1. Album Review: The Beach Boys, 'The SMiLE Sessions

    October 28, 2011 8:30 AM EDT THE BEACH BOYS "The SMiLE Sessions" Producers: Brian Wilson, Mark Linett, Alan Boyd, Dennis Wolfe Capitol/EMI Release Date: Nov. 1 The Beach Boys ' "SMiLE," the first 19 tracks of this five-CD set, is an essential pop music album. The version Brian Wilson released in…

  2. Paul McCartney Weds Nancy Shevell in London Ceremony

    October 09, 2011 7:20 PM EDT A hint of autumnal Beatlemania was in the air Sunday as Paul McCartney , for the second time in his improbable life, climbed the steps of venerable Old Marylebone Town Hall to take himself a bride. True, thousands of heartbroken female fans crowded the columned building in 1969 when he…

  3. R.E.M.'s 'Man On the Moon' Nearly Didn't Happen: Band's Producers Reflect

    September 23, 2011 10:20 PM EDT R.E.M.'s 'Man On the Moon' Nearly Didn't Happen: Band's Producers Reflect "'Man on the Moon' was not going to get finished," Scott Litt recalls of that frenzied day in 1992. What would become one of R.E.M. 's quintessential hits was…

  4. Leslie West on Leg Amputation: 'I Cried a Couple F--kin' Times'

    July 12, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Leslie West says that a looming new album in September and concert tour this fall have given him incentive to recover from having the bottom half of his right leg amputated last month. "I don't think there is another attitude," the former Mountain man tells Billboard.com from…

  5. Incubus Presenting 'Different Set of Ideas' on Summer Tour, Says Frontman

    July 06, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd expects the markedly different sound of "If Not Now, When?," the group's first new album in five years, to greatly expand the dynamic range of its concerts this summer. "We are, for all intents and purposes, a rock band, so our default…

  6. Incubus, "If Not Now, When?"

    June 24, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd may be reading some fans' minds when he sings near the end of the band's first album in five years, "I know you vie for the good ol' days." Befitting the hiatus, "If Not Now, When?" is markedly and unapologetically different…

  7. Incubus, "Adolescents"

    May 06, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Psychedelic guitar effects, larger-than-life percussion, dense song structures and vocal phrases stretched to emotive catharsis all mean one thing: Incubus has officially returned. While it's been five years since the California alt-rock pioneers' last full-length, the full-blooded…

  8. Beach Boys Engineer Mark Linett Talks 'Smile' Release

    March 11, 2011 6:21 PM EST While Mark Linett is a two time Grammy Award winning engineer and producer who has worked with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Los Lobos and Randy Newman among others, he is most closely associated with his work with the Beach Boys . For nearly 25 years, Linett has worked on…

  9. Beach Boys' Lost 'Smile' Album to See Release in 2011

    March 11, 2011 9:27 AM EST It's an event that pop music fans have been waiting for since the Summer of Love: Capitol Records is planning to release the Beach Boys ' great lost album, "Smile," later this year. Two longtime Beach Boys associates -- engineer Mark Linett and archivist Alan Boyd -- are…

  10. Phil Collins Talks Motown Covers Album, Genesis' Future

    September 14, 2010 2:00 PM EDT It's a rainy day in New York, and London-born, Switzerland-based Phil Collins is making the most of his time stateside. The 59-year-old singer/songwriter/drummer has brought his two youngest sons with him for a summer vacation. They've visited the Alamo in San Antonio-collecting…

  11. Lil Boosie to Release 'Incarcerated' LP While in Prison

    August 24, 2010 11:50 AM EDT While in prison battling charges of murder and conspiracy and potentially facing the death penalty, Lil Boosie is still moving forward with his rap career. The rapper will release "Incarcerated," the follow-up to 2009's "Super Bad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz," Sept.…

  12. Brandon Boyd, "The Wild Trapeze"

    August 13, 2010 4:45 PM EDT Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd is known for his alluring vocal additions that shepherd the rock band-and on his debut solo set, "The Wild Trapeze," the artist's voice continues to lead the way of the music. Most of these 10 tracks could easily fit into Incubus' existing…

  13. New Politics, "New Politics"

    August 13, 2010 3:49 PM EDT Danish rock act New Politics aims to revive the youth with a fusion of frantic rapping and danceable melodies on its self-titled debut. Wailing guitars and a "We Will Rock You"-like drumbeat awaken a sense of self-efficacy on the song "Dignity," while the upbeat standout …

  14. Chart Beat Thursday: Bret Michaels Rocks On

    July 15, 2010 1:05 PM EDT ROSY: Veteran rocker/"Celebrity Apprentice 3" champion Bret Michaels inks his highest rank on the Billboard 200 i n almost 20 years, as "Custom Built" arrives at No. 14. His prior charted solo effort, "Rock My World," debuted and peaked at No. 40 in June 2008. As…

  15. New Politics, "Yeah Yeah Yeah"

    July 02, 2010 1:02 PM EDT Punk-pop trio New Politics wages war against the current political milieu on its first single, "Yeah Yeah Yeah," from its self-titled debut album out July 13. Drawing from the Hives and early records by Chronic Future , the Brooklyn band employs a catchy chorus, angst-ridden shouts…

  16. Lil Boosie Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge

    June 29, 2010 3:56 PM EDT Baton Rouge rapper Torrence " Lil Boosie " Hatch has pleaded not guilty to several charges including first-degree murder. Hatch appeared Monday before state District Judge Mike Erwin. Hatch's attorney, Marcus Allen, spoke after the hearing and said Hatch is "absolutely not…

  17. Lil Boosie Charged With Murder, May Face Death Penalty

    June 21, 2010 6:26 PM EDT Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie (real name Torrance Hatch) is no stranger to trouble with the law. Already incarcerated for probation violation on drug and gun charges, the Trill Entertainment rapper and two associates (one of them only 17 years old) were indicted on first-degree murder charges…

  18. The Fray's Ex-Manager Wins Round In Court

    May 11, 2010 7:35 AM EDT A federal judge agreed that a lawyer for Denver-based band the Fray might face liability in the band's ongoing court battle with a former manager. The band alleges its former manager, Gregg Latterman, failed to disclose that his company obtained ownership to a portion of the band's…

  19. Hot Tours: U2, Bruce Springsteen, Vicente Fernandez

    November 05, 2009 10:31 AM EST Live Nation has reported the last six dates on the fall leg of U2 's "360 Tour" including the sold out performance at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. (Oct. 25) that set a new record for highest attendance (97,014) by a solo headliner in a single-show engagement. Sold out…

  20. Michael Jackson Memorial Speakers, Performers Announced

    July 06, 2009 5:08 PM EDT Mariah Carey , Jennifer Hudson , John Mayer , Lionel Richie , Smokey Robinson , Usher and Stevie Wonder are among the confirmed participants at Tuesday's public memorial service for Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Billboard's Full continuing Michael Jackson…

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