1. M.I.A. Working with Chris Brown, the Cataracs on New Music

    April 21, 2011 4:00 PM EDT M .I.A. has gathered a handful of hitmakers -- including Chris Brown , the Cataracs , Polow da Don and Swizz Beatz -- to assist in recording her latest material after her last album failed to deliver a "Paper Planes"-sized hit single. Niles "Cyrano" Hollowell-Dhar, one…

  2. Dev and the Cataracs Join Usher's OMG Tour

    April 21, 2011 3:05 PM EDT After contributing to one of last year's biggest radio hits, Far*East Movement 's "Like a G6," Dev and the Cataracs will hit the road with Usher on the next leg of the pop star's OMG tour. The California singer and production duo will join Usher and previously…

  3. Record Store Day Enjoys Banner Sales

    April 21, 2011 2:53 PM EDT Due to Saturday's Record Store Day, independent stores' album sales were up 39% last week and contributed much of the 8% increase in total album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Independent stores' 182,000-unit bump accounted for 41% of last week's increase in unit…

  4. Weird Al Gets Gaga's Approval for 'Born This Way' Parody

    April 21, 2011 2:04 PM EDT "W eird" Al Yankovic has announced that his parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" has been approved by the pop star and will appear on his next album, after he was initially told that Gaga had rejected his riff on her hit single. Yankovic released a lyric video of …

  5. Beastie Boys' Star-Studded 'Make Some Noise' Video Premieres

    April 21, 2011 11:33 AM EDT B eastie Boys member Adam "MCA" Yauch's long-awaited short film, "Fight For Your Right Revisited," has finally surfaced -- in an abridged form as the group's new video for "Make Some Noise." Serving as an elaborate prequel to the group's hugely…

  6. Beyonce's 'Run the World (Girls)' Single to Hit iTunes Thursday

    April 20, 2011 7:30 PM EDT "Run the World (Girls)," the lead single from Beyonce 's forthcoming fourth album, is set to hit iTunes tomorrow (Apr. 21) after a full version of the song leaked on Monday. Beyonce's 'Girls' vs. Lady Gaga's 'Judas': Which Single Is Better? The…

  7. Billboard Bits: Justin Timberlake Hosting 'SNL' Finale, Judas Priest Guitarist Leaves Band

    April 20, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Timberlake To Host "Saturday Night Live" Season Finale After Tina Fey returns to "Saturday Night Live" to host the May 7 episode, "SNL" all-star host Justin Timberlake will…

  8. Up in Smoke: 15 Musician Marijuana Busts

    April 20, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Chart Article Some say that weed and music go together like ... well, weed and junk food. Hard to get high without a solid soundtrack, and through the years, we've found that the artists behind those smokin' tracks know how some of their fans feel. But despite the prominence of…

  9. Remembering Guru, One Year After His Death

    April 19, 2011 2:09 PM EDT One year ago today (Apr. 19), Keith Elam, better known as the rapper Guru , lost his battle with cancer at the age of 43. As one half of East Coast duo Gang Starr , Guru spearheaded an influential hip-hop sound that combined effortless rapping with elements of jazz and funk. In addition to…

  10. Video Premiere: Airborne Toxic Event Strips Down 'Something Else' on a Carousel

    April 19, 2011 1:55 PM EDT The Airborne Toxic Event frontman Mikel Jollett tells Billboard.com that "there are a lot of big ideas" on the indie rock group's sophomore album, "All At Once," and the band has decided to create some ambitious visuals to match the new record. Before the album is…

  11. Kenny Chesney to Sit for Q&A at Billboard Country Summit

    April 19, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Country superstar Kenny Chesney will sit down for a candid Superstar Q&A at the second annual Billboard Country Music Summit in association with the Country Music Association (CMA). The event, set to take place in Nashville on June 6-7 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, will gather today…

  12. Billboard Bits: Eminem Leads Detroit Music Awards Winners, Mariah Carey Involved in 'X Factor'

    April 18, 2011 6:28 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Eminem Wins Big at Detroit Music Awards Eminem might have been slighted at the Grammy Awards, but he still has the love of his home town. The rapper won three Detroit Music Awards on Friday (April 15), receiving…

  13. Christina Aguilera's Boyfriend Not Charged with DUI: Report

    April 18, 2011 11:50 AM EDT C hristina Aguilera 's boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, will reportedly not be charged with a DUI after he was arrested early last month for drunk driving in West Hollywood. According to a report by TMZ , the Los Angeles County District Attorney will not charge Rutler with a DUI due to…

  14. 2011 Billboard Music Awards Winners Page 3

    April 18, 2011 11:04 AM EDT HOME NEWS WINNERS PHOTOS VIDEOS BATTLE OF THE BANDS Show Page Showing Page 1 2 3 4 5 _ | _ TOP MALE ARTIST Justin Bieber Drake Eminem WINNER Bruno Mars Usher TOP FEMALE ARTIST Ke$ha Lady Gaga Katy Perry Rihanna WINNER Taylor Swift TOP POP ARTIST Justin Bieber The Black Eyed Peas Ke$ha Lady…

  15. Jack White: Record Store Day Is a 'Beautiful Thing'

    April 17, 2011 1:49 PM EDT Music fans started lining up outside Jack White's Third Man Records shortly after midnight, vying for something special on Record Store Day. White was more than willing to accommodate them, opening his store a little early Saturday for vinyl enthusiasts. "Record stores are closing…

  16. Paul McDonald: 'Guys Definitely Have An Advantage' On 'Idol'

    April 15, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Although he was eliminated from "American Idol's" season 10 competition last night (Apr. 14), Paul McDonald is still smiling (and showing off those perfect white teeth) a day later. After performing Bob Seger 's "Old Time Rock 'N' Roll" on Wednesday&…

  17. David Cook To Release 'This Loud Morning' Album in June

    April 15, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Former "American Idol" champ David Cook has set a summer date for the follow-up to his 2008 self-titled debut. The singer will issue his sophomore album, "This Loud Morning," on June 28 through 19 Recordings/RCA Records. "This album is the culmination of one of the…

  18. Death Cab For Cutie, "You Are a Tourist"

    April 15, 2011 10:00 AM EDT "When there's a burning in your heart," Ben Gibbard sings on his band's new single, "Let it grow, let it grow/Don't be alarmed." Death Cab for Cutie hasn't gone all soft rock on its fans, but "You Are a Tourist," an epic, starry-eyed rocker…

  19. Paul McDonald Voted Off 'American Idol,' Kelly Clarkson Returns

    April 14, 2011 10:09 PM EDT On tonight's (Apr. 14) "American Idol," Nashville-based rock singer-songwriter Paul McDonald became the first male contestant eliminated from show's tenth season since fan voting began last month. 'American Idol': Jacob Lusk Stays Out of Trouble, Lauren Alaina…

  20. Soundgarden Sets Official Reunion Tour Dates

    April 14, 2011 4:40 PM EDT After a 13-year absence, Soundgarden will finally return to the road this summer. The reunited grunge outfit has revealed the first four dates of its upcoming U.S. trek, which will head to Toronto, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles this July, with more dates to be announced soon.…

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