Jillian Mapes

  1. Album Reviews: The Script, Tame Impala, Alejandro Sanz and more

    October 23, 2012 7:51 AM EDT Gary Clark Jr. Blak and Blu Producers: Mike Elizondo, Rob Cavallo, Gary Clark Jr. Warner Bros. Records Release Date: Oct. 22 Fat, powerful blues-rock that recalls five decades of various strains of Southern R&B and rock makes for a curious s ...

  2. Single Reviews: Bruno Mars, Adele, Rihanna, Sky Ferreira & more

    October 15, 2012 8:17 AM EDT BRUNO MARS Locked Out of Heaven (3:54) Producer: Mark Ronson Writers: B. Mars, the Smeezingtons Publishers: various Elektra/Warner With Gotye busy channeling Peter Gabriel, 2012 seemed overdue for a Police tribute. Leave it to Bruno Mars, then, ...

  3. Album Reviews: Owl City, Imagine Dragons & more

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT IMAGINE DRAGONS Night Visions Producers: Alex Da Kid, Imagine Dragons KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Release Date: Sept. 4 Though he hasn't yet reached the level of Dr. Luke and RedOne, English songwriter/producer Alex Da Kid has helmed enough hit s ...

  4. Singles Reviews: Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding & more

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT MUMFORD & SONS I Will Wait (4:52) Producer: Markus Dravs Writers: Mumford & Sons Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote For the lead single off their follow-up to "Sigh No More", Mumford & ...

  5. Backbeat: Alabama Shakes Play Tiny NYC Venue for MTV Hive Livestream

    April 17, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Alabama Shakes at the Studio at Webster Hall. (Photo: Andrea Radulescu) [ Disclosure: Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad, author of this article, was an editor at MTV News from 2004 until 2010. ] The story behind Alabama Shakes ' sudden rise to b ...

  6. Backbeat: Kurt Vile, Manager Rennie Jaffe Defend Bank Of America Commercial @ NYC Webster Hall Show

    November 16, 2011 9:05 AM EST Get in the Bus: Kurt Vile (right) with manager Rennie Jaffe, outside Webster Hall post-show. (Photo: Jillian Mapes) Titus Andronicus' politically-outspoken leader Patrick Stickles may take offense to his fellow indie brother Kurt Vile licensi ...

  7. How Feist's 'Secret' New York Concert Came Together

    October 07, 2011 7:48 PM EDT Feist performs in New York, October 3, 2011 (Photo: Jillian Mapes) The campaign surrounding "Metals," the first album in more than four years from Canadian songstress Feist, has been a calculated one -- an unusual combination of small (m ...

  8. Backbeat: Arcade Fire Dazzle With 'Austin City Limits' Taping -- Throw Mic to Our Fearless Correspondent

    September 18, 2011 5:07 PM EDT (Photo: Jillian Mapes) While ACL festgoers and industry figures alike flocked to Zilker Park for a glimpse of Stevie Wonder, Billboard correspondent Jillian Mapes snuck away to the Moody Theater in the W Hotel to watch Arcade Fire's "Aus ...