1. Stephin Merritt's 'Coraline' Musical Debuts Off-Broadway

    June 02, 2009 5:02 PM EDT Best known for his work as the wry frontman for the Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt's music and lyrics for the off-Broadway version of Neil Gaiman's "Coraline" officially debuted last night (June 1) in lower Manhattan at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The production has been…

  2. May 5, 2009

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis dies in Austin, Texas, after suffering a heart attack and a stroke. He is 70. 1999 – At the 34th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Garth Brooks is named artist of the decade. 1997 – Gracie Katherine McGraw is born to husband-and-wife country singers…

  3. April 30, 2009

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Mariah Carey marries rapper-actor Nick Cannon in a secret ceremony at Carey’s house in Eleuthera, Bahamas. 2006 – Madonna makes her festival debut at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. 1999 – Darrell Sweet of Nazareth suffers a fatal heart attack as the…

  4. The Strokes Getting Back To Work In '09

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Strokes plan to regroup in February, ending a hiatus that began after touring to promote 2006's "First Impressions of Earth," according to drummer Fabrizio Moretti. The Strokes plan to regroup in February, ending a hiatus that began after touring to promote 2006's …

  5. Billboard Bits: 'Juno,' Travis, 'Yes We Can'

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rhino will aim to extend the "Juno" phenomenon by combining the soundtrack and the subsequent collection "Juno B-Sides: Almost Adopted Songs" into a single, deluxe edition of the album. Rhino will aim to extend the "Juno" phenomenon by combining the soundtrack…

  6. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica roars back on its first album in five years, Jessica Simpson makes a play for country stardom, LL Cool J says adios to Def Jam and Gym Class Heroes bare their souls in this week's Hot Produc The first album in five years from trip-hop innovator Tricky, "Knowle West Boy…

  7. Anthony David

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Faith, doubt and effort: It takes all three to bring anything meaningful to fruition, according to Anthony David. Faith, doubt and effort: It takes all three to bring anything meaningful to fruition, according to Anthony David. "I always liked music as a kid, but I'm from Savannah …

  8. Rilo Kiley / June 2, 2008 / New York (Terminal 5)

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a night filled with handclaps and singalongs, Rilo Kiley's first of two gigs at New York's Terminal 5 had the perfect amount of glitter, glamour and sleaze to parallel the band's 2007 release "Unde In a night filled with handclaps and singalongs, Rilo Kiley's first…

  9. Germs Biopic Hitting U.S. Theaters In August

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Germs biopic "What We Do Is Secret" will hit U.S. theaters in August thanks to a newly signed distribution deal with Peace Arch Entertainment, Billboard has learned. The Germs biopic "What We Do Is Secret" will hit U.S. theaters in August thanks to a newly signed…

  10. This Day in Music

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Madonna makes her festival debut at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., performing six songs in front of one of the largest crowds ever to witness an artist at the 2006 - Madonna makes her festival debut at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in…

  11. Le Tigre Members Tour Behind New Project

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Le Tigre remains "on a long hiatus," says band member JD Samson, but that hasn't stopped her from teaming up with the group's Johanna Fateman for DJ-based project Men, which launches a month-long club Le Tigre remains "on a long hiatus," says band member JD…

  12. Lidell Finds Sunshine With 'Jim'

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Although British soul/pop singer Jamie Lidell loves his adopted hometown of Berlin, he ushered himself to Los Angeles for the recording of his third album, "Jim." Although British soul/pop singer Jamie Lidell loves his adopted hometown of Berlin, he ushered himself to Los Angeles…

  13. Newsom Shines With Brooklyn Philharmonic

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Joanna Newsom performed her critically acclaimed album "Ys" from start to finish last night (Jan. 31) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, teaming up with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. Joanna Newsom performed her critically acclaimed album "Ys" from start to finish…

  14. This Day in Music

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST - "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" takes home the awards in both musical categories of the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Composer Howard Shore wins the best original sco 2004 - "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" takes home the awards…

  15. Chart Beat Chat

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "Petit Papa Noël," non-debut BB200 No. 1s, duets and more! JOYEUX 'NOEL' Hello Fred! It's a nice surprise to learn that "Noel" ("Christmas" in French) by Josh Groban is No. 1 this week. As a French [citizen] I'm very proud that…

  16. DMB's Georgia Peach Heading To CD/DVD

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Dave Matthews Band's Sept. 8 show at Atlanta's Piedmont Park is headed to CD and DVD Dec. 11 via Bama Rags/RCA. The performance raised more than $1 million to assist the expansion of the park. Dave Matthews Band's Sept. 8 show at Atlanta's Piedmont Park is headed to CD and…

  17. Rissi Palmer, "Rissi Palmer"

    October 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "Country Girl"—the song that has famously made Missouri-bred Rissi Palmer the first black woman in two decades to hit the Hot Country Songs chart—is a propulsive, soul-fueled stomp offering a usef "Country Girl"—the song that has famously made Missouri-bred Rissi Palmer…

  18. Phish Dusts Off Vegas Gig For CD Release

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Phish's Dec. 6, 1996, performance at Las Vegas' Aladdin Theatre will be released Nov. 20 on CD via the band's own JEMP Records. Phish's Dec. 6, 1996, performance at Las Vegas' Aladdin Theatre will be released Nov. 20 on CD via the band's own JEMP Records. Beyond…

  19. GONZALES, "Solo Piano"

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT And while the obvious touchstones here are Gershwin and Satie, a keen pop ear can also trace the heavy inspiration from Randy Newman's soundtrack work on compositions like "Gogol" and "Bermuda Triang It seems like every decade has a style of music they should be…

  20. Second Junior Senior Set Finally Hitting U.S.

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Junior Senior's sophomore album, "Hey Hey My My Yo Yo," will finally see the light of day in North America via Crunchy Frog/Rykodisc, Billboard has learned. Junior Senior's sophomore album, "Hey Hey My My Yo Yo," will finally see the light of day in North America…

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