1. Barely Charting Classics: Bob Marley, Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Smiths & More

    February 03, 2016 5:00 PM EST A look at artists whose influence far outpaced their initial chart success. Hindsight is a clichéd 20/20. Many songs, albums and artists now considered classics and/or masters of their genres failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 or the Billboard 200 upon their initial releases, or had…

  2. How the 33 1/3 Series, In Spite of Two Shrinking Industries, Continues to Thrive

    February 25, 2015 11:27 AM EST How 'Harry Potter' made the long-running series possible. You've heard it before: music criticism as we know it is dying , replaced with editorial positions at Apple or lifestyle reporters masquerading as music journalists. But in one tiny corner of the publishing industry, at…

  3. Minnie Driver Marries David Bowie, Shakespeare in 'Hunky Dory'

    March 12, 2012 9:45 AM EDT David Bowie and William Shakespeare form a duo in "Hunky Dory," a film set in Wales in 1976 in which an adventurous teacher played by Minnie Driver gets her students to do a musical version of "The Tempest." The Bard's words remain rooted in the early 17th century;…

  4. Nick Drake Doc Takes Shape

    July 06, 2010 2:15 PM EDT After a pair of well-received documentary projects-"The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights" and "180° South"-Emmett Malloy's next target is paying tribute to the late British folk-rocker Nick Drake. The Brushfire Records co-founder has already started…

  5. James Mercer, Isaac Brock Team Up For '180°' Soundtrack

    June 21, 2010 2:01 PM EDT Emmett Malloy felt music was so integral to "180° South," the new environmental documentary he produced for his Woodshed Films imprint, that he brought singer-songwriters James Mercer (the Shins , Broken Bells ) and Mason Jennings to the Patagonia region of South America to inspire…

  6. Vedder, Grohl Set For Nick Drake Tribute Album

    January 19, 2009 2:53 PM EST Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Norah Jones and Jack Johnson are among the acts confirmed for a Nick Drake tribute album to be released by Johnson's Brushfire Records. The announcement was made during the MidemNet conference in Cannes, France, by David Schulhof, whose company,…

  7. Peter Moren

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT If it all becomes one long hangover, you will end up seeing touring as an angst-ridden thing and try to get away from it to fight the touring demon. April 21, New York We (that means me, our tour manager Peter Hamilton and Tobias Fröberg, supporting act and backing musician) came in from…

  8. Ledger's Eerie Drake Video Foreshadowed Death

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST The fate of an eerie video of actor Heath Ledger "drowning" himself, set to a song from late singer/songwriter Nick Drake, is now being mulled by the estate of Drake, who committed suicide in 1974. The fate of an eerie video of actor Heath Ledger "drowning" himself, set to…

  9. Fergie, John Legend, BRMC Complete Bumbershoot Bill

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fergie, John Legend, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, (+)44 and the Apples In Stereo are among the final acts confirmed for the 2007 Bumbershoot festival, to be held Sept. 1-3 throughout the Seattle Cente Fergie, John Legend, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, (+)44 and the Apples In Stereo are among…

  10. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    July 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Aly & AJ extend their brand and toughen up their sound, Smashing Pumpkins are reborn after a seven-year hiatus, Spoon keeps on growing alongside its indie label partner and Interpol doesn't stray The first new studio album in 14 years from Australian rock outfit Crowded House, "…

  11. Jose Gonzalez Finds 'Nature' On Sophomore Set

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After ascending to indie rock stardom with his 2005 album, "Veneer," Swedish singer/songwriter Jose Gonzalez will return Sept. 25 with his next Mute effort, "In Our Nature." After ascending to indie rock stardom with his 2005 album, "Veneer," Swedish singer…

  12. Drake Rarities Blossom On 'Family Tree'

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For decades, fans have made a pilgrimage to Nick Drake's hometown in tiny Tanworth-In-Arden, England. For decades, fans have made a pilgrimage to Nick Drake's hometown in tiny Tanworth-In-Arden, England. His parents would invite these visitors into their house, playing early reel-to…

  13. Difford Preps Album, Hopeful For Squeeze Reunion

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST On the eve of his first U.S. tour in a decade, Squeeze's Chris Difford is currently putting the finishing touches on his second solo album, "Another Day Above Ground." On the eve of his first U.S. tour in a decade, Squeeze's Chris Difford is currently putting the finishing…

  14. NORTHERN SKY

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST A group of childhood pals try to instigate a British folk revival in this seriocomic tale by Radcliffe, a BBC radio deejay. A group of childhood pals try to instigate a British folk revival in this seriocomic tale by Radcliffe, a BBC radio deejay. Narrator Ed Beckinsale is so sensitive he&…

  15. DARKER THAN THE DEEPEST SEA

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Meticulous portrait of the gentle English singer/songwriter whose posthumous impact on the music world continues to gather force. Meticulous portrait of the gentle English singer/songwriter whose posthumous impact on the music world continues to gather force. For someone with only three…

  16. Ask Billboard

    December 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Answers to readers' questions about Nick Drake, No Doubt, Bush and more! DRAKE ON THE MIND Hi Keith, About three years ago a friend introduced me to the music of Nick Drake and I thought it was amazing. A few days later I went to a record store and bought all three of Nick's studio…

  17. New Magic Numbers Hitting U.S. In February

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST U.K. rock act the Magic Numbers have set a Feb. 20 release date for their sophomore Capitol effort, "Those the Brokes." U.K. rock act the Magic Numbers have set a Feb. 20 release date for their sophomore Capitol effort, "Those the Brokes." The track listing for the U.S.…

  18. Bela

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Old rock meets the new on "Hole and Corner," the debut from Baldvin Ringsted's Glasgow, Scotland-based band, Bela. Old rock meets the new on "Hole and Corner," the debut from Baldvin Ringsted's Glasgow, Scotland-based band, Bela. The 30-year-old bandleader cites…

  19. SYD MATTERS, "Syd Matters"

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST A few things about Syd Matters that are worth mentioning that aren't necessarily related to his music per se, but important nonetheless. A few things about Syd Matters that are worth mentioning that aren't necessarily related to his music per se, but important nonetheless. First,…

  20. JOSE GONZALEZ, "Stay in the Shade EP"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." The Swedish-by way of-Argentina folk singer has drawn modest comparisons to…

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