1. Wolfmother Surprises With 'New Crown' Album Release: Listen

    March 25, 2014 5:50 AM EDT Andrew Stockdale’s Wolfmother isn’t done catching folks by surprise.  The Australian rock trio has joined the likes of Beyonce and Skrillex by releasing an album in stealth mode. Wolfmother’s third album, “New Crown,” has arrived online with no marketing, no promo and no great push. With a…

  2. Paula Abdul Talks Jewish Roots, Twerking

    November 03, 2013 11:50 AM EST The former "American Idol" judge goes on a pilgrimage to Israel: "The most magnificent trip I've ever taken - magical and emotional" Paula Abdul, an award-winning singer, dancer, choreographer and TV personality, can add a new title to her resume: religious pilgrim.…

  3. Tim Wright, Bassist in Avante Garde Bands Pere Ubu and DNA, Dead

    August 06, 2013 7:30 PM EDT Tim Wright, founding bassist of influential Cleveland band Pere Ubu and a transformative force in pioneering no wave band DNA, died this past Sunday from unreleased causes. The Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the news earlier today. Wright joined Pere Ubu in 1975, following the dissolution of…

  4. House Music: Your Living Room Might Be Your Next Concert Venue

    June 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT House concerts are providing DIY-inclined singer/songwriters, like Callaghan, a way to earn a living at their craft … and bringing music to fans in the purest, most intimate way At 5:58 on a warm and sunny spring evening in North Quincy, Mass., Frank Sullivan is stirring a pot of…

  5. Barbra Streisand To Receive Honorary PhD, Will Perform in Israel

    May 20, 2013 11:47 PM EDT A leading Israeli university says it will present singer Barbra Streisand with an honorary Ph.D. when she visits Israel next month. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem said Monday it was granting the singer the degree because of her concern for human rights and dedication to Israel and the…

  6. The xx Announce New Album, 'Coexist'

    June 01, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Indie rock auteurs the xx have announced the details of their long-awaited sophomore album. "Coexist" will be released on Sept. 11 through Young Turks, and one day earlier in the U.K. band's native country. "Coexist" was recorded over the past six months in the band&…

  7. Bob Dylan Awarded Medal of Freedom From 'Big Fan' Obama

    May 29, 2012 6:05 PM EDT President Barack Obama awarded Bob Dylan with a Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in a White House ceremony on Tuesday. "Bob's voice, with its weight, its unique gravely power, was redefining not just what music sounded like, but the message it carried and…

  8. Bob Dylan Receives Medal of Freedom

    April 27, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Bob Dylan has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor bestowed upon a United States civilian. The singer-songwriter was one of 13 recipients announced by President Obama on Thursday. The Medal of Freedom recognizes "individuals who have made especially…

  9. Dead At 27: Nine Artists Gone Too Soon

    July 23, 2011 6:11 PM EDT An uncanny number of musicians have passed away at age 27. Today (July 23), on the third anniversary of Amy Winehouse's death, we reflect on some of the 27 Club's most notable talents. Amy, Kurt, Janis, Jimi and Jim may be gone, but none of them will be forgotten. Amy Winehouse …

  10. Mike Watt Revisits Minutemen's Music for 'Hyphenated' Rock Opera

    January 26, 2011 4:57 PM EST For nearly 20 years, Mike Watt would not listen to Minutemen music after bandmate D. Boon's death in a 1985 auto accident. But after participating in the 2005 documentary "We Jam Econo," Watt found himself moved to write again in Minutemen style for his third rock opera, "…

  11. Wolfmother Evolves On 'Cosmic Egg'

    September 25, 2009 5:24 PM EDT Like all animals, Wolfmother faced two choices: evolve or die. Citing "longstanding frictions," keyboard/bassist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett left in 2008. But frontman Andrew Stockdale wasn't about to give up after achieving so much -- the band sold 537,000 U.S. copies…

  12. Wolfmother Returns: Video Q&A

    September 16, 2009 12:32 PM EDT "Our EP had gone gold before we had a manager... now I have my own makeup artist making me look good, now I'm a professional," Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale joked with a mischievous grin for Billboard's cameras in Los Angeles recently. "That's how much…

  13. This Day in Music

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He is 58. 2006 - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He is 58. 2004 - A…

  14. Barbra Streisand Scraps Planned Israel Concert

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Barbra Streisand has canceled a planned performance in Israel for an event marking the Jewish state's 60th anniversary, citing personal obligations. Barbra Streisand has canceled a planned performance in Israel for an event marking the Jewish state's 60th anniversary, citing…

  15. Billboard Bits: Rhapsody America, POP Montreal, Soulsavers

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks, RealNetworks and Verizon Wireless have joined forces to create a new, integrated digital music service, which will replace the service each company currently offers. MTV Networks, RealNetworks and Verizon Wireless have joined forces to create a new, integrated digital music…

  16. This Day in Music

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He is 58. 2006 - Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, dies at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He is 58. 2004 - A…

  17. This Day in Music

    July 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Babyface is honored by the state of Indiana, which renames a 25-mile stretch of federal highway (Interstate Route 65) as "Kenneth Babyface Edmonds Highway." In conjunction with the honor 2004 - A segment of Interstate 85 is declared "The Alan Jackson…

  18. RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN: Postpunk 1978-1984

    March 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The history of postpunk rock gets a microscopic examination by a keen-eyed English observer. The history of postpunk rock gets a microscopic examination by a keen-eyed English observer. British critic Reynolds, who picked apart the development of house music, techno and the U.K. rave scene in…

  19. Dead Boys Come Alive For Shows, Recording

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Although they weren't a true New York band, Ohio transplants the Dead Boys are considered one of the finest acts to emerge from the same first punk wave that unearthed the Ramones, Blondie and the Tal Although they weren't a true New York band, Ohio transplants the Dead Boys are…

  20. On TV

    January 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2005. MONDAY, JAN. 30 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist(s): Leif Garrett (also scheduled: Mark DiCarlo, Garrett's mother Carolyn Stellar). "The View," ABC Featured artist(s): Barry Manilow (also scheduled: Rosie…

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