1. Ricky Skaggs Does 'Songs My Dad Loved'

    July 15, 2009 1:30 PM EDT After "Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass" last year, Ricky Skaggs figured it was time to honor the man who introduced him to bluegrass and so many other kinds of music. On Sept. 15, Skaggs will release "Ricky Skaggs Solo (Songs My Dad Loved)" on his own Skaggs Family…

  2. Ricky Skaggs Records 'Songs My Dad Loved'

    July 15, 2009 11:39 AM EDT After "Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass" last year, Ricky Skaggs figured it was time to honor the man who introduced him to bluegrass and so many other kinds of music. On Sept. 15, Skaggs will release "Ricky Skaggs Solo (Songs My Dad Loved)" on his own Skaggs Family…

  3. Cobra Starship Gets Leighton Meester Into 'Hot Mess'

    July 13, 2009 12:14 PM EDT Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta knows he shouldn't be takling this much -- let alone recording a new album, touring nonstop and doing interviews -- but he just can't quit. "I haven't really given my voice a rest," says the singer, exasperated and still recovering…

  4. Toby Keith's 'American Ride' In High Gear

    July 13, 2009 5:12 AM EDT Toby Keith is "about half done" with his next album, "American Ride," which he plans to release this fall. But the album's title track first single is already taking its ride onto country radio and up the charts. "I've only ever done, like, four or five…

  5. Toby Keith Puts 'American Ride' In High Gear

    July 12, 2009 9:19 PM EDT Toby Keith is "about half done" with his next album, "American Ride," which he plans to release this fall. But the album's title track first single is already taking its ride onto country radio and up the charts. "I've only ever done, like, four or five…

  6. 80s-Themed Fitness Chain Dials Up 867-5309.

    July 12, 2009 12:37 PM EDT For a good time, or at least a good work out, gym rats can now call 867-5309. The rapidly expanding health club chain Retrofitness, has acquired the rights to the phone number made famous by eighties one-hit wonder Tommy Tutone . It also recently inked original MTV veejay Martha Quinn to…

  7. 80s-Themed Fitness Chain Dials Up 867-5309

    July 10, 2009 1:02 PM EDT For a good time, or at least a good work out, gym rats can now call 867-5309. The rapidly expanding health club chain Retrofitness, has acquired the rights to the phone number made famous by eighties one-hit wonder Tommy Tutone. It also recently inked original MTV veejay Martha Quinn to voice…

  8. Genesis Rounds Out Reissues With Live Box Set

    July 09, 2009 1:55 PM EDT When Genesis released "Genesis: 1970-1975," its third boxed set of studio albums, last fall, keyboardist Tony Banks told Billboard.com that "the next logical thing to do would be something with the live albums. We have a few of those, and we have quite a bit of stuff in the…

  9. Genesis Rounds Out Reissues With Live Box Set

    July 09, 2009 12:51 PM EDT When Genesis released "Genesis: 1970-1975," its third boxed set of studio albums, last fall, keyboardist Tony Banks told Billboard.com that "the next logical thing to do would be something with the live albums. We have a few of those, and we have quite a bit of stuff in the…

  10. Bruce Hornsby Busy With Music, Film, Broadway Musical

    July 09, 2009 10:26 AM EDT A new album, a new label, a Broadway play and a cameo in a Robin Williams film are keeping multi-Grammy winning artist Bruce Hornsby busy for 2009. "Levitate," Hornsby's 12-song set, is slated for a September 15 release via Verve and finds the multi-instrumentalist…

  11. Bruce Hornsby Busy With Music, Film, Broadway Musical

    July 09, 2009 10:24 AM EDT A new album, a new label, a Broadway play and a cameo in a Robin Williams film are keeping multi-Grammy winning artist Bruce Hornsby busy for 2009. " Levitate ," Hornsby's 12-song set, is slated for a September 15 release via Verve and finds the multi-instrumentalist…

  12. The Dear Hunter, "Act III: Life And Death"

    July 07, 2009 4:16 PM EDT The Boston-based Dear Hunter shares any number of parallels with the similarly named groups Deerhunter and Deerhoof , most notably an animal namesake and a penchant for dramatic, dissonant, style-shifting rock. But the Dear Hunter's war-themed third release (and part three of its rock…

  13. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 4:07 PM EDT Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Close to You." The crowd remained on their…

  14. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 9:36 AM EDT Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Close to You." The crowd remained on their…

  15. The Dead, Black Crowes Deliver At Rothbury

    July 05, 2009 8:40 AM EDT Forget Independence Day. Saturday was the day of The Dead at the Rothbury Festival, which came as no surprise to anyone paying attention to the plethora of Grateful Dead-related attire worn around the Double JJ ranch site or to the many Dead flags that popped up at virtually every other…

  16. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Kanye West

    July 04, 2009 5:59 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CATALOG VS. CURRENT Dear Billboard, As a follower of the Billboard charts…

  17. String Cheese Incident Stage Rothbury Return

    July 04, 2009 8:33 AM EDT The second day of this year's Rothbury Festival brought a little more joy to what's already been a fertile year for the jam band world. Following the reunions of The Dead and Phish, String Cheese Incident, which hasn't done a full-on public gig in nearly two years, regrouped to…

  18. Exclusive: How Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Changed The Music Business

    July 03, 2009 1:12 PM EDT In early 1984, when Epic Records executives presented their slate of upcoming releases at the CBS Records convention in Hawaii, they couldn't resist playing up the success they were already having. So between the pitches for new albums, Epic inserted stock footage of semi trucks and a…

  19. Boys Like Girls Is 'Love Drunk' On Sophomore Album

    July 01, 2009 10:17 AM EDT Boys Like Girls mined a universe of nearly 80s songs for its sophomore album, "Love Drunk," which drops Sept. 8 with the first single -- the title track -- already out on MySpace Music and headed to Top 40 radio outlets on July 7. "I had three records written and I wrote a…

  20. Q&A: Phish Returns With 'Joy' And Fanfare

    June 26, 2009 9:24 PM EDT After a five-year "hiatus" that began as a "breakup," Phish has reconvened with a tour and “Joy,” a new studio album to be released in late August/early September on the band’s own JEMP Records. Those close to the project say it’s directed clearly toward Phish fans, and…

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