1. 3 Doors Down Guitarist Leaves Band

    May 23, 2012 9:51 PM EDT Doors Down says on its website that founding member and guitarist Matt Roberts has left the rock band because of health problems. The statement Wednesday says Roberts has problems with blood circulation and other health issues. It calls the split amicable. Roberts grew up with bassist Todd…

  2. Slash Raves About Myles Kennedy, Says 'Lie' Almost Didn't Happen

    May 21, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Who needs multiple singers when you've got Myles Kennedy? Slash's new album, "Apocalyptic Love" (out May 22), only employs the one singer unlike the self-titled rock album the guitarist released in 2010 which features an assorted bunch: Lemmy, Fergie, Ian Astbury, Ozzy…

  3. Dee Snider on Broadway Album: 'Career Suicide or Brilliance'

    May 16, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Dee Snider recently unveiled the first video from "Dee Does Broadway," his album of show tunes, which Razor & Tie released on May 8 . The video is for "Mack the Knife," the English language translation of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's "Moritat" from …

  4. Rick Ross Has 'Clinical Direction' To New Signings, Says Def Jam President

    May 04, 2012 4:45 PM EDT On May 2, Rick Ross and the major players of his Maybach Music Group label assembled at New York's Eventi Hotel to announce the upcoming plans and further expansion of the Warner Bros. hip-hop imprint. MMG's next posse album, "Self Made 2," will be released June 26; rapper…

  5. Maybach Music Day: Label Signs Omarion, Sets Rick Ross Album Release Date

    May 02, 2012 5:30 PM EDT As soon as an invite to a Maybach Music Group -- Rick Ross ' Warner Bros. imprint -- press conference hit many inboxes, theories of what would be discussed sprung up across many timelines. Is Rick Ross signing Omarion ? "Is Rick Ross signing Ma$e ? Will an album, or two, or three,…

  6. Ed Helms: Bluegrass Ambassador, Tiger Bed Maker, 'Office' Optimist

    May 02, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Talks L.A. Bluegrass Situation, John C. Reilly's Great Voice & the 'Work Cut Out for Us' If 'The Office' Gets Another Season The 3rd annual L.A. Bluegrass Situation will be taking place this weekend. Conceived by Largo proprietor Mark Flanagan and comic actor Ed…

  7. Slash Q&A: 'Cathartic' New Band, Guitar Lessons and Hall of Fame 'Bias'

    April 12, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Before Axl Dropped Out, We Talked to Slash: "You get inducted into the Hall of Fame and then the next day life goes on" Slash's new album, "Apocalyptic Love," doesn't come out until May 22, but in part 1 of this interview with the iconic guitarist he talks a…

  8. Robert Johnson Feted at All-Star Apollo Blues Hall of Fame Benefit

    March 08, 2012 7:02 PM EST The Roots, Elvis Costello, Taj Mahal, Chuck D and Macy Gray Among The Stellar Line Up A low-key Tuesday night in New York City set the scene for a casually brilliant night of Blues-with-a-capital-B at the Apollo on March 6 as The Roots , Elvis Costello , Taj Mahal , Chuck D , Macy Gray , Todd…

  9. 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…

  10. Public Enemy Headlining Movement Electronic Music Festival

    February 15, 2012 2:45 PM EST Rap legends Public Enemy will preview their upcoming album "Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp" at this year's Movement Electronic Music Festival held over Memorial Day weekend in Detroit. The troupe will join Chicago house music DJ/producer Lil' Louis,…

  11. Bill O'Reilly: 'Whitney Houston Wanted to Kill Herself'

    February 14, 2012 5:05 PM EST Bill O'Reilly offered a harsh rejoinder to Whitney Houston's mourners Monday when he suggested that the late singer's drug use was evidence of suicidal tendencies. Speaking on "The O'Reilly Factor," the conservative pundit criticized Houston's self…

  12. Sasquatch! 2012 Lineup: Bon Iver, Jack White, The Shins & More

    February 03, 2012 8:55 AM EST A slew of venerable indie rock performers highlight the lineup of the 2012 Sasquatch! Music Festival , which will celebrate its 10th anniversary over the Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28) at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash. Bon Iver , Beck , St. Vincent , The Shins , Feist and the newly…

  13. Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood Defends Athens, GA With 'After It's Gone'

    February 02, 2012 5:30 PM EST Hood rails against hometown land development with new collaborative single. With the release of a new single titled "After It's Gone," Drive-By Truckers founding member and Athens, Georgia resident Patterson Hood -- alongside a collective known as the Downtown 13 -- is standing…

  14. Cloud Nothings Dirty Up Sound With Steve Albini's Help

    January 23, 2012 8:30 AM EST "OK, now we're going to do a bunch of new ones," Dylan Baldi says to a packed crowd at Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery in November. Baldi's voice is soft-high, but craggy; the voice of a kid still months away from being able to drink in the venues he plays--and his…

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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…

  16. Donny Osmond Preps Holiday Shows, Possible Solo Return

    November 28, 2011 11:45 AM EST As he reaches the 40-year anniversary of his first solo album, Donny Osmond is starting to think about returning to his own work -- although his long-running residency with sister Marie at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has stood in the way. "Nobody knew this 'Donny & Marie'…

  17. Rick Ross & Wale: The Billboard Cover Story, Part I

    November 25, 2011 10:00 AM EST The latest issue of Billboard features an in-depth look at the partnership of Rick Ross and Wale , hip-hop's latest odd couple who joined forces on Maybach Music Group and have created a buzz online, on the radio, and on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Read the full story of Rick Ross&…

  18. Coheed and Cambria Drummer Quits Band

    November 03, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Coheed and Cambria drummer Chris Pennie has announced his departure from the prog-rock group, three months after the group's bassist, Michael Todd, left the group. Pennie, a former member of the Dillinger Escape Plan , has issued a statement (via Noisecreep ) that explains the amicable…

  19. 'Intense' Period of His Life Informed Daryl Hall's New Album

    September 24, 2011 10:17 AM EDT In 1969, Philadelphia friends Daryl Hall and John Oates began a musical partnership that blended rock and pop with their hometown's signature soul-a sound they dubbed "rock and soul." It worked. From the mid-'70s to the mid-'80s, Hall & Oates racked up six No. 1…

  20. Cocaine Ring Probe Sweeps Up Game's Manager

    September 15, 2011 10:30 PM EDT Federal prosecutors say that the offices of Interscope Records were used by a drug-trafficking ring as a transit point for cases filled with cocaine and cash, according to a report in the Smoking Gun published Thursday. The allegation was included in a letter containing evidence against James…

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