1. Joan Jett Hopes Kristen Stewart Film Is A Runaway Success

    August 25, 2009 10:42 AM EDT Joan Jett and her creative and business partner Kenny Laguna are expressing optimism for "The Runaways," the film based on the maligned but influential all-female rock band that Jett co-founded and led from 1975-79. The film, which is partly based on Runaways singer Cherie Currie &…

  2. Crue Fest Extra: Vince Neil Speaks, Win A Motley Crue Bass

    August 21, 2009 11:32 AM EDT Mötley Crüe rolled out Crue Fest 2, the second installment of its annual touring festival, July 19 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. The Los Angeles rockers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of No. 1 album "Dr. Feelgood" by playing the entire record, which includes…

  3. Joe Pernice / August 7, 2009 / New York (Bowery Ballroom)

    August 11, 2009 2:44 PM EDT Joe Pernice was delivering a lovely rendition of "Chevy Van" when he suddenly cracked up like a school kid trying to suppress a laugh in class. "Sorry," he said with a grin. "It's just too fucking creepy. I've never done this before, but I really implore you…

  4. Paul Oakenfold, "Perfecto: Vegas"

    August 11, 2009 1:28 PM EDT U.K. electronic music artist Paul Oakenfold sticks to his trance-loving roots on his latest DJ companion disc, Perfecto: Vegas," which features 21 hand-selected tracks. The double-disc set displays Oakenfold's skills as an electronic act and is a perfect example of why such artists…

  5. 30 Seconds To Mars Solicits Fan Input Via Twitter

    August 10, 2009 10:22 AM EDT Offering unprecedented access for fans to actually contribute material towards the next Thirty Seconds to Mars album, singer-guitarist-songwriter Jared Leto tells Billboard.com that, beginning today, the group is allowing sounds and vocals to be uploaded directly to the rock band via Twitter…

  6. Colt Ford Turns Heads With Countrified Hip-Hop Album

    August 04, 2009 11:22 AM EDT "Most country folks sing, but I couldn't so I'm rapping." So says Colt Ford on the title track from his album, "Ride Through the Country" (Average Joes Entertainment). An intriguing amalgam of country lyrics laced with hip-hop beats, the album is No. 6 on…

  7. Jordin Sparks, "Battlefield"

    July 24, 2009 4:43 PM EDT On her 2007 self-titled debut, former "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks compared love to permanent body art and her entire supply of oxygen. Lyrical themes get a bit murkier on her appropriately titled sophomore effort, "Battlefield." "You better go and get your…

  8. Jordin Sparks: Exclusive 'S.O.S.' Remix

    July 20, 2009 5:57 PM EDT It's no surprise that Jordin Sparks was new to Shannon 's electro classic "Let the Music Play" - after all, she was born years after the 1983 track was a top ten smash on Billboard's Hot 100 . But now the 19-year old "American Idol" winner, whose self-titled…

  9. Jordin Sparks At Peace With 'Battlefield'

    July 13, 2009 10:58 AM EDT Jordin Sparks' sophomore album, "Battlefield," was much more peaceable to make than its title might imply. In fact, the season six "American Idol" champ says the set, due out July 21, was significantly less chaotic to make than her platinum 2007 debut. "With the…

  10. Jordin Sparks At Peace With 'Battlefield'

    July 13, 2009 10:54 AM EDT Jordin Sparks ' sophomore album, "Battlefield," was much more peaceable to make than its title might imply. In fact, the season six "American Idol" champ says the set, due out July 21, was significantly less chaotic to make than her platinum 2007 debut . "With…

  11. April 20, 2009

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards dies in Los Angeles of cancer. He is 78. 2002 – Singer Alan Dale dies at the age of 75 in New York City. 2001 – Conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli dies of a heart attack while leading a performance of Verdi’s “Aida” in Berlin. He is 54. 2001 – Wu-Tang Clan…

  12. March 15, 2009

    March 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Bob Seger, George Harrison, Jackson Browne, Prince, the Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 1999 – Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney and the Staple Singers are inducted into the Rock …

  13. Arc Angels Fly Again

    March 03, 2009 11:49 AM EST Arc Angels, the Austin, Texas-based all-star group formed in the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughn's death, are ready to take full flight again. After playing together periodically during the past seven years, the band plans to release a DVD this year, tour extensively -- including two…

  14. The Billboard Q&A: 30 Seconds To Mars

    February 17, 2009 6:28 PM EST Between selling more than 3 million albums and singles, touring the world and recording a new album, 30 Seconds to Mars has kept busy since its 2005 studio release, "A Beautiful Lie." The band is also fighting a $30 million lawsuit filed last year by Virgin/EMI over 30 Seconds to…

  15. This Day in Music

    December 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry stalwarts feted in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Stewart is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for se 2006 - Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry stalwarts feted…

  16. This Day in Music

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sandy West, drummer for influential '70s band the Runaways, dies after a long battle with lung cancer. He is 47. 2006 - Sandy West, drummer for influential '70s band the Runaways, dies after a long battle with lung cancer. He is 47. 2004 - In the midst of the Halloween season…

  17. Virgin Sues 30 Seconds To Mars For $30 Million

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto has responded to Virgin Records' $30 million lawsuit for alleged breach of contract and damages, describing the legal action as "insane" but expressing his hope 30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto has responded to Virgin Records' …

  18. Chart Beat Chat: The Jonas Brothers, AC, ABBA

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss chart action from the Jonas Brothers, ABBA, women on the AC chart and more! WALKING BACK TO HELEN Hi Fred, What happened to last week's No. 8 song? Did it fall out of the top 50? Have you heard the music of British singer Helen Shapiro? I have only recently…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Jimmy Martin, one of the greatest vocalists in bluegrass, dies in a Nashville hospice where he has been battling bladder cancer. He is 77. 2005 - Jimmy Martin, one of the greatest vocalists in bluegrass, dies in a Nashville hospice where he has been battling bladder cancer. He is 77.…

  20. This Day in Music

    April 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - An eclectic mix of artists are on display during the sixth annual Jammy Awards at New York's the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. A number of intriguing combinations hit the stage, including r 2006 - An eclectic mix of artists are on display during the sixth annual Jammy Awards…

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