1. Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Black Star In 'Brutal Legend'

    September 28, 2009 1:31 PM EDT Amid the din of all the other music-based games being released this fall comes a decidedly unique twist on the convergence between music and videogames: "Brütal Legend." Unlike the play-along focus of the "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" franchises, "Brütal…

  2. Feist Joins Kings Of Convenience In New York

    September 11, 2009 12:40 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Leslie Feist made a surprise appearance last night (Sept. 10) at Kings Of Convenience 's sold-out show at New York's Bowery Ballroom, joining the Norwegian duo for the songs "The Build-Up" and "Know How." Feist sang "The Build-Up"…

  3. Depeche Mode / August 3, 2009 / New York City (Madison Square Garden)

    August 06, 2009 2:14 PM EDT When the synth-pop revolution began in the early '80s, few would have guessed that Depeche Mode -- three androgynous lads from Basildon, England with a fondness for bondage gear and bubbly Casio melodies -- would be selling out stadiums almost three decades later. Album sales have lagged…

  4. Ask Billboard: Instrumentals, Kelly Clarkson, Eagles

    July 23, 2009 9:31 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. MORE THAN WORDS Hi Gary, I am compiling a list of songs from the '70s and…

  5. May 30, 2009

    May 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Eminem’s second album, “The Marshall Mathers LP” becoming the fastest selling rap album ever, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, when it sells 1.76 million copies in its debut week. 2000 – Tex Beneke, who took over the Glenn Miller Orchestra after the bandleader’s death…

  6. May 11, 2009

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Drummer John Rutsey, formerly of Rush, dies from a diabetes-related heart attack in his sleep at the age of 55. 2006 – Guitarist Dave Baksh announces he is leaving Sum 41 to pursue his career with his second band, Brown Brigade. 2004 – R&B artist John Whitehead of McFadden &…

  7. May 2, 2009

    May 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Cream reunites for four shows in London’s Royal Albert Hall. 2001 – Jazz drummer Billy Higgins dies in L.A. of liver failure. He is 65. 1998 – Former X-Japan lead guitarist Hide dies in Tokyo in an apparent suicide. He is 33. 1986 – Country musician Dolly Parton opens Dollywood in…

  8. May 1, 2009

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – 1,581 guitarists break a Guinness World Record when they simultaneously play Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” in the town square of Wrocław, Poland. 2006 – Rapper Big Hawk (born John Edward Hawkins) of Screwed Up Click dies of gunshot wounds in Houston at the age of 36. 2001 – Huey Lewis and…

  9. Electrik Red

    April 24, 2009 6:41 PM EDT R&B quartet Electrik Red is changing the face of girl power. On the group's satirically titled debut album, "How To Be A Lady Vol. 1," due out on May 26 via Radio Killa/Def Jam, Naomi Allen, Sarah Rosete, Kyndra "Binkie" Reevey and Lesley Lewis are creating their…

  10. Detroit's Movement 2009 Festival Lineup Expands

    March 25, 2009 8:28 AM EDT Glitch Mob, Anthony Rother, Benga and Marc "MK" Kinchen are among the more than two dozen more performers named for Movement 2009, the annual electronic music festival that takes place each Memorial Day weekend in Detroit. The four acts join a roster of 60 DJs and live acts that…

  11. Depeche Mode Prepares For Tour Of The Universe

    March 23, 2009 9:03 AM EDT In a room in New York's Greenwich Hotel, Dave Gahan is sitting erect in a straight-backed chair, immune to the wind outside that's blowing garbage cans down the street. Gahan, the lead singer for Depeche Mode, is a rock star and he dresses the part, in all black. He folds one ringed…

  12. Depeche Mode Confirms New Album Track List

    January 29, 2009 5:41 PM EST Depeche Mode has revealed the track list for its 12th album, "Sounds of the Universe," which is due April 21 from EMI. First single "Wrong" will be available March 9. As previously reported , "Universe" is led by the three-minute, hard-edged single "Wrong,…

  13. 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…

  14. Depeche Mode Unveils New 'Sounds'

    January 15, 2009 2:58 PM EST Personally and professionally, synth-pop survivors Depeche Mode are on sturdier footing than ever as they near their 30th anniversary, as well as the April 21 release of their new album, "Sounds of the Universe." "Sometimes you have to pinch yourself, because we've had our…

  15. Maroon 5, John Legend Highlight D.C. Green Ball

    January 15, 2009 2:17 PM EST The Green Ball, one of many high-profile gatherings as part of the inauguration of Barack Obama next week in Washington, is a hot ticket, with Maroon 5, will.i.am, Melissa Etheridge, John Legend and Michael Franti on the bill. Live Earth founder Kevin Wall was selected by former Vice…

  16. Live Earth India Canceled After Terror Attacks

    December 01, 2008 11:24 AM EST The Live Earth India concert, scheduled to be held in Mumbai on Sunday (Dec. 7), has been called off after terror attacks in India's financial capital killed nearly 200 people. Jon Bon Jovi, Roger Waters and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan were to share the stage at the event to raise…

  17. Sarah Brightman Goes Holiday 'Crazy'

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sarah Brightman says life is "completely crazy at the moment," and with a new holiday album, a tour and her debut film role, who's going to doubt her? Sarah Brightman says life is "completely crazy at the moment," and with a new holiday album, a tour and her debut…

  18. This Day in Music

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Skeeter Davis, a veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, dies at Nashville's St. Thomas Hospital. She is 73. The artist, born Mary Frances Penick in Dry Ridge, Ky., had battled breast cancer since 1988. 2004 - Skeeter Davis, a veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, dies at Nashville's St.…

  19. Madonna Starts 'Sticky And Sweet' Tour In Wales

    August 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Even at 50, the queen of pop just can't stop courting controversy. As Madonna kicked off her international "Sticky and Sweet" tour Saturday night in Cardiff, Wales, she took a none-too subtle swipe at Even at 50, the queen of pop just can't stop courting controversy. As…

  20. Chart Beat Chat: The Jonas Brothers, AC, ABBA

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss chart action from the Jonas Brothers, ABBA, women on the AC chart and more! WALKING BACK TO HELEN Hi Fred, What happened to last week's No. 8 song? Did it fall out of the top 50? Have you heard the music of British singer Helen Shapiro? I have only recently…

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