1. Drake vs. Mac DeMarco? An Inside Look at How the Winner of the Polaris Prize Is Named

    September 22, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Behind the unique, alcohol-fueled (and potentially violent) debate that determines the annual prize for Canada's top album. The Polaris Prize will be announced this evening, with our sister to the north's top album being named after w ...

  2. Angélique Kidjo to Release 'Eve' Album in January: Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 23, 2013 9:00 AM EDT The Grammy winning African artist has a busy 2014 lined up; Listen to "Eva," featuring Asa, off her upcoming album For Angélique Kidjo, "Eve" represents a fresh start. The world music icon has struck a new recording deal with 4 ...

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  4. Chuck Berry Looks to Record, Admits Future is 'Very Dim'

    October 28, 2012 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Pays Tribute to 86-Year-Old Icon Still rockin' at 86, music legend Chuck Berry promised a comeback Saturday with six new songs, some written 16 years ago. "And as soon as I can get someone to guide me - and I do ...

  5. Polaris Music Prize Shortlist: Drake, Feist, Japandroids in Running

    July 17, 2012 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Drake , Grimes , Japandroids , Feist , Handsome Furs and Kathleen Edwards were among the ten artists short-listed for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, which recognizes "the best" Canadian album of the year as determined by more 200 members of ...

  6. Drake, Grimes, Feist Among Polaris Music Prize Best Album Nominees

    June 14, 2012 3:22 PM EDT As Toronto has been buzzing with performances by 780 bands throughout the city for North By Northeast (NXNE), on the quieter west coast, for the first time in the Polaris Music Award's seven-year history, the 2012 Long List was announced live ...

  7. Backbeat: Bernie Finkelstein, Canadian Record Label Legend, Remembers Career at Memoir Launch

    April 19, 2012 11:44 AM EDT True North Records founder and long-time artist manager Bernie Finkelstein addresses his industry peers at the launch of his book, True North: A Life In The Music Business (Photo: Valerie Drinkwalter) Bernie Finkelstein - who built one of Canada&# ...

  8. Arcade Fire & the Weeknd Lead Polaris Prize Nominees, Founder Comments on Picks

    July 07, 2011 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Yesterday (July 6), the short list of nominees for the coveted Polaris Music Prize, an award that honors the best album of the year made by a Canadian artist, were officially announced. The list of albums includes Destroyer's acclaimed "Ka ...

  9. Polaris Music Prize Short List Announced; .Biz Interviews Award Founder Steve Jordan

    July 06, 2011 4:54 PM EDT Canada's juried Polaris Music Prize Short List nominees were announced today in Toronto. 213 members of the Canadian music media vote on the ten albums, up for the $30,000 (CAD) grand prize. On September 19th in Toronto, a small sequestered j ...

  10. Steve Cropper Taps B.B. King, Steve Winwood for 5 Royales Tribute Album

    June 30, 2011 3:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Steve Winwood , B.B. King , Sharon Jones , Bettye LaVette and Lucinda Williams are among the artists assisting guitarist Steve Cropper in his salute to the pre-rock 'n' roll band that has had a lasting effect on his career, the 5 Royales . ...

  11. Keith Richards Working on X-pensive Winos Project

    May 12, 2011 12:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 K eith Richards , in his uniquely cryptic manner, has suggested that an X-pensive Winos project may come to fruition before another Rolling Stones tour, which had been expected this year. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday (May 11) on his & ...

  12. Kelly Clarkson's Fifth Album Delayed Until September

    March 16, 2011 1:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fans anxiously awaiting Kelly Clarkson 's fifth album will have to wait just a little longer. According to a recent post on the singer's official Facebook page , the currently untitled album's release has been delayed until September ...

  13. John Mayer / Feb. 25, 2010 / New York City (Madison Square Garden)

    March 01, 2010 6:33 PM EST 0 0 0 John Mayer ended his Thursday night (Feb. 25) show at New York's Madison Square Garden in the same way he probably starts most conversations these days: with an apology. "I never in my entire life intended to come off as an asshole," ...

  14. Rod Stewart Hopes 'Soulbook' Album Launches Series

    October 16, 2009 5:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rod Stewart is hoping his upcoming "Soulbook" album may launch a series similar to his multi-platinum "The Great American Songbook" series earlier this decade. "Oh, I'd love it to. That would be just amazing, but I' ...

  15. Polaris Prize Co-Founder Defends Familiar Nominees

    July 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Steve Jordan, co-founder of the Polaris Music Prize, has defended this year's shortlist for the Canadian album honor. Six of the 10 nominees were previously-nominated acts. But Jordan says any criticism stems from a misunderstanding of what t ...

