1. Maroon 5, John Legend Highlight D.C. Green Ball

    January 15, 2009 2:17 PM EST The Green Ball, one of many high-profile gatherings as part of the inauguration of Barack Obama next week in Washington, is a hot ticket, with Maroon 5, will.i.am, Melissa Etheridge, John Legend and Michael Franti on the bill. Live Earth founder Kevin Wall was selected by former Vice…

  2. Lady GaGa Dances Again Atop Hot 100

    January 15, 2009 10:27 AM EST Lady GaGa begins a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Just Dance" featuring Colby O'Donis, after selling more than 213,000 downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The track has shifted 2.14 million downloads since its release last spring.…

  3. Bono, Bruce, Beyonce To Play Inaugural Concert

    January 12, 2009 3:42 PM EST Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Bono and more than a dozen other music stars will kick off Barack Obama's presidential inaugural festivities by performing at the opening celebration at Washington D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18. The free event, which is open to the public, will also…

  4. Lady GaGa, Kings Of Leon Lead U.K. Charts

    January 12, 2009 10:29 AM EST Lady GaGa mirrored her current Billboard Hot 100 success by moving to the top of the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 11) with "Just Dance" (Interscope) featuring Colby O'Donis. Kings Of Leon's "Only by the Night" started a second stint at No. 1 on the…

  5. Billboard Bits: Beastie Boys, Steve Martin, Ludacris

    January 09, 2009 5:20 PM EST The Beastie Boys, Sheryl Crow, Citizen Cope and Justin Jones will play an inaugural concert dubbed "Hey, America Feels Kinda Cool Again" on Jan. 19 at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Jan. 10); net proceeds will benefit Rock the Vote. The Beasties and…

  6. Kelly Clarkson Names New Album

    January 09, 2009 10:51 AM EST Kelly Clarkson has named her fourth album "All I Ever Wanted," which, as previously reported , is due March 17 from RCA. First single "My Life Would Suck Without You" arrives Jan. 16 at Amazon.com's MP3 store and at radio three days later. The track is a propulsive…

  7. Lady GaGa Dances To The Top Of Hot 100

    January 08, 2009 11:01 AM EST Lady GaGa ascends 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Just Dance," which sold 279,000 downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. At 22 weeks, the song makes the longest trip to the top since Creed's "With Arms Wide Open" (27 weeks) in…

  8. Ask Billboard: Top 10 Lists, Fleetwood Mac, Mixi, The Veronicas

    January 02, 2009 2:01 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. First off, this will be my last "Ask Billboard," as next week, fellow Billboard…

  9. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quickly sco 2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is…

  10. Autry, Blind Boys Get Lifetime Achievement Grammys

    December 22, 2008 2:25 PM EST Gene Autry, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Four Tops, Hank Jones, Brenda Lee, Dean Martin and Tom Paxton all will receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony on Feb. 7, and be acknowledged during the Grammy telecast the next evening. In addition, George…

  11. Bands, Dates Confirmed For '09 Warped Tour

    December 22, 2008 12:31 PM EST Underoath, Thrice, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, NOFX and Anti-Flag are among the dozens of bands confirmed for the 2009 Vans Warped Tour, which begins June 26 in Pomona, Calif., and will wrap Aug. 23 in Los Angeles. Also on the bill for the 15th edition of the tour are Bayside, Bouncing…

  12. This Day in Music

    December 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen network. "Up Close And Personal With Natalie Merchant," which is aired and streamed on the network's Web site simultaneously 2001 - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen…

  13. Barenaked Ladies Assembling Boxed Set

    December 19, 2008 12:12 PM EST After a tumultuous year, particularly for its two lead singers, Barenaked Ladies are understandably "looking forward to seeing the ass end of 2008," according to drummer Tyler Stewart -- and to a 2009 in which the Canadian quintet will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a boxed set…

  14. Aretha Franklin To Sing At Obama Inauguration

    December 18, 2008 12:55 PM EST Aretha Franklin will sing, the Rev. Rick Warren will pray and more than 11,000 U.S. troops will be watching over inauguration ceremonies in case of an attack during President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in on Jan. 20. As many as 4 million visitors are expected to be on hand when Obama…

  15. Blogger Pleads Guilty To Guns N' Roses Leak

    December 15, 2008 4:34 PM EST A man accused of leaking nine unreleased tracks from the Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" has pleaded guilty to a federal copyright violation. Kevin Cogill entered the plea this morning (Dec. 15) in a Los Angeles courtroom. Prosecutors accused him of leaking the album…

  16. Indie Stars Unite For AIDS Benefit Album

    December 15, 2008 12:01 PM EST Some of the biggest names in independent music have banded together to record exclusive songs for "Dark Was the Night," a double-disc album whose proceeds will benefit the Red Hot organization's work with AIDS research. In the works since 2006, the project is due Feb. 17 from…

  17. This Day in Music

    December 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies at New York's Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is 83. Ertegun was critically injured when he fell backstage at a Rolling Stones concert at New Yor 2006 - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies at New York's Weill Cornell…

  18. Chart Beat: Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, T.I.

    December 11, 2008 12:29 PM EST CIRCUSES : Britney Spears has the highest-debuting song of her career, thanks to the No. 3 bow of “Circus” (Jive) on The Billboard Hot 100. This latest single wrests the title from Spears’ first chart entry, “…Baby One More Time,” which opened at No. 17 the week of Nov. 21, 1998. Those doing…

  19. Decemberists Back In 'Love' On New Album

    December 10, 2008 3:36 PM EST The Decemberists will return with another epic, story-driven album next spring in the form of "The Hazards of Love," due March 24 from Capitol. The narrative this time around concerns the trials and tribulations of Margaret, her lover William, the queen of a spooky forest and a rake…

  20. Joe Satriani Sues Coldplay For Plagiarism

    December 05, 2008 10:08 AM EST Rock guitarist Joe Satriani has sued British band Coldplay, accusing the Grammy-nominated stars of plagiarizing one of his songs. Satriani's copyright infringement suit, filed yesterday (Dec. 4) in Los Angeles federal court, claims the Coldplay song "Viva La Vida" incorporates …

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