1. Van Dyke Parks, 'SMiLE' Collaborator, Aims to 'Agitate' With Solo Music

    May 08, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Van Dyke Parks' mantra these days is "My greatest victories are ahead of me, not behind." And that's saying something considering the musical track record the composer, arranger, producer and lyricist has amassed to this point. Roman Cho Probably best known as Brian Wilson…

  2. Jack White's 'Blunderbuss' Bumps Adele Off U.K. Chart Throne

    April 30, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Dials Up a Fourth Week Atop Singles Chart Jack White's first solo album "Blunderbuss" replaced his XL Recordings labelmate Adele's "21" at the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday). Carly Rae Jepsen'…

  3. Crosby & Nash Latest to Sing for Occupy Wall Street

    November 08, 2011 7:59 PM EST More than 40 years after "Ohio" took aim at the Kent State shootings, David Crosby and Graham Nash brought their iconic protest songs to the struggles of a new generation on Tuesday. The duo, half of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, performed an unamplified set in Manhattan's…

  4. Occupy Wall Street: When Music Stars Invade

    October 24, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Kanye showed up and said not a single word (after all, his sheer presence speaks for itself). Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Tom Morello sang protest anthems with the people. Just this weekend, Katy Perry and husband Russell Brand swung by on their bikes. And from the looks of his Twitter…

  5. George Michael Returns to Stage, Reveals He & Kenny Goss Split

    August 23, 2011 9:26 AM EDT George Michael made an emotional and introspective return to the stage on Monday, admitting mid-performance he'd split with long-term partner Kenny Goss and recalling his own troubled past with drugs. The 48-year-old singer - appearing at the Prague State Opera House on the opening night…

  6. Billboard Bits: 'Glee' Extra Fired For Tweeting Spoilers, Chiddy To Attempt Nine-Hour Rap

    April 21, 2011 4:42 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Glee' Extra Fired For Tweeting Spoilers Nicole Crowther, who has appeared frequently as an extra on " Glee ," was recently fired from the show for revealing Glee's own William McKinley…

  7. Teddy Thompson, "Bella"

    March 03, 2011 5:45 PM EST British singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson certainly has a strong musical pedigree. The son of folk-rock musicians Richard and Linda Thompson, Teddy hasn't gained much chart success in the United States, but his work has drawn positive reviews and he's collaborated with such respected…

  8. Rufus Wainwright to Perform 'Songs for Lulu,' Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall

    September 14, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Rufus Wainwright has a penchant for on-stage theatrics, ranging from operatic productions to Judy Garland tributes and everything in between. It was announced today (Sept. 14) that the singer-songwriter will combine two of his most distinct performances in one Carnegie Hall concert on…

  9. Usher Falls In Love Again On New Track

    August 25, 2010 5:07 PM EDT Usher has got fans falling in love with his dance moves again. Video: Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love Again" The "OMG" singer is all smooth moves and pop-n-lock routines as he glides through a mansion-turned-dance-club in the video for his most recent single, …

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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