1. Madonna, 'MDNA': Track-By-Track Review

    March 09, 2012 11:00 AM EST Deluxe Explicit Album Bonus Tracks: "Beautiful Killer" A concept song, certainly. Madonna goes on about how there's a "gun in my mouth" and "maybe that's what you've been dreaming about" and "maybe I'll let you shoot me down." There&…

  2. 'Glee' Villain Grant Gustin Is Feeling Lucky

    October 31, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Exclusive Q&A: Actor Talks Landing First TV Job, Praises Darren Criss & Relays Horror of Tweeting Phone Number "I kind of feel guilty that this is what's happening," laughs Grant Gustin, "Glee's" newest hire, on the phone from L.A. He's referring to…

  3. David Cook Talks 'This Loud Morning': Video Track-By-Track

    June 28, 2011 12:00 PM EDT For David Cook 's second album since his "American Idol" season seven victory, he penned -- no joke -- nearly 80 songs. Ultimately, he managed to narrow it down to just a dozen tracks for "This Loud Morning," out today (June 28). Cook tells Billboard.com that he'…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, Romeo Santos

    May 19, 2011 6:55 PM EDT THE LOVE OF 'GLORY': As previously reported , Lady Gaga blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3 with "The Edge of Glory." The third single from "Born This Way," due Monday (May 23), follows the title cut, which spent its first six chart weeks at No. 1…

  5. Steven Tyler Q&A: On Making 'Noise in My Head,' Aerosmith & 'Idol,' Johnny Depp & More

    May 03, 2011 12:52 PM EDT It's a sunny day in Laurel Canyon, and Steven Tyler is shouting, "Author! Author!" before he heads to work to hear the "American Idol" contestants sing a bunch of Carole King songs. There's reason for his ebullience, of course; besides his stint as an "…

  6. Game Says Delayed 'R.E.D.' Album Will Be 'Best' Album of 2011

    March 29, 2011 1:18 PM EDT Game 's upcoming "The R.E.D." album has been delayed numerous times and still has no set release date, but the California rapper says he isn't jaded. In fact, he feels he's still "one of the last artists that really cares about hip-hop." "I just think…

  7. Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros Frontman Goes Solo On 'Alexander'

    March 01, 2011 3:02 PM EST It's been a long, strange musical progression for Alexander Ebert. From his first taste of commercial stardom as the frontman of power-pop outfit Ima Robot , to his role as leader of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros , the singer has gone through a number of musical transformations…

  8. Musiq Soulchild Finishes New Album, 'MUSIQINTHEMAGIQ'

    February 11, 2011 1:45 PM EST M usiq Soulchild is putting the finishing touches on his next album, "MUSIQINTHEMAGIQ," with a planned release date of May 3. "It's recorded. It's done," the singer tells Billboard.com. "We just need to take the actual songs and mix those and put the project…

  9. Reznor, Rahman, Zimmer & More React to Their Oscar Nominations

    January 25, 2011 4:47 PM EST As the "Academy Award-nominated" descriptor starts to sink in for 2011's newly anointed Oscar nominees , Billboard.com gathered reactions from the following composers and songwriters recognized in the music categories of best original score and song: Trent Reznor , A.R. Rahman …

  10. Billboard Bits: Willow Smith Previews New '21st Century Girl' Song, Baby Spice Gets Engaged

    January 24, 2011 6:28 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Willow Debuts New Song Clip, Previews Video Shoot Willow Smith is set to follow up her hit single "Whip My Hair" with "21st Century Girl," a pulsating new track previewed in a new 16-second clip…

  11. Steven Tyler Q&A: The Wild Man Of 'Idol'

    January 14, 2011 1:28 PM EST No one would have faulted Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler for hanging up his colorful scarves and taking a nice long vacation earlier this year -- he'd recently completed rehab and a lengthy tour, after mending fences with his bandmates following a 2009 war of the words. But instead?…

  12. Matt & Kim Crowd-Surf Toward Stardom

    October 22, 2010 2:59 PM EDT The strategy that the Fader label is using with Brooklyn indie-pop duo Matt & Kim can almost be summed up by glancing at two pictures in label president Jon Cohen's office. The first is of Bruce Springsteen , obviously now considered one of the greatest rock musicians in history.…

  13. Green Day's Explosive Set Tops Lollapalooza Day Two

    August 08, 2010 10:41 AM EDT A combination of explosions, cover songs, toilet paper guns, stage dives, and crowd participation sealed the deal: There's no topping Green Day at Lollapalooza 2010. The punk veterans played a thrilling, two-and-a-half-hour-long set made up of tracks from last year's "21st…

  14. Taylor Swift's 'Mine' Single Leaks

    August 04, 2010 8:11 PM EDT T aylor Swift's new single "Mine" has officially been released to radio and iTunes after the song leaked online Wednesday (Aug. 4). Originally slated for an Aug. 16 premiere, "Mine" is now poised for a big debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart next week. "I was a…

  15. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes A Force On Tour

    May 21, 2010 1:56 PM EDT After commanding the recent attention of a massive crowd at the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif. -- which included power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé -- a band of merry pranksters called Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros is becoming one of the hottest touring acts of summer 2010. And that…

  16. Widespread Panic, "Dirty Side Down"

    May 14, 2010 3:20 PM EDT The recording studio is generally considered anathema to those in the jam band community. But Georgia sextet Widespread Panic has quietly discovered how to make very good albums that carefully balance its chops as both players and songwriters. Its new album, "Dirty Side Down," plays…

  17. LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening Now

    April 23, 2010 12:11 PM EDT Just days after LCD Soundsystem 's new single, "Drunk Girls," leaked online, a companion video of sorts hit YouTube. As the first taste of the band's third album, the song had already set tongues wagging, from Pitchfork awarding it a "Best New Music" tag to…

  18. Gogol Bordello, Rick Rubin Team Up For 'Hustle'

    March 23, 2010 4:14 PM EDT Eugene Hütz, guitar strapped over a shirtless shoulder, sweat shining atop his narrow frame, grabs the microphone and raises one arm over his famously mustachioed face, closing the night with a final coda: "We are your fucking friends Gogol Bordello !" Behind, his band of gypsies…

  19. AFI Duo Ready To Go With New Blaqk Audio

    November 06, 2009 11:30 AM EST Davey Havok and Jade Puget are busy touring the world in support of AFI 's latest album, "Crash Love." But Blaqk Audio , the duo's electronic-oriented alter-egos, is waiting in the wings. Puget tells Billboard.com that "we actually have a Blaqk Audio album finished…

  20. AFI Revs Up The Rock On 'Crash Course'

    September 14, 2009 11:39 AM EDT When the members of AFI began work on their 2006 album "Decemberunderground," they "tried really hard not to think about it as the follow-up to a big successful record," guitarist Jade Puget says. Of course, that's precisely what it was: "Decemberunderground"…

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