1. AEG Live Boss Says Info on Michael Jackson's Health was Conflicting, Tears-Up Recalling His Death

    June 14, 2013 4:27 AM EDT The head of the company promoting Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts testified Thursday that he received conflicting and confusing information about the singer's health days before his death. AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said h ...

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  3. Exclusive: Pepsi Offering New 'X Factor' Winner Grammy Commercial, $5 Million Contract With Sony's Syco

    October 31, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Pepsi is upping the stakes of its historic prize package for "The X Factor" by offering the Season 2 winner another $5 million record deal (this time with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment on Sony) as well as the chance to develop, ...

  4. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Sells 1.21 Million; Biggest Sales Week for an Album Since 2002

    October 30, 2012 7:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's official: Taylor Swift 's "Red" sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem 's "The E ...

  5. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Sells 1.21 Million -- Biggest Sales Week for an Album Since 2002

    October 30, 2012 7:56 PM EDT It's official: Taylor Swift's "Red" sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem's "The ...

  6. Tedeschi Trucks Band to Headline Sunshine Blues Festival

    October 09, 2012 9:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Tedeschi Trucks Band will headline the inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival, to be held Jan. 18 2013 at Centennial Park in Fort Myers, Fla. The three-day fest will continue Jan. 19 to Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton and end Jan. 20 at Vinoy ...

  7. Tedeschi Trucks Band to Headline Inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival

    October 08, 2012 8:11 PM EDT The Tedeschi Trucks Band will headline the inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival, to be held Jan. 18 2013 at Centennial Park in Fort Myers, Fla. The three-day fest will continue Jan. 19 to Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton and end Jan. 20 at Vino ...

  8. Led Zeppelin Regroups to Launch Concert DVD, Not Tour

    September 21, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Page, Plant and Jones All Smiles at London Press Conference The three surviving members of Led Zeppelin regrouped in London today for a press conference to mark the launch of "Celebration Day," the upcoming film of the band's 2007 one ...

  9. Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones Regroup for DVD Press Conference, Not Tour

    September 21, 2012 11:58 AM EDT The surviving members of Led Zeppelin (L-R): John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page appeared at an event launching their new DVD "Celebration Day" and managed to evade all talk of a future reunion. (Photo: Getty Images) The three s ...

  10. Hal David's Chart Legacy: From 'Raindrops' to 'Close to You;' Dionne Warwick to Notorious B.I.G.

    September 02, 2012 7:43 PM EDT Hal David's sensitive and romantic lyrics provided the perfect counterpoint to Burt Bacharach's hip and cool melodies and together, the celebrated pair of composers charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for decades. Hal David, Legendary Songw ...

  11. Harry Shearer Enlists Jane Lynch, Dr. John on New Album

    July 24, 2012 7:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Harry Shearer's politically pointed new album, "Can't Take a Hint," is considerably different than anything he's done before, either on his own or with Spinal Tap and the Folksmen from "A Mighty Wind." The 13-track ...

  12. Bruce Springsteen Closes Out First Weekend of New Orleans Jazz Fest

    April 30, 2012 6:04 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Bruce Springsteen has closed out the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with a 2 1/2-hour show that combined crowd-pleasers such as "Born to Run" with the cover tune of his new CD, Wrecking ...

  13. Axl Rose Thanks Fans, Cleveland After Rock Hall Boycott

    April 17, 2012 8:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 In a letter on Guns N' Roses ' official website, frontman Axl Rose thanked fans and the city of Cleveland for their support in the wake of his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame boycott. The induction ceremony took place on Saturday, April 14, not ...

  14. Wilson Phillips: 'Still Holding On' With New Album, TV Show (Exclusive Video)

    April 06, 2012 9:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 The trio returns with a new album and its own reality show, 22 years after topping the Hot 100 with 'Hold On,' its first of three No. 1 hits. "Wow, we've had a really great year. And, another great year to come," Carnie Wils ...

  15. Gary Clark Jr. & Ed Sheeran Rock Warner's SXSW Bash

    March 15, 2012 1:11 PM EDT If diversity remains one of South By Southwest's credos, you didn't have to look further than the second night of the Warner Music Group's The Warner Sound residency on Wednesday at La Zona Rosa. Recalling old-school SXSW showcases, ...