  16. Silverman's Matt Damon Ode Wins Music Emmy

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "I'm F*cking Matt Damon" from "Jimmy Kimmel Live" won for outstanding original music and lyrics at Saturday's ceremony for the 2008 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, rewarding a Sarah Silverman bit "I'm F*c ...

  17. Canada's Polaris Prize Shortlist Revealed

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The shortlist for the third annual Polaris Music Prize has been unveiled. The prestigious award, designed to recognize the best Canadian albums each year, will be contested by 10 albums, with the winner taking home a $20,000 check. The nominations ...

  18. Lonely No More

    June 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Los Lonely Boys are hoping its forthcoming album "Forgiven," out this week on Epic, "gets people back on the train with Los Lonely Boys," according to bassist JoJo Garza. Los Lonely Boys are hoping its forthcoming album "For ...

  19. Famous Pals Lift New Solomon Burke Album

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Soul legend Solomon Burke says there's no great secret for getting major artists to write songs for his albums. Soul legend Solomon Burke says there's no great secret for getting major artists to write songs for his albums. "You call ...

  20. Los Lonely Boys Look To Be 'Forgiven'

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Los Lonely Boys is hoping its forthcoming album "Forgiven," out July 1 on Epic, "gets people back on the train with Los Lonely Boys," according to bassist JoJo Garza. Los Lonely Boys is hoping its forthcoming album "Forgiven ...

  21. Mayer Aligns With Blackberry For Summer Tour

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 John Mayer's 2008 summer tour will begin July 2 at Milwaukee's Summerfest, Billboard.com has learned. The tour is presented by BlackBerry and features Colbie Caillat and Brett Dennen as support. John Mayer's 2008 summer tour will begi ...

  22. 'Play' On

    September 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Patti Scialfa admits the prospect of releasing her third solo album just in front of husband Bruce Springsteen's next project is "challenging." "It's just the way it worked out," says Scialfa, who rel Patti Scialfa admi ...

  23. Scialfa Album Beats Springsteen's To The Punch

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Patti Scialfa admits the prospect of releasing her third solo album just in front of husband Bruce Springsteen's next project is "challenging." Patti Scialfa admits the prospect of releasing her third solo album just in front of husba ...

  24. Soul Singin'

    September 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 John Mayer goes heavy on his soulful side on his new studio album, "Continuum," due this week via Columbia. John Mayer goes heavy on his soulful side on his new studio album, "Continuum," due this week via Columbia. The album was ...

  25. Mayer Steeped In Soul On 'Continuum'

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 John Mayer goes heavy on his soulful side on his new studio album, "Continuum," due Sept. 12 via Columbia. The album was recorded in multiple sessions over the past year with the help of producer Stev John Mayer goes heavy on his soulful s ...

  26. Clapton Rounds Up Fall U.S. Tour

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As expected, Eric Clapton will follow his sold-out European tour with a North American run this fall, beginning Sept. 16 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. As expected, Eric Clapton will follow his sold-out European tour with a North Ameri ...

  27. Clapton Touring Europe This Spring, Summer

    February 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Eric Clapton will spend the late spring and early summer on an extensive tour of Europe. Eric Clapton will spend the late spring and early summer on an extensive tour of Europe. The run, which opens May 5 in Le Cannet, France, will visit 13 countrie ...

  28. Aspiring Artist Boosted By Mayer Collaboration

    December 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Tim Fagan hardly expected to get a call from John Mayer on his cell phone last week but, then again, who does? Tim Fagan hardly expected to get a call from John Mayer on his cell phone last week but, then again, who does? The 26-year-old Los Angeles ...

  29. Hayes Digging Stax-Era Retrospective

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Soul man Isaac Hayes' years with Stax Records are collected on the new double-disc set "Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?," released last week. Soul man Isaac Hayes' years with Stax Records are collected on the new double-dis ...

  30. OnTV

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for Oct. 17-23, 2005. MONDAY, OCT. 17 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured Artist: Rod Stewart (also scheduled: Billie Jean King). "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist: Simply Red (als ...

  31. Guy Rolls With Richards, Santana On New Album

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Buddy Guy collaborates with everyone from Keith Richards and Carlos Santana to John Mayer and Keb' Mo' on his new album, "Bring 'Em In." Due Sept. 20 via Jive, the set finds the 2005 Rock and Roll Hal Buddy Guy collaborates ...

