1. Carson Daly Sets SXSW Lineups: Angel Haze, Joey Bada$$ + More

    March 04, 2013 3:01 PM EST Carson Daly's "Last Call" show will hold its annual showcase at SXSW, this year emphasizing rock bands that have not made their television debuts. Angel Haze, Big Black Delta, Glossary, Grape St., Maximum Hedrum and The Coup will perform March 13 at Cedar Street Courtyard…

  2. The Civil Wars, Bonnie Raitt Highlight Americana Awards

    September 13, 2012 9:15 AM EDT Gillian Welch and her partner Dave Rawlings, The Civil Wars and Alabama Shakes took home trophies, but Music City was the big winner at Wednesday night's Americana Honors & Awards. Five of six winners at the Ryman Auditorium event are based in Nashville, further cementing the city&…

  3. Target Won't Carry Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange'

    July 11, 2012 7:51 PM EDT Retailer's Response is to iTunes Exclusive, Not Ocean's Sexuality Target will not be carrying Frank Ocean 's debut studio album, "Channel Orange," in response to the label's decision to sell it ahead of its scheduled release date via iTunes -- not due to Ocean&…

  4. Donald 'Duck' Dunn Playlist: 10 Essential Grooves From the Bass Legend

    May 14, 2012 1:30 PM EDT With the sudden passing of   "I Thank You" (1968): Dunn found a fat, taut groove to literally propel Sam & Dave 's final release on Stax (before moving to Atlantic), which was a Top 10 Pop Singles hit and a Top 5 R&B Singles smash. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of…

  5. Donald 'Duck' Dunn of Booker T. and the MGs Dead at 70

    May 13, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Rock Hall of Fame Bassist Died in His Sleep While on Tour in Japan, Bandmate Steve Cropper Says Bass player and songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers band, has died in Tokyo. He was 70. …

  6. Adam Lambert Sings 'Naked Love' on 'Kimmel': Watch

    April 27, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Hollywood Boulevard got just a little brighter on Thursday night as Adam Lambert -- American Idol runner-up, RCA Records recording artist, glam rocker extraordinaire -- played a five-song set to the delight of some 1,000 fans gathered in the parking lot behind the famous El Capitan theater.…

  7. Weird Al Serious, but 'Not Mad,' About Royalties Dispute

    April 24, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Comedy Icon Talks Sony Lawsuit, Plus YouTube Interview Show, Children's Book & His Super Bowl Dreams Weird Al Yankovic is understandably tight-lipped about his royalties lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment. But, he tells Billboard.com, it's "not personal." "I…

  8. Melissa Etheridge Writing 'Rock Musical,' Preps Album & Tour

    April 05, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Singer Working on Follow-up to 2010's "Fearless Love"; Hopes to Release It Later This Year M elissa Etheridge says she has more than 20 songs, "kinda rockin' tunes, soulful tunes, all kinds of stuff" that she's just started recording in Los Angeles for the…

  9. Weird Al Yankovic Suing Label for $5M

    April 01, 2012 9:50 PM EDT Weird Al Yankovic, through his company Ear Booker Enterprises, is suing Sony Music Entertainment for $5 million. The complaint alleges that Sony Music took improper and duplicate recoupments, which resulted in royalty under payments. It also alleges the major is paying Yankovic a straight…

  10. Mars Volta: 10-Year 'Dictatorship' Ends After 'Noctourniquet'

    March 26, 2012 3:00 PM EDT New album "the last record of its kind," says Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez says the band's sixth studio album, "Noctourniquet," will be its last -- at least in terms of how he's approached writing and recording the group's…

  11. The Civil Wars: Billboard Cover Story

    March 09, 2012 1:30 PM EST The DIY Story of the Year, Two Grammys, A Dose of Taylor and the Biggest Soundtrack You've Yet to Hear In one weekend last summer, the They wrote and sang together for a few months before White popped the question: Want to form a band? Williams says. "It was like being asked to prom…

  12. Obama Sings 'Sweet Home Chicago': Video

    February 21, 2012 11:10 PM EST First soul, now blues. A month after enjoying his Al Green moment at a fundraising event, President Obama busted out the presidential pipes again on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and sang a few frames of "Sweet Home Chicago" during a blues explosion at the White House. In what appears to be the…

  13. Mick Jagger, B.B. King Ready to Sing Blues for Obama

    February 21, 2012 7:55 PM EST Mick Jagger, B.B. King and Jeff Beck are teaming up with musical up-and-comers at the White House to celebrate the blues. Jagger tweeted that President Barack Obama popped in during a rehearsal for Tuesday's A-list concert and "seemed really relaxed and happy!" Grammy-winner…

  14. Grammys 2012: 19 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 13, 2012 12:26 AM EST On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the Grammy broadcast below. Adele's Big Night : While her millions of fans may have worried about her recovery from surgery, Adele called the procedure …

  15. President Obama's Campaign Playlist: The 5 Biggest Surprises

    February 09, 2012 4:45 PM EST On Thursday morning (Feb. 9), our decidedly modern president took to Twitter and Facebook to trumpet his coolness once more. He and his team compiled an official Obama Campaign 2012 Playlist and shared it with the world via Spotify . Many of 24 songs made total sense: Folks like Arcade Fire…

  16. Bon Iver To Jam With The Roots on 'Fallon' Tonight

    January 19, 2012 12:30 PM EST When your friends are in town, it's time to jam out. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon will appear on tonight's (Jan. 19) episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" after The Roots' (and Fallon's house bandleader) Questlove invited Vernon to jam out with them on the…

  17. Tightened Up: Inside the Black Keys' Rise to Arena-Sized Fame

    January 06, 2012 12:35 PM EST One massive arena tour. Two appearances on "Saturday Night Live" -- in one year. Three Grammys. 207,000 albums sold, opening week. The Black Keys are finally firing on all cylinders with "El Camino." Last January, the From the top down, the ethos surrounding the "El…

  18. Perry Farrell: Music Biz Should Look to NBA, NFL for Inspiration

    November 10, 2011 7:05 PM EST The NFL and NBA are at the root of Perry Farrell 's vision for the future of music. Acknowledging he had not fully thought out the idea, the Jane's Addiction singer said the industry needs to support young musicians from an early age, creating musical opportunities for youths like…

  19. Foster the People: How a Free Download Begat a Business

    October 03, 2011 12:00 PM EDT March 2010. Brent Kredel, an artist manager at Los Angeles' Monotone, receives a panicked phone call from a local musician who he'd befriended a year earlier. The call was from Mark Foster, leader of then-unknown L.A.-based rock band Foster the People . A few months earlier, the…

  20. Tom Jones Joins 'House's' Hugh Laurie to Celebrate Album Release

    October 03, 2011 10:50 AM EDT When in doubt, Tom Jones told the 200 people sardined into the tiny Mint nightclub Friday night to see "House" star Hugh Laurie interpret vintage blues, go with "Great Balls of Fire." Jones joined Laurie at the end of his hourlong record release performance for "Let…

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