1. The Rolling Stones That Chased the Beatles Get a Carnegie Hall Tribute

    March 12, 2012 11:05 PM EDT Steve Earle Talks March 13th Concert, Where He'll Play the First Song He Ever Learned on Guitar The last time Steve Earle performed at a tribute concert at Carnegie Hall, he was standing 30 feet away from the man he was honoring. "I opened the show, playing 'Nebraska' with…

  2. Rumer Preps 'Boys' Covers Album, 2013 Sophomore Release

    February 09, 2012 1:45 PM EST Even as her debut album, "Seasons of My Soul," starts to gain traction in the U.S., British singer Rumer is looking ahead not one but two albums into her future. Next up, Rumer (real name Sarah Joyce) tells Billboard.com is a covers set called "Boys Don't Cry" that…

  3. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  4. 'The Voice': New Contestants, Hidden Pasts

    February 07, 2012 2:40 PM EST If you don't make it to the finals on one TV singing show, change your hometown, your predicament and musical buddy when you head to another. Or so it goes on the second night of "The Voice" season two premiere last night (Feb. 6). That path was taken by one Jamar Rogers, seen…

  5. 'Glee's' 'Smooth Criminal' Selling Big, Heading For High Chart Debut

    February 02, 2012 3:15 PM EST "Glee's" take on Michael Jackson 's "Smooth Criminal" is off to a fast start. Covered by the show's Grant Gustin and Naya Rivera (with guests 2Cellos) on its Jan. 31 Michael Jackson-themed episode, the single could perhaps sell 80,000 to 100,000 downloads by…

  6. 'Glee' Guest Stars Wish List & New Cast We'll Meet Soon

    November 01, 2011 6:00 PM EDT While "Glee," at its heart, is the story of the core group of New Directions club members and their individual journeys through the wild world of high school, the show also has a variety of auxiliary players and guest stars who come in and spice up that tapestry. Sometimes, like in…

  7. 'Glee' Villain Grant Gustin Is Feeling Lucky

    October 31, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Exclusive Q&A: Actor Talks Landing First TV Job, Praises Darren Criss & Relays Horror of Tweeting Phone Number "I kind of feel guilty that this is what's happening," laughs Grant Gustin, "Glee's" newest hire, on the phone from L.A. He's referring to…

  8. Play Ball! 10 Badass Baseball Songs

    September 29, 2011 1:30 PM EDT Major League Baseball's 2011 regular season ended in stirring fashion on Wednesday (Sept. 28), and with the playoffs kicking off on Friday (Sept. 30), there's plenty of drama still to come. Before Sabathia faces off against Verlander, the Rangers begin their trek back to the World…

  9. New Jack's Mannequin Album Is a Do-Over

    August 30, 2011 4:40 PM EDT It took two attempts, but Andrew McMahon is satisfied that "People and Things," the third album by Jack's Mannequin , is exactly what he wants it to be. McMahon tells Billboard.com that he started working on "People and Things," due out Oct. 4, in 2009 with producer…

  10. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee' Cast, Rihanna, Steve Martin

    March 24, 2011 6:35 PM EDT ORIGINALS SCORE: Writing its own songs (don't tell Sue Sylvester that her nemesis club enlisted the talents of Max Martin, Shellback and other high-profile professionals) not only led to New Directions' first victory at Regionals , but it also grants the "Glee" cast its…

  11. Mayer Hawthorne to Blend Rock, Reggae on Second Album

    March 23, 2011 8:48 AM EDT M ayer Hawthorne is "basically just mixing and mastering" his sophomore album, with a hoped-for early fall release. "It's still very soulful," Hawthorne told Billboard.com before a South By Southwest performance as part of Snoop Dogg 's Funk n Soul Extravaganza.…

  12. Billboard's SXSW Showcases Upclose: Wednesday

    March 11, 2011 1:30 PM EST We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' (Mar. 16-19) worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm. Get the scoop on…

  13. Norah Jones, ". . . Featuring"

    November 30, 2010 12:09 PM EST Throughout the course of her four studio albums, Norah Jones has honed in on a remarkably well-defined jazz-folk sound; even last year's relatively dark "The Fall" was instantly identifiable as the work of the woman who gave brunch spots everywhere the gift of a lifetime with …

  14. 'Featuring' Norah Jones Track-By-Track

    November 10, 2010 10:30 AM EST Over the years, jazzy pop chanteuse and pianist Norah Jones has teamed up with many of her favorite artists, and now she's collected 18 tracks for an entire album of collaborations on her tunes, their tunes, covers and even seasonal favorites like 'Baby, It's Cold Outside."…

  15. Belle & Sebastian, "Write About Love"

    October 15, 2010 6:03 PM EDT On its eighth full-length release, Glasgow, Scotland, indie pop group Belle & Sebastian ditch their sad-vibes-hidden-by-happy-melodies schtick in favor of legitimately upbeat songs. "Write About Love," Belle & Sebastian's follow-up to 2006's "The Life Pursuit,…

  16. Ask Billboard: Small Screen, Big Hits

    September 24, 2010 6:25 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. SMALL SCREEN, BIG…

  17. Norah Jones To Release Collaborations Albums

    August 19, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Norah Jones will release "…Featuring," an album featuring her musical collaborations of the past decade. The 18-songs set will be released on Nov. 2 on EMI's Blue Note Records. Ray Charle s, Willie Nelson , Dolly Parton , Outkast and Foo Fighters are among those appearing on…

  18. Springsteen Joins Lagy Gaga, Elton John At Rainforest Benefit

    May 14, 2010 12:10 PM EDT B ruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at Carnegie Hall last night, joining Sting , Elton John , Lady Gaga and other musicians and celebrities for a spirited concert to raise nearly $3 million for the Rainforest Fund. Springsteen performed "Dancing In the Dark" and a cover of…

  19. Hot Tours: George Strait & Reba, Nickelback, Paul McCartney

    May 13, 2010 2:33 PM EDT Country superstars George Strait and Reba take the top spot on this week's Hot Tours chart based on box office totals reported by promoter The Messina Group/AEG Live. Top numbers come from the one stadium date on the schedule, San Antonio's Alamodome, where ticket sales topped $5.1…

  20. Hot Tours: Bon Jovi, The X Factor, Peter Gabriel, Carrie Underwood

    May 06, 2010 12:28 PM EDT Veteran rock band Bon Jovi tops the Hot Tours chart for the third time this year with box office totals reported from six dates of The Circle Tour. Adding the $9.7 million in ticket sales from these six performances, the tour's overall gross passes the $50 million mark since its mid…

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