1. LL Cool J Makes A Grand 'Exit' On New Album

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After 22 years, LL Cool J comes to the end of his contract with Def Jam with "Exit 13," due Sept. 9, and the veteran rapper says he made sure he "put my heart and soul into this album." After 22 years, LL Cool J comes to the end of his contract with Def Jam with "Exit…

  2. Oasis Rocks Loudly, Proudly On New Album

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Oasis gets back to its stripped-down rock roots on "Dig Out Your Soul," due Oct. 7 via Big Brother/Warner Bros. in the United States. Oasis gets back to its stripped-down rock roots on "Dig Out Your Soul," due Oct. 7 via Big Brother/Warner Bros. in the United States. The…

  3. Neil Young Drafts Wilco, Death Cab For Tour

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Young has snared two of alternative rock's biggest bands to open for his fall North American tour. Death Cab For Cutie will open the first portion, beginning Oct. 14 in Minneapolis, while Wilco j Neil Young has snared two of alternative rock's biggest bands to open for his fall…

  4. Billboard Underground: Stone Mecca

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After several months acting as backing band for superstar musicians, nine-piece Stone Mecca is ready to stand out on its own. After several months acting as backing band for superstar musicians, nine-piece Stone Mecca is ready to stand out on its own. Led by founder, producer and longtime…

  5. Industry Legend Jerry Wexler Dies At 91

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music industry legend Jerry Wexler, who kick-started his career as a Billboard journalist in the late 1940s and went on to cultivate the careers of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Led Zeppelin while Music industry legend Jerry Wexler, who kick-started his career as a Billboard journalist in…

  6. Favorite Rock The Bells Performance

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock The Bells stopped in New York this weekend, and Billboard was there to catch all the scheduled and surprise performances. What was your favorite? Rock The Bells stopped in New York this weekend, and Billboard was there to catch all the scheduled and surprise performances. What was your…

  7. Radiohead Dazzles At All Points West Opener

    August 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead played a dazzling headlining set Friday (Aug. 8) to crown the first day of the inaugural All Points West festival, set just across the Hudson River from Manhattan at New Jersey's Liberty Sta Radiohead played a dazzling headlining set Friday (Aug. 8) to crown the first day of…

  8. Billboard Bits: Ingrid Michaelson, Mary Chapin Carpenter

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will use her music to fight cancer via the Oct. 14 release of the album "Be OK." Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will use her music to fight cancer via the Oct. 14 release of the album "Be OK." The collection of previously unreleased…

  9. Usher Splits With Manager, Publicist

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher has cleaned house, parting ways with his manager and publicist. In a short statement issued by LaFace/Zomba, it was announced that the artist "has dissolved his management arrangement with Benny Usher has cleaned house, parting ways with his manager and publicist. In a short…

  10. Jay-Z Leads Parade Of Guests At Rock The Bells

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z led a parade of special guests yesterday (Aug. 3) during the Rock the Bells festival at Jones Beach on Long Island, N.Y., joining Nas for two songs during the latter's set. Also making surprise Jay-Z led a parade of special guests yesterday (Aug. 3) during the Rock the Bells…

  11. Q-Tip Returns To Roots On 'The Renaissance'

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Q-Tip's oft-delayed sophomore solo album, "The Renaissance," will finally hit stores Oct. 14 via Universal Motown. Q-Tip's oft-delayed sophomore solo album, "The Renaissance," will finally hit stores Oct. 14 via Universal Motown. The nine-track set blends live…

  12. Bob Dylan Unveils Triple-Disc Rarities Set

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan fans are in for a treat this fall, in the form of "Tell Tale Signs," a triple-disc rarities collection that will be the eighth volume in the artist's "Bootleg Series." The project arrives Oc Bob Dylan fans are in for a treat this fall, in the form of "…

  13. This Day in Music

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The 20th annual MTV Video Music Awards begin with a big surprise, with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera singing Madonna's "Like a Virgin" while decked out in racy wedding attire similar to 2003 - The 20th annual MTV Video Music Awards begin with a big surprise, with…

  14. 50 Cent Sues Taco Bell Over Ad Campaign

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cent has sued Taco Bell, claiming the fast-food restaurant chain is using his name without permission in advertising. The rapper says in a federal lawsuit that Taco Bell features him in a print ad 50 Cent has sued Taco Bell, claiming the fast-food restaurant chain is using his name without…

  15. Yaz / July 17, 2008 / New York (Terminal 5)

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The oomph behind Yaz's music was always Alison Moyet's voice. Her bluesy alto and torch-singer flair is what distinguished the band from the pack back in the day. It's also the reason why the room was In some ways, walking into the Terminal 5 club during Yaz's second of…

  16. This Day in Music

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Funeral services for Luther Vandross are held at New York's Riverside Church. The artist died July 1 at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J., two years after suffering a serious strok 2005 - Funeral services for Luther Vandross are held at New York's Riverside…

  17. Chart Beat: 'Mamma Mia!', Kimberley Locke, Willie Nelson

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from "Mamma Mia!", Kimberley Locke and Willie Nelson. HERE WE GO AGAIN: If the reaction of the audience at last night's American premiere of "Mamma Mia!" the movie is any indication, the soundtrack is going to sell a lot of copies once…

  18. Nas Unveils North American Tour Plans

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In between performance dates on this summer's Rock the Bells tour, rapper Nas will embark on a 21-date North American tour in support of his new untitled album, due July 15 via Def Jam. In between performance dates on this summer's Rock the Bells tour, rapper Nas will embark on a 21…

  19. Vaselines, Mudhoney Rock Sub Pop 20 Bash

    July 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sure, there were Nirvana songs on the first day of Sub Pop's 20th anniversary bash at Seattle's Marymoor Park. They just happened to be by the Vaselines. The shambling Scottish duo, so greatly loved b Sure, there were Nirvana songs on the first day of Sub Pop's 20th anniversary…

  20. Dave Matthews Band Leads Epic Saturday At Rothbury

    July 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Dave Matthews Band offered up an epic headlining set last night (July 5) at the inaugural Rothbury Festival in Rothbury, Mich., utilizing an expanded eight-piece lineup for favorites like "Rhyme & The Dave Matthews Band offered up an epic headlining set last night (July 5) at the…

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