1. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Grammy Week, Guru, Chanj

    January 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Several urban music-themed events will be held during Grammy Week (Feb. 2-8.): The inaugural MyHangSuite Brunch (Feb. 7, noon-3 p.m.) will feature performances by 2008 Grammy nominees Heavy D, Janelle Monae and Wayna featuring Kokayi at the O Hot ...

  2. Top Stars Celebrate Obama At Lincoln Memorial

    January 18, 2009 5:41 PM EST 0 0 0 Two days from the White House, President-elect Barack Obama joined a vast throng today (Jan. 18) at a roaring, rollicking pre-inauguration celebration staged before marble monuments to past heroes. "Anything is possible in America," declar ...

  3. Day-By-Day: The Obama Inauguration Music Guide

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The official Presidential Inauguration kick-off event featuring Bono and Bruce Springsteen on Jan. 18 is one of dozens of Washington D.C. bashes celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in. Aretha Franklin, the Dead, Beyonc ...

  4. Usher, Etheridge, Death Cab Rock Inaugural CD/DVD

    January 13, 2009 6:24 PM EST 0 0 0 "Change Is Now" Features Top Artists, Obama Speeches. Stevie Wonder, will.i.am, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Hudson, Death Cab For Cutie and Usher are among the artists featured on "Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise," ...

  5. Hidden Beach Inaugural Project Features Top Artists, Obama Speeches

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Hidden Beach Recordings, in association with the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), is releasing a commemorative CD/DVD set, "Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise." Stevie Wonder, will.i.am, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Hud ...

  6. Bono, Bruce, Beyonce To Play Inaugural Concert

    January 12, 2009 3:42 PM EST 0 0 0 Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Bono and more than a dozen other music stars will kick off Barack Obama's presidential inaugural festivities by performing at the opening celebration at Washington D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18. The free ev ...

  7. Jazz Fest Turns 40 With Star-Packed Bill

    December 16, 2008 11:21 AM EST 0 0 0 The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this spring with a star-studded lineup featuring Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, James Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Kings Of Leon, Tony Bennett, the Neville Bro ...

  8. Jazz Fest Turns 40 With Star-Packed Bill

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this spring with a star-studded lineup featuring Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, James Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Kings Of Leon, Tony Bennett, the Neville B ...

  9. This Day in Music

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Colombian vocalist Juanes adds more statues to his mantel with three wins during the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Juanes, who is the all-time leader wit 2005 - Colombian vocalist Juanes adds more statu ...

  10. This Day in Music

    October 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2006 - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2004 - For his enduring influence and contr ...

  11. Billboard Bits: James Taylor, Bon Jovi, MySpace Karaoke

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 James Taylor will play five shows in North Carolina in the coming days in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. James Taylor will play five shows in North Carolina in the coming days in support of Democratic presidential nominee B ...

  12. This Day in Music

    October 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Singer Justin Hawkins announces that he has left British band the Darkness to continue his drug rehabilitation. 2006 - Singer Justin Hawkins announces that he has left British band the Darkness to continue his drug rehabilitation. 2004 - The ...

  13. Chart Beat: T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action from T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler and more! T.I., T.I., OH!: In a very newsy chart week, one newsmaker stands out above the rest: T.I. rewrites chart history, not only replacing himself at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot ...

  14. James Taylor Writing Songs For Next Album

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After a holiday set (2006's "A Christmas Album"), a live album (2007's "One Man Band") and his upcoming "Covers" collection, James Taylor says his next priority is his first album of original material After a ...

  15. This Day in Music

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renaissance after being rediscovered by Fat Possum Records in the 1990s, dies in a Memphis hospital. He is 78. 2005 - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renais ...

  16. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - For the first time in its 60-year history, Cuban state-owned record company Egrem gets an international launch. Egrem enters the U.K. market with 10 CDs released through a deal with Beckenham, 2004 - For the first time in its 60-year history, ...

  17. James Taylor Digs Into 'Covers' This Fall

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 James Taylor will release a covers collection featuring songs from the '50s, '60s and '70s on Sept. 30 through Starbucks' Hear Music label. James Taylor will release a covers collection featuring songs from the '50s, '6 ...

