Concept albums

  1. Ray Collins of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention Dies

    December 27, 2012 9:30 AM EST Ray Collins, right, with Frank Zappa in 1969 (Getty Images) Ray Collins, a singer who co-founded the Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa but left when "too much comedy" started appearing in the band's songs, died on Monday at a Ca ...

  2. Dave Brubeck, Jazz Composer, Pianist, Dead At 91

    December 05, 2012 12:07 PM EST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. He was 91. Brubeck died Wednesday morning of hea ...

  3. Chris Stamp, Early Co-Manager of The Who and Track Records Co-Founder, Dead at 70

    November 25, 2012 11:29 AM EST Early Who co-manager Chris Stamp, left, with Who singer Roger Daltrey (Photo: Getty Images) On stage at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night, The Who's Roger Daltrey saluted Chris Stamp -- one of the two early managers that launch ...

  4. Geoff Tate Allowed to Use Queensryche Name for Time Being, Judge Rules

    October 20, 2012 9:00 AM EDT A Washington state judge ruled Oct. 19 that singer Geoff Tate -- who was fired from the band Queensryche after fronting it for 30 years -- may perform with his own version of the group until a lawsuit he filed against three former bandmates is set ...

  5. Green Day, No Doubt Headed for Big Album Debuts on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    September 28, 2012 9:00 PM EDT As Billboard.biz reported on Sept. 26, Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is on course for a record-setting week on the next Billboard 200 albums chart. The band's second release may sell around 600,000 copies by the end of the tracki ...

  6. Getting In Tune

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT On the eve of its 'Quadrophenia' tour, the Who upgrades its collectibles and other offerings. BandMerch's new global merchandising deal with the Who demonstrates that the modern merch partnership can be multifaceted and extend for a ...

  7. Geoff Tate Announces 'The New Queensryche' With Ratt, Quiet Riot Members

    September 04, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Geoff Tate seemed to be working for the weekend during the Labor Day holiday. On Sept. 1 the singer -- who was fired from progressive rock band Queensryche, which he fronted for 30 years, in June -- announced the lineup of "the new Queensrych ...

  8. Waters Wall To Wall

    July 18, 2012 7:35 PM EDT "By the way, which one's Pink?" inquires the label executive caricature on the Pink Floyd album cut "Have a Cigar" from the 1975 album "Wish You Were Here." The band did very little to promote individual members ...

  9. Green Day: How the Year's Most Ambitious Project Came Together

    July 11, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Two hundred fifty people packed into the Tiki Bar in the Orange County city of Costa Mesa, Calif., on Aug. 11, 2011, paying $20 a head the day before to see one of the world's biggest rock bands after an eight-month hiatus. That audience - al ...

  10. Album Reviews: The Smashing Pumpkins, The dB's, Metric, Brian Culbertson

    June 20, 2012 1:10 PM EDT ROCK The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania Producers: Billy Corgan, Bjorn Thorsrud Martha's Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution Release Date: June 19 When Billy Corgan sings he's "wasted along the way to reach you," one can& ...

  11. Linkin Park Use New Marketing Techniques to Connect with Fans

    June 13, 2012 5:10 PM EDT A 38-second video posted May 26 on YouTube features Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda congratulating the winner of a scavenger hunt that included clues on five continents, lasted 16 days and concluded at BBC Radio 1 during Zane Lowe's show. Whe ...

  12. BMG Rights Management Acquires Francis Dreyfus Music

    May 30, 2012 10:44 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Francis Dreyfus Music, an independent music publishing and recording company headquartered in Paris. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Francis Dreyfus Music was founded by its ...

  13. Cooking Vinyl's Martin Goldschmidt On Universal-EMI Deal, Marilyn Manson, the Rise of Indies

    May 03, 2012 12:45 PM EDT The current Cooking Vinyl homege features Marilyn Manson whose new album "Born Villain" is just out. Label founder Martin Goldschmidt says Interscope "dropped the ball" with his last album. Cooking Vinyl, a label founded in 198 ...

  14. Green Day Announces New Album Trilogy: First Disc Out In September

    April 11, 2012 8:08 PM EDT You thought recording a rock opera was epic? Try releasing a trilogy of albums in the span of four months! Green Day has announced the release of three -- yes, three -- new albums, titled "¡Uno!," "¡Dos!" and "¡Tré!," ...

  15. SXSW Q&A: Justin Kalifowitz of Songtrust, Downtown Music Publishing

    March 14, 2012 8:20 AM EDT (Photo: Glenn Peoples) Music publishing isn't the most active segment of SXSW Interactive, but Justin Kalifowitz, President of Downtown Music Publishing and Co-founder of publishing royalty collection startup Songtrust , was in learning mode ...

  16. Spirit Music Signs Deal With Pete Townshend, The Who to Acquire Catalog

    January 24, 2012 6:35 PM EST Pete Townshend has struck a deal with Spirit Music Group that gives the publishing company Townshend entire interest in his solo material and his material with The Who, including mega-tracks "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Behind Bl ...

