1. Ricky Martin Comes Out as a 'Fortunate Homosexual Man'

    March 29, 2010 5:30 PM EDT After more than a decade of dodging rumors and speculations about his sexual orientation, Latin singer Ricky Martin has come out of the closet and declared himself a "fortunate homosexual man." In a post made on his website today (March 29), Martin wrote, "Many people told me: …

  2. Gogol Bordello, Rick Rubin Team Up For 'Hustle'

    March 23, 2010 4:14 PM EDT Eugene Hütz, guitar strapped over a shirtless shoulder, sweat shining atop his narrow frame, grabs the microphone and raises one arm over his famously mustachioed face, closing the night with a final coda: "We are your fucking friends Gogol Bordello !" Behind, his band of gypsies…

  3. The Decade in Music: Top 50 Moments page 3

    December 23, 2009 10:40 AM EST Chart Article list divider « Previous 50-41 40-31 30-21 20-11 10-1 Next » 30 "Marshall Mathers LP" Moves Millions (May 30, 2000) Even though his influence on Middle America was apparent at the start of the decade, no one knew just how popular Eminem had become until the "…

  4. Hot Tours: AC/DC, Leonard Cohen, Nickelback

    November 19, 2009 11:10 AM EST While the Australian rock band AC/DC is winding down its tour this year with a few more dates scheduled in South America, the Black Ice World Tour is set to continue in 2010 with dates booked in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Totals from three U.S. arenas were reported this week along with…

  5. Ben Allison, "Think Free"

    October 30, 2009 3:43 PM EDT A New York underground jazz scene mainstay, bassist Ben Allison has broken away from traditional jazz into crossover hybrids and developed a distinctive voice. Allison's latest release, "Think Free," is a seamless follow-up to last year's "Little Things Run the World…

  6. The Flaming Lips, "Embryonic"

    October 30, 2009 3:33 PM EDT For some longtime Lips fans, the band's 12th studio album, "Embryonic," will be hailed as a welcome return to the experimental, psychedelic form of its early years. But the group's newer fans who only know the Lips' recent pop-infused tunes and obtuse but harmless…

  7. 'New Moon' Rising: The Billboard Cover Story

    October 23, 2009 2:16 PM EDT Just in case you've been in a sight-, sound- and Twitter-deprivation tank for the past two years, here's the lowdown on the "Twilight" franchise: It's a series of four books written by Stephenie Meyer about Bella, a human girl who hearts Edward, a vampire boy. This is…

  8. Voodoo Experience '09: Must-See Bands

    October 23, 2009 11:50 AM EDT This year's Voodoo Experience will be returning to Halloween weekend for its eleventh year. Festival-goers are able to purchase single, three-day, or VIP lounge passes to the event held in New Orleans' City Park. Continuing Voodoo's tradition of diverse lineups, concert-goers…

  9. Buble Stays On Top, 'New Moon' Grabs No. 2 On Billboard 200

    October 21, 2009 11:39 AM EDT The penthouse of the Billboard 200 chart is still a bit "Crazy," as Michael Bublé 's "Crazy Love" retains the No. 1 slot for a second week. The album's first full week in stores keeps it firmly in the penthouse with 203,000 copies sold (up 55%), according to…

  10. Leonard Cohen Performs In Israel Despite Political Controversy

    September 24, 2009 3:24 PM EDT Leonard Cohen wowed an adoring audience Thursday night, crooning his iconic ballads at his first show in Israel in 30 years and ignoring a political storm over his appearance. The 75-year-old singer entertained fans at Ramat Gan stadium near Tel Aviv. Some in the audience wore black fedora…

  11. Flaming Lips Strip Down For Naked Bike Ride Video Shoot

    September 23, 2009 3:09 PM EDT The Flaming Lips ' Wayne Coyne is the first to admit he has a vagina fixation. First there are the gyrating video hips out of which the band emerges in the latest incarnation of its storied stage show. Then there's the female genitalia-headed aliens in the group's feature film,…

  12. Leonard Cohen Returning To Tour After Onstage Collapse

    September 21, 2009 8:40 AM EDT Singer Leonard Cohen is expected to return to the stage on Monday after he collapsed during a concert in Spain on Friday and was rushed to hospital. The Canadian, who turns 75 on Monday, was halfway through a performance of his hit song "Bird on a Wire" at a show in Valencia when he…

  13. Anita Baker Hits Studio With Snoop Dogg, Plots 2010 Release

    July 24, 2009 2:53 PM EDT Anita Baker is considering a live video and/or album for her next release, possibly in 2010. And she's not ruling out the possibility of some new music next year, either. The Grammy Award-winning songstress filmed shows during the past year at the DTE Energy Music Theatre near her…

  14. Leonard Cohen Announces Second U.S. Leg Of World Tour

    July 22, 2009 7:30 AM EDT Leonard Cohen will return to the United States this fall to perform in theaters and arenas, beginning Oct. 17 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., and wrapping Nov. 13 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Select tickets for the 15-date U.S. trek will go on sale Aug. 3 through…

  15. Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis / July 4, 2009 / New York (Battery Park)

    July 13, 2009 7:32 PM EDT A sea of blankets spread across the shady grounds of Battery Park as concertgoers gathered on a beautiful Fourth of July afternoon to see Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band with Jenny Lewis . The free event, part of the summer-long NYC River to River Festival, drew a large diverse crowd…

  16. Jon Balke, "Siwan"

    July 13, 2009 12:46 PM EDT Rarely during the course of a listening year does a recording strike such emotional depth as the Norwegian keyboardist / conductor Jon Balke 's latest ECM outing, the cross-cultural masterpiece "SIWAN." With a large cast of improvising jazz artists (including trumpeter Jon…

  17. Conor Oberst & Jenny Lewis / July 4, 2009 / New York (Battery Park)

    July 09, 2009 7:15 PM EDT A sea of blankets spread across the shady grounds of Battery Park as concertgoers gathered on a beautiful Fourth of July afternoon to see Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band with Jenny Lewis. The free event, part of the summer-long NYC River to River Festival, drew a large diverse crowd…

  18. Omar Faruk Tekbilek, "Rare Elements"

    July 07, 2009 4:31 PM EDT The Turkish-born musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek is also a composer, and his music is the inspiration for this remix disc, the second installment in 5 Points Records' remix series. Tekbilek is a Sufi, and therefore his approach to music is mystical and worshipful. Handing his tunes to a…

  19. The Dead, Black Crowes Deliver At Rothbury

    July 05, 2009 8:40 AM EDT Forget Independence Day. Saturday was the day of The Dead at the Rothbury Festival, which came as no surprise to anyone paying attention to the plethora of Grateful Dead-related attire worn around the Double JJ ranch site or to the many Dead flags that popped up at virtually every other…

  20. Flaming Lips Offer 'Embryonic' Sneak Peek

    June 23, 2009 7:56 AM EDT Fans who use the Internet to purchase concert tickets to the Flaming Lips' forthcoming U.S. summer tour will receive a sneak peek of the alternative-psychedelic band's new double-album, "Embryonic," scheduled for release later this year on Warner Bros. The Flaming Lips…

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