1. Jay-Z Announces Details Of 9/11 Benefit Concert

    August 31, 2009 1:49 PM EDT Rapper Jay-Z held a news conference today (August 31) to formally announce the "Answer The Call" charity concert that will take place at Madison Square Garden on September 11 to raise money for the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund. "This…

  2. The Disco Biscuits Draw Big Crowds To Camp Bisco

    August 19, 2009 1:14 PM EDT As Camp Bisco's founders, hosts and headliners, the Disco Biscuits -- drummer Allen Aucoin, bassist Marc Brownstein, guitarist/midi keyboardist Jon Gutwillig and keyboardist Aron Magner -- are the annual music festival's biggest draw. But the addition of electronic and hip-hop acts…

  3. John Lennon Biopic To Premiere At London Film Fest

    August 04, 2009 12:47 PM EDT Sam Taylor-Wood's "Nowhere Boy" will signal the end of this year's Times BFI London Film Festival, organizers said Monday. Taylor-Wood's debut feature, which centers on the early life and times of John Lennon , has been chosen to close the festival that runs Oct. 14…

  4. Three 6 Mafia Lays Down 'Laws Of Power'

    August 04, 2009 11:40 AM EDT Three 6 Mafia is in the final two weeks of work on its next album, "Laws of Power," which is due out Nov. 10. "We've probably got about 20 songs, about 90 percent of the album done," the group's Juicy J tells Billboard.com. But his partner, DJ Paul, notes that …

  5. Chris Brown Back On Charts Thanks To YouTube Wedding Video

    July 30, 2009 3:49 PM EDT In the same week that Chris Brown went to YouTube to apologize for assaulting Rihanna , a viral videoclip of a wedding party dancing down the aisle to Brown's song "Forever" returns him to the charts. In the week ending July 26, it sold 50,000 downloads according to Nielsen…

  6. Viral Wedding Video Gives Chris Brown's 'Forever' A Boost

    July 28, 2009 5:17 PM EDT When newlyweds Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz asked their wedding party to turn their wedding into a party the result was the latest YouTube hit "JK Wedding Entrance," which featured the entire cast dancing down the aisle to Chris Brown's "Forever." Just five days…

  7. Ask Billboard: Instrumentals, Kelly Clarkson, Eagles

    July 23, 2009 9:31 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com. Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. MORE THAN WORDS Hi Gary, I am compiling a list of songs from the '70s and…

  8. Paula Abdul May Not Be Back On 'Idol'

    July 20, 2009 9:07 AM EDT Paula Abdul's new manager says she may not be returning to "American Idol." According to a Los Angeles Times report, David Sonenberg says he doesn't have a proposal for a new contract for Abdul. He says it doesn't appear she'll be back. Sonenberg began…

  9. Jonas Brothers / July 15, 2009 / E. Rutherford, NJ (Izod Center)

    July 16, 2009 10:30 PM EDT "This is not the circus…stand up!" Joe Jonas shouted to the audience Wednesday night (July 15) at the IZOD Center in New Jersey. "Yeah!" echoed his older sibling, Kevin Jonas. "We might be brothers, but we're not Barnum and Bailey." And yet, with its…

  10. Jonas Brothers / July 15, 2009 / East Rutherford, NJ (IZOD Center)

    July 16, 2009 9:43 PM EDT "This is not the circus…stand up!" Joe Jonas shouted to the audience Wednesday night (July 15) at the IZOD Center in New Jersey. "Yeah!" echoed his older sibling, Kevin Jonas. "We might be brothers, but we're not Barnum and Bailey." And yet, with its…

  11. Guns N' Roses Leak Blogger Sentenced

    July 14, 2009 5:20 PM EDT A federal judge has sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to leaking part of the Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" to a year's probation. Blogger Kevin Cogill (KOH'gill) will also serve two months of home confinement, subject his computers to government scrutiny,…

  12. Jimmy Wayne, "I'll Be That"

    July 13, 2009 6:04 PM EDT The latest single hitting country radio from Jimmy Wayne 's current album, "Do You Believe Me Now," is another solid outing from the talented singer/songwriter. Penned by Wayne, Kevin Paige and Bob Regan, it's a terrific uptempo tune with a sensual lyric that will resonate…

  13. Cobra Starship Gets Leighton Meester Into 'Hot Mess'

    July 13, 2009 12:14 PM EDT Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta knows he shouldn't be takling this much -- let alone recording a new album, touring nonstop and doing interviews -- but he just can't quit. "I haven't really given my voice a rest," says the singer, exasperated and still recovering…

  14. Michael Jackson: Healthy Or Not?

    July 13, 2009 9:01 AM EDT In his final days, Michael Jackson was robust and active. Or dangerously thin and frail. Begging for access to powerful prescription drugs. Or showing no signs of ever having used them. It depends on who's talking. A dizzying collection of puzzle pieces about Jackson's health and…

  15. Michael Jackson: Healthy Or Not?

    July 13, 2009 5:00 AM EDT In his final days, Michael Jackson was robust and active. Or dangerously thin and frail. Begging for access to powerful prescription drugs. Or showing no signs of ever having used them. It depends on who's talking. A dizzying collection of puzzle pieces about Jackson's health and…

  16. Michael Jackson, Pepsi Made Marketing History

    July 03, 2009 12:23 PM EDT Essentially two kinds of people existed in the '80s: Coke drinkers and Pepsi drinkers. And if you loved Michael Jackson, you had good reason to fall into the latter group. In November 1983, one year after "Thriller" was released, Jackson (with his brothers) and PepsiCo struck a…

  17. Jackson's Will To Be Filed In Court Wednesday

    July 01, 2009 10:06 AM EDT Heavy construction equipment and workers passed through the wrought-iron gates of Neverland Ranch, fueling speculation that it could soon be hosting a funeral or a permanent memorial to Michael Jackson. The activity occurred Tuesday, the day before Jackson's will was expected to be filed…

  18. Jay-Z Confirms Roc Nation Deals With Sony, Atlantic

    June 30, 2009 1:19 PM EDT As previously reported , Jay-Z has inked a distribution deal with Sony for his Roc Nation label, the Brooklyn-born rapper confirmed to Billboard last week. "Sony is Roc Nation. That's where Roc Nation's going through," Jay-Z told Billboard.com on Friday (June 29). As for…

  19. Eve To Guest On 'Glee'

    June 25, 2009 9:17 AM EDT Eve will once again show off her acting prowess with a two-episode guest-starring role on Fox's "Glee" this fall, playing the coach of a rival glee club that poses a threat to McKinley High. "Glee" follows a passionate high school teacher who is eager to revive his…

  20. Jordin Sparks Is Ready For 'Battle'

    June 24, 2009 2:16 PM EDT Even Jordin Sparks knows how giddy she sounds. As the 19-year-old singer rattles off a list of favorite tracks from her new album "Battlefield"—out July 21 on 19 Recordings/Jive Records—her excitement is contagious. "I can't wait for you to hear them," she says. "…

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