1. George Strait Set For 'Pure Country' Sequel

    November 16, 2009 5:58 PM EST Country music A-lister George Strait will star in a follow-up to his 1992 film "Pure Country" for Warner Bros. "A Pure Country Gift" is directed by Chris Cain, who also helmed the first film. He co-wrote the new screenplay with his son, "Lois & Clark" actor…

  2. Keith Urban, Sugarland / Oct. 8, 2009 / New York

    October 15, 2009 12:18 PM EDT More than an opening band, Sugarland seemed like co-headliners with Keith Urban on Thursday (Oct. 8) at New York's Madison Square Garden. The band's feel-good 14-song kick-off featured five glowing umbrellas used throughout the performance. Covers of R.E.M.'s "…

  3. Chart Beat Thursday: Michael Buble, Michael Jackson, Kiss

    October 15, 2009 11:31 AM EDT '3,' OH '3': Check out yesterday's Chart Beat for the many highlights of Britney Spears ' Billboard Hot 100 coronation with "3." Perhaps no one is more excited about the achievement than Spears herself. In the wake of her ascension to No. 1, Spears…

  4. Beyonce: The Billboard Cover Story

    October 01, 2009 4:30 PM EDT Fans are still getting to know Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé's musical alter ego, formally introduced on the singer's 2008 album, "I Am...Sasha Fierce." Most probably don't know, however, that the singer/songwriter has been friends with Fierce since elementary school. Manager…

  5. Kanye West Apologizes Again On Leno Show Debut

    September 15, 2009 8:37 AM EDT Kanye West used Jay Leno's prime-time debut Monday to offer another apology for ruining Taylor Swift 's night at the MTV Video Music Awards and to say he's going to take some time off for reflection. West said he knew he was wrong the moment he handed the microphone back to…

  6. Watch Raphael Saadiq Perform '100 Yard Dash' Live

    August 14, 2009 5:27 PM EDT On his first concert DVD, "Live From The Artists Den," Grammy-nominated artist/producer Raphael Saadiq takes his fans through a journey of some of the musical eras of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The former Tony! Toni! Tone! frontman performs live interpretations off his latest and third…

  7. Terence Blanchard Group, "Choices"

    August 11, 2009 4:15 PM EDT In the wake of Terence Blanchard 's 2008 Grammy Award-winning album "A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina)," the New Orleans-based trumpeter/composer embarks on a new, dramatic song cycle that plumbs the depths of personal and societal decision-making. In addition…

  8. American Idol 2009

    May 18, 2009 7:14 PM EDT Tweets and Blogs Show Adam Lambert's Defeat Was A Surprise Kris Allen's Road To Victory Lambert, Allen Ready For 'Idol' Finale More Headlines Millions watched the finale, but Billboard was there to bring you "10 Things You Didn't See On TV." Plus: Watch the…

  9. New Orleans Jazz Fest 40th Year Riffs On Old, New

    May 04, 2009 3:12 PM EDT Music fans old enough to have attended the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 40 years ago boogied alongside those who weren't yet born when the celebration of music, food and the culture of Louisiana began. Sunday's Jazz Fest finale paid heavy homage to music's elder…

  10. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival / April 24-26, 2009 / New Orleans (Fair Grounds Race Track)

    April 29, 2009 5:42 PM EDT At 40 years old and still going strong, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is slipping into middle age with its musical mission evolving and its devotees skewing somewhat older and more musically literate than average concert crowds. Jazz Fest, as the two-weekend event is better known…

  11. Timothy Wright, Famed NY Gospel Singer, Dies At 61

    April 24, 2009 9:09 AM EDT The Rev. Timothy Wright, the Grammy-nominated gospel singer and composer known for his up-tempo praise songs and powerful mass choir sound, has died. He was 61. Wright, who was seriously injured in a car crash that killed his wife and grandson, died early Thursday at the Bronx Veterans…

  12. Ask Billboard: 'N Sync and Gulf War Songs

    April 10, 2009 2:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. TAKE TWO, TAKE TWO Hi Gary, I enjoyed last week's Ask Billboard…

  13. New Orleans Bluesman Eddie Bo Dies

    March 24, 2009 10:28 AM EDT New Orleans blues singer-pianist Eddie Bo, who worked with musicians such as Irma Thomas and Art Neville, has died of a heart attack. He was 79. His death was confirmed Friday by his close friend and booking agent, Karen Hamilton. Hamilton said Eddie Bo, whose real name was Edwin Joseph…

  14. This Day in Music

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Dashboard Confessional donates proceeds from its Toronto show to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. 2005 - Dashboard Confessional donates proceeds from its Toronto show to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. 2004 - Pop singer Britney Spears marries her fiance, dancer Kevin Federline, in a…

  15. The Mars Volta, N*E*R*D Join Voodoo Experience

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Mars Volta, N*E*R*D, TV On The Radio, Irma Thomas, the Butthole Surfers, Fishbone and Ben Jelen have joined the lineup for the 2008 Voodoo Experience, to be held Oct. 24-26 at New Orleans' City Pa The Mars Volta, N*E*R*D, TV On The Radio, Irma Thomas, the Butthole Surfers, Fishbone…

  16. Crow Offering Free Album Download To Voters

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sheryl Crow is giving away free music -- a tactic she calls the "Tupperware" party approach to inspiring young people to vote. The singer announced a plan today (Aug. 21) to give a digital copy of her Sheryl Crow is giving away free music -- a tactic she calls the "Tupperware…

  17. Wonder, Stone Enrich New Saadiq Album

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B artist/songwriter/producer Raphael Saadiq will be back in the spotlight with his own music this fall. R&B artist/songwriter/producer Raphael Saadiq will be back in the spotlight with his own music this fall. His latest album, "The Way I See It," will arrive Sept. 16 via…

  18. (Continued, Page 2) The Billboard Q&A: Neil Young

    June 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Continuing the Billboard.com Q&A with Neil Young, page 2. Over the past 10 years, we've seen a kindler, gentler Neil Young emerge. At Farm Aid a couple years ago, I was struck by how often you sincerely thanked the crowd, and, obviously, you look happier than ever onstage with your…

  19. Bow Wow Turns Focus To Acting

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Actor-rapper Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, is focusing on acting full time. Moss has joined the upcoming fifth season of HBO's "Entourage" in a recurring role, playing Charlie, a new stand-up comic client o Actor-rapper Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, is focusing on acting full time. Moss…

  20. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival / May 1-4, 2008 / New Orleans (Fair Grounds Race Course)

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Neville Brothers, playing their traditional closing-day slot at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the first time since 2005, offered an emotional conclusion to the 39th annual celebra The Neville Brothers, playing their traditional closing-day slot at the New Orleans Jazz and…

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