1. Nicki Minaj Involved in Altercation with Her Assistant

    July 13, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Yesterday (July 12), rumor spread that Nicki Minaj had been involved in a verbal altercation with a young man that turned physical. Jason Reeves Folks Up Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj got into a verbal altercation with an unidentified male at the Palomar Hotel in Dallas, TX, according to TMZ . The…

  2. Ex-QOTSA Bassist Nick Oliveri Arrested after Police Standoff

    July 13, 2011 2:39 PM EDT Nick Oliveri, the former bassist of Queens of the Stone Age , was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence in Hollywood on Tuesday night (July 12) after a five-hour standoff with police, according to the Los Angeles Times . Police reportedly arrived at the 39-year-old rocker's home…

  3. Simon Cowell Stays Nasty in 'X Factor' Promo

    July 13, 2011 12:48 PM EDT After teasing a kindler, gentler version of himself, Simon Cowell lets his inner nastiness shine in a new extended promo for Fox's highly anticipated singing competition, "The X Factor," which premiered last night (July 12). The clip opens with Cowell and the rest of the judges…

  4. Beyonce's '4' Stays Atop Billboard 200, Lloyd Snags Top Debut

    July 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It's an exceptionally quiet week on both the Billboard 200 albums and Digital Songs charts. On the former, Beyonce 's "4" continues to reign at No. 1 for a second week, selling 115,000 (down 63%), while LMFAO 's "Party Rock Anthem" (featuring Lauren Bennett…

  5. Demi Lovato Releases Somber 'Skyscraper' Single: Listen

    July 12, 2011 2:32 AM EDT Demi Lovato illustrates her resilience in the face of recent personal issues in the new single "Skyscraper," which was released to iTunes early Tuesday morning (July 12). Produced and co-penned by Toby Gad, the ballad showcases the 18-year-old's quivering voice as she sings…

  6. Billboard Bits: Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley Reteam for CMA Awards

    July 11, 2011 6:59 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley Co-Hosting CMA Awards for Fourth Time Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will be back together again in November. They've been picked to host the Country Music Association Awards…

  7. Lil Wayne 'Totally Done' with 'Tha Carter IV,' out Aug. 29

    July 11, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Lil Wayne 's long awaited "Tha Carter IV" is almost here, with a new mixtape thrown in for good measure. Tunechi confirms to MTV that the fourth installment in his "Tha Carter" series is officially completed and will drop in late August. "The album is done and it…

  8. Miranda Lambert Sets November Release for 'Four the Record'

    July 11, 2011 4:38 PM EDT After picking up her first Grammy award, being named ACM Entertainer of the Year and marrying fellow country star Blake Shelton , Miranda Lambert will continue her stellar year with the release of her fourth full-length, "Four the Record," on Nov. 1 through Columbia Nashville. "…

  9. Jennifer Lopez Talks iHeartRadio Festival, Teases 'Idol' Return on 'Today Show'

    July 11, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez made the "big announcement" that she will join a star-studded lineup at the iHeartRadio Music Festival -- but remained mum on whether or not she will return to "American Idol" -- during an appearance on "The Today Show" this morning. Lopez will…

  10. Beyonce Stays Atop U.K. Album Chart, DJ Fresh's 'Louder' Tops Singles Tally

    July 11, 2011 10:25 AM EDT Beyoncé started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with "4" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), as "Louder" (Ministry of Sound) by DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans debuted at No. 1 on the singles survey. The Beyoncé album sold a relatively modest…

  11. Jason Reeves Folks Up Nicki Minaj

    July 11, 2011 10:23 AM EDT "It was kinda like jumping off a cliff and seeing if I had a parachute in my back pocket" pop folkie Jason Reeves says of covering hip-hop queen Nicki Minaj 's "Moment 4 Life" for this week's Mashup Monday. Photos: Jason Reeves's Mashup Behind-The-Scenes…

  12. Katy Perry Postpones Tour Dates Due to Food Poisoning

    July 08, 2011 1:18 PM EDT Katy Perry has announced that two dates on her California Dreams summer tour will be postponed due to "an attack of food poisoning leading to severe dehydration." A message on the pop star's official website reveals that the concert at Chicago, Ill.'s Allstate Center…

  13. Billboard Bits: Charlie Sheen Gathering with the Juggalos, SuperHeavy Gets Release Date

    July 07, 2011 7:28 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Charlie Sheen to Appear at Gathering of the Juggalos The festival curated by Detroit's hip hop outcasts Insane Clown Posse has booked some 20 acts for its 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival. Among…

  14. Nicki Minaj: 'We Miss You' Demo Not About Slain Cousin

    July 07, 2011 3:46 PM EDT After a demo of a Nicki Minaj track called "We Miss You" leaked online, the rapper took to Twitter clarify that the touching lyrics of the song are not a reference to her cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, who was killed in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sunday. "[Though] the lyrics of 'We…

  15. Britney Spears, Lady Gaga Rule Billboard.com's 2011 Mid-Year Music Awards

    July 07, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Britney Spears and Lady Gaga proved the ultimate pop music divas in Billboard.com's Mid-Year Music Awards poll, which allowed fans to weigh in on their favorite songs, albums and performances of the first half of 2011 over the past week. Once the hundreds of thousands of votes were…

  16. Mumford & Sons, Jason Aldean Lead Non-Pop Albums at 2011 Midpoint

    July 07, 2011 11:30 AM EDT The sweet sounds of pop music are in control as we take a look at the top selling albums and songs at the mid-year point of 2011, while artists like folk act Of the top 20 selling albums -- half of them are pop sets. Leading the pop charge, and the year overall, is Adele, Katy Perry Rule Mid…

  17. Billboard Bits: Taylor Swift Reschedules Dates, Lil Wayne & Ashanti Team Up

    July 06, 2011 6:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Taylor Swift Postpones Several Tour Dates Due to Illness Taylor Swift has rescheduled four of the dates on her summer tour after coming down with bronchitis this weekend. A statement from her label explained that…

  18. Adele, Katy Perry Rule Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 06, 2011 5:30 PM EDT With 2011 half-over, "21" has moved 2,517,000 copies in the U.S. since its release on Feb. 22 -- through the week ending July 3, the mid-point of the tracking year. It's the only album to have sold more than 2 million in 2011, and one of only two to surpass 1 million. The…

  19. New Kelly Clarkson Track, 'Let Me Down,' Leaks Online: Listen

    July 06, 2011 3:20 PM EDT "Let Me Down," a seething new Kelly Clarkson song that may appear on the singer's forthcoming fifth album, leaked online in its entirety on Wednesday (July 6), after snippets of the track surfaced earlier this week. "Let Me Down" finds Clarkson railing against…

  20. Oasis' Noel Gallagher To Release Debut Solo Disc in October

    July 06, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Former Oasis guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher unveiled plans on Wednesday for his first solo album, telling reporters that he would release his debut solo disc, "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds," on Oct. 17 and a second, complimentary album, in 2012. The choice of which…

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