1. Levon Helm of The Band Is Dead at 71

    April 19, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Levon Helm, a passionate musician, actor and the last surviving lead singer of The Band, whose Southern tenor was heard on the group's classic songs "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," died Thursday afternoon after a long battle with…

  2. Max Weinberg Talks Projects After Conan O'Brien Split

    September 27, 2010 5:13 PM EDT A big band is in Max Weinberg's future now that the big show is over. Weinberg and Conan O'Brien, for whom the E Street Band drummer has been bandleader for the past 17 years on his late-night NBC shows, announced Monday (Sept. 27) they are parting ways "by mutual agreement,…

  3. Max Weinberg Out for Conan O'Brien's TBS Show

    September 27, 2010 10:21 AM EDT Max Weinberg may not be leading the house band on "Conan's" TBS debut this November. Jimmy Vivino, who has been the band's guitarist and keyboardist on "Late Night" and "Tonight Show," will step into his shoes, Vivino told The Riverfront Times of St.…

  4. Trace Adkins 'Back in Town' with New Album

    July 16, 2010 3:24 PM EDT When Trace Adkins rolled into Spencer, Iowa, on Sept. 20, 2009, to headline the Clay County Fair, little did the veteran country singer know that the date would change the course of his career. "Here we are at this fair in Iowa in the middle of nowhere," Adkins recalls, his reedy…

  5. Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder Run The Farm At Bonnaroo 2010

    June 13, 2010 8:41 AM EDT J ay-Z ran the farm in Manchester, Tenn. last night running through a blazing 90-minute set on the main stage of Bonnaroo, redeeming Kanye West 's 2008 sunrise special and hip-hop's checkered festival past. Jay's set, though devoid of the cameos rumored to be on deck - namely…

  6. Willie Nelson, "Country Music"

    April 30, 2010 3:02 PM EDT The prospect of Willie Nelson doing country music is like a homecoming for some fans, but his latest release, "Country Music," isn't a trip back to "Whiskey River." Helmed by producer T Bone Burnett , this is front-porch, rural and rustic country music. Nelson is…

  7. Country Icon Hank Williams Receives Pulitzer

    April 13, 2010 1:49 PM EDT Hank Williams , the country pioneer who is among the most influential singer-songwriters in music, was given a special Pulitzer Prize citation. The Pulitzer board awarded the late singer for his lifetime achievement, based on a confidential survey of experts in popular music. "I don'…

  8. Chart Beat Thursday: Justin Bieber, Train, Scorpions

    April 01, 2010 4:55 PM EDT '2.0' BECOMES 1: As previously reported , Justin Bieber 's "My World 2.0" arrives atop the Billboard 200 , making the 16-year-old the youngest solo male to top the tally since then-13-year-old Stevie Wonder led the Aug. 24, 1963, chart with "Little Stevie Wonder…

  9. Public Enemy's 'Fear Of A Black Planet' Track-By-Track

    March 13, 2010 6:09 PM EST Public Enemy's Chuck D. tells the story behind the songs on 1990's smash 'Fear of a Black Planet.' Read, listen and learn. Excerpted from Chuck D's "Lyrics Of A Rap Revolutionary." Used with Permission of the Author. Incident At 66.6 FM "Incident At 66…

  10. Producer Rob Fusari Dishes on Lady Gaga, Beyoncé

    February 24, 2010 3:17 PM EST Amid the high-gloss mix of teen-pop Cyranos, R&B blue-chippers and top 40 auteurs on Billboard's Top 10 Songwriters list (see page 14), only one name prompted sheepish shrugs and subsequent Googling in the Billboard offices. Lady Gaga 's most devoted "little monsters"…

  11. Ask Billboard: Jay Sean Meets The Beatles

    October 09, 2009 4:44 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. 'THE ANSWER' IS THE QUESTION Gary, First, I want to say that "…

  12. Woodstock At 40: The Bands Reflect

    July 31, 2009 3:10 PM EDT Billboard.com spoke to many of the artists who performed at the historic Woodstock festival about their thoughts and memories of the event that helped define their lives and careers. Joan Baez It was a once in a lifetime thing for me. (Playing on the free stage) was a riot. Whoever was…

  13. Remembering Bo Diddley

    May 29, 2009 2:20 PM EDT Mention Bo Diddley’s name and most everyone thinks one thing—the beat. Bomp ba-bomp bomp, bomp bomp... Applied to such songs as “Bo Diddley,” “Hey Bo Diddley” and “Who Do You Love,” it's perhaps the most influential musical motif since the Devil purportedly handed Robert Johnson the I-IV…

  14. This Day in Music

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" makes history by becoming the U.K.'s first-ever No. 1 single to top the chart solely on download sales. 2006 - Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" makes history by becoming the U.K.'s first-ever No. 1 single to top the chart solely…

  15. Willie Nelson's World

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST When superstar Kenny Chesney and veteran producer Buddy Cannon were approached about producing the iconic Willie Nelson, Chesney says he had two goals in mind. "I wanted to keep the element of Willie When superstar Kenny Chesney and veteran producer Buddy Cannon were approached about…

  16. Paisley, Strait Notch Five CMA Nominations

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Brad Paisley and George Strait lead the field with five nominations each for the Country Music Association Awards, to be held Nov. 7 at the Sommet Center in Nashville. Paisley is up for entertainer, m Brad Paisley and George Strait lead the field with five nominations each for the Country…

  17. Stagecoach Festival / May 5-6, 2007 / Indio, Calif. (Empire Polo Field)

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It was craft versus showbiz at the first Stagecoach festival held this past weekend (May 5-6) in Indio, Calif. For the audience, the calculated formulas that rule country airwaves won hands down, thou It was craft versus showbiz at the first Stagecoach festival held this past weekend (May 5-6…

  18. This Day in Music

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" makes history by becoming the U.K.'s first-ever No. 1 single to top the chart solely on download sales. 2006 - Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" makes history by becoming the U.K.'s first-ever No. 1 single to top the chart solely…

  19. Musiq, Lloyd Usher Six Big Debuts Onto Album Chart

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Six new albums debut in the top 10 slots of The Billboard 200, with R&B artist Musiq Soulchild's "Luvanmusiq" new at No. 1. The Atlantic set sold 149,000 copies in the United States according to N Six new albums debut in the top 10 slots of The Billboard 200, with R&B…

  20. Chart Beat

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Nelly Furtado, George Strait, John Mayer and more! REPLACING THE 'IRREPLACEABLE': After a 10-week reign, Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" (Columbia) has been replaced at the top of The Billboard Hot 100 Chart by Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right" …

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