1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert Lead Star-Studded Vevo Launch Party

    December 09, 2009 12:39 PM EST Vevo, the music video streaming service that the major music labels hope will rival the influence of MTV, launched on Tuesday night with a star-studded party in New York City. Big-name performers included Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert , while music stars like 50 Cent , Ciara , John Mayer ,…

  7. Elvis Costello Enjoys Making A 'Spectacle' On T.V.

    December 04, 2009 6:23 PM EST E lvis Costello , the British singer-songwriter who swept through the London pub scene, the punk movement and the New Wave fad while retaining his signature sound, continues to release great work 30-plus years into his career. His latest project, the country- and folk-inflected "Secret,…

  8. Robbie Williams, "Reality Killed the Video Star"

    December 04, 2009 5:26 PM EST The United States may not even have noticed he's been away, but there's been a Robbie Williams -shaped hole in the rest of the world's pop landscape since his experimental last album, "Rudebox," flopped in 2006. On his newest effort, "Reality Killed the Video…

  9. Bonnaroo 2010 Dates, Presale Announced

    November 19, 2009 3:58 PM EST The ninth Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will be held June 10-13, 2010, on its usual site in Manchester, Tenn., an hour southeast of Nashville. The first round of ticket pre-sales begins Friday, Nov. 27; a lineup announcement is expected early next year. Ticket sale information can be found…

  10. Q&A: Rosanne Cash Sings Her Father's Favorites

    September 28, 2009 12:52 PM EDT A consummate Renaissance woman, Rosanne Cash has eschewed genre conventions throughout her long career. Of course, she had an excellent role model, being the eldest daughter of the late Johnny Cash . She scored her own string of country hits in the '80s and continues to record, as well…

  11. Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam Set For Austin City Limits' 35th Season

    September 24, 2009 1:43 PM EDT For its 35th year on air, the famed public broadcast music show Austin City Limits is going big. Scheduled to perform this season are major acts like the Dave Matthews Band , Pearl Jam , Willie Nelson (performing with Asleep at the Wheel ), Elvis Costello , Ben Harper and Them Crooked…

  12. Elvis Costello Launching 'The Costello Show Series'

    September 11, 2009 1:30 PM EDT There's just no slowing down Elvis Costello . After launching his "Spectacle" TV series last December and releasing his latest studio effort, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane," this past June, the punk icon is set to debut "The Costello Show Series," a…

  13. John Lydon Revives PiL For U.K. Tour

    September 08, 2009 8:40 AM EDT John Lydon's influential U.K. post-punk band Public Image Ltd is to return for a five-date British tour in December after a 17-year hiatus. The Sex Pistols frontman has brought late-1980s members Lu Edmonds and Bruce Smith back for the dates, which coincide with the 30th anniversary of…

  14. DJ AM Dead, Noel Gallagher Leaves Oasis, Fall Out Boy Debut New Video

    August 31, 2009 5:51 PM EDT In this Monday edition of the Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard, DJ AM was found dead, Noel Gallagher leaves Oasis and Fall Out Boy debuts a new music video. Celebrity disc jockey DJ AM, born Adam Goldstein, was found dead in his New York City apartment Friday evening.…

  15. New Norah Jones Album Due In November

    August 20, 2009 5:36 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Norah Jones will move away from jazz roots on her fourth studio album, due in November on Blue Note Records, her label announced today (Aug. 20). Producer Jacquire King ( Kings of Leon , Modest Mouse ) is working with Jones on the as-yet-untitled project, which will also…

  16. Bonnaroo 2009 A Huge Success, Attendance 'Up Dramatically'

    June 15, 2009 10:27 AM EDT Phish wrapped Bonnaroo 2009 last night ( with a sit-in from Bruce Springsteen ), drawing the curtain on what producers feel was their most successful event ever on many levels. Check out Billboard's Full Bonnaroo Coverage : Performance and backstage video , photos , set reviews , and…

  17. Chart Beat: Pink, Black Eyed Peas, Shinedown

    June 10, 2009 12:17 PM EDT CHART DEBUTS: Last week, Nielsen, owner of Billboard, announced the closing after 36 years of trade publication Radio & Records (R&R). In addition to news items and feature stories, R&R also contained a host of airplay charts powered by Nielsen BDS data. This week, a pair of R&…

  18. Dave Matthews' 'Big' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 10, 2009 11:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews Band strikes again with its fifth-consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 as "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" bows in the penthouse of the Billboard 200 with a whopping 424,000. Better still, it's the fifth-straight studio set from the group to open with a…

  19. Elvis Costello To Toast New Album With Free Amoeba Shows

    June 09, 2009 1:21 PM EDT Elvis Costello is giving his fans more than a new album this month. The singer-songwriter will perform two free shows at indie retailer Amoeba Music in San Francisco and Hollywood, Cal. on June 22 to celebrate the launch of his new album "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane," released…

  20. Dave Matthews Band Headed For Fifth Straight No. 1 Album

    June 03, 2009 7:07 PM EDT Dave Matthews Band will likely bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week with "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King," which industry prognosticators are suggesting could sell as much as 390,000 in its first week. If it debuts at No. 1, the RCA set will be the band's fifth…

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