1. Stone Temple Pilots Fire Scott Weiland

    February 27, 2013 11:37 AM EST Scott Weiland has been fired from the Stone Temple Pilots, the alternative rock band he has fronted since 1986, the group announced in a one-line statement on Wednesday. No other information has been given on the termination and a rep for the band has not responded at press time. The band&…

  2. Juno Awards 2013: Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber Lead Nominees

    February 19, 2013 12:35 PM EST Carly Rae Jepsen will go head-to-head against Justin Bieber in four major categories at this year's Juno Awards, taking place April 21 at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan. The "Call Me Maybe" singer and Bieber, whose tweets helped propel her to stardom, are both up…

  3. Mindy McCready: A Look Back at Her Career and Troubled Life

    February 18, 2013 12:15 PM EST The country music community is stunned today following the death of Mindy McCready, a troubled star who burst onto the scene in the mid-1990s, scoring a hit album before falling into a pattern of substance abuse-fueled scandals. Like many country artists, McCready started her career…

  4. Country Singer Mindy McCready Dead of Apparent Suicide at Age 37

    February 17, 2013 9:52 PM EST Mindy McCready -– the striking blonde country artist whose turbulent life echoed the lyrics of many of the songs she sang -– died Sunday afternoon of an apparent suicide at the age of 37. The Cleburne County (Ark.) Sheriff’s Office stated that officers were dispatched to the singer’s home…

  5. CODER Crew's Picks of the Week: Alesso, Mad Decent, Purity Ring and More

    February 15, 2013 1:27 PM EST Each Friday, the CODE crew will review their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Jacob, Lauren and Elissa have to say. Purity Ring, “Grammy” Purity Ring's debut album “Shrines”was unquestionably one of my favorite albums of 2012.…

  6. Music World Helps Newtown Heal Following Massacre

    February 07, 2013 8:08 PM EST Artists from Paul Simon to Jennifer Hudson have helped Newtown recovery after its tragedy When 6-year-old Dylan Hockley was memorialized at a service following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, his parents were especially moved by one song. A writer, Dushyanthi Satchi, had…

  7. Lady Antebellum Head 'Downtown' In Flirty New Single

    January 26, 2013 2:54 PM EST "It caught us off-guard when we heard it," the band's Dave Haywood tells us The year is only a few weeks old, but there's already quite a bit of excitement coming out of the Nashville scene-thanks to Capitol Nashville's Lady Antebellum. The Grammy Award-winning trio…

  8. Mindless Behavior to Release Sophomore Album in March

    January 16, 2013 2:35 AM EST Debut peaked at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Mindless Behavior are back. The R&B quartet -- comprised of Princeton, Prodigy, Ray Ray, and Roc Royal --  will release their sophomore studio album, "All Around the World," on March 12. "All Around the World"…

  9. Ester Dean Talks Debut Album & 'Pitch Perfect' Success

    January 14, 2013 11:45 AM EST Ester Dean has spent the past few years penning hits for everyone but herself. Since 2006, the singer/songwriter has built a resume packed with chart-topping singles including Rihanna's "Where Have You Been," Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" and Katy Perry's "…

  10. Britney Spears Confirms 'X Factor' Exit

    January 11, 2013 4:15 PM EST Reports say Spears is now in "serious talks" to headline a Las Vegas show. Britney Spears' "X Factor" exit is now official. Responding to "sourced reports and speculation," the pop star's rep confirmed that Spears will not be back for season three. …

  11. Britney Spears and Jason Trawick 'Call Off' Relationship

    January 11, 2013 7:52 AM EST Year-Long Engagement Is Off Britney Spears and Jason Trawick have called it quits, the former couple announced on Friday.   "Britney Spears and Jason Trawick have mutually agreed to end their one-year engagement," Spears' rep said in a statement to People. "As two mature…

  12. 'Yellow Submarine' 'Better Not to be Remade,' Robert Zemeckis Says

    December 28, 2012 7:59 PM EST Robert Zemeckis says his "Yellow Submarine" remake won't be heading out to sea. "That would've been a great one, to bring the Beatles back to life," the director told Total Film of the shuttered project (via Rolling Stone ). "But it's probably better…

  13. Chart Highlights: will.i.am, Britney Spears Bound Onto Pop Songs Chart

    December 10, 2012 4:45 PM EST Dropkick Murphys, meanwhile, bring their brand of holiday cheer to the Alternative Songs tally. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  14. Haley Reinhart Is Latest 'Idol' Alum to Lose Major Label Deal

    November 21, 2012 9:40 AM EST "American Idol" season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart is the latest casualty of a major label deal cut short. Interscope Records, the Universal Music Group label with exclusive rights to alumni of the Fox show, is not picking up the 22-year-old singer's option for future recordings…

  15. Yo La Tengo Announces New Album & Tour Dates

    November 14, 2012 12:05 PM EST Veteran indie-rock trio Yo La Tengo will release "Fade," the follow-up to their previous album "Popular Songs," on Jan. 15, 2013, through Matador. The label announced the release date for the group's 13th studio album, as well as YLT's 2013 touring schedule, on…

  16. Metallica's 'Quebec Magnetic' DVD Captures 'Two Phenomenal Shows'

    October 25, 2012 10:50 AM EDT Guitarist Kirk Hammett talks concert film, 3D film, and the follow-up to "Death Magnetic." Though a couple of video projects -- including a 3D movie for next year -- are dominating Metallica 's time at the moment, the group is getting ready to start making some new musical…

  17. Bubbling Under: Wonder Girls Ride K-Pop Wave to U.S. Radio

    October 12, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Wonder Girls, Priyanka Chopra, Tame Impala and August Rain. Wonder Girls PSY's K-Pop breakthrough on U.S. top 40 radio with …

  18. BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012: Chris Lighty Tribute, Cyphers & Winners

    October 10, 2012 8:50 AM EDT More than a week after the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped in Atlanta, the annual show honoring the best in rap aired Tuesday night (October 9). The show started off strong with a performance by Wiz Khalifa . After rocking his single, "Work Hard, Play Hard," Wiz was joined by…

  19. James Franco's Band Working on Full-Length Album

    October 04, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Oscar-nominated actor describes working with Smokey Robinson on his band Daddy's first EP, 'MotorCity.' James Franco has been James Dean, Spider-Man pal Harry Osborn, Hugh Hefner, "127 Hours" climber Aron Ralston and, soon, the wizard of Oz. But his latest role is in…

  20. 'Hey, Joe Diffie!' Jason Aldean Gives '90s Star a Shout on New Album

    September 20, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Get ready to shout "Joe Diffie!" at Aldean concerts ... "Pretty dang cool," says classic country singer Ten songs in, Jason Aldean 's new album, "Night Train," throws out a curve ball that will have crowds of 20-somethings chanting the name of a classic…

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