1. Exclusive: ZZ Top Signs To American Recordings

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 ZZ Top has signed a new record deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint through Columbia, Billboard can reveal. ZZ Top has signed a new record deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint through Columbia, Billboard can rev ...

  2. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    June 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cent and G-Unit prepare to "Terminate on Sight" while the RZA revisits his Bobby Digital alter-ego, My Chemical Romance puts "The Black Parade" to bed with a blowout live package and Los Lonely Boy "High School Musical&qu ...

  3. This Day in Music

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is arrested in after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg outside his hotel. 2006 - Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is arrested in after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg outside hi ...

  4. Coldplay Dominates U.K. Album, Singles Charts

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Coldplay's international chart domination was extended yesterday as it scored a double triumph on the new U.K. sales charts. As "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" started a second week as Bri Coldplay's international cha ...

  5. Chart Beat: Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action from Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou Harris and more! THE STATE OF CAPITOL: The stars have aligned for the Hollywood-and-Vine label. With Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" moving up one rung f ...

  6. Touring Vet Mooney Dies

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Touring industry veteran Michael "Tom" Mooney died June 15 of a heart attack at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was 64. Mooney is perhaps best known in the music industry for serving as a crew member or tour manager for such artists ...

  7. New Coldplay Album Sells 300K In Three Days

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Coldplay raced to a No. 1 debut on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (June 15) with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI), even though the album was only released on Thursday, Coldplay raced to a No. 1 debut on the ...

  8. Disturbed Rocks At No. 1; Lil Wayne Up Next

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock band Disturbed starts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the third time as "Indestructible" enters with 253,000 ... It's the first of six debuts in the top 10 this week, as it joins the "Now 28" compilation, the latest ...

  9. Gnarls Barkley Rings In MySpace's 150th Secret Show

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Gnarls Barkley, Battles and newcomer Janelle Monae hit New York's Fillmore at Irving Plaza last night (June 8) for MySpace's 150th "Secret Show." Admission was free on a first-come, first-served basis Gnarls Barkley, Battles and ...

  10. Weller Returns To No. 1 On U.K. Album Chart

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Paul Weller claimed a new No. 1 album on the U.K. charts with "22 Dreams" (Universal Island), five years after his last bestseller, "Illumination," and 25 since the Jam, first hit the British summit w Paul Weller claimed a new No ...

  11. Usher, Rihanna Lead The Way On U.K. Charts

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Usher scored an instant No. 1 yesterday (June 1) on the new U.K. album chart with "Here I Stand" (LaFace/Sony BMG) as Rihanna's "Take a Bow" (Def Jam/Universal) started a second week atop the singles Usher scored an instant ...

  12. 3 Doors Down Cruises To No. 1 On Album Chart

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A trio of new releases top The Billboard 200 this week, with 3 Doors Down's self-titled Universal Republic effort leading the charge at No. 1. The effort moved 154,000 copies in the United States, acc A trio of new releases top The Billboard 20 ...

  13. Ting Tings, Rihanna In Control On U.K. Charts

    May 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 British punk-dance duo the Ting Tings conceded top spot on the U.K. singles chart yesterday with "That's Not My Name" (Columbia) to Rihanna's "Take a Bow" (Def Jam/Universal), but had the major consol British punk-dance ...

  14. Chart Beat Chat

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," male duos and Frank Sinatra. COOK THE RECORD BOOKS Fred: Now that "American Idol" has declared a winner, there's no reason to hide iTunes sales of "Idol" performances. ...

  15. Chart Beat

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses hot chart action from Sinatra, Jason Mraz, the Cure and more! GIVING US HIS 'BEST': The Billboard album chart as we know it today was born on March 24, 1956. Although it wasn't called The Billboard 200 then, that first ...

  16. Death Cab For Cutie Scores First No. 1 Album

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Death Cab For Cutie claims its first No. 1 album as "Narrow Stairs" starts at the top slot on the Billboard 200. The Atlantic set moved 144,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan. Deat Death Cab For Cutie claims its first N ...

  17. Neil Diamond

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Neil Diamond "never doubted" he'd work again with producer Rick Rubin, who steered their 2005 collaboration, "12 Songs," to a No. 4 debut on the Billboard 200. Find out his new No. 1 album, "Home Befo Neil Diamond " ...

