1. Rolling Stones Play Long-Awaited Glastonbury Gig

    June 30, 2013 8:10 AM EDT There's a first time for everything, even if you're the Rolling Stones. The rock rabble-rousers who formed half a century ago played Britain's Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, their debut appearance at the country's most prestigious rock music event. A majority of…

  2. Bono's Agit8 Campaign Enlists Macklemore, Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons

    June 12, 2013 1:30 PM EDT U2 frontman Bono has called on the likes of Macklemore, will.i.am, Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons to compile his Agit8 protest song compilation, geared towards raising poverty awareness before next week's G8 Summit in Northern Ireland. The compilation is a One Campaign…

  3. Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice to Score Anne Hathaway Movie

    June 03, 2013 5:40 PM EDT Indie folk item Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice have been confirmed as the songwriting team for the upcoming musical/drama, "Song One," which will star Academy Award Winner, Anne Hathaway. The duo already has a collection of original tunes for the film, as well as plans to score…

  4. Elvis Costello and The Roots to Release 'Wise Up Ghost' in September

    May 29, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Elvis Costello and The Roots will release their album, "Wise Up Ghost," on Sept. 7 via Blue Note Records, it was revealed today. The album was recorded at Feliz Habitat Studios and at Costello's Hookery Crookery Studios, and produced by Steven Mandel with Costello and The…

  5. Burt Bacharach’s Memoir Delves into the Pain of Daughter's Suicide

    May 22, 2013 2:58 AM EDT Burt Bacharach knew writing a memoir would be emotional - not because of his never-heard backstage tales or his tumultuous marriages. He knew that being honest would force him to come to terms with the death of his daughter. "It was very tough because I had to revisit what that period…

  6. Judy Garland's 'Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead' Climbs UK Charts Following Margaret Thatcher's Death

    April 09, 2013 3:35 PM EDT Margaret Thatcher, the divisive former Prime Minister who died of a stroke on Monday afternoon, may have another musical footnote to her legacy next week: chart catalyst. A macabre Facebook campaign , titled "Make 'Ding dong the witch is dead' number 1 the week Thatcher dies…

  7. Margaret Thatcher & The Rise & Fall of the Great British Pop Protest Song

    April 09, 2013 6:17 AM EDT In early 1997, I interviewed the Spice Girls who were already massive in their U.K. homeland but had yet to release their debut single “Wannabe” in America. Amid frequent and voluble declarations of their Girl Power manifesto, Geri Halliwell blurted out, “We love Margaret Thatcher!” My…

  8. Glastonbury 2013 Lineup Topped By Rolling Stones

    March 27, 2013 5:15 PM EDT U.K. fest returns this June with Mumford & Sons, the Smashing Pumpkins and many, many more. One of the world's most prestigious music festivals, the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival, has been sold out for quite some time, but finally has an official 2013 lineup. Confirming previous…

  9. Prince Gets Royal Treatment at Carnegie Hall: D'Angelo, Elvis Costello, Bettye Lavette Light Up All-Star Tribute Concert

    March 08, 2013 11:05 AM EST Tribute concerts are a tricky proposition under the best of circumstances. Not only do you need to match the right performer with the right song, you've got to learn an entire repertoire – which, if the tributee deserves an entire concert, is usually challenging on many levels -- in…

  10. Elvis Costello, Roots, Waterboys Play All-Star Prince Tribute

    March 08, 2013 3:02 AM EST They partied like it was 1999 — the audience and the musicians — at a Prince tribute concert at Carnegie Hall. More than 20 performers including Elvis Costello, The Roots and the Waterboys paid tribute to the pop icon in a two-hour-plus concert Thursday night. They all joined together…

  11. Ask Billboard: Solo Duets, Readers Respond

    February 01, 2013 7:45 PM EST Readers offer more examples of duets that officially aren’t. I.e., songs that sound like duets but, for various label/legal reasons, were credited only to one act. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  12. George Jones on Final Tour, Album: 'It Is a Little Bittersweet'

    January 24, 2013 3:51 PM EST Country icon begins "The Grand Tour" on Feb. 2, is working with Dolly Parton on a final album: "I'm just waiting for her to tell me what to sing and when to sing it!" Over the past six decades, George Jones has performed to countless fans. On February 2 in Tunica,…

  13. Lollapalooza Israel Canceled: 'We're Sorry'

    January 23, 2013 3:30 AM EST Lollapalooza has called off a Mideast edition that was scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv, Israel this summer. While the festival organizers gave no specific reason for the decision, a statement on its Facebook page confirmed 2013 was not in the cards.   "Friends, we're sorry,…

  14. The Roots & Elvis Costello Team Up for Album in 2013

    January 22, 2013 3:00 PM EST "It was really love at first sight," Questlove says of the project, to be followed by another Roots record "& Then You Shoot Your Cousin" Since becoming the house band on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" in 2009, the Roots have backed everyone from…

  15. The Roots & Elvis Costello Team Up for Album in 2013

    January 22, 2013 3:00 AM EST "It was really love at first sight," Questlove says of the project, to be followed by another Roots record "& Then You Shoot Your Cousin" Since becoming the house band on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" in 2009, the Roots have backed everyone…

  16. Questlove: D'Angelo's Album '99% Done,' Sounds Like an Instant Classic

    January 21, 2013 11:00 AM EST If anyone knows the latest on the near-reclusive R&B sage who goes by D'Angelo, it would be Roots' drummer and NYU professor ambassador Questlove. Lately, he's spent a great deal of his free time outside of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" laying down drum tracks…

  17. 'Nashville' Soundtrack Gets Dec. 11 Release

    November 13, 2012 4:30 PM EST Big Machine Records will release the soundtrack to ABC's new hit drama "Nashville" on Dec. 11. The album will feature 11 performances from the cast members Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio. Songs are written by a…

  18. Bruce Springsteen Presents 'Big Man' Honors to Steven Van Zandt

    October 17, 2012 8:20 AM EDT The night busted open in New York City as Bruce Springsteen and other Rock and Roll Hall of Famers helped Steven Van Zandt celebrate his Big Man of the Year award. Darlene Love, Elvis Costello and Dion were among the stellar performers Tuesday night at a rollicking benefit for Little Kids…

  19. ABC's 'Nashville' Teams With Big Machine: Exclusive

    October 02, 2012 11:00 PM EDT A song co-written by the Civil Wars ' John Paul White will be the first single released from the ABC show "Nashville" that premieres Oct. 10, due on the label of Taylor Swift -- Big Machine. The new series set in and around the music industry and politics in Nashville will…

  20. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

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