1. The Decemberists Folk Around on Eve of No. 1 Album Debut

    January 26, 2011 11:45 AM EST On the eve of their first No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with "The King is Dead," Colin Meloy and the rest of the Decemberists seemed unaffected. It was business as usual for the Portland folk-rockers on the second of three nights at New York's Beacon Theatre, as well as the…

  2. Trent Reznor: Oscar Nom 'Amazing and Flattering'

    January 25, 2011 6:10 PM EST "Completely surreal" is how composer Trent Reznor describes his best original score nom for "The Social Network," adding that he almost missed the announcement thanks to some technical difficulties at home. "It was panic this morning because somehow my internet and TV…

  3. Billboard Bits: Cher on 'Burlesque' Oscar Snub, Ke$ha Sued By Former Manager

    January 25, 2011 6:00 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Cher Responds to 'Burlesque' Oscar Snub In today's Oscar nomination flurry , many noticed that "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me Yet," the "Burlesque" song written by Diane…

  4. Katy Perry Stars in Sugary Sweet Grammy Promo

    January 25, 2011 12:57 PM EST K aty Perry is the focus in a new spot for the upcoming 53rd Grammy Awards, and it's as simultaneously fluffy and trippy as one might expect. Video: Katy Perry Grammy Promo The video is an exercise in brevity, recapping Perry's path into pop-stardom before ending on the chorus of…

  5. Wiz Khalifa Pumps Up Steelers Home Crowd With 'Black & Yellow'

    January 24, 2011 12:01 PM EST A s reported last week , Pittsburgh rapper and devoted Steelers fan Wiz Khalifa made an appearance at Sunday night's NFL AFC Championship Game to perform his Steelers-glorifying anthem, "Black and Yellow." Khalifa emerged in the stands behind the end zone before the opening…

  6. Billboard Bits: Adam Lambert's New Album Might Be 'Dark,' Madonna & Prince End Feud

    January 21, 2011 4:52 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Adam Lambert's New Album Might Be 'Dark' Adam Lambert says he's taking his time to avoid a sophomore slump on his follow-up to debut "For Your Entertainment." "I'm in talks,…

  7. Chris Brown Headed for Another No.1 R&B/Hip-Hop Song with 'No BS'

    January 21, 2011 2:15 PM EST C hris Brown is headed for another No. 1. "No BS," which claimed Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors last week, steps up 5-4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart -- an 11% gain with 29.9 million listener impressions. If "No BS" reaches the summit, it will be…

  8. Wanda Jackson and Jack White 'Shake' 'Letterman'

    January 21, 2011 11:55 AM EST Rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson has experienced a resurgence of sorts over the past few years, spurred on no doubt by White Stripe/Raconteur Jack White's guiding influence. All of this came to a head last night on the "Late Show with David Letterman," on which Jackson performed…

  9. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Rocks Frizzy Hair in 'S&M' Video, Joe Jonas Admires Daft Punk

    January 20, 2011 7:20 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Shows Off Frizzy Hair in New Pic from 'S&M' Video Shoot Rihanna shared a photo from the set of her "S&M" music video yesterday (Jan. 19) after excitedly discussing the video…

  10. Watch: 'Idol' Contestant Yoji 'Pop' Asano Shows Off MJ Dance Moves

    January 20, 2011 6:00 PM EST Viewers of last night's season premiere of "American Idol" are undoubtedly talking Yoji "Pop" Asano, the contestant claiming to have been impersonating Michael Jackson since he was in his mother's womb. In an odd twist of fate, Asano didn't actually perform…

  11. Matt & Kim Violently Throw Down In 'Cameras' Video

    January 20, 2011 5:31 PM EST Have you ever been in a band where tensions are running high, and one day at practice you just feel like snapping and hurling your guitar at your annoying frontman that considers himself a divine gift to music but can't even sing in key? Now, have you ever acted on such an impulse…

  12. Hot Tours: Clouseau , Phish, Prince

    January 20, 2011 5:10 PM EST Belgian pop group Clouseau takes the No. 1 spot on this week's Hot Tours rankings with box office totals reported from its nine-show engagement at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium during December. 2010 was the 10th consecutive year that the band played multiple concerts in the 20,000…

  13. Billboard Bits: Christina Aguilera Party Crashes, Lil Wayne Talks Jail Life

    January 19, 2011 6:00 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Christina Aguilera Crashes Jeremy Renner's Party -- and His Bed At his 40th birthday party Jan. 8, actor Jeremy Renner got an unexpected surprise in his bed -- Christina Aguilera . The popstar reportedly…

  14. Gwen Stefani Flaunts Her Kiss in First L'Oréal Ad

    January 19, 2011 3:00 PM EST If you're a fan of prolonged close-ups on Gwen Stefani's lips, have we got a video for you! The No Doubt front woman appears in her very first ad for L'Oréal Paris, which features her 2005 hit "Hollaback Girl," and the 41-year-old flaunts the company's new…

  15. Peter Bjorn and John 'Break' New Video

    January 18, 2011 11:46 AM EST While indie-pop Swedes Peter Bjorn and John are best known for 2006's whistle-infused "Young Folks," the band's latest single "Breaker, Breaker" shows just as much promise as PB&J's earlier hit. Video: Peter Bjorn and John's "Breaker, Breaker…

  16. YouTube Phenom 50 Tyson Recording Follow-up to 'I Ain't Gonna Lie' Mixtape

    January 17, 2011 3:35 PM EST Since first posting amateur YouTube videos in 2009, 50 Tyson has been the target of online disses and jokes -- even parodied by comedian Kevin Hart. While a fair share of people have praised the rapper for his determination, others have blogged about whether the Minneapolis native is being…

  17. Cee Lo Flaunts His Acting Chops on 'SNL'

    January 16, 2011 1:57 PM EST On last night's "Saturday Night Live," musical guest Cee Lo Green didn't just perform two songs from his 2010 "The Lady Killer." The rapper/crooner also showed off his acting chops, much to our delight . After appearing in host Gwyneth Paltrow's monologue to…

  18. Cee Lo Interviews Himself, 'Actor's Studio'-Style

    January 14, 2011 1:00 PM EST In preparation for his appearance ( and likely Gywneth Paltrow duet ) on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live," soul man Cee Lo Green appears in a hilarious skit for AOL's Spinner.com, in which the "F**k You" singer more or less interviews himself. Video: Cee Lo…

  19. Ice Cube on 'Conan': 'I'm Cuckoo For Cocoa Pebbles, B*tch'

    January 14, 2011 11:37 AM EST In recent years, former N.W.A. member Ice Cube has become involved in more family-friendly outlets, such as his "Are We There Yet?" films and TV show. Now, for his next act, he's selling you cereal. The rapper/actor appeared on "Conan" Wednesday night (Jan. 12) to…

  20. Billboard Bits: New Kelly Clarkson Album Coming in March?

    January 13, 2011 5:30 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. New Kelly Clarkson Album Coming in March? Kelly Clarkson confirmed yesterday on her Facebook page that her new album, tentatively-titled "May," will "supposedly" be released in March. The…

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