1. Rod Stewart "Soulbook" Video Q&A

    October 19, 2009 1:18 PM EDT Rod Stewart brings a splash of color to the staid surroundings of the Beverly Hills Hotel. He's wearing a blue striped shirt, a white business suitcoat with thick red trim and blue Converse slip-ons-a look that combines nautical and vaudeville, which seems perfectly fitting for Stewart,…

  2. Rod Stewart Hopes 'Soulbook' Album Launches Series

    October 16, 2009 5:29 PM EDT Rod Stewart is hoping his upcoming "Soulbook" album may launch a series similar to his multi-platinum "The Great American Songbook" series earlier this decade. "Oh, I'd love it to. That would be just amazing, but I'm not going to count my chickens before…

  3. Stars Lining Up For Jerry Wexler Memorial Celebration

    October 13, 2009 4:39 PM EDT Jerry Wexler, the man who coined the term "rhythm and blues," will get a first-class memorial sendoff on Oct. 30 in New York City. Wexler died in August 2008, and it's been hard getting everyone in the same place for his service. But his kids, Lisa and Paul, have chosen the…

  4. Breaking and Entering: Asking Alexandria

    October 08, 2009 4:38 PM EDT Excuse Ben Bruce's constant coughing; the Asking Alexandria guitarist has just come down with pneumonia while on tour in the United States, having to drop off the final dates of the band's tour with Alesana and The Bled . "The last day of the tour the doctor said I was really…

  5. Gene Simmons: The Billboard Kiss Cover

    October 07, 2009 4:40 PM EDT It would be hard to come up with a more prominent rock'n'roll bassist than Gene Simmons of Kiss . The Kiss co-founder, reality TV star and entrepreneur has his fingerprints on virtually all segments of the music industry. Born Chaim Witz in 1949 in Haifa, Israel, and the only child…

  6. Basement Jaxx, "Scars"

    October 06, 2009 4:01 PM EDT If Basement Jaxx has a flaw, it's the group's tendency to overdo: too many of the craziest sounds you've ever heard happening at once, at too high a volume, surrounding one defenseless vocal line. But the U.K. production duo has found a happy medium between total sonic freedom…

  7. Bebel Gilberto, "All in One"

    October 06, 2009 11:02 AM EDT Despite Bebel Gilberto 's Brazilian musical bloodlines (her father is João Gilberto and her mother is Miúcha ), she didn't achieve widespread notoriety until she left the South American country. Her 2000 international debut release, "Tanto Tempo," produced in London, put…

  8. Photos of the Week: Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, U2

    September 25, 2009 4:53 PM EDT A president bantered with two music legends. One '80s star commemorated Michael Jackson in Milan while another paid respect to DJ AM in Brooklyn. Justin Timberlake showed off his Emmy, Miley Cyrus provoked adoring screams in concert in the land of the Magic Kingdom, while U2 held court…

  9. Zero 7, "Yeah Ghost"

    September 25, 2009 1:27 PM EDT What is Zero 7 without its unofficial, clear-voiced frontwoman Sia Furler, who left amicably last year to pursue a solo career? The answer: something very different yet unmistakably Zero 7. Singer/songwriter Eska takes over the alpha woman role on "Yeah Ghost," the fourth studio…

  10. Chynna and Michelle Phillips React To Mackenzie Phillips Incest Bombshell

    September 23, 2009 5:50 PM EDT Former child star Mackenzie Phillips said Wednesday (Spet. 23) that she maintained a sexual relationship with her father, John Phillips of acclaimed '60s vocal group The Mamas and the Papas , for more than a decade. According to a report in People magazine , Phillips, now 49, was 19…

  11. Fall Out Boy Tells 'Toy Story' In New Comic Series

    September 21, 2009 5:32 PM EDT Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz admits to not being an avid fan of comic books. When he started chatting with Los Angeles designer Darren Romanelli about developing a visual project with the band, however, the idea of creating a comic seemed like a natural fit. "We were both kindred…

  12. The Bravery Darker, Angrier On 'Slow Poison'

    September 17, 2009 1:10 PM EDT The Bravery 's third album -- "Slow Poison," due out Nov. 10 -- will be "darker and angrier" than its predecessors, according to frontman Sam Endicott. But it's not a wholesale reinvention of the band, either. "I'd say it's more like the first…

  13. Shakira: The 'She Wolf' Billboard Cover Story

    September 16, 2009 2:19 PM EDT In Shakira's hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia, there's a 15-foot metal statue of her, wearing bell-bottoms and strumming a guitar. It was donated by a German sculptor in 2006, in the midst of the singer's wildly successful Oral Fixation world tour, which featured her jaw…

  14. Drew Barrymore Whips Up Soundtrack For Directorial Debut

    September 11, 2009 10:59 AM EDT Drew Barrymore is as excited about putting together the music and executive producing the soundtrack for her new film, "Whip It," as she is about making her directoral debut. "What was so exciting was to finally get to make a film that I could make an ultimate mixtape for and…

  15. Chart Beat Thursday: Colbie Caillat, Black Eyed Peas, Prince

    September 03, 2009 4:46 PM EDT HOT COCO: If it seems like the Billboard 200 this week is bursting with debuts, it is. 39 new titles arrive, led by Colbie Caillat 's sophomore set, and first No. 1, "Breakthrough." Her debut album, "Coco," peaked at No. 5 upon its entrance on Aug. 4, 2007. While this…

  16. Sting, Spektor, Groban Join Joshua Bell 'At Home'

    September 02, 2009 9:04 AM EDT Sting, Regina Spektor, Josh Groban and jazz trumpeter Chris Botti are among the guests who join violin virtuoso Joshua Bell on his new album, "At Home With Friends." The sixteen song set, which also features appearances by Dave Grusin and Anoushka Shankar, was born out of the…

  17. Air Back In Studio For New Film Soundtrack

    August 28, 2009 11:03 AM EDT Though their sixth album "Love 2" hasn't hit stores yet, French electronica duo Air are heading back to the studio next month, reprising their roles as film composers. They'll be working on the music for Sam Garbaski's "Quartier lointain," a French…

  18. 10 Must-Hear Back To School Albums

    August 28, 2009 10:48 AM EDT As the last of the summer festivals move the masses one more time before the weather turns and the bright, inescapable hits of the summer become nostalgia for the season passed, it's time to put on a sweater and head back to campus armed with Billboard's chronological crib sheet of…

  19. Basement Jaxx Plan Rare DJ Tour For 'Scars' Release

    August 21, 2009 12:32 PM EDT Basement Jaxx , the British dance music duo responsible for some of the most infectious dancefloor filling anthems of the last decade, will follow the release of their latest studio album with a series of rare North American DJ dates this autumn. The DJ tour will kick off in San Francisco on…

  20. George Strait Dethrones Michael Jackson, Tops Billboard 200

    August 19, 2009 10:59 AM EDT As expected, the King of Pop steps aside for the King of Country as George Strait's "Twang" replaces Michael Jackson's enduring "Number Ones" as the best selling album in the country. Strait's new set sold 155,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan,…

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