1. VCMG, 'Ssss': Album Preview

    January 17, 2012 8:43 AM EST VCMG Title: SSSS | Release Date: March 13 For such a high-profile collaboration, everything about VCMG-the union of synth pop titans and former Depeche Mode bandmates Vince Clarke (now the creative mind behind Erasure ) and Martin L. Gore (still Depeche's primary songwriter) is quite…

  2. Ask Billboard: Are Chart Rule Changes Needed?

    December 19, 2011 10:05 AM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. ARE CHART RULE…

  3. Hot Tours: Journey, Justin Bieber, Marc Anthony

    October 14, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Journey soars to the top of the Hot Tours rankings with box office grosses reported from outdoor amphitheaters and arenas during the North American summer leg of the Eclipse Tour. After launching the tour in late February, the band played Latin American and European dates during the spring…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Foster the People, Richard Marx

    October 14, 2011 11:05 AM EDT ADELE'S ADULT ADULATION: "There are two sounds right now: Adele ... and everyone else." That's how an industry colleague says that his two teenage children recently described what they're hearing on the car radio of late when driving with dad. Billboard's charts…

  5. Frankmusik Hits Electro-Pop Jackpot: Teams With Erasure for New Album & Tour

    July 29, 2011 7:00 PM EDT It may sound a little corny, but one can't help but think that Frankmusik is having a full-circle moment. The 25-year-old electronic/pop singer/producer not only landed the plum gig of producing electro-pop pioneers Erasure 's new album "Tomorrow's World" (due in…

  6. The 25 Hottest Clubs In North America

    July 06, 2011 12:00 PM EDT These are the top-ranked clubs in North America based on box-office data reported to Billboard Boxscore by concert promoters or venue representatives for events that occurred this year from Jan. 1 through June 1. Some are booked and promoted by such national promoters as AEG Live (the Joint…

  7. Depeche Mode Co-Founders Reunite for Instrumental Techno Project

    June 11, 2011 9:14 AM EDT D epeche Mode co-founders Martin Gore and Vince Clarke have reunited for a side project that's also benefited the group's new "Remixes 2: 81-11" collection. Gore tells Billboard.com he was able to tap Clarke -- who left Depeche Mode in 1981 and subsequently formed Yazoo…

  8. Jimmy Page Honored At Mojo Awards

    June 11, 2010 8:02 AM EDT Led Zeppelin 's Jimmy Page was inducted into the Mojo hall of fame at a ceremony in London. The honor, supported by Universal Catalog Marketing, was presented at the Mojo Honours List ceremony at the Brewery venue in London last night (June 10). Duane Eddy also attended the seventh…

  9. Chart Beat Thursday: Lee & Crystal Rock On

    June 03, 2010 4:45 PM EDT LEE LEADS: Fox TV's "American Idol" continues to fulfill its promise of generating musical star power, as, a week after winning the series' ninth season, Lee DeWyze celebrates his first No. 1 on a Billboard chart. The newly-crowned champ bows atop Billboard's Rock…

  10. Hot Chip, "One Life Stand"

    February 12, 2010 3:35 PM EST No act seems to purely embody the rise of "indietronica" the way that Hot Chip does. The London-based quintet in 2010 is something like the more serious, experimental cinematic adaptation of Erasure 's heart-on-sleeve Broadway bombast. A more midtempo effort than its previous…

  11. Yeasayer, "Odd Blood"

    February 05, 2010 2:54 PM EST Brooklyn-based rock act Yeasayer gained acclaim with its 2007 debut, "All Hour Cymbals," by achieving an impressive balance between world-influenced, experimental noise and disciplined, memorable pop-rock. For its sophomore effort, "Odd Blood," Yeasayer has maintained its…

  12. Chart Beat: The Black Eyed Peas, Lynda Carter, Paulina Rubio

    June 18, 2009 1:14 PM EDT THE B.E.G.I.N.N.I.N.G.: Once they wondered, where is the love? This week, all the Black Eyed Peas need to do to answer that question is peruse a host of Billboard charts, where evidence of adoration for the quartet is abundant. The Peas' fifth studio album, "The E.N.D.,"…

  13. April 25, 2009

    April 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Phil Collins announces his retirement from releasing albums and touring. 2007 – Singer-songwriter Bobby “Boris” Pickett dies from leukemia in Los Angeles at the age of 69. 2002 – Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC is killed in a car crash in Honduras. Lopes is 30. 2000 – Eric Clapton is…

  14. Rhino Boxes Up Erasure Hits, Live Tracks

    February 02, 2009 5:02 PM EST Erasure fans will have a whole lot of music to enjoy this spring, thanks to the four-disc boxed set "Total Pop! -- The First 40 Hits," due April 7 from Rhino. Rhino is also giving an exclusive digital release to "Pop! Remixed," with remixes from Erasure's own Vince…

  15. This Day in Music

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Skeeter Davis, a veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, dies at Nashville's St. Thomas Hospital. She is 73. The artist, born Mary Frances Penick in Dry Ridge, Ky., had battled breast cancer since 1988. 2004 - Skeeter Davis, a veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, dies at Nashville's St.…

  16. Chart Beat

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from "Mamma Mia!", the Jonas Brothers, Rihanna and more! BETTER THAN THE BEST WEEK EVER: Two weeks ago I suggested in Chart Beat Chat that 34 years after they made their Billboard chart debut, songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus were having…

  17. Yaz / July 17, 2008 / New York (Terminal 5)

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The oomph behind Yaz's music was always Alison Moyet's voice. Her bluesy alto and torch-singer flair is what distinguished the band from the pack back in the day. It's also the reason why the room was In some ways, walking into the Terminal 5 club during Yaz's second of…

  18. Sparks

    June 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT I only agreed to do it because I thought it wouldn't happen. Twenty-one albums in 21 nights? More than 270 songs? Are you nuts? Sure, let's do it. As Christmas 2007 approached, "Sparks 21X21" was evol Cult rock act Sparks is in the midst of performing all 21 of its albums…

  19. Yaz Back Together For Summer Shows

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST For the first time in more than 25 years, British dance duo Yazoo -- known as Yaz in the United States -- will reunite for a series of shows in the U.K. and U.S. this summer. For the first time in more than 25 years, British dance duo Yazoo -- known as Yaz in the United States -- will reunite…

  20. This Day in Music

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Skeeter Davis, a veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, dies at Nashville's St. Thomas Hospital. She is 73. The artist, born Mary Frances Penick in Dry Ridge, Ky., had battled breast cancer since 1988. 2004 - Skeeter Davis, a veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, dies at Nashville's St.…

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