1. Billy Bragg Turns Bob Dylan's 'Times They Are a Changin'' into an Anti-Trump Song: Listen

    January 24, 2017 11:17 PM EST Billy Bragg , the English singer-songwriter, author and activist, has slammed Donald Trump…with some help from Bob Dylan . The Grammy-nominated wordsmith reworked the lyrics of Dylan’s 1964 classic “The Times They Are a Changin'” with messages of caution about the new president.  …

  2. Us the Duo Are California Dreaming in 'Feels Like Christmas' Video: Exclusive Premiere

    December 21, 2016 10:00 AM EST L.A. folk-pop partners Us the Duo share a timely gift with the music video for “Feels Like Christmas,” which Billboard exclusively premieres.  In the new clip, the husband and wife duo o f Michael a nd Carissa Rae Alvarado take a stroll at the beach on what appears to be a chilly Christmas…

  3. Archie Roach Recognized in Queen's Birthday List

    June 08, 2015 3:13 AM EDT Celebrated indigenous singer, songwriter and guitarist Archie Roach was among the musicians recognized in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours list, published on Monday (June 8). Roach, a Gunditjmara Bundjalung man, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for his…

  4. Billy Bragg Helps Reintroduce Guitars Into British Prisons

    July 30, 2014 2:24 AM EDT Inmates in British jails can now strum away their sentences thanks to a campaign orchestrated by Billy Bragg. The veteran musician and activist had pushed for a relaxing of a recent ban which meant prisoners couldn't play steel-stringed guitars outside supervised sessions. Those rules…

  5. Billy Bragg Newly Crowned for 'Outstanding Contribution,' Vows He'll Never Quit

    September 05, 2013 6:18 AM EDT Billy Bragg has no plans to hang up his guitar. Ever. The troubadour’s great career has just been recognized by Britain’s Assn. of Independent Music, which bestowed the singer and activist with its “outstanding contribution to music” award. An “outstanding contribution” accolade from the…

  6. Billy Bragg, Forever the Activist But Never A Luddite

    May 06, 2013 6:49 AM EDT After releasing his first new album in five years -- "Tooth & Nail" in June -- British troubadour Billy Bragg says he feels "re-engaged with the record industry" and anticipates we'll be hearing more from him sooner rather than later. "I kind of spurned…

  7. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' Dethrones David Bowie On UK Albums Chart

    March 25, 2013 8:04 AM EDT Justin Timberlake’s three-week reign on the U.K. singles chart with “Mirrors” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) may be over, but now he’s the king of the album market, after “The 20/20 Experience” debuted at No. 1 yesterday (Sunday) as the fastest-selling title of the year so far. British girl…

  8. Olympics Opening Ceremony: Union Jack Jukebox With McCartney, Arctic Monkeys + Best of Britain

    July 28, 2012 8:55 AM EDT Getty Images It's not a concert, Danny Boyle stressed. It's about the athletes. In a very real way, though, the director of the Olympic opening ceremony was wrong. While sports are the heart of the Olympics, music - loud, bold, world-conquering British music, amplified in the most…

  9. Bound for Glory: Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert an Inspired Tribute

    April 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT The Woody Guthrie centennial celebration landed in Los Angeles for a weekend of scholarly discussions and a sold-out, 3-1/2 hour concert that ended with a most unlikely sight -- more than 2,000 people pogo-ing while singing Guthrie's best-known song, "This Land is Your Land."…

  10. Corey Harris on 'Meeting' Woody Guthrie, Working With Wilco & His New Film

    April 06, 2012 2:32 PM EDT Corey Harris was an adjunct player in the "Mermaid Avenue" project helmed by Billy Bragg and Wilco. But with the "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions" box set arriving April 21, the roots music troubadour says he has fond memories of working on the collections of "…

  11. Jay Farrar Tackles Woody Guthrie in 'New Multitudes'

    March 09, 2012 2:45 PM EST Collaboration With Members of MMJ, Varnaline & Centro-matic Tops Billboard's Heatseekers Chart The day after Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Anders Parker (Varnaline) and Will Johnson (Centro-matic) hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers' chart , they hit…

  12. Exclusive: Billy Bragg on Woody Guthrie, 3rd 'Mermaid Avenue' Set

    March 08, 2012 2:15 PM EST "My initial reaction was, 'Surely this is Bob Dylan's job'" -- Billy Bragg To commemorate 100 years since Woody Guthrie 's birth, Nonesuch Records will release the four-disc "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions," a set collecting Billy Bragg and Wilco…

  13. Billboard Bits: Rebecca Black Passes Lady Gaga on YouTube, Mariah Carey Declines 'X Factor' Gig

    March 21, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rebecca Black Passes Lady Gaga on YouTube She may not be headlining sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden or rocking the Grammy stage yet, but Rebecca Black has one-upped Lady Gaga in terms of YouTube views for…

  14. 'X Factor' Winner Earns No. 1 U.K. Christmas Song

    December 20, 2010 9:04 AM EST T ake That maintained their album chart supremacy on the U.K.'s last sales charts before the holiday, as "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) added 330,000 new sales to take its five-week total to 1.44m. Matt Cardle, who won the Dec. 12 final of "The X Factor," duly…

  15. Conor Oberst Pens Open Letter To Arizona Promoter Charlie Levy

    July 02, 2010 12:53 PM EDT Bright Eyes' mainman Conor Oberst has been an outspoken advocate for Zack de la Rocha's Sound Strike effort , joining fellow musicians and artists in a campaign to compel the state of Arizona to repeal its controversial immigration law. Ry Cooder, Nine Inch Nails, and comedian Chris…

  16. Zack de la Rocha Ups the Rage Against Arizona Immigration Law

    June 28, 2010 2:30 PM EDT R age Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha is stepping up his campaign to compel the state of Arizona to repeal its controversial immigration law. In addition to adding Ry Cooder , Nine Inch Nails , and comedian Chris Rock to the growing list of artists who are refusing to perform…

  17. Muse, Courtney Love, Smokey Robinson Fire Up SXSW Friday

    March 20, 2010 11:41 AM EDT The South by Southwest Music festival and conference reached a fever pitch on Friday, with some of the highest profile bands of the week performing day and night along side the hundreds of aspiring musicians angling for attention at bars, clubs and just about any open space in the Texas…

  18. Canadian Folk Singer Kate McGarrigle Dies At 63

    January 19, 2010 11:56 AM EST Canadian folk singer and songwriter Kate McGarrigle , best known for performing with her sister Anna, has died of cancer. She was 63. McGarrigle's brother-in-law, Dane Lanken, said the singer died at her Montreal home Monday night surrounded by her sisters, Jane and Anna, and her…

  19. Jay Bennett, Ex-Wilco Member, Dies At 45

    May 25, 2009 10:57 AM EDT Jay Bennett, the former Wilco multi-instrumentalist, passed away in his sleep on early Sunday morning (May 24) due to unknown causes. He was 45. Bennett was best known for his work with Wilco, the group for which he wrote and recorded on 1996's "Being There," 1999's "…

  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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