1. Robin Thicke Readies New Album For 2009

    March 17, 2009 9:42 AM EDT Robin Thicke has made enough progress on his next album to predict a first single this summer with a full-length release in the fall. "I've got about 15 new (songs)," Thicke told reporters during a Monday conference call to promote his upcoming concert tour with Jennifer Hudson…

  2. Jennifer Hudson To Get 'Intimate And Personal' On Tour

    March 17, 2009 8:21 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson is buzzing at the prospect of the first-full scale concert tour of her career. "I'm excited to get out and meet the people and sing for the people," Hudson, who hits the road March 31 in Albany, N.Y. with Robin Thicke, told Billboard.com Monday during a…

  3. U2, Comic Relief Top U.K. Charts

    March 16, 2009 10:06 AM EDT The latest single for the BBC's Comic Relief charity yesterday became the 11th in the series to hit No. 1 in the U.K., while U2's "No Line On The Horizon" (Mercury/Universal) started a second week atop the album chart. The single, also on Mercury, is a remake of Dolly…

  4. March 9, 2009

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Brad Delp of Boston commits suicide in his Atkinson, N.H., home. He is 55. 2005 – Country singer Chris LeDoux dies of cancer in Casper, Wy. He is 56. 2005 – George Scott of the Blind Boys of Alabama, dies at his home in Durham, N.C., of complications from diabetes. He is 75. 1997 – The…

  5. Kraftwerk, MGMT, Fleet Foxes Top UK Bestival Bill

    February 27, 2009 10:03 AM EST German electropop veterans Kraftwerk will headline Bestival on the Isle Of Wight on Saturday, Sept. 12. The U.K. festival, organized by DJ Rob da Bank, will be held at Robin Hill Country Park on Sept. 11 to 13 and will feature a new site layout. U.K. electronic act Massive Attack will…

  6. Escaping The 'Lost' Island: Previously On Lost

    February 24, 2009 3:43 PM EST Fans who miss a new episode of "Lost" have few choices when it comes to getting a weekly summary of their favorite show: hit the message boards, pray to the Tivo Gods or hit up friends for spoilers. But now there's another option: get the recap in song. New York-based weirdo…

  7. Plant/Krauss, Lil Wayne Win Big At 51st Grammys

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the big winners at the 51st annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center, tallying five trophies, including album of the year for the Rounder project "Raising Sand" and record of the year for "Please Read The Letter." "…

  8. Indies Get Wilco DVD Early For Record Store Day

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST In an effort to boost excitement for Record Store Day (April 18), Wilco is making its new Nonesuch concert DVD, "Ashes of American Flags," available early, and exclusively, to indie retail for the occasion, Billboard has learned. The film -- recorded in Tulsa, Okla.; New Orleans;…

  9. Diamond, Wonder, M.I.A. Added To Grammys

    February 05, 2009 1:14 PM EST Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, M.I.A., Smokey Robinson, Robin Thicke, Allen Toussaint and Terence Blanchard have joined the performance lineup for Sunday's Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center. In addition, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer and Keith Urban will join forces for…

  10. 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…

  11. At 'Last': Jadakiss Preps Roc-A-Fella Debut

    January 28, 2009 3:39 PM EST Jadakiss is back with a new batch of tough-talking rhymes on his Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The Last Kiss," due March 10. The rapper recently previewed 14 songs intended for the set for Billboard.com but says he will continue to record until the last minute. Tracks completed so far…

  12. English Beat: Lily Allen

    January 14, 2009 2:10 PM EST In the nearly two years since Lily Allen's last album, the singer has encountered change more often than Barack Obama's speechwriter. An interview with her used to consist of a pizza-and-beer encounter in her manager's office; it's now been replaced with a tete-a-tete over…

  13. Usher, Etheridge, Death Cab Rock Inaugural CD/DVD

    January 13, 2009 6:24 PM EST "Change Is Now" Features Top Artists, Obama Speeches. Stevie Wonder, will.i.am, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Hudson, Death Cab For Cutie and Usher are among the artists featured on "Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise," the commemorative CD/DVD set being released…

  14. Motown Stars Mark 50th Anniversary In Detroit

    January 12, 2009 12:31 PM EST A variety of Motown alumni returned to Hitsville USA today (Jan. 12) -- in Studio A, which the Four Tops' Abdul "Duke" Fakir referred to as "hallowed ground" -- to officially kick off a year-long celebration of the famed label's 50th anniversary. Fakir was joined…

  15. This Day in Music

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The Higher Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany, sentences promoter Mathias Hoffmann to a jail term of five years and eight months. Hoffmann, 47, organizer of the 3 Tenors' concerts, had been fo 1998 - The Higher Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany, sentences promoter Mathias…

  16. Chart Beat Chat

    December 19, 2008 11:36 AM EST <b><i>A brand new Fred Bronson Chart Beat Chat column will return the week of December 29, 2008 after a brief break for the holidays. Enjoy his most recent column below.<br /> </i></b> DID THE CRITICS SPEAK? Hello Mr. Bronson, Are you going to publish your…

  17. Axl Rose Pipes Up On GNR Message Boards

    December 12, 2008 11:29 AM EST He's yet to grant an interview about Guns N' Roses' recently released "Chinese Democracy," but last night (Dec. 11) Axl Rose broke his silence by answering questions on the message boards of popular GNR Web sites MyGNR.com and Here Today ... Gone to Hell . Rose…

  18. Oasis, Ryan Adams / Dec. 4, 2008 / Los Angeles (Staples Center)

    December 08, 2008 5:54 PM EST Although famous as much for their Mancunian bluster as for redefining British pop back in the mid-1990s, even the Gallagher brothers themselves must be more than mildly surprised at how well Oasis's following in America has endured and grown in the decade since they became global…

  19. This Day in Music

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The all-star remake of "Do They Know It's Christmas" (Mercury) easily debuts at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. Although the Band Aid 20 track comes nowhere near the first-week sales of its 19 2004 - The all-star remake of "Do They Know It's Christmas" …

  20. Van Morrison / Nov. 8, 2008 / Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl)

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST In the waning moments of the Nov. 8 landmark performance of his 1968 album "Astral Weeks," Van Morrison offered his thanks to the Hollywood Bowl audience, quipping, "You've made a happy man very old." In the waning moments of the Nov. 8 landmark performance of his…

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