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  1. Aretha Franklin, Charlie Sheen Discuss 'American Idol' Judge Possibility

    July 18, 2012 7:10 AM EDT With at least two vacancies open at the "American Idol" judges table due to Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez's announced departures last week, two exceedingly different candidates are making it known that they wouldn't mind the ...

  2. Bob Dylan's 'Tempest' Arrives in September

    July 17, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Bob Dylan is marking 50 years as a recording artist in the best way imaginable, by releasing an album of all-new original songs. Columbia Records announced Tuesday that Dylan's album, "Tempest," featuring ten tracks from the songwri ...

  3. President Obama Honors Bob Dylan, Others With Medal of Freedom

    May 29, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Bob Dylan receives the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House today. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/GettyImages) President Barack Obama honored a diverse group of political and cultural icons, including former Secretary of State ...

  4. Bob Dylan Receives Medal of Freedom, Nation's Highest Civilian Honor

    April 27, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor bestowed upon a United States civilian. The singer-songwriter was one of 13 recipients announced by President Obama on Thursday. Bob Dylan's 'Blood On The Tr ...

  5. Backbeat: Jakob Dylan Plays Farm Aid Event, Says New Wallflowers Album On The Way

    April 24, 2012 2:11 PM EDT Jakob Dylan performed at "An Evening with Farm Aid" in Manhattan and afterward said a new Wallflowers album is due to arrive in September, the band's first set of new songs since 2005. (Photo Copyright: Ebet Roberts) "I was at ...

  6. Bob Marley Documentary to Stream on Facebook While in Theaters

    April 12, 2012 7:55 AM EDT The Bob Marley documentary "Marley" will stream on Facebook simultaneously during its theatrical opening, a signal that social media may also play a role in shifting movie release windows. Such day-and-date releases have become increasin ...

  7. Bob Dylan's 'Blood On The Tracks' Album to Be Made Into a Movie

    April 05, 2012 9:41 AM EDT LONDON - Brazil-based international production banner RT Features has strummed up the rights to adapt Bob Dylan's seminal 1975 album Blood on the Tracks into an English language movie. RT Features' Rodrigo Teixeira and Fernando Loureiro ...

  8. How the Music Producer for Showtime's 'Shameless' Embraces Indie Artists (Q&A)

    March 26, 2012 11:28 AM EDT Those familiar with Showtime's dysfunctional family drama Shameless appreciate that its storyline is far-from-average. Following Chicago working-class family the Gallaghers -- led by the drunken single-father-of-six, Frank (William H. Macy) - ...

  9. Bob Marley Documentary Gets an April Release, DVD Release Gets Plenty of Bonus Material

    March 15, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Phil Gallo, Austin, Texas Magnolia Pictures has set the not-so-surprising release date of April 20 for the documentary "Marley" - more commonly referred to as 4/20 - but director Kevin Macdonald has already plotted the bonus material for ...

  10. The National Association of Music Merchants Show Attracts Metal Luminaries, Newfound Kinship

    January 23, 2012 7:00 PM EST The 2012 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show saw 95,709 registered attendees checking out 1,441 exhibitors, educational seminars, jam sessions and artist signings over four days in Anaheim, California. The turnout was up from 90,11 ...

  11. Bob Dylan Denies His Chinese Concerts Were Censored by Goverment

    May 13, 2011 1:11 PM EDT In a rare and lengthy post on his official website titled "To my fans and followers," Bob Dylan slammed what he characterizes as inaccurate reports that claimed he censored his setlist during his recent first shows in China . First, he r ...

  12. How Rock Music is Saving Book Publishing

    April 25, 2011 7:10 AM EDT Billy Joel aside, the sudden surge in memoirs is bringing boomers to bookstores. From Keith Richards' assertion that he really did snort his father's ashes to Sammy Hagar's revelation that he's been abducted by aliens, out-ther ...

  13. Bob Dylan Plays Vietnam To Half-Full Venue

    April 11, 2011 7:20 AM EDT After nearly five decades of singing about a war that continues to haunt a generation of Americans, legendary performer Bob Dylan finally got his chance to see Vietnam at peace. The American folk singer and songwriter known for his anti-war anthem ...

  14. Bob Dylan Gets Rapturous Reception at China Concert With 'Approved Set'

    April 07, 2011 7:21 AM EDT Counter-culture hero and 1960s protest singer Bob Dylan got a rapturous welcome from fans on Wednesday at his first gig in China, despite agreeing to sing an approved set so as not to offend political sensitivities. Famous for his songs against in ...

  15. Bob Dylan Clears China's Censors, Playing First Shows in April

    March 11, 2011 7:42 AM EST Censors have cleared Bob Dylan to make his China debut despite worries that the country's authoritarian government would block his planned shows given the American folk icon's antiestablishment reputation. China's Ministry of Cultur ...

