1. Coldplay, Beasties, Tool Headlining All Points West

    March 30, 2009 7:05 AM EDT Coldplay, Tool and the Beastie Boys will headline the second annual All Points West Music & Arts Festival, to be held July 31- Aug. 2 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan. Other bands and musicians confirmed for the multi-stage festival…

  2. New York Dolls Reunite With Todd Rundgren For New Album

    March 18, 2009 11:09 AM EDT Veteran rock act the New York Dolls will issue its fourth album "Cause I Sez So" via Warner Music Group's Atco label on May 5 in the U.S and a day earlier in the U.K. The band, which was revived in 2004 at the instigation of Morrissey who was curating the Meltdown festival in…

  3. MC Hammer To Star In A&E Reality Series

    February 18, 2009 3:59 PM EST A&E has picked up a new series starring '90s rapper MC Hammer. The performer, his wife and five children will be the focus of a half-hour, 11-episode reality series set to premiere this year. The title, naturally, is "Hammertime." Executive producer J.D. Roth said the show…

  4. Jane's Addiction Anchors Sasquatch! Lineup

    February 17, 2009 10:30 AM EST The reunited original lineup of Jane's Addiction will play its first major show at the eighth Sasquatch! Music Festival, to be held May 23-25 at the Gorge in Quincy, Wash. As previously reported , the group has played a handful of small L.A. club shows in the past few months, including…

  5. Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello lead the lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo festival, to be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo will be Springsteen's only North American…

  6. English Beat: Lily Allen

    January 14, 2009 2:10 PM EST In the nearly two years since Lily Allen's last album, the singer has encountered change more often than Barack Obama's speechwriter. An interview with her used to consist of a pizza-and-beer encounter in her manager's office; it's now been replaced with a tete-a-tete over…

  7. Billboard Underground: Todd Alsup

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Todd Alsup called Billboard Underground from a busy convention center in Lancaster, Pa., where he was performing and networking with the National Assn. of Campus Activities in the hopes of future book Todd Alsup called Billboard Underground from a busy convention center in Lancaster, Pa.,…

  8. Rundgren Producing New York Dolls Album

    November 25, 2008 12:56 PM EST Three decades after producing the New York Dolls' seminal 1973 debut, Todd Rundgren will be back behind the boards for the band's next album. The as-yet-untitled set is due next year on Warner Bros.' revived Atco imprint. Work will begin in January at Rundgren's studio in…

  9. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 2:24 PM EST THE 'DIE' IS CAST : Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ("The Living Daylights") or Sheryl Crow ("Tomorrow Never Dies"). Jack White and Alicia Keys have avoided such a fate, as…

  10. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, AC/DC, Beyonce and more! THE 'DIE' IS CAST: Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ("The Living Daylights") or Sheryl…

  11. Metallica Scores Fifth Straight No. 1 Album

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In just a three-day sales window, Metallica's "Death Magnetic" (Warner Bros.) sold nearly half a million copies and tops The Billboard 200. The band's first studio album since 2003 moved 490,000 copie In just a three-day sales window, Metallica's "Death Magnetic…

  12. Crue Fest / Aug. 23, 2008 / Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At first glance, Crue Fest's diverse lineup could make you pause. At first glance, Crue Fest's diverse lineup could make you pause. You have Trapt, a rock band whose edge barely eclipses its pop tunings. You have Papa Roach, a one-time rap-rock band that's stepped away from…

  13. Don Was Leads Detroit Super Session Jam

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-winning producer Don Was came home over the weekend to spread a little Motor City love with his all-star Detroit Super Session. Grammy-winning producer Don Was came home over the weekend to spread a little Motor City love with his all-star Detroit Super Session. Was (whose real last…

  14. This Day in Music

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The Intonation Music Festival opens its gates at Chicago's Union Park and manages to achieve a goal for all first-year festivals: it sells out. Headliners included the Decemberists, Tortoise, L 2005 - The Intonation Music Festival opens its gates at Chicago's Union Park and…

  15. Vaselines, Mudhoney Rock Sub Pop 20 Bash

    July 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sure, there were Nirvana songs on the first day of Sub Pop's 20th anniversary bash at Seattle's Marymoor Park. They just happened to be by the Vaselines. The shambling Scottish duo, so greatly loved b Sure, there were Nirvana songs on the first day of Sub Pop's 20th anniversary…

  16. Billboard Bits: James/Oberst/Ward, Lambchop, ARIA Hall of Fame

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, Bright Eyes leader Conor Oberst and singer/songwriter M. Ward are planning to release a collaborative album. My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, Bright Eyes leader Conor Oberst and singer/songwriter M. Ward are planning to release a collaborative album.…

  17. This Day in Music

    June 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Mexican pop star Juan Gabriel is arrested in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua for alleged income tax evasion. The 55-year-old crooner of such popular songs as "Hasta que te Conoci" and " 2005 - Mexican pop star Juan Gabriel is arrested in the northern Mexican…

  18. Ask Billboard: Delta Goodrem, Thalia, Paulina Rubio

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers readers' questions on Delta Goodrem, Thalia, Paulina Rubio and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . IN DELTA'S LIFE Hi Keith, I was just wondering if you could give me an idea of…

  19. LL Cool J Heads Toward Def Jam 'Exit'

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper LL Cool J is gearing up to release his next album, "Exit 13," July 18 via Def Jam. The veteran artist released the first single, "I Cry" featuring R&B singer Lil' Mo, yesterday (May 21) on Rapper LL Cool J is gearing up to release his next album, "Exit…

  20. The Billboard Q&A: Carly Smithson Of 'American Idol'

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Carly Smithson wasn't much like a lot of "American Idol" finalists: she had a rock edge, a load of tattoos and even had a record label deal before she joined the show. Read up on her international pas Carly Smithson wasn't much like a lot of "American Idol"…

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