1. The Muppets' 10 Best Music Moments

    November 18, 2011 12:45 PM EST As Kermit and co. return with "The Muppets" movie next week (Nov. 23), Billboard.com now exclusively premieres a mix of five tracks from the soundtrack, out Monday (Nov. 21). Listen to Muppet renditions of "The Muppet Show Theme" (featuring   5. 'Crocodile'…

  2. Liz Anderson, Trailblazing Country Songwriter, Dies at 81

    November 02, 2011 10:50 AM EDT Famed songwriter and singer Liz Anderson died Monday evening of complications from heart and lung disease after a brief hospitalization, her family announced. The singer, who is the mother of Lynn Anderson and a key player in the success of Merle Haggard and others, was admitted to St. Thomas…

  3. Jim Jones Shouts Out Michael Vick on 'So Athletic' Track

    November 01, 2011 12:10 PM EDT To celebrate the Oct. 31 release of his new mixtape, "Vampire Life: We Own The Night," Dipset rapper Jim Jones has unleashed the track "So Athletic (Mike Vick)" featuring Maino . The song nods to Michael Vick, the physically gifted Philadelphia Eagles QB who served two…

  4. Soul Train Awards Adds New Roster of Performers

    November 01, 2011 9:20 AM EDT The 2011 Soul Train Awards will have more surprises in store. The awards show, being taped on Thursday (Nov. 17) at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, will treat its audience and viewers to tribute performances to celebrate the achievements of the Legend Award recipients Earth, Wind & Fire and…

  5. Billboard Bits: St. Vincent NYC Show Livestream, Freddie Gibbs Drops Mixtape

    October 31, 2011 6:50 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. St. Vincent NYC Show to Stream Live on MTV Hive Indie-rock chanteuse St. Vincent will have her Nov. 3 concert at Webster Hall in New York streamed live on MTV Hive, part of the network's "Live in NYC"…

  6. Ask Billboard: Christmas in October? Never Say Never

    October 29, 2011 11:05 AM EDT 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. CHRISTMAS IN…

  7. Paul Rodgers 'Would Be Open' to Reunion With Queen

    October 20, 2011 11:25 AM EDT Paul Rodgers says he's heard the rumors about him reuniting with Queen for a performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. But that's as far as it's gone, he says. "No one's actually approached me yet," Rodgers, who worked with Queen's Brian May and…

  8. Queen Getting 'Global Icon' Nod at MTV Europe Awards

    October 19, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Queen will be honored with the Global Icon Award at the 2011 MTV European Music Awards. Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor will also take to the stage for a special performance. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Queen's formation in 1971. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have…

  9. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 10/8/2011

    October 08, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @JColeNC : So many people to stunt on, fighting the urge to…

  10. Hold Off on Going Ga Ga for a Lady Gaga-Fronted Queen

    October 06, 2011 1:30 PM EDT Speaking to the U.K. tabloid, The Daily Express , guitarist Brian May appears to hint that THE Lady Gaga is on the cusp of joining Queen. While discussing the legendary band's "singer problem" since Freddie Mercury's death in 1991, along with a desire to tour, May told the…

  11. Rock Hall Nominees Include Guns N' Roses, Cure, Joan Jett & Faces

    September 27, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Guns N' Roses , Heart , Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and The Cure are among the first-timers on short list of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2011, joining returning hopefuls the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donna Summer and others. Fifteen…

  12. Queen Rocks Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    September 15, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Queen rocks Billboard's Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 15 on the tally, following buzz generated by what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday on Sept. 5. On the band's official YouTube channel, 17 videos ran to commemorate Mercury, with stars like Katy Perry (7-11)…

  13. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 9/10/2011

    September 10, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @JessicaSimpson : Been getting lots of questions about this…

  14. Photos: Rock The Bells Invades San Francisco

    August 29, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Long-running hip-hop festival Rock The Bells rocked San Francisco's Shoreline Ampitheatre on Saturday (Aug. 27), with a diverse cast of artists providing a mix of old-school charm and new-school hunger. Upstarts like Big K.R.I.T. and Freddie Gibbs shared stages with veterans like Nas,…

  15. Four-Play: Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Common, Nas & Young Jeezy

    August 12, 2011 3:35 PM EDT Kid Cudi grows fangs, Wiz Khalifa lets "the party get the best of him," Nas and Common shut eyes and Young Jeezy gets a Gatorade cooler full of money dumped on him. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Common, Nas and Young Jeezy. Kid…

  16. Tyga, Diggy Simmons and More Realize 'Dreams' in NYC Show

    July 29, 2011 3:25 PM EDT "My dream is coming true because I'm performing in front of New York!" Tyga shouted to a packed crowd at Irving Plaza, last night (July 28). The 21 yr. old Young Money MC was joined by rising stars Diggy Simmons , Mindless Behavior, Trevante, Jawan Harris and Lil Twist as part…

  17. Young Jeezy Sets 'TM103' Tour Dates, Announces New Single

    July 27, 2011 2:57 PM EDT After triumphantly celebrating the sixth anniversary of his debut album "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101" this week, Young Jeezy has officially announced the Sept. 20 release of his fourth full-length, "TM103," as well as a 31-city tour leading up to the release. A…

  18. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber's Vanity Fair Woes, Linkin Park's Secret Show

    July 05, 2011 7:41 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber's Vanity Fair Cover Lowest Seller in 12 Years Justin Bieber may have more than 10 million Twitter followers, and a hit with his documentary "Never Say Never" -- but that doesn't…

  19. Jeremih Strips Adele's 'Rumour' Down

    June 20, 2011 9:58 AM EDT Let the man stand up with a drum kit to his right, keys to his left, and a reverb-heavy guitar backing him up, and R&B hitmaker Jeremih has his way with the retro soul of Adele 's "Rumour Has It," in this week's Mashup Mondays. Photos: Jeremih's Mashup Behind-The…

  20. Music's Next Great Biopics

    June 09, 2011 1:06 PM EDT No one wants to talk about a Marvin Gaye movie. Or one about Janis Joplin , or a Jimi Hendrix biopic. As film subjects go, they're problematic. Heirs to the Joplin and Hendrix estates have blocked films by withholding music and image rights. The pieces to the Gaye story are in so many…

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