1. Lollapalooza 2011: Girl Talk Big-Ups Pittsburgh Bro Wiz Khalifa

    August 06, 2011 11:50 PM EDT A Girl Talk show is something to behold, complete with flashing lights, onstage Fly Girls, confetti, balloons - the works. Catching up with Billboard.com yesterday (Aug. 5), Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) revealed that he had some special antics in store for his Lollapalooza performance. In our…

  2. O.A.R.'s Marc Roberge Bounces Back from Crisis on 'King'

    July 21, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Some "tough times along the way" are what inspired O.A.R. to write the songs for its new album, "King," which comes out Aug. 2. "I felt strongly I wanted to make an album about what I'd gone through to that point in our lives," frontman Marc Roberge tells…

  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. Uncharted Territory: BL3ND Re-Enters Social 50, Brazilian Acts Felguk and Jota Quest Debut

    June 24, 2011 10:15 AM EDT Exciting things in Uncharted news this week: long-time Uncharted No.1 artist DJ BL3ND also re-entered Social 50 at No. 49, with a 10% gain in YouTube views. His latest mix "Swagga" has earned 1.7 million views since its May 16 debut. Mash-up artist Gregg Gillis, a.k.a Girl Talk ,…

  5. Cody Simpson Makes Social 50 Debut, Chris Brown Leaps Into Top 20

    June 23, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Australian pop singer Cody Simpson debuts on the Social 50 chart at No. 32 thanks to the premiere of the video for his ballad "On My Mind." Since its release on June 17, the video has earned 293,000 plays, respectively (200% week-to-week increase). Simpson owes his success to…

  6. Gregg Allman Is Latest Rocker to Announce Memoir

    May 20, 2011 8:34 AM EDT Gregg Allman, frontman for the legendary Allman Brothers Band, has signed with William Morrow to bring his untitled memoir to print in spring 2012. Rock memoirs have been a hot category for publishers the last several years. The announcement comes two days after The Who guitarist Pete…

  7. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef, Mellencamp to Make New Orleans Jazz Fest Debuts

    April 29, 2011 10:57 AM EDT Wyclef Jean , Cyndi Lauper , John Mellencamp , Lauryn Hill and Fantasia will make first-time appearances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, joining a lineup of familiar acts for the 43rd annual tradition that opens Friday at a race track in this Mississippi River city. "This…

  8. Girl Talk a 'Big Supporter' of Fellow Pittsburgh Native Wiz Khalifa

    April 29, 2011 10:33 AM EDT Though he's been the primary ambassador for Pittsburgh music in recent years, mash-up master Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk , is happy share some of the spotlight these days with rapper and fellow "Black and Yellow" partisan Wiz Khalifa , whose major label debut "Rolling…

  9. Roy Orbison's 75th Celebrated With New Singles Set

    April 15, 2011 2:32 PM EDT The B sides disc is just as interesting as the run of hits, for a number of reasons. Because Orbison wrote so much of his own material with partners Melson and Dees, and because he had such good outside material to draw from, both sides of his singles were generally strong, and Orbison's…

  10. Johnny Winter Taps All-Star Lineup for 'Roots' Album

    April 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It should be no surprise that Johnny Winter 's next album finds him playing the blues. But on "Roots," due out later this year, he's playing other people's blues. The veteran guitarist, singer and bandleader's first studio album in more than seven years finds him…

  11. Sound & Vision: RedOne and 10 Other Producers Ruling Music

    April 01, 2011 4:10 PM EDT They produce the songs that make the whole world sing -- and dance, and mosh, and head-bob, and do the country two-step. RedOne and 10 other producers who rule the music universe: RedOne Five years ago, the Billboard Hot 100 was a safe haven for the type of funked-up electro Timbaland was…

  12. Creed's Scott Stapp Preps Solo Album, Autobiography

    March 09, 2011 2:56 PM EST A second solo album, an autobiography and a new Creed album are all on tap for Scott Stapp between now and the end of 2012. The Creed frontman has been anything but idle since the group came off the road to support its 2009 release, "Full Circle." Stapp tells Billboard.com that he…

  13. Warren Haynes Mines His Soul Roots On 'Man in Motion' Album, Due in May

    February 24, 2011 12:28 PM EST G ov't Mule co-founder and Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes will shows his roots as a soul man with the May 10 release of his fourth solo album, "Man in Motion" (Stax/Concord Music Group). The 10-song set, recorded in Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio near…

  14. Billboard Bits: Britney Snags $500K for 'HIAM' Product Placements, Justin Timberlake Presenting at Oscars

    February 22, 2011 6:30 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Receives $500,000 from 'HIAM' Video Product Placements Britney Spears ' recently released music video for "Hold It Against Me" apparently earned the pop star half a million…

  15. Lady Gaga Talks Target Deal for 'Born This Way'

    February 18, 2011 11:56 AM EST When Lady Gaga's camp announced that it would be releasing an exclusive edition -- complete with remixes and three additional studio cuts -- of the upcoming "Born This Way" album at Target, it excited some of her Little Monsters for the wrong reasons. Gaga, of course, enjoys…

  16. Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup Led by Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne

    February 15, 2011 11:43 AM EST The Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is in, and rap superstars Eminem and Lil Wayne , album of the year Grammy winner Arcade Fire , and veteran rock acts Buffalo Springfield and Dr. John and the Original Meters have been tapped to play the summer music festival in its tenth year. Buffalo Springfield'…

  17. Uncharted Territory: Jamie Lynn Noon Jumps to No. 2, Girl Talk Moves In

    February 04, 2011 6:11 PM EST For the third week in a row, Southern California rapper Traphik tops Billboard Uncharted , our weekly ranking of emerging artists who have yet to appear on a major Billboard chart but are mapping new territory in online fan engagement. During the chart week, Traphik, known for his clever…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Enrique Iglesias, Bruno Mars, Decemberists

    January 27, 2011 5:55 PM EST HE'S THE GREATEST DANCER: Enrique Iglesias passes a King (of Pop) and a Prince for most No. 1s among solo males in the 34-year history of Dance/Club Play Songs . "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E, rises 2-1 to become Iglesias' eighth…

  19. Update: Madonna Rep Denies She'll Premiere 'W.E.' at Cannes

    January 27, 2011 4:56 PM EST M adonna's feature film "W.E." will not be screening as part of the Festival de Cannes in May, according to IMGlobal, the sales agent that is handling the film. While the French newspaper Le Parisien/Aujourd'hui said on Thursday that the film would appear at the festival,…

  20. Decemberists' 'King Is Dead' Is No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 26, 2011 11:00 AM EST T he Decemberists claim their first No. 1 album as "The King Is Dead" debuts atop the Billboard 200 with a career-high 94,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That easily beats its initial first week estimate of around 70,000. The Decemberists Folk Around on…

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