1. Kiss, Genesis, Chili Peppers Among Nominees For Rock Hall Of Fame

    September 23, 2009 9:00 AM EDT KISS , the Red Hot Chili Peppers , Genesis , the Hollies , LL Cool J and Jimmy Cliff are first-time nominees among a dozen finalists for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to a list released this morning by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. They join returning…

  2. 10 Must-Hear Back To School Albums

    August 28, 2009 10:48 AM EDT As the last of the summer festivals move the masses one more time before the weather turns and the bright, inescapable hits of the summer become nostalgia for the season passed, it's time to put on a sweater and head back to campus armed with Billboard's chronological crib sheet of…

  3. Metallica, Run-DMC Inducted Into Rock Hall Of Fame

    April 05, 2009 1:31 AM EDT Metallica shoved the mosh pit into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Heavy metal's heaviest hitters, whose menacing, monstrous sound has banged heads around the globe for decades, were inducted into rock's shrine on Saturday night, capping a star-studded ceremony that felt much more…

  4. April 1, 2009

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Scott Weiland officially departs Velvet Revolver. 2005 – Songwriter Jack Keller dies of leukemia in Nashville at the age of 68. 2004 – Guitarist Paul Atkinson of the Zombies dies of liver and kidney disease in Santa Monica, Calif., at the age of 58. 1992 – Billy Idol pleads no contest…

  5. This Day in Music

    November 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Perry Henzell, who in 1972 co-authored, directed and produced the Jamaican movie, "The Harder They Come," dies in Kingston, Jamaica at the age of 70. The film's soundtrack, featuring the likes 2006 - Perry Henzell, who in 1972 co-authored, directed and produced the…

  6. Chart Beat Chat

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Sheriff, Xanadu, Hot Country Songs chart and more! I BOUGHT THE SHERIFF Dear Fred, Last week, you mentioned that "When I'm With You" by Sheriff had one of the longest journeys to reach No.1 on The Billboard Hot 100: more than five years from May…

  7. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2006 - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., as he…

  8. Chart Beat

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Leona Lewis, Ray J, Annie Lennox and more! SPIRITUAL: Leona Lewis' "Spirit" (SyCo/J) floats onto The Billboard 200 at No. 1, the first debut album by a solo British-born artist to enter the chart in pole position. Lewis is only the second British-born solo female…

  9. Chart Beat Chat

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Leona Lewis, artist's nationalities, Spice Girls and more! LOVING LEONA Hi Fred, I wrote to you back in February regarding Leona Lewis and her new single "Bleeding Love." I asked how she was progressing on the Billboard charts. I see that "…

  10. This Day in Music

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Perry Henzell, who in 1972 co-authored, directed and produced the Jamaican movie, "The Harder They Come," dies in Kingston, Jamaica at the age of 70. The film's soundtrack, featuring the likes 2006 - Perry Henzell, who in 1972 co-authored, directed and produced the…

  11. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2006 - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., as he…

  12. Vietnam, A.R.E. Weapons / Jan. 23, 2007 / New York (Mercury Lounge)

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Vietnam was a good thing. Not the war, mind you -- more like the Brooklyn band with the Old Testament beards and smoke ring riffs, which drew a sold-out record release crowd to New York's Mercury Loun Vietnam was a good thing. Not the war, mind you -- more like the Brooklyn band with the…

  13. BBC Pulls Plug On 'Top Of The Pops'

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The BBC's venerable weekly TV chart show "Top of the Pops," one of the longest-running programs and most iconic musical institutions in British television history, is to be axed after 42 years on air. The BBC's venerable weekly TV chart show "Top of the Pops,"…

  14. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>James Eugene "Rosy" McHargue, a prolific jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and singer, dies in Los Angeles. He is 97. McHargue played with the bands of Benny Goodman and Kay Kyser.<br clear= 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival…

  15. Jamaican Ska Star Desmond Dekker Dies

    May 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Desmond Dekker, who brought the sound of Jamaican ska to the world with songs such as "Israelites," has died, his manager said Friday. He was 64. Desmond Dekker, who brought the sound of Jamaican ska to the world with songs such as "Israelites," has died, his manager said…

  16. MTV Launches Tempo With Caribbean Concert Series

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In conjunction with the Nov. 21 launch of a new cable television network devoted to Caribbean music and culture, MTV Networks will host Caribbean Rising, a series of concerts featuring performances fr In conjunction with the Nov. 21 launch of a new cable television network devoted to…

  17. Rhino CD Collects ACL Fest Highlights

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Highlights from last year's Austin City Limits festival are heading to CD late next month via Rhino. Highlights from last year's Austin City Limits festival are heading to CD late next month via Rhino. Due Aug. 30, the eponymous collection rounds up 16 tracks by acts ranging from…

  18. Hot Product

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson Country Kitchen Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses reggae, Willie Nelson will release the set, "Countryman," this week via Lost Highway. The album finds the outlaw country icon covering Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., as he recovers from a rib injury. According to the artist's official Web site, Beck was watching Blu 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East…

  20. Willie Readies Reggae Riddims

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses reggae, Willie Nelson's "Countryman" will see release this summer by Lost Highway. Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses reggae, Willie Nelson's "Countryman…

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