1. The Head and the Heart: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 01, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Seattle's The Head and The Heart covers Billboard's State of Independence Issue, a look at independent music in 2011. One day last spring, Tyler Williams lost his cell phone on the streets of Seattle. The drummer for folk band the Head and the Heart never expected to get it back,…

  2. Casey Abrams Voted Off 'American Idol,' Bruno Mars Performs

    April 28, 2011 9:50 PM EDT After being dramatically saved by the judges five weeks ago, Casey Abrams was voted off "American Idol" on the elimination episode tonight (Apr. 28). Season 10's Top 5 contestants -- Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Jacob Lusk, Haley Reinhart and James Durbin -- remain and will…

  3. St. Andrews A Cappella Group Caught In 'Royal Romance' With Kate Middleton

    April 18, 2011 4:56 PM EDT "The Other Guys," an all-male Scottish a cappella group, are caught in a "Royal Romance" with princess-to-be Kate Middleton, who is set to marry Prince William on Apr. 29. The singing group is comprised of students at the University of St. Andrews, Kate and the Prince'…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Tommy Shaw

    March 31, 2011 5:35 PM EDT ALL FOUR ONE: Thanks to a space-age love song, Katy Perry blasts into rarified chart air, as her "Teenage Dream" album becomes only the ninth set to generate four No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history. The collection's fourth single, "E.T.,"…

  5. Hole Reunites For Drummer Patty Schemel's Documentary Premiere

    March 28, 2011 11:45 AM EDT Former Hole drummer Patty Schemel is happy that her new documentary is bringing together a Hole reunion of sorts. Her onetime bandmates -- Courtney Love , Eric Erlandson and Melissa Auf Der Mar -- all plan to attend the premiere of "Hit So Hard: The Live & Near Death Story of Patty…

  6. 'Grey's Anatomy' Musical Episode to Feature Cast Singing Fray, Snow Patrol

    March 11, 2011 11:30 AM EST "How to Save a Life," the song that brought an audience to the Fray from its placement in ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," will be treated to a group sing-along in the show's musical episode airing March 31. With a Tony Award winner in the cast, Sara Ramirez, it'…

  7. Billboard Bits: MJ's Family Able to Sue AEG Live, Bieber Dishes on Selena Gomez

    February 03, 2011 4:31 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Michael Jackson's Family Able to Sue AEG Live, Court Judge Says According to Superior Court Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos, Michael Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson is able to move forward with the civil…

  8. Jimmy Fallon, 'Glee' Cast Sing Springsteen at Emmys

    August 29, 2010 11:35 PM EDT " Glee" stole the show before winning even one Emmy. Jimmy Fallon opened up Sunday's show with a "Glee" skit that featured the Fox show's stars -- and Tina Fey, Kate Gosselin, Jon Hamm, Betty White and "American Idol's" Randy Jackson, among others.…

  9. Chart Beat Thursday: Black Eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, k.d. lang

    February 25, 2010 4:05 PM EST THREE-PEA-T: As previously reported , the Black Eyed Peas halt Ke$ha 's nine-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "TiK ToK," as "Imma Be" ascends 3-1. The latter track is the third Hot 100 No. 1 from the Black Eyed Peas' album "The E.N.D.,"…

  10. Best Bets 2010: The Year In Music Ahead

    January 15, 2010 2:15 PM EST Out with the old, in with the new... and the loud, the soft, the twangy, the melodic, the weird and the just plain brilliant. The new year is shaping up to be a great one for music, with banner releases in almost every genre hitting shelves and online retailers in 2010. Artists are swapping…

  11. Simon Cowell Signing Three-Year Deal With 'Idol'

    August 11, 2009 10:57 AM EDT Simon Cowell will be a judge on "American Idol" for at least three more seasons. During the second-quarter earnings call of CKX, parent company of "Idol" co-producer 19 Entertainment, CKX chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman indicated that Cowell is finalizing a deal with Fox…

  12. A&E's 'Jackson Family' Reality Show Could Air Next Year

    July 13, 2009 9:51 AM EDT A&E is working on a reality project with the Jackson family which could gain newfound viewer interest in the wake of the King of Pop 's death. The network commissioned a one-hour special following Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy that was originally intended to serve as a …

  13. A&E's 'Jackson Family' Reality Show Could Air Next Year

    July 13, 2009 9:38 AM EDT A&E is working on a reality project with the Jackson family which could gain newfound viewer interest in the wake of the King of Pop's death. The network commissioned a one-hour special following Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy that was originally intended to serve as a …

  14. May 1, 2009

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – 1,581 guitarists break a Guinness World Record when they simultaneously play Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” in the town square of Wrocław, Poland. 2006 – Rapper Big Hawk (born John Edward Hawkins) of Screwed Up Click dies of gunshot wounds in Houston at the age of 36. 2001 – Huey Lewis and…

  15. This Day in Music

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Originally due in the summer of 2005, the last album from late Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard finally arrives The release date for "A Son Unique" coincides with the two-year anniversary 2006 - Originally due in the summer of 2005, the last album from late Wu-Tang…

  16. This Day in Music

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Australian singer Olivia Newton-John begins postponing her North American tour with a miss in Albuquerque, N.M., so that she can be by her ailing mother's side. 2003 - Australian singer Olivia Newton-John begins postponing her North American tour with a miss in Albuquerque, N.M.,…

  17. Chart Beat Chat

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Anne Murray, the success of UK artists in America, the "Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits" book and more! ANNE OF THE 13,000 DAYS Hi Fred: I noticed that veteran Canadian female vocalist Anne Murray's new CD "Duets: Friends and Legends"…

  18. 'X-Factor' Alums Rule U.K. Holiday Charts

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Domination of the Christmas U.K. charts by ITV's "The X-Factor" was completed yesterday (Dec. 23), as 18-year-old Scottish singer Leon Jackson, who won the final of the contest on Dec. 15 and had his Domination of the Christmas U.K. charts by ITV's "The X-Factor"…

  19. This Day in Music

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Originally due in the summer of 2005, the last album from late Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard finally arrives The release date for "A Son Unique" coincides with the two-year anniversary 2006 - Originally due in the summer of 2005, the last album from late Wu-Tang…

  20. This Day in Music

    August 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Australian singer Olivia Newton-John begins postponing her North American tour with a miss in Albuquerque, N.M., so that she can be by her ailing mother's side. 2003 - Australian singer Olivia Newton-John begins postponing her North American tour with a miss in Albuquerque, N.M.,…

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