1. Pearl Jam Launches Satellite Radio Station for 20th Birthday

    October 21, 2010 5:40 PM EDT P earl Jam is celebrating its exact 20th birthday tomorrow (Oct. 22) with the launch of an Sirius XM radio station devoted to the band's enormous catalog of live, studio and unreleased material. Pearl Jam Radio, which will be found at Sirius channel 17, XM channel 39 as well as at Sirius…

  2. Ask Billboard: Bad Medicine, Good Concerts

    October 15, 2010 4:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Last week , upon…

  3. Elvis Costello, Florence and the Machine to Play Nobel Peace Concert

    September 30, 2010 10:36 AM EDT British pop band Florence and the Machine , U.S. pop singer Colbie Caillat , pianist Herbie Hancock and singer-songwriter Elvis Costello will also perform at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, organizers said Thursday. Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will host…

  4. Ozzy Osbourne Says Booze, Not Politics, Prevented Israeli Gigs

    September 27, 2010 1:08 PM EDT O zzy Osbourne said that alcohol, not politics, has stopped him from playing in Israel until now. Osbourne is in Israel this week as part of this year's international Ozzfest tour, along with Soulfly and Korn . Tuesday's performance will be his first ever in the Holy Land. Asked why…

  5. Billboard Bits: Katy Perry Plots 2011 Tour, Marilyn Manson's 'Alice' Film in Jeopardy

    September 14, 2010 7:40 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Katy Perry Plans 2011 Tour, Says Next Video is 'Touching' On the MTV VMAs red carpet, Katy Perry said she has plans to tour behind "Teenage Dream" in 2011, MTV reports. "I hope that it'…

  6. Ask Billboard: Featuring More Un-Featured Artists

    August 20, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Recently, Chart Beat and Ask Billboard have spotlighted songs that were successful as covers, but not as well-known in their original versions, as well as songs that sported high-profile guests that were not officially credited as featured artists on single releases. Below are two more follow…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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