1. Ask Billboard: Lil Wayne Infects The Hot 100

    October 08, 2010 6:35 PM EDT 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. MEDICAL CHART…

  2. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Kenny Chesney, Phil Collins

    October 07, 2010 4:35 PM EDT LIMA LEAPFROGS LIVERPOOL: As previously reported , the "Glee" cast swells its total to 75 Billboard Hot 100 chart entries, passing the Beatles for most visits to the survey among non-solo acts. The ensemble that portrays the show choir at Lima, Ohio's McKinley High trails only…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, 'Halo'

    September 23, 2010 6:55 PM EDT MARS ATTACKS: After his arrest Sunday (Sept. 19) on suspicion of cocaine possession , Bruno Mars instead makes enviable headlines on the Billboard Hot 100 , where "Just the Way You Are" ascends 3-1 . The song is Mars' first No. 1 as a lead artist, following his turn as a…

  4. Peter, Paul Honor Mary Travers One Year After Her Passing

    September 22, 2010 5:20 PM EDT Mary is gone, but Peter and Paul remain something of a going concern -- and certainly, they plan to keep memories of their late comrade alive. Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey -- along with longtime Peter, Paul and Mary musical director Robert DeCormier -- oversaw the release earlier this…

  5. Robert Plant 'Felt Young' Working on 'Band of Joy' Album

    September 13, 2010 11:35 AM EDT R obert Plant expects his new Band of Joy to be a going concern and says that taking pen to paper -- rather than continuing to cover other songs as he does on the "Band of Joy" album, which is out Tuesday (Sept. 14) -- is the likely next step. "We're talking. We have to…

  6. 'I'd Love' a Led Zeppelin Reunion: Jason Bonham

    August 12, 2010 1:00 PM EDT Jason Bonham knows better than to promise a Led Zeppelin reunion as part of his "Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience" show that goes on tour this fall. But he's certainly not opposed to the idea. "I'm not going to hide it from them," Bonham, who filled…

  7. John Mellencamp to Screen Album Doc from the Road

    August 09, 2010 3:22 PM EDT J ohn Mellencamp is planning "something I've never done before" to promote his forthcoming 25th album, "No Better Than This." The Indiana rocker tells Billboard.com that the shows on his fall theater tour -- which kicks off Oct. 29 with a hometown show at the Indiana…

  8. That's How Country Boys (And Girls) Roll

    August 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'GOOD' JOB, JERROD: Billboard's Country Songs chart, to be refreshed, along with all surveys, Thursday on billboard.com, sports several notable feats this week, beginning at the summit. Jerrod Niemann notches his first No. 1, as "Lover, Lover" lifts 3-1. With the…

  9. Stone Temple Pilots Share Details of Upcoming Tour Dates

    July 30, 2010 10:30 AM EDT Stone Temple Pilots fans can expect to hear some treats on the next -- and most extensive -- leg of the group's tour promoting its new, self-titled album, according to guitarist Dean DeLeo. "We've been in rehearsals the last week and a half," DeLeo tells Billboard.com. …

  10. Big Star's Jody Stephens Remembers Andy Hummel, Ponders Band's Future

    July 20, 2010 2:50 PM EDT In the wake of Big Star bassist Andy Hummel's death earlier this week, the surviving members in the current incarnation of the legendary cult band are pondering an appropriate way to continue performing the group's music. "It's music we all really love to play, and we love…

  11. Mellencamp, T-Bone Burnett Take Rural Route To 'Better' Album

    May 24, 2010 1:37 PM EDT A 55-year-old reel-to-reel Amex tape recorder, a single microphone and three historic recording sites were John Mellencamp's tools for making his new album, "No Better Than This," which is due out Aug. 3 -- seven weeks after he releases a retrospective box set, "On the…

  12. Rufus Wainwright Has Future In Shakespeare

    April 05, 2010 5:00 PM EDT Those three Shakespearian sonnets featured on Rufus Wainwright 's new album, "All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu," will not be the end of his interest in the bard's musical poems. Wainwright tells Billboard.com that he's writing a song cycle featuring five of the…

  13. Stone Temple Pilots: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 02, 2010 1:44 PM EDT From venomous public feuds with his former hard-rock supergroup Velvet Revolver to a long history of drug abuse and run-ins with the law, Scott Weiland-the slinky, gruff-voiced frontman who became a grunge-era heartthrob as the leader of '90s giants Stone Temple Pilots -rarely has been…

  14. Steve Miller Band Mines The Blues For 'Bingo!'

    March 31, 2010 1:35 PM EDT Steve Miller hasn't released a new studio album in 17 years but he plans to make up for lost time with a pair of blues and R&B cover sets that will come out this year and next. "Bingo!," Miller's first Steve Miller Band release on his own Space Cowboy Records label in…

  15. Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland Take Separate Paths To New Album

    March 25, 2010 4:39 PM EDT S tone Temple Pilots had little trouble gearing up for the group's first new album in nine years, according to bassist Robert DeLeo. "I think Dean and I always have music going on," DeLeo tells Billboard.com, referring to his older brother and STP's guitarist. "I…

  16. Snoop Dogg, Estelle, Alex Chilton Tribute Bring SXSW to a Close

    March 21, 2010 5:00 PM EDT South by Southwest drew to a close on a rare rainy, frigid Saturday (March 20) in Austin, Tx. The late Alex Chilton was memorialized by colleagues, friends and admirers on Saturday at South By Southewest -- with words and, most importantly, with music. SXSW Photos | SXSW Main Page Following a…

  17. SXSW Day 2 Brings STP, Cheap Trick Performances, Alex Chilton Tributes

    March 19, 2010 1:45 PM EDT The music kicked into high gear on the second full day of the South By Southwest Music Festival + Conference in Austin, TX, though the celebrations were tempered by sadness as fans and fellow musicians reacted to the death of Alex Chilton . Big Star 's Jody Stephens said he felt "a…

  18. Stone Temple Pilots Launch Revival Tour At SXSW

    March 19, 2010 9:00 AM EDT S tone Temple Pilots were this year's mutli-platinum rock act to use South By Southwest as a launching pad for a new project -- in this case "Stone Temple Pilots," the group's first album of new material in nine years. The quartet started with Thursday afternoon listening…

  19. SXSW Kicks Off With Spoon, Sharon Jones, Drive-By Truckers and More

    March 18, 2010 12:10 PM EDT Hundreds of bands, thousands of registrants, and countless numbers of music fans poured into Austin, Tex. yesterday for the start of the music week of the annual South by Southwest Music + Media Conference. At the Austin Convention Center, more than 10,000 music industry veterans and wannabes…

  20. Chart Beat Thursday: Taio Cruz, Ludacris, Peter Gabriel

    March 11, 2010 2:35 PM EST RECORD 'BREAK'-ER: As previously reported , Taio Cruz skyrockets 53-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his maiden chart entry, "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris . The song's ascent to the apex marks the biggest jump to No. 1 for an artist's first Hot 100…

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