1. Video: Kid Rock Talks 'Born Free'

    June 21, 2010 7:05 PM EDT "Very organic" is how Kid Rock described his upcoming album, "Born Free," when he sat down for a video chat last week at Billboard's Music and Advertising conference in New York. Tentatively due out Sept. 7, and produced by the always iconoclastic Rick Rubin, "…

  2. 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…

  3. Kid Rock To Host CMT Awards, Offer Songs For Download

    April 30, 2010 2:02 PM EDT After laying relatively low in recent months, Kid Rock is gearing up for some greater visibility as he prepares for the expected fall release of his next album. The Michigan-based rocker, who's currently on the high seas finishing his first Chillin' The Most Cruise, has been…

  4. Album, Rock Charts Celebrate Anniversaries

    March 23, 2010 1:05 PM EDT LONG PLAY: 54 years ago this week, the Billboard 200 began its storied history. In the issue dated March 24, 1956, the 10-position Best Selling Pop Albums survey appeared, marking the chart's launch on a weekly basis. Billboard had printed album rankings on an intermittent schedule as…

  5. Ask Billboard: Battle Of The Rock Bands, Part 2

    March 19, 2010 2:05 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. ENTER PARADISE CITY, SANDMAN Hi Gary, Following up on last week's…

  6. Listen Free: Classic Holiday Albums

    November 27, 2009 11:02 AM EST Listen to some of the best-selling holiday albums of all time, in full, here on Billboard.com . Check out sonic season's greetings from Mannheim Steamroller , Josh Groban , Kenny G. and more. Then head over to some of the hottest holiday goodies from 2009 and feast your ears on festive…

  7. Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood Bring Holiday Cheer To 'Very Special Christmas 7'

    November 24, 2009 11:55 AM EST With a lineup that includes Miley Cyrus , Carrie Underwood , Colbie Caillat , Sean Kingston and others, the seventh "A Very Special Christmas" Special Olympics benefit album has a younger audience in its crosshairs. "That was the game plan," Vicki Iovine, "A Very…

  8. U2, Metallica, Jagger Celebrate Rock Hall Of Fame

    November 02, 2009 11:07 AM EST U2 brought three generations of chart-toppers - Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and the Black Eyed Peas - with them onstage Friday at another night of mix-and-match magic at Madison Square Garden. Metallica brought the thunder to Lou Reed and Ray Davies . It was the second of two concerts to…

  9. Barry Beckett, Famed Producer And Keyboard Player, Dies At 66

    June 12, 2009 6:49 PM EDT Producer and keyboard player Barry Beckett, who recorded and accompanied singers Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Paul Simon and numerous country music stars, has died, his family said on Friday. Beckett, 66, died at his Hendersonville, Tennessee, home on Wednesday, his family said. He…

  10. May 6, 2009

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Grant McLennan of Go-Betweens dies in his sleep at his home in Brisbane, Australia. He is 48. 2006 – Pink Floyd reaches the staggering plane of 1,500 weeks on the Billboard charts with its 1973 album “Dark Side of the Moon.” 2005 – Audioslave becomes the first U.S. rock act to perform…

  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. Q&A: Metallica's Lars Ulrich

    April 02, 2009 3:22 PM EDT When Metallica released "Kill 'em All" in 1983, neither the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nor Guitar Hero video games existed -- and the headbanging group would hardly have imagined either lay in its future. Now the band, stars of the newly minted Guitar Hero Metallica, is also…

  13. 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 …

  14. 'Guitar Hero: Metallica' Offers New Twists

    February 04, 2009 12:22 PM EST Several new gameplay twists emerge for the first time on "Guitar Hero: Metallica," which arrives in stores March 29 from Activision. Players have a double bass option on drums for the difficult and expert levels, which can be enabled by using a splitter and an additional pedal for…

  15. Stooges Guitarist Ron Asheton Dead At 60

    January 06, 2009 10:32 AM EST Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead this morning (Jan. 6) at his home in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to local police. He was 60. Ann Arbor Detective Bill Stanford tells Billboard.com that police were called to Asheton's house early this morning by Dara Hytinen, his personal…

  16. This Day in Music

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its best-selling album, Def Leppard reissues "Hysteria" as a two-CD package. Beyond a remastered edition of the original album, the new edition includes a b 2006 - To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its best-selling album, Def Leppard…

  17. Ruthless Records

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Let's hitch a ride on the music time machine back to the year 1987. Let's hitch a ride on the music time machine back to the year 1987. Whitney Houston, Madonna and Michael Jackson rule the No. 1 hit parade on the pop charts, along with rockers U2, Bon Jovi and Bob Seger. In control…

  18. Chart Beat: Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou Harris and more! THE STATE OF CAPITOL: The stars have aligned for the Hollywood-and-Vine label. With Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" moving up one rung from 2-1 and Katy Perry's "I Kissed…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Go-Betweens' principal Grant McLennan dies in his sleep at his home in Brisbane, Australia. He is 48. 2006 - Go-Betweens' principal Grant McLennan dies in his sleep at his home in Brisbane, Australia. He is 48. 2006 - Pink Floyd reaches the staggering plane of 1,500 weeks on…

  20. This Day in Music

    March 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Prince, the late George Harrison, Traffic, ZZ Top, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, the Dells and Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner are welcomed into the ranks of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame durin 2004 - Prince, the late George Harrison, Traffic, ZZ Top, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, the…

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