1. Phil Ramone in Critical Care at NYC Hospital

    March 01, 2013 11:23 AM EST Award-winning music producer Phil Ramone has been hospitalized in New York City, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 72-year-old suffered an aortic aneurysm and is in critical care. Ramone is best known for his work with such top-tier vocalists and songwriters as Tony Bennett, Aretha…

  2. Say Anything Now a Solo Act, Louis C.K.-Inspired Album in Works

    February 06, 2013 8:29 PM EST Say Anything's Max Bemis has started on "dark, funny" music without drummer Coby Linder The pause to ruminate on Say Anything 's past, courtesy of the band's new three-disc release "All My Friends Are Enemies: Early Rarities," out now on Equal Vision…

  3. Say Anything Unleash Early Rarities, Gritty Warts and All

    January 23, 2013 7:00 PM EST "The idea that we have this kind of semi-embarrassing material, that just makes us more interesting" At the outset of 2012, Say Anything bandleader Max Bemis was thrilled to release "Anarchy, My Dear," one of the least noisy albums his band had ever crafted. A year later,…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: David Bowie's 10 Biggest Hits; Taylor Swift Bests Madonna

    January 18, 2013 7:15 PM EST As the rock icon returns, a look at his 10 biggest Billboard Hot 100 classics. Plus, Taylor Swift passes Madonna for a notable Hot 100 mark. David Bowie bounds back to Billboard's charts, as "Where Are We Now?" enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 20. The song concurrently launches on…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: David Bowie's 10 Biggest Hits; Taylor Swift Bests Madonna

    January 18, 2013 7:15 PM EST As the rock icon returns, a look at his 10 biggest Billboard Hot 100 classics. Plus, Taylor Swift passes Madonna for a notable Hot 100 mark. David Bowie bounds back to Billboard's charts, as "Where Are We Now?" enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 20. The song concurrently launches on…

  6. Bad Religion's 'True North' Q&A: 'We're Still Creating Our Legacy'

    January 14, 2013 2:00 AM EST Bad Religion dutifully celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2010, then immediately continued being a pioneering punk rock fixture. Their sixteenth studioi album, "True North," drops Jan. 22 on Epitaph Records, the label owned by guitarist and founding member Brett Gurewitz. The LP…

  7. Top 20 Music Moments of 2012: Whitney, PSY, Pussy Riot & More

    December 19, 2012 6:55 PM EST Chart Article   It was the best of times - Taylor Swift, One Direction and PSY had their best year ever. It was the worst of times - the world lost Whitney Houston, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, and Jenni Rivera. But 2012 was anything but a slow news year. These are the 20 biggest music moments in…

  8. Barry Manilow, Richard Marx Return To AC Top 10

    December 03, 2012 1:05 PM EST Manilow lands his first Adult Contemporary top 10 since 1989, while Marx makes his first visit to the region since 1998. As the format continues to focus heavily on holiday music, Barry Manilow collects his first Adult Contemporary top 10 since 1989, while Richard Marx makes his first…

  9. Bacon Brothers Q&A: Getting the Band Back Together

    November 20, 2012 6:00 PM EST "I don't create the movies I'm in," Kevin says. "When it comes to music, it's my clothes, it's my guitar, it's my voice, it's my song" The Bacon Brothers are better known for pursuits other than their existence as a band. Kevin, the star of…

  10. Madonna Celebrates 30th Anniversary On Billboard Charts

    November 06, 2012 11:35 AM EST Madonna's material has been a force on Billboard rankings dating to her first entry on Nov. 6, 1982. Who's that girl celebrating her 30th anniversary on Billboard charts today? Madonna . Thirty years ago today, on Nov. 6, 1982, Madonna made her Billboard chart debut, entering the…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift 'Red' Hot on Hot 100

    November 02, 2012 6:45 PM EDT The lady and 'Red': Swift matches Madonna and Dionne Warwick for another impressive piece of Hot 100 history. With her latest batch of new material, Taylor Swift ties the Material Girl, and Dionne Warwick, for the second-most appearances among women in the Billboard Hot 100 's…

  12. True Blood's Janina Gavankar: Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 26, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Singer-Actress Talks 'Waiting for Godot,' Her 'Strange' Version of a Frank Ocean Song & Her Upcoming EP As anyone who encountered Janina Gavankar 's rework of Kanye West 's "Love Lockdown" a couple years ago knows, the actress is as much a…

  13. Crosby, Stills & Nash Rewind to 1969 in Tour Closer

    October 23, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Monday's finale to Crosby, Stills & Nash 's international 80-date tour may have been one of the more memorable gigs of the group's career. Concluding a string of five nights at New York City's Beacon Theatre, the trio hearkened to 1969, showcasing the first-ever…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Thumbs Up For Adele's Movie Move

    October 19, 2012 8:05 AM EDT The singer continues the tradition of artists following smash albums with silver-screen hits to tide fans over. The big screen is giving STARTING 'TROUBLE': As she roars in at No. 3 with "I Knew You Were Trouble.," Taylor Swift notches her 50th Billboard Hot 100 entry.…

  15. Field Report: Exclusive First Listen

    September 04, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Chris Porterfield talks debut album: "It's sort of a snapshot of two or three years of my life" Fall is almost upon us, and Field Report has the exact soundtrack for you. The artfully crafted self-titled debut album from Wisconsin's Chris Porterfield…

  16. Hal David, Songwriting Legend, Dead at 91

    September 01, 2012 7:30 PM EDT With Burt Bacharach, Wrote Slew of Hits Including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "That's What Friends Are For," "What's New, Pussycat" Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for…

  17. California Wives, 'Art History': Exclusive First Listen

    August 30, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Band Talks Debut Album (Out Sept. 4): "I hope it's going to change and grow with you as you get older" California Wives have a total red herring for a moniker. "Our name is like a symbol," vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist Jayson Kramer tells Billboard. "When…

  18. Field Report Find 'Good Place' on Debut

    August 29, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Come for the Bon Iver connection; Stay for the layered, gentle songs about death, self-sabotage and redemption If you were to follow the thread of Field Report's name and ask what findings the band's first album reveals, the answer would be this: "Disappointment, and family and…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: Flo Rida 'Whistle's To No. 1

    August 16, 2012 1:30 PM EDT The song is the latest Hot 100 leader to feature whistling. Taylor Swift, meanwhile, enters the Hot 100 ahead of a possible push to the pinnacle next week. You can't spell whistle without the letters h-i-t, as SWIFT START: As Taylor Swift roars onto the Hot 100 with "We Are Never…

  20. Farewell Thrice: A Thunderous Appreciation

    June 14, 2012 6:30 PM EDT There was no elegiac note to be found in Thrice 's New York City appearance last month, despite the Best Buy Theater's digital marquee blaring the decisive words FAREWELL TOUR. Thrice had acknowledged as far back as November this would be the last live run "for the foreseeable…

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