1. The Roots Plotting 'Orchestral' New Album

    June 03, 2011 4:30 PM EDT For the follow-up to the Roots ' 2010 album, "How I Got Over," drummer ?uestlove says the veteran hip-hop band is planning a "concept album" with orchestral arrangements. "This is going to be our first full-fledged narrative concept album," ?uestlove told…

  2. Haley Reinhart Plots 'Sultry, Bluesy Rock' Future After 'Idol'

    May 20, 2011 2:25 PM EDT Haley Reinhart is gone from the "American Idol" world -- but won't be forgotten any time, soon. "Everybody is such a great big family...and I knew I'd miss them. But then again, I'm gonna see them again today," the ousted singer from Wheeling, Ill., told …

  3. Prince to Play 21-Night Residency in Los Angeles

    April 08, 2011 3:59 PM EDT P rince will continue his residency-style "Welcome 2 America" tour with a whopping 21-date stand in Los Angeles, beginning on April 14 at the Forum. The artist made the announcement via a phone call on George Lopez's show last night (watch the video below). Video: Prince on …

  4. Mumford & Sons to Jump On 'Railroad Revival' Spring Tour

    March 07, 2011 5:32 PM EST After enjoying a breakout year and performing at the Grammys, Mumford & Sons will take their victory lap on a rustic railroad alongside Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show . The three groups will play six outdoor shows in seven days together on the Railroad…

  5. Esperanza Spalding to Record 'Radio Music Society' Album in May

    March 01, 2011 8:15 AM EST Still "as surprised as you can be" by her Best New Artist win at this year's Grammy Awards, Esperanza Spalding has already scoped out her next two album projects -- even as she tours to promote 2010's "Chamber Music Society." Spalding tells Billboard.com that she…

  6. The Roots Draft Nas, Wiz Khalifa for Fourth Philly Picnic

    February 28, 2011 10:11 PM EST The Roots have drafted Nas , Wiz Khalifa and recent best new artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding for their fourth annual Roots Picnic concert, at hometown venue Festival Pier in Philadelphia, Pa. Also on the bill for the June 4 event are recently reunited rock outfit the Dismemberment…

  7. Justin Bieber Scores Second No. 1 Album with 'Never Say Never' Remixes

    February 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST J ustin Bieber notches his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Never Say Never: The Remixes" opening in the top slot with 165,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first topper came with "My World 2.0," which debuted at No. 1 as well, on the April…

  8. Music Exec Slams Grammys in NY Times for Snubbing Eminem, Justin Bieber

    February 21, 2011 9:35 AM EST A veteran music executive has lambasted the Grammy Awards as "a series of hypocrisies and contradictions," in a full-page New York Times advertisement that ran a week after last Sunday's annual ceremony. Steve Stoute's open letter to Grammy organizers ripped the…

  9. Hollywood Week Heats Up 'American Idol' With Dreaded Elimination Rooms

    February 18, 2011 8:30 AM EST Part three of Hollywood Week on "American Idol," which aired last night (Feb. 17), began dramatically enough, with Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson "laying it all out on the table" in the form of a final judgment to this first major hurdle. It would all lead…

  10. Did The Charts Predict This Year's Grammy Award Winners?

    February 15, 2011 1:05 PM EST From such surprise honorees as Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding to Lady Gaga 's egg-shell-ent adventure, the 53rd Grammy Awards offered a host of highlights . Did the victors' Billboard chart performances, however, foretell their fortunes at Sunday's (Feb. 13) festivities? A…

  11. Best New Artist Grammy Race: Esperanza Spalding

    February 14, 2011 10:52 AM EST chartArticle_ignore NEWS Esperanza Spalding Beats Justin Bieber, Drake For Best New Artist Grammy NEWS Esperanza Spalding Wikipedia Page Attacked By Justin Bieber Fans NEWS Esperanza Spalding Nabs Best New Artist Grammy Nod NEWS Esperanza Spalding Joins Prince On 'Welcome 2 America'…

  12. Grammys 2011: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 14, 2011 1:50 AM EST Not all of the excitement at the 2011 Grammy Awards happened on the stage. Here's 15 memorable moments that you didn't see on TV. 1. Arcade Fire was in quite the celebratory mood over its Album of the Year win for "The Suburbs." The group entered the press room singing the…

  13. Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum Big Winners at 2011 Grammys

    February 14, 2011 12:45 AM EST The 2011 Grammys ended with a major shocker, as Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire beat out platinum pop stars Eminem , Lady Gaga and Katy Perry for the night's big award, Album of the Year, for "The Suburbs." The seven-member ensemble expressed shock over the unexpected win,…

  14. Grammys 2011 Predictions: How Did We Do?

    February 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST chartArticle_ignore It's always tough to predict the winners of music's biggest night, but this year's Grammy Awards featured especially jaw-dropping outcomes in the major categories. With more obscure artists like Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding besting mainstream…

  15. Esperanza Spalding Beats Bieber, Drake for Best New Artist Grammy

    February 13, 2011 10:50 PM EST In a shocking upset, jazz artist Esperanza Spalding won best new artist at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 13), beating out widely agreed-upon favorites Justin Bieber and Drake as well as Mumford & Sons and Florence & the Machine . Feature: Esperanza Upclose "I take this…

  16. Live Blogging Grammys 2011

    February 13, 2011 5:00 PM EST With the Grammy's lighting up L.A., Feb. 13 was easily music's biggest night of the year. So we live-blogged all the action right here, from the red carpet until the winner of the last award is announced. Bieber not only didn't trump Drake; Esperanza Spalding beat them both.…

  17. Grammys Central 2011

    February 13, 2011 10:00 AM EST Chart Article Grammy Predictions: How'd We Do? 40 Outrageous Fashions 10 Best Performances, 2000-2010 10 Shocking Grammy Moments Best New Artist Esperanza Spalding LATEST NEWS/FEATURES Playable Grammy Winners List Grammys 2011: Best & Worst Dressed Grammys Score Most Watched Telecast…

  18. Bob Dylan to Perform at Grammys with Mumford & Sons, Avett Bros.

    February 10, 2011 10:50 AM EST The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) has saved its biggest performance news for last: Today the music industry association announced legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will perform at Sunday night's 53rd annual Grammy Awards in a tribute to acoustic music.…

  19. Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson to Honor Aretha Franklin at Grammys

    February 09, 2011 12:00 PM EST A retha Franklin will receive a special tribute from an all-star lineup of female singers, including Christina Aguilera , Jennifer Hudson and Florence & the Machine 's Florence Welch, at the Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday (Feb. 13). Esperanza Spalding , a nominee for Best New…

  20. Billboard Bits: 'Glee' Takes On 'California Gurls,' Cee Lo Opens for Prince

    February 01, 2011 7:00 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. "Glee" Super Bowl Episode to Open with Katy Perry's "California Gurls" " Glee " will kick off its post-Super Bowl episode with a spirited take on Katy Perry 's "…

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