1. Jamaican Musicians Rally To Support Alleged Drug Kingpin 'Dudus' Coke

    June 18, 2010 11:48 AM EDT To the U.S. government, Christopher "Dudus" Coke is Jamaica's Al Capone. But for many Jamaicans, he's more like Robin Hood-and he's also a player in the local music business. After the U.S. government issued an extradition order for Coke on Aug. 25, 2009, over alleged…

  2. Jimmy Page Honored At Mojo Awards

    June 11, 2010 8:02 AM EDT Led Zeppelin 's Jimmy Page was inducted into the Mojo hall of fame at a ceremony in London. The honor, supported by Universal Catalog Marketing, was presented at the Mojo Honours List ceremony at the Brewery venue in London last night (June 10). Duane Eddy also attended the seventh…

  3. Jazz Piano Legend Hank Jones Dies At 91

    May 17, 2010 5:50 PM EDT Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones , whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald 's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said Monday. He was 91. Jones, who won a Grammy…

  4. Chart Beat Thursday: Usher, will.i.am, B.o.B

    May 06, 2010 5:30 PM EDT 'OMG,' FYI: Usher adds to his already impressive Billboard Hot 100 history, as "OMG," featuring will.i.am , flies 6-1. With the coronation, Usher ties for ninth-place among artists with the most leaders in the chart's almost 52-year history. Here is a look at the most…

  5. Videos of the Week: Christina Aguilera's 'Not Myself Tonight,' Second-Grader Sings 'Don't Stop Believin'

    April 30, 2010 9:00 AM EDT In this week's top 10 videos that had everyone buzzing, Christina Aguilera turns up the heat in her new video "Not Myself Tonight"; an eight-year-old nails "Don't Stop Believin'" for Ellen DeGeneres; Sharon Jones gets feisty with Stephen Colbert; Sir-Mix-A…

  6. Glen Campbell Enlists Jakob Dylan, Paul Westerberg For Farewell Album

    March 26, 2010 12:37 PM EDT G len Campbell is collaborating with Jakob Dylan , Chris Isaak, Paul Westerberg , Bob Pollard and others on "Ghost on the Canvas," which is slated to be the veteran artist's farewell album. Producer Julian Raymond tells Billboard.com that the album's basic tracks have been…

  7. 'American Idol' Recap: Michael Lynche Can't Salvage Sub-Par Night

    February 25, 2010 1:53 AM EST Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. -- When Simon Cowell said before this week's performances that he thought a woman was going to win this season, I figured he was…

  8. Lauryn Hill Surfaces At Raggamuffin Music Festival In New Zealand

    January 25, 2010 4:23 PM EST L auryn Hill hasn't performed live in nearly three years, but the reclusive rapper and soul singer surfaced on Saturday (Jan. 23) for a surprise performance at the Raggamuffin music festival in New Zealand. Hill performed "Doo Wop (That Thing)" -- a throwback from her Grammy…

  9. Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz Top Coachella 2010 Lineup

    January 19, 2010 10:25 AM EST J ay-Z , Muse and Gorillaz will headline the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 16-18 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are LCD Soundsystem , Faith No More , Thom Yorke , Pavement and the Specials . Other bands and DJs confirmed for the…

  10. Song Debut: Julian Lennon's 'Lucy'

    December 02, 2009 7:31 PM EST After a decade-plus hiatus, Julian Lennon is making music again and on his own terms. The singer/songwriter is prepping a new album for spring 2010, and on Dec. 15, his company theRevolution will release a 4-track EP featuring the charity single "Lucy." The song pays tribute to…

  11. Strokes Returning To The Stage In 2010

    November 30, 2009 11:16 AM EST The Strokes and Jay-Z will headline the 2010 Isle of Wight festival in the U.K., marking the New York rock band's first confirmed live gig since October, 2006. The Strokes will headline the festival on June 12. According to Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas , the band is slated to get…

  12. Video: Sting Feels Holiday Spirit With 'Winter's Night'

    November 20, 2009 1:56 PM EST S ting's "If on a Winter's Night..." may feature holiday-inspired songs, but don't call it a Christmas album. "The whole season is much broader than that," he says. "Winter is about inspiration and imagination." While culling source material for …

  13. Julian Casablancas, "Phrazes for the Young"

    November 06, 2009 3:52 PM EST Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas steps out with his debut solo album, "Phrazes for the Young," and dynamically weaves '80s techno-pop with psychedelic punk, while also reinventing his usual monochromatic croon. His punk attitude is evident on the opener, "Out of the…

  14. Julian Casablancas Strays From The Strokes For Solo Debut

    November 03, 2009 11:14 AM EST A basic need to create is what led Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas to record his just-released first solo album, "Phrazes For the Young." "My intent is always to make music," Casablancas tells Billboard.com. "I feel like my normal band, which I was relatively…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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"…

  20. 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…

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