1. Ice-T To Bring Rap Performance to Sundance

    January 13, 2012 5:00 PM EST Ice-T , Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz are scheduled to perform at the Sundance Institute's annual Celebration of Music in Film on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Their performances are to celebrate Ice-T's documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," co-directed by Andy…

  2. Madonna Hires Hot Male Models to Deliver Her Scent

    December 02, 2011 1:20 PM EST Madonna is fully aware that yes, sex sells. The Material Girl had her new fragrance, Truth or Dare, hand delivered to beauty editors by two gorgeous male models. What better way to pep up a dull day? Making a lasting impression and whetting a few appetites in the process, Madonna had the two…

  3. Ask Billboard: Observing Remembrance Day

    November 11, 2011 6:15 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. OBSERVING…

  4. Paul & Linda McCartney Shown Love in Nashville With 'Let Us In' Album, Concert

    November 04, 2011 11:35 AM EDT 'Let Us In' Benefit Concert on Nov. 7 Kicks Off CMA Week, Will Feature McCartney Songs Sir Paul McCartney. Nashville. Those two terms might be not necessarily linked at the hip. However, on Monday, those two musical giants will come together for a great cause. On Nov. 7, at Music…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Traci Lords

    November 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Now with 11 Hot 100 No. 1s, what chance might Rihanna have at passing the Beatles for the most leaders in the chart's history? BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES?: "We are watching history in the making." Island Def Jam president/COO Steve Bartels Wednesday (Nov. 2) praised Rihanna in a…

  6. FCC Loses Janet Jackson Super Bowl Case

    November 02, 2011 8:02 PM EDT CBS won't be fined $550,000 for Janet Jackson's 2004 wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl XXXVIII broadcast, an appeals court ruled. According to The Wrap , Philadelphia's 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the FCC wrongly fined Jackson and the network for the half…

  7. Amon Tobin Pushes Envelope With Shape-Shifting DJ Experience

    October 14, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Nightclub lasers and lights are one thing. These days, electronic music visuals are on a whole other level. Inspired by Daft Punk's now-iconic cube, artists have upped the production ante on their live shows, taking the DJ set out of the club and into the venue. Deadmau5 travels with…

  8. Paul McCartney Weds Nancy Shevell in London Ceremony

    October 09, 2011 7:20 PM EDT A hint of autumnal Beatlemania was in the air Sunday as Paul McCartney , for the second time in his improbable life, climbed the steps of venerable Old Marylebone Town Hall to take himself a bride. True, thousands of heartbroken female fans crowded the columned building in 1969 when he…

  9. 'X Factor' Boot Camp Begins: 162 Contestants Enter, Only 32 Will Leave

    October 06, 2011 10:35 AM EDT More than 150 contestants made it through the "X Factor" auditions, but only 32 will continue on to the final competition. In the first 15 minutes of the "X Factor" boot camp round, that number was slashed down to 100. As bootcamp began, all 162 contestants and groups…

  10. Harry Shum Jr. Finds His Voice on 'Glee'

    October 03, 2011 9:00 PM EDT To the uninitiated, Harry Shum Jr. is jokingly known as the "Other Asian" on "Glee." He's been part of the hit show since the first season, joining the glee club as Mike Chang, the football player who can bust a move but can't sing. After a season of being…

  11. KISS' Gene Simmons Marries Shannon Tweed

    October 03, 2011 10:20 AM EDT KISS singer/bassist Gene Simmons married longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed Saturday after 28 years of dating, according to a representative via People. Simmons and Tweed tied the knot before 400 guests, including their two children, Nick, 22, and Sophie, 19, at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Gene…

  12. MTV's Second O Music Awards Set For Oct. 31

    September 27, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Just six-months after their inaugural O Music Awards, MTV Music Group is back for more. The organization announced on Tuesday, Sept. 27 that they have set a second OMA celebration for Oct. 31, 2011. The digital awards show honors artists, innovators and fans of digital music culture in…

  13. Paul McCartney Picks Wedding Venue: Same as First Marriage

    September 16, 2011 9:30 AM EDT Paul McCartney is set to tie the knot at the venue where he first married more than 40 years ago. Officials said Friday that the former Beatle and fiancee Nancy Shevell have posted a notice of intention to marry at London's Marylebone Register Office. Westminster Council said the notice…

  14. 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…

  15. Paul McCartney to Talk to Police: 'Apparently I've Been Hacked'

    August 05, 2011 9:23 AM EDT Paul McCartney said Thursday he would contact police over his ex-wife's claim that the couple had been spied upon by a British newspaper. In comments to U.S. television journalists delivered via videolink from Cincinnati, Ohio, McCartney said that he would be in touch with law…

  16. Paul McCartney's Ex-Wife Heather Mills: Phone Hacking Target?

    August 03, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Heather Mills, the former wife of Paul McCartney , is alleging that a journalist with the U.K.'s Mirror Group has admitted to hacking a voicemail left on her phone by McCartney. According to the BBC , McCartney left Mills a conciliatory voicemail in 2001 after the pair were involved in…

  17. Billboard Bits: 'Watch the Throne' Outrages Indie Retailers, Morrissey Slams Norway

    July 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to…

  18. Gene Simmons Proposes to Girlfriend of 28 Years

    July 27, 2011 1:20 PM EDT Never mind the fact they may not actually be engaged, KISS bassist/frontman Gene Simmons finally popped the question to longtime partner Shannon Tweed on the season finale of his reality show, 'Gene Simmons: Family Jewels,' which aired Tuesday (July 26). Taped months ago in Belize,…

  19. 'Glee' Producer: Rachel, Kurt, Finn Returning after Season 3

    July 25, 2011 8:00 AM EDT "Glee" stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will appear in future seasons of the hit show. Co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk told thousands of so-called "Gleeks" gathered at the Comic-Con fan convention on Sunday that Rachel, Kurt and Finn "…

  20. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 3

    July 15, 2011 6:55 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. PEN PALS, READERS…

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