  18. The Billboard Q&A: 'American Idol' Top 10

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As season seven draws to a close on May 21, Billboard.com pulls aside each of the top 10 finalists for a bit of history, reflection on their AI experience and each contestant's hopes and dreams for th As season seven draws to a close on May 21, ...

  19. Neil Diamond Debuts Atop U.K. Album Chart

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Neil Diamond repeated his Billboard 200 feat by entering the U.K. album chart at No. 1 yesterday (May 18) with "Home Before Dark." It's his second album chart-topper in the territory, and first with a Neil Diamond repeated his Billboa ...

  20. Poll Recap

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Which tour or festival do you think will be the best show of the summer? Last week, we asked our readers: Which tour or festival do you think will be the best show of the summer? Here are the responses from the 1,662 respondents: Rothbury Festival n ...

  21. Coldplay Is Hot Shot Debut On Billboard Hot 100

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Coldplay makes an impressive Hot Shot Debut on The Billboard Hot 100 with “Viva La Vida,” which starts at No. 15. Hot Shot Debuts Coldplay makes an impressive Hot Shot Debut on The Billboard Hot 100 with “Viva La Vida,” which starts at No. 15. The s ...

  22. Chart Beat

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart feats from Rihanna, Neil Diamond, New Kids On The Block and more! 'BOW' WOWS: It's getting to be a habit with Rihanna. Her "Take a Bow" (SRP/Def Jam) rockets 53-1 on the Hot 100, the third giant leap on ...

  23. Diamond Dominates Billboard 200 With First No. 1

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In another busy week in the top tier of The Billboard 200, Neil Diamond's "Home Before Dark" zooms in at No. 1, becoming his first chart-topping album. The Columbia set got a big plug when Diamond app In another busy week in the top t ...

  24. Diamond Dominates Billboard 200 With First No. 1

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In another busy week in the top tier of The Billboard 200, Neil Diamond's "Home Before Dark" zooms in at No. 1, becoming his first chart-topping album. The Columbia set got a big plug when Diamond appeared on "American Idol&quo ...

  25. Neil Diamond Shines With First No. 1 Album

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond nabs the first No. 1 of his career as "Home Before Dark" bows atop the Billboard 200. The set's 146,000 start is his best debut sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. Last week's chart-topp ...

  26. The Billboard Q&A: Neil Diamond

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Neil Diamond doesn't mess with success. That's why he "never doubted" he'd work again with producer Rick Rubin, who steered their 2005 collaboration, "12 Songs," to a No. 4 debut on the Billboard 200, Neil Diamond ...

  27. Matt Sweeney Makes Unlikely Neil Diamond Sideman

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Neil Diamond has worked with a wide range of musicians throughout his legendary career, but perhaps none with as much of an indie rock pedigree as Matt Sweeney. Neil Diamond has worked with a wide range of musicians throughout his legendary career, ...

  28. Neil Diamond, Clay Aiken, Gavin DeGraw

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Neil Diamond doesn't mess with success. That's why he "never doubted" he'd work again with producer Rick Rubin, who steered their 2005 collaboration, "12 Songs," to a No. 4 debut on the Billboard 200, Neil Diamond ...

  29. Neil Diamond On Track For First No. 1 Album Ever

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Forty-one years after he first appeared on The Billboard 200, Neil Diamond looks to be on course to earn his first No. 1 album ever on next week's chart as first-day sales of "Home Before Dark" (Colum Forty-one years after he first ap ...

  30. Neil Diamond To Do 'Secret' NYC MySpace Show

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Neil Diamond is set to perform a free show at New York City's The Bitter End tonight (May 7) as part of the MySpace Music "Secret Shows" series. Neil Diamond is set to perform a free show at New York City's The Bitter End tonight ...

  31. Diamond On Track For First No. 1 Album

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Forty-one years after he first appeared on The Billboard 200, Neil Diamond looks to be on course to earn his first No. 1 album as "Home Before Dark" (Columbia) leads the Nielsen SoundScan Building chart released May 7. Unweighted sales f ...

  32. Billboard Q&A: The 'American Idol' Final Four

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In an exclusive series of Q&As, Billboard.com brings you discussions with "American Idol" finalists David Archuleta, Jason Castro, David Cook and Syesha Mercado. One of these young singers will be crowned the next "American Idol.& ...

