1. Priscilla Ahn, TV/Film Synch Star, Gets Ready To 'Grow Up'

    May 05, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Folk singer/songwriter Priscilla Ahn is more than a cute girl with a guitar. She's also a "guilty pleasure for indie rock dudes" (or so says her label's senior VP of marketing Zach Hochkeppel), a rising star in Japan, and a new wife. But perhaps most important, she's…

  2. Billboard's SXSW Showcases Upclose: Wednesday

    March 11, 2011 1:30 PM EST We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' (Mar. 16-19) worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm. Get the scoop on…

  3. Trent Reznor, A.R. Rahman Earn 2011 Oscar Nominations

    January 25, 2011 9:11 AM EST The 2011 Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning (Jan. 25), and among the top nominees in the music categories is Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor , who is nominated for best original score for the Facebook-inspired film, "The Social Network" (with collaborator Atticus…

  4. The Boxer Rebellion: Artists To Watch 2011

    January 24, 2011 1:01 PM EST The Boxer Rebellion Genre: Rock Formed in London in 2001, alternative rockers The Boxer Rebellion are not exactly strangers to the U.S. charts. In 2009, the band tasted Stateside success with their second album "Union," which crashed onto the Billboard 200 album based on the…

  5. Arcade Fire, Eminem, Mumford & Sons Earn BRIT Award Nominations

    January 13, 2011 2:50 PM EST British rapper Tinie Tempah led the field on Thursday at the BRIT awards with four nominations, just ahead of singer-songwriter Plan B , folk rock act Mumford & Sons and London's The XX , who each had three nods. In a turnaround from 2010's female-dominated nominations, male…

  6. Bruno Mars Live: Billboard Tastemakers Video

    October 21, 2010 2:45 PM EDT Chart Article Our new video series presents a closer look at -- and an exclusive performance from -- the cool artists hitting the Billboard Tastemakers chart , which brings you the top-selling albums each week based on an influential panel of indie stores and small regional chains. Bruno Mars…

  7. Paramore's Hayley Williams Puts Rock Twist on 'Bed Intruder Song'

    August 26, 2010 4:36 PM EDT P aramore frontwoman Hayley Williams has put her own spin on Antoine Dodson's viral hit "Bed Intruder Song" with help from two of her rocker friends: Jordan Putnik of New Found Glory and Ethan Lucy of Relient K . Recorded by the trio at Lucy's home in Nashville (according…

  8. Martina McBride, Stevie Wonder Join For Cancer Event

    August 19, 2010 11:49 AM EDT Martina McBride , Natasha Bedingfield , Queen Latifah , Aaron Neville , Dave Stewart and Stevie Wonder are among the many celebrities joining forces for "Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)," the fundraiser aimed at raising money for cancer research. The program, executive produced by Laura…

  9. Amanda Palmer Tweets Her Way Toward Success

    August 06, 2010 3:10 PM EDT By traditional standards, Amanda Palmer is something of a nonentity in the music business. But traditional standards are useless because we are not living in traditional times. Her highest-selling album, a self-titled 2004 release with her punk-cabaret band Dresden Dolls, has sold 149,000…

  10. Tom Jones, "Praise & Blame"

    July 16, 2010 4:36 PM EDT What's new, pussycat? How about a devotional album from Tom Jones so unexpected that the Welsh pop icon's disarmed label chief was uttering God's name in varying degrees of vain when he heard about it. But Jones has always been surprising us throughout his four-decade-plus…

  11. Tom Jones Goes Gospel For New Album

    July 09, 2010 12:47 PM EDT A French expression best describes the latest news from a Welsh phenomenon- Tom Jones has gone au naturel, and not just by finally letting his grey hair show. Just weeks after his 70th birthday, the legendary singer adds another page to his résumé with the release of his gospel-flavored album…

  12. Crystal Castles, "Crystal Castles"

    June 16, 2010 10:23 AM EDT Electronic duo Crystal Castles generally operates in two distinct modes--its songs are either angry dancefloor scorchers built around videogame blips or expansive shoegaze numbers that sail off upon waves of synth lines. Although the group's 2008 self-titled debut was furiously…

  13. Flavor Flav Heads Back To High School

    October 01, 2009 10:11 AM EDT That clock around Flavor Flav's neck says it's time to return to reality TV. The original basic-cable ladies man is teaming with producer Eric Ortner to shop a new series to networks in which he returns to high school to receive his diploma. Flav (or as he was known in school,…

  14. Mary Travers Of Peter, Paul And Mary Dead At 72

    September 17, 2009 8:26 AM EDT Mary Travers, one-third of the popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary who were perhaps best known for their hit "Puff (The Magic Dragon)," died in a Connecticut hospital after battling leukemia for several years. She was 72. The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, said…

  15. J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Delivers 'Trouble'

    June 11, 2009 10:38 AM EDT Following another successful collaboration with Rick Ross on the Miami rapper's latest album, "Deeper Than Rap," production trio the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League is working on several new projects. Headlng the League's to-do list is a new track by Atlantic rapper Maino. Titled …

  16. Festivals Returning Despite Struggling Economy

    February 09, 2009 5:31 PM EST The international music festival market took a hit last week with the cancellation of the Langerado Music Festival in Miami and the Hydro Connect Festival in Scotland, but other large-scale fests are returning for a second year despite a struggling economy. U.S. festival producers Madison…

  17. Slow Ticket Sales Sink Langerado Festival

    February 03, 2009 1:54 PM EST The Langerado Music Festival in Miami is the first large-scale U.S. festival to fall victim to a poor economy in 2009. The seventh annual event, which was set for March 6-8 at Bicentennial Park, has been cancelled "due to sluggish ticket sales," organizers announced. Artists that…

  18. Langerado Festival Headed To Miami In 2009

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The 2009 edition of Florida's annual Langerado Music Festival will be held at Bicentennial Park in Miami, marking the event's fifth venue change since launching seven years ago, according to festival The 2009 edition of Florida's annual Langerado Music Festival will be held at…

  19. Snoop Dogg Not Charged In Tour Bus Bust

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A lawyer says a bus carrying rapper Snoop Dogg did not have expired tags in a stop that led to two people on board charged with marijuana possession in Texas. A lawyer says a bus carrying rapper Snoop Dogg did not have expired tags in a stop that led to two people on board charged with…

  20. Green River Reunion Powers Sub Pop Party

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It was the birthday present everybody wanted from the start, as proto grunge band Green River reunited for its first major show in 21 years yesterday (July 13) as part of Sub Pop Records' 20th anniver It was the birthday present everybody wanted from the start. Stone Gossard and Jeff…

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