1. The xx, Dizzee Rascal Make Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 20, 2010 10:24 AM EDT U.K. alt-rock veteran Paul Weller's 10th solo album and Dublin-based quintet Villagers' debut have made the shortlist for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, along with albums from the xx, Dizzee Rascal and Corinne Bailey Rae. The 12-strong shortlist was unveiled at London venue the…

  2. LCD Soundstyem, Raekwon Bring Heat to Pitchfork Music Festival

    July 18, 2010 1:08 PM EDT Day two of the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago included some early breakout performances, curious sets from veteran acts and punishing humidity throughout the day. However, most of Saturday afternoon (July 17) felt like a wait for headliners LCD Soundsystem , who offered a thrilling,…

  3. Roots Picnic / June 5, 2010 / Philadelphia (Festival Pier at Penn's Landing)

    June 07, 2010 1:30 PM EDT In only its third year, the Roots Picnic has established itself as Philadelphia's premiere outdoor summer festival thanks to a mix-and-match collection of bands and relaxed atmosphere. Although a few aggravating scheduling problems threatened the easygoing vibe, Saturday's show at…

  4. Sarah McLachlan Wraps 'Illusion,' Preps For Lilith Fair Return

    May 17, 2010 12:08 PM EDT After wrapping "Laws of Illusion," her first album in seven years, last week for a June 15 release, Sarah McLachlan is turning her attention to preparations for Lilith Fair's return o the road after an 11-year break. "We talked about it every once in awhile, but the mood…

  5. Meth, Ghost & Rae, "Wu-Massacre"

    April 02, 2010 4:03 PM EDT Method Man recently admitted that "Wu-Massacre," his new album with fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon , was rush-released by Def Jam on a low budget. It's a fact that's somewhat hard to hide behind the set's lean production and uneven narrative.…

  6. OK Go: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 26, 2010 12:25 PM EDT A graduate of Brown University who spent his time in the Ivy League studying semiotics, Damian Kulash of OK Go is one of the more articulate shaggy-haired rock frontmen you're likely to meet. Yet over dinner recently at a Los Angeles restaurant, the singer is experiencing an…

  7. Stevie Wonder To Headline Hard Rock Calling

    March 23, 2010 9:40 AM EDT Stevie Wonder will headline the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London's Hyde Park on June 26. The supporting bill for the 50,000-capacity show includes Jamiroquai , James Morrison and Corinne Bailey Rae . Stevie Wonder has also been tipped to play the Glastonbury Festival on the same…

  8. Sarah McLachlan Announces First Album In Seven Years

    March 19, 2010 12:25 PM EDT Lilth Fair founder and singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan has announced that she will release her first album in seven years, "The Laws Of Illusion," on June 15 via Arista Records. A download of McLachlan's new song "One Dream" and premium access tickets to Lilith Fair…

  9. 'American Idol' Recap: Lilly Scott Changes The Game

    March 03, 2010 9:34 PM EST I cannot even tell you how much I was creeping on Twitter this afternoon trying to find out if Crystal Bowersox had been given the medical OK to perform. With about 10 minutes before showtime, Ryan Seacrest said she had been given the thumb's up - and there was much rejoicing. And she…

  10. Leonard Cohen To Enter Hall of Fame

    February 17, 2010 9:08 AM EST Among those up for enshrinement in the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year are Leonard Cohen , key members of Earth, Wind & Fire , and producer-composer David Foster . Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, Philip Bailey and Verdine White are being honored in addition to Foster and…

  11. Corinne Bailey Rae, "The Sea"

    February 12, 2010 2:26 PM EST Grief isn't the only thing that runs deep through Corinne Bailey Rae 's sophomore effort, "The Sea." In grappling with the sudden death of her husband in 2008, the U.K. singer/songwriter has crafted a remarkable set that includes influences from rock and jazz, rich…

  12. Alicia Keys Scores First U.K. No. 1 Album

    February 08, 2010 8:33 AM EST Alicia Keys is celebrating her first U.K. No. 1 album, after "The Element of Freedom" (J/Sony Music Entertainment) moved up one place on the new Official Charts Company survey. Owl City 's "Fireflies" (Universal Island) started a third week atop the singles chart.…

  13. Chart Beat Thursday: Lady Antebellum, Ke$ha, 'Hope for Haiti Now'

    February 04, 2010 4:45 PM EST FIRST, LADY (AND THE PRECEDENTS): Lady Antebellum begins atop the Billboard 200 and Country Albums with its sophomore set, "Need You Now." The trio's self-titled first album debuted and peaked at Nos. 4 and 1 on the respective charts in May 2008. Billboard 200 chart manager…

  14. Lady Antebellum's 'Need You Now' Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    February 03, 2010 10:58 AM EST L ady Antebellum's second album, "Need You Now," crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 481,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the biggest debut sales week for any album since Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" bowed…

  15. Lady Antebellum Poised To Smash Sales Expectations

    January 29, 2010 8:15 PM EST We already know it's all-but-certain Lady Antebellum 's sophomore album "Need You Now" is headed for a No. 1 debut next week on the Billboard 200 chart, but now it's looking like the album is going to sell more than originally expected. Way more. This past Tuesday …

  16. Lady Antebellum Likely To Top Billboard 200 Next Week

    January 27, 2010 5:33 PM EST Next week's Billboard 200 chart-topper will likely come in the form of Lady Antebellum's sophomore album, "Need You Now." Early prognostications from label sources suggest that the set may sell around 325,000 copies by week's end on Jan. 31. It will be the first No. 1…

  17. Country Music Hitmaker Carl Smith Dies At 82

    January 21, 2010 6:05 PM EST Seminal '50s honky tonk stylist and Country Music Hall of Fame member Carl Smith , 82, died Saturday (Jan. 16) at his home near Nashville in Franklin, Tenn. The specific cause of death was not made public. Smith was widely regarded as one of the most important and successful country…

  18. Norah Jones, Heart, Loretta Lynn Added To Lilith Fair Lineup

    January 21, 2010 4:29 PM EST Norah Jones , Heart , Loretta Lynn , Gossip and Cat Power are among the top female artists who have just been added to the lineup for Lilith Fair 2010, organizers announced today (Jan. 21). The revived touring music festival also added 15 more cities -- including Detroit, Nashville, Phoenix,…

  19. Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz Top Coachella 2010 Lineup

    January 19, 2010 10:25 AM EST J ay-Z , Muse and Gorillaz will headline the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 16-18 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are LCD Soundsystem , Faith No More , Thom Yorke , Pavement and the Specials . Other bands and DJs confirmed for the…

  20. Taking Peaks, Part 2: Nos. 75-51

    January 12, 2010 1:30 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

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