1. As Miranda Lambert Sang 'Little Red Wagon' at the Grammys, Its Co-Writer Bartended Universal's Afterparty

    February 12, 2015 10:21 AM EST The business of music can be strange. One of the beautiful things about the music industry is that as stratified as the upper echelons may seem, there are myriad ways for new talent to break in. It can happen to anyone at anytime -- even, say, to a random guy behind the bar, while one of…

  2. Exclusive: Grateful Dead to Reunite, Jam With Trey Anastasio for Final Shows

    January 16, 2015 9:30 AM EST In a match made in hippie heaven, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will join the four living original members of The Grateful Dead for three 50th-anniversary shows July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Dead's last performance with Jerry Garcia , who died in August 1995, was…

  3. George Berry, Music Wholesaling Pioneer, Dies at 89

    December 02, 2014 6:34 PM EST George Berry, a music wholesaling pioneer, died due to heart failure on Nov. 27 in his home in Lafayette, La. He was 89. Berry -- who is credited with co-founding NARM, the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers now known as the Music Business Assn. -- began his career in the music…

  4. We've Been Hacked: Artist Sells Satirical Ad Space and Fake iPhones to Question Our Boxed-In World

    September 30, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Tim Fite realized he had become too dependent on his iPhone when the Brooklyn artist, songwriter, and comedian started feeling phantom vibrations in his pants pocket. "When I realized my physical body was being compromised by the physical phone, I was like, 'Oh man, I'm…

  5. Barbra Streisand Talks Music-Making, Booze, Elvis & Politics

    September 18, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's new album of duets only includes male singers, but it wasn't a conscious effort to exclude females. "Everyone we asked was ... busy," Streisand said. The performer almost scored one major diva: Beyonce . Barbra Streisand Set for Historic No. 1 Album  …

  6. Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT If Blur hadn’t made it big, frontman Damon Albarn would’ve been A-OK. He’s a clever guy from a good family, and one way or another, this handsome, multi-talented Londoner was going to leave his mark on the world. The same is not necessarily true for Noel and Liam Gallagher, the brothers…

  7. Paul Weller Talks New Menswear Line Real Stars Are Rare

    April 11, 2014 5:25 PM EDT "I thought music was complicated, but it's a f-ing breeze compared to this," says a laughing Paul Weller as he surveys the surrounding clothes rails on which hangs the debut collection of his first stand-alone menswear label, Real Stars Are Rare. It's a line heavily…

  8. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 10/22/2011

    October 22, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @Billboard to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @SnoopDogg : Keep ya headup lindsay lohan! Wow! Revoked probation…

  9. Matisyahu Prepping Two New Albums, Talks Movie Role

    July 05, 2011 11:50 AM EDT Two new albums and a movie ensure that Matisyahu has a crowded near-future docket these days. The Hassidic singer and rapper, who released "Live at Stubb's, Vol. 2" in February, is taking "two very different directions" on the albums. One, which he's recording…

  10. Uncharted Territory: Bieber Boosts Halter, Pitty Takes a Tumble, Russ Chimes Debuts

    May 27, 2011 7:53 PM EDT Two words: Bieber Power. Say Justin Bieber attended your show with Selena Gomez, jumped stage to perform a song with you, and tweeted about it to his 9.9 million Twitter followers. How many followers would you gain? In the case of singer/songwriter Ernie Halter, the number is 16,500 and…

  11. 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…

  12. Tonic Returns With New Album, Tour

    February 18, 2010 12:20 PM EST T onic 's first album in eight years came together without drama or coercion, according to frontman Emerson Hart. "I don't think we ever considered it over; we all wanted to take time off to do our own things," Hart tells Billboard.com about the trio's hiatus, which…

  13. The Specials To Make U.S. Return On 'Fallon' Show

    January 25, 2010 9:00 AM EST The Specials, the celebrated British band that reformed in 2009 after more than two decades apart, will play its first North American shows in nearly 30 years in April, starting with an appearance on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on April 13. The Specials are also one of…

  14. Success Hasn't Changed Up-And-Comer Michaelson

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson won the admiration and envy of countless MySpacers in 2007 when her career moved straight from a Web page to placements on "Grey's Anatomy" and an Old Navy commerci Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson won the admiration and envy of countless…

  15. Ex-Tonic Frontman Gets Personal On Solo Debut

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT When singer/songwriter Emerson Hart was 10 years old, his father (a diagnosed schizophrenic) was murdered near Washington, Pa., and his body was never found. The case, though cold, has never been clos When singer/songwriter Emerson Hart was 10 years old, his father (a diagnosed schizophrenic)…

  16. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    July 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Chemical Brothers keep the party going on an album that is already No. 1 in their U.K. homeland, Suzanne Vega salutes New York on her first project in six years, Charles Mingus lives again on a mu The first new Meat Puppets album with both Kirkwood brothers since 1995, "Rise To Your…

  17. No 'Place' Like Home

    December 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hasidic reggae rapper Matisyahu will offer fans a holiday treat with the CD/DVD set "No Place To Be," due this week via Epic. Hasidic reggae rapper Matisyahu will offer fans a holiday treat with the CD/DVD set "No Place To Be," due this week via Epic. The CD sports seven…

  18. Matisyahu In A Good 'Place' With CD/DVD Set

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hasidic reggae rapper Matisyahu will offer fans a holiday treat with the CD/DVD set "No Place To Be," due Dec. 26 via Epic. The CD sports seven tracks, among them two versions of the Police's "Message Hasidic reggae rapper Matisyahu will offer fans a holiday treat with the…

  19. Akron/Family Summons The 'Warrior'

    August 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fans of underground rock act Akron/Family will have several opportunities in the next year to hear new material. Fans of underground rock act Akron/Family will have several opportunities in the next year to hear new material. Not only will the Brooklyn foursome release its second full-length,…

  20. Matisyahu Parts Ways With Longtime Management

    March 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Emerging Hasidic reggae star Matisyahu may sing about his beliefs. But he seems to have experienced a recent crisis of faith -- in JDub, his management company. Emerging Hasidic reggae star Matisyahu may sing about his beliefs. But he seems to have experienced a recent crisis of faith -- in…

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