1. Sun Shines For Julie Roberts, New Album Due October

    June 11, 2013 6:33 AM EDT Sun Records, the storied Memphis label that has been solely in the licensing business for more than four decades, will return to releasing new music with a new album from former Mercury Records artist Julie Roberts. Her album, “Good Wine and Bad Decisions,” will be released Oct. 29; Red…

  2. Tornado Benefit Spikes Blake Shelton Sales

    June 06, 2013 5:01 PM EDT The singer's 'Based on a True Story…' returns to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after last week's charity concert. Plus, the reign of Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' continues and Tim McGraw ties a Country Airplay record Blake Shelton's May 29 "…

  3. Booker T. Jones, 'Watch You Sleeping' feat. Kori Withers: Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 04, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Booker T. Jones hasn't been messing around between studio albums. The soul legend released the Roots-backed "The Road from Memphis" in May 2011, and is preparing to put out a new full-length later this month. The road to his new album's release begins with "Watch…

  4. Bubbling Under: Front Bottoms Rise Up

    May 31, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Front Bottoms, Katy Tiz, Jared Ashley and Travi$ Scott THE FRONT BOTTOMS Indie rock act the Front Bottoms debut on…

  5. Paul McCartney Leaves a Memento on Visit to Graceland

    May 27, 2013 11:35 PM EDT Paul McCartney made his first visit to the one-time home of the King of Rock `N' Roll and left a gift behind. According to the official Twitter account of the former Beatle, McCartney dropped a personal guitar pick on Elvis Presley's grave and said it was "so Elvis can play…

  6. Booker T. Jones Talks Stax Return, New Album 'Sound the Alarm'

    May 26, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Booker T. Jones returns to a revitalized Stax Records for accessible, guest-filled album. Forty-three years after leaving Memphis for Los Angeles, Booker T. Jones has been reunited with the label whose sound he helped define, Stax Records. He left at a time of turmoil and change in…

  7. French Montana Talks 'Excuse My French' Album & Success

    May 21, 2013 11:13 AM EDT Even among rappers, French Montana's love of money runs deep. Here's a short list of things that come before his bank balance: his family (both parents, now separated, and two younger brothers) and his friend the rapper Max B, who was incarcerated in 2009 for conspiracy to commit…

  8. Pistol Annies Shoot Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    May 16, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Nearly doubling the trio's previous best weekly Nielsen SoundScan sum, Pistol Annies' sophomore set "Annie Up" bows at No. 2 on Top Country Albums with 83,000 sold. The threesome of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley previously debuted at No. 1 with …

  9. Paul Rodgers Busy With a Brace of New Albums, Bad Company Trek Starting June

    May 12, 2013 11:35 PM EDT As he prepares for the nostalgia of Bad Company's 40th anniversary tour this summer, Paul Rodgers is also looking ahead with not one but two new albums in progress. One, Rodgers tells Billboard, is a collection of soul covers -- "emphasis on Stax," he says -- that he and…

  10. Mac Miller's Space Migration Tour Blasting Off in June

    May 07, 2013 8:34 PM EDT The MC will hit the road with Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill, Earl Sweatshirt and more for a 38-date U.S. run. Mac Miller will be orbiting America this summer. The rapper's 38-date The Space Migration Tour will kick off June 25 in Austin, Texas, with Vince Staples, the Internet and…

  11. Patty Griffin Puts Robert Plant Rumors to Rest, Talks Raw 'American' Album

    May 06, 2013 11:45 AM EDT "We both have similar places that we come from as singers," she says of Plant. "He inspires me. He goes far and deep" Just how intimate can this sound? That's the question Patty Griffin set forth to answer when recording her seventh solo album, "American Kid,…

  12. Justin Timberlake Announces '20/20' World Tour

    May 06, 2013 10:50 AM EDT Justin Timberlake will follow-up his upcoming stadium trek with Jay-Z with his first solo world tour in six years, bringing his traveling experience to dozens of countries through 2014, it was announced on Monday. "The 20/20 Experience World Tour" kicks of Oct. 31 in Montreal…

  13. Gogol Bordello to Release 'Pura Vida Conspiracy'

    May 01, 2013 11:45 AM EDT Those raucous gypsy punks of Gogol Bordello have cooked up their sixth studio album, "Pura Vida Conspiracy," set for release July 23 on ATO/Casa Gogol Records. Produced by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta) and recorded in El Paso, Texas, "Conspiracy"…

  14. Penn Badgley Talks Becoming Jeff Buckley In 'Greetings From Tim Buckley' at Tribeca Premiere

    April 24, 2013 7:30 PM EDT "Greetings From Tim Buckley," a new film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival Tuesday, is a biopic of famed 90s rock singer Jeff Buckley -- just not in the traditional sense. Rather than chronicling his most famous period (the release of his acclaimed debut "Grace"…

  15. 'Idol' Alums, Including Season 3's 'Pen Salesman,' Thrive on 'The Voice'

    April 24, 2013 9:59 AM EDT Fans of The Voice may have noticed two familiar faces from American Idol this season: season nine’s Luke Edgemon and season three top 10 finalist Jon Peter Lewis, who is competing as part of the duo Midas Whale. Both men advanced in Monday night’s battle round, with Midas Whale retaining…

  16. Updated: Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket Set AmericanaramA Summer Tour

    April 21, 2013 6:00 PM EDT Bob Dylan and his band, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket are set to hit the road for the AmericanaramA Festival of Music tour this summer, BobDylan.com announced today (April 21). The tour will visit 26 venues, kicking off June 26 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida…

  17. Jeff Buckley Musical Could Grace Broadway Stage

    April 11, 2013 5:34 AM EDT The Old Globe in San Diego will open its 2013-14 season in the fall with "The Last Goodbye," a musical conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that reimagines the conflicted love story against a soundtrack by late singer-songwriter Jeff…

  18. White House Hosts Night of Memphis Soul -- Watch Justin Timberlake Sing for Obamas

    April 10, 2013 3:45 AM EDT President Barack Obama said he'd been looking forward to a White House celebration of Memphis soul music for one reason. "Let's face it, who does not love this music?" he asked Tuesday, opening the night's concert in an East Room bathed in amber light and…

  19. Justin Timberlake Visits White House, Earns Praise From Michelle Obama

    April 09, 2013 2:35 PM EDT Obamas host Timberlake, Ben Harper and others for a special Memphis Soul concert Justin Timberlake made his presence known at the White House on Tuesday, where he's spending the day celebrating Memphis soul music with the First Family. The Memphis native will perform at a concert this…

  20. Black Crowes Reject 'Album Cycle Thinking' as New Tour Revs Up

    April 05, 2013 1:30 PM EDT "We're fortunate that we can go out and play shows and don't have to have, 'Here's our new song...' as a reason to do it" The Black Crowes are hopeful that its just-started Lay Down With Number 13 world tour will result in the group's first album of…

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