1. 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&…

  2. 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 "…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. Brazilian Girls Back In Action With Assist From New York Senator

    October 09, 2009 11:53 AM EDT Brazilian Girls, the New York-based art-rock-party band who's last album was nominated for a Grammy Award, went on an extended hiatus last year when lead singer Sabina Sciubba decamped to Paris for the birth of her first child (a baby boy named Altaï). The band then saw its early October…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Chart Beat Thursday: Black Eyed Peas, Jason Mraz, Miley Cyrus

    August 20, 2009 5:13 PM EDT BEST WEEK EVER?: It would be an historic Billboard Hot 100 this week if just one landmark record was broken, but when the Black Eyed Peas and Jason Mraz each rewrite 51 years of Hot 100 achievements, the chart dated Aug. 29, 2009, is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary of its entire…

  9. Bebel Gilberto Goes 'All In' With Verve

    August 20, 2009 1:43 PM EDT Time spent in Jamaica, a new marriage and a deal with Verve are the driving factors for Brazilian vocalist Bebel Gilberto's fourth record, "All In One." The twelve song set - due September 29 - features a host of different producers, including Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lily…

  10. Pete Yorn, "Back and Fourth"

    July 24, 2009 5:39 PM EDT Pete Yorn's songwriting has grown considerably since his 2001 debut album, "Musicforthemorningafter," where many fans discovered the New Jersey-based artist's music through placements on youth-aimed television shows and films. The songs on his fourth full-length, "…

  11. Gabriel Espinosa, "From Yucatan To Rio"

    July 21, 2009 11:30 AM EDT Bassist Gabriel Espinosa leads a collection of distinguished players on this ear-pleasing album, which is partly a love letter to Brazil. With a wide array of musicians to help convey his message, the main triumph of "From Yucatan to Rio" is the terrific ensemble performance. The…

  12. Céu Sings Praises Of Motherhood On 'Vagarosa'

    July 17, 2009 2:06 PM EDT If Céu had her way, everyone would be just a little bit lazier. The Brazilian singer/songwriter hails a life of leisure on her second studio album, "Vagarosa," released July 7 on Six Degrees Records. The album was inspired in part by her 10-month-old daughter, Rosa. "It's…

  13. Wilco / July 13, 2009 / Brooklyn, NY (KeySpan Park)

    July 14, 2009 8:03 PM EDT Wilco doesn't need special effects or a theatrical set for its live show. What other bands look to produce with those high-budget concert accessories, this one offers in the stage charisma of its frontman, Jeff Tweedy. Of course, special guest performers like Feist, Grizzly Bear’s Ed…

  14. Wilco, Feist, Yo La Tengo Bring Indie Nirvana To Coney Island

    July 14, 2009 11:43 AM EDT Wilco drafted a slew of high-profile guests for its Monday night (July 13) show at Keyspan Park near New York's Coney Island, collaborating with Feist , Grizzly Bear 's Ed Droste and Yo La Tengo during the encore of the performance. Opening act Yo La Tengo joined Wilco for a raucous…

  15. Wilco, Feist, Yo La Tengo Bring Indie Rock Nirvana To Coney Island

    July 14, 2009 11:00 AM EDT Wilco drafted a slew of high-profile guests for its Monday night (July 13) show at Keyspan Park near New York's Coney Island, collaborating with Feist, Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste and Yo La Tengo during the encore of the performance. Opening act Yo La Tengo joined Wilco for a raucous…

  16. Wilco, "Wilco (The Album)"

    July 07, 2009 4:03 PM EDT At first glance, it might seem odd that Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy would choose this point in his band's career to release a self-titled album. After all, Wilco has been through numerous personnel changes during the course of 15 years and seven albums. But the band's current six…

  17. Little Joy / June 23, 2009 / New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)

    June 24, 2009 6:30 PM EDT For a band that some pegged as yet another Strokes side project, Little Joy managed just fine at its Bowery Ballroom performance Tuesday night (June 23). The sold-out show marked the last stop of the L.A. trio’s American tour, which it completed without guitarist (and Strokes drummer)…

  18. Bruce Springsteen, Wilco Soar At Bonnaroo

    June 14, 2009 11:15 AM EDT On Saturday night, Bruce Springsteen found himself in a position he probably can't remember last being in: having to preach to the not necessarily converted. Springsteen and the E Street Band's headlining slot at Bonnaroo was only the band's second-ever festival date - the…

  19. Virgin Music Fest Expands To Five Canadian Cities

    May 08, 2009 6:47 AM EDT The Virgin Music Festival will hit five Canadian cities this summer, including Montreal, the event’s organizers announced today. The festival, which launched in 2006, is sponsored by Virgin Mobile Canada, which was fully acquired by Canadian telecommunications giant Bell Canada today. Event…

  20. Wilco Returns With Eclectic New Album

    May 05, 2009 1:12 PM EDT Wilco revisits the unpredictable leanings of "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" and "A Ghost Is Born" on its latest project, "Wilco (The Album)," due June 30 from Nonesuch. The 11-track set was produced by the band with Jim Scott, who mixed 2007's "Sky Blue Sky.…

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