1. Jeff Lynne on Being Honored by Tom Petty and Joe Walsh: 'I Never Knew If I Was Any Good at All'

    April 24, 2015 5:02 PM EDT “I probably won’t get the giant head,” Jeff Lynne quips as he walks into a lounge at Capitol Records following the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday. “I’ll let you know in a week or so.” That Lynne has to be concerned about this is forgivable. He has just…

  2. Album Review: Awolnation’s ‘Run’ Is More of a Technical Achievement Than an Artistic One

    March 17, 2015 4:15 PM EDT Sandwiched between hits on the rock radio stations it dominated from 2011 to 2013, Awol­nation 's blockbuster "Sail" sounds like Nine Inch Nails covering Nickelback. It's dark, with crashing synths, scary violins and lyrics about ADD. If you never listened to its…

  3. Tom Petty Addresses Sam Smith's Songwriting Snafu: 'The Word Lawsuit Was Never Even Said'

    January 29, 2015 9:52 AM EST "About the Sam Smith thing…" Tom Petty has addressed the recent news that he and his Traveling Wilburys bandmate  Jeff Lynne  received songwriting credit on Sam Smith 's hit "Stay With Me." In a statement to Billboard, the rock legend praises Smith for quickly…

  4. Tom Petty Won't Win a Grammy for Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

    January 26, 2015 7:22 PM EST The Recording Academy tells Billboard that 'I Won't Back Down' writers Petty & Jeff Lynne aren't considered nominees since they didn't do any 'new writing' on the song. How will the news of Sam Smith giving Tom Petty co-writing credit on the smash hit…

  5. Take That Announces New Album, Shares First Song ‘These Days’: Listen

    October 10, 2014 3:28 AM EDT No Robbie Williams . No Jason Orange . No problem.   British boy band Take That is getting to grips with life as a trio. The pop hitmakers have announced a new album , appropriately titled III , which will drop Dec. 1 in the U.K. via Polydor. The first single, "These Days," has…

  6. The Beatles Celebrated in 'The Night That Changed America': Review

    February 08, 2014 8:46 PM EST The Beatles' arrival 50 years ago -- Feb. 9, 1964 -- in black and white is celebrated in musical hues of tangerine, yellow and green on "The Night That Changed America" special that airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. History weaves in and out of material from the Beatles'…

  7. Swedish House Mafia Holds Off Adele, Snags First U.K. No. 1 Single

    October 15, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Adele 's "Skyfall" (XL Recordings) missed out on the U.K. No. 1 position by a substantial 43,000 units when the Official Charts Company confirmed the end-of-week results on Sunday (14), overtaken by Swedish House Mafia 's "Don't You Worry Child" (Virgin/EMI)…

  8. Jeff Lynne Q&A: ELO Guru Reboots Old Songs, Preps New Ones

    September 26, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Two Releases on Oct. 9; Plus First Solo Album of New Music in Decades Should Be Ready in 2013 Though he fronted the Electric Light Orchestra since its 1970 inception and was part of the short-lived Traveling Wilburys, Jeff Lynne is primarily a behind-the-scenes figure. The studio has always…

  9. The Hives: Making New Album Was 'Difficult Process'

    June 15, 2012 1:10 PM EDT T he Hives have a new look to accompany their latest album, "Lex Hives" -- top hats and tails. But frontman Pelle Almqvist has mixed feelings about the finery. "They're pretty complicated to get in and out of, and really, really hot," Almqvist tells Billboard.com. …

  10. MusiCares: Paul McCartney & His Songs Kick Off Grammy Weekend

    February 11, 2012 11:45 AM EST Neil Young, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Katy Perry's Hat Chip In to Honor Macca, Raise Millions The Recording Academy's biggest MusiCares gala in the 22-year history of the event occurred Friday when Paul McCartney and a cast of stellar musicians entertained 2,800 guests with a dozen…

  11. Chart Beat Thursday: Veterans Victorious

    June 24, 2010 5:55 PM EDT ROCK OF AGES: While rookie rapper Drake rules the Billboard 200 with his debut album, "Thank Me Later," certain venerable acts aren't quite ready to cede the survey's spotlight. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers become the second group, following the Rolling Stones , to…

  12. Quincy Jones, John Mayer To Headline LA Music Expo

    January 27, 2010 7:47 AM EST Quincy Jones , John Mayer and retired soul singer Bill Withers will headline performing rights group ASCAP's annual songwriters convention in Hollywood on April 22-24, organizers said. The trio will share the secrets of their success and craft during Q&A sessions at the fifth annual …

  13. George Harrison Gets Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

    April 15, 2009 8:40 AM EDT Hundreds of George Harrison's biggest fans and best friends, including Paul McCartney and Tom Petty, turned out Tuesday to see a posthumous star for the quiet Beatle unveiled during a raucous celebration on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fellow Beatle McCartney stood next to Harrison's…

  14. This Day in Music

    December 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry stalwarts feted in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Stewart is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for se 2006 - Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry stalwarts feted…

  15. This Day in Music

    February 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Veteran rock band Fleetwood Mac previews a new song, "Peacekeeper," on the NBC series "Third Watch." The song, which premieres at the end of the episode, is off the group's album "Say You Will. 2003 - Veteran rock band Fleetwood Mac previews a new song, …

  16. This Day in Music

    December 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry stalwarts feted in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Stewart is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for se 2006 - Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry stalwarts feted…

  17. Chart Beat

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Alicia Keys, "Xanadu," Madonna, Mariah Carey and more! 'ONE' OF TWO: In the last 23 years, eight artists have held the top two positions on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs during the same week, but none of them has accomplished what Alicia Keys achieves this week.…

  18. Chart Beat

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses the Beatles, "Don't Stop Believin'," Fantasia and more! COME TOGETHER: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and the songs of John Lennon can all be found in the top 15 of The Billboard 200 this week, the biggest confluence of ex-Beatles in years. McCartney…

  19. Handled With Care

    June 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After being out of print for more than a decade, the two studio albums from all-star band the Traveling Wilburys will return to the marketplace in a variety of formats this week via Wilbury Records/Rh After being out of print for more than a decade, the two studio albums from all-star band…

  20. Exclusive: Traveling Wilburys Reborn With Rhino

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After being out of print for more than a decade, the two studio albums from all-star band the Traveling Wilburys will return to the marketplace in a variety of formats June 12 via Wilbury Records/Rhin After being out of print for more than a decade, the two studio albums from all-star band…

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