1. Al Jarreau Salutes George Duke on New Star-Packed Album

    August 05, 2014 1:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 The late musician’s influential legacy is saluted on 'My Old Friend,' featuring guests Lalah Hathaway, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Albright and more. It’s a year to the day (Aug. 5) since the untimely death of revered Grammy-winning keyboardist, ...

  2. Alice Cooper: 'Retirement is Not in My Vocabulary' (Q&A)

    April 18, 2014 4:44 PM EDT The legendary 66-year-old rocker celebrates 45 years in the business with a new documentary and a summer tour with Motley Crue. "The Super Duper Alice Cooper" documentary premiered last night at the Tribeca Film Festival with a glimpse a ...

  3. John Frusciante Q&A: On His Electronic Evolution and Why He's Done With Rock Bands

    August 19, 2013 3:15 PM EDT In an exclusive interview, Frusciante talks about his new EP of abstract electronic music, why he left the Chili Peppers and the "funnest musical collaboration I've ever had with anybody in my life" Guitarist John Frusciante, absent ...

  4. Jazz Keyboardist George Duke Dead at 67

    August 06, 2013 6:14 PM EDT George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67. A representative for Duke said the performer died Monday night ...

  5. Kobalt Signs Global Admin Deal For Frank Zappa’s Catalog

    August 01, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has forged a worldwide deal to administer the catalog of the late alternative rock legend Frank Zappa. With immediate effect, Kobalt begins global representation of all Zappa’s songs, including his early works with the Mothers ...

  6. Claude Nobs, Montreux Jazz Festival Founder, Dead at 76

    January 10, 2013 8:09 PM EST Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival sa ...

  7. Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs Dies

    January 10, 2013 9:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival said ...

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

    December 27, 2012 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 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 California hospital. He was 75. The Claremont, Calif. resident h ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Morning Fix: The Business of New Year's Concerts; 2013's Brands to Watch; Can Drake Trademark 'YOLO'?

    December 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe here to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters THE BUSINESS OF NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERTS: On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music f rom their fav ...

  11. Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Lord Dead at 71

    July 16, 2012 2:38 PM EDT Jon Lord, whose keyboard riffs and solos helped define the pioneering sound of Deep Purple, died Monday of a pulmonary embolism at the London Clinic. He was 71. He had been battling pancreatic cancer. Lord founded the British quintet Deep Purple w ...

  12. Alanis Morissette Brings 'Havoc,' Her 7th Album, in August

    May 02, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alanis Morissette's next album will be her first release outside of Warner Music Group as Collective Sounds issues "Havoc and Bright Lights" on Aug. 28. It's her seventh studio album and first release in four years. Guy Sigsworth ...

  13. Exclusive: Alanis Morissette's New Album on Collective Sounds Announced for August

    May 02, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Alanis Morissette's next album will be her first release outside of Warner Music Group as Collective Sounds issues "Havoc and Bright Lights" on Aug. 28. Her seventh studio album, it is her first release in four years. Guy Sigsworth, ...

  14. 12 No. 12 Rock Hits for 2012

    January 24, 2012 4:15 PM EST 0 0 0 As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking country hits, including T.G. Sheppard' ...

  15. TuneCore Expands Into Canada

    January 11, 2012 2:40 PM EST Brooklyn, NY-based TuneCore has expanded its music and video distribution service into Canada. The site, www.tunecore.ca , is exclusive to Canadian artists. The music is priced in Canadian currency and there is no currency conversion on domestic s ...

  16. Moon Unit Zappa, Matchbox Twenty Guitarist Split

    January 04, 2012 10:01 PM EST 0 0 0 Matchbox Twenty guitarist Paul Doucette and Moon Unit Zappa have called it quits, according to TMZ . Zappa, the daughter of musician Frank Zappa, filed divorce paperwork in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week. She cited irreconcilable differ ...

  17. Captain Beefheart Rarity Gets 2012 Release Date

    December 20, 2011 6:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Captain Beefheart 's "Bat Chain Puller" will be released in January, 36 years after its intended release date, according to the Wire . The idiosyncratic act's lost album was reportedly shelved after a disagreement between produce ...

  18. Rockin' Roads: Streets Named After Famous Musicians (Map)

    October 10, 2011 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Penny Lane. Thunder Road. Highway 61 Revisited. Plenty of roads, streets, boulevards and other locations have been immortalized in music, but what about the other way around? Join Billboard.com on an interactive rock'n'roll field trip arou ...

