1. 'New Moon' Rising: The Billboard Cover Story

    October 23, 2009 2:16 PM EDT Just in case you've been in a sight-, sound- and Twitter-deprivation tank for the past two years, here's the lowdown on the "Twilight" franchise: It's a series of four books written by Stephenie Meyer about Bella, a human girl who hearts Edward, a vampire boy. This is…

  2. Beyoncé, Maxwell, Keri Hilson Lead Nominations For Soul Train Awards Return

    October 23, 2009 11:27 AM EDT With four nominations each, Beyoncé , Keri Hilson and Maxwell head the list of nominees for the return of the Soul Train Awards. The awards ceremony, hosted by actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will be the first special aired on BET's recently launched CENTRIC Network. Taping…

  3. Leaders Of The Bands

    October 20, 2009 12:18 PM EDT As the promo touts, to the pulsating sounds of the Knack 's most famous hit, the character of Sharona returns this week to USA's signature series, " Monk ." For those of you who don't follow the adventures of Tony Shalhoub's lovable obsessive-compulsive detective…

  4. Rod Stewart "Soulbook" Video Q&A

    October 19, 2009 1:18 PM EDT Rod Stewart brings a splash of color to the staid surroundings of the Beverly Hills Hotel. He's wearing a blue striped shirt, a white business suitcoat with thick red trim and blue Converse slip-ons-a look that combines nautical and vaudeville, which seems perfectly fitting for Stewart,…

  5. Madonna, U2, AC/DC Lead Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 15, 2009 4:15 PM EDT Madonna , U2 and AC/DC are among the finalists for the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards , which will be handed out at a special reception in New York on Nov. 5. The awards are based on global box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, 2009. The…

  6. Hot Tours: U2, Taylor Swift, Ruben Blades

    October 15, 2009 11:51 AM EDT U2 and its "360 Tour" tops the Hot Tours ranking for a fifth week during it's worldwide run, grossing over 22 million from four sold out shows reported by Live Nation. U2 's top concert during the most recent reporting week is a sellout at FedExField in Landover, Md. The…

  7. 'New Moon' Exclusive Song Premiere: Lykke Li, 'Possibility'

    October 13, 2009 4:25 PM EDT The "Twilight: New Moon" soundtrack's release date was just moved up to Oct. 16 , but you can hear one of the album's standout tracks right now on Billboard.com. Swedish alt-pop singer/songwriter Lykke Li's contribution to "New Moon" is "Possbility,…

  8. Guns N' Roses 'Vigorously Contests' Lawsuit

    October 07, 2009 8:34 AM EDT Guns N' Roses manager Irving Azoff has said the band "vigorously contests" claims that it used portions of two songs by a German musician on their last album "Chinese Democracy." Guns N' Roses and Interscope-Geffen A&M were sued by British label Independiente…

  9. Guns N' Roses Sued For Copying Songs

    October 06, 2009 8:59 AM EDT Two independent record labels sued U.S. rock band Guns N' Roses for $1 million, claiming the group used portions of two songs by a German musician on their last album "Chinese Democracy." Guns N' Roses and Universal Music Group's Interscope-Geffen A&M label were…

  10. Sunny Day Real Estate / September 27, 2009 / New York (Terminal 5)

    September 29, 2009 2:46 PM EDT The original lineup of Sunny Day Real Estate returned Sunday night (Sept. 27) to New York for the first time in over a decade, back to remind fans of what first lured them to the band: earnest songs with confessional lyrics, desperately raw vocals and bittersweet, instrumental melodies. A…

  11. Producer Danja Talks Working With Whitney Houston

    September 24, 2009 11:35 AM EDT As Whitney Houston 's comeback album "I Look To You" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , Billboard caught up with producer Danja to talk about his work on two of the album's songs: "For The Lovers" and "Nothin' But Love." Danja says he first…

  12. They Might Be Giants, "Here Comes Science"

    September 18, 2009 2:50 PM EDT Plenty has been said about how well They Might Be Giants ' playful, absurdist rock translates to kids' music-and the band's fourth offspring-focused effort is no exception. What the CD/ DVD "Here Comes Science" offers-compared with the act's previous alphabet-…

  13. Whitney Houston Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    September 09, 2009 10:45 AM EDT Like a true diva, Whitney Houston returns to the Billboard 200 in grand style. "I Look To You" becomes Houston's fourth No. 1 album on the chart, debuting with 305,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's by far Houston's best opening sales week since Nielsen…

  14. Bruce Hornsby, Eric Clapton To Launch 'Levitate' On Leno

    September 01, 2009 8:37 AM EDT Bruce Hornsby will be launching his new album, "Levitate," with appearances on prime-time TV and in a feature film. Hornsby and his band, the Noisemakers, will be one of the musical guests on the inaugural week of NBC's "The Jay Leno Show," performing "Space is…

  15. Beatles' 'Yellow Submarine' Remake In The Works

    August 20, 2009 12:57 PM EDT Robert Zemeckis is in negotiations to direct a remake of "Yellow Submarine" for Disney. "Submarine" was a 1968 animated feature based on music by the Beatles . It was produced by United Artists and King Features Syndicate. Disney had no comment on the dealmaking, which is…

  16. Jimmy Buffett / Aug. 11, 2009 / Indianapolis

    August 18, 2009 3:08 PM EDT Jimmy Buffett 's annual traveling concert / unstopped carnival / tailgating-driven insta-tent city is back on the road. You may be befuddled by this entire escapade, you may wonder what could possibly drive normally average, probably mostly boring people to attach massive, makeshift fins…

  17. Stephen Stills Mines Archives For Two New Sets

    August 18, 2009 2:00 PM EDT As he continues to work on his own box set retrospective, Stephen Stills has mined his distant and recent pasts for a pair of fall archival releases. On Sept. 22 the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will release "Manassas -- Pieces," a 15-song collection of outtakes and…

  18. Terence Blanchard Group, "Choices"

    August 11, 2009 4:15 PM EDT In the wake of Terence Blanchard 's 2008 Grammy Award-winning album "A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina)," the New Orleans-based trumpeter/composer embarks on a new, dramatic song cycle that plumbs the depths of personal and societal decision-making. In addition…

  19. K'Jon, "I Get Around"

    August 11, 2009 12:15 PM EDT Long-hustling Motor City native K'Jon makes no attempt to conceal the considerable legwork he's put into earning his major-label debut. "They call me K-J-O-N, and I'm from Detroit, Michigan," he sings over an easygoing neo-soul groove on the title track to his new…

  20. Lil Wayne's Young Money Tour Rolls On Without Injured Drake

    August 03, 2009 3:10 PM EDT Lil Wayne's Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted Music Festival hit Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in New York Saturday night (Aug. 1) without the rapper's protégé Drake , who took a nasty onstage spill the night before and aggravated an already-serious knee injury. Though…

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