1. Elliott Smith Documentary Chronicles Late Singer's Musical Journey (Exclusive Video)

    May 08, 2015 8:41 PM EDT "He was the everyman that we could relate to; He didn’t have a shtick," says "Heaven Adores You" director Nickolas Rossi. Heaven Adores You , a new documentary about the late singer/songwriter Elliott Smith , is reaching theaters just a couple of weeks after the television…

  2. Elliott Smith Giving Back on What Would've Been His 44th Birthday

    July 01, 2013 6:00 PM EDT Elliott Smith never turned down an invitation to play a benefit show. About a year before his death in 2003, Smith was the main attraction at a fund-raiser at the Echo in Los Angeles to help pay for the medical bills of the club's booker, Jennifer Tefft. Smith's sister Ashley…

  3. Tokyo Police Club Ready '10 Days, 10 Covers, 10 Years'; Eye Third Album

    October 11, 2011 4:00 PM EDT After a sophomore album dubbed "Champ," it's no surprise that Tokyo Police Club is an ambitious band. But taking on 10 covers from 10 years in 10 days, as the group did in a Los Angeles studio at the end of August, would be a tall order for any act. "Ambitious is one word…

  4. Born in the U.S.A.: Top Artists by State, Readers Respond

    July 06, 2011 4:05 PM EDT As you hopefully celebrated July 4th with friends, family, food (up-close) and fireworks (from a safe distance), Chart Beat considered the musical artists most associated with each U.S. state . Billy Joel , for example, represented New York; Ray Charles , Georgia; and, the Beach Boys ,…

  5. Billboard Bits: Hackers Take Over Amy Winehouse's Site, Black Veil Brides to Rejoin Warped Tour

    June 30, 2011 5:56 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Hackers Take Over Amy Winehouse's Site It looks like Amy Winehouse has no swag, at least according to Swagger Security, the group who hacked into her website earlier today. SwagSec still maintains control of…

  6. Talking Arts: Q&A With Decemberists-Loving, Pro-Arts Portland Mayor Sam Adams

    February 14, 2011 5:45 PM EST It's a skit from the new IFC sketch comedy show "Portlandia."The mayor of Portland, Ore., portrayed by Kyle McLachlan, commissions the show's two actors, Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater-Kinney ) and Fred Armisen (of "Saturday Night Live" fame) to write a theme song…

  7. Playlist: The Sounds of Portland, Oregon

    February 14, 2011 3:00 PM EST Billboard music editor and Portland native Cortney Harding picks songs and videos by her ten favorite Portland bands. She's so "Portland" that she'll argue that Everclear weren't really a Portland band, and will point you to a Willamette Week cover story from the mid…

  8. Dr. Dog Has No 'Shame' About New Album

    February 01, 2010 11:10 AM EST D r. Dog guitarist Scott McMicken acknowledges that the group's new "Shame, Shame." due out April 6, was "a risky one" for the Philadelphia quintet, taking it out of its home studio environment and bringing in outside production help. "It was...doubt-ridden and…

  9. The Decade in Music: Top 50 Moments page 2

    December 23, 2009 10:46 AM EST Chart Article list divider « Previous 50-41 40-31 30-21 20-11 10-1 Next » 40 Phil Spector Guilty of Crazy Hair, Murder (May 29, 2009) Phil Spector's "wall of sound" was responsible for many '60s pop staples, but the legendary producer will be remembered by this generation…

  10. This Day in Music

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sandy West, drummer for influential '70s band the Runaways, dies after a long battle with lung cancer. He is 47. 2006 - Sandy West, drummer for influential '70s band the Runaways, dies after a long battle with lung cancer. He is 47. 2004 - In the midst of the Halloween season…

  11. This Day in Music

    October 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Sandy West, drummer for influential '70s band the Runaways, dies after a long battle with lung cancer. He is 47. 2006 - Sandy West, drummer for influential '70s band the Runaways, dies after a long battle with lung cancer. He is 47. 2004 - In the midst of the Halloween season…

  12. Jose Gonzalez Finds 'Nature' On Sophomore Set

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After ascending to indie rock stardom with his 2005 album, "Veneer," Swedish singer/songwriter Jose Gonzalez will return Sept. 25 with his next Mute effort, "In Our Nature." After ascending to indie rock stardom with his 2005 album, "Veneer," Swedish singer…

  13. Buble Sidesteps Bone Thugs To Claim No. 1

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Michael Buble's 143/Reprise set "Call Me Irresponsible" moves 2-1 to claim the top spot on The Billboard 200. In its second week on the chart, the album sold 145,000 copies in the United States, accor Michael Buble's 143/Reprise set "Call Me Irresponsible" moves…

  14. Man On The 'Moon'

    May 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Releasing "new" music after an artist has died is always a tricky proposition, especially when that artist has a fiercely protective fan base. Olympia, Wash.-based indie label Kill Rock Stars will try Releasing "new" music after an artist has died is always a tricky…

  15. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    May 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bjork bounces back with eclectic collaborators on her first album in three years, the late Elliott Smith is saluted with the release of a host of archival recordings, Barbra Streisand celebrates her h New album from British rock outfits the Clientele ("God Save the Clientele," Merge…

  16. Minus The Bear Touring Ahead Of New Album

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Suicide Squeeze rock outfit Minus The Bear will hit the road this spring with the Honorary Title and labelmate Chin Up Chin Up. Kicking off April 26 in Seattle, the trek comes in advance of of Minus T Suicide Squeeze rock outfit Minus The Bear will hit the road this spring with the Honorary…

  17. Jon Brion / March 9, 11, 2007 / Chicago (Steppenwolf Theatre; the Hideout)

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jon Brion doesn't get out much, but he sure gets around. Composer, singer, songwriter, session musician, producer: Brion's name crops up at a pretty regular clip even if they guy rarely seems to leave Jon Brion doesn't get out much, but he sure gets around. Composer, singer,…

  18. Elliott Smith Rarities Compiled On 'New Moon'

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST As first reported by Billboard last November, a collection of unreleased music from late singer/songwriter Elliott Smith will be released this spring. "New Moon" rounds up 24 tracks recorded between 1 As first reported by Billboard last November, a collection of unreleased music…

  19. This Day in Music

    October 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums, lends his reputation and four decades of music business experience to a start-up Internet company catering to unsigned bands. Mart 2004 - In the midst of the Halloween season when the 1960s novelty hit "…

  20. FERNANDO, "Enter to Exit"

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Portland is home to one of the most intriguing sounds of the past 20 years of new rock. Portland is home to one of the most intriguing sounds of the past 20 years of new rock. It's a hazy waltz of Liverpudlian rolls and Topanga Canyon-esque waves that stands as a fitting testament to the…

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