  19. Captain Beefheart Dies at Age 69

    December 17, 2010 5:11 PM EST 0 0 0 Musician and artist Don Van Vliet, who performed a complex brand of experimental rock under the name Captain Beefheart , died Friday. He was 69. The Michael Werner Gallery in New York confirmed Van Vliet's death in California due to complicatio ...

  20. Captain Beefheart Dies at Age 69

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Visual artist, singer, musician, composer and American iconoclast Don Van Vliet, known throughout the world as Captain Beefheart, has died at the age of 69 from complications related to multiple sclerosis, an artist representative stated on Friday ...

  21. Frank Zappa Honored with Bust in Baltimore

    September 20, 2010 8:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore but gained greater popular acclaim in Europe than in the United States. On Sunday (Sept. 19), devout European fans of the late musician brought his mustachioed likeness back home in the form of a bronze bust. Severa ...

  22. Baltimore Honors Frank Zappa With Bust

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore but gained greater popular acclaim in Europe than in the United States. On Sunday (Sept. 19), devout European fans of the late musician brought his mustachioed likeness back home in the form of a bronze bust. Seve ...

  23. '60s Anti-War Rocker Tuli Kupferberg Dies

    July 13, 2010 1:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 T uli Kupferberg , a founding member of the Fugs , one of the first underground rock groups and a staple on the anti-war protest scene in the 1960s, has died. Kupferberg, who had suffered strokes in the past year, died Monday in a Manhattan hospital ...

  24. Mastodon To Tour With Dethklok From Adult Swim's "Metalocalypse"

    August 04, 2009 6:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Atlanta hard rock band Mastodon has announced a co-headlining tour with a real-life version of Dethklok , the cartoon band in Adult Swim's animated series "Metalocalypse" on Cartoon Network. The 36-city trek will begin on Oct. 2 at th ...

  25. Roots To Debut New Single On 'Jimmy Fallon'

    June 23, 2009 5:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Roots will debut the title track from their upcoming album, "How I Got Over," tomorrow (June 24) on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," where they currently serve as the house band. The group shot a video for the track earlier th ...

  26. Zappa Family Loses Zappanale Court Battle

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Gail Zappa -- widow of U.S. rock legend Frank -- has failed in her bid to stop a German festival using her late husband's name and image. Zappa and her family trust had launched a lawsuit against the German Frank Zappa fan club over its annua ...

  27. This Day in Music

    December 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Pierre Delanoe, French veteran lyricist, music-radio pioneer and a major influence at French collecting society SACEM, dies at the age of 88. One of the most prolific songwriters of the post-Wo 2006 - Pierre Delanoe, French veteran lyricist, ...

  28. This Day in Music

    December 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen network. "Up Close And Personal With Natalie Merchant," which is aired and streamed on the network's Web site simultaneously 2001 - Natalie Merchant is the su ...

  29. Frank Zappa Drummer Jimmy Carl Black Dies

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Jimmy Carl Black, drummer, vocalist and self-anointed "Indian of the group" of Frank Zappa's the Mothers of Invention, has died at age 70. Jimmy Carl Black, drummer, vocalist and self-anointed "Indian of the group" of Frank ...

  30. Mothers Of Invention Drummer Jimmy Carl Black Dies

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jimmy Carl Black, drummer, vocalist and self-anointed "Indian of the group" of Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention, has died at age 70. Black, a native of El Paso, Texas, died Saturday of cancer in Siegsdorf, Germany, according t ...

  31. Early Zappa Albums Due In Expanded Editions

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Zappa Family Trust will kick off a comprehensive campaign to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the late Frank Zappa's albums next month. The Zappa Family Trust will kick off a comprehensive campaign to commemorate the 40th anniversary of ...

  32. This Day in Music

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines Great White and Station club owners Michael and Jeffrey Derderian a total of nearly $100,000 for workplace violations related to t 2003 - The Occupational Safety and Health Admini ...

  33. Jam-Heavy Rothbury Fest Gets Underway In Michigan

    July 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With a hearty "here we go, Rothbury '08" from String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth, the latest entry in the burgeoning U.S. concert festival scene got underway yesterday (July 3) in w With a hearty "here we go, R ...

