1. Watch: Kelly Clarkson Performs New Song in Nashville

    December 20, 2010 12:02 PM EST Fans have been anxious to hear new material from Kelly Clarkson throughout 2010, and now just as the year is winding down, they can hear one of the singer's latest, titled "You Still Won't Know What It's Like." Clarkson performed the song, which she first mentioned…

  2. Prince Rolls Out Classics at 'Welcome 2 America' Show

    December 18, 2010 2:54 PM EST The most amazing moment of Friday's (Dec. 17) Prince concert, his second of the "Welcome 2 America" tour, came without neon lights, choreographed dancing or even a Sheila E. drum solo. After Prince and his backing band wrapped up a five-song encore and deserted the stage, the…

  3. New R.E.M. Album, 'Collapse Into Now,' Out March 8

    December 17, 2010 6:25 PM EST R .E.M. has announced a March 8, 2011 release date for "Collapse Into Now," their 15th studio album and follow-up to 2008's "Accelerate." The 12-track album was produced by Jacknife Lee, who recorded with the band in New Orleans and Berlin, Germany after working with…

  4. Gym Class Heroes Are '18, 19 Demos Deep' Into New Album, Says Travie McCoy

    December 17, 2010 12:30 PM EST T ravie McCoy is wrapping up a year in which he focused on his solo debut album "Lazarus" and hit single "Billionaire," but the rapper says that he'll spend 2011 alongside his band, Gym Class Heroes . At the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York, McCoy told Billboard.com that…

  5. Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars to Headline 2011 Bamboozle

    December 17, 2010 11:58 AM EST Music fans longing for a festival that includes performances by Mötley Crüe , Bruno Mars and Insane Clown Posse have finally found their oasis: New Jersey. Those acts, in addition to a headlining set by none other than Lil Wayne , have been confirmed for the 2011 installment of Bamboozle, the…

  6. Billboard Bits: Usher Talks Kicky Fan, Miles Davis Biopic News

    December 16, 2010 7:15 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Usher 'Got a Good Laugh' From Fan's Kick to Face During a concert at Madison Square Garden on Monday, a fan accidentally kicked Usher in the face after being brought onstage, but the R&B star is…

  7. Billboard Bits: T.I. Releases a New Message from Prison, Justin Bieber Coming to Vanity Fair cover

    December 15, 2010 7:20 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. T.I. Releases New Message from Prison Incarcerated rapper T.I. has released another somber message from prison, this time thanking everyone for picking up his new album, "No Mercy." "I can't say…

  8. Ghostface Killah's 'Apollo Kids' Track-By-Track

    December 15, 2010 6:00 PM EST After releasing offbeat R&B exploration "Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City" last year, Wu-Tang Clan MC Ghostface Killah returns to creating pummeling street rap with "Apollo Kids," his ninth studio album set for a Dec. 21 release. Taking its title from a…

  9. Kanye West 'Christmas in Harlem' Track Hits Web

    December 15, 2010 3:35 PM EST Back in August, Kanye West announced that he would release a new song "every week until Xmas" as part of his "G.O.O.D. Fridays" series. Although the rapper hadn't issued any new tracks since the Nov. 22 release of "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," a new…

  10. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 2

    December 15, 2010 2:35 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid,"…

  11. Gaga, Kanye, Lil Wayne Send Most Retweeted Tweets of 2010

    December 15, 2010 12:35 PM EST L ady Gaga , Kanye West and Lil Wayne were among the musicians that ranked on the list of the "10 Most Retweeted Tweets of Twitter in 2010," which was revealed online today (Dec. 15). Comedian Stephen Colbert earned the top slot with his June post, "In honor of oil-soaked birds…

  12. Eminem Lands First Movie Role in 8 Years with 'Southpaw'

    December 14, 2010 12:17 PM EST Eight years after earning raves in acting debut "8 Mile," Eminem is set to return to the screen in another redemptive drama. DreamWorks has acquired the rights to "Southpaw," a boxing movie starring the rapper as a welterweight fighter who must overcome tragedy while…

  13. Billboard Bits: Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens Split, Matt Cardle Wins 'X Factor'

    December 13, 2010 7:34 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens Split "High School Musical" co-stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens have ended their four-year relationship. A source close to the couple says that the relationship simply …

  14. Coldplay Reteams with Brian Eno for Concept Album

    December 13, 2010 5:58 PM EST Although Coldplay earned a Best Rock Album Grammy for 2008 album "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends" and scored a hit with its single "Viva la Vida," the band appears to be thinking even bigger for its in-the-works fifth album. Frontman Chris Martin recently told…

  15. Billboard Bits: Taio Cruz To Perform 'Imagine' On NYE, Bieber Launches 'JustBeats' Headphones

    December 10, 2010 5:54 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Taio Cruz to Perform John Lennon's 'Imagine' on New Year's Eve Taio Cruz will become the first artist to do a live performance of John Lennon 's "Imagine" when he takes on the…

  16. Lady Antebellum Leads Year-End Country Charts

    December 10, 2010 3:30 PM EST Turns out we were right. Lady Antebellum , which Billboard tipped as an artist to watch two years ago, closes this year as the hottest act in country music -- and beyond. The trio -- Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood -- leads several of Billboard's country and pop year-end…

  17. Miley Cyrus Bong Hit Caught on Video

    December 10, 2010 11:18 AM EST M iley Cyrus has once again been caught behaving badly on camera, but this time she's not making out with some boy at her 18th birthday party -- she's taking hits from a bong with her friends. In the 2:37 video posted by TMZ , the pop star inhales smoke from a glass object while…

  18. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears' Rumored Single Title Leaks, Willow to Tour with Bieber

    December 09, 2010 6:50 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears' Next Single Could Be 'Hold It Against Me' The first single to Britney Spears ' forthcoming seventh studio album, set for a March release, could be called "Hold It Against Me…

  19. Lady Gaga's 8 Wax Figures Unveiled at Madame Tussauds

    December 09, 2010 1:10 PM EST For a celebrity with as many outlandish styles as Lady Gaga , one life-like wax figure simply isn't enough . Eight replicas of the pop singer were unveiled today (Dec. 9) at different branches of Madame Tussauds wax museums across the globe, with each figure showcasing one of Gaga's…

  20. Kanye West Offers Disturbing Sneak Peek of 'Monster' Video

    December 08, 2010 12:30 PM EST After achieving high drama with his 35-minute "Runaway" video, Kanye West is now dabbling in the horror genre. While the rapper has yet to unveil the full music video for his intense posse cut "Monster," a stylishly scary 30-second preview of the clip has hit the web today…

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