  18. Crosby, Stills & Nash To Record With Rick Rubin

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Crosby, Stills & Nash are plotting their first studio album since 1994 -- a covers set for Columbia Records helmed by Rick Rubin. Crosby, Stills & Nash are plotting their first studio album since 1994 -- a covers set for Columbia Records hel ...

  19. Sheryl Crow In A Holiday Mood On Upcoming Album

    July 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The lights and candles and wreaths were out in Sheryl Crow's Los Angeles living room -- in mid-June. Christmas came early in Crow's world this year because of an as-yet-untitled holiday album she's re The lights and candles and wreath ...

  20. Wolfgang's Vault Opens For Downloading

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The recordings include live performances by UMG artists culled from thousands of Bill Graham-promoted concerts, along with gems from other catalogs and archives dating back decades. Through a new arrangement between Wolfgang's Vault and Univers ...

  21. Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and the Journey of a Generation

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Weller's look at King, Mitchell and Simon is half collective biography, half music-industry dish about three singer-songwriters who represented a generation of women on "a course of self-discovery, ch Vanity Fair and Glamour contributor Sh ...

  22. The Billboard Q&A: Brooke White From 'American Idol'

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 From smiles to tears and everything in between, Brooke White was one of the most emotionally charismatic finalists on "American Idol" this season. Billboard chatted with the Arizona native about her m From smiles to tears and everything in ...

  23. This Day in Music

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Go-Betweens' principal Grant McLennan dies in his sleep at his home in Brisbane, Australia. He is 48. 2006 - Go-Betweens' principal Grant McLennan dies in his sleep at his home in Brisbane, Australia. He is 48. 2006 - Pink Floyd rea ...

  24. Live Nation To Announce Summer Tours

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, is expected to announce the bulk of its North American summer tours on Monday, a list that includes proven box office performers and artists who rare Live Nation, the world's largest conce ...

  25. This Day in Music

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Toby Keith's three wins top the CMT Flameworthy 2003 Video Music Awards, held at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. His "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)" 2003 - Toby Keith's three win ...

  26. This Day in Music

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Bob Geldof is honored with a special achievement accolade at the German industry's annual Echo Awards in Berlin. The veteran Irish musician and humanitarian is lauded for masterminding the hist 2006 - Bob Geldof is honored with a special ...

  27. This Day in Music

    March 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Singer/songwriter Chris LeDoux, who became a cult favorite on the rodeo circuit during the 1970s, dies in a Casper, Wy., hospital after a lengthy illness. He is 56. 2005 - Singer/songwriter Chris LeDoux, who became a cult favorite on the rode ...

  28. Carly Simon Joins Hear Music For New Album

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Carly Simon has joined ex-paramour James Taylor, Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell on the roster of Starbucks' Hear Music label. Carly Simon has joined ex-paramour James Taylor, Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell on the roster of Starbucks' H ...

  29. This Day in Music

    February 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Country singer Johnny Paycheck, best known for his 1977 song "Take This Job and Shove It," dies in a Nashville nursing home of emphysema and diabetes, among other problems. He is 64. 2003 - Country singer Johnny Paycheck, best known ...

  30. Jesse & Joy

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Jesse Huerta remembers two specific pangs of nervousness at the Latin Grammys last November. One came when his guitar was dropped by a technician 30 seconds before his televised performance with his s Jesse Huerta remembers two specific pangs of ner ...

  31. Hallmark To Exclusively Sell New McEntire CD

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Reba McEntire's new "Love Revival" will be sold exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown stores in January and February, making her the latest in a string of top artists to release holiday-related albums th Reba McEntire's new "Lo ...

  32. Hallmark To Exclusively Sell New McEntire Release

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Reba McEntire's new "Love Revival" will be sold exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown stores in January and February, making her the latest in a string of top artists to release holiday-related albums through the retailer, Billboard ha ...

  33. James Taylor & Carole King / Nov. 29, 2007 / Los Angeles (Troubadour)

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary Los Angeles club the Troubadour in West Hollywood, James Taylor and Carole King played to sell-out audiences this past week for two shows nightly over As the two older gentleman at the end of "T ...

