1. Billboard Bits: Beyonce to Debut 'God Bless the USA' on CNN, Tori Amos Announces New Album

    May 05, 2011 7:32 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce to Debut 'God Bless the USA' on Piers Morgan After releasing new single "Run the World (Girls)" last month, Beyonce will debut her version of "God Bless the USA" on Piers…

  2. Best Coast, Vaccines Confirmed for Escape to New York Fest

    April 23, 2011 9:33 AM EDT As the 2011 North American music festival season kicks into high gear during the next several months, U.K. fest organizer Fred Fellowes will test the New York market with a three-day lifestyle event in August modeled after his Secret Garden Party in England. The inaugural Escape to New York…

  3. Justin Bieber's 'One Less Lonely Girl' Causes Royalty Dispute

    March 28, 2011 6:40 PM EDT A pair of artist managers have filed a lawsuit seeking royalties from the hit Justin Bieber song "One Less Lonely Girl." Vance Tate and Thomas Oliveria claim in a lawsuit filed last week that they represent songwriters Sean Hamilton and Hyuk Shin, who collectively go under the…

  4. Uncharted Territory: Tyler Ward and Porta Climb, Big Sean Graduates

    March 01, 2011 2:19 PM EST Surprise, surprise: Long Beach's up-and-still-coming rapper Traphik rounds out yet another week, his sixth, as the reigning king of Uncharted , Billboard's newest chart for emerging artists. The ranking features independent, never-before-charted musicians who are breaking new ground…

  5. Courtney Love's Tweets Lead to Court Trial

    January 05, 2011 9:38 AM EST C ourtney Love was very upset. The firebrand rocker had been locked in a dispute with Dawn Simorangkir, a fashion designer who was demanding payment for a few thousand dollars worth of clothes. So on March 17, 2009, Love took to her Twitter account and began hurling a stream of shocking…

  6. R&B Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54

    December 26, 2010 11:14 PM EST Teena Marie , the "Ivory Queen of Soul" who developed a lasting legacy with her silky soul pipes and hits like "Lovergirl," "Square Biz," and "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James , has died. She was 54. The confirmation came from a publicist,…

  7. George Clinton Sues Black Eyed Peas Over Song Sample

    December 13, 2010 10:59 PM EST G eorge Clinton has filed a copyright lawsuit against members of the Black Eyed Peas , UMG Recordings and Cherry Hill Music for allegedly sampling his song "(Not Just) Knee Deep" on a Grammy-award nominated album. According to the complaint, filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in…

  8. 'South Park' Sued For 'Stealing' Music Video

    November 16, 2010 11:30 AM EST Less than a month after "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were forced to apologize for lifting material for a spoof of "Inception" from the website CollegeHumor, the show is again facing accusations of content theft. The producers of the animated hit,…

  9. T.I. Sued By Party Promoter in Alabama

    October 21, 2010 5:53 PM EDT A concert promoter who planned to host a "Welcome Back Party" to celebrate the release of T.I. from jail is not accepting the rapper's excuse that he couldn't attend because he was under home confinement. Carl Davis has filed a lawsuit in Alabama District Court claiming he…

  10. Rare Jimi Hendrix Song Tangled in Dispute

    October 15, 2010 10:39 AM EDT The Jimi Hendrix estate, Martin Scorsese and an old saxophone player named Lonnie Youngblood are among those battling over a 40-year-old song entitled "Georgia Blues" that was recently featured on a Scorsese-directed PBS special on blues music and distributed via an accompanying…

  11. Bret Michaels Sues Concert Promoter For $5 Million

    August 19, 2010 7:38 AM EDT Two weeks ago, Bret Michaels showed up in Syracuse, N.Y., to perform a concert. He arrived at the venue only to find that the gig had been postponed without his knowledge. The rocker and "Celebrity Apprentice" winner, fuming from the incident, has just filed a $5 million lawsuit…

  12. Timberlake's 'SexyBack' at Center of Porn Lawsuit

    July 14, 2010 2:14 PM EDT The music industry, which has struggled financially in recent years, may be aroused at the prospect of winning money from the porn industry. Warner Bros. and a number of other record labels filed a lawsuit last week alleging copyright infringement on the part of an adult entertainment company…

  13. Beyond Michael Jackson's 50 Biggest Hits

    June 23, 2010 1:05 PM EDT As Billboard celebrates Michael Jackson's 50 biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits , the late King of Pop 's rich musical catalog can't be confined so neatly. Here is a spotlight on 10 more Jackson songs that reached Billboard surveys. Though not placing among his 50 top-performing…

  14. Dwele Expands Soul Vision On 'W.W.W.'

    June 21, 2010 3:49 AM EDT Soul stylist Dwele has no problem with the "baby-making music I've been giving people" since he started releasing albums nationally in 2003. But he had a more ambitious vision for his new "W.ants. W.orld. W.omen. (W.W.W.)," which is due out on June 29. "I felt…

  15. Axl Rose Slams Irving Azoff In $5 Million Countersuit

    May 19, 2010 11:32 AM EDT Axl Rose says his former manager tried to implement a scheme to force him to reunite with the original Guns N' Roses band members and, as part of the plot, failed to properly promote the "Chinese Democracy" album, lied about a prospective Van Halen super tour and mishandled the…

  16. Rocker Joe Walsh Takes On Namesake Politician

    January 28, 2010 5:25 AM EST Another musician is claiming that a political candidate is tone deaf to the nation's intellectual property laws. And this one has an amusing twist. Joe Walsh of the Eagles isn't happy that a Republican congressional candidate in Illinois has co-opted his song "Walk Away"…

  17. Michael Jackson Returns To Radio

    October 13, 2009 11:37 AM EDT Just as radio stations flooded their airwaves with Michael Jackson 's music following his death June 25, signals across multiple formats are wasting no time playing his newly-released track, "This Is It." Made available to radio as of midnight yesterday (Oct. 12) , the song has…

  18. Leonard Cohen Performs In Israel Despite Political Controversy

    September 24, 2009 3:24 PM EDT Leonard Cohen wowed an adoring audience Thursday night, crooning his iconic ballads at his first show in Israel in 30 years and ignoring a political storm over his appearance. The 75-year-old singer entertained fans at Ramat Gan stadium near Tel Aviv. Some in the audience wore black fedora…

  19. Guster To Revist 'Lost And Gone,' Preview New Songs On Fall Tour

    September 18, 2009 7:44 AM EDT With three fourths of Guster members entering fatherhood over the last two years, guitarist-vocalist Adam Gardner tells Billboard.com the alternative rock act plans on ending its hiatus by looking back before looking forward with the follow-up release to its most recent studio effort, 2006&…

  20. Virgin Mobile FreeFest: Preview

    August 27, 2009 12:14 PM EDT Following last weekend's successful V Fest in the U.K. -- which featured a buzzed-about appearance by Amy Winehouse during The Specials' headlining set -- its organizers are bringing big name bands to U.S. shores this Sunday (Aug. 30) for the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a one-day…

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