1. Schools Of Rock: Music Business College Guide

    March 31, 2011 11:16 AM EDT It used to be that the school of hard knocks was enough to land you a gig in the music business-but no longer. With the contraction of the industry increasing the competition for jobs and the advent of ever-evolving digital technologies, graduates need a strong foundation in business to start…

  2. Win A Trip To The 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    March 26, 2011 11:45 PM EDT Huge stars like Enrique Iglesias , Pitbull , Maná , Camilla , and Shakira are up for honors at this year's Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 28 and you could win a trip to Miami to see all the action in person. Enrique Iglesias, Shakira Lead Billboard Latin Music Award Nominations…

  3. Pinetop Perkins, Legendary Bluesman, Dies At 97

    March 21, 2011 9:00 PM EDT P inetop Perkins , one of the last old-school bluesmen who played with Muddy Waters and became the oldest Grammy winner this year, died Monday at his home of cardiac arrest. He was 97. Perkins was having chest pains when he went to take a nap and paramedics could not revive him, said Hugh…

  4. Rock Hall Inducts Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits

    March 15, 2011 9:10 AM EDT T om Waits went for laughs, Alice Cooper for shock value, Leon Russell was quietly humble and Neil Diamond may still be talking following their induction Monday into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The acts were joined New Orleans piano maestro Dr. John and "Wall of Sound" singer…

  5. Dave Matthews Band Reveals Summer Mini-Festival Details

    March 09, 2011 10:15 AM EST As tipped here Feb. 22, Dave Matthews Band will stage four regional destination festivals this summer under the Dave Matthews Band Caravan banner, the first of which is set for June 24-26 at Bader Field, former site of the Atlantic City (N.J.) Municipal Airport, the band announced this…

  6. Middle Brother Says It's Less 'Supergroup,' More 'Exotic Band'

    March 08, 2011 11:15 AM EST John McCauley rejects the often-applied label of "supergroup" for his new band, Middle Brother. "We're more of an...exotic band, if you will," he tells Billboard.com. No matter how it's classified, Middle Brother is generating a lot of buzz with indie and folk…

  7. B.o.B Performs 'Airplanes' On Delta Flight

    February 07, 2011 11:49 AM EST Rapper B.o.B took a page from Kanye West 's book and performed his single "Airplanes" on a flight. Kanye West Performs During Delta Flight Video: B.o.B performs "Airplanes" on Delta flight While traveling on a Delta flight to Los Angeles, B.o.B took over the sound…

  8. Gerry Rafferty, 'Baker Street' Singer, Dies at 63

    January 04, 2011 3:55 PM EST G erry Rafferty , who had Top 10 success with Stealers Wheel 's "Stuck in the Middle" and his own "Baker Street," died on Tuesday in London from liver failure after a long battle with alcoholism. The Scottish-born singer and songwriter had reportedly been hospitalized…

  9. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 12/11/10

    December 11, 2010 9:00 AM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @MariahCarey: Billboard.com : Oh Santa! jumps from #12 to …

  10. Kanye West Brings 'Fantasy,' Famous Friends to NYC Show

    November 24, 2010 11:05 AM EST One day after his "Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" hit stores, Kanye West gave fans, music execs like Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles, Sylvia Rhone and L.A. Reid, and celebrities including Mos Def , 88 Keys, ?uestlove, Diddy , Selita Ebanks and comedian Aziz Ansari, a surprise show at New…

  11. Kanye West Tweets Frustrations Towards Media

    November 10, 2010 11:27 AM EST It was only a matter of time before Kanye West lashed out at the media again. Video: George Bush replies to Kanye West's statement Watch: George W. Bush Discusses Kanye West in TV Interview Kanye took to Twitter last night (Nov. 9) to lash out at the "Today" show and host Matt…

  12. Kanye West Performs During Delta Flight

    November 08, 2010 2:58 PM EST Kanye West sure knows a thing or two about marketing himself. 'Ye, who has been performing in various cities around the world -- sometimes at social media headquarters and other times on random club bar tops -- gave an impromptu performance for Delta passengers during a flight from…

  13. Russell Brand Arrested in Paparazzi Scuffle, Katy Perry Responds

    September 18, 2010 10:06 AM EDT Russell Brand has been arrested following an altercation with a photographer at Los Angeles Airport, where the 35-year-old British actor/comedian and his fiancee, pop star Katy Perry , were preparing to board a flight to Las Vegas. Brand was taken into custody Friday at the airport for a…

  14. Martina McBride, Stevie Wonder Join For Cancer Event

    August 19, 2010 11:49 AM EDT Martina McBride , Natasha Bedingfield , Queen Latifah , Aaron Neville , Dave Stewart and Stevie Wonder are among the many celebrities joining forces for "Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)," the fundraiser aimed at raising money for cancer research. The program, executive produced by Laura…

  15. Delta Spirit, "History From Below"

    July 09, 2010 5:49 PM EDT Delta Spirit is a California band with a Southern-fried sound. This is especially apparent on the group's third album, "History From Below," an attractive showcase of twangy, soulful rock balladry. With lyrical themes ranging from manipulative politics to painful love, the…

  16. Elton John Teams With Leon Russell For 'Mature' New Album

    July 06, 2010 7:55 AM EDT E lton John says his forthcoming collaboration with legendary singer, songwriter and sideman Leon Russell marks a new chapter in his recording career, saying: "I don't have to make pop records any more." Speaking at the launch of the album at the Electric Cinema in West London…

  17. Alberta Cross / June 2, 2010 / Brooklyn, N.Y. (Music Hall of Williamsburg)

    June 07, 2010 5:29 PM EDT Armed with an array of Fender guitars and ten o'clock shadows, the members of blues-rock outfit Alberta Cross showed impressive stage polish and maturity during their June 2 show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, one of the final stops on the band's first headlining U.S…

  18. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, "Mojo"

    June 04, 2010 4:06 PM EDT Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have always been a rock'n'roll band. But "Mojo," a mostly blues-rock opus clocking in at nearly 65 minutes, is for those who've been waiting for the long-lived group to let the throttle out all the way. Petty and lead guitarist Mike…

  19. Lee DeWyze Wins 'American Idol'

    May 26, 2010 10:16 PM EDT It was a paint rags to riches story made for television, as Lee DeWyze was named the champion Wednesday night for the ninth season of "American Idol." The raspy and rock-friendly voice of DeWyze, 24, a paint salesperson from Mount Prospect, Ill., won out over the folk stylings of…

  20. Hot Tours: André Rieu, George Strait, Taylor Swift

    April 29, 2010 11:55 AM EDT Dutch violinist André Rieu tops the latest Hot Tours ranking with a heavily back-dated reported gross from 53 European concerts dating from November through February. The shows, primarily in France and Germany, were part of the classical artist¹s third 2009 trek through European venues. The…

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