1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. '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…

  11. 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…

  12. '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…

  13. 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…

  14. Hot Tours: Elton John & Billy Joel, Mötley Crüe, Guns N' Roses

    February 18, 2010 12:27 PM EST Elton John & Billy Joel 's Face 2 Face Tour ranks at the top of the latest Hot Tours tally based on two performances at Seattle's KeyArena on Feb. 3 and 6. The shows were make-up dates originally scheduled for last November but postponed due to John taking ill. Both concerts…

  15. Hot Tours: Brad Paisley, Guns N' Roses, Tiesto, Nick Jonas

    February 04, 2010 11:41 AM EST Reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Brad Paisley tops the latest Hot Tours rankings with $2.2 million in box office grosses from his American Saturday Night Tour, currently on the road in the U.S. All four shows reported during the past week were sellouts with Columbus, Ohio's…

  16. Freedy Johnston, "Rain on the City"

    January 29, 2010 3:58 PM EST Singer/songwriter Freedy Johnston 's moment as a critical supernova passed quickly enough during the '90s that probably few have noticed he hasn't released an album of new material since 2001. But his richly written and confidently performed new set, "Rain on the City,…

  17. Billboard Critics' Top 10 Albums of 2009

    December 16, 2009 3:36 PM EST Chart Article Now that you've examined our list of 2009's best-selling albums , take a look at what the Billboard staff subjectively chose as the year's best albums. Indie music came on strong, while R&B and straight-ahead rock 'n' roll are represented -- but it&…

  18. Sting, "If on a Winter's Night..."

    November 13, 2009 3:48 PM EST Sting has said that his latest album, "If on a Winter's Night . . .," was inspired by his favorite cold-weather season. But what's surprising about the best cuts from the 15-track set is how much heat the Police frontman and his varied collaborators create. On "…

  19. Kings of Convenience, "Declaration of Dependence"

    October 26, 2009 3:47 PM EDT On their first album in five years, the Norwegian duo Eirik Bøe and Erlend Øye-who record under the name Kings of Convenience-have returned with more atmospheric folk-pop to soothe the soul. Percussion is nowhere to be found on the group's latest release, "Declaration of Dependence,…

  20. Bill Cosby Unites Rappers For 'Emergency' Album

    October 19, 2009 12:28 PM EDT Bill Cosby doesn't rap or sing on his latest project, but he gathered together people who do. "Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of Emergency" is a socially conscious hip-hop CD that focuses on the critical issues affecting young people. The independent project will…

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