Mikael Wood

Metallica Breaks Arena Record Down Under

Metallica: The Billboard Cover Story

Metallica has always played by its own rules. Now, with an indie-retail-only live album, the world's premier metal band is at it again. 
Neil Diamond,

Neil Diamond, "Dreams"

Given his role as one of pop's most respected songwriters, Neil Diamond might be expected to fill a covers album with underappreciated obscurities by tunesmiths less highly regarded than he. Well, perhaps next time.
Kermit Ruffins,

Kermit Ruffins, "Happy Talk"

Older fans of New Orleans music probably know Kermit Ruffins as a co-founder of the Crescent City's famed Rebirth Brass Band. Younger listeners, though, are more likely to recognize him from his recurring role on HBO's post-Katrina series "Treme," on which the singer/trumpeter plays himself.
Jason Aldean: Party Crasher

Jason Aldean: Party Crasher

With His Fourth Album, Indie-Label Country Star Jason Aldean Throws His Hat In The Ring For Top Country Male.