The Dirty Mac

  1. 6 Questions with DWIGHT YOAKAM

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT A new chapter, and yet a homecoming -- that's a dichotomy, to be sure, but it's also an accurate way to describe Dwight Yoakam's Sept. 18 release, "3 Pears". It's his first new album since 2007's "Dwight Sin ...

  2. Exclusive: Yoko Ono to Introduce Flaming Lips' Steve Jobs Tribute at MTV's O Music Awards

    October 29, 2011 1:32 PM EDT MTV is upping the Apple factor at its O Music Awards with a plan to have Yoko Ono introduce the Flaming Lips' musical tribute to Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs. Ono, the window of Beatle John Lennon, will speak about her late husband an ...

  3. Rich Fitzgerald, Veteran Manager and Label Exec, Dies of Cancer

    August 16, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Billboard.biz is sad to report that Rich Fitzgerald has died Monday after a battle with esophageal cancer. A veteran label executive, he held posts at Reprise and Warner Bros. Records and played a large role in the success of the Bee Gees, Eric Cl ...

  4. 'Songs For Japan' Tops iTunes Charts in 18 Nations

    March 29, 2011 8:50 AM EDT "Songs for Japan," the charity album released to raise funds for disaster relief after Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami this month, has rocketed to the top of iTunes charts in 18 nations and is on track to make a top fiv ...

  5. Lennon's White 'Abbey Road' Suit Sells for $46,000

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST The white two-piece suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album has been sold at auction in Connecticut for $46,000. The suit and other Beatles memorabilia were sold Saturday at the Braswell Galleries' ...

  6. BACKBEAT: OH YOKO

    January 01, 2011 12:49 PM EST Click through for a roundup of photos from Yoko Ono's visit to Billboard's New York offices The Legendary Yoko Ono stopped by Billboard's New York offices on Dec. 15 to receive a plaque commemorating her fifth consecutive No. 1 song ...

  7. Yoko: John Lennon 'Would Have Loved' Lady Gaga, Facebook

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Yoko Ono believes that John Lennon "would love the way the world has changed," from its new pop superstars to the digital revolution, if he were still alive today. In a new interview with the U.K.'s Daily Mail , the veteran artist a ...

  8. Web Trends: Miley Cyrus, Michael Jackson, Rage Against The Machine and more

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 12. "Who Owns My Heart" video "Who Owns My Heart" is a new video from Miley Cyrus. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Four Bands That Need to Break Up 2. Michael Jackson Scarecrows Pop Up In Taiwan 3 ...

  9. Ono To Mark John Lennon's 70th Birthday In Iceland

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yoko Ono is planning a series of events in Iceland to mark what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday. The artist and peace campaigner will light the Imagine Peace Tower illuminated memorial, located on the island of Vioey near Icelandi ...

  10. Beatles, iTunes Deal Still At Impasse

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Don't hold your breath waiting for Beatles songs to go on sale at iTunes or other online retailers, says Yoko Ono. The Fab Four have long resisted the allure of digital downloads, instead selling millions of old-fashioned compact discs last y ...

  11. Music Seminar With Living Legends To Feature Yoko Ono

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Advertising agency Grey New York has announced that its fourth annual Music Seminar with Living Legends will feature Yoko Ono on Friday, June 25, at the Debussy, in Cannes, France. The event will be part of the 57th Cannes Lions International Adve ...

  12. Ailing Eric Clapton Pulls Out Of Rock Hall Of Fame Concerts

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eric Clapton has pulled out of this week's Rock and Roll Hall concert extravaganza in New York to have gallstones removed, organizers said on Monday. Bruce Springsteen's participation was up in the air, meanwhile, after the rocker abrupt ...

  13. Former Beatles, Stones Manager Allen Klein Dies

    July 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Infamous record label owner Allen Klein, who played a key role in the demise of the Beatles and also nabbed control of some of the Rolling Stones' best-known songs, died in New York on Saturday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, a ...

