1. Billboard Bits: Soundgarden, Phoenix Begin Work on New Albums; Gaga's MSG Concerts to Air on HBO

    February 16, 2011 6:50 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rep Denies Madonna Emailed Lady Gaga About 'Born This Way' According to a representative in the Madonna camp, the singer never sent an email to Lady Gaga giving her blessing on "Born This Way,"…

  2. Chart Highlights: Adult Pop, Rap Songs & More

    February 07, 2011 3:35 PM EST 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 refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Grenade" Bruno Mars…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Skillz, Teena Marie, Michael Jackson

    January 06, 2011 5:55 PM EST (W)RAPPING 2010: While DJ Earworm lays down the beat on the past year's top 25 Billboard Hot 100 hits on "United State of Pop 2010 (Don't Stop the Pop)," another artist known for his yearly musical recaps bows on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Skillz , born Shaquan Lewis, scores…

  4. Faith Evans Pleads No Contest to Reckless Driving

    November 30, 2010 10:32 AM EST Authorities say Faith Evans has pleaded no contest to reckless driving after being arrested in August for investigation of drunken driving. Los Angeles city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan says the Grammy-winning singer entered the plea Monday and was sentenced to three years of informal…

  5. Devo Postpones 2010 Tour Dates Due to Injury

    October 27, 2010 10:07 AM EDT Devo has been forced to cancel or postpone its remaining 2010 tour dates due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh, the band announced today. According to the statement, a glass shard "sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone," after which he…

  6. Roger Waters Rebuild 'The Wall' In Boston

    October 07, 2010 4:32 PM EDT The 30th Anniversary return of Roger Waters ' audio-visual opus was bittersweet. Even as Pink Floyd fans packed the sold-out opening night in Boston on Thursday (Sept. 30), it seemed like the walls that isolated us back in 1980 are still present today. However, the scope of the two and-a…

  7. DEVO: How To Get Ahead With Advertising

    June 11, 2010 4:38 PM EDT On May 18, Devo Inc. held a live streaming press conference to announce the results of its months-long Song Study, an online survey to rank the general public's preference of 16 tracks it previewed for them. "As COO of Devo Inc.," grey-suited executive Greg Scholl said, "…

  8. Roger Waters Taking 'The Wall' Across Europe

    May 27, 2010 12:11 PM EDT Roger Waters is taking a new production of "The Wall" on the road in 2011, with 28 European dates confirmed. U.S. arena dates, running September to December 2010, were confirmed last month and sold out within hours according to a statement. It's the first outing for "The…

  9. Devo Announce 'Song Study' Results

    May 18, 2010 3:43 PM EDT Art rockers Devo today announced the track listing for "Something For Everybody," their first album in 20 years, at a live internet "press conference". The lineup was determined by a "Song Study," in which the band allowed fans to vote on 16 possible tracks at…

  10. Chart Beat Wednesday: Dirty Heads, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys

    May 05, 2010 1:15 PM EDT HEADS UP: Southern California reggae rockers the Dirty Heads collect a No. 1 with their first entry on the Alternative Songs chart, as "Lay Me Down" rises 3-1. The song features Rome of Sublime , which spent three weeks atop the list with "What I Got" in 1996. (Rome did…

  11. Roger Waters Details 'The Wall' World Tour Plans

    April 13, 2010 8:44 AM EDT R oger Waters hopes to put a global spin on Pink Floyd 's "The Wall" when he tours to celebrate the multi-platinum conceptual work's 30th anniversary beginning this fall in North America. "I started to think that maybe there is something in the story of 'The Wall…

  12. Malcolm McLaren, Former Sex Pistols Manager, Dies

    April 08, 2010 3:26 PM EDT Famed rock 'n' roll raconteur Malcom McLaren, best known as the manager of the Sex Pistols , died Thursday (Apr. 8) in New York City at the age of 64. McLaren's spokesman, Les Molloy, told the U.K.'s Independent that McLaren had been battling cancer "for some time,…

  13. Playboy Announces 2010 Festival Lineup

    February 26, 2010 11:18 AM EST The Chick Corea Freedom Band , George Benson and the Manhattan Transfer are among the headliners for the 2010 Playboy Jazz Festival. Now in its 32nd year, the annual festival will be held June 12-13 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Serving once again as master of ceremonies is comedian…

  14. Bruce Springsteen Fans To Get Ticketmaster Refund

    February 18, 2010 4:23 PM EST Thousands of Bruce Springsteen fans will receive refunds for what the U.S. Federal Trade Commission called deceptive sales practices by TicketsNow, a ticket reselling unit of Ticketmaster, the FTC said on Thursday. The FTC said Ticketmaster, which is now part of Live Nation Entertainment Inc,…

  15. Devo Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 4:57 PM EST Devo, Title TBD (Warner Bros.) Release Date: April 2010 " Devo already did the kind of alternative world, hermetically sealed alien band, and we did that quite well," says Jerry Casale, co-founder of the pioneering art-rock band that will release its first album in 20 years this…

  16. Devo Whips Up Record Deal, Suits Up For Tour

    September 16, 2009 12:42 PM EDT Devo is headed back to the future thanks to new deal with Warner Bros. Records, the group's original major label, and a series of concerts celebrating a pair of older albums. The company has announced a "unique, ground-breaking worldwide partnership" during which it will "…

  17. May 22, 2009

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Everything She Wants,” Wham! 1972 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Oh Girl,” Chi-Lites. 1971 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Sticky Fingers,” the Rolling Stones. 1967 – Florence Ballard appears with the Supremes for the last time on “The Tonight Show.” 1966 – Bruce…

  18. Devo Delivers Head-Turning Live Show

    March 24, 2009 8:51 AM EDT It's likely that many of those who attended Devo's South By Southwest concert came to see a nostalgic curio, a chance to see the ol' flower pot hats and whip-it good one more time. They left seeing one of the breakthrough performances of a conference known for taste-making…

  19. Devo Suit Up For Action At SXSW

    March 20, 2009 12:43 PM EDT Devo is "back in a serious way" and is spreading the word to that effect this week at the South By Southwest Music & Media Conference. "It was now or never," Gerald Casale told Billboard.com during a press conference on Thursday, just prior to a panel discussion about…

  20. Grammy Nominations: 10 Things You Didn't See On TV

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST ** Overheard in the bathroom: "Green tea drop to Christina Aguilera has been done" (security guard). "We're missing Dad!" (a Jonas Brother outside the bathroom). ** Kathy Griffin revealed that, like the Jonas Brothers, "I am not ready to lose my virginity. I am…

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