  33. Q&A: David Archuleta of 'American Idol'

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Just seventeen, David Archuleta is the youngest contestant still in the running to win season seven of "American Idol." In this Billboard exclusive, the Utah native opens up about the vocal paralysis Just seventeen, David Archuleta is the ...

  34. Q&A: Jason Castro of 'American Idol'

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dreadlocked 20-year-old Jason Castro's rendition of everything from Neil Diamond's "Forever in Blue Jeans" to a popular version of Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah" has helped earn him a place in the final Dreadlocked 20 ...

  35. Touring Briefs: Neil Diamond, AEG Facilities, Nederlander

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT --To help push his new Rick Rubin-produced album, "Home Before Dark," which dropped today (May 6) via Columbia, Neil Diamond will play a free MySpace secret show tomorrow at the Bitter End nightclub in New York. Since 2006, MySpace has o ...

  36. 'Home' Field Advantage

    May 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Neil Diamond doesn't mess with success. That's why he "never doubted" he'd work again with producer Rick Rubin, who steered their 2005 collaboration, "12 Songs," to a No. 4 debut on the Billboard 200, Neil Diamond ...

  37. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    May 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Neil Diamond aims to recapture studio magic with producer Rick Rubin on "Home Before Dark," Clay Aiken sings from the heart on his new album and Gavin DeGraw offers up more "primal" tunes in this week A live CD/DVD from pop super ...

  38. Chart Beat

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Chris Brown, Leona Lewis, Colby Caillat and more! LEONA'S TRIPLE PLAY: "Bleeding Love" (SyCo/J) returns to the top of The Billboard Hot 100 for a second time, making Leona Lewis the first artist to have three separate t ...

  39. Brooke White Axed From 'American Idol' Finals

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After weeks of attempting to overcome her nerves, "American Idol" finalist Brooke White was eliminated from the show last night. Four contestants live on after each took on the songs of Neil Diamond t After weeks of attempting to overcome ...

  40. 'Home' Field Advantage For Neil Diamond

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond doesn't mess with success. That's why he "never doubted" he'd work again with producer Rick Rubin, who steered their 2005 collaboration, "12 Songs," to a No. 4 debut on the Billboard 200, Diamond ...

  41. Carly Smithson Voted Off 'American Idol'

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber weren't the only theatrics on "American Idol" this week, as tattooed finalist Carly Smithson was booted from the show last night (April 23). The songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber weren't the only theat ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Neil Diamond Unveils Summer Tour Plans

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Neil Diamond will begin a 37-city North American tour, promoted nationally by AEG Live, on July 19 in St. Paul, Minn. Tickets go on sale in some markets beginning April 28, preceded by an American Exp Neil Diamond will begin a 37-city North American ...

  44. Diamond Set For North American Summer Tour

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond will begin a 37-city North American tour, promoted nationally by AEG Live, on July 19 in St. Paul, Minn. Tickets go on sale in some markets beginning April 28, preceded by an American Express presale. Last Tuesday, Diamond announced h ...

  45. Mudcrutch Hopes To Live Beyond Reunion Tour

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers hope there's more Mudcrutch in their future. Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers hope there's more Mudcrutch in their future. The reunited Gain ...

  46. Neil Diamond To Perform At Fenway Park

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond will perform in concert this summer at Fenway Park in Boston. The singer made the announcement in a big-screen broadcast at the Boston Red Sox home opener yesterday (April 8), during the traditional eighth-inning sing-along of his Swe ...

  47. Diamond, Rubin Re-Team For 'Home Before Dark'

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Neil Diamond's second album with producer Rick Rubin will be out next month, and features a duet with the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines on the track "Another Day (That Time Forgot)." Neil Diamond's second album with producer ...

  48. Azoff, Gould To Co-Manage GNR, Axl Rose

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Guns N' Roses and its frontman Axl Rose will now be represented by longtime managers Irving Azoff and Andy Gould, according to a statement from Rose on the band's Web site. Guns N' Roses and its frontman Axl Rose will now be represent ...

  49. This Day in Music

    March 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Hank Ballard, the R&B star who originated the dance hit "The Twist," dies in L.A. of throat cancer. His age is variously reported as 66 and 75. 2003 - Hank Ballard, the R&B star who originated the dance hit "The Twist,& ...

  50. Ask Billboard

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Keith answers readers' questions on "Thriller," Carly Simon, Lucinda Williams and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . 'THRILLING' NUMBE ...

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