1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Mourners Gather For Private Hudson Family Memorial

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Hundreds of mourners streamed into a private funeral service for Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's slain mother, brother and nephew today (Nov. 3) at a South Side Chicago church. Hundreds of mourners streamed into a private funeral service for Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's slain…

  5. Jennifer Hudson's Nephew Feared Dead In Chicago

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chicago police searching for Jennifer Hudson's missing 7-year-old nephew found the body of a young boy today (Oct. 27) in the same SUV sought in the manhunt for the boy. Chicago police searching for Jennifer Hudson's missing 7-year-old nephew found the body of a young boy today (Oct…

  6. Four Tops Vocalist Levi Stubbs Dies At 72

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Arguably the most powerful voice in Motown's storied history has been silenced. Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, Jr., died today (Oct. 17) at his home in Detroit after a long series of illnesses. Arguably the most powerful voice in Motown's storied history has been silenced. Four…

  7. This Day in Music

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Baldemar Huerta, also known as Freddy Fender, who hit big in 1975 with "Before The Next Teardrop Falls," dies in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 69. 2006 - Baldemar Huerta, also known as Freddy Fender, who hit big in 1975 with "Before The Next Teardrop Falls,"…

  8. Elephant 6 Vets Begin 'Holiday Surprise' Tour

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fans of Athens, Ga., indie-psych collective Elephant 6 should delight in this month's Holiday Surprise variety tour, with 14 U.S. dates featuring a gathering of like-minded musicians playing new mater Fans of Athens, Ga., indie-psych collective Elephant 6 should delight in this month&…

  9. Ask Billboard: Cher, Depeche Mode, The Cars, Twenty-Four Flowers

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith and his readers discuss Cher, Depeche Mode, the Cars and Twenty-Four Flowers. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if…

  10. Beatles Drum Skin, Lennon Lyrics Fetch $1.9 Million

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The hand-painted drum skin that appeared on the sleeve of the Beatles' ground-breaking 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" sold for $1.1 million at auction on Thursday in London, four t The hand-painted drum skin that appeared on the sleeve of the Beatles&…

  11. Mika Gets To Work On Sophomore Album

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mika is making headway with the follow-up album to his mega-hit debut, "Life in Cartoon Motion." The artist caught up with Billboard.com yesterday (May 22) during the Ivor Novello awards ceremony, whe Mika is making headway with the follow-up album to his mega-hit debut, "Life…

  12. The Billboard Q&A: Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paul Bruce Dickinson made his live debut with Iron Maiden at the end of 1981, some two years after the band started its enduring relationship with EMI Records. Paul Bruce Dickinson made his live debut with Iron Maiden at the end of 1981, some two years after the band started its enduring…

  13. Lindsay Lohan Gets 'Bossy' On New Track

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Motown released a new song by Lindsay Lohan titled "Bossy" to media outlets yesterday (May 7). Universal Motown released a new song by Lindsay Lohan titled "Bossy" to media outlets yesterday (May 7). The track, a video of which leaked to YouTube earlier in the…

  14. Lennon Heirs Sue 'Expelled' Filmmakers Over 'Imagine'

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John Lennon's sons and widow, Yoko Ono, are suing the filmmakers of "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" for using the song "Imagine" in the documentary without permission. John Lennon's sons and widow, Yoko Ono, are suing the filmmakers of "Expelled: No…

  15. Buffett, Crowes Sign On For Newport Folk Fest

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Buffett, the Black Crowes, Cat Power and Jakob Dylan are among the artists performing at this year's Newport Folk Festival, to be held Aug. 1-3 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I. Jimmy Buffett, the Black Crowes, Cat Power and Jakob Dylan are among the artists performing at…

  16. This Day in Music

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in China with a gig in Shanghai. 2006 - The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in China with a gig in Shanghai. 2001 - Violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzales, 55, dies while performing at a concert with Buena Vista Social Club…

  17. Lou Reed Keynotes, Rocks Out At SXSW

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lou Reed lashed out at new modes of audio technology, saying that "people have got to demand a higher standard" than current MP3s during his keynote session today (March 13) at the South By Southwest Lou Reed lashed out at new modes of audio technology, saying that "people have…

  18. Winehouse Back On Top Of U.K. Album Chart

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amy Winehouse's two-CD, deluxe edition of her "Back to Black" album rose 3-1 yesterday to top the U.K. album chart for the first time. In a singles top 10 featuring almost no changes from last week, D Amy Winehouse's two-CD, deluxe edition of her "Back to Black"…

  19. Dolla

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST If the team behind Roderick "Dolla" Burton is any indication of a promising music career, the Atlanta rapper is well on his way. If the team behind Roderick "Dolla" Burton is any indication of a promising music career, the Atlanta rapper is well on his way. The 20-year-old…

  20. This Day in Music

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM 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 2002 - Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida after…

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