1. Jack White: Record Store Day Is a 'Beautiful Thing'

    April 17, 2011 1:49 PM EDT Music fans started lining up outside Jack White's Third Man Records shortly after midnight, vying for something special on Record Store Day. White was more than willing to accommodate them, opening his store a little early Saturday for vinyl enthusiasts. "Record stores are closing…

  2. Hot Tours: Usher, Lady Gaga, Rush

    April 14, 2011 4:38 PM EDT Five single-venue sold out concerts in Australia and New Zealand by Usher on his OMG Tour give the Grammy-winning R&B star the No. 1 ranking on this week's Hot Tours list. Usher grossed over $7.6 million from five performances at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena with 62,075 fans in…

  3. Songwriter Defends Britney Spears For Not Demanding Co-Writing Credits

    April 06, 2011 8:45 AM EDT Songwriter Heather Bright, who penned tunes for Britney Spears' Femme Fatale, is defending the singer after blogs criticized her for having no co-writing credits on the new album. Heather Bright Blog: "I would just like to address one thing! The media is talking trash about how…

  4. Boney James Has New Team, Label and Album Post Car Accident

    March 27, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Last spring, Boney James was wondering if he'd ever play his sax again. As he sat in traffic on a Los Angeles highway, his car was rear-ended by a drunk driver. While the vehicle was totaled, James was lucky: He suffered a fractured jaw and lost two teeth. Almost a year later, James says…

  5. Hot Tours: Lady Gaga, Usher, Heart

    March 17, 2011 11:08 AM EDT Lady Gaga tops Hot Tours with box office totals arriving from the third North American leg of her Monster Ball Tour. Ticket sales topping $9.1 million were reported this week from six sold out concerts during the first 10 days of March. Two of the venues were in the Canadian province of…

  6. Sergio Mendes Unveils 'Rio' Soundtrack in Los Angeles

    March 14, 2011 12:00 PM EDT S ergio Mendes used a sold-out four-night stint at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse to celebrate his 50 years in the record business and to uncage his latest efforts -- two of the five songs he has contributed to the animated film "Rio." He unveiled the songs at the end of a 80…

  7. Wiz Khalifa to Get Eco-Friendly on 'Green Carpet' Tour

    February 16, 2011 12:22 PM EST Three days after the Mar. 29 release of his debut album, "Rolling Papers," Wiz Khalifa will begin celebrating at college campuses across the country on the Green Carpet Tour, the rapper announced today (Feb. 16). The 17-city trek, which marks the eighth installment of the eco…

  8. Heather Williams: Artists To Watch 2011

    January 24, 2011 11:43 AM EST Heather Williams Genre: Christian Singer/songwriter Heather Williams describes her songs as "conversations" from her life. Williams grew up in poverty and suffered abuse-even being chained to a tree as punishment-before her mother gave her away when she was 11. Living with her…

  9. Skrillex: Artists To Watch 2011

    January 24, 2011 11:40 AM EST Skrillex Genre: Dance DJ/producer SKRILLEX (nee Sonny Moore) specializes in rumbling, dissonant dubstep, the current favorite sound of the dance underground. But his music has a discernibly pop sheen, enough to win him high-profile remixes (Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas) and to catch the…

  10. 'Glee' Producer Calls Show's Grammy Nods 'An Incredible Achievement'

    December 07, 2010 4:43 PM EST The list of " Glee " achievements in 2010 got a little longer last week, when the hit musical series picked up two nominations for the 2011 Grammy Awards. The "Glee" cast will face off against Paramore , Train , Sade and Maroon 5 for best pop performance by a duo or group…

  11. Elvis Presley, "Viva Elvis - The Album"

    November 15, 2010 12:04 PM EST There are certainly some Elvis Presley aficionados who will choke on their peanut butter and banana sandwiches upon hearing this companion album to Cirque du Soleil 's Las Vegas tribute to the King. The 12 tracks on "Viva Elvis-The Album" go even farther afield than the Beatles…

  12. 'Featuring' Norah Jones Track-By-Track

    November 10, 2010 10:30 AM EST Over the years, jazzy pop chanteuse and pianist Norah Jones has teamed up with many of her favorite artists, and now she's collected 18 tracks for an entire album of collaborations on her tunes, their tunes, covers and even seasonal favorites like 'Baby, It's Cold Outside."…

  13. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several of the hits and collaborations he's…

  14. Ask Billboard: Analyzing 'American Idol'

    October 01, 2010 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. THIS ... IS (YOUR…

  15. Pre-'Glee,' Britney By-The-Numbers

    September 28, 2010 11:15 AM EDT B ritney Spears ' music infuses tonight's (Sept. 28) episode of Fox's "Glee," entitled "Britney/Brittany." The hour brings to the forefront the character of cheerleader Brittany, portrayed by Heather Morris. "When Brittany and the gang try to convince…

  16. 'Glee' Returns with Huge Ratings Win

    September 22, 2010 11:46 AM EDT The musical misfits of McKinley High were the darlings of the class of the 2009-2010 television season, and it appears that "Glee" will sustain its high note for its second season on Fox. Debuting on a new night and a new time -- Tuesday at 8 p.m. over its Fall 2009 timeslot of…

  17. Not-Quite Title Cuts

    September 14, 2010 1:05 PM EDT A recent listen to Daughtry 's latest single, "September," revealed a lyrical treasure that's always fun to discover: an album's title within a song that's technically not quite a set's title track. The bridge to "September" sports the lyric that…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Heart, Michelle Branch

    September 09, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 'DREAM' SEQUENCE: As previously reported , Katy Perry pockets her third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Teenage Dream" rises 2-1. Perry previously led for seven weeks with "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008 and for six weeks with "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop…

  19. Leonard Cohen to End World Tour with 4 U.S. Shows

    September 07, 2010 11:16 AM EDT L eonard Cohen's neverending world tour will actually end in December with four newly announced theater shows in the western United States, his promoter said on Tuesday. The tireless Canadian folk poet emerged from a 15-year semi-retirement in May 2008 to crisscross large arenas around…

  20. Iggy and the Stooges, Scientists Power Up ATP New York

    September 04, 2010 6:36 PM EDT Although it doesn't involve actual camping like Bonnaroo or Sasquatch, no festival feels more like summer camp than All Tomorrow's Parties New York. The American spinoff of the 10 year-old UK fest launched its third annual event on Friday (Sept. 3) at Monticello, N.Y.'s…

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