  16. Gary Clark Jr. & Ed Sheeran Rock Warner's SXSW Bash

    March 15, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 If diversity remains one of South By Southwest's credos, you didn't have to look further than the second night of the Warner Music Group's The Warner Sound residency on Wednesday at La Zona Rosa. Recalling old-school SXSW showcases, t ...

  17. How 14 Companies Are Making SXSW A Music Marketing Mecca

    March 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT It may seem like every band and brand is heading down to Austin this month for the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (running March 9-18), but the music portion of SXSW has lost some buzz in recent years to the behemoth that is now ...

  18. Warner Music Launches YouTube Channel

    March 01, 2012 12:00 PM EST YouTube's roll-out of original content is picking up steam. Today, the Google-owned company announced a slew of exclusive programs featuring such music stars as Cee Lo Green, Regina Spektor, B.o.B and Cody Simpson. Sleigh Bells Leads Bowery P ...

  19. Santa Barbara Festival Books My Morning Jacket, Cowsills, Rhino Records Films

    January 05, 2012 7:13 PM EST Films about the Cowsills, the collaboration between My Morning Jacket and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and two Los Angeles record stores -- Rhino Records and Music Man Murray -- will be screened at the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Fest ...

  20. Bonnaroo 2011: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    June 13, 2011 10:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bonnaroo 2011 came down from its Saturday high with an epic Widespread Panic set, a subdued Strokes one and an abbreviated one by Dallas Mavericks fans Explosions in the Sky. Offstage, fans led dance circles, chipped in for Neon Trees and snatched u ...

  21. Rob Zombie Plots Next Album, Talks 'Lords of Salem' Horror Movie

    May 18, 2011 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 He may not get to it for a while with a new film project looming, but Rob Zombie is starting to hatch plans for his next album. Zombie tells Billboard.com the and guitarist John5 have already begun talking about the follow-up to last year's &qu ...

  22. Dot Records Founder Randy Wood Dead At 94

    April 14, 2011 7:00 AM EDT The founder of Dot Records who helped introduce black rhythm-and-blues to white audiences in the early rock era has died in California. Randy Wood was 94. His son, John, tells the Los Angeles Times that Wood died on Saturday at his La Jolla home f ...

  23. Leon Russell Hits the Road After 'Union' Success

    April 11, 2011 3:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 E lton John 's mission is accomplished. A year ago he set out to raise Leon Russell 's profile, and in the last nine months they have released "The Union," toured together and performed with the Speaking Clock Revue project of th ...

  24. Elton John Honors Elizabeth Taylor: 'She Fought for the Underdog'

    March 24, 2011 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 E lton John dedicated a song to longtime friend Elizabeth Taylor at his Pennsylvania concert Wednesday night. "Today I lost a friend and you lost a hero named Elizabeth Taylor. She was not just a movie star, although she was a huge movie star a ...

  25. Darlene Love on Rock Hall Induction: 'People Are Hiring Me Now'

    March 14, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 D arlene Love says that her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been good for business. "Oh, yes, definitely," she tells Billboard.com. As the voice of the Phil Spector -produced holiday favorite "Christmas (Baby Please ...

  26. Jane's Addiction, Elvis Costello, Furthur to Headline Gathering of the Vibes 2011

    March 14, 2011 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 J ane's Addiction , Elvis Costello and the Grateful Dead spin-offs Furthur and Rhythm Devils headline the initial announcement of artists for the 16th annual Gathering of the Vibes Festival, which will take place July 21-24 in Bridgeport, Conn. ...

  27. Lykke Li Grows Into a Pop Star on 'Wounded Rhymes'

    February 25, 2011 4:30 PM EST 0 0 0 In the winter of 2007, a shy young Swedish woman took the stage at New York's Mercury Lounge for an industry showcase. She was pleasant, she was pretty - and she was totally forgettable. A year later, performing at the MTVu Woodie Awards, the s ...

  28. Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup Announced, Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne To Headline

    February 15, 2011 12:18 PM EST The Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is in, and rap superstars Eminem and Lil Wayne, album of the year Grammy winners Arcade Fire, and veteran rock acts Buffalo Springfield and Dr. John and the Original Meters have been tapped to play the summer music festiva ...

  29. Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup Led by Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne

    February 15, 2011 11:43 AM EST 0 0 0 The Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is in, and rap superstars Eminem and Lil Wayne , album of the year Grammy winner Arcade Fire , and veteran rock acts Buffalo Springfield and Dr. John and the Original Meters have been tapped to play the summer music festival ...

