1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Whitney Houston's Relatives Coming Together for Reality Show

    May 13, 2012 11:30 AM EDT A reality show featuring Whitney Houston 's relatives, including daughter Bobbi Kristina and mother Cissy, is in the works. Houston representative Kristen Foster confirmed the Lifetime show, "The Houston Family Chronicles," on Friday. It will focus on Pat Houston, sister-in-law…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: How Gotye Got a No. 1 Dance Hit

    May 11, 2012 5:05 PM EDT Programmers say that, remixed, the rock-based 'Somebody That I Used to Know' is a perfect fit for dance radio. Nothing says "dance music" more than a xylophone. As previously reported , 45 SPINNING: Bowing as a guest on B.o.B's "Both of Us," the Hot 100'…

  7. Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba Goes Solo: 'It's Gonna Be Loud'

    May 04, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba has been especially prolific these last ten months, releasing with his band an album of acoustically performed chestnuts, "Damnesia," last summer, then an EP as theHELL , a side project with Angels & Airwaves' Atom Willard. Now he's…

  8. Maps & Atlases Carve 'Potent' Path With 'Beware and Be Grateful'

    April 26, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Maps & Atlases had been wandering a lot. They'd been touring -- traveling the U.S., going venue to venue -- and then roaming their home base of Chicago when the tours wrapped. And closing in on a decade of creating celebrated technical rock together, the band-mates were still stuck…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Hunger Games,' Taylor Swift, Adele

    March 29, 2012 4:15 PM EDT A look at the Billboard 200's elite eight No. 1-debuting movie soundtracks, as well as the soundtracks with the most weeks on top all-time LIGHTS, CAMERA, (CHART) ACTION!: As "The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond" bows atop the Billboard 200 , the set is just the…

  10. Say Anything's 'Anarchy, My Dear': Exclusive First Listen

    March 06, 2012 10:45 AM EST After a quick spin through the major label life, Say Anything are set to replant their flag in the wild barrens of indie-punk on March 13. Until then, we've got an exclusive streaming premiere of the band's Equal Vision debut here, a week early. "Anarchy, My Dear" is 49…

  11. Whitney Houston Funeral: Broken Hearts Gather to Celebrate Singer

    February 18, 2012 4:00 PM EST Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston's powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Saturday. Remembering Whitney • SLIDESHOW: The…

  12. Watch Whitney Houston's Funeral Live

    February 18, 2012 11:30 AM EST Billboard.com Will Carry the live video of Singer's Memorial Service video by Ustream Whitney Houston's loved ones have gathered today (Feb. 18) for a private funeral service at Newark, N.J.'s New Hope Baptist Church. But fans worldwide are able to mourn and remember the life…

  13. Say Anything: 'This Record Is About Rebellion'

    February 15, 2012 2:15 PM EST Frontman Max Bemis Talks Indie Label Shift, Upcoming Tour & Having a 'Clear Head' These Days Loudness is cool. It's also distracting, says Say Anything frontman Max Bemis. Which is why the guiding principle heading into the band's first release since leaving Sony'…

  14. Whitney Houston Fans Search for Places to Grieve

    February 15, 2012 9:25 AM EST In Whitney Houston's hometown, her family plans a private church service, with no public memorial set. In Los Angeles, where she died, there's not even a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for fans to pile flowers. So for the legion of music lovers mourning a global superstar, where…

  15. Whitney Houston Funeral Set for Saturday

    February 14, 2012 12:20 PM EST Details: No Wake or Public Memorial; Service at Newark Church to Be Invitation Only W hitney Houston 's funeral will be held Saturday in the church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child. The owner of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark said Tuesday that the funeral will…

  16. Whitney Houston May Have Drowned in Tub, Taken Xanax Before Death

    February 12, 2012 12:50 PM EST Reports have begun to roll in about Whitney Houston 's final hours and what may have caused her untimely death. Remembering Whitney SLIDESHOW: Her Life in Photos • Whitney Houston Dead at 48 • Her Legendary Chart Career • Honored at Pre-Grammy Party • Poised to Return to Billboard 200 •…

  17. Whitney Houston Dies at 48

    February 11, 2012 8:25 PM EST Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by drug use and her regal image was ruined by erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48. Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen said Houston was pronounced…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Madonna, Michael Jackson, 'Godspell'

    February 10, 2012 1:45 PM EST The Queen of Pop moves closer to the Queen of Soul's Hot 100 record, while music from the King of Pop makes a royal return. NEW MATERIAL: Madonna dresses up the Billboard Hot 100 for a 56th time, as "Give Me All Your Luvin'," featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., soars in at…

  19. Kelly Clarkson Drives 'Stronger' to Hot 100 Summit

    February 08, 2012 11:50 AM EST In what an RCA Records representative terms a "perfect storm" of radio airplay, digital sales and pop culture prominence, Kelly Clarkson 's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" rises from No. 2 to No. 1 on this week's Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The uptempo…

  20. Burt Bacharach Working On Memoir

    January 19, 2012 10:50 AM EST Burt Bacharach will be handling the words for his next project: a memoir. The award-winning collaborator on such hits as "I Say a Little Prayer" and "What the World Needs Now" has a deal with HarperCollins for a memoir due in November. The publisher announced Wednesday…

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