1. Exclusive: 'Weeds' Revives 'Little Boxes' Theme With Ben Folds, Steve Martin

    July 12, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Showtime's "Weeds" began its eighth and final season Sunday and has returned to using Malvina Reynolds ' "Little Boxes," a folk ditty written in 1962 about growing housing tracts in the San Francisco Bay area. As the show did in its second and third seasons, the…

  2. Weekly Chart Notes: Whitney Houston, Pentatonix, Andy Griffith

    July 06, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Houston is one of two beloved veteran acts, joining the Beach Boys, that return to the AC chart. Billboard's PERRY POWER: As Katy Perry 's "Wide Awake" holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100, the song pushes 13-10 on Adult Pop Songs to become her 10th top 10 on the radio airplay…

  3. Usher's 'Looking 4 Myself': Track-By-Track Review

    June 08, 2012 1:50 PM EDT Within the ever-evolving musical landscape, Usher has found a way to evolve himself, and stay two steps ahead of the game. With "Climax," the first taste from his seventh studio album "Looking 4 Myself," Usher proved he belonged to the elite cluster of R&B singers that…

  4. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  5. 'Glee' Moves to Thursdays; Britney Spears, Demi Lovato 'X Factor' Announcement Expected

    May 14, 2012 10:20 AM EDT The Fourth Season of Fox's 'Glee' Will Feature a 'Show-Within-a-Show' and Guest Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson "Glee" is being moved to Thursday from Tuesdays where it will follow "The X Factor" in the fall and "American Idol" in…

  6. Country Singer Skylar Laine Sent Home on 'American Idol'

    May 04, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Last season's "American Idol" saw two country singers consistently rise above their competitors en route to the top two and the show's finale. Unfortunately for Skylar Laine, "Idol" voters weren't looking for a second straight twanged-out finale. Skylar, the…

  7. ACM Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Lady A Own the Night

    April 01, 2012 11:55 PM EDT The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were a mixture of expected winners sprinkled with a couple of surprises. Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Lady Antebellum repeated wins in the Entertainer, Female Vocalist, and Vocal Group of the…

  8. 'Marley' Documentary Eyes 4/20 Release

    March 15, 2012 1:50 PM EDT Magnolia Pictures has set the not-so-surprising release date of April 20 for the documentary "Marley" - more commonly referred to as 4/20 - but director Kevin Macdonald has already plotted the bonus material for the DVD package. The two hour, 24-minute film will be accompanied with…

  9. Dee Cernile of Sven Gali Dead at 46

    February 27, 2012 3:45 PM EST Dee Cernile, guitarist for gold-selling 90s hard rock band Sven Gali, died Feb. 25 after battling lung cancer. He was 46. On his personal Facebook page - now filled with messages of memories and condolences from many members of the Canadian music industry - was this message: "After such…

  10. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  11. Song Premiere: Carolina Liar Unveil Their New Single, 'Drown'

    July 06, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Carolina Liar , the L.A.-based rock quartet who debuted with 2008 full-length "Coming To Terms" and spent time on the road with OneRepublic and Rob Thomas , will return with their sophomore effort, "Wild Blessed Freedom," on Sept. 27. The group, which will self-release the…

  12. Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals

    June 16, 2011 1:07 PM EDT Chart Article Get the skinny on Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Fest, Newport Folk Fest, and 30 more fests you may not even know about. Chart Article Bon Jovi Open Air Tour (also called Circle/Greatest Hits tour) Support: The Breakers Dates: Ongoing until July 31 Price: $120 - $184 ( buy…

  13. 13 Cool Music Docs For 2011

    June 09, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Beyond the world of biopics is the land of music-centric documentaries, many of which are limited to film festival play before a DVD release. Several musical documentaries have already screened in theaters with more to come this summer. Here's a look at significant documentaries in the…

  14. 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.,"…

  15. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears in the Studio with Will.i.am, Roots Playing Grammy After-Party

    February 09, 2011 7:31 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney in the Studio with Will.i.am, Collaborating with Ke$ha? Along with producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin, Britney Spears announced on Twitter yesterday she was working with the Black Eyed Peas ' Will.i.am…

  16. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Walks Down the Aisle, 'London Calling' Hits 'Rock Band'

    January 31, 2011 6:10 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Walks Down the Aisle at Miami Wedding Britney Spears attended a low-key wedding over the weekend -- but don't worry, this isn't Jason Alexander Pt. 2. Spears was a bridesmaid at the…

  17. Billboard Bits: New Coldplay Album About 'Addiction,' Kanye's Banned Cover a Stunt

    January 10, 2011 6:31 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Coldplay's Chris Martin: New Songs about 'Addiction, OCD' Coldplay frontman Chris Martin says the band's forthcoming fifth album will consist of clear, consistent themes, instead of being a…

  18. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: T.I., Charlie Wilson, Trey Songz

    December 18, 2010 12:00 PM EST Currently-incarcerated Atlanta rapper T.I. notches the week's top debut on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, as "No Mercy" opens at No. 1 with 159,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The opening marks his fourth No. 1 set on the list, following 2004&…

  19. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele, Kanye West

    December 10, 2010 3:43 PM EST Despite a 78% decline, Kanye West 's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" holds onto the No. 1 spot for a second week on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, logging sales of 108,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Nicki Minaj remains at No. 2 with "Pink Friday" (103,000, down 73%…

  20. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo

    December 02, 2010 12:10 PM EST Kanye West takes the No. 1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" catapults 59-1 with 496,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Street date violations caused the set to debut last week at No. 59. Each of West's five albums have now…

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