1. Austin City Limits Lineup: Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Black Keys Headlining

    May 22, 2012 1:05 AM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers will top a loaded bill at October's Austin City Limits. The 130-band lineup will include Neil Young and Crazy Horse , the Black Keys , Jack White , Florence + the Machine and the Avett Brothers atop the bill. The annual Texas festival will span Oct. 12-14 in Zilker…

  2. Van Dyke Parks, 'SMiLE' Collaborator, Aims to 'Agitate' With Solo Music

    May 08, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Van Dyke Parks' mantra these days is "My greatest victories are ahead of me, not behind." And that's saying something considering the musical track record the composer, arranger, producer and lyricist has amassed to this point. Roman Cho Probably best known as Brian Wilson…

  3. Martha's Trouble: Remembering the 'Lost Art' of the Lullaby

    May 08, 2012 12:05 PM EDT How the husband-and-wife pop/folk duo turned a family tradition into its new album. From iPads to iPods, video games and all things electronic, it's not just adults who are so often receiving such a steady stream of stimuli these days. Kids are, too. Folk duo Martha's Trouble…

  4. Jack White's 'Blunderbuss' Bumps Adele Off U.K. Chart Throne

    April 30, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Dials Up a Fourth Week Atop Singles Chart Jack White's first solo album "Blunderbuss" replaced his XL Recordings labelmate Adele's "21" at the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday). Carly Rae Jepsen'…

  5. Gavin DeGraw Booted From 'Dancing With The Stars'

    April 18, 2012 10:55 AM EDT The sweetness is gone for Gavin DeGraw on "Dancing with the Stars." The singer-songwriter and his professional partner, Karina Smirnoff, were bounced from the ABC show Tuesday after the judges' scores were combined with viewers' votes. DeGraw has been juggling "…

  6. Chili Pepper Bowling + GnR Buzz at Rock Hall Pre-Parties

    April 14, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Cleveland rocked on Friday night with private parties and public performances as the city geared up for its third Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The biggest bash, size-wise, was a gala at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum, where hundreds gathered to eat, check out shrine…

  7. 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…

  8. Alicia Keys' Broadway 'Stick Fly' Closing

    February 10, 2012 12:30 PM EST "Stick Fly," a Broadway play co-produced by Alicia Keys is closing after previews began playing on Nov. 20. Due to financial failures in the box office, "Stick Fly", written by Lydia R. Diamond, is set to run a last performance on February 26. Last week it brought in $238,…

  9. R&B/Gospel Singer David Peaston Dies At 54

    February 02, 2012 5:05 PM EST It's been an unfortunate week for R&B and soul. Yesterday (Wed., Feb. 1) -- on the same day as "Soul Train" founder Don Cornelius' death -- R&B/gospel singer, David Peaston , died at 54 years old. Peaston's cause of death is inconclusive, according to St.…

  10. Bonnie Raitt, 'Slipstream': Album Preview

    January 17, 2012 10:23 AM EST Bonnie Raitt Title: Slipstream | Release Date: April 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt 's first album since 2005's "Souls Alike" (which spent 14 weeks on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 19) is also her first project on her new label, Redwing…

  11. Bonnie Raitt To Release 'Slipstream' Album in April

    January 03, 2012 1:40 PM EST Bonnie Raitt is releasing a new album in 2012, her first in seven years. "Slipstream," out April 10, follows a long break from studio work for the Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. She lost her parents, her brother and her best friend. "I hadn't stopped…

  12. VH1 Divas Highlighted by Winehouse Tribute, 50 Cent & Chaka Khan Pairing

    December 19, 2011 3:30 PM EST VH1 may have honored singing divas at its annual VH1 Divas special, but the night was all about collaboration. 50 Cent was hand-in-hand with Chaka Khan on the red carpet; Mavis Staples screamed her love for Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine and Ledisi gushed over meeting Martha Reeves …

  13. Whoa, Slow Down! 10 Tempo-Halting Remakes

    November 29, 2011 10:15 AM EST After the majority of pop hits in recent months have implored listeners to raise your glass and just dance (and, keep on dancing 'til the world ends), a shift toward fewer BPMs might be, well, slowly, taking place. Amid pop radio's almost exclusive reliance on hi-NRG dance/pop,…

  14. Ask Billboard: Uncovering Potentially Uncoverable Songs

    November 18, 2011 7:15 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. UNCOVERING…

  15. Crosby & Nash Latest to Sing for Occupy Wall Street

    November 08, 2011 7:59 PM EST More than 40 years after "Ohio" took aim at the Kent State shootings, David Crosby and Graham Nash brought their iconic protest songs to the struggles of a new generation on Tuesday. The duo, half of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, performed an unamplified set in Manhattan's…

  16. Four Tops' Musical Director Dies at 61

    November 02, 2011 7:49 PM EDT LAS VEGAS - A key behind-the-scenes associate of the famed Motown quartet the Four Tops, George Rountree, has died. He was 61. The Sun reports Rountree, who worked as the group's musical director for more than 30 years, died Sunday in a Las Vegas hospital. Rountree, known simply as Tree,…

  17. House Band: Martha's Trouble Makes Itself at (Fans') Home(s)

    November 01, 2011 1:05 PM EDT How does an indie folk band expand its fanbase in 2011? Catchy hooks, hard work and a unique tour. Plus, a little help from Starship. An A&T commercial on TV of late finds a less-than-enthusiastic contest winner scoring "an entire day with '70s rocker Edgar Winter," as she&…

  18. Occupy Wall Street: When Music Stars Invade

    October 24, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Kanye showed up and said not a single word (after all, his sheer presence speaks for itself). Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Tom Morello sang protest anthems with the people. Just this weekend, Katy Perry and husband Russell Brand swung by on their bikes. And from the looks of his Twitter…

  19. Billboard Bits: Alicia Keys to Honor George Harrison, Pitchfork Fest Comes to NYC

    October 12, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Alicia Keys' Charity to Honor George Harrison Alicia Keys' charity will pay tribute to late Beatle guitarist George Harrison with a star-studded concert in New York City next month. Her charity, called…

  20. The Doors Team Up With Skrillex

    October 07, 2011 2:00 PM EDT With celebrity DJs and a-list producers becoming more and more like the rock stars of old, the documentary "RE:GENERATION" attempts to bring the two even closer together. The most striking combo is perhaps that of dubstep artist Skrillex (Sonny Moore, formerly of the screamo punk…

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