1. Songwriters Hall of Fame: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Honor the Greats

    October 08, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Larry Henley, Kim Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter among the honorees in Nashville. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Marc Cohn, Bekka Bramlett and J. Fred Knobloch were among those paying tribute Sunday night (Oct.7) as Larry Henley, Kim Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tony Arata were…

  2. Jeff Lynne Q&A: ELO Guru Reboots Old Songs, Preps New Ones

    September 26, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Two Releases on Oct. 9; Plus First Solo Album of New Music in Decades Should Be Ready in 2013 Though he fronted the Electric Light Orchestra since its 1970 inception and was part of the short-lived Traveling Wilburys, Jeff Lynne is primarily a behind-the-scenes figure. The studio has always…

  3. Rolling Stones Doc 'Charlie Is My Darling' Restored, Captures Band at Early Peak

    September 18, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Archival Footage From 1965 Tour Shows Band's Primal Energy, Hysterical Fans, Camaraderie In September of 1965, the Rolling Stones did a quick two-city tour of Ireland on the heels of the success of their latest single, "Satisfaction." Inspired by the Beatles "Hard Days…

  4. Carlos Santana to Pen Memoir

    September 13, 2012 8:58 PM EDT Carlos Santana is ready for the ultimate riff: a memoir. The Grammy-winning superstar has an agreement with Little, Brown and Co. to tell his life story. The publisher, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced Thursday that the book is scheduled for release in 2014. It doesn't yet…

  5. Chart Highlights: Demi Lovato Leaps To No. 1 On Pop Songs

    September 03, 2012 5:15 PM EDT The singer/actress scores her first leader on the list with 'Give Your Heart a Break.' Plus, new No. 1s for Neon Trees, Usher and Little Big Town. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  6. Field Report Find 'Good Place' on Debut

    August 29, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Come for the Bon Iver connection; Stay for the layered, gentle songs about death, self-sabotage and redemption If you were to follow the thread of Field Report's name and ask what findings the band's first album reveals, the answer would be this: "Disappointment, and family and…

  7. Roger Waters: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 24, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Rock Innovator Talks 'Wall' Tour, Now One of the Biggest Moneymakers in All of Music In stark contrast to the wildly successful tour he began in September 2010, Roger Waters today is a man who has transcended walls, or boundaries of any type. Calling on a travel day before the June…

  8. Styx and Ted Nugent Rocked the Classics for a Packed House in Bethlehem, PA

    July 02, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Chart Article PROMOTION Styx and Ted Nugent Rocked the Classics for a Packed House in Bethlehem, PA Styx , the veteran rock band that turned too much time on its hands into a massive hit, made the most of every moment June 29 when it rocked the Sands Bethlehem Event Center at the Sands Casino…

  9. Broken Bells' Sophomore Disc May Come Before Next Shins Album

    June 14, 2012 11:45 AM EDT James Mercer talks about his side project and touring 'Port of Morrow' James Mercer says a second Broken Bells record may be likely before his Shins follow-up to this year's "Port of Morrow." "We have to do another Broken Bells record, which I'm really…

  10. Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood Among Presenters for CMT Music Awards

    June 04, 2012 2:25 PM EDT Hollywood and Nashville will come together this summer for the 11th annual CMT Music Awards, hosted this year by country superstar Toby Keith and House of Lies actress Kristen Bell. A wide array of stars will be on hand for the June 6 ceremony, including presenters Carrie Underwood, Ashley…

  11. Doc Watson, Folk Guitar Icon, Dies at 89

    May 29, 2012 9:15 PM EDT Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was 89. Watson, who was blind…

  12. Vintage Trouble's Overseas Strategy Pays Off With 'Bomb Shelter'

    May 15, 2012 10:30 AM EDT It's an exciting time in the life of the soul/rock band Vintage Trouble . Their new disc, "The Bomb Shelter Sessions," was released in the U.S. on April 24, and they are about to hit the road for tours with the Cranberries and Lenny Kravitz this summer to promote it. "We…

  13. Oak Ridge Boys Venture 'Home Again' With New Album

    May 03, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Since hitting the top ten for the first time in 1977 with "Y'all Come Back Saloon," the Oak Ridge Boys have carved out one of the most successful careers of all time. At the same time, they have never forgotten their Gospel roots. During their years with MCA, they often…

  14. Ke$ha Wants Collabs With Bieber & Keith Richards, Goes Americana for V Mag Cover

    May 02, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Ke$ha , this month's V magazine cover girl, talked to the publication about her recent work with the Flaming Lips and the collaborations she would like to see happen -- with Justin Bieber and Keith Richards . Although the 25-year-old singer told V that she and Bieber are "only…

  15. Weekly Chart Notes: Maroon 5, Gotye, Flo Rida

    April 27, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa connect to Hot 100 history through 'Payphone.' M aroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa teaming up on "Payphone" turned out to be a good call. As the pop/rock band and rapper roar onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3, the song ties with two others for the highest…

  16. Dick Clark, American Music Icon, Dead at 82

    April 18, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the year-end countdown from Times Square on …

  17. Gotye's Smash Hit Almost Didn't Happen

    April 13, 2012 6:20 PM EDT After a Six-Month Build, 'Somebody That I Used To Know' Is a Breakout Hit, With Nearly 4.5 Million Copies Sold It's the hit that almost wasn't, a simple song that's become a ­worldwide smash but nearly disappeared before it was even finished. Gotye's "…

  18. Dawn Richard Talks End of Diddy-Dirty Money, 'Armor On' EP & More

    April 03, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Dawn Richard is ready for war. In the past seven years, the singer has endured everything from the breakup of all-girl group Danity Kane to the unexpected disbandment of hip-hop trio Diddy-Dirty Money . But the release of her solo EP "Armor On" (March 27), only proves that Dawn is…

  19. 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…

  20. 'American Idol' Top 11: Bad Song Choices and Disqualifications

    March 15, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Jermaine Jones, the proclaimed "gentle giant" who was brought back to the show after being eliminated prior to the semifinals, was announced Wednesday night (March 14) to be off "American Idol" -- for good this time. His elimination follows the revelation of a previously…

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