1. Gavin DeGraw Unveils Stripped-Down Sound On 'Free'

    March 31, 2009 8:20 AM EDT Gavin DeGraw says the main creative goal for his new album, "Free," "was to really have a chance to make an indie record, really," even though the New York singer-songwriter remains in the major ranks, on J Records. "Free," which comes out March 31 follows DeGraw…

  2. Gavin DeGraw Works Speedily On New Album

    February 17, 2009 3:07 PM EST Less than a year after his last J album, Gavin DeGraw will release a new set of self-described low-key songs, "Free," on March 31. "We kept the production very minimal in order to get everything that lies between me and the audience out of the way. By removing all the bells and…

  3. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th No. 1 single to complete her domination of the British sales charts. "Confessions on a Dance Floor" goes straight to 2005 - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th…

  4. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th No. 1 single to complete her domination of the British sales charts. "Confessions on a Dance Floor" goes straight to 2005 - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th…

  5. Whitley Shines On Final Recording Sessions

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT If the late Chris Whitley was often his harshest critic, one of his final sessions yielded a group of recordings that has begun to please fans and observers as much as it did Whitley in his final days If the late Chris Whitley was often his harshest critic, one of his final sessions yielded a…

  6. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Producer Phil Spector pleads not guilty in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. Spector is formally charged with one count of murder by the Los Angeles County District Attorney.< 2005 - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her…

  7. Phelps Sharpens His 'Tunesmith' Tools

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Kelly Joe Phelps will be relesae his next album, "Tunesmith Retrofit," Aug. 1 on Rounder. It's the artist's sixth full-length effort and his first studio effort since 2003's "Slingsh Singer/songwriter Kelly Joe Phelps will be relesae his next…

  8. Singer/Songwriter Chris Whitley Dies

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Chris Whitley died Sunday (Nov. 20) in Houston at the age of 45 after battling lung cancer. The veteran Texas-reared artist recorded for Columbia, ATO and, most recently, Messenger R Singer/songwriter Chris Whitley died Sunday (Nov. 20) in Houston at the age of 45 after…

  9. Billboard Bits: Chris Whitley, Billy Joel, Tool

    November 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Chris Whitley, Billy Joel, Tool Singer/songwriter Chris Whitley has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Whitley's brother Dan reported on the artist's official message board that the disease in its late stages and that Whitley is currently in home hospice care. The…

  10. Hot Product

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: The seven-disc, 130-track boxed set "Whatever: The '90s Pop Culture Box" (Rhino). Up-and-coming rapper Young Jeezy's "Let Get It: Thug Motivation 101" (Def Jam). E Street Band member Danny…

  11. Nellie McKay Prepping Sophomore Album

    April 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Nellie McKay is making progress on her as-yet-untitled sophomore album for Columbia. The artist tells Billboard.com she is eyeing a September release for the set, which will feature Singer/songwriter Nellie McKay is making progress on her as-yet-untitled sophomore album for…

  12. Hot Product

    March 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST Other key titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: -- The various artists set "Gotta Serve Somebody: A Gospel Tribute to Bob Dylan," featuring a new duet with Dylan and singer Mavis Staples, as well as new recordings by Aaron Neville, Shirley Caesar, Helen Baylor,…

  13. South By Southwest Diary: Day Two

    March 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST South By Southwest Diary: Day Two Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW) is a music and media conference offering industry-related panels and presentations, as well as more than 900 acts performing in more than 50 venues over the course of four days (March 12-16). Billboard.com…

  14. Soul Asylum's Pirner Preps Solo Debut

    April 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner has set a July 16 release date for his first solo album. The as-yet-untitled album, said to be heavily inspired by the singer's move from Minneapolis to New Orleans, w Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner has set a July 16 release date for his first solo…

  15. R.E.M., Pearl Jam Battle World Hunger

    October 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Seattle is preparing for Sunday's (Oct. 14) kickoff of Groundwork 2001, a week of concerts striving to raise awareness of solutions to world hunger and money to help small farmers in developing countr Seattle is preparing for Sunday's (Oct. 14) kickoff of Groundwork 2001, a week of…

  16. Pearl Jam, R.E.M. Lead Massive Hunger Benefit

    August 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Alanis Morissette will perform at a star-studded hunger benefit concert for the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Oct. 22 at Seattle's Key Arena. The show Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Alanis Morissette will perform at a star-studded hunger…

  17. Chris Whitley Takes A New Stand

    July 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Like many a bluesman of yore, Chris Whitley has faced his share of demons -- and stared at least most of them down. Since his still-revered Columbia debut of 10 years ago, "Living With the Law," the T Like many a bluesman of yore, Chris Whitley has faced his share of demons -- and…

  18. Joan Osborne Takes On Troubadour Style

    June 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT As the unpredictable winds of mainstream popularity shift more frequently than ever, Joan Osborne has been able to sustain her career through steadfast touring and well-received live performances. As the unpredictable winds of mainstream popularity shift more frequently than ever, Joan…

  19. Rocket House

    June 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Chris Whitley emerged as a haunting, post-modern bluesman with 1991's Living With the Law. Chris Whitley emerged as a haunting, post-modern bluesman with 1991's Living With the Law. His next move was the image-shattering sonic barrage of 1995's Din of Ecstasy and 1997's…

  20. Joe Henry's 'Scar' Poised To Make A Mark

    April 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Joe Henry opens a provocative chapter of his career with the help of an eclectic cast of musicians -- including such top jazz talents as the legendary Ornette Coleman -- on his new Singer/songwriter Joe Henry opens a provocative chapter of his career with the help of an…

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