1. Bono Ready to Roll After Back Surgery

    July 14, 2010 4:25 PM EDT B ono's back. The 50-year-old frontman for Dublin supergroup U2 has announced he's fully recovered from emergency back surgery in Munich in May - and has apologized to ticket-holding North American fans who must wait an extra year to see the band return to action. U2 Tour Dates…

  2. Paul McCartney Joins Ringo Starr Onstage in New York

    July 08, 2010 1:40 PM EDT R ingo Starr kept his 70th birthday celebration going on Tuesday night (July 7) with a concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall that was positively star-studded, thanks in part to "a little help from his friend," Paul McCartney . Video: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sing …

  3. Lennon's 'Day In The Life' Lyrics Up For Auction

    April 29, 2010 9:13 AM EDT John Lennon 's handwritten lyrics to "A Day in the Life," considered one of the Beatles ' greatest songs and the final track on "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," will go on sale in New York in June. Sotheby's auctioneer, which described it as …

  4. Pearl Jam Joins Team Conan on Tour, Covers Lennon and the Who

    April 20, 2010 12:19 PM EDT Yes, Pearl Jam is also with Coco. Conan O'Brien upped the musical ante of his "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television" tour last night (April 19) in Seattle, when a pair of Pearl Jammers showed up unexpectedly to rock the late-night host's post birthday gig.…

  5. Chart Beat Wednesday: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Yoko Ono

    April 07, 2010 1:05 PM EDT '20' TO 1: Zac Brown Band 's "The Foundation" becomes the eighth major label debut album in the Nielsen BDS-monitored data era to yield at least three No. 1s on Country Songs, as "Highway 20 Ride" rolls 2-1. The song follows "Chicken Fried" and …

  6. Ask Billboard: Age Ain't Nothing But A Number

    April 02, 2010 4:05 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. BEST VARIETY OF THE 70s, 80s AND 90s Hi Gary, I enjoyed your Chart Beat…

  7. Cheap Trick Lays Out Future Plans At SXSW

    March 18, 2010 10:15 AM EDT C heap Trick is contemplating another run of full-album shows, similar to what the veteran band did during the late '90s. During a public interview Wednesday at the South By Southwest Music + Media Conference, frontman Robin Zander acknowledge that "we're thinking about doing…

  8. Jane's Addiction Bassist Quits, Lil Wayne Still Free

    March 04, 2010 6:49 PM EST In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Jane's Addiction original bassist Eric Avery has quit the band for the second time--he may want to hook up with My Chemical Romance drummer Bob Bryar, who apparently left the emo band a month ago. Sean Lennon is…

  9. Billboard Bits: My Chemical Romance, T.I., Camp Bisco, Sean Lennon and More

    March 04, 2010 5:54 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. My Chemical Romance is in the market for a new drummer, NME reports . "As of four weeks ago, My Chemical Romance and Bob Bryar parted ways," wrote guitarist Frank Iero on his blog. "…

  10. John Lennon Appearance In Car Ad Stirs Controversy

    March 04, 2010 5:52 PM EST A new Citroen commercial that's airing on U.K. television features old footage of John Lennon , and now Beatles fans are wondering whether Yoko Ono made the right decision in allowing the French car company to use her late husband's image. In the ad -- made for Citroen's new …

  11. Yoko Ono Brings Eric Clapton, Bette Midler, Sean Lennon To Rare Brooklyn Gig

    February 17, 2010 9:54 AM EST Y oko Ono revived the Plastic Ono Band for a concert on Tuesday night that was part tribute, part vanity project and all irresistible fun. The show belonged as much to her son Sean Lennon , 34, as to Ono, 76. Looking and sounding like his famous father, Sean Lennon pulled together an all-star…

  12. Billboard Bits: Bob Dylan, Phoenix, Paramore, Yoko Ono and More

    February 08, 2010 6:21 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. After taking home the Grammy for Best Alternative Album a few weeks ago, French pop rock band Phoenix is turning its attention to a new project -- writing the score for director and frontman Thomas…

  13. Ask Billboard: ''Taking Peaks," Nos. 100-1

    January 29, 2010 4:35 PM EST 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. TALKING PEAKS, 100 TO 1 Gary, Bravo! Well done! Every week this month I have…

  14. Taking Peaks, Part 4: Nos. 25-1

    January 26, 2010 2:35 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  15. Jingle Bell Rock ... And Pop ... And R&B ... And Country ...

    December 08, 2009 12:05 PM EST Billboard's Holiday Songs chart ranks airplay of seasonal tracks on U.S. adult contemporary radio. Because a hefty 75% of the format switches to all-holiday programming by Thanksgiving each year, the format's airplay effectively serves as the barometer for mainstream yuletide fare.…

  16. Listen Free: Classic Holiday Albums

    November 27, 2009 11:02 AM EST Listen to some of the best-selling holiday albums of all time, in full, here on Billboard.com . Check out sonic season's greetings from Mannheim Steamroller , Josh Groban , Kenny G. and more. Then head over to some of the hottest holiday goodies from 2009 and feast your ears on festive…

  17. Chart Beat Tuesday: Neil Diamond, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks

    November 24, 2009 11:48 AM EST HAVE YOURSELF A CHERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS: Neil Diamond enjoys his highest Adult Contemporary chart position in more than 17 years, as "Cherry Cherry Christmas" debuts at No. 26. Diamond last placed higher when "Don't Turn Around" - which went on to become a top 10 hit…

  18. Ask Billboard: Madonna, Yoko Ono, Gospel

    September 18, 2009 5:15 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. DANCING QUEEN Hi Gary, While I enjoyed Tuesday's Chart Beat column on…

  19. The Beatles' 'Rock Band': How The Fab Four Went Digital

    September 04, 2009 3:12 PM EDT Paul DeGooyer is tired -- for good reason. It's about two weeks before the release of MTV's " The Beatles : Rock Band," and DeGooyer, senior VP of electronic games and music for MTV Networks Music Group, has been traveling to New York, Boston, Los Angeles and London since…

  20. Basement Jaxx Plan Rare DJ Tour For 'Scars' Release

    August 21, 2009 12:32 PM EDT Basement Jaxx , the British dance music duo responsible for some of the most infectious dancefloor filling anthems of the last decade, will follow the release of their latest studio album with a series of rare North American DJ dates this autumn. The DJ tour will kick off in San Francisco on…

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