1. Bon Iver: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 20, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Four winters ago, Justin Vernon retreated to his father's secluded cabin in northern Wisconsin, purging his sorrow through a falsetto that no one would probably ever hear. He spent three brutally cold months alone, piecing songs together using antiquated recording equipment. "It…

  2. Drake Releases New Track, 'Dreams Money Can Buy': Listen

    May 20, 2011 11:28 AM EDT As Drake fans await the follow-up to debut album "Thank Me Now," the Toronto rapper has posted a new track, "Dreams Money Can Buy," on his October's Very Own blog this morning (May 20). The track finds Drake waxing poetic about the finer things in life over a moody…

  3. Hot Tours: Lady Gaga, George Strait, Ozzy Osbourne

    May 19, 2011 2:25 PM EDT L ady Gaga tops this week's Hot Tours ranking as the pop superstar posts more than $18.5 million in box office grosses from nine sold out performances on her Monster Ball Tour, that recently wrapped after some 200 shows. Included in the tally are concerts in North American arenas as well…

  4. Beyonce Reveals '4' Artwork, Release Date

    May 19, 2011 11:10 AM EDT B eyoncé 's highly anticipated fourth album, "4," will be released June 28 through Columbia Records, the label announced last night (May 18). Beyoncé has also revealed the artwork for the album, and like the covers of previous full-lengths "Dangerously in Love," "…

  5. Cee Lo Green: 'The Voice' Judges Will Be Back for Season Two

    May 19, 2011 10:14 AM EDT Before NBC's hit singing competition "The Voice" kicks off its finals phase and transitions to live broadcasts beginning June 7, Cee Lo Green tells Billboard.com that he and the other judges -- Christina Aguilera , Blake Shelton and Adam Levine -- are all likely returning for…

  6. Billboard Bits: T-Pain and Ke$ha Get Cozy, Gaga Tops Oprah in Forbes Power List

    May 18, 2011 7:10 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. T-Pain, Ke$ha Get Cozy in Twitpic Are Ke$ha and T-Pain in love? The pop singer and Auto-Tune star have been tweeting at each other since Sunday, and the playful rapport culminated with T-Pain posting a picture of…

  7. Chaka Khan Fires Up David Foster Tribute at BMI Pop Awards

    May 18, 2011 1:35 PM EDT C haka Khan 's scorching performance of "Through the Fire" sparked last evening's (May 17) musical salute to BMI Icon David Foster. The songwriter/producer/musician/arranger was feted during the organization's 59th annual Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel…

  8. Stone Sour Scraps Tour After Drummer Suffers Stroke

    May 18, 2011 1:18 PM EDT S tone Sour has announced that the remaining shows on its spring U.S. headlining tour have been cancelled due to drummer Roy Mayorga suffering a "minor stroke." In a message posted on the hard rock group's website yesterday (May 17), the band explains that Mayorga, who joined…

  9. Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo, Lady Antebellum Win Big at BMI Pop Music Awards

    May 18, 2011 11:05 AM EDT L ady Gaga , Jason Derul o and JR Rotem were saluted as BMI's pop songwriters of the year Tuesday evening (May 17) at the organization's 59th annual Pop Music Awards. Earning pop song of the year honors was the Lady Antebellum hit "Need You Now," while Sony/ATV Songs LLC…

  10. Lonely Island Sets Sail at No. 3 on Billboard 200, Adele Still No. 1

    May 18, 2011 11:00 AM EDT While Adele 's "21" claims an eighth week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart -- the longest reign of any album since early 2009 -- the Lonely Island 's "Turtleneck & Chain" laughs its way to a No. 3 arrival on the list. Meanwhile, over on the Digital Songs…

  11. Kate Voegele Returns to 'One Tree' Hill As 'Gravity' Drops

    May 17, 2011 4:02 PM EDT On the May 17 episode of the CW teen drama "One Tree Hill," Mia Catalano -- the character played by Kate Voegele -- returns to Tree Hill feeling refreshed after a brief sojourn to work on her music. Voegele knew exactly how her character felt: The pop-rock singer/songwriter missed a…

  12. Beyonce's 'Run the World (Girls)' Video To Premiere on 'American Idol'

    May 17, 2011 12:20 PM EDT B eyoncé will premiere the music video for "Run the World (Girls)," the first single from her forthcoming album "4," during "American Idol's" Top 3 performance episode on Wednesday (May 18). After the video was originally set to premiere on Vevo last Friday,…

  13. Billboard Bits: Carlos Santana Slams New Immigration Law, Britney Spears Covers Harper's Bazaar

    May 16, 2011 7:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Carlos Santana Slams Georgia for New Immigration Law Carlos Santana on Sunday used baseball's annual Civil Rights Game as a platform to admonish Georgia and Arizona for their new immigration laws. Santana…

  14. Lady Gaga's 'Hair' Hits iTunes: Listen

    May 16, 2011 4:55 PM EDT L ady Gaga 's "Hair" single hit iTunes Monday afternoon (May 16), one week before the pop star's sophomore album, "Born This Way," finally hits stores. Gaga's latest pop opus was produced by RedOne and features an appearance by Clarence Clemons, the longtime…

  15. Tegan and Sara Member Blasts Tyler, The Creator for Homophobia

    May 16, 2011 12:20 PM EDT While anarchic rap troupe Odd Future and leader Tyler, the Creator have captivated underground hip-hop fans and earned praise from Diddy , Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams over the past year, one musician who is decidedly against Tyler's antics is Sara Quin, one-half of indie-rock sister duo…

  16. Foo Fighters Announce Fall U.S. Tour Dates

    May 16, 2011 10:43 AM EDT The Foo Fighters have announced a September U.S. tour in support of their new album, "Wasting Light," that will follow a run of summer shows and festival appearances. Rise Against and Mariachi el Bronx will play openers on the fall trek, which kicks off Sept. 14 in St. Paul, Minn.…

  17. Billboard Bits: Pink Floyd Reunites at London Show, Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill Gets Married

    May 13, 2011 6:27 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Pink Floyd Reunites at London Show The surviving members of Pink Floyd reunited at London's O2 Arena last night (May 12) for a rare collaboration, after swearing that they would never tour again upon breaking…

  18. James Durbin on 'Idol' Elimination: 'I Haven't Failed At All'

    May 13, 2011 2:38 PM EDT James Durbin's impressive run on "American Idol" ended last night (May 12) in a shocking elimination that left the rocker visibly upset. While Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina move on to the Top 3, Durbin, who had never entered the Bottom 2 during the show'…

  19. Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey Working on New Albums

    May 13, 2011 2:10 PM EDT N ick Cannon is still recovering from the adrenaline rush of welcoming twins with wife Mariah Carey , but the actor/comedian/rapper is staying busy with a new stand-up special and forthcoming musical album, while Carey is working on a new full-length of her own. "She's planning on…

  20. James Durbin Voted Off 'American Idol,' Enrique Iglesias, Jordin Sparks Perform

    May 12, 2011 10:41 PM EDT In "American Idol's" biggest shocker since Pia Toscano was eliminated five weeks ago, rocker James Durbin was sent packing on the elimination episode tonight (May 12). Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart remain and make up season 10's top three contestants.…

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