1. Bobby Bare, Jr., Jason Isbell Heading to Deer Tick's Newport Folk Afterparties

    July 22, 2013 10:58 AM EDT Langhorne Slim, Justin Townes Earle and others will be among the six acts playing the charity concerts Deer Tick's Newport Folk Fest afterparties will bring six acts to the Newport Blues Cafe this summer. As is their tradition, the band has curated three nights at the intimate venue,…

  2. What Do Anna Kendrick and Barbra Streisand Have in Common on the Charts?

    July 19, 2013 3:06 PM EDT What do Anna Kendrick and Barbra Streisand have in common? They are the only two people that have earned a top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and Academy Award and Tony Award nominations in acting categories. Kendrick was nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for actress in a…

  3. Kenny Rogers to Play Benefit Concert for John Hiatt Fund

    July 19, 2013 10:35 AM EDT The legendary Kenny Rogers will be spending quite a bit of time in Music City over the next few months, as he prepares to release a brand new album on Warner Brothers. The singer of such American classics as "Lucille" and "You Decorated My Life" will be kicking off the…

  4. Jay Z & Justin Timberlake In Playful Mood As 'Legends of the Summer' Tour Kicks Off in Toronto

    July 18, 2013 6:11 AM EDT The "Holy Grail" stars dedicate their encore song ("Young Forever") to Trayvon Martin For the first stop of Jay Z and Justin Timberlake’s co-headlining Legends of the Summer stadium tour in North American, the pair’s packed-to-the-hilt concert at Toronto’s Rogers…

  5. Essence Festival 2013: Trey Songz, Charlie Wilson, New Edition Liven Up The Superdome

    July 07, 2013 12:57 PM EDT Essence was in full swing Saturday (July 6), as attendance thickened and Friday’s rain took a day off to allow a full day of non-stop singing and dancing. Daytime highlights included McDonald’s Black 365 Awards, which were filmed for their first TV airing on BET later this month. The show…

  6. Essence Festival 2013: Brandy, Jill Scott, Maxwell Set The Mood

    July 06, 2013 12:51 PM EDT Brandy, LL Cool J, Jill Scott and Maxwell were among the big names who kicked off the Essence Music Festival Friday night (July 5) at the New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But even before the first performance started around 7p.m. CDT, the 19th annual event had already achieved…

  7. Bobby McFerrin Dedicates 'Spirit' of Father in New Album

    July 04, 2013 12:32 AM EDT For Bobby McFerrin, breaking new ground has always been synonymous with his music. His concerts are a mixed bag of musical styles drawing from jazz, classical, blues, and numerous other styles. He's performed unaccompanied, scatting and riffing with his four-octave range, and at times,…

  8. '20 Feet From Stardom' Star Merry Clayton Talks Tour, Her 'Best-Of' & New Recordings

    July 02, 2013 9:30 AM EDT A film about her career as a backup singer is what's allowing the world to remember Merry Clayton as a recording artist in her own right. Clayton tells Billboard that "20 Feet From Stardom" -- the Morgan Neville documentary about her and other notable backing vocalists that…

  9. The Oak Ridge Boys Mark 40th Anniversary: Live Review

    July 01, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Though the Oak Ridge Boys have been a performing unit since the days of Wally Fowler in the 1940s, the line-up of William Lee Golden, Duane Allen, Richard Sterban, and Joe Bonsall are marking their 40th anniversary of performing together in 2013, and that calls for a celebration -- country…

  10. Mumford & Sons Close Glastonbury, Injured Bassist Ted Dwane Plays

    July 01, 2013 1:58 AM EDT Mumford & Sons brought the Glastonbury Festival to a foot-stomping close Sunday, with many music fans still on a high from the Rolling Stones' first-ever gig at Britain's leading music extravaganza. The Mumfords' performance was the Grammy-winning folk-rockers' first…

  11. Death, Mid-70s Punk Band, Finally Re-Emerges in 'Emotional' Documentary

    June 26, 2013 5:29 PM EDT "A Band Called Death" opens this Friday in 14 cities. Dannis Hackney used to call Death -- the mid-70s protopunk band he formed with brothers David and Bobby Hackney -- "the greatest band that never was." But as "A Band Called Death," a documentary about the…

  12. INXS TV Projects Move Forward In Australia

    June 24, 2013 6:09 AM EDT Production is getting under way in Melbourne this week on the first of three INXS-themed projects to be released this year. "Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS" is being made as a two-part mini-series for the free-to-air Seven Network and is Shine Australia’s first…

  13. Blues Great Bobby 'Blue' Bland Dies at 83

    June 23, 2013 11:55 PM EDT Singer Bobby "Blue" Bland, who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as "Turn on Your Love Light" and "Further on up the Road," has died. He was 83. Bland's son Rodd said his father died about 5:30 p.m. Sunday at his Memphis home surrounded by…

  14. Bruce Springsteen Dedicates 'Born to Run' Performance to James Gandolfini

    June 21, 2013 4:46 AM EDT Reacting to the death of fellow New Jersey native James Gandolfini, Bruce Springsteen played the entire Born to Run album at his Thursday night show in Coventry, England, which is located near Birmingham. The rocker dedicated the iconic album to his "great friend" and let the…

  15. Sting, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson Perform As Legends Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:13 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was full of star power that included Alison Krauss…

  16. Damon Albarn Plans First Solo Album; New Blur LP Possible

    May 28, 2013 1:10 PM EDT Damon Albarn, one of Great Britain's most revered rock stars, has revealed that he's finishing his first-ever solo album and is going on tour to support it, where he'll also play material from his best-known projects, Blur and Gorillaz. Albarn tells Rolling Stone in a new…

  17. Booker T. Jones Talks Stax Return, New Album 'Sound the Alarm'

    May 26, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Booker T. Jones returns to a revitalized Stax Records for accessible, guest-filled album. Forty-three years after leaving Memphis for Los Angeles, Booker T. Jones has been reunited with the label whose sound he helped define, Stax Records. He left at a time of turmoil and change in…

  18. Jim Ed Brown Enlists Bobby Bare for First New Music in Decades

    May 16, 2013 5:50 PM EDT In a career that has spanned well over five decades, talk to Jim Ed Brown and you will find an artist with a renewed sense of vigor and vitality. The legendary Grand Ole Opry star has just released a new single, "In Style Again," which is his first release since 1989. "Isn&…

  19. Austin City Limits Lineup: Depeche Mode, The Cure and Kings of Leon Are Texas Bound

    May 07, 2013 1:01 AM EDT Muse, Lionel Richie, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix and Wilco will also headline the two-weekend event Austin City Limits' two-weekend debut will have plenty of music to go around. The Texas festival, which will run Oct. 4-6 and 11-13, will see headlining performances from Depeche Mode, the…

  20. Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome Helms Eddy Arnold Tribute Album: Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 06, 2013 10:05 AM EDT May 15 marks what would have been the 95th birthday of Eddy Arnold. The day before, Plowboy Records will release "You Don't Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold" – a tribute album that features many artists from outside the mainstream country realm paying tribute to the…

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