1. May 16, 2009

    May 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Britney Spears’ second album, “Oops!… I Did It Again” sells 1.3 million copies in its debut week, setting a new record for highest debut by a female artist. 2000 – The Artist Formerly Known As Prince announces that he will start using his name again. 1993 – R&B and soul singer Marv…

  2. Elvis Costello Reveals 'Secret' New Album

    May 15, 2009 7:56 AM EDT Being able to revisit pieces from his unfinished opera about the life of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen was a welcome "surprise" for Elvis Costello on his new album, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane." The set, due out June 2 on Hear Music and produced by T-Bone…

  3. Tinted Windows Ready To Hit The Road

    April 16, 2009 12:58 PM EDT After playing some showcase performances, including three at this year's South By Southwest Music & Media Conference, the all-star group Tinted Windows is facing the harsh reality of some "real" tour dates -- which is proving to be a challenge. "From the point of view…

  4. Peter Wolf Preps Solo Record, J. Geils Reunion

    April 14, 2009 3:08 PM EDT It's been seven years since Peter Wolf last released a solo album, but the J. Geils Band frontman is planning to end that drought later this year. Wolf tells Billboard.com that his as-yet-untitled album, his first since "Sleepless" in 2002, will be out "sometime during the…

  5. Rosanne Cash Readies 'The List'

    April 07, 2009 4:40 PM EDT Rosanne Cash is dipping back into her childhood for her next album, "The List," and taking her father Johnny's lessons to heart. "'The List' is based on a list my father made for me when I was 18 years old," Cash tells Billboard. "He called it the '…

  6. Charlie Louvin Returns At 81 With Two New Albums

    April 03, 2009 4:36 PM EDT "I was going to call these albums 'Heaven' and 'Hell,' " Charlie Louvin says in his smooth Southern drawl. He's talking about his two most recent projects, which he recorded last year at the age of 81: the gospel collection "Steps to Heaven" and…

  7. Salvation and Sin

    April 03, 2009 4:00 PM EDT At 81, Charlie Louvin Returns With A Pair Of Albums "I was going to call these albums 'Heaven' and 'Hell,' " Charlie Louvin says in his smooth Southern drawl. He's talking about his two most recent projects, which he recorded last year at the age of 81: the…

  8. Elvis Costello Teams With T Bone Burnett For New Acoustic Record

    March 23, 2009 11:15 AM EDT Elvis Costello's newest album, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane," sees the prolific singer-songwriter-composer returning to acoustic American roots music for the first time since his 1986 album "King of America." "Sugarcane" will be released June 2 on Hear…

  9. Jonas Brothers' Fourth Album Due June 15

    March 18, 2009 1:27 PM EDT The Jonas Brothers are nearing completion of their fourth album, due out June 15, which the trio says will take the band in some new sonic directions. "This album is taking steps," Nick Jonas told Billboard.com during a teleconference with reporters on Wednesday. "We're…

  10. March 10, 2009

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, Madonna, the Dave Clark Five and the Ventures are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 2003 – AC/DC, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, the Righteous Brothers, the Clash and the Police are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.…

  11. Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello lead the lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo festival, to be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo will be Springsteen's only North American…

  12. McCartney Books 'Colbert Report' Appearance

    January 27, 2009 3:38 PM EST Paul McCartney will appear on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" tomorrow (Jan. 28), his only scheduled U.S. late-night appearance in support of "Electric Arguments," the 2008 album he recorded as the Fireman with producer/musician Youth. "Colbert" is…

  13. Morrissey Inks U.S. Deal, Plots Spring Tour

    December 17, 2008 6:13 PM EST Morrissey has inked a U.S. deal with Lost Highway for the release of his new album, "Years of Refusal," Billboard can reveal. Due Feb. 17, the project will be issued in conjunction with the former Smiths frontman's own Attack imprint. Lost Highway is an intriguing destination…

  14. Diana Krall Preps Album, Producing Streisand

    December 08, 2008 1:47 PM EST Diana Krall describes her first record in three years as intimate, sensual and erotic. "I'm not coy single girl singing 'Peel Me a Grape.' I love that song but I don't love it for me any more," Krall says. "I feel more womanly, I guess, and I think this…

  15. Elton John Mulling Ronson Collaboration

    December 03, 2008 1:37 PM EST Elton John may enlist producer Mark Ronson to work on his next studio album, which is being penciled in for release in late 2009 by Universal. "They like each other and know each other well. There's been lots and lots of conversation, but nothing is finalized yet," a source…

  16. Army Navy

    November 25, 2008 1:44 PM EST Not all was smooth sailing during Army Navy's first national tour this fall. The band ran out of gas in "deep, deep, Oregon" and frontman Justin Kennedy accidentally ran over guitarist Louie Schultz's foot while they took turns pushing the van. "He just toughed it out…

  17. U2, Coldplay, Killers Help Launch (RED)WIRE

    November 25, 2008 1:00 AM EST Some of the biggest names in music are contributing exclusive songs to RED(WIRE), a new digital music magazine launching on World AIDS Day (Dec. 1). U2, Coldplay, the Killers, the Dixie Chicks, John Legend, R.E.M. and Bob Dylan are on board for the initiative, which is an outgrowth of the…

  18. Chart Beat: Beyonce, T.I., Josiah Leming

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses chart action from "At Last," T.I., Josiah Leming and more! THIS COULD BE THE 'LAST' TIME: Mack Gordon and Harry Warren wrote "At Last" for the film "Orchestra Wives" in 1942. Glenn Miller had a No. 14 hit on the Billboard pop singles…

  19. Sweet 'Honey'

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Thanks to her Southern twang and onstage cowboy hat, Lucinda Williams has long been recognized as a country artist. Thanks to her Southern twang and onstage cowboy hat, Lucinda Williams has long been recognized as a country artist. But her most recent Grammy Award win in 2001 was for best…

  20. Toussaint Teams With Henry For 'Mississippi'

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Legendary New Orleans artist/songwriter/producer Allen Toussaint has teamed with producer Joe Henry for his next album, a collection tentatively titled "The Bright Mississippi" due out in early 2009 o Legendary New Orleans artist/songwriter/producer Allen Toussaint has teamed with…

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