  30. Elton John Not Expecting Invite to Prince William's Wedding

    January 25, 2011 12:51 PM EST 0 0 0 E lton John may have been very close to the late Princess Diana, but the singer says he's not counting on getting an invite to her son William's upcoming wedding. "I think because of my relationship with Princess Diana, people automat ...

  31. Elton John Shares First Photo of Baby Zachary

    January 18, 2011 3:56 PM EST 0 0 0 E lton John and partner David Furnish announced the birth of their son via a surrogate on Christmas Day, and now, the couple has released the first-ever photos of their new family. On the cover of Us Weekly's new issue out Wednesday (Jan. 19), ...

  32. Kid Rock Brings Out Sheryl Crow, Rev Run for 40th Birthday Concert in Detroit

    January 16, 2011 12:56 PM EST 0 0 0 A wealth of guests -- including Sheryl Crow , Peter Wolf, Martina McBride , Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, Uncle Kracker and Anita Baker -- and nearly 60,000 of his "closest friends" helped Kid Rock celebrate his 40th birthday on Satu ...

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

    December 14, 2010 6:43 PM EST 0 0 0 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. All ...

  34. John Lennon Celebrated at New York's Strawberry Fields

    December 08, 2010 10:20 AM EST 0 0 0 J ohn Lennon 's fans celebrated his life Wednesday by visiting Strawberry Fields, the Central Park garden dedicated in his honor, while a newly released interview he gave shortly before his death showed he was optimistic about his future. On th ...

  35. Gregg Allman 'Can't Wait' to Cut 'Low Country Blues' Follow-Up

    November 30, 2010 8:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After taking 14 years between solo albums, Gregg Allman says he can't wait to do another one. Allman releases "Low Country Blues" on Jan. 18, featuring 11 blues covers and one original, "Just Another Rider," he wrote with Al ...

  36. Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper Up for Rock Hall of Fame

    September 28, 2010 11:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 It could be a blaze of glory for Bon Jovi at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Jersey boys are up for possible induction in the hallowed hall, along with first-timers Donovan , Dr. John , Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond . The Rock and Roll Hall of F ...

  37. Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper Up for Rock Hall of Fame

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It could be a blaze of glory for Bon Jovi at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Jersey boys are up for possible induction in the hallowed hall, along with first-timers Donovan, Dr. John, Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fa ...

  38. Elton John Helping Eminem Fight Drug Problems

    January 04, 2010 9:24 AM EST 0 0 0 E lton John says he has been helping American rapper Eminen fight drug problems for more than a year. John says Eminem is succeeding in his well-publicized battle against substance abuse. John told BBC Radio Saturday that as a recovered drug abuser ...

  39. Pearl Jam, MMJ, Aretha Head To 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest

    December 15, 2009 8:32 AM EST 0 0 0 P earl Jam , Aretha Franklin and, making its first appearance since February 2009, My Morning Jacket , are among the acts set for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, to take place the weekends of April 23-25 and April 29-30/May 1-2 at Fair G ...

  40. Fontana, Savoy Label Group Sign Distribution Deal

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fontana has signed an exclusive distribution deal with the Savoy Label Group (SLG), which includes 429 Records, Denon Classics, SLG Records, and Savoy Jazz. Artists on the 429 Records include Dr. John, Little Feat, Cracker and Gin Blossoms. Classi ...

  41. Lollapalooza 'Early Bird' Passes On Sale Today

    March 31, 2009 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Early bird" $175 three-day passes for this summer's Lollapalooza festival go on sale today (March 31). The annual festival will happen August 7-9 in Chicago's Grant Park. Although the full line-up for this year's festival w ...

  42. Bon Jovi Set For First Jazz Fest Appearance

    February 06, 2009 10:46 AM EST 0 0 0 Bon Jovi has been added to the lineup of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this spring. The rock act will make its first appearance at the festival on May 2. Bon Jovi joins previously announced perfo ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. American Acts Win Big At MTV EMAs

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 American pop artists dominated the MTV Europe Music Awards last night (Oct. 6) at Liverpool Echo Arena, and the performers and winners were also keen to bask in President-elect Barack Obama's election American pop artists dominated the MTV Euro ...

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