1. Breaking & Entering: Mayer Hawthorne

    October 23, 2009 12:37 PM EDT When Mayer Hawthorne was growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he frequently confiscated his parents' record collection -- which included music by jazz and soul greats like Smokey Robinson , Curtis Mayfield and Leroy Hutson -- to play on his Fisher Price record player. But when Hawthorne,…

  2. Unreleased Jackson 5 Tracks Discovered For New Collection

    October 06, 2009 9:50 AM EDT Motown/UMe is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Jackson 5 's first single with "I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters," a new collection of 12 vault recordings due out on Nov. 10. A single, "That's How Love Is," is being released today (Oct. 6) on iTunes; the…

  3. Mayer Hawthorne, "A Strange Arrangement"

    September 01, 2009 3:10 PM EDT Listing Curtis Mayfield , Smokey Robinson and Barry White as influences, up-and-coming soul singer Mayer Hawthorne isn't your typical freckled face from Ann Arbor, Mich. His debut album, "A Strange Arrangement," appears to pay tribute to these legends. Confident in his…

  4. Rapper C-Murder Faces Life In Prison After Final Murder Conviction

    August 11, 2009 5:58 PM EDT Rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller -- a former No Limit rapper and the youngest brother of Master P (Percy Miller) and Silkk the Shocker (Vyshonn Miller) -- was found guilty of second-degree murder on Tuesday (Aug. 11), a verdict stemming from a fan shooting that dates back to 2002. He…

  5. 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…

  6. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, Belinda Carlisle, Uncle Kracker

    July 17, 2009 3:36 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CATALOG VS. CURRENT, CONTINUED (AGAIN) Hi Gary, As usual, thanks for all you…

  7. May 22, 2009

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Everything She Wants,” Wham! 1972 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Oh Girl,” Chi-Lites. 1971 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Sticky Fingers,” the Rolling Stones. 1967 – Florence Ballard appears with the Supremes for the last time on “The Tonight Show.” 1966 – Bruce…

  8. May 11, 2009

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Drummer John Rutsey, formerly of Rush, dies from a diabetes-related heart attack in his sleep at the age of 55. 2006 – Guitarist Dave Baksh announces he is leaving Sum 41 to pursue his career with his second band, Brown Brigade. 2004 – R&B artist John Whitehead of McFadden &…

  9. April 28, 2009

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots is sentenced to eight days in jail for drunk driving. 2005 – Jazz bassist Percy Heath dies of cancer in Southampton, N.Y. He is 81. 2005 – Eddie Montgomery of country duo Montgomery Gentry seriously injures his left wrist during a show in Asheville,…

  10. Ask Billboard

    April 17, 2009 4:56 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PRESENT OF THE PAST Hi Gary, I have a special request. My brother will be…

  11. March 15, 2009

    March 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Bob Seger, George Harrison, Jackson Browne, Prince, the Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 1999 – Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney and the Staple Singers are inducted into the Rock …

  12. March 14, 2009

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – The Stone Temple Pilots announce they are reuniting for one final tour. 2005 – Buddy Guy, Percy Sledge, the O’Jays, the Pretenders and U2 are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 1995 – Tupac Shakur’s album, “Me Against the World,” enters the charts at No. 1. The rapper, who…

  13. Essence Festival Adds Maxwell, Al Green, Ne-Yo

    January 29, 2009 12:01 AM EST Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Ne-Yo and En Vogue will join previously announced headliner Beyonce at the 15th annual Essence Music Festival. The event will be held July 3-5 at the New Orleans Superdome. Rounding out the bill are Sierra Leone Refugee…

  14. This Day in Music

    December 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Curtis Mayfield, a pioneer of American soul music who penned some of the most lasting songs of the 1960s and '70s, dies at a hospital in Roswell, Ga. He is 57 years old. 1999 - Curtis Mayfield, a pioneer of American soul music who penned some of the most lasting songs of the 1960s…

  15. Black Keys' Auerbach Unveils Solo Debut

    November 17, 2008 3:05 PM EST Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach will take time off from his primary band to release his solo debut early next year and will also tour in support of the project, Billboard can exclusively reveal. The 14-track "Keep It Hid" is due Feb. 10 via Nonesuch. Auerbach will hit the…

  16. Black Keys' Auerbach Unveils Solo Debut

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach will take time off from his primary band to release his solo debut early next year and will also tour in support of the project. Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach will take time off from his primary band to release his solo debut early next…

  17. This Day in Music

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sonic Youth principal Kim Gordon offers the U.S. premiere of her film, "Perfect Partner," and participates in a live performance of the soundtrack at Montclair State University in Montclair, N. 2006 - Sonic Youth principal Kim Gordon offers the U.S. premiere of her film, …

  18. Chart Beat Chat: Josh Groban, Darius Rucker, Dan Seals And Earl Thomas Conley

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss chart action from Darius Rucker, Dan Seals/Earl Thomas Conley, album charts, Josh Groban and more! RUCKER AND PRIDE Hi, Fred, I look forward to your column every week. I am always astonished at how many other people out there are as caught up with the charts as I…

  19. This Day in Music

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman and Zwan leader Billy Corgan presents a multimedia poetry performance in his Chicago hometown, opening the Poetry Center of Chicago's 31st Annual Reading Serie 2003 - Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman and Zwan leader Billy Corgan presents a…

  20. Chart Beat Chat: Darius Rucker, Rodney Crowell, Jessica Simpson and Josh Groban

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Darius Rucker, Rodney Crowell, Jessica Simpson, Josh Groban and more! RUCKER AND PRIDE Hi, Fred, I look forward to your column every week and am always astonished at how many other people out there are as caught up with the charts as I have been since I got my…

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