1. Wade Mainer, Country Music Pioneer, Dies at 104

    September 14, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Wade Mainer, a country music pioneer who is credited with inventing the two-finger banjo picking style that paved the way for the Bluegrass era, has died. He was 104. Mainer died at his home in Flint Township, about 60 miles northwest of Detroit, according to the funeral home where his…

  2. Beyonce Owns NYC in '4' Concert Debut

    August 15, 2011 9:35 AM EDT There aren't many artists in the world that can pull off a 90-minute set in Stuart Weitzman heels and leave a beyond packed audience satisfied to the point of not needing an encore. But that's Beyoncé . Last night (August 14), the singer kicked off the first of four nights in her…

  3. Hot Tours: Roger Waters, Iron Maiden, Kings of Leon

    June 17, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Roger Waters is No. 1 in the Hot Tours rankings with more than $53 million in box office grosses reported during the past week from the European leg of The Wall Live tour. Adding this week's totals to the grosses from venues in the U.K. that were reported earlier, ticket sales totals…

  4. The Lonely Island 'Turtleneck and Chain': Track-By-Track Review

    May 10, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Fueled by wildly popular "Saturday Night Live" Digital Shorts gone viral, aided by superstar friends like Justin Timberlake and Nicki Minaj , and anchored by a comedy heart-throb: This is how one does comedy songs in the year 2011. On the novelty rap trio the Lonely Island 's…

  5. Chuck D, The Roots Rock 'Fight the Power' on 'Fallon'

    March 31, 2011 4:50 PM EDT Chuck D, Eclectic Method and Clyde Stubblefield -- AKA the Copyright Criminals All-Star Bad -- stopped by "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday night (Mar. 29) to play the Public Enemy classic "Fight the Power" alongside members of house band the Roots . After a video…

  6. Christina Aguilera Sued Over 'Ain't No Other Man' Sample

    March 07, 2011 11:11 AM EST In the latest instance of bad news for Christina Aguilera , a new lawsuit filed against Sony Music reportedly claims that the label hasn't paid for a sample used in the singer's Grammy-winning 2006 hit, "Ain't No Other Man." "Ain't No Other Man," which…

  7. Aretha Franklin 'Complete' Box Set Issued for 50th Anniversary

    January 19, 2011 9:00 AM EST Amid reports from Aretha Franklin that her health is now "superb" following surgery last month, Columbia/Legacy has announced it will honor the 50th anniversary of the Queen of Soul's earlier pop recording career with the deluxe box set "Take a Look: Aretha Franklin…

  8. Hot Tours: Alejandro Fernandez, George Strait and Reba, Justin Bieber

    November 04, 2010 11:44 AM EDT Alejandro Fernández tops Hot Tour this week with box office stats reported from his recent 10-show run at Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. Eight of the shows occurred in September (8-10, 18-19, 23-25) and the final two performances were on Oct. 8-9. Gross totals surpassed 72.8 million pesos…

  9. Rihanna Rocks 'SNL' with 'Shy Ronnie' Video, Performances

    November 01, 2010 11:07 AM EDT R ihanna owned the stage at "Saturday Night Live" this weekend (Oct. 30), performing two songs from her upcoming album "Loud." The singer also made a splash in the second "Shy Ronnie" digital short with Andy Samberg, the first of which was nominated for a Emmy…

  10. Toby Keith, "Bullets in the Gun"

    October 28, 2010 4:05 PM EDT The tale of a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, the title track to Toby Keith 's latest album finds the country star utilizing his sharpest storytelling skills. Working with co-writer Rivers Rutherford ( Brooks & Dunn ), "Bullets in the Gun" is an expertly crafted portrait of a…

  11. Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Katy Perry, Billy Ray Cyrus

    August 19, 2010 5:55 PM EDT ONE OF THE BOYS: As "Recovery" spends a sixth week atop the Billboard 200 and "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna , tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth frame, Eminem joins an elite group of male artists who have led both lists with albums and accompanying singles…

  12. Phelps 'Catfish' Collins, Funkadelic Guitarist, Dies at 66

    August 10, 2010 4:40 PM EDT R&B guitarist Phelps "Catfish" Collins, a veteran of James Brown's J.B.'s, Parliament-Funkadelic and his younger brother William "Bootsy" Collins ' Rubber Band, passed away at his home in Cincinnati on Aug. 6 at the age of 66, following a long battle…

  13. Jay-Z / March 2, 2010 / New York City (Madison Square Garden)

    March 03, 2010 3:14 PM EST On Wednesday night (Mar. 2) during his "Blueprint 3" tour stop at New York's Madison Square Garden, Jay-Z said the famous venue should be called "The House that Hovie built," and the rapper wasn't kidding. While Jay kept it quieter this time around -- with less…

  14. Ricky Skaggs, "Solo (Songs My Dad Loved)"

    September 04, 2009 2:44 PM EDT If these are indeed the songs Ricky Skaggs ' father sang to him as a child, it's a wonder he didn't suffer from perpetual nightmares. There's some awfully sober terrain covered on these 13 bluegrass and folk tracks, from the likes of the Stanley Brothers , the Monroe…

  15. Michael Jackson's Original Glittery Glove Going Up For Auction

    August 13, 2009 10:19 AM EDT The glittery glove that Michael Jackson wore when he unveiled his moonwalk on TV in 1983 is hitting the auction block. This one isn't like his other glittery gloves, which were made for the right hand and adorned with hand-sewn crystals. This left-handed glove, which accompanied Jackson&…

  16. Scarlett Johansson, Pete Yorn Get Together For 'Break Up'

    July 28, 2009 10:19 AM EDT An afternoon nap amidst a bout of insomnia about three years ago was the impetus for "Break Up," a new song cycle of duets by Pete Yorn and actress Scarlett Johansson that's due out Sept. 15. Yorn tells Billboard.com that "after I kind of dozed off one afternoon for a few…

  17. Jay-Z: He's A Business, Man

    July 20, 2009 11:13 AM EDT Fresh Out Of His Deal With Def Jam Records, Jay-Z Unveils His Latest 'Blueprint' For Success. At just about any given moment of any given day - including this sunlit June Friday afternoon -in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As if that number wasn't impressive…

  18. Ricky Skaggs Does 'Songs My Dad Loved'

    July 15, 2009 1:30 PM EDT After "Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass" last year, Ricky Skaggs figured it was time to honor the man who introduced him to bluegrass and so many other kinds of music. On Sept. 15, Skaggs will release "Ricky Skaggs Solo (Songs My Dad Loved)" on his own Skaggs Family…

  19. Ricky Skaggs Records 'Songs My Dad Loved'

    July 15, 2009 11:39 AM EDT After "Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass" last year, Ricky Skaggs figured it was time to honor the man who introduced him to bluegrass and so many other kinds of music. On Sept. 15, Skaggs will release "Ricky Skaggs Solo (Songs My Dad Loved)" on his own Skaggs Family…

  20. March 22, 2009

    March 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Singer Pio Leiva of the Buena Vista Social Club dies in Havana, Cuba, of a heart attack. He is 88. 2005 – Foghat guitarist Rod Price dies at home in Wilton, N.H., following a heart attack and a fall down a flight of stairs. He is 57. 1996 – Don Murray of the Turtles dies in a Southern…

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