1. Tonic, "Tonic"

    June 01, 2010 10:14 AM EDT Eight years since the release of its last studio album, alternative rock trio Tonic returns with a folkier sound on its self-titled fourth album. The set has a brighter, rootsier feel than much of Tonic's past material, but the group's broody harmonic approach remains intact. Opener…

  2. Miley Cyrus: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 28, 2010 2:45 PM EDT M THE WRITE STUFF "Can't Be Tamed" is Cyrus' seventh studio album-ranging from the four soundtracks she's released under the "Hannah Montana" imprimatur to two as herself and one Walmart-exclusive EP-and it will be released on Hollywood Records. And while…

  3. Drake Teams With Sprite for 'Spark' Campaign

    February 11, 2010 1:38 PM EST The release date of Drake 's highly-anticipated debut album may still be up in the air but he is still making his presence felt in other ways. The Toronto rapper has teamed up with Sprite for the first commercial of its recently launched "Spark" campaign, aimed at giving teens…

  4. Phish / November 22, 2009 / Syracuse, N.Y. (War Memorial)

    November 25, 2009 5:31 PM EST When tickets for Phish's Sunday night (Nov. 22) show in Syracuse, N.Y. went on sale back in October, all 6,700 of them were gone in 15 minutes -- and with good reason. The last time Phish performed at the War Memorial arena was November 1994. Local fans were ready for another show, and…

  5. Mary Travers Of Peter, Paul And Mary Dead At 72

    September 17, 2009 8:26 AM EDT Mary Travers, one-third of the popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary who were perhaps best known for their hit "Puff (The Magic Dragon)," died in a Connecticut hospital after battling leukemia for several years. She was 72. The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, said…

  6. Chart Beat: Jonas Brothers, Drake, Mariah Carey

    June 25, 2009 3:45 PM EDT FAMILY AFFAIR, PART 1: Jonas Brothers burst onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "Lines, Vines and Trying Times." The album, featuring first single "Paranoid" and "Before the Storm," a duet with Miley Cyrus, is the siblings' second to lead the chart. Having…

  7. Eminem's 'Relapse' Tops Billboard 200

    May 27, 2009 11:00 AM EDT No surprise: Eminem's "Relapse" brings the rapper back to familiar ground -- the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. With 608,000 sold in its first week, it not only nets the biggest sales week of the year for any album, but the best since AC/DC's "Black Ice" began…

  8. Black Eyed Peas: Boom Boom Wow

    May 22, 2009 6:26 PM EDT 'Boom Boom Pow' blew up. Now the Black Eyed Peas are aiming at No. 1 with new album "The E.N.D." As individuals, we're misfits," says Fergie, the sultry female singer of the Black Eyed Peas. "Together, we're like one big misfit. People are always…

  9. Black Eyed Peas: 'E.N.D.' Cover Story

    May 22, 2009 3:18 PM EDT As individuals, we're misfits," says Fergie, the sultry female singer of the Black Eyed Peas. "Together, we're like one big misfit. People are always questioning who the hell we are." It's the day after the group's futuristic May 6 performance on ABC's …

  10. Hennessy Teams With Swizz Beatz For 'Black' Cognac Debut

    April 27, 2009 11:03 AM EDT Rapper/producer Swizz Beatz has been tapped by Hennessy V.S. to help launch a new, limited line of cognac, called Hennessy Black. The rapper will perform an original song, "When I Step Into the Club," alongside the JabbaWockeez of "America's Best Dance Crew" during a…

  11. Phish Gets Funky At Second Reunion Show

    March 08, 2009 2:24 PM EDT Phish wasted no time getting funky on Saturday (March 7) at the second of three reunion concerts this weekend at Virginia's Hampton Coliseum. Proggy keyboards, a mix of '90s-era material and covers of the Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll” and the Beatles “A Day in the Life” were…

  12. DMC To Host Rap Reality Show

    March 04, 2009 10:21 AM EST Darryl "DMC" McDaniels is set to host "The Kings of Rap," a new reality series from IME Entertainment. The series, which is in development, is a positive-themed hip hop competition that will offer aspiring musicians the chance to earn a record deal. The catch is that the…

  13. Pink Floyd Keyboardist Rick Wright Dies At 65

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, whose playing enriched some of the most popular songs in rock history, died today (Sept. 15) in Britain after a short battle with cancer. He was 65. Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, whose playing enriched some of the most popular songs in rock history,…

  14. Genesis Wraps Reissue Series With 13-Disc Box

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rhino's comprehensive Genesis reissue campaign will conclude Nov. 11 with the release of "Genesis: 1970-1975," a 7-CD/6-DVD collection loaded with rare material and 5.1 DTS audio mixes. Rhino's comprehensive Genesis reissue campaign will conclude Nov. 11 with the release…

  15. B.B. King Returns The 'Favor' On New Album

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT B.B. King returns to his blues roots with the help of producer T Bone Burnett on "One Kind Favor," due Aug. 26 via Geffen. B.B. King returns to his blues roots with the help of producer T Bone Burnett on "One Kind Favor," due Aug. 26 via Geffen. The legendary artist is…

  16. EMI Deal Unlocks BBC Archives

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has handed EMI Music the keys to its treasure-filled broadcast vault. The BBC has handed EMI Music the keys to its treasure-filled broadcast vault. Through an agreement struck between EMI and BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, both parties will be able to tap into one…

  17. Mariah Carey Remains Atop Billboard 200

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite a 61% decline in sales, Mariah Carey's Island Def Jam set "E=MC2" remains atop The Billboard 200 for a second straight week. The album, the diva's sixth No. 1, moved 182,000 copies in the U.S. Despite a 61% decline in sales, Mariah Carey's Island Def Jam set …

  18. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    April 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ashlee Simpson unveils a new album amid a tabloid maelstrom over her engagement and pregnancy, Flight Of The Conchords cross over from TV to CD and Atmosphere keeps anticipation high in this week's Ho A new album from Elvis Costello and the Imposters, "Momofuku," which is being…

  19. CSN, Knopfler Lead 2008 Summerstage Lineup

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Crosby, Stills & Nash, Mark Knopfler, Los Lobos, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Battles are among the acts set to perform at this year's Central Park SummerStage concert ser Crosby, Stills & Nash, Mark Knopfler, Los Lobos, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones &…

  20. Billboard Bits: Van Morrison, Atmosphere, MC Hammer

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST More than two-dozen of Van Morrison's albums are about to get the reissue treatment via Polydor/Universal, in conjunction with Exile Productions. More than two-dozen of Van Morrison's albums are about to get the reissue treatment via Polydor/Universal, in conjunction with Exile…

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