  14. Yoko Ono, Moby Sign Up To Meltdown Fest

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The first acts confirmed for London's Meltdown Festival, which runs June 13 to June 21 at the Southbank Centre, include Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Sean Lennon, Cornelius, Patti Smith, Robert Wyatt, Yo La Tengo, Baaba Maal and Moby. The Roots ...

  15. Lennon In TV Ad 28 Years After His Death

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Imagine, John Lennon makes a television commercial for charity -- 28 years after his death. Through the use of digital technology, the former Beatle urges people across the United States to support a campaign by "One Laptop per Child" to ...

  16. Lennon Song Donated To Hard Rock Hunger Campaign

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music-themed restaurant, hotel and casino brand Hard Rock International has launched a global campaign on hunger with a fund-raising compilation album. The "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign will raise funds for WHY, a non-profit ...

  17. Clapton Invited To Play In North Korea

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST North Korean officials have invited Eric Clapton to play a concert in the Communist state, a diplomat at the country's embassy in London said today (Feb. 26). The diplomat confirmed reports in the British media that Clapton had been officiall ...

  18. Stones Sign With Universal For Soundtrack

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones have signed a one-album deal with Universal Music as they approach the end of their current contract with EMI, which is understood to expire this year. The band's worldwide deal with Universal is just for the soundtrack alb ...

  19. Lennon Catalog Hits iTunes

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Let the speculation resume about when the full Beatles catalog is coming to iTunes. For the first time, 16 of John Lennon's solo albums and exclusive videos from EMI Music made their digital debut on the service today. Like all other EMI trac ...

  20. GLOBAL PULSE: LENNON COVER MARKS TOKIO HOTEL'S YEAR ON CHARTS

    November 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST German teenage pop-rock band Tokio Hotel has joined the select group of acts donating recordings of John Lennon songs to human rights organization Amnesty International's Web site Make Some Noise (amn German teenage pop-rock band Tokio Hotel ...

  21. Ono Not Pursuing Full Lawsuit Against Capitol

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Artist filed papers last week in royalty dispute. Despite filing legal documents last week, Yoko Ono does not intend to pursue full litigation against EMI Group's Capitol Records at this time over royalties due from the Beatles' recordin ...

  22. Ono Sues Capitol Over Lennon Royalties

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Files $10 million lawsuit. John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against her late husband's old record company accusing them of cheating his estate out of his royalties. In a three-page lawsuit filed in Manhattan ...

  23. On The Road

    June 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fan anticipation appears high indeed for Eric Clapton's U.S. tour, and a final Billboard Boxscore ranking in the top 10 for the year would seem likely. Read Ray Waddell's column. Fan anticipation appears high indeed for Eric Clapton' ...

  24. Stones To Resume Tour As Richards Gets OK

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has made a "complete recovery" from his mysterious accident in Fiji, and the rock band will belatedly begin its European tour in Milan on July 11, according to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richar ...

  25. Stones To Resume Tour As Richards Gets OK

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has made a "complete recovery" from his mysterious accident in Fiji, and the rock band will belatedly begin its European tour in Milan on July 11, according to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richar ...

  26. Clapton To Embark on 13-Country European Tour

    February 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Eric Clapton will embark on a summer European tour that will travel to 13 European countries including France, the U.K., Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Eric Clapton will embark on a summer European ...

  27. Lennon Catalog To Make Digital Debut

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST John Lennon's solo catalog will be made available digitally for the first time beginning this week with the release of the retrospective "Working Class Hero." John Lennon's solo catalog will be made available digitally for the ...

  28. Lennon Catalog To Make Digital Debut

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST John Lennon's solo catalog will be made available digitally for the first time beginning this week with the release of the retrospective "Working Class Hero." John Lennon's solo catalog will be made available digitally for the ...

  29. Oasis Grabs Two Q Awards

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Yoko Ono picks up Special Award for Lennon. Oasis clinched two of the top prizes at this year's Q Awards yesterday (Oct. 10) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, picking up best album for “Don't Believe the Truth” (Big Brother) and th ...

