1. Elvis Presley, "Viva Elvis - The Album"

    November 15, 2010 12:04 PM EST There are certainly some Elvis Presley aficionados who will choke on their peanut butter and banana sandwiches upon hearing this companion album to Cirque du Soleil 's Las Vegas tribute to the King. The 12 tracks on "Viva Elvis-The Album" go even farther afield than the Beatles…

  2. 'Featuring' Norah Jones Track-By-Track

    November 10, 2010 10:30 AM EST Over the years, jazzy pop chanteuse and pianist Norah Jones has teamed up with many of her favorite artists, and now she's collected 18 tracks for an entire album of collaborations on her tunes, their tunes, covers and even seasonal favorites like 'Baby, It's Cold Outside."…

  3. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several of the hits and collaborations he's…

  4. Ask Billboard: Analyzing 'American Idol'

    October 01, 2010 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. THIS ... IS (YOUR…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Heart, Michelle Branch

    September 09, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 'DREAM' SEQUENCE: As previously reported , Katy Perry pockets her third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Teenage Dream" rises 2-1. Perry previously led for seven weeks with "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008 and for six weeks with "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop…

  6. Sia Leads Australian Indie Awards Nominations

    September 01, 2010 8:18 AM EDT With four nominations, Sia leads the pack heading into Australia's fifth annual Jagermeister Independent Music Awards, to be held Oct. 1 at Melbourne's Forum Theatre. The Adelaide-born artist is up for best independent artist, her third set "We Are Born" (Independent…

  7. Brian Wilson Reaches Back For 'Gershwin' Project

    August 06, 2010 2:30 PM EDT In 2004, Brian Wilson scored a critical and commercial victory by releasing a completed version of "Smile," the legendary "Pet Sounds" follow-up he'd originally begun work on in 1966. Six years later, the Beach Boys mastermind is reaching even further back in time for…

  8. Katy Perry Calls Russell Brand the 'Perfect' Partner in YouTube Interview

    July 27, 2010 4:47 PM EDT While in New York, Katy Perry sat down with YouTube host Lisa Nova to answer some of her fans' questions via her YouTube Channel. 20,000 viewers submitted their questions via the YouTube tool Moderator for the 30-minute clip titled "YouTube Presents An Interview With Katy Perry,…

  9. Born Ruffians, "Say It"

    June 18, 2010 3:31 PM EDT Born Ruffians reintroduced the forgotten concept of straightforward, no-fuss indie rock with its 2008 debut, "Red, Yellow & Blue." The band takes a similar approach on its latest album, "Say It"-but this time around, the music might be uncomplicated to a fault. The…

  10. Sergio Mendes, "Bon Tempo"

    June 18, 2010 1:37 PM EDT Summer, soccer and Sergio Mendes . Whether or not Mendes planned for his newest album, "Bon Tempo" (Good Time), to come out on the eve of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it's an ideal trifecta. On the set, the bandleader known for his blend of Brazilian bossa nova, roots rhythms and…

  11. Billboard Bits: John Fogerty, Kara DioGuardi, RedOne, Taylor Swift and More

    May 19, 2010 6:06 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip each day. Prior to the start of last evening's (May 18) 58th annual BMI Pop Awards, Billboard caught up with several honorees on the red carpet: * Before receiving this year's BMI Icon award, John Fogerty…

  12. Nnenna Freelon, "Homefree"

    May 07, 2010 1:29 PM EDT A jazz vocalist recording standards from the Great American Songbook isn't an innovative idea. But singer Nnenna Freelon takes a fresh, appealing approach to the concept on her seventh Concord album, "Homefree." Intriguing, left-of-center arrangements--coupled with one of the…

  13. Massive Attack, Phil Collins, Roxy Music To Play Montreux

    April 29, 2010 9:22 AM EDT Phil Collins will play an exclusive pre-festival concert before the 2010 Montreux Jazz Festival featuring Roxy Music , Massive Attack and a host of big jazz acts, festival organizers said on Thursday. Former Genesis singer and drummer Collins will delve into 1960s Motown and soul before…

  14. Ask Billboard: Which Carrie Songs To 'Play'?

    April 23, 2010 5:15 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. 'PLAY ON' AND ON Hey Gary, I am a huge Carrie Underwood fan! If you…

  15. Videos of the Week: Rihanna's a 'Rockstar,' Kate Gosselin Dances to 'Paparazzi,' 'Glee' does Oprah

    April 09, 2010 6:28 PM EDT In this week's top 10 videos that had everyone buzzing: Rihanna channels her innner "Rockstar" on "Idol," Kate Gosselin performs for "Paparazzi" on "Dancing with the Stars," the "Glee" cast gets love from Oprah and Michelle Obama, Justin…

  16. Debi Nova, "Drummer Boy"

    April 02, 2010 3:08 PM EDT Already a star in her home country, Costa Rican newcomer Debi Nova is positioning herself to achieve the same global appeal with "Drummer Boy" that Pitbull did last spring with "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)." Melody is the focal point on Nova's mainstream debut…

  17. 'American Idol' Recap: Lee Dewyze Rocks Out, Tim Urban Makes Simon Cowell Give Up

    March 31, 2010 8:45 AM EDT Here we are with the "American Idol" Top 10 - the few, the happy few, the band of brothers (and ladies) - destined to be part of the cultural chatter at least through the AI tour this summer. What a long, strange trip it's been - and it may only get weirder tonight as we see…

  18. Vinyl Soul, "Dream"

    March 12, 2010 3:23 PM EST Los Angeles-based Vinyl Soul won a nationally televised battle of the bands on Spanish-language TV last summer because its acoustic Latin/ soul grooves were miles above the derivative sounds of its competitors. With strong melodies, lush bilingual vocals and finely produced repertoire that…

  19. 'Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Celebrates Quincy Jones Legacy

    March 10, 2010 5:27 PM EST Akon , Ludacris , Usher , Mary J. Blige , Jennifer Hudson, Talib Kweli , BeBe Winans, Three 6 Mafia , Jermaine Dupri , Scott Storch and Jamie Foxx are among the host of artists and producers paying tribute to Quincy Jones on "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra." Featuring contemporary versions of…

  20. Herbie Hancock To Be Feted At Revived NYC Jazz Festival

    March 01, 2010 8:48 AM EST Jazz legend Herbie Hancock will be feted at a belated 70th birthday bash at Carnegie Hall that will highlight the revival of a major summer jazz festival in the Big Apple. The pianist, who turns 70 on April 12, will be joined by comedian Bill Cosby, saxophonist Joe Lovano , trumpeter Terence…

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