1. Exclusive: Lizz Wright Returns With 'Freedom & Surrender'

    June 04, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Lizz Wright will make her formal Concord Records debut when Freedom & Surrender is released on Sept. 4. As previously announced, the singer/songwriter’s fifth studio album was produced by Grammy Award winner Larry Klein ( Joni Mitchell , Madeleine Peyroux , Tracy Chapman ). The…

  2. 'The Voice' Recap: Juliet Simms Lights It Up, Erin Martin Stumbles

    April 10, 2012 9:45 AM EDT The 10,000 hour theory gets frequently quoted when aging rock fans aim to point out that today's music lacks character, skill, instrumental chops -- you name it. The theory contends that to excel at anything, 10,000 hours need to be invested in practice and/or research before someone is…

  3. New Norah Jones Album Due In November

    August 20, 2009 5:36 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Norah Jones will move away from jazz roots on her fourth studio album, due in November on Blue Note Records, her label announced today (Aug. 20). Producer Jacquire King ( Kings of Leon , Modest Mouse ) is working with Jones on the as-yet-untitled project, which will also…

  4. Exclusive: Fitzsimmons Signs With Mercer Street

    February 13, 2009 2:28 PM EST Singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons has signed with Downtown Recordings imprint Mercer Street, Billboard has learned. The label will release the Illinois-based musician's "The Sparrow and the Crow" on April 7. That set was previously self-released last fall to iTunes, which…

  5. Jessie Baylin

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "If you would have ever told me I'd be living in the South, I would have said you got to be freaking kidding me," says singer/songwriter Jessie Baylin of her new Nashville home. "If you would have ever told me I'd be living in the South, I would have said you got to…

  6. Famous Pals Lift New Solomon Burke Album

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Soul legend Solomon Burke says there's no great secret for getting major artists to write songs for his albums. Soul legend Solomon Burke says there's no great secret for getting major artists to write songs for his albums. "You call friends and say, 'Do you have a song…

  7. The Royal Albert Hall Project / Jan. 12, 2008 / New York (World Financial Center)

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST In 1966 at London's Royal Albert Hall, Bob Dylan famously plugged in with a band called the Hawks (soon to become the Band) and was met with hisses, boos and curses of "Judas." Luckily, the crowd at N In 1966 at London's Royal Albert Hall, Bob Dylan famously plugged in…

  8. Film & TV Conference: Songwriters Score With Soundtracks

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With film and television increasingly a source for musical discovery, songwriters Glen Ballard, Sondre Lerche and Jesse Harris are finding visual media an inspiring source of storytelling -- not to me With film and television increasingly a source for musical discovery, songwriters Glen…

  9. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    August 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Texas rap titans UGK return with a new album after a five-year layoff, Bruce Hornsby makes his first foray into instrumental jazz with the help of two esteemed players and Kat DeLuna quickly makes her A new album from rock combo Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, "This Is Somewhere" …

  10. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    July 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Aly & AJ extend their brand and toughen up their sound, Smashing Pumpkins are reborn after a seven-year hiatus, Spoon keeps on growing alongside its indie label partner and Interpol doesn't stray The first new studio album in 14 years from Australian rock outfit Crowded House, "…

  11. Norah, Bright Eyes, Cat Power Visit 'Hottest State'

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Norah Jones, Cat Power, Bright Eyes, the Black Keys, Feist and Willie Nelson are amongst the artists that have been tapped to perform new songs written by Jesse Harris for the upcoming soundtrack to E Norah Jones, Cat Power, Bright Eyes, the Black Keys and Willie Nelson are amongst the…

  12. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    February 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Arctic Monkeys' rapidly selling debut album finally hits U.S. stores, Ray Davies brings forth his first solo album and a surprising hit movie returns with a sequel and a soundtrack in this week's A concert recording from influential soulman Howard Tate, "Howard Tate Live…

  13. Happy Trails

    February 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Having phased out his acting career in the late '90s while raising his children in New York, Rick Moranis is garnering acclaim for an album of humorous country songs, "The Agoraphobic Cowboy," which h Having phased out his acting career in the late '90s while raising his…

  14. Guitar Fest To Salute Springsteen's 'Nebraska'

    December 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen's celebrated 1982 album, "Nebraska," will be performed in its entirety by a host of notable artists next month as part of the New York Guitar Festival. Bruce Springsteen's celebrated 1982 album, "Nebraska," will be performed in its entirety by a…

  15. Billboard Bits: U2/Patti Smith, Jesse Harris, Buckcherry

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on U2/Patti Smith, Jesse Harris, Buckcherry As U2 wound down its seventh show of the year at New York's Madison Square Garden last night (Nov. 21), the band was joined by punk icon Patti Smith for a rendition of the John Lennon classic "Instant Karma." Smith was tapped to…

  16. At Last . . . The Duets Album

    December 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Mainstream jazz fans love to beat up on Kenny G. On his new Pro Tools and programmed CD, "At Last . . . Mainstream jazz fans love to beat up on Kenny G. On his new Pro Tools and programmed CD, "At Last . . . The Duets Album," the saxist safely plays the smooth and R&B jazz…

  17. Careless Love

    September 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It now appears that vocalist Madeleine Peyroux hit the scene prematurely. It now appears that vocalist Madeleine Peyroux hit the scene prematurely. Her 1996 debut, "Dreamland," showcased an artist whose torchy, Billie Holiday-inflected chops didn't quite connect with the…

  18. Breaking & Entering

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Ricky Fanté & Carbon Leaf. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. SO FINE YOU BLOW MY MIND: With the raw, gritty sound of Muscle Shoals soul, it's hard…

  19. While the Music Lasts

    July 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jesse Harris wrote five songs featured on Norah Jones' enormously successful debut, "Come Away With Me." Now he takes a substantial step in emerging from her shadow with "While the Music Lasts." A vet Jesse Harris wrote five songs featured on Norah Jones'…

  20. Rewind

    July 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ricky FantÉ overcomes the exaggerated comparisons to such great male soul singers as Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Ricky Fanté overcomes the exaggerated comparisons to such great male soul singers as Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. On "Rewind," Fanté and writing partner Jesse Harris …

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