  34. Taylor, King Renew Friendship With L.A. Gigs

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 James Taylor still has a friend in Carole King. James Taylor still has a friend in Carole King. Taylor and King were a match made in 1969 at Hollywood's famed Troubadour nightclub. They were rehearsing there yesterday afternoon (Nov. 27) for a ...

  35. Chart Beat

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses songwriter Smokey Robinson, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood and more! SUPER TROUP-ER: The record for the longest span of Billboard top 10 hits by a songwriter has been shattered. A 12-8 climb for Fergie's "Clumsy" (will.i ...

  36. Keys Storms Chart With Mega-Selling 'As I Am'

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Alicia Keys storms The Billboard 200 this week with "As I Am" (J), which debuts at No. 1 after selling 742,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the best sales week f Alicia Keys storms The Billboard ...

  37. Alicia Keys 'As I Am' Bows Big at No. 1

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' "As I Am" debuts with 742,000 at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- the best sales week for a solo female artist since Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" started with a million in 2004 ... Keys is only the third a ...

  38. This Day in Music

    November 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Colombian vocalist Juanes adds more statues to his mantel with three wins during the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Juanes, who is the all-time leader wit 2005 - Colombian vocalist Juanes adds more statu ...

  39. Hear Music Signs Hilary McRae

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hear Music, the label started by Concord Music Group and Starbucks, has signed Hilary McRae as the company's first developing artist. Hear Music, the label started by Concord Music Group and Starbucks, has signed Hilary McRae as the company ...

  40. This Day in Music

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2006 - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2004 - For his enduring influence and contr ...

  41. This Day in Music

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Singer Justin Hawkins announces that he has left British band the Darkness to continue his drug rehabilitation. 2006 - Singer Justin Hawkins announces that he has left British band the Darkness to continue his drug rehabilitation. 2004 - The ...

  42. Chart Beat

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and more! WORTH THE WAIT: She waited a long time to see her name at the top of The Billboard 200. Just over 20 years after making her first appearance on this survey, ...

  43. This Day in Music

    September 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renaissance after being rediscovered by Fat Possum Records in the 1990s, dies in a Memphis hospital. He is 78. 2005 - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renais ...

  44. Chart Beat

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Kenny Chesney, Fergie, same-titled No. 1 songs and more! 'BLINK' GETS THE NOD: There's no way you can miss the impact of Kenny Chesney's "Don't Blink" (BNA) on country chart history. The Knoxville na ...

  45. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - For the first time in its 60-year history, Cuban state-owned record company Egrem gets an international launch. Egrem enters the U.K. market with 10 CDs released through a deal with Beckenham, 2004 - For the first time in its 60-year history, ...

  46. Music On TV Aug. 27-Sept. 2.

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music on television listings from Aug. 27-Sept. 2. MONDAY, Aug. 27 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured Artist(s): Ringo Starr, Katie Brown, Tory Johnson. "106 & Park," BET Featured Artist(s): Yung Joc. "The Late Show Wi ...

  47. Taylor Inks With Hear Music For CD/DVD Set

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 James Taylor reveals the inspirations for and stories behind some of his biggest hits on the upcoming live CD/DVD set "One Man Band." The project is due in November via Starbucks' Hear Music label. James Taylor reveals the inspiration ...

  48. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    July 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Prince stirs up controversy with his rock- and soul-flavored new album, UNKLE starts fresh with a new label and some powerhouse collaborators and the Flaming Lips head home for a rip-roaring live DVD, Canadian rock act Sum 41's "Underclass ...

  49. Justin Timberlake, Prince Nominated For Emmys

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake might actually get an Emmy for singing "Dick in a Box." Timberlake performed that song with Andy Samberg on "Saturday Night Live" before Christmas, and it's nominated for an Emmy for original music and ly ...

  50. Music On TV: June 25 - July 1

    June 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music on TV listings for June 25 - July 1, 2007. MONDAY, June 25 "106 & Park," BET Featured Artist(s): Unk, Mims, Don Cheadle. "Extra Sauce," FUSE Featured Artist(s): Kelly Clarkson. "The Late Show With David Letterman,& ...

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