1. Travis Porter Talk 'From Day 1' Album, Short Film & Chart Success

    May 26, 2012 10:00 AM EDT What has three heads, six legs and more club hits than anyone without a proper album down South? That would be Travis Porter , the oddly named rap group of three performers from ­Decatur, Ga. After a slew of popular mixtapes and a ­collaborative tape with the ­undisputed king of neo-crunk,…

  2. Spotlight: Glen Templeton Delivers 'Sing That Song Again'

    May 23, 2012 5:10 PM EDT One of the biggest buzzes in Nashville the past few months has been the success of Black River Entertainment. The label has helped Craig Morgan enjoy a huge hit at radio with "This Ol' Boy," and they look to do the same with Glen Templeton's new single, "Sing That…

  3. Rita Wilson Pairs With Sheryl Crow, Chris Cornell on 'AM/FM'

    May 07, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Rita Wilson says her love of music -- and ability to sing -- "was kind of a private thing I kept to myself. You don't want to be that person who's like, 'Oh yeah, and now I'm a singer... And yet, here I am, I guess." Wilson, who's acted in nearly 30 films…

  4. Sex Pistols' John Lydon on Turning Down the Olympics

    May 03, 2012 2:00 PM EDT "If you censor the words of any one song, you're killing the honesty and I couldn't tolerate that" The Summer Olympics Games organizers in London weren't about to allow the Sex Pistols any anarchy in the U.K., so the famed punk band, unsurprisingly, chose not to play…

  5. 'Once' Leads Tony Nominations, 'Spider-Man' Musical Snubbed

    May 01, 2012 10:50 AM EDT The low-tech musical "Once," based on the love story of a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician in Dublin, got a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, proving sentiment can sway nominators just as much as special effects. Two other musicals - "The Gershwins'…

  6. Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage to Lead Trespass America Festival

    April 24, 2012 9:46 PM EDT A new metal festival will be throwing down the gauntlet this summer. Trespass America, a co-production with the UK-based Metal Hammer magazine, will gather seven bands for a 25-date U.S. tour this summer, with more shows to be announced. The tour will include Battlecross, God Forbid, Emmure,…

  7. An Injured Eddie Vedder Postpones Tour

    April 05, 2012 5:10 PM EDT Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has postponed a 15-city solo tour of the U.S. after treatments to repair temporary nerve damage to his right arm proved unsuccessful, it was announced on PearlJam.com on Thursday. The right-handed Vedder suffered a back injury earlier this year that affected…

  8. Bob Henry, Producer of Pioneering 'Nat King Cole Show,' Dies at 92

    March 21, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Helmed Variety Shows for Andy Williams, Glen Campbell and The Carpenters, Among Others Bob Henry, a producer and director of television variety shows including "The Nat King Cole Show" and "The Flip Wilson Show," has died. A Tuesday statement from the Pageant of the…

  9. 'The Hunger Games' Soundtrack: Track-By-Track Review

    March 20, 2012 12:35 PM EDT For a global literary phenomenon (soon to be a global movie phenomenon), "The Hunger Games" is dazzlingly personal. The story of Katniss Everdeen sacrificing herself for her sister, battling in the Hunger Games and doing anything she can to survive often arrives as a hushed, lonely…

  10. Chart Highlights: Adele, Taylor Swift, Madonna Notch New No. 1s

    March 19, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Adele ascends to the Adult Contemporary summit, Swift crowns Country Songs and Madonna is the dancing queen again 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…

  11. Rolling Stones Honored at Carnegie Hall

    March 15, 2012 2:05 AM EDT Marianne Faithfull, Art Garfunkel, David Johansen and Peaches (Among Others) Spend the Night Together Glen Hansard of The Swell Season was more than halfway through his deconstructed version of the woman-suppressing "Under My Thumb" at the "Music of the Rolling Stones"…

  12. The Rolling Stones That Chased the Beatles Get a Carnegie Hall Tribute

    March 12, 2012 11:05 PM EDT Steve Earle Talks March 13th Concert, Where He'll Play the First Song He Ever Learned on Guitar The last time Steve Earle performed at a tribute concert at Carnegie Hall, he was standing 30 feet away from the man he was honoring. "I opened the show, playing 'Nebraska' with…

  13. Beyonce Stars in House of Dereon Spring/Summer 2012 Campaign

    February 24, 2012 6:00 PM EST Clearly Beyonce wasn't kidding when she famously sang that she "was repping for the girls who taking over the world." In addition to caring for her beautiful new baby girl, Blue Ivy, and amid reports that she's already started working on two new musical projects, the…

  14. Carrie Underwood Rocks the Boat at CRS

    February 24, 2012 1:00 PM EST Countless seminars and panels, lunch with Alan Jackson, plus a cruise boat filled with some of Nashville's biggest artists and most promising upstarts -- all part of day two of the 2012 Country Radio Seminar (CRS). The panels, which covered such topics as sales and digital marketing,…

  15. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  16. Grammy Gains: 20 Albums Shoot Up Billboard 200

    February 15, 2012 7:20 PM EST While Nielsen SoundScan's tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday night, Feb. 12 -- the same day as the Grammy Awards -- the Billboard 200 chart still gets shaken up by the annual ceremony. Though next week's list will see a full seven days of impact from the show …

  17. Travis Porter's Strap Arrested For Gun Possession

    February 15, 2012 4:45 PM EST Strap, of Travis Porter , was arrested this morning (Feb. 15), for attempting to get through security at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with a firearm. Strap, born Harold Duncan, entered booking at 11:16 a.m. according to HipHopDX . MTV reports that Duncan has been "…

  18. Ask Billboard: Can Katy Perry Top Michael Jackson's Hot 100 Record?

    February 14, 2012 12:00 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. KATY PERRY'S…

  19. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Hits: Swift, Arcade Fire, Miranda Lambert, Decemberists

    February 13, 2012 5:50 PM EST Following plenty of rumors, the final tracklist for the much-anticipated "Hunger Games" soundtrack, produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett , has been released -- and it does not dissapoint. The soundtrack's first single, "Safe & Sound" from Taylor Swift and The…

  20. Country Music's Very Good Grammy Night

    February 13, 2012 4:20 PM EST Emotion reigned supreme at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, from the dramatic return and triumph of Adele to Jennifer Hudson's stunning tribute to Whitney Houston. Nashville was well represented as well, with some of the biggest stars in country music making appearances. All About the…

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