1. Manager: Michael Jackson Rehearsed Night Before Death

    June 26, 2009 1:07 PM EDT Michael Jackson's last night was a great one–don't let the tabloid magazines or British newspapers tell you otherwise. Michael’s manager, Frank DiLeo, sobbing, told me this morning: "The show at the Staples Center was amazing. Michael rehearsed 10 or 11 songs. He sang and…

  2. Phish Jams With Springsteen On Bonnaroo's Closing Night

    June 15, 2009 8:14 AM EDT Headliner met headliner on Bonnaroo's final evening as Bruce Springsteen joined Phish on stage Sunday to close out the four-day festival in grand fashion. After being introduced by Phish frontman/guitarist Trey Anastasio as his "boyhood hero and still hero," Springsteen first…

  3. Michael Jackson Concerts Face Legal Challenge

    June 11, 2009 9:36 AM EDT A music promoter has sued to stop Michael Jackson from performing in London this year, claiming his appearances would violate a prior contract. New Jersey-based AllGood Entertainment Inc contends in the lawsuit filed in federal court in New York it signed a deal with the singer's manager…

  4. May 21, 2009

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Lou Pearlman, manager of the Backstreet Boys and ’N Sync, is sentenced to 25 years in prison on four federal charges: two counts of conspiracy, money laundering and using false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding. 2008 – David Cook wins Season Seven of “American Idol.” David…

  5. May 8, 2009

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Country musician Eddy Arnold dies at a care facility near Nashville at the age of 89. 2001 – Clint Black and his wife Lisa Hartman Black become proud parents. Lily Pearl Black weighs in at 7 lbs., 14 ounces. 2001 – William B. Dial, road manager for Detroit rap act Insane Clown Posse is…

  6. Ask Billboard

    April 17, 2009 4:56 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. PRESENT OF THE PAST Hi Gary, I have a special request. My brother will be…

  7. March 21, 2009

    March 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Klaus Dinger of Kraftwerk and Neu! dies of heart failure at the age of 61. 2000 – Soul Coughing disbands after eight years and three albums. 1994 – Bruce Springsteen wins a best original song Oscar for “Streets of Philadelphia” from the movie “Philadelphia.” The song is the first…

  8. Recording Academy Salutes Four Tops, Autry

    February 08, 2009 2:35 PM EST One of the more emotional moments at the Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards ceremony last night (Feb. 7) occurred during the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to venerable soul/pop group the Four Tops. Joined at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre by relatives of deceased members…

  9. MC Asher Roth Readying Major-Label Debut

    February 05, 2009 4:17 PM EST New Universal rapper Asher Roth is putting the finishing touches on his debut album, tentatively titled "Asleep in the Bread Aisle" and due April 21. Roth told media at a listening event Tuesday Feb. 3) that the project is still a work in progress, and that's awaiting features…

  10. Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello lead the lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo festival, to be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo will be Springsteen's only North American…

  11. Day-By-Day: The Obama Inauguration Music Guide

    January 15, 2009 5:17 PM EST The official Presidential Inauguration kick-off event featuring Bono and Bruce Springsteen on Jan. 18 is one of dozens of Washington D.C. bashes celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in. Aretha Franklin, the Dead, Beyonce, Death Cab For Cute and the Beastie Boys are…

  12. Merge To Celebrate 20th With Chapel Hill Fest

    January 08, 2009 1:14 PM EST Merge Records will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a five-day music festival this summer in its homebase of Chapel Hill, N.C. Dubbed XX Merge, the July 22-26 event is expected to feature past and present bands from throughout the label's history, including some that haven't…

  13. Autry, Blind Boys Get Lifetime Achievement Grammys

    December 22, 2008 2:25 PM EST Gene Autry, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Four Tops, Hank Jones, Brenda Lee, Dean Martin and Tom Paxton all will receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony on Feb. 7, and be acknowledged during the Grammy telecast the next evening. In addition, George…

  14. Billboard Bits: My Morning Jacket, Merge, Foo Fighters

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT My Morning Jacket has canceled its fall European tour, as frontman Jim James is still recovering from injuries suffered after a ... My Morning Jacket has canceled its fall European tour, as frontman Jim James is still recovering from injuries suffered after a stage fall this month in Iowa…

  15. Against Me!, Ted Leo / Oct. 2, 2008 / Hilton Head, S.C. (Stages Music and More)

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT To say that local music fans were surprised to see Against Me! and Ted Leo booked on Hilton Head is to substantially repurpose the definition of the word. If they'd have woken up tomorrow with their h To say that local music fans were surprised to see Against Me! and Ted Leo booked on…

  16. Against Me!, Ted Leo, Oct. 2, Hilton Head, S.C.

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Watching the smokers from the sweaty, multiply pierced punk crowd mingle outside with the Polo-and-khaki-shorts set from the adjacent swanky tourist piano bar was kind of worth the price of admission Watching the smokers from the sweaty, multiply pierced punk crowd mingle outside with the…

  17. Billboard Underground: The Melismatics

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When Melismatics frontman Ryan Smith first joined the ranks as a songwriter at publisher Iowa Homegrown Music earlier this decade, he'd turn in "half stuff that was weird and another half that was pop When Melismatics frontman Ryan Smith first joined the ranks as a songwriter at…

  18. Fresh Hot Chip: Covers, EPs, Shows, New Songs

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With a live EP, covers of Joy Division and Vampire Weekend, a slew of tour dates, a remix EP and a new record on the way, the members of Hot Chip have certainly kept themselves busy lately. With a live EP, covers of Joy Division and Vampire Weekend, a slew of tour dates, a remix EP and a new…

  19. Ted Leo Unveils Benefit EP, Finishing Album

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After releasing a four-song political benefit EP yesterday (Sept. 15), Ted Leo & the Pharmacists are well underway on their next studio album, which could be out by spring. After releasing a four-song political benefit EP yesterday (Sept. 15), Ted Leo & the Pharmacists are well…

  20. Dynamic Duo

    August 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Reuniting for their first album since 1981's "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts," David Byrne and Brian Eno this week are self-releasing "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" in digital form via eve Reuniting for their first album since 1981's "My Life in…

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