  34. This Day in Music

    June 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Mexican pop star Juan Gabriel is arrested in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua for alleged income tax evasion. The 55-year-old crooner of such popular songs as "Hasta que te Conoci" and " 2005 - Mexican pop star Juan Gabr ...

  35. John Hiatt Guided By Love On 'Same Old Man'

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 John Hiatt's in love -- and he tells us all about it on his new album, "Same Old Man," which arrived May 27 on New West. And he's in love with, of all people, his wife. John Hiatt's in love -- and he tells us all about it on ...

  36. Man Man

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's easy to get a good sense of Man Man and the music it makes by taking a look at the stage names of its band members: Honus Honus, Sergei Sogay, Pow Pow, Critter Crat and Chang Wang. It's easy to get a good sense of Man Man and the musi ...

  37. Billboard Bits: Frank Zappa, Newport Folk Festival, Joseph Arthur

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Frank Zappa concert becomes a 2-CD live album, Trey Anastasio leads additions to Newport Folk Fest lineup, and Joseph Arthur releases ongoing free album project. Frank Zappa Concert Becomes 2-CD Live Album A previously unreleased 1972 concert is the ...

  38. This Day in Music

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Sheryl Crow, Christina Aquilera and Tim McGraw participate in a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Southern Asia. The hour-long music and celebrity-driven broadcast airs live at 8 p.m. on th 2005 - Sheryl Crow, Christina Aquilera and Tim M ...

  39. This Day in Music

    January 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Bee Gees keyboardist/bassist Maurice Gibb dies at a Miami Beach hospital. He is 53. He had suffered cardiac arrest three days before prior to undergoing emergency abdominal surgery. 2003 - Bee Gees keyboardist/bassist Maurice Gibb dies at a M ...

  40. This Day in Music

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Pierre Delanoe, French veteran lyricist, music-radio pioneer and a major influence at French collecting society SACEM, dies at the age of 88. One of the most prolific songwriters of the post-Wo 2006 - Pierre Delanoe, French veteran lyricist, ...

  41. This Day in Music

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen network. "Up Close And Personal With Natalie Merchant," which is aired and streamed on the network's Web site simultaneously 2001 - Natalie Merchant is the su ...

  42. House Debates Hip-Hop Lyrics At D.C. Hearing

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lawmakers, music industry executives and rappers disagreed today (Sept. 25) in Washington, D.C., over who was to blame for sexist and degrading language in hip-hop music but united in opposing governm Lawmakers, music industry executives and rappers ...

  43. This Day in Music

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines Great White and Station club owners Michael and Jeffrey Derderian a total of nearly $100,000 for workplace violations related to t 2003 - The Occupational Safety and Health Admini ...

  44. 'Righteous' Medley Set Hitting Stores This Fall

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Artists like Brian Wilson and Phil Everly enhance the upcoming set from Righteous Brother principal Bill Medley. "Damn Near Righteous," due Sept. 25, is the singer's first solo record in 10 years and Artists like Brian Wilson and Phil ...

  45. This Day in Music

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Mexican pop star Juan Gabriel is arrested in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua for alleged income tax evasion. The 55-year-old crooner of such popular songs as "Hasta que te Conoci" and " 2005 - Mexican pop star Juan Gabr ...

  46. Zappa Plays Zappa Doing Frank Proud On Tour

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After a successful inaugural run on the road in 2006, Dweezil Zappa hopes that this year establishes his Zappa Plays Zappa tribute to his late father, Frank Zappa, as a going and potent concern. After a successful inaugural run on the road in 2006, ...

  47. Raconteurs In The Thick Of Recording New Album

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Raconteurs are in a Nashville recording studio working on the follow-up to their 2006 debut "Broken Boy Soldiers" and hope to have a new album out sometime next year. The group, which features Jac The Raconteurs are in a Nashville reco ...

  48. This Day in Music

    January 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Sheryl Crow, Christina Aquilera and Tim McGraw participate in a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Southern Asia. The hour-long music and celebrity-driven broadcast airs live at 8 p.m. on th 2005 - Sheryl Crow, Christina Aquilera and Tim M ...

  49. This Day in Music

    January 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Bee Gees keyboardist/bassist Maurice Gibb dies at a Miami Beach hospital. He is 53. He had suffered cardiac arrest three days before prior to undergoing emergency abdominal surgery. 2003 - Bee Gees keyboardist/bassist Maurice Gibb dies at a M ...

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