1. Pearl Jam Rocks for Montana Senator, Hits Romney's 47% Comment

    October 02, 2012 12:00 PM EDT In Missoula, Band Raises Money for Embattled U.S. Senator Jon Tester Pearl Jam teamed up with U.S. Senator Jon Tester to play its only U.S. arena gig of 2012 in Missoula, Montana's tiny Adams Center Sunday night (September 30), focusing on politics both local and national by mixing vocal…

  2. Punch Brothers' Chris Thile Wins MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

    October 01, 2012 9:25 PM EDT Musician Chris Thile has fretted his way to a MacArthur "genius" grant. The mandolinist is best known for his work with the Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek . He told the Associated Press he thought the foundation's calls were a political robocall before his tour manager looked…

  3. Dorothy McGuire of McGuire Sisters Dies

    September 10, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Dorothy McGuire Williamson, who teamed with sisters Christine and Phyllis for a string of hits in the 50s and 60s as the popular McGuire Sisters singing group, has died. She was 84. Williamson died Friday at her son's home in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, daughter-in-law Karen…

  4. Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament Talks Jay-Z Made In America Collab: Watch

    September 06, 2012 5:10 PM EDT Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament on how Jay-Z's performing with band at Made In America came together last minute, plus Ament's RNDM & PJ plans. Pearl Jam's Ament, center sitting with his side-band RNDM, explains how Pearl Jam and Jay-Z came to rock "99 Problems"…

  5. Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament Gets RNDM With Joseph Arthur

    August 28, 2012 4:45 PM EDT RNDM, the Pearl Jam bassist's project with Arthur & drummer Stuverud, releases 'Acts' Oct. 30 ahead of a U.S. tour. Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has joined forces with singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur for a new side project called RNDM, which is rounded out by drummer…

  6. Madonna's MDNA Tour Hits North America

    August 28, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Madonna 's MDNA tour hits North American shores tonight with a show at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, having wrapped the European leg of the tour last week in Nice, France. The tour, which began May 31 in Tel Aviv, has grossed $115,701,909, with attendance of 985,340 to 33 shows…

  7. Patsy Cline Exhibit Opens at Country Music Hall of Fame

    August 24, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Though she was born Virginia Patterson Hensley, and was referred to by many of her childhood friends as "Ginny," those names don't, have the same ring to it as say Patsy Cline. The country music icon is celebrated in the new Patsy Cline: Crazy For Loving You exhibit, which…

  8. The Doors Light Up Sunset With Linda Perry, Dead Sara + More

    August 17, 2012 2:30 PM EDT All-Star Tribute Caps 'The Doors Day' in West Hollywood ... Billboard Chats With John Densmore, Marilyn Manson, Billy Morrison The city of West Hollywood declared August 16, 2012 to be "The Doors Day" in a celebration that honored Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger at the…

  9. Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Fests: Avett Brothers, Grace Potter + More

    August 02, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Reflecting the diversity of music enjoyed by country music fans and the band's own popularity, Zac Brown Band has unveiled lineups for their two Southern Ground Music & Food Festivals, set for Nashville's Riverfront Park this Sept. 21-22, and returning to Charleston, S.C.'s…

  10. Madonna Tour Skipping Australia, Again

    July 18, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Scraps Plan for First Australian Dates Since 1993's 'Girlie Show' Madonna has scrapped plans to tour Australia for the first time in 20 years. Live Nation confirmed late Tuesday that the "MDNA" tour will wrap in South America in December. "That's all we can…

  11. Ask Billboard: Robin Gibb, Donna Summer Remembered

    May 22, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. ROBIN GIBB, DONNA…

  12. Donna Summer 'On the Radio' Once Again

    May 18, 2012 4:30 PM EDT From Sirius XM to her hometown of Boston, radio celebrates the late Queen of Disco Following her death yesterday (May 17) at 63, radio is remembering legendary disco diva Donna Summer . Detections of Summer's songs on all monitored U.S. terrestrial radio stations monitored by Nielsen BDS…

  13. Rock Hall Regrets Donna Summer Snub

    May 18, 2012 11:40 AM EDT 'Our Voting Group Has Failed,' Says Nominating Committee Chairman It's a topic that's hard to avoid when discussing the achievements of Donna Summer , who died Thursday of cancer : Why is the legendary singer not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Longtime member Elton…

  14. Donna Summer's Top 20 Billboard Chart Hits

    May 17, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Donna Summer may have been referred to as the Queen of Disco, but her Billboard chart hits weren't confined to the so-called "disco era" of the late 1970s. While she earned a string of smash singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the '70s -- many produced by Giorgio…

  15. Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, Dead at 63

    May 17, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Donna Summer, the "Queen of Disco" and one of the most successful recording artists of the 1970s and 1980s, died Thursday (May 17) at the age of 63, a representative confirmed to CNN . The singer had cancer and was in Florida at the time of her death. Remembering a Disco Queen •…

  16. 'Once' Leads Tony Nominations, 'Spider-Man' Musical Snubbed

    May 01, 2012 10:50 AM EDT The low-tech musical "Once," based on the love story of a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician in Dublin, got a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, proving sentiment can sway nominators just as much as special effects. Two other musicals - "The Gershwins'…

  17. Dick Clark, American Music Icon, Dead at 82

    April 18, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the year-end countdown from Times Square on …

  18. Prince Royce Enters 'Phase II' of Career

    April 09, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Prince Royce -- aka Geoffrey Royce Rojas -- is 22 going on 23, but his smooth baby face makes him look younger, giving him a naive appearance that belies the savvy with which he conducts himself. At Miami's Hit Factory recording studios, fresh from performing at the Vina del Mar festival…

  19. The Monkees Without Davy Jones? 'Doesn't Seem Very Likely,' Says Peter Tork

    March 01, 2012 6:30 PM EST Says he and the other Monkees are awaiting word about funeral or memorial plans for Jones. Still feeling like he's "dragging an anchor around" in the wake of Davy Jones' surprising death on Wednesday from a heart attack in Florida, Monkees bandmate Peter Tork says any…

  20. 'American Idol' Recap: Down to 42 in Sin City

    February 17, 2012 10:40 AM EST For the second straight year, "American Idol" rolled in to Las Vegas for a few days of sun, fun and... oh yeah, cuts. Lots and lots of cuts. Perhaps it's the way the producers have set up some of this season's clips, but the eleventh season of "Idol" may truly be…

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