1. Jake Shimabukuro's 'Island Fever Blues': Exclusive First Listen

    August 03, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro is about to make some more noise, with a new album, titled "Grand Ukulele," due October 2nd. The Hawaii native, who became a viral phenomenon with his Beatles cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," is treating fans with an early listen…

  2. Nigel Tufnel Day: 11 Loud Moments in Music

    November 11, 2011 11:00 AM EST Today, music fans are getting loud and turning it up to 11 in an homage to Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnel's awe-inspiring line in the classic 1984 mockumentary "This Is Spinal Tap." It's 11/11/11, or "Nigel Tufnel Day," and here at Billboard we're…

  3. Who's Who of Hair Metal React to Jani Lane's Death

    August 12, 2011 2:30 PM EDT The response to Jani Lane 's death in the glam-and-hair metal communities has been one of shock and disbelief, with former sunset strip denizens far and wide chiming in. Major artists ranging from Slash to Alice Cooper have lamented the loss, but we're also hearing from the where…

  4. Beavis and Butt-Head Return to MTV -- with Licensed Videos

    August 01, 2011 11:00 AM EDT When Beavis and Butt-head return to the couch and watch television beginning Oct. 27 on MTV, there will be far fewer music videos for the boys to critique. They will be commenting on the network's current fare -- "Jersey Shore," "16 and Pregnant," Teen Mom" --…

  5. Kid Rock: The 'Born Free' Cover Q&A

    October 29, 2010 12:57 PM EDT Kicked back on the sofa at his Nashville condo as an October storm rumbles through town, sipping on a cup of tea and puffing a stubby cigar, a relaxed The leadoff single "Born Free" is unabashedly patriotic, but you've always been patriotic. It's bigger than that. I read…

  6. Ask Billboard

    April 17, 2009 4:56 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PRESENT OF THE PAST Hi Gary, I have a special request. My brother will be…

  7. Whitesnake Turns 30 With New Album, Tour

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST After a decade-plus gap between studio albums, Whitesnake makes its debut on SPV with "Good To Be Bad," due April 22. After a decade-plus gap between studio albums, Whitesnake makes its debut on SPV with "Good To Be Bad," due April 22. "The album contains all the…

  8. JOE SATRIANI, "Surfing With The Alien: Legacy Edition"

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The last 15 years of guitar-based music, from grunge to nu-new wave to pop-punk to indie rock to grindcore to garage rock, have done wonders for the art of power chords and riffs. The last 15 years of guitar-based music, from grunge to nu-new wave to pop-punk to indie rock to grindcore to…

  9. Näshville Rock City

    April 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As Bon Jovi wins its first CMT Award and locks keep getting longer in Nashville, a former hair-metal junkie investigates. Turn on CMT and wait for a video by Keith Urban, Jack Ingram, Big and Rich or Rockie Lynne. Mute the volume. Now unearth your '80s hair-metal collection from the…

  10. Keith Graduates With Honors From 'Honkytonk U'

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The following interview with Toby Keith is excerpted from a Billboard Stars special feature that appears in the June 18, 2005, issue of the magazine. The 17-page special section dissects his success, from his chart history, creative success and…

  11. Summer Season To See Surge In '80s Acts

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST This summer, get ready to travel back in time. Although there have been package tours featuring '80s artists for years, the upcoming summer concert season marks a notable increase. This summer, get ready to travel back in time. Although there have been package tours featuring '80s…

  12. King's X, Pearl Jam Project Almost Complete

    March 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST King's X singer/bassist Doug Pinnick will have quite a jam-packed schedule for the foreseeable future. King's X singer/bassist Doug Pinnick will have quite a jam-packed schedule for the foreseeable future. First up will be a new solo album, followed by a new King's X album with…

  13. VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped

    February 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST "VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped" consists of 15 hit metal ballads from the '80s that helped break mainstream radio barriers for such bands as Warrant ("I Saw Red") and Slaughter ("Fly to the Angels "VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped" consists of 15…

  14. TunesOnTV

    February 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Feb. 7-13, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, FEB. 7 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist: Ashanti (also scheduled: Leah Remini). "Live With Regis & Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist: Tina Turner …

  15. Pearl Jam Members Rock Pinnick's 'Montana'

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT King's X leader Doug Pinnick has completed work on a long-in-the-works album with Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament. King's X leader Doug Pinnick has completed work on a long-in-the-works album with Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament. The duo does not have a name but the 15-track album is…

  16. Los Prisioneros Regain Musical Freedom

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Los Prisioneros released their fourth studio album 13 years ago and then dropped out of sight. During the 1990s, the band -- one of the most respected in the history of Chilean rock -- lived on in reputation only. Now, they are back to being an…

  17. '80s Rock Never Stops On Tour

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pop metal bands that ruled the airwaves during the 1980s are teaming up for the 2003 version of the Rock Never Stops tour. Headlined by the David Coverdale-led Whitesnake, the 27-date North American t Pop metal bands that ruled the airwaves during the 1980s are teaming up for the 2003 version…

  18. '80s Acts Out To Prove 'Rock Never Stops'

    April 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Aging hard rockers Tesla, Motley Crue's Vince Neil, Jackyl, and Skid Row are teaming for this summer's Rock Never Stops tour. Due to launch May 17 in Maryland Heights, Mo., the trek will bring rock st Aging hard rockers Tesla, Motley Crue's Vince Neil, Jackyl, and Skid Row are…

  19. New Waits Songs On Bluesy 'Big Bad Love' Soundtrack

    January 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Two new songs from gravel-voiced singer/songwriter Tom Waits will grace the blues-heavy soundtrack to the upcoming film "Big Bad Love." The artist contributes "Long Way Home" and "Jayne's Blue Wish" t Two new songs from gravel-voiced singer/songwriter Tom…

  20. Billboard Bits: Latin Grammys, 'N Sync, Third Eye Blind

    September 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Latin Grammys, 'N Sync, Third Eye Blind Marc Anthony and Destiny's Child are the latest performers to be added to the lineup for the second annual Latin Grammy Awards. While Anthony will perform solo, Destiny's Child will join Alejandro Sanz at the Sept. 11 ceremony,…