  32. Mayer Lines Up Trio Tour Dates

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The trek will play clubs and theatres beginning Sept. 6-7 at the Fillmore in San Francisco, and will wrap Oct. 12 in Philadelphia with the last of three dates opening for the Rolling Stones. As tipped here last week, John Mayer will hit the road thi ...

  33. The Beat

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Aware/Columbia guitarist John Mayer has formed the John Mayer Trio, which includes accomplished journeymen Steve Jordan on drums and Pino Palladino on bass. Read Melinda Newman's column. Aware/Columbia guitarist John Mayer has formed the John ...

  34. Mayer In A Trio Mood On New Album, Tour

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 John Mayer's new trio, which features drummer Steve Jordan and bassist Pino Palladino, will begin a club tour Sept. 6 in San Francisco. A live album will follow in December. "I would feel like I'm not To John Mayer's way of think ...

  35. Pearl Jam, Mayer, Peas To Open For Stones

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pearl Jam, the John Mayer Trio, Black Eyed Peas and Maroon 5 are among the first wave of acts confirmed to open shows on the Rolling Stones' upcoming On Stage tour. Black Eyed Peas will open the tour' Pearl Jam, the John Mayer Trio, Black ...

  36. Hot Product

    April 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bruce Springsteen 'Dust' Bowl Bruce Springsteen re-teams with producer Brendan O'Brien on his 19th album, "Devils & Dust," which Columbia will release this week. The 12-track set follows the format of Springsteen's ...

  37. Springsteen Spiffs Up 'Devils & Dust'

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 In addition to the standard audio tracks on one side, the DVD side will sport acoustic renditions of the title track, "Long Time Comin'," "Reno," All I'm Thinkin' About" and "Matamoras Banks," filmed ...

  38. Springsteen Stares Down 'Devils' On New Album

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Bruce Springsteen re-teams with producer Brendan O'Brien on his 19th album, "Devils & Dust," which Columbia will release on April 26. Bruce Springsteen re-teams with producer Brendan O'Brien on his 19th album, "Devils &a ...

  39. Anastasio Gets Moving In The Studio

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Following the dissolution of Phish, former guitarist Trey Anastasio has begun rolling tape on his next solo album. Following the dissolution of Phish, former guitarist Trey Anastasio has begun rolling tape on his next solo album. Late last month at ...

  40. Damage

    October 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's first formal collaboration with a producer —Steve Jordan, for 2002 set "Plastic Fang"—yielded the trio's most focused, clear-sounding and bright set. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's first formal c ...

  41. Blues Explosion Doing 'Damage' On Sanctuary

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The first release under the new pact will be "Damage," due Sept. 29. As tipped here in September, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has exited longtime home Matador Records and inked with Sanctuary. The first release under the new pact will be & ...

  42. Blues Explosion Offers New Cuts At Surprise Gig

    September 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion previewed a slew of new songs during a surprise gig last night (Sept. 14) at the Mercury Lounge in New York. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion previewed a slew of new songs during a surprise gig last night (Sept. 14) at the Mer ...

  43. Billboard Bits: 'Music To My Ears,' Eagles, Meat Beat

    July 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 News on 'Music To My Ears,' Eagles, Meat Beat A concert will be held July 20 at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, Mass., to benefit the Music to My Ears Project. Among those performing will be 11-year-old jazz pianist Matt Savag ...

  44. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's Rocking 'Fang'

    March 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 "It was kind of a challenge for us," Jon Spencer offers, relaxing at the Matador Records offices in lower Manhattan. "We just wanted to make a more traditional record. And, personally, I was looking f "It was kind of a challenge ...

  45. Crow Mulling Final Tracklist For New Album

    January 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Sheryl Crow has been joined by a host of stars in the making of her as-yet-untitled, self-produced fourth Interscope/A&M album, but the artist's manager tells Billboard.com that the tracklisting h Sheryl Crow has been joined by a host of st ...

  46. New Sheryl Crow Due Early Next Year

    October 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sheryl Crow's fourth, as-yet-untitled A&M studio album is tentatively due in March, the artist's management tells Billboard.com. A single is due in late January, with a tour to follow. According t Sheryl Crow's fourth, as-yet-unti ...

  47. Shoulda Been Home

    May 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Robert Cray continues to distance himself from his guitar-hero past on Shoulda Been Home, the artist's second consecutive set helmed by producer/drummer Steve Jordan. Robert Cray continues to distance himself from his guitar-hero past on Should ...