1. Rufus Wainwright Silences Audience On Late Night Show

    August 25, 2010 1:07 PM EDT Rufus Wainwright hit Chelsea Lately last night and explained why he asks his audience to remain quite during a portion of his set while on tour. Video: Rufus Wainwright on Chelsea Lately "I sing my new album in its entirety as a song cycle and because I can," he said with a giggle…

  2. Fantasia Performs First Show Post-Overdose

    August 23, 2010 11:04 AM EDT Fantasia Barrino isn't letting a bit of bad press keep her down. Video: Fantasia's first post-suicide performance A week after being hospitalized for an aspirin overdose, the season 3 "American Idol" champ made her first public performance at Charlotte Bobcats' Tyrus…

  3. 'Glee' Gets Funky with Beck, Marky Mark, James Brown

    June 02, 2010 5:41 PM EDT "Glee" got funky Tuesday night with covers of Parliament's "Give Up the Funk" and Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good," but it was the head-scratching Beck and Marky Mark numbers and a borderline jump-the-shark teen pregnancy ballad that…

  4. Rufus Wainwright, "All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu"

    May 07, 2010 1:15 PM EDT Less than a year after the premiere of his first opera, "Prima Donna," Rufus Wainwright embarks on a simpler musical journey with his sixth studio album, "All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu." With nine original songs and three adaptations of Shakespearean sonnets,…

  5. Florence And The Machine Leads Mojo Nominations

    May 05, 2010 8:03 AM EDT London act Florence and the Machine has four Mojo music award nominations, ahead of rockers Kasabian who have three and Arctic Monkeys and Richard Hawley who both have two. The U.K. awards, organized by Mojo magazine, are decided by readers voting online. The winners will be announced on June…

  6. Rufus Wainwright Has Future In Shakespeare

    April 05, 2010 5:00 PM EDT Those three Shakespearian sonnets featured on Rufus Wainwright 's new album, "All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu," will not be the end of his interest in the bard's musical poems. Wainwright tells Billboard.com that he's writing a song cycle featuring five of the…

  7. Taking Peaks, Part 4: Nos. 25-1

    January 26, 2010 2:35 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  8. Canadian Folk Singer Kate McGarrigle Dies At 63

    January 19, 2010 11:56 AM EST Canadian folk singer and songwriter Kate McGarrigle , best known for performing with her sister Anna, has died of cancer. She was 63. McGarrigle's brother-in-law, Dane Lanken, said the singer died at her Montreal home Monday night surrounded by her sisters, Jane and Anna, and her…

  9. Shirley Bassey Returns With 'The Performance'

    November 03, 2009 3:10 PM EST One of Britain's most beloved entertainers, with global career sales estimated at 135 million by her label, Shirley Bassey hardly needs to make albums anymore. But on November 9 in the United Kingdom, Geffen/Universal will release "The Performance," produced by James Bond…

  10. Stars Lining Up For Jerry Wexler Memorial Celebration

    October 13, 2009 4:39 PM EDT Jerry Wexler, the man who coined the term "rhythm and blues," will get a first-class memorial sendoff on Oct. 30 in New York City. Wexler died in August 2008, and it's been hard getting everyone in the same place for his service. But his kids, Lisa and Paul, have chosen the…

  11. Rufus Wainwright Channels Puccini For New Opera, Releases Live Set

    October 07, 2009 12:03 PM EDT Singer and songwriter Rufus Wainwright is known for navigating the border between classical and pop. Now his longtime obsession with opera has led him to write one of his own. Wainwright composed the score and wrote French lyrics for his debut classical opera "Prima Donna," which…

  12. Q&A: Rosanne Cash Sings Her Father's Favorites

    September 28, 2009 12:52 PM EDT A consummate Renaissance woman, Rosanne Cash has eschewed genre conventions throughout her long career. Of course, she had an excellent role model, being the eldest daughter of the late Johnny Cash . She scored her own string of country hits in the '80s and continues to record, as well…

  13. U2, Scarlett Johannson, Courtney Love Set For AIDS Charity Concert

    September 15, 2009 3:48 PM EDT U2 will take time away from its "360 Tour" to join fellow musicians Laurie Anderson , Rufus Wainwright , Antony Hegarty , Scarlett Johannson , and Courtney Love for a (RED) Campaign benefit concert on October 4 at New York's Carnegie Hall. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday,…

  14. 10 Must-Hear Back To School Albums

    August 28, 2009 10:48 AM EDT As the last of the summer festivals move the masses one more time before the weather turns and the bright, inescapable hits of the summer become nostalgia for the season passed, it's time to put on a sweater and head back to campus armed with Billboard's chronological crib sheet of…

  15. A Fine Frenzy Gets "Happier"

    August 17, 2009 11:24 AM EDT Seattle-born Alison Sudol didn't start playing piano until her late teens, but her keyboard-rich pop has already earned her numerous television appearances and opening spots for the Stooges and Rufus Wainwright . Since, the 24-year-old artist has released her 2007 debut album, "One…

  16. Prince Overcomes Sound Problems On One-Night Tour

    March 30, 2009 7:46 AM EDT In 1985, Prince released "Around the World in a Day." Nearly 25 years later, he launched his latest -- a three-CD set called "Lotusflow3r," available exclusively through Target and his Web site -- by going around L.A. Live in a night. Although he didn't perform each…

  17. March 26, 2009

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Guitarist Clint Lowery returns to Sevendust to replace Sonny Mayo. 2006 – Swell Maps front man Nikki Sudden dies after a show in New York. He is 49. The cause of death is an enlarged heart. 2005 – Paul Newell Hester of Crowded House commits suicide in Melbourne, Australia. 2004 –…

  18. Watching The 'Watchmen' Soundtrack

    March 03, 2009 6:09 PM EST Last summer’s “The Dark Knight” was perhaps the most highly anticipated superhero film of all time— until Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen,” due March 6, came rumbling along. Adapted from the blockbuster 1985 graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, “Watchmen” has been embroiled in…

  19. Faithfull Surrounded By Stars On New Album

    January 22, 2009 5:08 PM EST Veteran vocalist Marianne Faithfull is surrounded by top-shelf collaborators on the album "Easy Come, Easy Go," due March 17 from Decca. The Hal Willner-produced project, his first full album with Faithfull since 1987, features covers of Morrissey's "Dear God Please Help…

  20. Day-By-Day: The Obama Inauguration Music Guide

    January 15, 2009 5:17 PM EST The official Presidential Inauguration kick-off event featuring Bono and Bruce Springsteen on Jan. 18 is one of dozens of Washington D.C. bashes celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in. Aretha Franklin, the Dead, Beyonce, Death Cab For Cute and the Beastie Boys are…

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