1. Patrick Stump, 'Soul Punk': Track-By-Track Review

    October 18, 2011 5:30 PM EDT "If this is it, I want to go out with a bang," Patrick Stump sings on "Explode," the opening track on "Soul Punk." It's a sentiment that hangs over the singer's debut full-length, which Stump recorded following eight years as the frontman of Fall Out…

  2. Green Day's Armstrong Booted From Plane Over Saggy Pants

    September 03, 2011 11:42 AM EDT Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong says his sagging pants cost him a seat on a Southwest Airlines flight. The singer-guitarist for the San Francisco Bay area band sent a message to his Twitter followers on Thursday expressing his indignation at being tossed from an Oakland-to-Burbank…

  3. Ask Billboard: Chart Moves, Like 'Jagger'

    September 02, 2011 7:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. AS STUDENTS…

  4. Green Day Debuts Amy Winehouse Tribute, 'Amy,' at California Show

    August 15, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Along with playing a slew of previously unheard tracks, Green Day honored the late Amy Winehouse by debuting a new song, "Amy," at their "secret" show in Costa Mesa, Calif., last Thursday (Aug. 11). Three days later, the band posted the full lyrics to the song on its…

  5. Billboard Bits: Tyler, The Creator Predicts Death, Patrick Stump Pairs With Lupe Fiasco

    June 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Tyler, The Creator Predicts His Death, Talks Columbine Tragedy The 20-year-old Odd Future frontman Tyler, The Creator recently told UK music magazine Q that he expects to be dead at 40. "Either an obsessed fan…

  6. Billboard Bits: 'Yakety Yak' Singer Dies, 'Glee' Wants Springsteen

    June 13, 2011 5:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Yakety Yak' Singer of The Coasters Dies Carl Gardner, lead singer of '50s group the Coasters, passed away Sunday (June 12) in Port St. Lucie, Florida after an extended illness. As a statement on the…

  7. Green Day Working on 'A Ton of New Songs,' Says Armstrong

    May 31, 2011 12:50 PM EDT G reen Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has revealed that he and the rest of the pop-punk group are hard at work on new music through a series of Twitter posts. "Ok here's the scoop. GD has been jamming new songs everyday," Armstrong posted on Twitter early Tuesday morning …

  8. Remembering 15 Forgotten Adult Pop Songs

    March 29, 2011 1:05 PM EDT For the 15th anniversary earlier this month of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, we presented the Top 40 Adult Pop Songs 1996-2011 ranked retrospective. How about some (very) deep countdown extras? Here is a look (and listen) at 15 other songs that, despite not having…

  9. 'American Idiot' Broadway Show Closing in April

    March 10, 2011 1:00 PM EST "American Idiot," the Broadway show based off Green Day 's 2004 album of the same name, will close, the producers announced in a statement Thursday. Ticket sales had plummeted when the band's front man, Billie Joe Armstrong, departed earlier this month. Box office sales…

  10. Watch: 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' From Green Day's 'Awesome As F**k'

    March 09, 2011 11:51 AM EST In anticipation of its upcoming "Awesome as F**k" live album/DVD, Green Day tweeted a link to video of the DVD's live recording of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" last night. Video: Green Day, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" Live in Japan The performance, recorded…

  11. 'American Idiot' Broadway Sales Plummet After Green Day Frontman Exits

    March 08, 2011 9:10 AM EST Broadway's "American Idiot" saw a steep dropoff in ticket sales following the departure of special guest star Billie Joe Armstrong. In the first week following the exit of Amstrong -- who fronts the rock band Green Day , upon whose music the production was built around -- the…

  12. Billboard Bits: Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks With Atlantic Records, MTV Denies Banning Kanye's 'Monster' Video

    March 07, 2011 6:25 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks With Atlantic Records Following her performance in "Country Strong" and guest appearances on "Glee," Gwyneth Paltrow is in talks to sign a record deal with Atlantic…

  13. Britney Spears Vs. Lady Gaga: The Final Results

    February 22, 2011 5:01 PM EST It's the moment you've all been waiting for... After millions of votes, cries of foul play, and a controversial but necessary do-over, we finally have a winner to our Britney Vs. Gaga song poll, and this time it wasn't even close. Britney Spears fans spoke loud and clear and…

  14. Lady Gaga Previews 'Judas' Lyrics, Finishes 'Born This Way' Video

    February 22, 2011 11:20 AM EST Before Lady Gaga began filming her HBO concert special at New York's Madison Square Garden last night (Feb. 21), the pop star took to Twitter to preview the lyrics of "Judas," the second single from her forthcoming sophomore album, "Born This Way." "I'm just…

  15. Melissa Etheridge 'Having a Blast' Performing in 'American Idiot'

    January 31, 2011 4:25 PM EST M elissa Etheridge says she's having a "blast" getting in touch with her punk side. The Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter will play drug dealer St. Jimmy in the hit Broadway musical based on Green Day 's rock opera, "American Idiot." "It's…

  16. Melissa Etheridge to Step Into Armstrong's 'American Idiot' Role

    January 18, 2011 3:22 PM EST M elissa Etheridge is about to get in touch with her punk side. The Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer will temporarily step in for Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong while he takes a break from performing in his Broadway musical , "American Idiot." Etheridge, best known for her…

  17. Green Day Confirms 'Awesome as F**k' Live Album in New Trailer

    January 10, 2011 6:02 PM EST G reen Day has confirmed it will release "Awesome As F**k," a new live CD with an accompanying bonus DVD, in March. The band announced the news via an online video trailer that debuted on YouTube today (Jan. 10). Video: Green Day's "Awesome As F**k" Trailer Green Day…

  18. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to Join 'American Idiot' for 50 Shows

    November 30, 2010 12:30 PM EST Billie Joe Armstrong apparently liked his Broadway debut in "American Idiot" - he's signed on to return for 50 performances. Producers said Tuesday the Green Day frontman will reprise the role of St. Jimmy in the punk rock musical that his songs inspired beginning Jan. 1 and…

  19. Billie Joe Armstrong Boosts 'American Idiot' Ticket Sales

    October 04, 2010 2:42 PM EDT Having Billie Joe Armstrong on Broadway was -- not surprisingly -- a pretty smart move for "American Idiot." Producers of the rock musical say ticket sales soared to more than $1 million last week when the Green Day front man joined the show for eight performances ending Sunday.…

  20. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Makes 'American Idiot' Debut

    September 29, 2010 2:47 PM EDT G reen Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong showed off his acting chops on Broadway last night (Sept. 28) while making his debut in the band's musical, "American Idiot." After announcing the acting gig last weekend, Armstrong kicked off an eight-day run of performances at New York…

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