1. Chris Isaak Says Early Elvis Is 'In My DNA'

    August 18, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Chris Isaak says the forthcoming "Beyond The Sun" -- a collection of songs by Sun Records artists that he recorded in the famed Memphis studio -- is "an album I've been wanting to do probably my whole life." "If you asked me... If I had to be in a life or death…

  2. Marshall Grant, Who Brought 'Boom Chicka Boom' to Johnny Cash's Band, Dies

    August 09, 2011 10:25 AM EDT Not all pioneers know exactly where they're going, and that was definitely the case for Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two. Cash, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant - the last surviving member of the group who passed away Sunday morning at age 83 in Jonesboro, Ark.,…

  3. Music's Next Great Biopics

    June 09, 2011 1:06 PM EDT No one wants to talk about a Marvin Gaye movie. Or one about Janis Joplin , or a Jimi Hendrix biopic. As film subjects go, they're problematic. Heirs to the Joplin and Hendrix estates have blocked films by withholding music and image rights. The pieces to the Gaye story are in so many…

  4. Billboard Bits: Gwyneth Paltrow's Record Deal Dead, JT Mocks Himself Via Mozart

    May 23, 2011 6:01 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwyneth Paltrow's Record Deal Dead Following her leading role in "Country Strong" and numerous performances on "Glee," Gwyneth Paltrow was rumored to be in talks with Atlantic regarding a…

  5. Mumford & Sons: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 07, 2011 2:18 PM EST On Dec. 1, the day that the nominations were announced for the 2011 Grammy Awards, Glassnote Records founder Daniel Glass sat in a New York screening room with his family watching the new Sofia Coppola film, "Somewhere." Phoenix , the alt-rock band that Glass transformed during the…

  6. Chart Beat Thursday: Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Jason DeRulo

    November 05, 2009 5:47 PM EST HE IS NOT ALONE: Not only does Michael Jackson 's "This Is It" blast onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1, but several artists with ties to the late King of Pop also enter Billboard charts this week. "This Is It" marks Jackson's sixth No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Here…

  7. Ask Billboard

    April 17, 2009 4:56 PM EDT 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. PRESENT OF THE PAST Hi Gary, I have a special request. My brother will be…

  8. Day-By-Day: The Obama Inauguration Music Guide

    January 15, 2009 5:17 PM EST The official Presidential Inauguration kick-off event featuring Bono and Bruce Springsteen on Jan. 18 is one of dozens of Washington D.C. bashes celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in. Aretha Franklin, the Dead, Beyonce, Death Cab For Cute and the Beastie Boys are…

  9. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent cardiac arrest. He is 52. Braunn had been suffering from a "debilitating physical ailment," according to a post on his official Web 2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent cardiac…

  10. This Day in Music

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - A knee injury suffered near the end of Britney Spears' concert in Moline, Ill., forces the artist to cancel her planned performance the following day at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. 2004 - A knee injury suffered near the end of Britney Spears' concert in Moline, Ill.,…

  11. Decemberists' Meloy Heading To Stage, Studio

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST After issuing a handful of tour-only EPs in recent years, Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy is readying his first proper live album, "Colin Meloy Sings Live," for an April 8 release via Kill Rock Star After issuing a handful of tour-only EPs in recent years, Decemberists frontman…

  12. This Day in Music

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Folk music singer/songwriter Tom Glazer dies in Philadelphia. Glazer, 88, is best known for the 1963 novelty song "On Top of Spaghetti." 2003 - Folk music singer/songwriter Tom Glazer dies in Philadelphia. Glazer, 88, is best known for the 1963 novelty song "On Top of…

  13. Plant, Krauss Cover Everlys, Waits On New Album

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Robert Plant and Alison Krauss put their collaborative stamp on an eclectic repertoire of material on "Raising Sand," due Oct. 23 via Rounder. Among the tracks appearing on the T Bone Burnett-produced Robert Plant and Alison Krauss put their collaborative stamp on an eclectic…

  14. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent cardiac arrest. He is 52. Braunn had been suffering from a "debilitating physical ailment," according to a post on his official Web 2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent cardiac…

  15. Music On TV: June 11-17

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on TV listings for June 11-17, 2007. MONDAY, June 11 "Today," NBC Featured Artist(s): Sam Moore (also featured: Jessica McClure). "The View," ABC Featured Artist(s): Rihanna (also featured: Kim Coles; Seth Green). "Tavis Smiley," PBS Featured Artist(s):…

  16. This Day in Music

    March 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - A knee injury suffered near the end of Britney Spears' concert in Moline, Ill., forces the artist to cancel her planned performance the following day at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. 2004 - A knee injury suffered near the end of Britney Spears' concert in Moline, Ill.,…

  17. This Day in Music

    February 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Folk music singer/songwriter Tom Glazer dies in Philadelphia. Glazer, 88, is best known for the 1963 novelty song "On Top of Spaghetti." 2003 - Folk music singer/songwriter Tom Glazer dies in Philadelphia. Glazer, 88, is best known for the 1963 novelty song "On Top of…

  18. Elvis' 'Ed Sullivan' Visits Head To DVD

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Presley's appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" will be chronicled on Image Entertainment's 3-disc DVD set "Elvis Presley: The Sullivan Shows." Elvis Presley's appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" will be chronicled on Image Entertainment&…

  19. Rockabilly Singer Gene Simmons Dies

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rockabilly singer/songwriter Jumpin' Gene Simmons, who worked with Elvis Presley and had a top 20 hit in 1964 with the bouncy "Haunted House," has died. He was 69. Rockabilly singer/songwriter Jumpin' Gene Simmons, who worked with Elvis Presley and had a top 20 hit in 1964…

  20. This Day in Music

    July 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Iron Maiden drummer Michael "Nicko" McBrain is arrested and charged with assault after hitting a parking attendant with his car, according to reports. The incident occurs backstage at th 2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent…

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