1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. This Day in Music

    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 S 2006 - Regional Mexican singer Valentin Elizalde is shot dead in the early morning hours in…

  6. Van Morrison / Nov. 8, 2008 / Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl)

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST In the waning moments of the Nov. 8 landmark performance of his 1968 album "Astral Weeks," Van Morrison offered his thanks to the Hollywood Bowl audience, quipping, "You've made a happy man very old." In the waning moments of the Nov. 8 landmark performance of his…

  7. This Day in Music

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Billy Joel announces his return to the road as a solo headlining artist for the first time in nearly eight years. 2005 - Billy Joel announces his return to the road as a solo headlining artist for the first time in nearly eight years. 2003 - Van Morrison is ordered in London's…

  8. This Day in Music

    October 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2006 - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2004 - For his enduring influence and contributions to music, Stevie Wonder is named…

  9. Mars Volta, N.E.R.D. Get Austin City Limits Started

    September 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Skies were blue and the sun often fierce as the seventh Austin City Limits festival got underway yesterday (Sept. 26) before 65,000 fans at Zilker Park. The Mars Volta, N.E.R.D., Vampire Weekend and t Skies were blue and the sun often fierce as the seventh Austin City Limits festival got…

  10. This Day in Music

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renaissance after being rediscovered by Fat Possum Records in the 1990s, dies in a Memphis hospital. He is 78. 2005 - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renaissance after being rediscovered by Fat Possum…

  11. This Day in Music

    August 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Lil' Kim appears at the 2006 MTV Video Music awards fresh from prison, wearing a business suit that is a far cry from the skimpy getups of her past. 2006 - Lil' Kim appears at the 2006 MTV Video Music awards fresh from prison, wearing a business suit that is a far cry from…

  12. The Swell Season / May 19, 2008 / New York (Radio City Music Hall)

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With their charming pop melodies and quiet harmonies, Glen Hansard and his partner Marketa Irglova made a point of treating Radio City like a quaint club. Glen Hansard, armed with a weathered acoustic guitar and an ear-to-ear grin, walked onto the fully lit stage of Manhattan’s Radio City…

  13. Chart Beat

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action on Mariah Carey, Radiohead, R.E.M. and more! MARIAH AND ELVIS REDUX: Mariah Carey didn't break an Elvis Presley record this week, but she did tie one. Just seven days after surpassing Presley's total of No. 1 pop singles in the rock era, Carey equals the…

  14. Strait Speeds Past R.E.M. To Debut At No. 1

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the fourth time in his career, country vet George Strait earns the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200 with "Troubadour." According to Nielsen SoundScan, the MCA Nashville album moved 166,000 copies, For the fourth time in his career, country vet George Strait earns the No. 1 spot…

  15. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    March 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R.E.M. returns to rock, the Black Keys team up with Danger Mouse, Moby cooks up the soundtrack to a night out in New York, Sun Kil Moon ruminates on matters of the heart and Trina stands up for the si The latest album from country veteran George Strait, "Troubadour" (MCA Nashville).…

  16. Estelle Ends Duffy's U.K. Chart Dominance

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British R&B newcomer Estelle crashed onto the U.K. chart at No. 1 yesterday (March 23) with her single featuring Kanye West, "American Boy" (Homeschool/Atlantic). It's the 28-year-old's first dome British R&B newcomer Estelle crashed onto the U.K. chart at No. 1…

  17. Soul To Squeeze

    March 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ahead of the release of the mostly covers "Soul Speak," due this week via Universal Motown, Michael McDonald accomplished the rare feat of hitting three separate charts with a trio of tracks from the Ahead of the release of the mostly covers "Soul Speak," due this week via…

  18. Billboard Bits: Van Morrison, Apple, Langhorne Slim

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Van Morrison will release latest collection of new tunes on March 11 via Lost Highway. "Keep It Simple" is the veteran songwriter's follow-up to 2006's "Pay the Devil" and comes on the heels of three Van Morrison will release latest collection of new tunes on…

  19. Billboard Bits: Van Morrison, Atmosphere, MC Hammer

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST More than two-dozen of Van Morrison's albums are about to get the reissue treatment via Polydor/Universal, in conjunction with Exile Productions. More than two-dozen of Van Morrison's albums are about to get the reissue treatment via Polydor/Universal, in conjunction with Exile…

  20. This Day in Music

    November 30, 2007 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…

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