1. Kara DioGuardi: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 05, 2010 5:56 PM EST Let's coin a new term to describe Kara DioGuardi : Instead of a multihyphenate, she's a mega-hyphenate. The songwriter-producer-publisher-A&R executive-"American Idol" judge starts 2010 with a slate of songs to write, artists to develop and exasperated sighs to give…

  2. One-Hit Wonders of the 2000s Page 4

    December 04, 2009 7:30 PM EST Chart Article They came, they conquered... they were never heard from again. After reaching the Hot 100's Top 10 with their very first singles, none of these acts managed to crack the Top 25 for the rest of the decade. But hey, four minutes of fame is better than nothing. The one…

  3. Woodstock At 40: Promoter Michael Lang Interviewed

    July 31, 2009 2:47 PM EDT In 1968, after producing the Miami Pop Festival in Florida, onetime head shop owner and fledgling music impresario Michael Lang moved to Woodstock, N.Y., and got an idea for another kind of music festival -- one that was bigger and more inclusive. Less than a year later he was at the helm of…

  4. Rakim Ready To Release 'The Seventh Seal'

    July 14, 2009 2:53 PM EDT "The Seventh Seal," the long-anticipated album by rap legend Rakim , is slated for release in the fall, Billboard has learned exclusively. The project's first single, "Holy Are You," will drop July 28. The album is being released on Rakim's Ra Records label in a…

  5. Rakim Ready To Release 'The Seventh Seal'

    July 13, 2009 6:00 PM EDT "The Seventh Seal," the long-anticipated album by rap legend Rakim, is slated for release in the fall, Billboard has learned exclusively. The project's first single, "Holy Are You," will drop July 28. The album is being released on Rakim's Ra Records label in a…

  6. Fun's The Key Word For Dion Tour

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Celine Dion will begin an extensive world tour Feb. 15, but rather than try to top past outings, or her box-office busting run in Las Vegas, the artist is content to simply "have a good time." Celine Dion will begin an extensive world tour Feb. 15, but rather than try to top past…

  7. The Billboard Q&A: David Banner

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT On Sept. 26, David Banner joined fellow MC Master P, music industry executives and scholars to discuss offensive language in hip-hop music before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. On Sept. 26, David Banner joined fellow MC Master P, music industry executives and scholars to discuss…

  8. Flyleaf Hoping New Songs Heal The Hurt

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Getting to the truth not only as a songwriter but as a band is what vocalist/lyricist Lacey Mosley hopes to accomplish with Flyleaf's follow-up to its 2005 self-titled album. Getting to the truth not only as a songwriter but as a band is what vocalist/lyricist Lacey Mosley hopes to…

  9. Brett Gurewitz: Lessons In Independence

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Around the time Brett Gurewitz was launching Epitaph Records in 1981, his father was lecturing him to take guitar lessons. The Bad Religion guitarist and punk-rock entrepreneur never sat down for cour Around the time Brett Gurewitz was launching Epitaph Records in 1981, his father was…

  10. 'Weird Al' Won't Back Down On Twelfth Album

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic reports that his new single, the Star Trek-quoting, D&D-referencing, comic-obsessed tour de force called "White and Nerdy," represents nothing less than "a culmination of a lif "Weird Al" Yankovic reports that his new single, the Star…

  11. Hip-Hop Stars Help J Dilla 'Shine'

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT J Dilla's (also known as Jay Dee) longtime friend and collaborator Karriem Riggins served as the album's executive producer. The late hip-hop producer J Dilla's second solo project "The Shining," which was nearly completed when he died Feb. 10, will be issued Aug. 22…

  12. Peeping Tom

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Don't be afraid of this Peeping Tom. It's just former Faith No More frontman Mike Patton. Over the years the noise rock Renaissance man has built an avid cult following with such bands as Mr. Bungle a Don't be afraid of this Peeping Tom. It's just former Faith No More…

  13. Conversations With Tom Petty

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST Paul Zollo conducted a series of in-depth discussions with Tom Petty about his career, with special focus on his songwriting. The conversations are reprinted in this book -- the first authorized book CALIFORNIA So you went to California with the intention of getting a deal? tp: Yeah. We sent…

  14. Celine Dion: For Keeps

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST More than an authorized biography, Jenna Glatzer's "Celine Dion: For Keeps" draws on the artist's personal archives, compiling photographs and mementoes from throughout her career. In addition to new Some of her producers say that it's actually a danger to have talent…

  15. Jackson's Ex-Wife Debbie Rowe Testifies

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a startling setback to the prosecution, Michael Jackson's ex-wife took the stand at his child molestation trial today (April 27) and said through tears how she was never scripted or rehearsed to sa In a startling setback to the prosecution, Michael Jackson's ex-wife took the…

  16. Ackerman Sets The Musical Record Straight

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Although Windham Hill Records founder William Ackerman is consistently labeled as the father of new age music thanks to his stewardship of artists like George Winston, Alex DeGrassi and Liz Story, his Although Windham Hill Records founder William Ackerman is consistently labeled as the father…

  17. Billboard Bits: Prince, Mr. Cheeks, Fantasia

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Prince, Mr. Cheeks, Fantasia Prince has made a new track, "Silver Tongue," available exclusively via his online NPG Music Club Store. The cuts's lyrics were penned by Nikka Costa, whose own "Push & Pull" has been covered live by Prince in the past. Members…

  18. Billboard Bits: Truth Hurts/Joi, Hendrix, 'Queer Eye'

    October 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Truth Hurts/Joi, Hendrix, 'Queer Eye' R&B acts Truth Hurts and Joi are the first acts that have been signed to Raphael Saadiq's Pookie Entertainment label. Each artist is working on its label debut, expected sometime next year. Truth Hurts, who will now be known…

  19. 2003 CMA Awards Nominees

    August 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The list of final nominees for the 2003 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, which will be presented Nov. 5 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and broadcast live on CBS. Below is the list of final nominees for the 2003 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, which will be presented…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses Duran Duran, chart policies, commercial singles, veteran artists and Bob Hope. IS THERE SOMETHING HE SHOULD KNOW? Mr. Bronson, I understand most of the rules and regulations regarding charts, but one recent release has me stumped. On June 10, Duran Duran released a box…

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