1. New Backstreet Boys Album Due In October

    July 28, 2009 2:42 PM EDT Backstreet Boys announced today (July 28) that it will release its ninth album, "This is Us," Oct. 6 on Jive Records. The lead single, "Straight Through My Heart," has just been released to radio and can be heard on the group's MySpace page . The 11-track set follows…

  2. Prince Closes Out Montreux Jazz Fest

    July 20, 2009 11:19 AM EDT Prince fans from across Europe converged on Montreux for two shows by the American musician whose rare appearance on the continent stretched well into Sunday morning. The 51-year-old star closed the two-week Swiss Montreux Jazz Festival with a mix of old hits including "Little Red…

  3. Prince Closes Out Montreux Jazz Fest

    July 20, 2009 9:46 AM EDT Prince fans from across Europe converged on Montreux for two shows by the American musician whose rare appearance on the continent stretched well into Sunday morning. The 51-year-old star closed the two-week Swiss Montreux Jazz Festival with a mix of old hits including "Little Red…

  4. Exclusive: Michael Jackson Was Working On Two Albums

    July 02, 2009 4:00 PM EDT At the time of Michael Jackson's death, it was well-known that he was preparing for a 50-show concert series at London's O2 Arena. What was less well-known -- and what many are now speculating about -- was what kind of recordings Jackson had done for the last few years. Billboard&…

  5. Brad Paisley Previews His "American Saturday Night" Album, Tour

    June 04, 2009 5:44 PM EDT “No one can make the album they made 10 years ago with a straight face,” Brad Paisley muses. The singer/songwriter/guitar slinger is siitting in Blackbird Studios, a state of the art Nashville facility owned by Martina McBride and her husband, and putting the finishing touches on his June 30…

  6. Kylie Minogue Dreams Of Movie Roles, Not U.S. Success

    May 11, 2009 8:25 AM EDT Pop singer Kylie Minogue is not bothered that the music stardom she enjoys in Britain and Australia has eluded her in the United States but says she fantasizes about a credible film career. Minogue, 40, who got her start more than 20 years ago as an actress in an Australian daytime soap,…

  7. Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Black Eyed Peas Top Montreux Jazz Fest Bill

    April 08, 2009 2:31 PM EDT B.B. King, Herbie Hancock, Black Eyed Peas and Lauryn Hill are booked to perform at the Montreux Jazz festival, one of Europe's most prestigious summer music events, organizers said on Thursday. Founder Claude Nobs announced the eclectic line-up of 1,000 musicians for the 43rd festival…

  8. Darius Rucker's Country Triumph Is No Fluke

    March 24, 2009 8:30 AM EDT With his second No. 1 country single, Hootie & the Blowfish's Darius Rucker feels like his welcome to the country world isn't a fluke. "The acceptance has been really great, much more than I ever expected," says Rucker, who's spending a second week atop the Hot…

  9. Claude Kelly Hits Big With Clarkson, Spears

    January 29, 2009 11:44 AM EST Last summer, singer/songwriter Claude Kelly told Billboard he hoped to work with Kelly Clarkson in the future. Six months later, not only has he co-written the pop singer's latest single, "My Life Would Suck Without You," but he's sharing in its record-breaking success. As…

  10. This Day in Music

    November 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST - French female artist Camille receives the Prix Constantin during a show held at the Olympia venue in Paris. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter wins for her second album "Le Fil" (Virgin). The p 2005 - French female artist Camille receives the Prix Constantin during a show held…

  11. Corbin Bleu Tunes In For Sophomore Album

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Currently on tour playing festivals and fairs in support of his 2007 debut, "Another Side," singer-actor Corbin Bleu tells Billboard.com he's begun recording his follow-up album. Currently on tour playing festivals and fairs in support of his 2007 debut, "Another Side,…

  12. Michael Jackson Cameo Shocks Akon Songwriter

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Claude Kelly wrote the recently leaked Akon song "Hold My Hand" featuring Michael Jackson, but he confesses hearing the legendary singer's voice on the track the first Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Claude Kelly wrote the recently leaked Akon…

  13. Hilary Duff Enrolls In 'Cool' School

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hilary Duff has found a way to beat the heat, joining the cast of the new Polish brothers comedy "Stay Cool." Hilary Duff has found a way to beat the heat, joining the cast of the new Polish brothers comedy "Stay Cool." Duff co-stars in "Cool" with Winona Ryder,…

  14. This Day in Music

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo "Devils & Dust" tour in Michigan, at Motown's Fox Theatre. 2005 - Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo "Devils & Dust" tour in Michigan, at Motown's Fox Theatre. 2004 - Jazz violinist-guitarist Claude "…

  15. This Day in Music

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Claude Pepper, aka Jack Mack of L.A. R&B group Jack Mack & the Heart Attack, dies of cancer in Sacramento, Calif. He is 50. Pepper, a drummer, co-founded Jack Mack & the Heart Attac 2003 - Claude Pepper, aka Jack Mack of L.A. R&B group Jack Mack & the Heart Attack,…

  16. Billboard Bits: Tibet House, Gigantour, Thomas/Take 6

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST The lineup has begun taking shape for the 2008 Tibet House benefit concert, to be held Feb. 13 at New York's Carnegie Hall. The lineup has begun taking shape for the 2008 Tibet House benefit concert, to be held Feb. 13 at New York's Carnegie Hall. Under the direction of artistic…

  17. This Day in Music

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST - French female artist Camille receives the Prix Constantin during a show held at the Olympia venue in Paris. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter wins for her second album "Le Fil" (Virgin). The p 2005 - French female artist Camille receives the Prix Constantin during a show held…

  18. This Day in Music

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo "Devils & Dust" tour in Michigan, at Motown's Fox Theatre. 2005 - Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo "Devils & Dust" tour in Michigan, at Motown's Fox Theatre. 2004 - Jazz violinist-guitarist Claude "…

  19. This Day in Music

    February 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Claude Pepper, aka Jack Mack of L.A. R&B group Jack Mack & the Heart Attack, dies of cancer in Sacramento, Calif. He is 50. Pepper, a drummer, co-founded Jack Mack & the Heart Attac 2003 - Claude Pepper, aka Jack Mack of L.A. R&B group Jack Mack & the Heart Attack,…

  20. This Day in Music

    November 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>The Secure Digital Music Initiative announces that two of its proposed technologies did not survive being attacked as part of the "Hack SDMI" challenge. The competition invited all comer 2005 - French female artist Camille receives the Prix Constantin…

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