1. Billboard Bits: Beyonce Talks Pregnancy Rumors, Arcade Fire Plots Tour

    August 16, 2010 7:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyoncé Addresses Baby Rumors While Beyoncé's decision to take a break earlier this year prompted rumors that she and husband Jay-Z are looking to have children, the singer says that there are "no dates,…

  2. Q&A: Paul McCartney on Playing the White House

    July 26, 2010 4:17 PM EDT Perhaps only Paul McCartney could call a performance at the White House a little club gig. In June, McCartney was awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an honor bestowed by the Library of Congress. Accepting it, McCartney performed in the East Room of the White House for President…

  3. Jack White Covers Beatles' 'Mother Nature's Son' at White House

    July 22, 2010 2:07 PM EDT We've already seen video of Paul McCartney's "Hey Jude" singalong with President Obama, Kevin Jonas and others at the White House, where the former Beatle was honored June 2 with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize. Now, another video has been released, this time of…

  4. Elton John Rocks Israel After Other Artists Cancel

    June 18, 2010 9:15 AM EDT A concert by Elton John has given Israelis a boost after a string of cancellations by other world-famous artists . The British rocker performed late Thursday in front of a screaming crowd of nearly 50,000 fans at a Tel Aviv stadium. John, who wore blue-tinted sunglasses, told the audience…

  5. Israeli Raid On Gaza-Bound Flotilla Draws Mixed Artist Reaction

    June 11, 2010 12:10 PM EDT When the Pixies canceled their first-ever performance in Israel just three days before a scheduled June 9 gig in Tel Aviv, the veteran indie rock band became the latest in a string of acts to call off shows in the Jewish state. The Pixies' decision came a week after an Israeli commando…

  6. Pixies Calls Off Israel Concert After Gaza Raid

    June 07, 2010 8:17 AM EDT Pixies has canceled a concert in Tel Aviv in the wake of Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The group's Tel Aviv promoter, Shuki Weiss, relayed a statement from the band announcing the cancellation "with great regret." The band did not specify why it was…

  7. Paul McCartney Ready For White House Gig

    June 02, 2010 5:51 PM EDT After all those hits along the long and winding road to fame, you'd think nothing would fluster Paul McCartney . Think again. Sir Paul confessed he was "slightly nervous" in the leadup to Wednesday's big concert at the White House, where President Barack Obama was…

  8. Richard Thompson Preps New Live 'Dream'

    May 25, 2010 3:21 PM EDT R ichard Thompson says "misguidedness" led him to record his next album, "Dream Attic" -- due out Aug. 31 -- live in concert rather than in a studio. "I was thinking that, gosh, recording is an expensive process in the studio, and with shrinking budgets it's hard…

  9. Jonas Brothers, Other Stars To Honor Paul McCartney

    May 24, 2010 7:18 PM EDT The Jonas Brothers , Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld are among an all-star lineup that will honor Paul McCartney next month at the White House. McCartney will receive the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. It will be presented at a concert June 2…

  10. Mellencamp, T-Bone Burnett Take Rural Route To 'Better' Album

    May 24, 2010 1:37 PM EDT A 55-year-old reel-to-reel Amex tape recorder, a single microphone and three historic recording sites were John Mellencamp's tools for making his new album, "No Better Than This," which is due out Aug. 3 -- seven weeks after he releases a retrospective box set, "On the…

  11. Elvis Costello Cancels Israel Concerts

    May 19, 2010 2:12 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello has cancelled two concerts in Israel this summer because of what he called the "grave and complex" sensitivities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Costello had been invited to appear at the Caesarea amphitheatre north of Tel Aviv on June 30 and…

  12. Massive Attack, Phil Collins, Roxy Music To Play Montreux

    April 29, 2010 9:22 AM EDT Phil Collins will play an exclusive pre-festival concert before the 2010 Montreux Jazz Festival featuring Roxy Music , Massive Attack and a host of big jazz acts, festival organizers said on Thursday. Former Genesis singer and drummer Collins will delve into 1960s Motown and soul before…

  13. New Orleans Jazz Fest / April 23-25 / Fairgrounds Racetrack

    April 27, 2010 6:00 PM EDT With three days of memorable performances by artists as varied as Simon and Garfunkel , Drake , My Morning Jacket , the Allman Brothers , and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band , the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 23-25) demonstrated just why the yearly…

  14. Bingham, Burnett, Giacchino Win Oscars

    March 07, 2010 11:20 PM EST "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)" by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett from the movie "Crazy Heart" was named Best Original Song and Michael Giacchino won for Best Original Score for "Up" at the 82nd annual Academy Awards Sunday night. Overall, "The…

  15. Hall & Oates Bassist T-Bone Wolk Dies

    March 01, 2010 9:50 AM EST Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who played bass for nearly 30 years with Daryl Hall and John Oates and also recorded with Elvis Costello and Billy Joel, died Saturday (Feb. 27) of an apparent heart attack. Wolk was to have performed with Hall and Oates today as part of the one-year anniversary…

  16. Video: Nick Jonas Discusses "Who I Am"

    February 03, 2010 11:32 AM EST "It was really this new sound that I was finding from some of my inspirations like Elvis Costello , Prince , Stevie Wonder -- all the guys I really admire," Nick Jonas says of the "heart and soul sound" he was going for on his new solo album, "Who I Am." Best…

  17. The Specials To Make U.S. Return On 'Fallon' Show

    January 25, 2010 9:00 AM EST The Specials, the celebrated British band that reformed in 2009 after more than two decades apart, will play its first North American shows in nearly 30 years in April, starting with an appearance on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on April 13. The Specials are also one of…

  18. Nick Jonas Balancing Brothers With Solo Band, Tour

    December 22, 2009 9:35 AM EST Nick Jonas says his new band, the Administration, allows him to "explore a little more of my roots as an artist and musician" and play songs that he "didn't think were necessarily right for the Jonas Brothers sound." "With this record, the overall template was…

  19. Best Of 2009: Part 1

    December 15, 2009 4:30 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: Best of the 2000s, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 23…

  20. Pearl Jam, MMJ, Aretha Head To 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest

    December 15, 2009 8:32 AM EST P earl Jam , Aretha Franklin and, making its first appearance since February 2009, My Morning Jacket , are among the acts set for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, to take place the weekends of April 23-25 and April 29-30/May 1-2 at Fair Grounds Race Course. Other artists confirmed…

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