  17. Jeff "Critter" Newell, Chicago Trax Sound Engineer, Angels & Airwaves 'Fifth Member,' Dead at 45

    January 04, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jeff "Critter" Newell, an audio engineer who worked at Chicago Trax studio, a recording facility that helped define the city's industrial sound, has died at the age of 45. Newell, a former Chicago resident, worked on releases by lea ...

  18. Motley Crue Heads to Las Vegas With 'Lots of Naked Girls'

    December 02, 2011 5:10 PM EST Dr. Feelgood, the Theatre of Pain and, of course, plenty of Girls, Girls, Girls are taking up residency in Las Vegas during February. "Motley Crue in Sin City" will hunker down from Feb. 3-19 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Cas ...

  19. GWAR's Cory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus, Found Dead on Tour Bus

    November 04, 2011 7:57 AM EDT MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The lead guitarist for the costumed heavy metal band GWAR has been found dead on their tour bus. Manager Jack Flanagan and record label Metal Blade say Cory Smoot was found early Thursday before crossing into Canada following a ...

  20. Coldplay's Digital Strategy Pays Off: Group Breaks iTunes Record With 500,000 Downloads in a Week

    November 03, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Pointing to an increasingly equal digital vs. physical playing field, Coldplay's latest album, "Mylo Xyloto," which was released on Oct. 24, has broken a record for the iTunes store worldwide by selling more than 500,000 downloads i ...

  21. Gwar Guitarist Cory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus, Dead

    November 03, 2011 4:08 PM EDT GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot -- known by the stage name Flattus Maximus -- was found dead by his bandmates this morning (Nov. 3), as GWAR prepared to cross the Canadian border for a stretch of tour dates. He was 34. In a statement first released to t ...

  22. Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' Debuts At No. 1 on U.K. Charts, Sets Digital Album Sales Record

    October 31, 2011 12:17 PM EDT Coldplay crashed back into the U.K. charts on Sunday, Oct. 30, scoring their fifth No. 1 from five studio releases with "Mylo Xyloto" (Parlophone/EMI). The album set a new weekly digital album sales record and achieved the second-biggest ...

  23. Tori Amos Takes A Chance With Her Classical Album Debut 'Night Of Hunters'

    October 06, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Crossing Over: Tori Amos's new classical album "Night of the Hunters" debuted atop Billboard's Classical Crossover chart and had top ten debuts on both the Alternative and Rock Albums surveys. (Photo: Victor de Mello) Eccentric ...

  24. Alice Cooper Scares Up His Highest-Charting Album Since 1989

    September 23, 2011 7:10 AM EDT Iconic rocker Alice Cooper returns to the Billboard 200 this week with his highest-charting album since 1989 as Welcome 2 My Nightmare bows at No. 22 with 18,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. He last rose higher on the list with the Epic ...

  25. Publishing Briefs: Rondor Signs Alice Cooper, Imagem Signs Lil Wayne Collaborator Angel Aponte

    September 20, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Rondor Inks Alice Cooper - Rondor Music Publishing has signed Alice Cooper to a worldwide publishing agreement and re-upped the company's publishing agreement with producer Bob Ezrin, who has worked with Cooper as a producer, co-writer, arran ...

  26. Backbeat: Arcade Fire Dazzle With 'Austin City Limits' Taping -- Throw Mic to Our Fearless Correspondent

    September 18, 2011 5:07 PM EDT (Photo: Jillian Mapes) While ACL festgoers and industry figures alike flocked to Zilker Park for a glimpse of Stevie Wonder, Billboard correspondent Jillian Mapes snuck away to the Moody Theater in the W Hotel to watch Arcade Fire's "Aus ...

  27. Newcomer Nikki Jean Works with Bob Dylan, Jimmy Webb and More on Debut Album, Lands Best Buy Ad

    August 05, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Who is Nikki Jean? That's what Twitter followers were asking recently when Lupe Fiasco wrote, "I'm quitting Twitter . . . I'm gonna let @Nikki­Jean takeover [sic] my Twitter--go get that album." That album is singer/song ...

  28. Alice Cooper Teams Up With Universal Studios for Halloween

    August 02, 2011 9:05 PM EDT Rock icon Alice Cooper is ready to make this Halloween at Universal Studios even scarier. "Alice Cooper: Welcome To My Nightmare" is a new "Halloween Horror Nights" maze at Universal Studios Hollywood. The event will start on S ...

  29. Pink Floyd In Race Against Time To Reissue Albums As Physical Sales Decline

    May 12, 2011 7:40 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The mammoth CD reissue program undertaken by Pink Floyd is an acknowledgment that the era of physical CDs and lavish artwork is coming to an end, as fans increasingly opt to download music digitally, drummer Nick Mason said ...

  30. Rise Against Debuts At No. 2, Adele's '21' Returns To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    March 23, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Adele's "21" returns to the top slot (2-1) on the Billboard 200 for a third nonconsecutive week, selling 98,000 (down 26%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. She bumps last week's champ, Lupe Fiasco's "Lasers," dow ...

