1. 'Guitar Hero' Reality Show, Concert Tour In The Works

    May 08, 2009 7:09 AM EDT The worldwide hit video game "Guitar Hero" could become a reality TV show and/or a real-life concert tour, people familiar with the discussions said Thursday. "Hero" is from Activision Blizzard, a leading video game publisher that is looking to turn some of its games into…

  2. Allison Iraheta Hopes To Follow In ‘Idol’ Alum Chris Daughtry’s Footsteps

    May 07, 2009 6:26 PM EDT Allison Iraheta knows that winning isn’t everything. Though the 17-year-old singer was eliminated from “American Idol” Wednesday night (May 6) after a record-breaking 64 million votes were tallied, she’s looking to another fourth-place "Idol" finisher, Chris Daughtry, for…

  3. Warped Founder Planning Country Music Tour

    May 01, 2009 8:27 AM EDT Vans Warped tour co-founder Kevin Lyman plans to launch a similar tour for the country genre, and has opened an office of his 4fini Productions in Nashville to put the tour together. Lyman, who has also launched the Rockstar Taste of Chaos and Rockstar Mayhem tours, now has his sites set on a…

  4. John Legend Plans Eco-Friendly Summer Tour

    April 24, 2009 10:56 AM EDT John Legend will embark on major U.S. tour this summer in support of his latest album, "Evolver." The trek, which will hit over 50 cities, begins June 27th in Muskegon, Mi., and caps off in Berkely, Calif., on Labor Day. India.arie is scheduled to open select shows. Backed by 11…

  5. Alison Mosshart Does Double Duty With Kills, Dead Weather

    April 23, 2009 3:16 PM EDT Alison "VV" Mosshart says that fan requests have led the Kills to release an expanded edition of the duo's first album, "Keep On Your Mean Side," which is due out May 5. "No one can find that record -- I felt like I keep hearing that from a lot of people,"…

  6. Eminem, Green Day Make Big Hot 100 Debuts

    April 23, 2009 11:00 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for a third week, while the tally's highest debut comes at No. 9 from Eminem with "We Made You." It's the best Hot 100 debut of his career and its fast start is owed…

  7. My Bloody Valentine, Cure Close Out Coachella

    April 20, 2009 12:00 PM EDT The 10th annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival concluded Sunday with a series of challenging, dissonant sets that saw the avant-garde take center stage on the event's final day of music. From My Bloody Valentine's wall of noise and Public Enemy's sonic sculptures to Devendra…

  8. April 13, 2009

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Britney Spears and her husband, rapper and dancer Kevin Federline, confirm she is pregnant with her first child. 2004 – Songwriter and producer Ritchie Cordell dies in New York of pancreatic cancer. He is 61. 2004 – The Pixies unleash a 27-song set at Minneapolis’ Fine Line Music Cafe…

  9. Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack To Play Detroit's Downtown Hoedown

    April 08, 2009 9:32 AM EDT Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Atkins, Phil Vassar and actor Kevin Costner with his band Modern West are among the headliners at this year's 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown in Detroit. The 27th annual weekend-long festival, acknowledged as the world's largest free country music…

  10. Eminem, Lil Wayne: Billboard Bits

    April 07, 2009 12:31 PM EDT Eminem Premieres New Song, Video Eminem debuted the video to "We Made You," the first single off his forthcoming "Relapse" album, today (April 7) on MTV's "AMTV." The video, directed by Joseph Kahn, mercilessly spoofs a slew of celebrities, including Jessica…

  11. Andre 3000 Arrested For Speeding, Debuts Musical

    March 31, 2009 1:14 PM EDT Andre 3000 of the hip hop duo Outkast is free on bond after police charged him with driving 109 mph on a highway in suburban Atlanta. Authorities say the entertainer was clocked speeding in his Porsche in a 65 mph zone south of Atlanta early Saturday. The 33-year-old's real name is Andre…

  12. UPDATE: T.I. Sentenced To One Year And A Day In Jail

    March 27, 2009 10:01 AM EDT A judge sentenced Rapper T.I. to one year and a day behind bars on federal weapons charges on Friday. The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, entered court smiling as he greeted his lawyers and family members. He wore a dark gray suit and black dress shirt and tie for…

  13. Detroit's Movement 2009 Festival Lineup Expands

    March 25, 2009 8:28 AM EDT Glitch Mob, Anthony Rother, Benga and Marc "MK" Kinchen are among the more than two dozen more performers named for Movement 2009, the annual electronic music festival that takes place each Memorial Day weekend in Detroit. The four acts join a roster of 60 DJs and live acts that…

  14. March 23, 2009

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – With “Confessions,” Usher becomes the first R&B artist to have an album sell 1.1 million copies in its first week. 2004 – Roy “Pop” Lewis of bluegrass gospel group the Lewis Family dies at a hospital in Washington, Ga. He is 98. 2002 – ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend…

  15. Jonas Brothers' Fourth Album Due June 15

    March 18, 2009 1:27 PM EDT The Jonas Brothers are nearing completion of their fourth album, due out June 15, which the trio says will take the band in some new sonic directions. "This album is taking steps," Nick Jonas told Billboard.com during a teleconference with reporters on Wednesday. "We're…

  16. My Bloody Valentine Adds U.S. Dates

    March 12, 2009 12:54 PM EDT My Bloody Valentine, the eardrum-pounding, feedback-sculpting quartet fronted by elusive guitar hero Kevin Shields, has added a handful of U.S. live dates to coincide with its Coachella festival appearance in April. The band will play in Austin, Dallas, Denver, and Seattle in the week…

  17. C-Murder To Remain Jailed On Murder Charge

    March 11, 2009 5:11 PM EDT A Louisiana judge has ordered the rapper once known as C-Murder to remain in jail for allegedly breaking the rules of his house arrest. Authorities testified Wednesday that they lost a signal from rapper Corey Miller's monitor device for about 10 minutes early Monday. Miller is scheduled…

  18. Styx, REO Speedwagon Team Up For "Rockin'" Tour, Single

    February 26, 2009 12:11 PM EST Classic rock fans will have an opportunity to tap into a recession-relieving concert with the 2009 Can't Stop Rockin' tour, featuring REO Speedwagon, Styx and 38 Special. Ticket prices will be available for as low as $13.50 in most markets. Presented by VH! Classic and Rock Band,…

  19. Barenaked Ladies Plan Album, Call Split With Singer 'Positive'

    February 25, 2009 7:27 PM EST Calling Barenaked Ladies' split with Steven Page "a really positive thing for all of us," co-founder Ed Robertson says the group is energized and looking forward to its "new era." "We're really excited about the future," Robertson told Billboard.com on…

  20. Ozzy Puts Ozzfest On Hold While Making New Album

    February 12, 2009 11:00 AM EST Ozzy Osbourne is putting his annual Ozzfest festival on hold for 2009 while he completes work on a new album. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2007's "Black Rain" is due around Thanksgiving and will be co-produced by Osbourne with Kevin Churko. Ozzfest was a one-off event in…

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