1. Waka Flocka Flame Released From Prison

    January 06, 2011 11:23 AM EST After turning himself in to the police a couple of nights ago following a raid that took place at his house on Dec. 16, rapper Waka Flocka Flame has been released from prison. Gucci Mane Sent To Medical Treatment Center, Waka Flocka Surrenders The rapper posted a $40,000 bond and was released…

  2. Waka Flocka Flame Surrenders to Police on Drug, Gun Charges

    January 03, 2011 9:39 PM EST Rapper Waka Flocka Flame has turned himself in on drug and gun charges. Henry County Jail records show that the rapper, whose real name is Juaquin James Malphurs, surrendered to authorities on Monday. His bond was listed at more than $31,000. Waka Flocka Flame's House Raided, Gucci Mane…

  3. Flaming Lips Promise 'Out of Control' New Year's Eve Show

    December 28, 2010 7:56 AM EST When Flaming Lips take the stage Friday for their fourth annual New Year's Eve Freakout concert, fans will be barraged with "20 times more balloons and confetti" than at regular shows, lead singer Wayne Coyne tells The Hollywood Reporter. Coyne says the group is forced to up…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: John Lennon, Taylor Swift, 'Glee'

    October 14, 2010 7:36 PM EDT LENNON LEGEND: Capitol Records' celebration of what would have been John Lennon 's 70th birthday Oct. 9 brings the party to both the Billboard 200 and Top Pop Catalog Albums. Eight of Lennon's classic solo albums were remastered and reissued last week (Oct. 5), while a new…

  5. Kanye West Premieres 35-Minute-Long 'Runaway' Video In London

    October 07, 2010 11:15 AM EDT After presenting his new short film, "Runaway," in Paris the night before, Kanye West headed over to London's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to premiere the 35-minute-long clip on Wednesday night (Oct. 6). He told the audience that the inspiration for the…

  6. Ask Billboard: Analyzing 'American Idol'

    October 01, 2010 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. THIS ... IS (YOUR…

  7. Punk Band Vandals Sued Over Logo

    September 10, 2010 8:06 AM EDT Hollywood trade newspaper Daily Variety is embroiled in heated litigation with California punk rock band the Vandals , whose bass player happens to be an attorney. The dispute began in 2004, when the Vandals released their 10th album, "Hollywood Potato Chip," which included the band…

  8. Simon Cowell May Leave U.K. 'X Factor'

    September 08, 2010 12:30 PM EDT Despite British reports that Simon Cowell has made up his mind to step down from the U.K.'s "The X Factor" to concentrate on launching the American version of the show, his rep tells The Hollywood Reporter, "No decision has been made." The U.K. Sun reported Tuesday…

  9. Billy Bragg Teams with Rosanne Cash, Joe Henry for New Album

    September 06, 2010 7:28 AM EDT B illy Bragg , Rosanne Cash and producer Joe Henry will be teaming up this fall for a new album that's slated to come out in 2011. The project, Bragg tells Billboard.com, is an outgrowth of Henry's biannual curation of a song cycle at the Ludwigsburger Sclossfestspiele in Germany,…

  10. Sex Pistols Fragrance Hits U.S. Shores

    August 31, 2010 5:00 PM EDT The Sex Pistols' latest attempt to get up people's noses comes in the form of their own branded perfume. While fragrance launches from music stars like Britney Spears , Sean "Diddy" Combs and Avril Lavigne have become commonplace, it's still an eyebrow-raising move…

  11. Susan Boyle 'Humbled' By Chance to Sing for Pope

    August 25, 2010 7:35 PM EDT S usan Boyle said Wednesday she feels humbled and honored by the opportunity to sing for Pope Benedict XVI during his tour of Britain. The unlikely pop star who shot to global fame after she sang on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" will perform hymns and sing with an 800…

  12. Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard Talks Brad, PJ & More

    August 23, 2010 5:00 PM EDT On a sunny Friday afternoon (Aug. 20) in a quiet corner of Manhattan's downtown-cool Tribeca neighborhood, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard sat down to chat about the tour and years-in-the-making new album, "Best Friends?," by his long-running other band, the soulful, funky…

  13. Empire of the Sun Builds Buzz From Out Of Nowhere

    August 13, 2010 3:45 PM EDT In the parlance of blog Hipster Runoff, Empire of the Sun is a "highly bloggable" band. Its debut album, "Walking on a Dream," was released in March 2009 and has sold less than 30,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. None of the tracks has gained significant radio…

  14. 'House' Star Hugh Laurie Recording Blues Album

    July 28, 2010 9:30 AM EDT British actor and U.S. TV star Hugh Laurie has signed a deal with Warner Music Entertainment (WME) to release a New Orleans-flavored blues album. Laurie, the five-time Emmy winning star of Fox's hit medical drama series "House," will enter the studio this summer to record the…

  15. John Mellencamp, "On the Rural Route 7609"

    July 02, 2010 12:00 PM EDT "On the Rural Route 7609" isn't a boxed set meant to show off how many hits John Mellencamp has. There's no "Small Town" or "Hurts So Good"--most of the big ones aren't here. Instead, this handsomely packaged four-disc, 54-track collection …

  16. Mary Chapin Carpenter / June 27, 2010 / Boston (Berklee Performance Center)

    July 01, 2010 6:30 PM EDT A night that began with gentle folk strumming culminated in a whole lot of twistin' and shoutin'. Mary Chapin Carpenter is enjoying a triumphant return to performing after her last proposed tour was truncated due to the singer/songwriter suffering a pulmonary embolism in 2007.…

  17. Release Of The Week - Big Boi

    June 29, 2010 9:50 AM EDT Chart Article From splitting with former label Jive Records, to contractual issues that prevented Outkast partner Andre 3000 from making guest appearances on his new album, Big Boi has faced his share of obstacles leading up to the release of his solo debut. But after being signed to Def Jam…

  18. Susan Boyle To Perform For pope During U.K. Tour

    June 10, 2010 7:59 AM EDT The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland says singing sensation Susan Boyle will likely perform for Pope Benedict XVI on his tour of Britain later this year. A spokesman said Thursday (June 10) that negotiations are still taking place, but Boyle is expected to sing at an open-air papal Mass in…

  19. Milwaukee Summerfest: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 10:29 AM EDT Dates: June 24-July 4 Headliners: Tim McGraw , Tom Petty , Rush , Justin Bieber , others Venue: 11 stages, including Henry Maier Festival Park and the 23,000-capacity Marcus Amphitheater Ticket prices: $3-$33 (Purchase tickets here ) Official event page: www.summerfest.com Forty-three years…

  20. Aventura: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 26, 2010 11:37 AM EDT On a cold New York night in February, some serious Caribbean drama unfolded onstage at Madison Square Garden. Bachata kings Aventura were in the midst of their fourth sold-out show at the Garden, and vocalist Anthony "Romeo" Santos was playing the audience for all they were worth,…

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