1. Let's R.E.M.-ember: 31 Billboard Chart Milestones Over The Band's 31-Year Career

    September 23, 2011 9:05 AM EDT After more than three decades and 15 studio albums, alternative cornerstone A AA s previously reported , alternative cornerstone R.E.M. announced its breakup yesterday after more than three decades and 15 albums. In celebration of the band's 31 years, here are 31 chart highlights that…

  2. Breakup Playlist: 10 Essential R.E.M. Songs

    September 21, 2011 4:05 PM EDT R.E.M. 's breakup announcement on Wednesday (Sept. 21) effectively silenced a band that changed the course of alternative rock music by constantly evolving its sound. It's hard to believe that the band who attained pop ubiquity with "Shiny Happy People" was the same…

  3. Sugarland Cancels Concert as State Investigates Deadly Stage Collapse

    August 14, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Sugarland has canceled their scheduled concert at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday (Aug. 14) because an investigation prevented the band from salvaging any live equipment involved in Saturday's deadly stage collapse in Indianapolis. "Aside from coping with the magnitude of the accident…

  4. Win VIP Tickets to the Dave Matthews Band Caravan!

    August 12, 2011 6:00 PM EDT The Dave Matthews Band has hit the road for a series of three-day festivals -- the Dave Matthews Band Caravan -- and thanks to Brita FilterForGood and Billboard.com, you have the chance to attend the festival VIP-style when it swings through New York City! We've teamed up with Brita to…

  5. Lollapalooza 2011: 11 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    August 08, 2011 12:45 PM EDT They came, they saw, they rocked. Neither rain, nor thunder, nor mud, nor malfunctioning gear could keep the Foos, the fans, the Mau5, the Monkeys or the Man from closing out Lollapalooza's 20th anniversary right. Photos: Lollapalooza 2011 | Photos: Lollapalooza 2011 Portraits…

  6. Kindred the Family Soul Return with Uplifting New Album on New Label

    July 26, 2011 6:45 PM EDT When you catch the eye of Grammy-winning songstress Jill Scott , you must be doing something right. After Kindred the Family Soul caught the attention of Jill Scott when performing at the Black Lily club, Scott promptly brought the R&B duo to her label at the time, Hidden Beach Recordings…

  7. Elton John, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra & More: Stories From Adult Contemporary's Biggest Stars & Songs

    July 20, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on Whitney Houston. Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriting partner. Kenny Rogers, himself. Plus Many More. Billboard talks to some of the biggest names in adult contemporary. Their perspectives? Crucial. The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever The…

  8. What's on Harry Potter's iPod?

    July 13, 2011 5:00 PM EDT With the stateside debut of the final "Harry Potter" film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," this Friday (July 15), HP fanatics are asking themselves, "What do we do now?" As for us here at Billboard.com, after sitting through seven (and soon to be…

  9. Cali Swag District Copes with M-Bone's Death Before 'Kickback' Release

    July 05, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Corey Fowler was driving when he heard the gunshots that killed his friend and bandmate Montae Talbert outside an Inglewood liquor store. Members of Cali Swag District had just returned from a trip out of town and were set to meet up at a studio on the night of May 15. "As I went past…

  10. State of Independence: 15 Artists Impacting the Indie Scene

    July 01, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Every indie artist, band and label is independent in its own way. The strategies for success are as varied as the styles of music, the executives and the attitudes -- these are the very states of independence. Labels and artists from Texas to Denver to Missouri to Los Angeles; genres from…

  11. 13 Cool Music Docs For 2011

    June 09, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Beyond the world of biopics is the land of music-centric documentaries, many of which are limited to film festival play before a DVD release. Several musical documentaries have already screened in theaters with more to come this summer. Here's a look at significant documentaries in the…

  12. Music's Next Great Biopics

    June 09, 2011 1:06 PM EDT No one wants to talk about a Marvin Gaye movie. Or one about Janis Joplin , or a Jimi Hendrix biopic. As film subjects go, they're problematic. Heirs to the Joplin and Hendrix estates have blocked films by withholding music and image rights. The pieces to the Gaye story are in so many…

  13. Death Cab for Cutie 'Codes and Keys': Track-By-Track Review

    May 31, 2011 3:54 PM EDT Seven albums in and nearly 15 years later, indie rock stalwarts Death Cab For Cutie are getting a little weird -- and doing it right. On "Codes and Keys," out today (May 31, Atlantic), listeners get a clear sense of where its members currently find themselves: in adulthood. And…

  14. 'Treme' A Vital Platform For New Orleans Musicians

    April 08, 2011 2:54 PM EDT At any of "Until we were on the air, we had to overcome the New Orleans suspiciousness of Hollywood, which has portrayed the city somewhat poorly," Overmyer says. "We're over that hump. I may be blissfully unaware, but people in the city have been very cooperative."…

  15. Watch: Marie Osmond Discusses Son's Suicide on 'Oprah'

    November 12, 2010 1:00 PM EST M arie Osmond opened up about her adopted son Michael's suicide for the first time on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" yesterday (Nov. 11). Video: Marie Osmond Opens Up About Her Son's Suicide on "Oprah" Osmond's son jumped to his death from the roof of his…

  16. Michael Jackson's Children Recall Their 'Good Father' On 'Oprah'

    November 08, 2010 3:00 PM EST M ichael Jackson's children and mother said on Monday's episode of " The Oprah Winfrey Show" that they're still learning to cope with his death a year and a half after the pop star overdosed on a powerful anesthetic. Jackson's oldest children, 13-year-old Prince…

  17. El DeBarge Plots Headlining Tour, Records with Babyface

    September 28, 2010 6:36 PM EDT In addition to opening for Mary J. Blige's upcoming tour, R&B singer El DeBarge has announced his own headlining dates this fall, as he returns to the spotlight with "Second Chance," his first album in 16 years, due for a fall release on Geffen/Interscope. DeBarge's…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, 'Halo'

    September 23, 2010 6:55 PM EDT MARS ATTACKS: After his arrest Sunday (Sept. 19) on suspicion of cocaine possession , Bruno Mars instead makes enviable headlines on the Billboard Hot 100 , where "Just the Way You Are" ascends 3-1 . The song is Mars' first No. 1 as a lead artist, following his turn as a…

  19. Vampire Weekend Fans Go Batty at Radio City

    September 17, 2010 2:59 PM EDT Vampire Weekend may not have brought out Kanye West and Beyonce during its gig in NYC , but the hometown band did have some help from "30 Rock" cast member Jack McBrayer last night (Sept. 16) at Radio City Music Hall. As he introduced the band's encore, McBrayer, who plays…

  20. Q&A: Jamey Johnson Gets Serious on 'Guitar Song'

    September 15, 2010 2:04 PM EDT The setting is Music Row, specifically RCA Studio A on the last day of August, and It doesn't seem you were writing songs to get on the radio, but it has to feel great that so many people love this record ("That Lonesome Song" has sold 815,000 copies in the U.S., according to…

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