1. 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…

  2. John Forte Busy Post-Prison With Album, Book, Blog

    May 04, 2009 2:10 AM EDT Singer-songwriter and producer John Forte was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997 for his work on the Fugees' multiplatinum album "The Score." But he's now best known for the November 2008 commutation of his prison sentence by President George W. Bush. Forte was released…

  3. Detroit's Movement 2009 Festival Lineup Expands

    March 25, 2009 8:28 AM EDT Glitch Mob, Anthony Rother, Benga and Marc "MK" Kinchen are among the more than two dozen more performers named for Movement 2009, the annual electronic music festival that takes place each Memorial Day weekend in Detroit. The four acts join a roster of 60 DJs and live acts that…

  4. Indie Stars Unite For AIDS Benefit Album

    December 15, 2008 12:01 PM EST Some of the biggest names in independent music have banded together to record exclusive songs for "Dark Was the Night," a double-disc album whose proceeds will benefit the Red Hot organization's work with AIDS research. In the works since 2006, the project is due Feb. 17 from…

  5. This Day in Music

    September 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Bowing to the inevitable, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, pulls his legislation reforming the nation's music licensing laws from the congressional agenda, saying he doesn't see how it could get thro 2006 - Bowing to the inevitable, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, pulls his legislation…

  6. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - For the first time in its 60-year history, Cuban state-owned record company Egrem gets an international launch. Egrem enters the U.K. market with 10 CDs released through a deal with Beckenham, 2004 - For the first time in its 60-year history, Cuban state-owned record company Egrem gets…

  7. Faith Hill Performs 'Football' Theme

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Faith Hill will once again perform the opening theme for NBC's "Sunday Night Football" this season. Faith Hill will once again perform the opening theme for NBC's "Sunday Night Football" this season. The song, "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night," will…

  8. Billboard Bits: DNC Music, Buena Vista Social Club, Wii

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West, Wyclef Jean and N.E.R.D. are expected to unite for the cause and perform at the 2008 Democratic Convention in support of presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Kanye West, Wyclef Jean and N.E.R.D. are expected to unite for the cause and perform at the 2008 Democratic Convention in…

  9. This Day in Music

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Billy Preston, the exuberant keyboardist who landed dream gigs with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and enjoyed his own series of hit singles, including "Outta Space" and "Nothing From Nothi 2006 - Billy Preston, the exuberant keyboardist who landed dream gigs with…

  10. Drive-By Truckers / May 15, 2008 / Music Farm, Charleston, S.C.

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A lot of ground is covered at Drive-By Truckers shows these days. A lot of ground is covered at Drive-By Truckers shows these days. In addition to the band's typically roaring takes on lives, politics, the broken social contract, Southern and Northern identity, violence both domestic and…

  11. Ask Billboard

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers readers' questions on Sade, My Chemical Romance, Duran Duran and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . 'DEAD' LIVE Keith, I heard on the radio that My Chemical Romance was…

  12. This Day in Music

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in China with a gig in Shanghai. 2006 - The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in China with a gig in Shanghai. 2001 - Violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzales, 55, dies while performing at a concert with Buena Vista Social Club…

  13. Jos Gonzlez / Mar. 11, 2008 / New York (Highline Ballroom)

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The first three songs were enough for José González to hypnotize the audience during the last of his two shows Tuesday night (March 11) at New York's Highline Ballroom. The first three songs were enough for José González to hypnotize the audience during the last of his two shows Tuesday…

  14. Lidell Finds Sunshine With 'Jim'

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Although British soul/pop singer Jamie Lidell loves his adopted hometown of Berlin, he ushered himself to Los Angeles for the recording of his third album, "Jim." Although British soul/pop singer Jamie Lidell loves his adopted hometown of Berlin, he ushered himself to Los Angeles…

  15. Metallica, Pearl Jam, Kanye Set For Bonnaroo

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST The seventh annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has rolled out its most diverse lineup yet for 2008, with Metallica, Pearl Jam, Kanye West, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson and My Morning Jacket amon The seventh annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has rolled out its most diverse lineup…

  16. This Day in Music

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Spanish police admit they exchanged blows with Rodney Mack, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra's lead trumpet player, who they mistakenly thought was a con man. Mack is a cousin of celebrated jaz 2002 - Spanish police admit they exchanged blows with Rodney Mack, the Barcelona…

  17. Billboard Bits: Rev. Run, Plug Awards, 'My Song, My Way'

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Run-D.M.C.'s Rev. Run has signed a worldwide recording deal with U.K. independent label Craze Productions. Run-D.M.C.'s Rev. Run has signed a worldwide recording deal with U.K. independent label Craze Productions. His new album is being recorded in New York and is due in the first…

  18. Conjunto Agua Azul

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Norteño septet Conjunto Agua Azul is named after a natural spring that resides in its home state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, but the group can be heard much farther from there now with help from Norteño septet Conjunto Agua Azul is named after a natural spring that resides in its home state…

  19. New Order, Ladytron, Faint On NIN Remix Album

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here earlier this week, Nine Inch Nails' "Year Zero" has been remixed track-by-track for "Y34RZ3R0R3MIX3D," due Nov. 20 via Interscope. As tipped here earlier this week, Nine Inch Nails' "Year Zero" has been remixed track-by-track for "…

  20. Sugababes, Foo Fighters Control U.K. Charts

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British pop/R&B trio Sugababes racked up their sixth U.K. No. 1, and second of 2007, as "About You Now" (Universal Island) climbed 35-1 on yesterday's new singles chart thanks solely to digital sa British pop/R&B trio Sugababes racked up their sixth U.K. No. 1, and…

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