1. Hanson Confirms 'MmmHops' Beer Brand

    December 01, 2011 2:20 PM EST The boys of Hanson are no longer boys -- they're men. Heck, they have eight children between the three of them! And what do men do? They drink beer. Hence, the announcement that the pop trio will soon launch their own beer, called "MmmHops." After reportedly making the…

  2. The Doors Prep 'L.A. Woman' Reissue with 'Amazing' Bonus Material

    November 11, 2011 3:35 PM EST Full details are forthcoming, but Doors guitarist Robby Krieger says the upgraded and expanded edition of the original group's 1971 swan song "L.A. Woman," due out early next year, is a revelation. "It's pretty cool," Krieger tells Billboard.com. "We found a…

  3. Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, & Cee-Lo Star in 'Sparkle' Remake

    November 08, 2011 4:50 PM EST Whitney Houston returns to the big screen to star in and executive produce the remake of the 1976 film, "Sparkle." While on the set of "Sparkle," ET , via Rap-Up , sat down with the legend and her on-screen daughter, singer, Jordin Sparks . Whitney Houston in Talks to Star…

  4. Hooked: Cosmo Doesn't Hide Adele; 'X Factor' Judge Covers Vegas

    November 02, 2011 5:50 PM EDT Time to get Hooked, our bite-sized roundup of fashion-drenched music news. Adele Is December's Cosmo Girl Adele shines in Cosmo with no black clothing in sight. The gorgeous singer is styled in a Dolce & Gabbana leopard-print and lace dress looking rather sexy. I am thrilled that…

  5. Track Review: The Fray, 'Heartbeat'

    November 01, 2011 8:00 AM EDT THE FRAY Heartbeat (3:39) Producer: Brendan O'Brien Writers: Isaac Slade, Joe King Publishers: Lincoln & Ollie Music/EMI April Music, Inc./Little Bike Music (ASCAP) Epic The Fray is set to release its third studio album, "Scars and Stories," in February 2012, and the album&…

  6. '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…

  7. Foster the People: How a Free Download Begat a Business

    October 03, 2011 12:00 PM EDT March 2010. Brent Kredel, an artist manager at Los Angeles' Monotone, receives a panicked phone call from a local musician who he'd befriended a year earlier. The call was from Mark Foster, leader of then-unknown L.A.-based rock band Foster the People . A few months earlier, the…

  8. Hanson's On the Fence About Making Another 'Full' Album

    September 23, 2011 4:35 PM EDT Zac Hanson says there will "definitely be a next album" from him and his brothers, though "not 'til the middle of next year." But in a moment he clarifies that comment. "To be honest, we're not sure whether we want to make a full record again or not,"…

  9. Whitney Houston in Talks to Star Alongside Jordin Sparks in 'Sparkle' Remake

    September 12, 2011 10:14 PM EDT Whitney Houston, making her first return to movies since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife," is in negotiations to star in "Sparkle," Sony Pictures remake of the 1976 music-themed drama. American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and actor Mike Epps also are set to star. Mara…

  10. Hanson Takes Issue With Kings of Leon: 'They're Irritating People'

    August 17, 2011 9:04 AM EDT He may be a member of the group that brought the lighthearted song "Mmm Bop" to the world, but, when it comes to making music, Isaac Hanson takes his profession very seriously. "I have a hard time with musicians who act like p**cks," the eldest Hanson member said in an…

  11. Mary J. Blige Discusses Sexual Abuse & Alcoholism on 'Behind the Music'

    July 26, 2011 2:10 PM EDT Mary J. Blige has always been candid about her hardships, and her interview for VH1's "Behind the Music," which premiered Sunday (July 24), was no exception. The 40-year-old singer spoke about being molested at the young age of 5 yrs. old and battling alcoholism through out the…

  12. Matisyahu Prepping Two New Albums, Talks Movie Role

    July 05, 2011 11:50 AM EDT Two new albums and a movie ensure that Matisyahu has a crowded near-future docket these days. The Hassidic singer and rapper, who released "Live at Stubb's, Vol. 2" in February, is taking "two very different directions" on the albums. One, which he's recording…

  13. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Talks New Album, Adele Loves Bon Iver

    June 27, 2011 7:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber on New Album: 'I Want to Work a Lot with Myself' Speaking about his forthcoming album, Justin Bieber says that he's dabbled with self-producing and is trying on a bunch of different…

  14. Erykah Badu, Rick Ross Perform at Tupac Birthday Show in Atlanta

    June 17, 2011 11:10 AM EDT Even though rapper Rick Ross lacked a father figure growing up, he found guidance through many of Tupac Shakur 's songs that taught him how to approach life as a young man. So when Ross was asked to perform at Shakur's 40th birthday concert celebration Thursday night (June 16), he…

  15. Tupac Shooting Confession: Lawyer Disputes Convict's Allegations

    June 17, 2011 9:01 AM EDT A hip-hop mogul wanted by federal authorities on drug charges did not orchestrate a plot to ambush rapper Tupac Shakur outside a recording studio in the mid-1990s, his lawyer said Thursday. The accusations against James Rosemond, owner of Czar Entertainment, were levied online and attributed…

  16. Tupac Quad Studios Robber Comes Forward: Report

    June 15, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Just one day before what would have been Tupac Shakur's 40th birthday, a man named Dexter Isaac has reportedly come forward to claim responsibility for robbing him at Manhattan's Quad Studios in 1994, an incident during which the West Coast rapper was also shot five times, setting…

  17. Billboard Bits: New J.Lo Track Leaks, Big Boi Working With Modest Mouse

    April 28, 2011 5:05 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Big Boi Working on New Modest Mouse Album According to a series of Tweets, Big Boi has been in the studio with Modest Mouse, working with the band on its new record. The OutKast rapper said via his Twitter: "…

  18. Duff McKagan: Autobiography 'Not The Same Story'

    April 22, 2011 2:45 PM EDT D uff McKagan promises that "It's So Easy and Other Lies," his upcoming autobiography, is "not the same story" as former Guns N' Roses bandmates Slash and Steven Adler told in their memoirs. "Mine's not really a Guns N' Roses book, where I think…

  19. Ask Billboard: You Can't Say That On Radio

    February 04, 2011 1:05 PM EST 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. YOU CAN'T…

  20. Update: Madonna Rep Denies She'll Premiere 'W.E.' at Cannes

    January 27, 2011 4:56 PM EST M adonna's feature film "W.E." will not be screening as part of the Festival de Cannes in May, according to IMGlobal, the sales agent that is handling the film. While the French newspaper Le Parisien/Aujourd'hui said on Thursday that the film would appear at the festival,…

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