen: Meet Justin Bieber's Favorite New Artist

    March 26, 2012 5:00 PM EDT "Carly Rae Jepsen is a superstar," says Bieber's manager Scooter Braun Anyone wishing to write off Carly Rae Jepsen as another flash-in-the pan viral video sensation can stop right now. The young singer/songwriter has far greater aspirations than the typical YouTube star du…

  5. Rock Guitarist Ronnie Montrose Dies at 64

    March 05, 2012 7:15 AM EST Gave Sammy Hagar His Big Break: 'It's a Shame to Lose Ronnie,' Red Rocker Says Rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who formed the band that bore his name and helped launch the career of Sammy Hagar, has died. His booking agent, Jim Douglas, says Montrose died Saturday at his home…

  6. Blur to Receive BRIT Career Award

    December 08, 2011 3:40 PM EST Blur are to be honored at the 2012 BRIT Awards with a prize celebrating two decades of influence on British music. 21 years since the release of their debut album "Leisure," the band was announced Thursday as the 2012 winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Music award. Formed in…

  7. 11 R&B/Hip-Hop No. 11s For '11

    January 04, 2011 1:05 PM EST May 2011 bring you health, happiness and prosperity. On Billboard charts, however, the number 11 is often synonymous with frustration. "No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11, but of those, No. 11 is probably the worst," says Adrian Moreira, RCA/J/Arista Records senior vice…

  8. New Orleans Jazz Fest Photo Gallery

    May 03, 2010 3:06 PM EDT This year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which wrapped up seven days of music yesterday (May 2), served up sounds that hit every sonic flavor related to the brassy genre born in the city. Aretha Frankin may have had to cancel her set, but that didn't slow the momentum of…

  9. Billboard Bits: My Morning Jacket, SPIN Magazine, Allman Brothers, Gorillaz and more

    April 26, 2010 6:50 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip each day. SPIN magazine turns 25 years old this month, and as part of its anniversary issue the magazine's editors have compiled a list of the 125 best albums of the last quarter century. Check out the whole…

  10. Simon And Garfunkel To Perform At Jazz Fest

    January 13, 2010 7:26 AM EST Simon and Garfunkel have been added to the lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The singing-songwriting duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel will join the previously announced Jazz Fest lineup that includes Pearl Jam , Aretha Franklin , Van Morrison , the Neville…

  11. Ask Billboard: Hot 100 'Peak' Performances

    January 08, 2010 7:55 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PEAK FORM Hi Gary, Happy 2010 (or Y2K10, if you prefer)! As always, it's…

  12. Pearl Jam, MMJ, Aretha Head To 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest

    December 15, 2009 8:32 AM EST P earl Jam , Aretha Franklin and, making its first appearance since February 2009, My Morning Jacket , are among the acts set for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, to take place the weekends of April 23-25 and April 29-30/May 1-2 at Fair Grounds Race Course. Other artists confirmed…

  13. Michael Buble To Unleash 'Crazy Love' In October

    August 27, 2009 8:44 AM EDT Canadian singer Michael Bublé is releasing his first album featuring original material since 2007, his label announced this week. Entitled "Crazy Love," after a 1970 Van Morrison tune of the same name, the album is due Oct. 13 on 143/Reprise Records. Bublé recorded "Crazy Love…

  14. The Dead, Black Crowes Deliver At Rothbury

    July 05, 2009 8:40 AM EDT Forget Independence Day. Saturday was the day of The Dead at the Rothbury Festival, which came as no surprise to anyone paying attention to the plethora of Grateful Dead-related attire worn around the Double JJ ranch site or to the many Dead flags that popped up at virtually every other…

  15. Taylor Swift Continues Billboard 200 Dominance

    March 04, 2009 11:17 AM EST With an 18% uptick in sales, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" continues its rule over The Billboard 200 for an 11th week. The Big Machine effort sold 73,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As reported last week , such a feat has gone unmatched by any album…

  16. Warner Acts Go Covers Crazy For Compilation

    January 13, 2009 12:43 PM EST A host of unusual covers can be found on "Covered, A Revolution in Sound: Warner Bros. Records," due Feb. 24. On it, 11 current Warner Music Group acts cover a classic tune from the label's back catalog. Amongst the most intriguing are the Flaming Lips covering Madonna's …

  17. Van Morrison Sets Up Shop At EMI

    December 18, 2008 10:54 AM EST Van Morrison is bringing his Listen to the Lion label to EMI via a new deal to be crowned by the early 2009 release of his recent live performance of the classic album "Astral Weeks." That set was recreated in painstaking detail for two Los Angeles performances at the Hollywood Bowl…

  18. Morrissey Inks U.S. Deal, Plots Spring Tour

    December 17, 2008 6:13 PM EST Morrissey has inked a U.S. deal with Lost Highway for the release of his new album, "Years of Refusal," Billboard can reveal. Due Feb. 17, the project will be issued in conjunction with the former Smiths frontman's own Attack imprint. Lost Highway is an intriguing destination…

  19. This Day in Music

    November 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Perry Henzell, who in 1972 co-authored, directed and produced the Jamaican movie, "The Harder They Come," dies in Kingston, Jamaica at the age of 70. The film's soundtrack, featuring the likes 2006 - Perry Henzell, who in 1972 co-authored, directed and produced the…

  20. Nov 25th 2008

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST – Regional Mexican singer Valentin Elizalde is shot dead in the early morning hours in Reynosa, Mexico. He is 27. Elizalde had just finished playing a concert at a palenque, and had entered his SUV when he was gunned down by more than 70 machine gun bullets. 2005 - Country music makes…

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