1. Florence Welch Goes 'Under the Sea' in Chanel Performance

    October 04, 2011 8:29 PM EDT Florence Welch challenged the stunning beauty of Botticelli's The Birth Of Venus as she emerged from an enormous mock shell at the Chanel show in Paris on Tuesday. Karl Lagerfeld, the head designer of Chanel, transformed the Grand Palais in Paris into an underwater wonderland complete…

  2. Florence & The Machine: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 30, 2011 12:00 PM EDT It was a highly tempting offer. But ultimately not quite tempting enough. Such is the confession of Florence Welch, 25, the flame-haired siren who fronts Florence & the Machine . About 18 months ago, when the Grammy Award-nominated Brit was in the early stages of prepping her eagerly…

  3. Common Attends White House Poetry Event Despite Right-Wing Criticism

    May 12, 2011 8:36 AM EDT There were love poems and folk tunes. There were classic verses and modern odes. There were sound effects and a gritty rap. Michelle Obama's evening of poetry at the White House rolled out seamlessly Wednesday night, showcasing the impact of such words on American culture. The fireworks…

  4. The Kills Let Loose on 'Last Goodbye'

    April 04, 2011 2:16 PM EDT The last thing you'd expect on a new record by the Kills would be a smoky torch song. The London-based two-piece is best-known for a stripped-down, raw blues-rock (and a dynamic, feral onstage chemistry), but the most striking track on the duo's new record, "Blood Pressures,…

  5. Happy 30th Birthday, Chart Beat

    March 28, 2011 4:05 PM EDT On this date 30 years ago, Billboard introduced a new column that "look(s) behind the numbers and, hopefully, put(s) it all in some perspective." In the March 28, 1981, issue of the print magazine, Billboard published the first Chart Beat. The page three news item "New Feature:…

  6. Cee Lo Drops 'Bodies' Video; Cameos By Janelle Monae, Kerry Washington

    February 15, 2011 12:47 PM EST Cee-Lo dropped the video for his track, "Bodies," off his "The Lady Killer" album. Check out the clip below: Video: Cee-Lo Green, "Bodies" The video is directed by Miakel Colombu and features cameos from Janelle Monae, Kerry Washington and Karl Lagerfeld. We can…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Britney Spears, 'Country Strong,' Louis C.K.

    January 20, 2011 2:05 PM EST AND THE BRITNEY SONG IS ON: (To paraphrase Yoji "Pop" Asano, whose take on Miley Cyrus ' "Party in the U.S.A." proved one of the many highlights of last night's "American Idol" 10th season premiere). Britney Spears expands the elite group of chart…

  8. Billboard Bits: 50 Cent and Chelsea Handler Romantically Linked, Kelly Clarkson Reveals Album Details

    October 05, 2010 5:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 50 Cent and Chelsea Handler: Couple Alert? Chelsea Handler and 50 Cent have been linked romantically, after a photo surfaced of the two getting close at the Blue Nile jazz bar in New Orleans on Sunday night.…

  9. Billboard Bits: Train Song Sparks Sheen Family Feud

    August 10, 2010 6:37 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Train's "Drops of Jupiter" Ignites Sheen Spat Train 's hit single "Drops of Jupiter" was the alleged cause of the ugly Christmas Day fight between actor Charlie Sheen and wife Brooke…

  10. Eminem Reigns On Euro Album Chart

    August 05, 2010 8:38 AM EDT There's no change at the top of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, with Eminem moving into a fifth aggregate week at the European Albums summit with "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal), and "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) by…

  11. Lady Gaga, Green Day Showcase Lollapalooza's Diversity

    August 04, 2010 7:25 PM EDT More than 250,000 music fans will gather on the shores of Lake Michigan this weekend for an expanded three-day Lollapalooza music festival, which hopes to buck a dismal summer concert season of cuts and cancellations. The iconic music carnival, born as a traveling road show nearly 20 years…

  12. Madonna Talks Daughter Lourdes, Fashion Regrets

    March 30, 2010 11:37 AM EDT When Madonna needed inspiration for her latest fashion collection, she didn't have to look far. The pop icon teamed up with her 13-year-old daughter Lourdes to create Material Girl, an affordable juniors' clothing line that debuts at Macy's this fall. This is not Madonna's…

  13. Weezer Tour Cancelled After Bus Crash

    December 07, 2009 2:07 PM EST W eezer has cancelled its remaing 2009 tour dates following the upstate New York bus crash that left frontman River Cuomo hospitalized with broken ribs and other injuries. Karl Koch, the band's webmaster and longtime collaborator, posted details of the crash and made the announcement in…

  14. The Daily Noise's Most Magical Moments

    November 03, 2009 4:56 PM EST The Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, will take a break until next week. In the mean time, enjoy some of Bill Werde's recent interviews (and more questionable moments) with stars including Michelle Branch , Richard Marx , Joe Perry and Lynda Carter . Daily Noise Joe…

  15. Il Divo

    May 14, 2009 11:34 AM EDT <sub_headline>The quartet takes opera to the masses. <br /> </sub_headline> The opening chords are unmistakable. It's one of the most iconic British pop songs of the '80s, with some of the most peculiar lyrics ("Protect you from the hooded claw, keep the…

  16. Maceo Parker, Zappa, STS9 Anchor Jam Cruise Lineup

    May 07, 2009 6:39 AM EDT Now in its eighth year, the popular Jam Cruise will embark January 3, 2010 with a host of funk, techno, and roots-rock related acts on board. STS9, Maceo Parker, Zappa Plays Zappa, and the John Medeski/Robert Randolph/North Mississippi Allstars vehicle The Word are some of the top acts…

  17. Santana To Begin Las Vegas Residency In May

    April 02, 2009 8:00 AM EDT Carlos Santana will be setting up shop in Las Vegas this May through a multi year agreement with concert promotion company AEG Live. Beginning May 27, the recently opened 4,007-capacity Joint in Las Vegas "will be the only place west of the Mississippi" where fans will be able to…

  18. Ask Billboard: Janet Jackson, Frankie Goes To Hollywood

    March 20, 2009 11:33 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. LOVING THE '80s Hi Gary, I noticed that the top three songs on the UK…

  19. Jay-Z Christens New Hollywood Palladium

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and Frank Sinatra now have at least one thing in common: both artists have helped christen the legendary Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Jay-Z and Frank Sinatra now have at least one thing in common: both artists have helped christen the legendary Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.…

  20. Radiohead Dazzles At All Points West Opener

    August 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead played a dazzling headlining set Friday (Aug. 8) to crown the first day of the inaugural All Points West festival, set just across the Hudson River from Manhattan at New Jersey's Liberty Sta Radiohead played a dazzling headlining set Friday (Aug. 8) to crown the first day of…

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