1. Elton John and Leon Russell Form Perfect 'Union'

    October 01, 2010 6:00 PM EDT Talk to Elton John and it's likely that sooner rather than later, he will tell you that Leon Russell is his idol. Which isn't an unexpected statement to make, considering that the next entry in John's discography without end is "The Union," a duet album with the 68…

  2. Santana, Michael Buble, Kings Of Leon Preview New Albums

    September 15, 2010 4:45 PM EDT WHAT'S IN STORE: Or, technically, not quite yet in stores. Still, the launch of the fourth-quarter retail blitz impacts multiple airplay charts, where three notable acts debut with lead singles from forthcoming albums. Santana enters Adult Contemporary at No. 25 with "While My…

  3. Hot Tours: Bon Jovi, Eagles, AC/DC

    July 08, 2010 11:34 AM EDT Bon Jovi tops the Hot Tours chart based on ticket sales revenue generated from 12 sold out concerts at London's O2 Arena during The Circle Tour's European leg in June. With show dates ranging from June 7-26, the combined gross for the dozen performances was £12.6 million ($18.1…

  4. Santana Recruits Nas, Daughtry, Weiland For Classic Rock Covers

    June 24, 2010 8:34 AM EDT C arlos Santana was initially intimidated by Sony Music Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis' pitch for his next album -- another "Supernatural"-style all-star collaboration, but this time on a collection of iconic rock songs by the likes of the Beatles , the Rolling Stones , Led…

  5. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Set 'Mojo' Release Date, Re-Route Summer Tour

    April 19, 2010 5:28 PM EDT T om Petty & the Heartbreakers are postponing the first 10 dates of their North American tour to better coincide with the June 15 release of their twelfth studio album "Mojo." As previously reported , the band was originally set to kick things off May 6 in Raleigh, N.C., with…

  6. Oscar Winners On The Hot 100

    March 09, 2010 2:05 PM EST "Crazy Heart" emerged victorious at Sunday's (March 7) 82nd Annual Academy Awards. While lead character Jeff Bridges was anointed Best Actor, the film's theme likewise produced a coveted Oscar statue, as Ryan Bingham 's "The Weary Kind" earned Best Original…

  7. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Announce New Album, Tour

    February 25, 2010 4:44 PM EST T om Petty and the Heartbreakers will release "Mojo," their first album in eight years, this spring, the band announced today. The venerable heartland rockers also unveiled dates for a North American summer tour, which kicks off May 6 in Raleigh, N.C. and wraps Aug. 27 in Saratoga…

  8. Peter Wolf Taps Shelby Lynne, Neko Case For 'Souvenirs'

    January 04, 2010 9:14 AM EST Peter Wolf has set an April 6 release date for "Midnight Souvenirs," his seventh solo album and first set of new material in eight years. "It's music based on the influences that I enjoy and grew up with," the J. Geils Band frontman tells Billboard.com about the 14…

  9. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1982

    October 27, 2009 2:08 PM EDT 'WHO' WAS NO. 1?: This week in 1982, Australia's Men at Work , fronted by singer/songwriter Colin Hay , topped the Billboard Hot 100 with their first U.S. single, "Who Can It Be Now?" In the print issue of Billboard dated Oct. 30, 1982, Chart Beat noted that the song…

  10. Meat Loaf, Ace Frehley To Lead Rock Fantasy Camp

    August 13, 2009 5:39 PM EDT Meat Loaf , Yes singer Jon Anderson and former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley will be the headline "counselors" at this year's Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, which will take place Nov. 17-22 in Hollywood. A shorter and less expensive session will also be held Nov. 12-15. …

  11. Woodstock At 40: Billboard On The Scene

    July 31, 2009 2:29 PM EDT In August of 1969, Billboard sent a young reporter, Daniel Goldberg, to upstate New York to cover the Woodstock festival. His report of the historic event appeared ont he cover of the August 30, 1969 issue of the magazine. Goldberg would go on to a long and illustrious career in the music…

  12. Woodstock At 40: Where Are They Now

    July 30, 2009 1:57 PM EDT Some are still active. Some are retired -- or semi-retired. And some aren't with us anymore. The performers of the original Woodstock Music & Arts Festival have traveled a variety of paths during the past 40 years. Here's a quick look at their current status: Joan Baez : Still…

  13. Counting Crows Taking 'Circus' On Tour

    June 23, 2009 8:36 AM EDT Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue and Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tours provided the models for the Saturday Night Rebel Rockers Traveling Circus and Medicine Show that Counting Crows will stage this summer with Michael Franti & Spearhead and Augustana. "I wanted…

  14. Woodstock Box Set Unearths Famous Festival's Rarities

    June 05, 2009 8:08 AM EDT Thirty-eight previously unreleased recordings -- from groups such as the Who, the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jefferson Airplane -- will dot Rhino's "Woodstock -- 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm" box set, which will be released on Aug. 18. Among the…

  15. Michael Johns Not Holding Back On First Post-'Idol' Album

    May 29, 2009 4:43 PM EDT While the American Idol post-season promo drive for Summer 2009 has kicked into gear for Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, Season 7's Michael Johns will be resurfacing this summer with his first post-Idol album entitled "Hold Back My Heart." Due June 23 via TRP Records, the twelve…

  16. May 20, 2009

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe is sentenced to six months in jail and three years’ probation for kicking his soon-to-be ex-wife, Pamela Anderson, as she holds their infant son. 1981 – Alice Cooper and his wife, Sheryl, welcome their first child, daughter Calico Cooper. 1979 – Elton John…

  17. Lambert, Gokey And Allen Compete For 'Idol' Crown

    May 13, 2009 8:21 AM EDT The pressure is on for Danny Gokey, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. There's just one week until the "American Idol" finale, and on Tuesday night the all-male trio competed for two spots in next week's much-hyped sing-off. They each performed two songs, one picked by the…

  18. Bon Jovi Helps Boost Jazz Fest Attendance

    May 11, 2009 6:43 AM EDT The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival drew more than 400,000 this year, up from the approximately 375,000 reported last year, according to festival producers. The event’s final Saturday (May 2) drew a crowd of 90,000. Jazzfest was held April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. "Bon Jovi'…

  19. Woodstock's Michael Lang Seeking Sponsors For 2009 Festival In New York City

    March 21, 2009 12:56 PM EDT Michael Lang said plans for a 40th anniversary Woodstock concert are "all speculative ideas" for now, but he hopes to bring them to reality this summer. The Woodstock co-founder told Billboard.com that his vision is "a free event...a very green project," possibly in New…

  20. Fergie, Pussycat Dolls To Play NCAA Final Four Concerts

    March 09, 2009 12:08 PM EDT The Pussycat Dolls, Fergie, Staind, Gym Class Heroes and Gavin DeGraw have been tapped as headliners for The Big Dance, a three-day concert series taking place during the NCAA Final Four basketball championship weekend next month in Detroit. The Dolls, taking a break from their run on Britney…

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