  31. Beach Boys' Long Lost 'Smile' Album to Be Released in 2011

    March 11, 2011 10:29 AM EST The Boys of Summer: The original "Smile" recordings from the mid-1960s will finally see the light of day. (Photo: CA/Redferns) It's an event that pop music fans have been waiting for since the Summer of Love: Capitol Records is plan ...

  32. Lupe Fiasco To Score Best Sales Week, Top Next Week's Billboard 200

    March 09, 2011 8:15 PM EST Lupe Fiasco is on his way to scoring his best week ever on the Billboard charts, as his third album, "Lasers," is on track to sell around 190,000 to 220,000 copies and easily bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Some indust ...

  33. Rock Hall of Fame to Induct Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's official -- Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The class of 2011 will be formally feted on Mar. 14 at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Al ...

  34. Coldplay Reteams with Brian Eno for Concept Album

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Although Coldplay earned a Best Rock Album Grammy for 2008 album "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends" and scored a hit with its single "Viva la Vida," the band appears to be thinking even bigger for its in-the-works fift ...

  35. Retail Briefs: NARM, Heavy Rotation Records, Alliance Entertainment

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers and the Country Music Assn. will produce an Entertainment Law Conference in Nashville on Nov. 9. The keynote will be an interview with U.S. Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters , who will discuss ...

  36. Linkin Park Debuts Atop Euro Album Chart

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park makes its customary No. 1 start on Billboard's European Albums chart, arriving at the top with "A Thousand Suns" (Warner Bros./Warner Music). "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/UMTV/Univ ...

  37. Linkin Park's 'A Thousand Suns' Tops Billboard 200

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park notches its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as its "A Thousand Suns" album debuts atop the list with 241,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rock band beats out R&B singer Trey Songz, as the latter' ...

  38. Linkin Park, Trey Songz Set For Big Bows on Billboard 200

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, not only will the very top of the chart welcome handsome debuts from both Linkin Park's "A Thousand Suns" and Trey Songz's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure," but there may als ...

  39. BACKBEAT: Linkin Park Listening Party With Rick Rubin, Tom Morello

    September 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Sept. 7, a week ahead of the release of its fourth studio album, "A Thousand Suns," rock band Linkin Park invited fans and members of the music industry to preview the set at Los Angeles' 1,300-capacity the Music Box at Henry Fon ...

  40. Arcade Fire's 'The Suburbs' Could Grab No. 1 Spot On Billboard 200

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" is making a run for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources suggest the new set could sell maybe between 120,000 to 140,000 by week's end (Aug. 8). It's understood ...

  41. Kinks' 'Schoolboys' To Become Film Musical

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Kinks' album "Schoolboys in Disgrace" is headed for the big screen. Bobcat Goldthwait, who will direct the movie, has penned a script based on the 1975 LP. The songs were written by Kinks frontman Ray Davies, who will executive ...

  42. Roger Waters Taking 'The Wall' Across Europe

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Roger Waters is taking a new production of "The Wall" on the road in 2011, with 28 European dates confirmed. U.S. arena dates, running September to December 2010, were confirmed last month and sold out within hours according to a stateme ...

  43. Lady Gaga Holds Off MGMT On Euro Chart

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga pulls off the pan-European double again, withstanding a new entry by MGMT to keep control of Billboard's European Albums chart with "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) and starting a second week atop European Hot 100 Singles ...

  44. Roger Waters Takes 'The Wall' On The Road

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As rumored in recent months, Roger Waters is taking Pink Floyd's "The Wall" on the road this fall for a 36-date North American tour starting Sept. 15 in Toronto and wrapping Dec. 13 in Anaheim. Prior to this, the 1979 concept album ...

  45. Eddie Vedder Guests At Who London Show

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder made a surprise guest appearance at The Who's concert in London, last night (Mar. 30). Vedder joined the legendary British band onstage at London's Royal Albert Hall venue as they performed their 1973 conc ...

  46. Pink Floyd Wins U.K. Court Battle With EMI

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Pink Floyd won its court battle with EMI on Thursday (March 11) with a ruling that prevents the record company from selling single downloads on the Internet from the group's concept albums. The outcome of a dispute over the level of royalties ...

  47. BMG Rights Management Signs Leona Lewis

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST BMG Rights Management has signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Leona Lewis. The worldwide deal - arguably the biggest international artist-songwriter signing for the 18-month-old company - was announced today (March 9) by the company in B ...

  48. Is This Good News? Album Sales Slip Just 5% In January

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Album sales dropped only 5% in January versus the same period in 2009, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's only one month, but that marks a far better performance for the month in recent years. If the last three years are any indication, the ...

  49. Alan Parsons Project Band Co-founder Woolfson Dies

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST An agent says Eric Woolfson, co-founder of the 1970s British progressive rock group Alan Parsons Project, known for the hits “Eye in the Sky” and “Don’t Answer Me,” has died of cancer. He was 64. Gallissas Theaterverlag, a company that represented ...

  50. Jay-Z, Whitney, Muse And Kid Cudi To Dominate Billboard 200

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z may make it a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as his "Blueprint 3" could fend off some hot competition from two just-released sets, along with a diva's surging album. Muse's "The Resi ...

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