1. NAMM: A Mecca for Musical Gearheads -- Don Was To Receive The Les Paul Award

    January 20, 2016 6:00 PM EST Take any song, on any Billboard chart, in any style or genre, and the recordings have one thing in common -- top-notch musical gear created those songs. Even Pentatonix needs microphones to capture its a cappella delights. So consider the importance to the worldwide recorded music industry of…

  2. William Shatner Gathers Stellar Line-up for Prog-Rock Set 'Ponder the Mystery'

    October 03, 2013 2:09 AM EDT William Shatner, 82, who startled Star Trek fans by recording tunes like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" on his 1968 debut "The Transformed Man," will release a new album -- his fifth -- on Oct. 8. “Ponder the Mystery,” a prog-rock effort with Billy Sherwood of Yes,…

  3. Steve Vai Stretches on 'The Story of Light,' Looks Toward Trilogy Box Set

    September 26, 2012 7:43 PM EDT Steve Vai 's latest album, "The Story of Light," is the second part of a conceptual project that started with 2005's "Real Illusions: Reflections," and will continue with one more album and then a fourth release that he says will "put everything in the right…

  4. Joe Jackson Taking 'Duke' on the Road

    July 11, 2012 7:00 PM EDT After opening at No. 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, Joe Jackson is now looking to take his tribute to Duke Ellington on the road. Jackson and his six-piece band featuring the violinist Regina Carter are booked for 16 shows in the U.S. between Sept. 15 and Oct. 6 and 22 in Europe…

  5. Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga Greeted by Scantily Clad Gayle King, Kanye's 'Lights' Video May Cause Seizures

    February 24, 2011 7:30 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga Greeted by Gayle King in Underwear When Lady Gaga stopped by "The Gayle King Show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network" to discuss the music video for new single "Born This Way," the pop star…

  6. Jimi Hendrix's Family Talks 'Anthology,' 'Day in the Life' Documentary

    November 17, 2010 3:17 PM EST After a prolific 2010 that continues with the "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology" box set out this week, the family-run Experience Hendrix label has a more modest, but no less impactful blueprint for the next couple of years. "This year has been very special…

  7. Meat Loaf Brings 'Teddy Bear' To America

    May 03, 2010 2:44 PM EDT M eat Loaf is hoping that "Hang Loose, Teddy Bear" will have a life beyond its musical incarnation. The 13 songs on the new album, which comes out May 11 in North America, are companion pieces to a short story written by screenwriter director Kilian Kerwin about a wounded soldier…

  8. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith, Francis Bean Cobain, Mars Volta and More

    February 04, 2010 5:56 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. The Flaming Lips , Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem are among the recently announced headliners for the Bestival, the annual September gathering that marks the unofficial end of the summer festival…

  9. Video: 2009 Chart Stars Talk 2010 Plans

    December 30, 2009 2:19 PM EST As chart stars like Ke$ha, Jay Sean, Adam Lambert and Wyclef Jean descended upon New York this holiday season, Billboard's cameras caught up with them at Z100's Jingle Ball concert and at the Vevo launch party to find out their personal highlights of 2009 and their big plans for…

  10. Orianthi Steps Out Of Michael Jackson's Shadow

    October 30, 2009 2:15 PM EDT Orianthi Panagaris thought she had the perfect plan. The 24-year-old guitar virtuoso, who hails from Adelaide, Australia, was all set to shred as part of Michael Jackson 's band during his set of comeback shows in London. She was also working on a solo debut, but thought it would be…

  11. Ask Billboard: Steve Vai, Jay-Z, Radiohead

    August 07, 2009 12:00 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. GO FIGURE Requests came in this week for sales recaps of various artists, so…

  12. Spinal Tap Springs 'Back From The Dead'

    June 24, 2009 2:41 PM EDT Spinal Tap is "Back From the Dead." At least according to the title of the group's new album. The June 16 release commemorates the 25th anniversary of the cult-classic film "This Is Spinal Tap." David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) and…

  13. Exclusive: Spinal Tap Debuts Song, Comes 'Back From The Dead' For Album

    May 07, 2009 1:25 PM EDT "Back From The Dead" - Spinal Tap Listen to our exclusive stream of Spinal Tap's new song "Back From The Dead" The inspiration for a new Spinal Tap album differs depending on who you ask. Harry Shearer -- who crafted Tap with partners Christopher Guest and Michael…

  14. Rock Giants Pay Tribute To Lemmy In Documentary

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The life and career of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is being celebrated in a new documentary, tentatively titled "Lemmy" and slated for release in 2009. The life and career of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is being celebrated in a new documentary, tentatively titled "…

  15. Whitesnake Turns 30 With New Album, Tour

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST After a decade-plus gap between studio albums, Whitesnake makes its debut on SPV with "Good To Be Bad," due April 22. After a decade-plus gap between studio albums, Whitesnake makes its debut on SPV with "Good To Be Bad," due April 22. "The album contains all the…

  16. JOE SATRIANI, "Surfing With The Alien: Legacy Edition"

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The last 15 years of guitar-based music, from grunge to nu-new wave to pop-punk to indie rock to grindcore to garage rock, have done wonders for the art of power chords and riffs. The last 15 years of guitar-based music, from grunge to nu-new wave to pop-punk to indie rock to grindcore to…

  17. Zappa Plays Zappa Doing Frank Proud On Tour

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After a successful inaugural run on the road in 2006, Dweezil Zappa hopes that this year establishes his Zappa Plays Zappa tribute to his late father, Frank Zappa, as a going and potent concern. After a successful inaugural run on the road in 2006, Dweezil Zappa hopes that this year…

  18. 'Bat' In Black

    October 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Virgin's release this week of Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose" adds a new chapter to the biggest and best-known album serial in rock'n'roll history. Virgin's release this week of Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster…

  19. Meat Loaf Awakens The Beast For 'Bat III'

    August 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Meat Loaf has revived the mega-selling "Bat out of Hell" franchise for a third album installment, due Oct. 31 via Virgin in North America and Universal internationally. Meat Loaf has revived the mega-selling "Bat out of Hell" franchise for a third album installment, due…

  20. Zappa Plays Zappa / June 16, 2006 / Toronto (Hummingbird Centre)

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT When Frank Zappa passed away, many believed seeing his music given true justice in a live setting would be slim at best and probably impossible. But Dweezil Zappa has other plans. The son of the late When Frank Zappa passed away, many believed seeing his music given true justice in a live…

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