1. 29 Black Music Milestones: Lil Wayne Makes Best-Selling Album of '08

    February 20, 2011 12:00 PM EST Lil Wayne had already released winning albums and mixtapes by the time he issued "Tha Carter III" in June 2008, but the album was a front-to-back classic and established him as one of the biggest rappers in the world. Perhaps most impressively, "Tha Carter III" was the…

  2. Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup Led by Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne

    February 15, 2011 11:43 AM EST The Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is in, and rap superstars Eminem and Lil Wayne , album of the year Grammy winner Arcade Fire , and veteran rock acts Buffalo Springfield and Dr. John and the Original Meters have been tapped to play the summer music festival in its tenth year. Buffalo Springfield'…

  3. North Mississippi Allstars' 'Keys' Album Inspired by 'Brutal' Family Upheaval

    February 01, 2011 10:19 AM EST Luther Dickinson says the North Mississippi Allstars ' new "Keys to the Kingdom" was "in lot of ways the easiest record I've ever made," even though it was spurred by one of the worst periods of his life. Dickinson came up with most of the material for the group&…

  4. Steve Earle: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 2:49 PM EST Steve Earle Title TBD Date TBD Earle recently finished recording his 14th studio album with producer T Bone Burnett. The follow-up to his Grammy Award-winning 2009 release, "Townes," will include "The City," the song he wrote for his character in HBO's "Treme,…

  5. New Orleans Jazz Fest Line-Up Announced; Bon Jovi, Arcade Fire, Ms. Lauryn Hill to Headline

    January 20, 2011 12:26 AM EST The annual New Orleans Jazz & Music Heritage Festival today announced its 2011 line-up with a diverse slate of headliners that includes Arcade Fire, Sonny Rollins, Kid Rock, Wilco, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Mellencamp, the Strokes, Jimmy Buffett, John Legend & the…

  6. Arcade Fire, Eminem, Mumford & Sons Earn BRIT Award Nominations

    January 13, 2011 2:50 PM EST British rapper Tinie Tempah led the field on Thursday at the BRIT awards with four nominations, just ahead of singer-songwriter Plan B , folk rock act Mumford & Sons and London's The XX , who each had three nods. In a turnaround from 2010's female-dominated nominations, male…

  7. Led Zeppelin Drummer's Son Plays to Similar Beat

    December 24, 2010 11:30 AM EST There's no sugar-coating the death of John Bonham . The wild Led Zeppelin drummer choked on his own vomit after downing 40 shots of vodka in 1980, a demise that brought one of rock's biggest bands to a premature end. His son, Jason , started following in his footsteps -- both as a…

  8. Country Albums Rule Top Three on Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 11:17 AM EST For the first time in three years, the top three selling albums in the U.S. are all country efforts. Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (320,000; down 69% according to Nielsen SoundScan), Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party…

  9. Eminem, Lady Antebellum Expected to Lead 2011 Grammy Nominations

    October 01, 2010 12:08 PM EDT The nominees for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards won't officially be revealed until tonight (Dec. 1) at 10pm EST at the Recording Academy's annual nominations special, broadcast live on CBS from Club Nokia in Los Angeles. But we have a pretty good idea about who is likely to get the…

  10. Phil Collins' 'Going Back' Tops Euro Chart

    October 01, 2010 11:21 AM EDT P hil Collins has Europe's new favorite album, climbing 2-1 on Billboard's European Albums list with "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music), as Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Rihanna, makes the same move on Hot 100 Singles.…

  11. Linkin Park Debuts Atop Euro Albums Chart

    September 24, 2010 7:46 AM EDT Linkin Park makes its customary No. 1 start on Billboard's European Albums chart, arriving at the top with "A Thousand Suns" (Warner Bros./Warner Music). "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/UMTV/Universal) by Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup leads…

  12. Linkin Park and Trey Songz Debut At Nos. 1 & 2 on Billboard 200

    September 22, 2010 11:43 AM EDT L inkin Park notches its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as its "A Thousand Suns" album debuts atop the list with 241,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rock band beats out R&B singer Trey Songz , as the latter's fourth album, "Passion, Pain &…

  13. The Script Beats Linkin Park On U.K. Chart

    September 20, 2010 8:08 AM EDT Irish band the Script made it two U.K. No. 1 albums from two releases as new sales data was unveiled by the Official Charts Company. Their "Science & Faith" (Phonogenic/Sony Music Entertainment) sold 71,000 copies to claim the top spot on the new chart last night (Sept. 19), as …

  14. Linkin Park, Trey Songz Set For Big Bows on Billboard 200

    September 16, 2010 11:08 AM EDT Next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, not only will the very top of the chart welcome handsome debuts from both Linkin Park's "A Thousand Suns" and Trey Songz's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure," but there may be up to six new entries in the top 10. Industry…

  15. Phil Collins Talks Motown Covers Album, Genesis' Future

    September 14, 2010 2:00 PM EDT It's a rainy day in New York, and London-born, Switzerland-based Phil Collins is making the most of his time stateside. The 59-year-old singer/songwriter/drummer has brought his two youngest sons with him for a summer vacation. They've visited the Alamo in San Antonio-collecting…

  16. Billboard Bits: Shania Twain 'Idol' Rumors Heat Up

    August 13, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Idol' Eyeing Shania as Plan B While sources close to "American Idol" are telling TMZ that a deal with Jennifer Lopez is not dead, Shania Twain would reportedly be Fox's next choice to join…

  17. 'I'd Love' a Led Zeppelin Reunion: Jason Bonham

    August 12, 2010 1:00 PM EDT Jason Bonham knows better than to promise a Led Zeppelin reunion as part of his "Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience" show that goes on tour this fall. But he's certainly not opposed to the idea. "I'm not going to hide it from them," Bonham, who filled…

  18. Russell Brand Is A Man of Infant Sorrow

    June 11, 2010 4:33 PM EDT Infant Sorrow seems to have it all: a charismatic, good-looking frontman; several talented and well-known musicians; an extensive, major-label-funded marketing campaign; and a No. 1 debut on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. There's only one wrinkle: Infant Sorrow isn't a…

  19. Robert Plant Returns To Americana With Band of Joy

    June 11, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Robert Plant takes an eclectic dive into Americana roots music on "Band of Joy," his first new album since 2007's "Raising Sand." The album was recorded in Nashville with an all-star group of musicians and is due Sept. 14 on Rounder Records. "Band of Joy"…

  20. Alberta Cross / June 2, 2010 / Brooklyn, N.Y. (Music Hall of Williamsburg)

    June 07, 2010 5:29 PM EDT Armed with an array of Fender guitars and ten o'clock shadows, the members of blues-rock outfit Alberta Cross showed impressive stage polish and maturity during their June 2 show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, one of the final stops on the band's first headlining U.S…

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