  16. Will Bob Dylan's China Shows Be Censored?

    March 09, 2011 7:14 AM EST Despite the threat of censorship, American music legend Bob Dylan will try to scale the musical Great Wall of China in April, a year after he scrapped planned concerts here for reasons still unexplained. Overnight Tuesday, popular online ticket ag ...

  17. Bob Dylan's April Gig in China Held Up By Chinese Government

    March 03, 2011 8:20 AM EST China is reviewing an application from Bob Dylan to stage concerts in the country, a year after the American folk legend's planned concerts in Beijing and Shanghai were canceled, an official at the Ministry of Culture said Thursday. The appli ...

  18. Jack Isquith Guest Post: The Music Industry Should Heed the Words of Bob Dylan

    February 23, 2011 12:03 PM EST The following is a guest post from Jack Isquith, which originally appeared on his blog Digital Music Insider, and is reposted with his permission. Isquith is a digital music industry veteran who has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records and ...

  19. Red, Civil Wars To Debut High On Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    February 03, 2011 9:22 PM EST Rock band Red is aiming to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Until We Have Faces." The group could sell 45,000 copies by week's end on Feb. 6, according to industry prognosticators. Red's last album, &quo ...

  20. Bob Marley's Heirs Fight Bobblehead, Other Products

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST A lawyer told a federal jury in Las Vegas that Bob Marley's children don't want to see the reggae legend portrayed as a bobblehead or a plush toy. Attorney Jill Pietrini used closing arguments in a lawsuit to cast a business interference ...

  21. Billboard Bits: Dylan Roadie Impersonator Orders 178 Gourmet Pizzas, Madonna's Philanthropy, Michelle Branch's Return To Pop

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bob Dylan Mistakenly Involved in Pizza Prank, Perpetrator Found There's no denying Bob Dylan is a legend, and until recently, some Amherst, Mass. folks thought he was a pizza prankster as well. Dylan's name was used in a cruel joke invol ...

  22. Tribute Concert Marks Bob Marley's Final Show

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 30th anniversary of Bob Marley and the Wailers' final concert performance was celebrated at the same venue, the Benedum Center (formerly the Stanley Theater) in Pittsburgh, with a Marley family and friends concert. The Bob Marley Live For ...

  23. Korn Signs To Roadrunner

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veteran hard rock act Korn has signed a worldwide recording deal with Roadrunner Records. The band's first release on the label will be its ninth studio set "Korn III -- Remember Who You Are," produced by Ross Robinson, who collabor ...

  24. Billboard.biz Q&A: Universal Motown Exec VP Cameo Carlson

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Motown Republic Group executive VP Cameo Carlson approaches digital music from a unique vantage point, having previously worked as manager of music programming at iTunes and as rock and alternative music director at AOL Radio. Carlson wi ...

  25. James Brown, Beach Boys added to Grammy Hall of Fame

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Recording Academy has added songs by James Brown, Bob Marley, the Beach Boys, Louis Armstrong and others to its Grammy Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of titles in the collection to 851. The latest batch of 25 recordings added to the l ...

  26. Bob Dylan To Exhibit Artwork In Denmark

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT He writes, he sings, he sometimes exchanges blows in the boxing ring. But Bob Dylan is also familiar with another type of canvas as a quietly prolific painter. Nearly 100 artworks from the noted musician will be exhibited at the National Gallery o ...

  27. Cliff Richard 'Reunited' On Record With Shadows

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cliff Richard, the most-charted British artist in the history of the U.K. singles survey, is reuniting with his original group the Shadows for their first album together in more than 30 years. "Reunited," which consists of newly-recorded ...

  28. Former Madonna, Dylan Manager Critically Injured

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Talent manager and film producer Joan Hyler was in critical condition after she was hit by a car Friday night on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, authorities said. Hyler, who has represented Bob Dylan and Madonna and is a former president of the n ...

  29. Redeye, 567 Records Ink Distro Deal

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Redeye Distribution announced they will become the worldwide physical and digital distributor for 567 Records. 567 was founded in 2006 and has released albums by metal band Iscariot, rockers Further Seems Forever and the former Sunny Day Real Esta ...

  30. Dylan Rains Down On Spanish Expo With Camera Ban

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan put a dampener on proceedings when he refused to allow TV cameras or photographers into an open-air concert he gave Monday night at the Expo 2008 world fair in Zaragoza, northern Spain. But it appears nobody had told the fair's orga ...

  31. The Billboard Q&A: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After spending the past two months touring Europe and the United Kingdom, the third annual traveling heavy metal festival Gigantour launches Stateside tomorrow (April 12) at the Fillmore in Denver. The 29-date trek -- featuring Megadeth, In Flames ...

  32. Bob Dylan Wins Pulitzer

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Thanks to Bob Dylan, rock 'n roll has finally broken through the Pulitzer wall. Dylan, the most acclaimed and influential songwriter of the past half century, who more than anyone brought rock from the streets to the lecture hall, received an ...

