1. Leaders Of The Bands

    October 20, 2009 12:18 PM EDT As the promo touts, to the pulsating sounds of the Knack 's most famous hit, the character of Sharona returns this week to USA's signature series, " Monk ." For those of you who don't follow the adventures of Tony Shalhoub's lovable obsessive-compulsive detective…

  2. Madonna Celebrates 3rd Week Atop Euro Chart

    October 15, 2009 7:42 AM EDT Madonna 's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) moves into a third week at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums, as "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Akon secures a sixth week at No. 1 on European Hot 100 Singles. The Madonna compilation moves back 2-1,…

  3. Madonna's Second Week Atop Euro Chart

    October 08, 2009 8:42 AM EDT Billboard's pan-European sales chart leaders continue their runs, with Madonna 's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) starting a second week at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums and "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Akon into a fifth week at No. 1…

  4. Julian Casablancas, "11th Dimension"

    October 06, 2009 4:37 PM EDT Unabashedly retro, Casio-style keyboards kick off the first single from Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas ' anticipated solo debut album, "Phrazes for the Young." Although those first notes sound like they should be playing during the opening credits of a cheesy B-movie from…

  5. Madonna's 'Celebration' Tops Euro Chart

    October 02, 2009 7:14 AM EDT Madonna 's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) overtakes Muse 's " The Resistance " (Helium 3/Warner Music) to debut at the top of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey. There's a fourth week as the European Hot 100 Singles No. 1 for "Sexy Chick"…

  6. Madonna's U.K. Chart 'Celebration'

    September 28, 2009 8:03 AM EDT Madonna matched Elvis Presley 's U.K. record for a solo act as her "Celebration" retrospective (Warner Bros.) debuted at No. 1. Taio Cruz started a second week atop the singles chart with "Break Your Heart" (Universal Island). Madonna and Presley, with 11 No. 1s each…

  7. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1968

    September 22, 2009 12:42 PM EDT BEATLES' NUMBER ONE NO. 1: This week in 1968, the Beatles lifted 3-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Hey Jude." The song would spend nine weeks atop the chart, becoming the longest-reigning of the Fab Four's chart-record 20 No. 1 hits. Two weeks earlier, the song had made…

  8. Win Tickets To Perez Hilton's Tour

    September 09, 2009 3:30 PM EDT Perez Hilton has long staked his claim as "The Queen of All Media," P-Nasty and John Mayer's Twitter rival, but now he can add music tastemaker to the list. The celebrity blogger recently launched his own label imprint under Warner Music, and tomorrow Hilton kicks off a…

  9. Mika Conquered The World, America Is Next

    August 14, 2009 6:09 PM EDT At first impression, the man no one knows as Michael Penniman seems uncharacteristically quiet. As he takes a well-earned break from rehearsing for a tour to promote one of the year's most eagerly anticipated global releases, he seems tired and anxious, a far cry from his usual upbeat…

  10. Jessie James

    June 15, 2009 11:51 AM EDT Growing up a military brat and moving around the country for most of her childhood and adolescent years, Jessie James took harbor in music -- and its paid off. Now, James, born Jessica James, has gone from being the new girl in town to the new "it" girl in music, as her lead single,…

  11. Cheap Trick Preps 'The Latest'

    May 28, 2009 6:58 PM EDT Cheap Trick is stepping outside of the label world to release its next studio album, "The Latest," itself. The veteran rock group will start taking pre-orders for the 13-track set, which it recorded during the past year mostly in Los Angeles with producer Julian Raymond, on Friday…

  12. Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse Album Release Scrapped

    May 15, 2009 4:06 PM EDT It’s been one of the most hotly anticipated albums of 2009 since it was first announced: “Dark Night of the Soul,” a collaboration between the producer Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz, The Black Keys) and critically acclaimed psych-rock act Sparklehorse (a.k.a. Mark Linkous). Due to…

  13. Interpol's Paul Banks Readies Solo Album

    May 05, 2009 1:57 PM EDT Interpol's lead singer, lyricist and guitarist Paul Banks will release a solo album under the name Julian Plenti, according to the Matador Records blog . The new project, "Skyscraper," will be released on August 4th. Banks has written and performed under the Plenti moniker for…

  14. April 8, 2009

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in mainland China with a gig in Shanghai. 2001 – Pedro Depestre Gonzales, 55, of the Buena Vista Social Club dies after performing at a concert in Basel, Switzerland. 2001 – Van Stephenson, a former member of the country group BlackHawk,…

  15. Swift Back To No. 1 As Plant/Krauss, Coldplay Soar

    February 18, 2009 11:37 AM EST In a chart week encompassing Grammy boosts and Valentine's Day sales, Taylor Swift's Big Machine effort "Fearless" returns to the top of The Billboard 200. The set moved 92,000 copies on a 44% sales jump, resulting in its nine non-consecutive weeks at No. 1. The last album…

  16. February 13, 2009

    February 13, 2009 5:49 PM EST - Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida after officers find marijuana in their car. Julian and Stephen Marley, also reggae musicians are released on $500 bail each. 2002 - Country outlaw Waylon Jennings dies in his Arizona home after a long battle with…

  17. Bon Jovi Set For First Jazz Fest Appearance

    February 06, 2009 10:46 AM EST Bon Jovi has been added to the lineup of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this spring. The rock act will make its first appearance at the festival on May 2. Bon Jovi joins previously announced performers Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band,…

  18. Franz Ferdinand, Cold War Kids / Dec. 8, 2008 / Portland, Ore.

    December 17, 2008 5:05 PM EST Christmas gifts from 94/7 FM come in bigger packages: the Portland alternative station's "December to Remember" concert series features eight bands over four evenings, instead of one or two nights of tapas-style sets. Thus Franz Ferdinand can showcase songs from album number…

  19. Estranged Relative Arrested In Hudson Killings

    December 01, 2008 5:48 PM EST Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law has been arrested in Illinois in the deaths of the singer's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. Authorities say 27-year-old William Balfour was arrested today (Dec. 1) at a prison where he was being held on a parole violation. Chicago…

  20. Man Questioned In Hudson Case To Stay In Prison

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST A parole review official today (Nov. 10) refused to release the convicted felon questioned in the killings of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, after a witness reported seeing him with a g A parole review official today (Nov. 10) refused to release the convicted felon…

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