1. The End Of The Line: The Mendoza Line

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The words "album" and "record" are often used interchangeably when discussing music, but the term "record" can indicate so much more. A record is also a document, an official artifact marking a place, The words "album" and "record" are often…

  2. Opera Legend Luciano Pavarotti Dies At 71

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti, beloved by millions of fans who heard him in venues ranging from the Metropolitan Opera to Dodger Stadium, died in the early hours of this morning (Sept. 6) at his h Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti, beloved by millions of fans who heard him in venues…

  3. American Idols Live Tour / Aug. 29, 2007 / East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The "American Idol" juggernaut just won't stop. After wrapping up the sixth installment of the wildly popular Fox reality show, the top 10 from the season chugged on and embarked on the massive 59-dat The "American Idol" juggernaut just won't stop. After wrapping…

  4. R.E.M. Reluctant To Pin Down New Album Direction

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT R.E.M. is "two-thirds to three-quarters of the way through" its next album, according to the group's Mike Mills, which means it's on target for a 2008 release, most likely some time in the spring. But R.E.M. is "two-thirds to three-quarters of the way through"…

  5. Flight Of The Conchords

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie of New Zealand folk-comedy act Flight Of The Conchords are good at cracking people up. But the work that goes into accomplishing those giggles and guffaws is no laugh Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie of New Zealand folk-comedy act Flight Of The Conchords are…

  6. Queensryche Does Floyd, U2, Police On 'Take Cover'

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Queensryche pays homage to some of its musical idols on "Take Cover," a covers album due Nov. 13 via Rhino, Billboard.com has learned. The Seattle group is putting its stamp on such numbers as Pink Fl Queensryche pays homage to some of its musical idols on "Take Cover," a…

  7. 'Hustle' And Flow

    August 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bad Boy rapper Yung Joc just wants to have fun. And judging by the success of his first two singles last year, so do his listeners. Bad Boy rapper Yung Joc just wants to have fun. And judging by the success of his first two singles last year, so do his listeners. Joc's "It's…

  8. Bigger And Better

    August 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Texas-bred singer/songwriter/actor Lyle Lovett has been as busy as ever in the past year in preparation for his new album, "It's Not Big It's Large." Texas-bred singer/songwriter/actor Lyle Lovett has been as busy as ever in the past year in preparation for his new album, …

  9. Billboard Bits: Coachella '08, Genesis, Bob Mould

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The dates for the 2008 Coachella festival won't be announced for several weeks, but festival co-creator Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice tells Billboard.com he's "just starting right now" to seek out talen The dates for the 2008 Coachella festival won't be announced for…

  10. Everlast Confronts 'War' On First Album Since '04

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Three years after his 2004 Island Def Jam debut, "White Trash Beautiful," was released to a muted response, singer/songwriter Everlast has wrapped work on his next effort, "Love, War and the Ghost of Three years after his 2004 Island Def Jam debut, "White Trash Beautiful,…

  11. Yung Joc's Young Crowd

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bad Boy rapper Yung Joc just wants to have fun. And judging by the success of his first two singles last year, so do his listeners. Bad Boy rapper Yung Joc just wants to have fun. And judging by the success of his first two singles last year, so do his listeners. Joc's "It's…

  12. Hip-Hop Roundup: 50 Cent, Young Jeezy, The Game

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cent, who's made a career calling out flaws in others, lashes out at Interscope head Jimmy Iovine in a new song, "Southside," which also makes fun of Ja Rule's new video, "Uh Oh." 50 Cent, who's made a career calling out flaws in others, lashes out at…

  13. Season Six 'Idol' Stars Prepping Debut Albums

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT While their fellow "American Idol" finalists wait for word later this month on their futures, season six champ Jordin Sparks and runner-up Blake Lewis are hard at work on their debut albums. While their fellow "American Idol" finalists wait for word later this month on…

  14. Scialfa Album Beats Springsteen's To The Punch

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Patti Scialfa admits the prospect of releasing her third solo album just in front of husband Bruce Springsteen's next project is "challenging." Patti Scialfa admits the prospect of releasing her third solo album just in front of husband Bruce Springsteen's next project is …

  15. Moby, BNL, Of Montreal Rock 'For The Kids'

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Moby, Barenaked Ladies and Of Montreal are among the 20 acts contributing children's songs to the third installation of the benefit album "For the Kids." Moby, Barenaked Ladies and Of Montreal are among the 20 acts contributing children's songs to the third installation of…

  16. M.I.A. / July 25, 2007 / Brooklyn, N.Y. (Studio B)

    August 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT By the time M.I.A. took the stage after midnight at Brooklyn's Studio B on July 25, everyone in the sold-out crowd was either overheated, over-boozed or some sort of uncomfortable combination of the t By the time M.I.A. took the stage after midnight at Brooklyn's Studio B on July 25…

  17. Devo / June 19-30, 2007 / Manchester, England (Apollo); London (Shepherds Bush Empire); Bergamo, Italy (Lazzaretto); Azzano Decimo, Italy (Fiera Della Musica)

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Some people may think that the four original members of DEVO, who are in their mid-to-late 50s, are too old to still be touring. In deference to that sentiment, as the show opens and Jerry Casale and Some people may think that the four original members of DEVO, who are in their mid-to-late…

  18. Grinderman / July 25, 2007 / Chicago (Metro)

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Their cigarettes glowing menacingly in the dark before the lights went up, the group started with their namesake song "Grinderman" before proceeding to tear through the album in its entirety (albeit i There are some Nick Cave fans who still insist that the singer peaked in intensity…

  19. Benatar Going Acoustic On Next Album

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pat Benatar fans will be hearing some of their favorite songs in a new way early next year. Pat Benatar fans will be hearing some of their favorite songs in a new way early next year. Benatar tells Billboard.com that after they get off the road in September, she and husband/co-writer Neil…

  20. Jason Isbell

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Breaking up is hard to do. But for Jason Isbell, former guitarist and songwriter for Southern rockers the Drive-By Truckers, splitting with his old bandmates had an upside: his long-pending solo caree Breaking up is hard to do. But for Jason Isbell, former guitarist and songwriter for…

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