1. Doobie Brothers, "World Gone Crazy"

    March 18, 2011 11:48 AM EDT "Given the chance," Tom Johnston sings on the title track from the Doobie Brothers' latest album, "I'd go back to the days of a simpler time." "World Gone Crazy" certainly references that less complicated era of vintage Doobie Brothers, from its uptempo…

  2. Remembering 15 Forgotten Hot 100 No. 1s

    March 09, 2011 1:05 PM EST As Billboard celebrates 1,000 No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100's storied archives , it's inevitable that certain past toppers require an extra pause before triggering recognition. Despite all 1,000 titles having earned the honor of, at least for one week, reigning as the most popular…

  3. Slash, AC/DC, Rolling Stones Win At Classic Rock Awards

    November 11, 2010 11:40 AM EST Classic Rock magazine held its annual awards ceremony at London's Roundhouse, with the big winners including AC/DC , the Rolling Stones , Cheap Trick and Led Zeppelin . The Nov. 10 Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour event kicked off with a performance from Florida's Alter Bridge ,…

  4. The Doobie Brothers Go "Crazy"

    September 23, 2010 5:02 PM EDT One August night a few weeks ago, as the Doobie Brothers were playing before 18,000 ardent fans in Montana, founding guitarist Pat Simmons looked out into the audience. "I see this guy in dreads; he's probably 18 years old. He's got his fist up in the air and he's shaking…

  5. Ben Folds Teams with Author Nick Hornby for New Album

    September 02, 2010 5:20 PM EDT B en Folds says that an "instinct to collaborate and make music with people who aren't necessarily musicians" led to "Lonely Avenue," an teaming with Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and author Nick Hornby that's due out Sept. 28 on Nonesuch. "There'…

  6. Beach Boys' Love Talks Reunion Plans, Katy Perry's 'California Gurls'

    July 26, 2010 11:21 AM EDT The Beach Boys will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first single in 2011, but the group's Mike Love says that any specific reports about how they'll do that are premature. "There have been a lot of ideas floated, but nothing decided," the senior remaining Beach Boy…

  7. Levi Johnston to Film Music Video

    July 23, 2010 5:03 PM EDT Levi Johnston will make his music video debut as a lover whose romance is thwarted by his girlfriend's disapproving mother, according to a Universal Music Group record label and Johnston's attorney. Johnston, 20, who is Bristol Palin's fiance, has agreed to appear in the video…

  8. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Consoles Mel Gibson, Eminem & Rihanna Shoot 'Lie' Video

    July 21, 2010 8:07 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Consoles Mel Gibson Britney Spears found a friend in Mel Gibson back when she hit a rough patch in 2008 (otherwise known as her Shaved Head Period), and now, the pop star is returning the favor.…

  9. Doobie Brothers Go "Crazy' On New Album

    July 06, 2010 4:40 PM EDT Doobie Brothers have reunited with 70s producer Ted Templeman for their first new album in a decade, "World Gone Crazy," which is due out on Sept. 28. Singer-guitarist Tom Johnston tells Billboard.com that the group and Templeman -- who helmed the group's first 10 albums,…

  10. Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray Found Dead in Hotel

    May 24, 2010 5:39 PM EDT The bassist for Grammy-winning metal band Slipknot, a masked group whose members beat each other up on stage and endearingly call their fans "maggots," was found dead at a hotel near the group's home town of Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, officials said. Paul Gray, a co-founder…

  11. Can 'American Idol' Be Saved?

    May 21, 2010 4:15 PM EDT 'American Idol' Ratings Are At Their Lowest Since 2004, And Simon Cowell Is Moving On. As The Season-Nine Finale Approaches, Can TV's Talent Show Behemoth Stay Dominant And Turn Its Winners Into Stars Again? "Alright, so listen, man. I don't know what's quite…

  12. Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal Up For Ivor Novello Awards

    April 20, 2010 10:16 AM EDT U.K. pop act Lily Allen and rapper Dizzee Rascal have each scored two nominations for the 55th Ivor Novello Awards. The award for British songwriters and composers take place at London's Grosvenor House on May 20. Allen and co-writer Greg Kurstin are nominated for best song musically and…

  13. Ben Folds Talks Chatroulette, Nick Hornby Collaboration

    March 25, 2010 12:53 PM EDT B en Folds did not give a concert on Chatroulette, even though many people thought he did. But the singer-songwriter-pianist became a YouTube sensation with his send-up of piano artist Merton's viral sensation "Chatroulette Funny Piano Improv #1." Folds used a Charlotte, N.C.…

  14. Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous Dies At 47

    March 08, 2010 4:27 PM EST S parklehorse visionary Mark Linkous, 47, took his life with a gunshot to his heart on Saturday (Mar. 6) in Knoxville, Tenn. Best known for his unique folk-based soundscapes, the singer-songwriter, who recorded under the name Sparklehorse, released four studio albums that were met with…

  15. Freedy Johnston, "Rain on the City"

    January 29, 2010 3:58 PM EST Singer/songwriter Freedy Johnston 's moment as a critical supernova passed quickly enough during the '90s that probably few have noticed he hasn't released an album of new material since 2001. But his richly written and confidently performed new set, "Rain on the City,…

  16. Pearl Jam Flows At Intimate "Austin City Limits" TV Taping

    October 04, 2009 6:42 PM EDT After frontman Eddie Vedder sat in with Kings of Leon at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday (Oct. 2), Pearl Jam 's powerful 18-song set at KLRU's "Austin City Limits" PBS concert series taping on Saturday (Oct. 3), formed an impressive second piece of a…

  17. Paul Oakenfold, "Perfecto: Vegas"

    August 11, 2009 1:28 PM EDT U.K. electronic music artist Paul Oakenfold sticks to his trance-loving roots on his latest DJ companion disc, Perfecto: Vegas," which features 21 hand-selected tracks. The double-disc set displays Oakenfold's skills as an electronic act and is a perfect example of why such artists…

  18. Pearl Jam, Beasties, Dave Matthews To Headline Austin City Limits Fest

    April 28, 2009 1:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and the Beastie Boys will make their Austin City Limits Music Festival debuts as headliners of the eight edition of the event in Austin's Zilker Park on Oct. 2-4. Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Thievery Corporation, John Legend, the Dead Weather…

  19. Pink Races To Top Of U.K. Singles Chart

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pink raced 37 places up the new U.K. singles chart to hit the top yesterday with "So What" (LaFace/Sony BMG). That ended Kings Of Leon's three-week tenure at No. 1 with "Sex on Fire" (Hand Me Down/Son Pink raced 37 places up the new U.K. singles chart to hit the top…

  20. Eddie Vedder Scales Back At NYC Solo Show

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder relied on little more than his voice and guitar last night (Aug. 4) during the third show of his summer solo tour at New York's United Palace Theatre, offering a 28-song set f Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder relied on little more than his voice and guitar last…

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