1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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'…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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…

  8. Billboard Bits: Mack Maine Talks 'Carter IV' First Single, Rihanna Announces Fall 2011 UK Tour

    December 07, 2010 6:20 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Mack Maine: Lil Wayne's 'Carter IV' First Single is '6'7"' Rapper Mack Maine has revealed that the first single to Lil Wayne 's much-anticipated next album, "Tha Carter…

  9. Gregg Allman 'Can't Wait' to Cut 'Low Country Blues' Follow-Up

    November 30, 2010 8:00 AM EST After taking 14 years between solo albums, Gregg Allman says he can't wait to do another one. Allman releases "Low Country Blues" on Jan. 18, featuring 11 blues covers and one original, "Just Another Rider," he wrote with Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes .…

  10. Charlie Wilson Eyes Crossover with 'Just Charlie'

    November 23, 2010 11:10 AM EST C harlie Wilson has overcome drug addiction, homelessness and prostate cancer. He's made a comeback by singing his way to the top of Billboard's Adult R&B chart for six weeks with "Charlie Last Name Wilson" and nine weeks with "There Goes My Baby," and he…

  11. Girl Talk Releases 'All Day' Album for Free Online

    November 15, 2010 12:30 PM EST Not only has mash-up mastermind Girl Talk announced the title and track list of "All Day," his fifth sample-heavy full-length, but the Pittsburgh DJ has already released the album in full. The follow-up to 2008's "Feed The Animals" became available as a no-strings…

  12. Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah to Make 'Noise'

    August 23, 2010 11:00 AM EDT D olly Parton is returning to the big screen to duet with Queen Latifah in the feature "Joyful Noise," which centers around two women who join forces to prevent a small-town gospel choir from shutting down. Latifah will play the mother of two teens who is put in charge of the…

  13. Allman Brothers Band Schedule Trio of Boston Shows

    August 09, 2010 3:50 PM EDT T he Allman Brothers Band is coming back sooner rather than later. The group has announced a trio of shows Nov. 18-20 at Boston's Orpheum Theatre, as part of "an East coast intimate theatre tour of Evening With shows." Tickets for the Boston shows go on sale Aug. 12, while more…

  14. James Taylor and Carole King Craft Season's Hottest Tour

    July 16, 2010 4:10 PM EDT When a James Taylor / Carole King co-headlining Troubadour Reunion tour was announced last winter, the concert industry reacted with the sort of laid-back reserve befitting the two mellow-rock icons. Few predicted that arenas full of smiling, dancing, sometimes weeping baby boomers-and their…

  15. Daughtry Collaboration on Solo Album Was 'Fun,' Says Live's Ed Kowalczyk

    July 14, 2010 5:48 PM EDT With his solo debut, former Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk says he's "Alive" again after suffering a "creative malaise" in the wake of the band's dissolution last year. "I hit this point -- I guess you'd say an end of a chapter -- where I felt like I kind…

  16. Train, "If It's Love"

    July 09, 2010 5:58 PM EDT Train revived its career this year with "Hey, Soul Sister," its biggest hit to date and one of the catchier songs of 2010. The trio has more where that came from, though. On follow-up single "If It's Love," a rhythmic guitar vamp opens in the band's signature…

  17. Gregg Allman Has Liver Transplant

    June 23, 2010 2:48 PM EDT Allman Brothers Band co-founder Gregg Allman underwent liver transplant surgery on Wednesday (June 23), suspending the group's tour plans and forcing it to bow out of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival on Saturday near Chicago. Allmans guitarist Derek Trucks will fill in at…

  18. The Fray's Ex-Manager Wins Round In Court

    May 11, 2010 7:35 AM EDT A federal judge agreed that a lawyer for Denver-based band the Fray might face liability in the band's ongoing court battle with a former manager. The band alleges its former manager, Gregg Latterman, failed to disclose that his company obtained ownership to a portion of the band's…

  19. Bamboozle NJ: Top 10 Moments

    May 03, 2010 6:11 PM EDT Fans young and old laced up their Chuck Taylors and headed to the New Jersey's Meadowlands complex May 1-2 for a sweltering weekend of rock, pop, punk and hip-hop as Bamboozle 2010 juxtaposed Drake, Hanson, Ke$ha, MGMT, the reunion of Jack's Mannequin singer Andrew McMahon with…

  20. Rush Documentary Wins Tribeca Audience Award

    May 03, 2010 3:50 PM EDT Tribeca Film Festival attendees have selected the rockumentary " Rush : Beyond the Lighted Stage" for the fest's 2010 Heineken Audience Award. Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn's Canadian feature received the $25,000 award Saturday night at the TFF Wrap Party in Chelsea's…

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