1. GZA, of Montreal, Jens Lekman Rock Northside Festival

    June 18, 2012 1:05 PM EDT For the fourth year, an onslaught of bands and fans descended upon Brooklyn's Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods for the Northside Festival for four days of non-stop shows featuring bills filled with recognizable names and promising young guns. Northside now includes film, art,…

  2. Weekly Chart Notes: Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael Jackson, Eric Church

    June 16, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Calling out some quirky chart feats as Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe.' A round-up of random facts in the wake of Carly Rae Jepsen now being chased by all the other boys (and girls and groups) on the Billboard Hot 100, where her "Call Me Maybe…

  3. Top 11 Moments of 'American Idol' Season 11

    May 24, 2012 12:00 PM EDT The 2012 edition of "American Idol" had what many called one of the most talented crop of singers in the show's recent memory. In the end, it was Georgia's guitar-picking Phillip Phillips taking home the victory , with young diva Jessica Sanchez claiming the runner-up spot…

  4. Martha's Trouble: Remembering the 'Lost Art' of the Lullaby

    May 08, 2012 12:05 PM EDT How the husband-and-wife pop/folk duo turned a family tradition into its new album. From iPads to iPods, video games and all things electronic, it's not just adults who are so often receiving such a steady stream of stimuli these days. Kids are, too. Folk duo Martha's Trouble…

  5. The Killers' Touring Saxophonist Commits Suicide

    April 26, 2012 2:30 PM EDT A saxophone player who toured with The Killers has been found dead in Las Vegas in an apparent suicide. The Clark County coroner's office confirmed Thursday that 33-year-old Thomas Christian Marth was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the head on Monday. He was found in the backyard,…

  6. Taylor Swift Inks Sixth No. 1 Country Song With 'Ours'

    March 22, 2012 12:20 PM EDT On Country Albums, Shooter Jennings Logs His Highest Debut Ever With 'Family Man' T aylor Swift claims her sixth No. 1 and completes her second set of two straight leaders on Country Songs, as "Ours" piles 34.1 million audience impressions and steps 3-1 in its 17th chart…

  7. Gloria Trevi & Reik to Headline 2012 Billboard En Concierto

    March 13, 2012 9:55 AM EDT For the third consecutive year, Billboard is teaming up with Telemundo Media and Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) for its 3rd annual Billboard Latin Music Series. "Billboard En Concierto," presented by State Farm in association with Bud Light, launches April 3 at the House of Blues…

  8. Ray Stevens Laments Lack of Comedy on Radio

    March 08, 2012 7:00 PM EST With such notable recordings to his credit as "In the Mood," "Shriners' Convention," as well as the perennial Yuletide classic "Santa Claus Is Watching You," Ray Stevens has become one of the biggest comedy recording stars of all time. The entertainer looks…

  9. 'American Idol': Meet Your Top 13 Singers

    March 02, 2012 10:00 AM EST Following two nights of performances from the male and female semi-finalists, "American Idol" returned Thursday night (March 1) to whittle the number of contestants down to 13. A few of the singers still standing may surprise you. That said, most won't. Though it was a night of…

  10. 'American Idol' Top 25: Females Fizzle at Semi-Finals

    March 01, 2012 11:50 AM EST Ladies, you've got some catching up to do. The Top 12 female semi-finalists of "American Idol" took their turn onstage Wednesday night (Feb. 29), after the show's male contestants crooned for votes the night before. While the guys were by no means immensely impressive,…

  11. Waylon Jennings Family Plans Film, Clothing Line

    February 28, 2012 12:10 PM EST Son Shooter Rules Out Playing His Late Dad in Biopic: 'No Way... No More Acting' Though it's been ten years since Waylon Jennings passed away, you might not be able to tell it from the activity that continues to surround the country music icon. Over the past two years, there…

  12. Stars to Celebrate Johnny Cash's 80th With Concert

    February 28, 2012 8:50 AM EST A diverse all-star lineup will celebrate the 80th birthday of Johnny Cash with an April concert. Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne and Jamey Johnson are among the performers scheduled to appear in "We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny…

  13. Shooter Jennings Tones Down His 'Outlaw' Side w/ 'Family Man'

    February 27, 2012 5:45 PM EST When one speaks of Shooter Jennings, some call him a modern-day outlaw. Some might even refer to him as a "badass" because of what some term his outspoken style. However, you'd be hard-pressed to run across a more polite individual than Shooter, who delves into his…

  14. 'American Idol' Season 11: Meet Your Top 24

    February 24, 2012 11:15 AM EST With 10 spots remaining prior to Thursday's "Idol," the cuts promised to be deeper than ever before. From young, budding stars to returning contestants, who made it through and who was sent home would be a question of both raw talent and who was able to impress the judges…

  15. 'Idol' Drags Out Top 24 Announcement, Reveals First 14

    February 23, 2012 11:40 AM EST "American Idol," the land of prolonged, dramatic pauses and shattered dreams. Wednesday night (Feb. 23), the singing competition announced the first 14 of its Top 24 finalists that will move on to the live shows starting next week. Along the way, we were treated with Randy Jackson,…

  16. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  17. Friday Flashback: 10 Years Without Waylon

    February 17, 2012 10:35 PM EST This week marks the tenth anniversary of the passing of Waylon Jennings (Feb. 13 2002). An undeniable force in the history of country music, Jennings earned a legend for making his music his way. While some called him an "Outlaw," most in the industry that knew the man claimed he…

  18. 'American Idol' Recap: Down to 42 in Sin City

    February 17, 2012 10:40 AM EST For the second straight year, "American Idol" rolled in to Las Vegas for a few days of sun, fun and... oh yeah, cuts. Lots and lots of cuts. Perhaps it's the way the producers have set up some of this season's clips, but the eleventh season of "Idol" may truly be…

  19. 'American Idol' Group Round: Not for the Faint of Heart

    February 16, 2012 11:45 AM EST Finally, some singing! Following the most disease-stricken episode "Idol" has ever seen , the show returned Wednesday (Feb. 15) with that all-important element that sets this competition apart from, say, a straight-up reality show: talent. The evening was spread out over two hours,…

  20. 615 Spotlight: 'Idol' Star Casey James an 'Impostor' No More

    February 08, 2012 5:55 PM EST Casey James has March 20 circled on the calendar -- that's the release date of his self-titled debut album. The Texas native and "American Idol" alum feels that having a record out will make him feel a little more legitimate in the music business. "I am so excited to have…

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