1. Weekly Chart Notes: Beyonce, Robin Thicke, Paul McCartney

    February 03, 2012 3:15 PM EST Beyonce continues to tally hits on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs from her album "4," even if pop audiences don't seem to be equally enthralled. '4' = 0: While ROCKIN' ROBIN: Robin Thicke registers his second No. 1 on the Adult R&B airplay chart, as "Love After…

  2. Trial Set for Man Accused in Jennifer Hudson Family Slayings

    January 19, 2012 6:23 PM EST A judge on Thursday ordered a man charged in the 2008 Chicago slayings of Jennifer Hudson 's mother and two other family members to stand trial in April, despite the objections of his attorney, who said she was not ready. After listening to William Balfour's attorney say she's…

  3. Paul McCartney, 'Kisses On The Bottom': Album Preview

    January 17, 2012 12:00 PM EST Paul McCartney Title: Kisses On The Bottom | Release Date: Feb. 7 Paul McCartney 's follow-up to "Memory Almost Full" has been described as a collection of classic songs that inspired the songwriting of the Beatles legend, and on "Kisses On The Bottom," the singer…

  4. Paul McCartney Reveals 'Kisses On The Bottom' Track List

    January 09, 2012 1:00 PM EST Paul McCartney has revealed the full track list to "Kisses On The Bottom," the singer-songwriter's first album since 2007 that is set for a Feb. 7 release on Hear Music/Concord Records. McCartney's follow-up to "Memory Almost Full" has been described as a…

  5. Kaye Stevens, Singer-Actress, Dies at 79

    December 30, 2011 10:55 AM EST Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," has died at a central Florida hospital. She was 79. Close friend Gerry Schweitzer confirmed that Stevens died Wednesday at the Villages Hospital…

  6. Darren Criss Plays Secret Show in NYC

    December 19, 2011 12:15 PM EST In Town for Broadway Run, 'Glee' Star Performs at Benefit Events, Forgets Lyrics Ever since Darren Criss surged into public consciousness last year on "Glee," the actor-musician-composer hasn't done much in half-measures, and his arrival in New York for a run in the…

  7. Inside Darren Criss' Team StarKid: From 'A Very Potter Musical' to SPACE Tour

    November 28, 2011 3:30 PM EST As Team StarKid took the stage Saturday night (Nov. 26) at Irving Plaza, they did so in a cheeky parody of 'N Sync's second-ever American tour -- something many fans in the room were too young to remember. On that tour 'N Sync entered in slow motion and wearing space helmets --…

  8. Hot Tours: Sade, Peter Kay, Dolly Parton

    November 04, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Sade scores a No. 1 ranking on the latest Hot Tours tally with ticket sales reported from the final North American leg of the act's world tour. The combined gross from the 12 venues included in this week's recap is $12.4 million from 152,119 sold tickets. Two of the venues hosted…

  9. Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Bon Jovi, Take That Are Top Finalists

    November 04, 2011 10:50 AM EDT U2, Bon Jovi, Take That, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Usher are among the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards , set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York City. The awards are primarily based on box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1,…

  10. Portishead, Jeff Mangum, Public Enemy Highlight ATP Music Fest

    October 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT The fourth edition of All Tomorrow's Parties' annual East Coast music festival was one big greeting from Asbury Park. After three years of setting up shop on the charmingly dilapidated grounds of Kutsher's Country Club in New York's Castskills area, ATP's 2011 "I…

  11. Q&A: DJ Drama Talks Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa & The Mixtape's Future

    October 02, 2011 10:00 AM EDT With roughly 100 mixtapes to his credit since his first, "Illadelph" in 1995, DJ Drama is regarded as the leading hip-hop mixtape DJ of the past 10 years. Through his signature "Gangsta Grillz" mixtape series, the Philadelphia-born, Atlanta-based DJ has helped break the…

  12. 'Pearl Jam Twenty' Book Excerpt: '1994'

    September 13, 2011 7:15 PM EDT Pearl Jam celebrates 20 years of music making this month with the 1-2-3 punch of Cameron Crowe's Sept. 20 March Pearl Jam announces its intention to keep ticket prices for its upcoming summer tour below $20. In doing so, the band challenges what it feels are unjust service fees being…

  13. Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga & Cher Collaborate, Public Enemy To Play ATP, Pearl Jam Unveils Scavenger Hunt

    August 17, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga and Cher's 'Greatest Thing' Coming in September Cher revealed on Twitter that "The Greatest Thing," her forthcoming collaboration with Lady Gaga, will be released in September.…

  14. Marshall Grant, Who Brought 'Boom Chicka Boom' to Johnny Cash's Band, Dies

    August 09, 2011 10:25 AM EDT Not all pioneers know exactly where they're going, and that was definitely the case for Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two. Cash, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant - the last surviving member of the group who passed away Sunday morning at age 83 in Jonesboro, Ark.,…

  15. The 10 Best '90s Music Videos: Poll Results

    August 01, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Three weeks ago, in anticipation of MTV's 30th birthday today (Aug. 1), we asked our readers to celebrate three decades of music television by voting on the best videos of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, each week in a separate poll. Now, we are proud to present the top ten of the '90s,…

  16. 'Watch The Throne': Otis Redding's Daughter Talks 'Otis' Track

    July 24, 2011 11:00 AM EDT On July 20, the first song from Jay-Z and Kanye West's much-hyped forthcoming collaborative album, "Watch the Throne," due digitally Aug. 1 and physically Aug. 5, was debuted on by Funkmaster Flex on WQHT (Hot 97) New York. The song, "Otis," is built on the back of a…

  17. Steve Cropper Taps B.B. King, Steve Winwood for 5 Royales Tribute Album

    June 30, 2011 3:38 PM EDT Steve Winwood , B.B. King , Sharon Jones , Bettye LaVette and Lucinda Williams are among the artists assisting guitarist Steve Cropper in his salute to the pre-rock 'n' roll band that has had a lasting effect on his career, the 5 Royales . Cropper, whose guitar playing, songwriting…

  18. Hot Tours: Roger Waters, Iron Maiden, Kings of Leon

    June 17, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Roger Waters is No. 1 in the Hot Tours rankings with more than $53 million in box office grosses reported during the past week from the European leg of The Wall Live tour. Adding this week's totals to the grosses from venues in the U.K. that were reported earlier, ticket sales totals…

  19. Justin Bieber, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Among Webby Award Winners

    June 14, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Not every honoree stuck to the five-word-speech limit at the 15th annual Webby Awards, held Monday night in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Will Ferrell and his Funny or Die co-founders Adam McKay and Chris Henchy went way over the limit, with Ferrell (accepting via video) choosing to…

  20. Ledisi Scores Her First Top 10 Single

    June 13, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Ledisi's catalog of studio albums could double as the chapter titles of a compelling biography. There are her independent releases, 2000's "Soulsinger: The Revival" and 2002's "Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue." Next are the singer/songwriter's first…

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