1. Jay-Z Says Kanye Inspired 'D.O.A.'

    July 16, 2009 12:48 PM EDT Who would've guessed that Kanye West , who used Auto-Tune on his most recent album, "808s and Heartbreak," was who inspired Jay-Z 's latest single, "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-tune)," off his upcoming album, "The Blueprint 3." "He actually sparked the…

  2. Jay-Z Says Kanye Inspired 'D.O.A.'

    July 16, 2009 12:44 PM EDT Who would've guessed that Kanye West, who used Auto-Tune on his most recent album, "808s and Heartbreak," was who inspired Jay-Z's latest single, "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-tune)," off his upcoming album, "The Blueprint 3." "He actually sparked the…

  3. SPIN Mag Goes Crazy With Free 'Purple Rain' Tribute Album

    June 11, 2009 11:41 AM EDT SPIN magazine is going crazy with its July issue, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Prince's "Purple Rain" with a comprehensive oral history of the film and album and a free downloadable tribute that features nine bands doing song-for-song covers of the record's classic…

  4. The 5 Worst (And Best) Ad Songs

    May 29, 2009 1:07 PM EDT The right song can help a product shine - but the wrong one can hit an off note Billboard consulted with a six-person panel of experts in advertising and branding to determine our list of the best five songs in commercials - and five that made viewers reach for their remotes. The Panel of…

  5. Record Store Day: The 10 Coolest Events and Releases

    April 17, 2009 3:53 PM EDT From an exclusive Queen EP and performance by Talib Kweli to Wilco’s advance of its new concert DVD, there will be plenty to celebrate during the second annual Record Store Day (April 18). Over 1,000 indie retail stores worldwide are playing host to the occasion, with hundreds of artists…

  6. Daft Punk Scores TR2N Soundtrack

    March 04, 2009 2:41 PM EST Daft Punk, the French electronica duo known for their robot personas, have been tapped by Walt Disney Pictures to compose the score for "TR2N", an update of the studio's 1982 science fiction classic "Tron", Billboard has confirmed. The film, currently in production,…

  7. Bad Plus Cover Nirvana, Bee Gees On New Album

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jazz trio the Bad Plus offers more unique interpretations of pop and rock classics on "For All I Care," due Feb. 3 via Head's Up. Jazz trio the Bad Plus offers more unique interpretations of pop and rock classics on "For All I Care," due Feb. 3 via Head's Up. In…

  8. This Day in Music

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks are among the artists that perform during a live telethon, "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast." 2005 - U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks…

  9. Tom Waits Leads Fight Against Ticket Scalpers

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paperless ticketing is emerging as a potential weapon in the efforts of some touring acts to eliminate resellers from the ticket-buying equation. Paperless ticketing is emerging as a potential weapon in the efforts of some touring acts to eliminate resellers from the ticket-buying equation.…

  10. Memoir Says Madonna's True Love Is Herself

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A memoir by Madonna's brother says the singer really does love her husband, director Guy Ritchie, but, apparently, not as much as she loves her career and herself. A memoir by Madonna's brother says the singer really does love her husband, director Guy Ritchie, but, apparently, not…

  11. This Day in Music

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a long illness. He is 57 2006 - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a…

  12. This Day in Music

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. Speaking in Brussels after meeting European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, Bono s 2005 - U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union to step up efforts to support the…

  13. This Day in Music

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST - In the wake of its prerelease leak, the new Pearl Jam single, "World Wide Suicide," becomes available for free download without digital rights management restrictions from the band's Web site. 2006 - In the wake of its prerelease leak, the new Pearl Jam single, "…

  14. Wilco, Panic, Bowie Set For 'Heroes' Soundtrack

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Wilco, Panic At The Disco, Imogen Heap, Brighton Port Authority featuring Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Bob Dylan are among the artists contributing tracks to the soundtrack for NBC's hit show "Heroes," d "Heroes" might be on hiatus, but fans can get their fix of NBC'…

  15. Brian Wilson / Sept. 11, 2007 / London (Royal Festival Hall)

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Brian Wilson's visits to London's South Bank have become so frequent that a new concert engagement by the musical titan is almost like an annual treat for his British faithful. Back we come, time afte Brian Wilson's visits to London's South Bank have become so frequent…

  16. This Day in Music

    September 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks are among the artists that perform during a live telethon, "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast." 2005 - U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks…

  17. Violent Femmes Embroiled In Inter-Band Lawsuit

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fresh off their latest tour, the Violent Femmes are headed for a surprise gig in federal court. Bassist Brian Ritchie sued lead vocalist Gordon Gano yesterday (Aug. 15), saying he was deprived of cred Fresh off their latest tour, the Violent Femmes are headed for a surprise gig in federal…

  18. Music On TV: July 2 - July 8

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on TV listings for July 2 - July 8, 2007. MONDAY, July 2 "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," NBC Featured Artist(s): Kings Of Leon, Conan O'Brien. "Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC Featured Artist(s): Ashley Judd, Matthew Bomer, The Bravery. "Late Night with Conan O&…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a long illness. He is 57 2006 - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a…

  20. Columbia Snaps Up Prince's 'Planet Earth'

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Columbia has re-teamed with Prince for the release next month of his new album, "Planet Earth." The label previously released Prince's 2004 effort, "Musicology." Columbia has re-teamed with Prince for the release next month of his new album, "Planet Earth."…

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