1. Ted Nugent: Secret Service Meeting 'Could Not Have Gone Better'

    April 20, 2012 9:25 PM EDT Ted Nugent says he's off the hook after meeting with Secret Service agents about his controversial, violently-worded speech at an NRA convention. "I met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents in (Oklahoma) today," the rocker and arch-conservative said Thursday in a…

  2. Ted Nugent: Obama Comments were 'Metaphors'

    April 19, 2012 8:23 PM EDT Ted Nugent says he was just speaking figuratively when he made what some perceived to be threats against President Barack Obama. In a statement Thursday, Nugent said he didn't threaten anyone's life or advocate violence. He added: "Metaphors needn't be explained to…

  3. Levon Helm of The Band Is Dead at 71

    April 19, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Levon Helm, a passionate musician, actor and the last surviving lead singer of The Band, whose Southern tenor was heard on the group's classic songs "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," died Thursday afternoon after a long battle with…

  4. Styx Tour With Ted Nugent 'Not About Politics'

    April 19, 2012 2:55 PM EDT S tyx 's James Young expects that touring as part of a package with Ted Nugent during a political election year will bring "an interesting and powerful new wrinkle to the whole thing" -- especially in light of the Secret Service attention the Motor City Madman is getting after…

  5. Levon Helm in 'Final Stages' of Cancer

    April 17, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Family Asks for Prayers for The Band's Last Surviving Vocalist Levon Helm, a treasured voice in Americana music whose Southern drawl and busy-but-tight drumming brought an authenticity to The Band, is losing his decade-long battle with cancer, his family announced on Tuesday. "Levon…

  6. Alabama Shakes Arrive With 'Boys & Girls'

    April 10, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Last July, Justin Gage, founder of music blog Aquarium Drunkard, posted a track by a then-unknown Athens, Ala., band called Alabama Shakes . Within a few hours of the post, which featured a slow-growing and soul-baring number called "You Ain't Alone," the inbox of the band'…

  7. Herbie Hancock Launching International Jazz Day

    March 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy. The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz Day to be held on April 30 of every year. That date coincides…

  8. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  9. MC5's Michael Davis Remembered by Wayne Kramer, Ted Nugent

    February 21, 2012 9:20 AM EST As word of his Feb. 17 death spread, musical colleagues remembered MC5 bassist Michael Davis of the MC5 as a key ingredient in the group's "Kick Out the Jams" chemistry that combined ferocity with creative ambition, creating a template for punk rock during the late 60s. "…

  10. Grammys 2012: 19 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 13, 2012 12:26 AM EST On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the Grammy broadcast below. Adele's Big Night : While her millions of fans may have worried about her recovery from surgery, Adele called the procedure …

  11. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  12. Lookout! Records - Former Label of Green Day, Rancid, Ted Leo - Calls It Quits

    January 17, 2012 6:25 PM EST Last week Lookout! Records President Chris Appelgren announced on the label's website that the seminal Berkeley, Calif.-based punk rock label had completely closed shop and will no longer keep their catalog in print or have it available on digital services like Spotify and iTunes. "…

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    January 03, 2012 4:45 PM EST ADVERTISEMENT _ _ Chart Article _ _ Cheap Trick Rock Hits & Deep Cuts The trio rocked the Sands in Pa. on the Saturday after Turkey Day! _ Win a Tiesto Winter Weekend Getaway Here's your new chance for Tiesto Tickets, Dinner, Hotel & a Limo to and from Sands. _ Boyz II Men Win…

  14. Mark Wahlberg: I'll 'Extract' Acting Talent From Justin Bieber

    December 28, 2011 11:30 AM EST Mark Wahlberg announced plans to team with Justin Bieber for a big-screen effort for Paramount earlier this year and as he readies for the release of upcoming action movie "Contraband," the actor-producer revealed why he wanted to work with the teen singer. "Intuition. I'm…

  15. Russell Simmons Seeks Ad Time on 'Muslim' Series

    December 13, 2011 9:35 AM EST Entrepreneur and hip-hop mogul, Russell Simmons, who called for a boycott of retail home improvement chain, Lowe's, after it pulled its advertising from TLC's All-American Muslim, is willing to place his money where his mouth is. "Just purchased remaining spots for …

  16. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Lead Nominations

    November 30, 2011 11:10 PM EST Bruno Mars Up for Biggest Awards; Bon Iver & Skrillex Huge Surprises | SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED MAJOR NOMINEES LIST Album Of The Year: "21" -- Adele "Wasting Light" -- Foo Fighters "Born This Way" -- Lady Gaga "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" -- Bruno Mars …

  17. Hank Jr. Writes Song About Fox Flap, Will Appear on 'The View'

    October 10, 2011 10:03 AM EDT Hank Williams Jr. is about to have his say. Williams' has cut a new song "I'll Keep My ...," calling out "Fox & Friends" and ESPN after an interview last week on the Fox News talk show led to the end of his association with the sports network and "Monday…

  18. Famed Pianist Roger Williams Dies at Age 87

    October 09, 2011 9:04 AM EDT Roger Williams , the virtuoso pianist who topped the Billboard pop chart in the 1950s and played for nine U.S. presidents during a long career, died Saturday. He was 87. Williams died at his home in Los Angeles of complications from pancreatic cancer, according to his former publicist Rob…

  19. Hank Williams Jr. Clarifies 'Extreme' Obama-Hitler Analogy

    October 04, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is retreating from comments he made Monday on Fox News' Fox & Friends comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler. The longtime "Monday Night Football" singer issued a statement Monday afternoon in which he claims his remarks were "…

  20. St. Vincent Records Track for 'Boardwalk Empire': Exclusive

    September 12, 2011 4:15 PM EDT St. Vincent and Justin Townes Earle last week joined the growing gang of pop and rock singers recording songs of the 1910s and 1920s for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," which begins its second season Sept. 25. The second season opener begins with Kathy Brier singing Irving Berlin&…

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