  30. Rhino Ups Three In Marketing

    November 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Expands DVD marketing approach. Rhino Entertainment has promoted three executives to expand its DVD marketing abilities. Sig Sigworth, the company's former head of international marketing, has been named VP of video. He will now supervise wor ...

  31. The Beat

    November 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST The release of "Acoustic" and the reissue of "Rock 'N' Roll" show two sides of John Lennon. Read Melinda Newman's column. The release of "Acoustic" and the reissue of "Rock 'N' Roll" ...

  32. The Beat

    November 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST The release of "Acoustic" and the reissue of "Rock 'N' Roll" show two sides of John Lennon. Read Melinda Newman's column. The release of "Acoustic" and the reissue of "Rock 'N' Roll" ...

  33. Gibson Marks Lennon's B'day With Auction, Exhibits

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Gibson Guitar has launched several programs honoring John Lennon, whose 64th birthday would have been tomorrow (Oct. 9). Gibson Guitar has launched several programs honoring John Lennon, whose 64th birthday would have been tomorrow (Oct. 9). Gibso ...

  34. Judge Orders FBI To Release Lennon Files

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The FBI must turn over the remaining secret files on John Lennon to a professor who has waged a more than 20-year legal battle to get the documents, a judge ruled. LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The FBI must turn over the remaining secret files on John Lenno ...

  35. 'Rock And Roll Circus' Coming To DVD

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT ABKCO Records is preparing the Rolling Stones' film "Rock and Roll Circus" for DVD release, Billboard.biz has learned. ABKCO Records is preparing the Rolling Stones' film "Rock and Roll Circus" for DVD release, Billbo ...

  36. Guitar Center Acquires Historic Clapton Axes

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT "Blackie," the 1950s-era Fender Stratocaster owned by Eric Clapton and auctioned for a record $959,500 last week at Christie's in New York, was acquired along with a handful of other historic instrume "Blackie," the 1950s- ...

  37. Beat Box

    May 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Yoko Ono's "Hell in Paradise" marks her latest return to clubland with a series of remixes. Read Michael Paoletta's column. Yoko Ono's "Hell in Paradise" marks her latest return to clubland with a series of remix ...

  38. Beat Box

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Yoko Ono's "Hell in Paradise" marks her latest return to clubland with a series of remixes. Read Michael Paoletta's column. Yoko Ono's "Hell in Paradise" marks her latest return to clubland with a series of remix ...

  39. Clapton Digital Pre-Sales A WMG Record

    April 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rocker Eric Clapton's latest release has set a label record for digital pre-sales. Clapton's Robert Johnson tribute album "Me and Mr. Johnson" (Duck/Reprise), which debuted at No. 6 on <A HREF Veteran rocker Eric Cla ...

  40. Clapton Digital Pre-Sales A WMG Record

    April 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rocker Eric Clapton's latest release has set a label record for digital pre-sales. Clapton's Robert Johnson tribute album "Me and Mr. Johnson" (Duck/Reprise), which debuted at No. 6 on <A HREF Veteran rocker Eric Cla ...

  41. Guitar Center Opens Talent Competition

    March 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST With the launch of the fifth annual "Guitarmageddon" competition, musical instrument/pro audio retailer Guitar Center has begun a four-month search for the best unsigned guitarist in the United States With the launch of the fifth annual ...

  42. Clapton, Wyman Team For Kids Charity Concert

    February 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Eric Clapton, former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman and popular British musician/TV presenter Jools Holland will perform together for the first time March 15 in a charity event at London's Royal Al Eric Clapton, former Rolling Stones bassi ...

  43. Clapton, Wyman Team For Kids Charity Concert

    February 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Eric Clapton, former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman and popular British musician/TV presenter Jools Holland will perform together for the first time March 15 in a charity event at London's Royal Al Eric Clapton, former Rolling Stones bassi ...