  33. Rights Flap Jamming Bob Marley Film

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The family of Bob Marley has refused to license any of his music for a biopic that the Weinstein Co. is prepping -- despite the fact that his widow, Rita Marley, is its executive producer. The reason? There is a competing Martin Scorsese documenta ...

  34. Korn Frontman Plans Solo Tour

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As a follow-up to this summer's Family Values tour, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis will embark on a 24-date U.S. solo tour, starting Nov. 9 at Webster Theater in Hartford, Conn., and wrapping Dec. 11 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. For the ...

  35. Marley Family To File Suit Over Verizon/UMG Deal

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bob Marley's estate is planning to file a lawsuit against the Universal Music Group and Verizon Wireless over a deal announced earlier this week for access to the reggae legend's body of work. According to Fifty Six Hope Road Music Limit ...

  36. Verizon Nabs Marley Exclusive

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless has inked a deal for exclusive access to Bob Marley's body of work. Customers can now buy master ringtones of such classics as "Buffalo Soldier," "Redemption Song," and "One Love," among more tha ...

  37. Dylan Wins Prince of Asturias Arts Prize

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan today won the coveted Prince of Asturias prize for the Arts 2007, Spain's equivalent of the Nobel awards. The Prince of Asturias arts jury chairman, former Spanish trade minister José Lladó, said Dylan "is a living legend" ...

  38. Korn: Back On Top

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It's about 45 minutes before Korn is scheduled to take the stage at Los Angeles rock station KROQ's annual Weenie Roast yKorn Takes Its Innovative Record Deal -- And A Host Of Diehard Fans -- To The Bank Fiesta, and the band's roadi ...

  39. Billboard Q&A: Ethiopia Habtemariam

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST In the biz since her teen years, the publishing exec recently branched into A&R. Here, she discusses which label strategies are working-and which need work. For someone who was more inclined to pursue music promotion and marketing as a career ...

  40. Slate To Host Dylan Video Premiere, Contest

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST This Friday (Dec. 8), Slate Magazine will be premiering the new Bob Dylan video for "Thunder on the Mountain," a song off his latest album "Modern Times" (Columbia). The video features archival footage of Dylan performing over ...

  41. Dylan Teams With iTunes For Pre-order Deal

    August 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 'Modern Times' is due Aug. 29 via Columbia. Bob Dylan has teamed with Apple's iTunes Music Store to offer fans that pre-order his new album through the retailer first crack at tickets for shows on his fall tour. Dylan's "M ...

  42. Live Nation, Korn To Resurrect Family Values

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT -city North American trek set for summer. Live Nation and Korn will resurrect the Family Values tour this summer with a 30-city North American trek. Also on the bill are Deftones, Stone Sour, Flylef and Dir en gray on the main stage; second stag ...

  43. Live Nation Invests In Korn

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST International concert promoter Live Nation will invest roughly $3 million in Korn, according to a New York Times article, for an estimated 6% in the rock band's box office, licensing, publishing, merc International concert promoter Live Natio ...

  44. Korn Signs With Virgin

    September 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rock act Korn has signed a new deal with Virgin that covers a recording deal and an integrated partnership with parent company EMI Music for touring, music publishing, merchandising and sponsorship. T Rock act Korn has signed a new deal with Virgi ...

  45. Dylan, Peel Inducted Into U.K. Hall Of Fame

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran singer songwriter Bob Dylan and late British broadcaster John Peel will be inducted this year into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame, organizers said today (July 25). Veteran singer songwriter Bob Dylan and late British broadcaster John Peel wil ...

  46. Dylan, Peel Inducted Into U.K. Hall Of Fame

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran singer songwriter Bob Dylan and late British broadcaster John Peel will be inducted this year into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame, organizers said today (July 25). Veteran singer songwriter Bob Dylan and late British broadcaster John Peel wil ...

  47. Pioneering Christian Rock Band Petra Calls It Quits

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Group will tour through the end of the year. After 33 years in Christian music, pioneering rock band Petra is calling it quits. The group will continue to tour through the end of the year then disband. “We really worked hard last year to get Petra ...

  48. On The Road

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine will launch a six-week festival tour in late July boasting two stages of music. Rad Ray Waddell's column. Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine will launch a six-week festival tour in late July boasting two stages of m ...

  49. Korn Vet Welch, Stephen Baldwin Form Label

    April 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former Korn member Brian "Head" Welch and actor Stephen Baldwin have formed Livin' It Records. The New York-based label, which is seeking distribution, aims to release Welch's solo debut album later t Former Korn member Brian & ...

  50. Dylan Officially Lauded For Literary Greatness

    January 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST "Chronicles" tapped for National Book Critics award. Eight-time Grammy winner Bob Dylan, long considered rock-'n'-roll's poet laureate, can now add literary laurels to his list of honors. The National Book Critics Circle h ...

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