1. Diane Birch De-Clubs "What Is Love"

    March 08, 2010 9:23 AM EST You may know her as the singer-songwriter that opened for Nick Jonas and who is doing good things on the Independent Albums chart, but who knew that Diane Birch could take Haddaway 's synthy, vintage '90s club music classic "What Is Love?" and turn it into a spare,…

  2. Herbie Hancock To Be Feted At Revived NYC Jazz Festival

    March 01, 2010 8:48 AM EST Jazz legend Herbie Hancock will be feted at a belated 70th birthday bash at Carnegie Hall that will highlight the revival of a major summer jazz festival in the Big Apple. The pianist, who turns 70 on April 12, will be joined by comedian Bill Cosby, saxophonist Joe Lovano , trumpeter Terence…

  3. Videos Of The Week: Mariah Carey, Insane Clown Posse, Susan Sarandon & More

    January 29, 2010 12:02 PM EST From new Mariah Carey videos to Susan Sarandon spanking pigs, Lady Antebellum's "Ellen" performance to Insane Clown Posse's movie trailer, it was a wild week in video. Here are 10 of the top viral clips that had everyone buzzing. 1) Mariah Carey Sings 'Angel's…

  4. Erica Rhodes Whips 'American Idol' Into A Frenzy

    January 28, 2010 5:41 PM EST Erica Rhodes is no General Larry Platt , but the 23-year-old Texan certainly found a special way to stand out at her "American Idol" audition, which aired on Wednesday night. Rhodes, who appeared on "Barney & Friends" as a young girl and is now determined to show how…

  5. Johnny Cash Releasing Another Posthumous Album

    January 14, 2010 7:10 AM EST More than six years after his death, Johnny Cash will return to record stores next month with a new album featuring one of the last songs the country legend ever wrote. "American VI: Ain't No Grave," billed as the final installment in a series of comeback recordings overseen by…

  6. Peter Wolf Taps Shelby Lynne, Neko Case For 'Souvenirs'

    January 04, 2010 9:14 AM EST Peter Wolf has set an April 6 release date for "Midnight Souvenirs," his seventh solo album and first set of new material in eight years. "It's music based on the influences that I enjoy and grew up with," the J. Geils Band frontman tells Billboard.com about the 14…

  7. Cinematic Orchestra, Ninja Tune Team For New Label

    November 16, 2009 4:46 PM EST Jason Swinscoe of the U.K. jazz/electronica act the Cinematic Orchestra has formed a new label, Motion Audio, in partnership with the group's Ninja Tune label. Swinscoe has joined forces with Dominic Smith, the long-term A&R for the Cinematic Orchestra at Ninja Tune. The London-based…

  8. Ask Billboard: Going Gaga For Album Re-Releases

    October 30, 2009 5:29 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. NOT AS EASY AS ABC Hey Gary, In reference to your stating in last week's…

  9. 'Glee' Rewrites The Script On TV Music

    October 23, 2009 3:38 PM EDT When Tony Soprano finally-all right, possibly-got whacked to the sounds of Journey 's "Don't Stop Believin' " in June 2007, America had mixed reactions. But the show's viewers all agreed that TV's greatest mafia boss and music's shiniest power ballad…

  10. Tyondai Braxton Takes Break From Battles With 'Central Market'

    September 16, 2009 1:05 PM EDT While putting the finishing touches on "Mirrored" -- the 2007 debut of post-rock collective Battles -- frontman Tyondai Braxton began intermittently writing new songs for his next solo project. He'd already spent a decade crafting experimental music based around pinpoint sonic…

  11. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1989

    August 11, 2009 6:21 PM EDT REPEAT OFFENDER: This week 20 years ago, singer/songwriter Richard Marx joined a select group of male artists who've enjoyed runs of at least three consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100. After composing "Right Here Waiting," Marx felt the song was so personal that he…

  12. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, Drake, Black Eyed Peas

    June 26, 2009 5:49 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com. Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE Dear Gary, No chart questions, just this heartfelt…

  13. Aerosmith To Play Entire Classic Albums On Summer Tour

    June 15, 2009 2:30 PM EDT Aerosmith plans to play more than one album in its entirety on tour this summer. The Boston rockers performed all of their 1975 classic "Toys in the Attic," save for the album-closing "You See Me Crying," during the first two concerts of the trek and issued an official…

  14. Aerosmith Hits Jackpot With Branded Lottery Games

    May 12, 2009 9:18 AM EDT When Aerosmith hits the road this summer, fans in some of the states the band visits will have a new way to win backstage passes, front-row seats and an extra few million dollars to spend on concessions. The group and singer Steven Tyler's publisher, Primary Wave Music, struck a deal…

  15. Newport Jazz, Folk Fests Returning To Roots

    April 21, 2009 11:55 AM EDT Lineups for the Newport folk and jazz festivals indicate both are returning to their roots. Joan Baez and Pete Seeger, who played the first Newport festival in 1959 and remain vital figures in the folk genre, are scheduled to perform again this year. Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie also are on…

  16. Chart Beat: 'All Summer Long,' Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action from the song "All Summer Long," Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn's "Woman" and more! IT'S SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME: It's a rare event for two versions of the same song to appear on The Billboard Hot 100 at once, so it's…

  17. Billboard Underground: Nicole Frechette

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Northeast doesn't have a reputation as a hotbed for country music, but for 23-year-old singer/songwriter Nicole Frechette, there's an audience for country no matter where she performs. The Northeast doesn't have a reputation as a hotbed for country music, but for 23-year…

  18. This Day in Music

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Rising British singer/songwriter Matthew Jay dies after falling from a seventh-story window. He is 24. 2003 - Rising British singer/songwriter Matthew Jay dies after falling from a seventh-story window. He is 24. 2002 - Singer/songwriter Tim Rose dies in London of complications from…

  19. Rock, Relaxation Reign At All Tomorrow's Parties

    September 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Extreme sounds echoed through the halls of Kutsher's Country Resort during the second day of New York's premiere All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Extreme sounds echoed through the halls of Kutsher's Country Resort during the second day of New York's premiere All…

  20. This Day in Music

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - R.E.M. is inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta. 2006 - R.E.M. is inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta. 2005 - A fan-run museum dedicated exclusively to the Ramones opens in Berlin, Germany. 2004 - Izora Rhodes Armstead, one-half of disco/pop acts…

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