1. Matisyahu Returns With 'Spark Seeker' in July

    May 08, 2012 12:00 PM EDT After shaving off his signature facial hair and declaring "No more Chassidic reggae superstar" last December, Matisyahu has set a July 17 release date for his fourth studio album, "Spark Seeker." He has also revealed the first leg of an extensive North American co…

  2. Dick Clark Leaves a Rockin' Legacy: An Appreciation

    April 19, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Foremost among his countless contributions to popular culture and the music business, Dick Clark took rock 'n' roll out of bedroom radios and placed it on televisions in living rooms and dens across America. Nearly five decades later, after creating and hosting game shows, the…

  3. Country Hall Highlights Bakersfield Sound

    April 06, 2012 5:00 PM EDT There was something about the California sound of country music. It sparkled on the airwaves as much as the flamboyant stage attire that the artists who made the music wore on stage. For a while, it seemed like there was somewhat of a tug-of-war between the music scene there, and the one in…

  4. 'American Idol' Recap: Oh Yes It's '80s Night

    April 05, 2012 10:15 AM EDT It was '80s Night on Wednesday's "American Idol," and for the most part, the remaining eight finalists paid solid tribute to the decade of decadence, tapered jeans and big hair. Among the highlights: Jessica Sanchez covering Whitney Houston (again) on "How Will I Know…

  5. Dee Snider Slips on the Pleather in Horror Sitcom, 'Holliston'

    April 02, 2012 1:35 PM EDT GWAR's Oderus Ungerus Plays Himself in New FEARnet Series: Watch Preview GWAR singer Oderus Urungus portrays himself in FEARnet's new series "Holliston." Dee Snider, on the other hand, is adamant that the character he plays, Lance Rocket, is nothing like him. "Lance…

  6. Musicians Hit Sour Note on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

    April 02, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Debbie Gibson, Dee Snider fired and Aubrey O'Day storms off, leaving Clay Aiken the show's lone survivor (maybe?) among musical acts. Sunday night will go down as the day the music (maybe/mostly) died on the 2012 season of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice," as Debbie…

  7. Damon Albarn Preps 'Dr. Dee' Opera Recording

    March 27, 2012 9:22 PM EDT Damon Albarn seems determined to be rock's busiest man. In between Blur reunion appearances, launching new group Rocket Juice and the Moon, and recording a Converse track with Andre 3000 and James Murphy, the musician found time to finish recording a new opera. The soundtrack to "Dr…

  8. Lady Gaga, 'Smash' Win at GLAAD Awards

    March 26, 2012 9:41 AM EDT A teenager who's campaigning to make it easier for children to see an upcoming documentary about bullying, the producers of the NBC musical drama "Smash" and Lady Gaga were among the winners of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation media awards announced Saturday. ABC&…

  9. 'The Hunger Games' Soundtrack: Track-By-Track Review

    March 20, 2012 12:35 PM EDT For a global literary phenomenon (soon to be a global movie phenomenon), "The Hunger Games" is dazzlingly personal. The story of Katniss Everdeen sacrificing herself for her sister, battling in the Hunger Games and doing anything she can to survive often arrives as a hushed, lonely…

  10. Herbie Hancock Launching International Jazz Day

    March 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy. The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz Day to be held on April 30 of every year. That date coincides…

  11. SXSW 2012: 8 Things Seen & Heard Wednesday

    March 15, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Which R&B hitmaker is looking to collaborate with Shakira this month? How did The Staves deal with a chatty crowd at their show? Here's 8 things from Day 1 of South By Southwest 2012 that you may have missed -- even if you were there. Billboard @ SXSW • PHOTOS: The Scene From Austin …

  12. Sleigh Bells Play Acoustic Beyonce Cover: Listen

    March 07, 2012 9:11 PM EST Sleigh Bells have joined the ranks of indie bands doing Beyonce covers. The ear-splitting duo put an ethereal, acoustic spin on the diva's hit "Irreplaceable" during a Maida Vale studio session, revealing the performance on DJ Zane Lowe's BBC show on Wednesday. Sleigh…

  13. Dee Cernile of Sven Gali Dead at 46

    February 27, 2012 3:45 PM EST Dee Cernile, guitarist for gold-selling 90s hard rock band Sven Gali, died Feb. 25 after battling lung cancer. He was 46. On his personal Facebook page - now filled with messages of memories and condolences from many members of the Canadian music industry - was this message: "After such…

  14. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  15. Van Halen Tour Review: It's the Eddie Show

    February 21, 2012 10:30 AM EST 'Eddie Van Halen Is Better Than Any Pyrotechnic Special Effect' Kool & the Gang's Robert "Kool" Bell asked the sold-out crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills if it was ready to party. Then if it was ready for Van Halen. Then if it was ready for David Lee Roth. The…

  16. Love Doctor's Juiciest Moments: Lloyd, Big Sean, Robin Thicke, Das Racist & Amber Rose

    February 14, 2012 1:40 PM EST Over here at Billboard.com, we celebrate love every day. Exhibit A: The Juice's viral series, Love Doctor. Every month we ask one of your favorite musicians -- male or female -- to answer your juiciest love and sex questions. There's no filter. From the start, a confessional…

  17. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Hits: Swift, Arcade Fire, Miranda Lambert, Decemberists

    February 13, 2012 5:50 PM EST Following plenty of rumors, the final tracklist for the much-anticipated "Hunger Games" soundtrack, produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett , has been released -- and it does not dissapoint. The soundtrack's first single, "Safe & Sound" from Taylor Swift and The…

  18. Van Halen Vs. Adele For No. 1 Next Week on Billboard 200

    February 08, 2012 5:30 PM EST Van Halen might be on its way to a sixth career No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- unless Adele 's "21" stands in the veteran band's way. Industry sources suggest that Van Halen's "A Different Kind of Truth" may sell about 180,000 to 200,000 copies by…

  19. Surprised Kool & the Gang Is Van Halen Opener? So Are They

    February 08, 2012 5:00 PM EST K ool & the Gang plan to celebrate plenty of good times on the road with Van Halen in the coming weeks -- even if the rest of the world seems to think it's an incredibly odd pairing. "We're not that worried about it," co-founder Robert "Kool" Bell tells…

  20. Van Halen Rocks NYC Club, Announces Album & Tour Plans

    January 06, 2012 11:00 AM EST Van Halen kicked off what promises to be a busy 2012 with a fiery, hit-laden show at Cafe Wha? in New York on Thursday night (Jan. 5). As the rock legends played to a collection of rock critics and headbanging celebs at the crammed, 250-capacity club, their new label, Interscope Records, was…

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