1. Fleet Foxes to Drop 'Helplessness Blues' Album in May

    January 31, 2011 2:10 PM EST Seattle folk rockers Fleet Foxes have announced the release of their sophomore album, "Helplessness Blues." The album, the quintet's follow-up to their 2008 self-titled debut, will be released May 3 on Sub Pop/Bella Union Records. "Helplessness Blues" was both mixed…

  2. Kanye West Battles For Kobe Bryant's Sneakers in New Nike Ad

    January 31, 2011 11:30 AM EST "Some take souls... some take scalps," actor Bruce Willis tells Kobe Bryant amidst a basketball court set ablaze. "The Boss takes shoes." "The Boss" in question is Kanye West , who appears alongside Willis, Bryant and "Machete" actor Danny Trejo in…

  3. Billboard Bits: T-Pain's Facebook Tattoo, Alicia Keys' Birthday Bash

    January 28, 2011 5:55 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. T-Pain Gets Facebook Tattoo on Arm In an effort to outdo Gucci Mane's ice cream cone face tattoo, T-Pain has posted a photo on Twitter of his latest body art, an arm tattoo references a popular Facebook…

  4. Pale Kid Raps Fast Birthday Rhymes For Ellen

    January 28, 2011 7:18 AM EST George "Pale Kid" Watsky is having a good week. Not only did his video, titled "Pale Kid Raps Fast," hit more than 4 million views on YouTube, but the rapid-fire rapper also debuted on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week at No. 13 and appeared on "The Ellen…

  5. Billboard Bits: U2 Concert Forces MLB Series Relocation, Coachella Sells Out in a Week

    January 27, 2011 6:40 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. U2 Concert Bumps Marlins-Mariners Baseball Series An upcoming three-game baseball series between the Florida Marlins and the Seattle Mariners has been relocated to Seattle due to a scheduling conflict with a U2…

  6. Sleigh Bells Get Violent in Bloody 'Rill Rill' Video

    January 27, 2011 12:00 PM EST At first, Sleigh Bells' new video for "Rill Rill" seems like a possible rehashing of Gorillaz's "Stylo" video, as bandmates Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller speed down a dusty desert road in a classic car. However, the similarities end there -- unless we're…

  7. Billboard Bits: 'Glee' Super Bowl Episode Preview, Big Four Metal Fest

    January 26, 2011 6:00 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Glee' Super Bowl Episode Photos, Clip Surface Zombie outfits, Katy Perry wigs and the famed "Thriller" dance -- Glee 's Super Bowl Sunday episode is shaping up to be a major events, and…

  8. Selena Gomez Belts Out BSB's 'I Want It That Way' Backstage

    January 26, 2011 4:15 PM EST S elena Gomez and her band, the Scene, have covered the Backstreet Boys' 1999 staple "I Want It That Way" in concert before, but in a video posted yesterday (Jan. 25) on the singer's YouTube, the 18-year-old puts a new, DIY-ish twist on the tune. Video: Selena Gomez Covers…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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