1. Keith Urban Announces More Light the Fuse Tour Dates, at Work on New Album

    March 25, 2013 10:34 PM EDT The first-year "Idol" judge will be on the road until December. When "American Idol" wraps its season May 15-16, first-year judge Keith Urban will hit the road in an effort to reach some of the viewers of the Fox TV show in person. Urban announced 20 more dates March 25…

  2. John Mayer Announces First Tour in 3 Years

    March 21, 2013 7:59 PM EDT John Mayer is mounting his first major concert tour in three years following an extended vocal hiatus brought on by throat issues, Billboard has learned. The artist's tour in support of 2012's "Born and Raised," which topped the Billboard 200, kicks off July 6…

  3. Sound City Players Make Glorious Noise at SXSW in Final Show... For Now

    March 15, 2013 10:02 AM EDT John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Corey Taylor and a pair of Ricks join Dave Grohl in Austin If Dave Grohl's Sound City Players truly played its final show Thursday night at South By Southwest, the all-star ensemble certainly went out with a bang. The nearly three-and-a-half hour epic --…

  4. Foo Fighters Next Album 'Won't Be Conventional,' Says Dave Grohl

    March 14, 2013 10:22 AM EDT Catching up with Dave and Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins at a SXSW screening for "Sound City" As he brings the campaign for his "Sound City: Real to Reel" documentary to a close, Dave Grohl is getting back into Foo Fighters mode -- although in its earliest stages right now.…

  5. SXSW 2013: 10 Bands to Watch

    March 11, 2013 6:24 PM EDT From Dave Grohl's Sound City Players to Icona Pop, here are 10 acts that shouldn't be missed at the epic Austin music festival. Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest music festival is always one of the year's most closely watched events -- a collision of new bands,…

  6. John Fogerty, Dave Grohl's Sound City Players Rock 'Kimmel': Watch

    March 06, 2013 11:00 AM EST Roughly a week before Dave Grohl and his Sound City players hit South By Southwest , the supergroup accompanied John Fogerty on a scorching rendition of "Fortunate Son" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Tuesday night (Mar. 5). The all-star troupe took over Hollywood Boulevard…

  7. Jimi Hendrix's 'People, Hell & Angels' Gives Final Taste of Unreleased Works

    March 06, 2013 3:28 AM EST Jimi Hendrix recorded everything. More than 40 years after his death, though, the tape is finally running out. "People, Hell & Angels," out Tuesday, will be the last album of Hendrix's unreleased studio material, according to Eddie Kramer, the engineer who recorded…

  8. Dave Grohl's 'Sound City Players' Head to SXSW

    March 04, 2013 4:00 PM EST Presented by Citi Private Pass, the "Sound City Players at SXSW" show will feature John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Rick Nielsen, Rick Springfield and more Dave Grohl isn't just delivering a keynote at South By Southwest on March 14. The rocker is bringing an all-star concert…

  9. Sound City Players: Opposites Attract (And Don’t) in New York

    February 14, 2013 10:00 AM EST Stevie Nicks. John Fogerty. Fear’s Lee Ving. Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen. Rick Springfield. It’s hard to imagine those people having much of anything in common beyond a) being musicians of a certain age, b) having recorded at L.A.’s legendary, now-shuttered Sound City studio and c) being…

  10. Charlotte and Samantha Ronson Make a Retro NYFW Playlist with Billboard: Listen Here

    February 09, 2013 5:28 PM EST Our fashion editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. sat down with the designer and DJ duo to put together a '60s-inspired playlist fit for Charlotte's runway. Making a runway playlist is quite a painstaking, expressive process. This is what I learned while helping put together the…

  11. Dave Grohl's 'Sound City': The Billboard Cover Story

    February 04, 2013 12:25 PM EST With a unique release strategy for his film, the Foo Fighters frontman intends to spread his rock gospel far and wide This is an excerpt. Click here to buy a copy and check out the iPad edition . In 1982, the Los Angeles band Fear released The Record, a pounding document of punk snarl…

  12. Justin Timberlake Suits Up in Live Return, Bringing New Songs (and Jay-Z) to NOLA

    February 03, 2013 4:50 AM EST In first solo concert in five years, JT takes lucky Super Bowl weekend crowd on a tour of hits old and new Years from now, when event planners begin figuring out what might make their event talk of the town during Super Bowl week, they'll look back and cite what happened in New…

  13. Dave Grohl on 'Sound City,' More Players Shows and Keeping McCartney Secret

    January 23, 2013 7:47 PM EST The second Sound City Players concert is booked for Jan. 31 at the Hollywood Palladium. If Dave Grohl has his way, it won't be the last.   "We plan to do shows all over the world," the Foo Fighters frontman told Billboard. "When I came up with the idea of taking all these…

  14. Def Leppard's Las Vegas Stint Likely To Yield New Album

    January 23, 2013 4:40 AM EST "This will be the first time in at least 10 years where we're all actually in one room banging out songs from scratch," Joe Elliot tells Billboard. Def Leppard is taking the Sparkle Lounge to Sin City this spring with plans to put its next album into motion. Frontman Joe…

  15. Big Day Out Bounces Back With Killers, Chili Peppers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    January 21, 2013 2:45 PM EST With its disastrous 2012 trek now a dusty memory, the Big Day Out and its huge U.S. artist contingent rumbled into the Gold Coast on Sunday, where the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Killers, Animal Collective and the Bloody Beetroots filled it up.   The Chili Peppers are veterans of…

  16. Dave Grohl's Sound City Players Tear It Up at Sundance

    January 19, 2013 1:15 PM EST Hours after his "Sound City" documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Dave Grohl took 800 fans on a three-hour musical odyssey at Park City Live that emphasized his personal connection to the Van Nuys, Calif., recording studio his film chronicles.   Taking the stage at 9…

  17. John Wilkinson, Rhythm Guitar Player for Elvis Presley, Dies at 67

    January 12, 2013 4:30 AM EST Wilkinson performed with Elvis more than 1,000 times. Rhythm guitar player John Wilkinson, who performed with Elvis Presley more than a thousand times, has died at his home in southwest Missouri. He was 67.   Wilkinson passed away Friday at his home in Springfield after a fight with cancer,…

  18. Chart Juice: Game's On a Roll With 5th No. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop Album

    December 20, 2012 7:49 PM EST As "Jesus Piece" opens with 86,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), Game now counts five No. 1 titles on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the last four coming consecutively. His major label debut, "The Documentary," spent five weeks atop the chart in 2005, followed by…

  19. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 1

    December 20, 2012 11:35 AM EST Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. Today: January through June. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. We'll start with highlights…

  20. Paul McCartney & Nirvana Members Unite Again on 'SNL'

    December 16, 2012 3:45 AM EST New collaboration "Cut Me Some Slack" now available on iTunes. "Sirvana" strikes again: Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana once again united to perform their new collaboration, "Cut Me Some Slack," on "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday …

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