1. Demi Lovato Returns to Twitter, Shows Off Wrist Tattoo

    March 16, 2011 1:30 PM EDT A week after making her first public statement since entering rehab in January, teen star Demi Lovato reactivated her Twitter account (@ddlovato) yesterday (Mar. 15) to thank her 2.6 million followers for their support. "I love you guys SO MUCH... this support is UNBELIEVABLE!! I'm…

  2. Billboard Bits: Aerosmith, J.Lo to Perform on 'Idol,' Bon Jovi Says Steve Jobs 'Killing' Music Biz

    March 15, 2011 6:52 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Aerosmith, J.Lo to Perform on 'Idol,' Says Nigel Lythgoe "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe revealed that Steven Tyler (and his Aerosmith cohorts) and Jennifer Lopez will perform…

  3. TV on the Radio Bassist Battling Lung Cancer

    March 15, 2011 1:42 PM EDT As Brooklyn indie rockers TV on the Radio gear up for the release of their next album, "Nine Types of Light," the group has revealed that bassist-keyboardist Gerard Smith is currently battling lung cancer. In a message on its official website , the band disclosed that Smith has been…

  4. 'Idol' Hopeful Casey Abrams 'Feeling Really Good' After Hospitalization

    March 15, 2011 11:50 AM EDT "American Idol" contestant Casey Abrams missed last Thursday's live elimination episode after being hospitalized for a second time since the season began. Fortunately, the fan favorite said that he's "feeling really good" during an appearance at an "Idol…

  5. Billboard Bits: Kid Rock Draws Criticism from NAACP, Britney Spears Reunites with Kevin Federline

    March 14, 2011 7:35 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Kid Rock Draws Criticism from NAACP Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are protesting the organization's decision to honor Kid Rock in its Detroit chapter, since…

  6. Simon Curtis' DIY Pop, Plus a Preview of His New Album

    March 14, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Simon Curtis ' mix of emotional electro-pop, Lady Gaga references and social-networking savvy have helped him rack up some impressive numbers as an unsigned act. In the last year, he's earned nearly 1 million plays on Last.fm, more than 400,000 YouTube views and 20,000 Twitter…

  7. Beastie Boys Reveal Artwork, Release Date for 'Hot Sauce Committee'

    March 14, 2011 3:15 PM EDT B eastie Boys will kick off their 2011 comeback with the May 3 release of "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2," their first non-instrumental full-length in seven years. The rap trio announced the date for the Capitol Records release and revealed the rectangle-tastic album artwork on their…

  8. Slipknot Replaces Deceased Bassist Paul Gray

    March 14, 2011 11:45 AM EDT S lipknot have decided to stay "within the family" to find a touring replacement for bassist Paul Gray, who died of an accidental overdose last May. Donnie Steele, who served as an original guitarist for the hard rock group, will fill in for Gray for Slipknot's upcoming 2011…

  9. Lady Gaga Donates Wristband Proceeds to Japan Relief Efforts

    March 14, 2011 10:10 AM EDT In response to the devastating tsunami and earthquake that hit Japan on Friday (Mar. 11), Lady Gaga has designed a "Japan Prayer Bracelet," with all proceeds for the wristband going to relief efforts. The pop star posted the announcement on Twitter on Friday and provided a link to…

  10. Drake, President Clinton Team Up for Hollywood Fundraiser

    March 12, 2011 1:30 PM EST President Bill Clinton and Drake will team up for a fundraising event next week for Millennium Network, in support of the former President's nonprofit organization, The Clinton Foundation. The fundraiser, which is open to the public, will take place at Hollywood's Boulevard3 on Mar.…

  11. Billboard's SXSW Showcases Upclose: Thursday

    March 11, 2011 3:30 PM EST We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' (Mar. 16-19) worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm. Get the scoop on…

  12. Greyson Chance, Cody Simpson Announce 'Waiting4U' Tour Dates

    March 11, 2011 6:31 AM EST G reyson Chance and Cody Simpson are joining forces for a co-headlining tour this spring, the teen stars revealed Thursday night (Mar. 10) during a live chat with fans, and Billboard.com can now share the details of the joint trek. Dubbed the Waiting4U tour -- a play on Chance's debut…

  13. Michael Jackson's 'Hollywood' Video Debuts, Fans to Star in 'Behind the Mask'

    March 10, 2011 3:16 PM EST M ichael Jackson will long be remembered for his eye-popping music videos, and two tracks from his posthumous album, "Michael," will once again offer innovative visual pairings to the King of Pop's music. A short film for "Hollywood Tonight" was released today (Mar.…

  14. Rick Ross' Maybach Music Compilation Arriving May 24

    March 10, 2011 2:00 PM EST Two weeks after Maybach Music Group landed a partnership with Warner Bros. Records, the hip-hop label's founder, Rick Ross , has announced a May 24 release date for Maybach's first compilation album, "Self Made," on Twitter today (Mar. 10). The album will feature Ross as…

  15. Hot Tours: Bon Jovi, Avenged Sevenfold, Elton John

    March 10, 2011 10:58 AM EST Bon Jovi dominates this week's Hot Tours chart with over $27 million in box office grosses reported from the first 10 venues on its 2011 tour. Dates are booked through the end of July with a summer leg planned for Europe, but the band began the year in North America with a sold out…

  16. Lupe Fiasco's 'Lasers' and 10 More Endlessly Delayed Rap Albums

    March 08, 2011 7:20 PM EST After much delay -- and a fan demonstration demanding the record's release back in October -- previous: 50 Cent next: Clipse previous: Cam'ron next: Dr. Dre next: Dr. Dre previous: Clipse next: Lil Jon next: Lil Jon previous: Dr. Dre next: Lil Wayne next: Lil Wayne previous: Lil Jon…

  17. Billboard Bits: Waka Flocka Poses Naked for PETA, Selena Gomez Debuts New Track

    March 08, 2011 7:06 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Waka Flocka Flame Poses Naked for PETA Brick Squad rapper Waka Flocka Flame is the latest celebrity to disrobe for a print ad by PETA. In the shot, Waka flexes a muscle and shows off his tattoos while the slogan …

  18. Steven Tyler: Aerosmith Will Record This Summer

    March 08, 2011 4:58 PM EST A erosmith fans patiently awaiting new music while frontman Steven Tyler plays judge on "American Idol" have reason to "rejoice," says the singer. In a Twitter post from last night (Mar. 7), Tyler writes that he and guitarist Joe Perry put their heads together yesterday…

  19. Avril Lavigne Battles Her Label, Works with Ex-Husband on 'Goodbye Lullaby'

    March 08, 2011 2:05 PM EST A vril Lavigne has enjoyed a decade-long career of fashioning emotional but radio-friendly pop-rock -- singles like "Complicated," "I'm With You" and "My Happy Ending" have helped push her career U.S. album sales to 11.5 million, according to Nielsen…

  20. Mumford & Sons to Jump On 'Railroad Revival' Spring Tour

    March 07, 2011 5:32 PM EST After enjoying a breakout year and performing at the Grammys, Mumford & Sons will take their victory lap on a rustic railroad alongside Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show . The three groups will play six outdoor shows in seven days together on the Railroad…

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