1. Marshall Tucker Band Join Vinyl Trend With Greatest Hits Release

    January 27, 2012 4:15 PM EST It seems that everything old is new again, and no act is a better example of that than the Marshall Tucker Band. Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the group, and they have gone back to the future with the Shout Factory release of a vinyl edition of their Greatest Hits release.…

  2. Johnny Otis of 'Willie and the Hand Jive' Dies

    January 19, 2012 1:30 PM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - Johnny Otis , the "godfather of rhythm and blues" who wrote and recorded the R&B classic "Willie and the Hand Jive" and for decades evangelized black music to white audiences as a bandleader and radio host, has died. He was 90. Otis, who had been in…

  3. Steve Perry Won't Stop Recording, but Touring Is Another Story

    January 04, 2012 12:25 PM EST 'I'm No Spring Chicken,' Says Ex-Journey Singer, Who Is Working on New Music at 'Own Pace' S teve Perry knows "it's been a long time, for sure" -- since 1998, actually -- since the world's heard any new music from the former Journey frontman. But…

  4. Paul McCartney To Release New Album in February

    December 19, 2011 11:49 AM EST Still-Untitled Full-Length To Feature Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder Paul McCartney will pay homage to some of the songs that inspired his greatest songwriting achievements on a forthcoming, still-untitled album, due out Feb. 7, 2012 on Hear Music/Concord Records. The follow-up to 2007's …

  5. Ken Russell, 'Tommy' Director, Dead at 84

    November 28, 2011 2:15 PM EST Ken Russell got Oliver Reed and Alan Bates to wrestle naked, turned Vanessa Redgrave into a demonic nun and cast Ringo Starr as the pope. Critics and mainstream audiences often hated his films. Actors and admirers loved him. The iconoclastic British director, whose death aged 84 was announced…

  6. Barry Feinstein, Bob Dylan/Janis Joplin Photographer, Dies at 80

    October 21, 2011 10:05 AM EDT Photographer Barry Feinstein, who captured behind-the-scenes images from rock's golden age and shot iconic album covers for Bob Dylan and George Harrison, died in upstate New York on Thursday. He was 80. Agent Dave Brolan said Feinstein, who lived in Woodstock, suffered various ailments…

  7. Brad Paisley Gets One-of-a-Kind Honor From the Grand Ole Opry

    October 19, 2011 5:00 PM EDT In the 86-year history of the Grand Ole Opry, many historic moments have taken place. Hank Williams debuting in 1949 with "Lovesick Blues." A truck driver named Elvis on the Ryman stage. Garth Brooks and "Friends In Low Places." So as amazing as it sounds, something…

  8. Paul McCartney Weds Nancy Shevell in London Ceremony

    October 09, 2011 7:20 PM EDT A hint of autumnal Beatlemania was in the air Sunday as Paul McCartney , for the second time in his improbable life, climbed the steps of venerable Old Marylebone Town Hall to take himself a bride. True, thousands of heartbroken female fans crowded the columned building in 1969 when he…

  9. Pearl Jam, Cameron Crowe Talk 'Pearl Jam Twenty' Doc At TIFF

    September 11, 2011 6:54 PM EDT Love. Understanding. Commitment. Luck. Ask Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready how the band has managed to thrive for twenty years, and he'll tell you this is the recipe. Less than an hour after the Saturday (Sept. 10 ) premiere of Cameron Crowe's deep-diving doc chronicling the band&…

  10. John Hiatt Finally Records His 10-Year-Old Song About 9/11

    August 01, 2011 8:00 PM EDT John Hiatt 's artistic life this year has been marked by two of America's great 21st-century tragedies: the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. In May, his performance of his song "Feels Like Rain" at the New Orleans House of Blues appeared in an episode of HBO's …

  11. What Does Eminem Have In Common With Donny Osmond?

    July 29, 2011 4:05 PM EDT What's in a name? For Eminem , when it comes to Billboard Hot 100 success, it hardly seems to matter. As Bad Meets Evil, the duo of Eminem and Da Royce da 5'9", soar into the top 10 (17-10) on the Hot 100 with "Lighters," featuring Bruno Mars , Eminem joins an…

  12. Ask Billboard: The Republic Of Ryan Tedder

    July 22, 2011 6:55 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. ADULT …

  13. Billboard Bits: 'Idol' Creator Sues Fox, Paul McCartney 9/11 Doc To Air on Showtime

    July 20, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'American Idol' Creator Sues Fox TV's most-watched show exploded into litigation today, as "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller sued Fox claiming he should be paid a rich fee for the…

  14. Martin Scorsese's George Harrison Documentary Coming to HBO in October

    July 13, 2011 6:30 PM EDT HBO has acquired the North American TV rights to Martin Scorsese's " George Harrison : Living in the Material World," and will air the documentary in two parts on Oct. 5 and 6. In the film, Scorsese traces Harrison's life from his beginnings in Liverpool through his life…

  15. 13 Cool Music Docs For 2011

    June 09, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Beyond the world of biopics is the land of music-centric documentaries, many of which are limited to film festival play before a DVD release. Several musical documentaries have already screened in theaters with more to come this summer. Here's a look at significant documentaries in the…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, 'Glee'

    February 10, 2011 6:55 PM EST NICKI OF TIME: Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday" ascends to the Billboard 200 summit in its 11th week, marking the steadiest climb to No. 1 since Ray Charles ' "Genius Loves Company" reached the top spot in its 25th week dated March 5, 2005. Billboard associate…

  17. Gerry Rafferty, 'Baker Street' Singer, Dies at 63

    January 04, 2011 3:55 PM EST G erry Rafferty , who had Top 10 success with Stealers Wheel 's "Stuck in the Middle" and his own "Baker Street," died on Tuesday in London from liver failure after a long battle with alcoholism. The Scottish-born singer and songwriter had reportedly been hospitalized…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson

    November 11, 2010 5:55 PM EST RI-WARDED: As "What's My Name?" vaults 60-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , Rihanna continues to enhance a commanding chart history that began the week of June 11, 2005, when "Pon De Replay" debuted at No. 97. "What's My Name?" becomes Rihanna's eighth…

  19. Kings of Leon, Eminem Rule European Charts

    October 29, 2010 11:09 AM EDT K ings of Leon scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's European Albums chart with "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment), while "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal) by Eminem featuring Rihanna tops the European Hot 100 Singles for a fifth…

  20. Robbie Williams' Hits Set Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    October 21, 2010 8:21 AM EDT Robbie Williams makes a No. 1 start across Europe with "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI). It debuts atop Billboard's European Albums chart as Eminem 's "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Rihanna , starts a…

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