1. Billboard Bits: New Coldplay Album About 'Addiction,' Kanye's Banned Cover a Stunt

    January 10, 2011 6:31 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Coldplay's Chris Martin: New Songs about 'Addiction, OCD' Coldplay frontman Chris Martin says the band's forthcoming fifth album will consist of clear, consistent themes, instead of being a…

  2. Trent Reznor to Score 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Movie

    January 10, 2011 11:18 AM EST N ine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has been tapped to compose the music for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," the upcoming film adaptation of Stieg Larsson's best-selling book, following the success of his Golden Globe-nominated score for "The Social Network."…

  3. The JaneDear Girls Fill Country's Girl-Group Void

    January 07, 2011 4:00 PM EST With a top 20 debut single, an Academy of Country Music nomination (for top new vocal duo or group) and an opening spot on Jason Aldean 's My Kinda Party tour, the JaneDear Girls are poised to be one of country music's breakthrough acts in 2011. Also seeking to fill country's…

  4. Big Boi Raps About NFL Playoffs for Pepsi

    January 07, 2011 2:20 PM EST B ig Boi is likely rooting for his hometown Atlanta Falcons in this year's NFL playoffs, but the Outkast rapper salutes this Sunday's wild card matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles in a new commercial for Pepsi. Video: Big Boi's Pepsi Commercial The…

  5. Phil Kennemore, Y&T Bassist, Dies at 57

    January 07, 2011 1:35 PM EST Phil Kennemore, the bassist of veteran hard-rock group Y&T , died early Friday morning (Jan. 7) of lung cancer, the group's frontman confirmed. Kennemore, 57, passed away at Stanford Hospital in California while surrounded by family members. Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti, who…

  6. Beastie Boys Moving Ahead with 'Hot Sauce,' Yauch Still Battling Cancer

    January 07, 2011 11:45 AM EST B eastie Boys member Mike D says the veteran rap trio is still on track for a 2011 comeback that includes the release of new album "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2" this spring, after Adam Yauch's cancer battle rendered the group inactive for much of 2010. In a new interview with…

  7. Billboard Bits: Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Making Movie, Katy Perry Appearing on 'HIMYM'

    January 06, 2011 6:45 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Wiz Khalifa Making Movie with Snoop Dogg Hip-hop veteran Snoop Dogg revealed in a recent radio interview that he and up-and-coming rapper Wiz Khalifa are working on a movie together. "High School" will be…

  8. Aretha Franklin: Health Problem 'Has Been Resolved'

    January 06, 2011 5:35 PM EST A retha Franklin has granted another brief interview about her unspecified illness that required surgery last month, telling JET magazine that the health problem, while still undisclosed, "has been resolved." "I am not one to do a lot of talking about my personal health or…

  9. Katy Perry, Eminem Win Big at People's Choice Awards

    January 06, 2011 11:35 AM EST On the same day that his album "Recovery" was named 2010's best-selling LP , Eminem topped the music categories at the 2011 People's Choice Awards, earning four trophies during the ceremony Wednesday night (Jan. 5). While the rapper won the favorite male artist award, Katy…

  10. New Strokes Album Coming in March, Says Bassist

    January 05, 2011 1:36 PM EST Monday (Jan. 3) marked the five-year anniversary of the release of "First Impressions of Earth," the Strokes ' third and most recent album. Luckily, fans of the New York rock group won't have to endure the drought of new music much longer, as bassist Nikolai Fraiture has…

  11. 'American Idol' Makes Big Changes: Original Songs, Faster Release Schedule

    January 05, 2011 11:30 AM EST The "American Idol" season premiere is still two weeks away, but several changes coming to the Fox show have already been announced, from new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to the elimination of the Top 24 round. Now, in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter , even more…

  12. Watch: Muppets Remix Kanye West's 'Monster'

    January 04, 2011 5:33 PM EST When Kanye West & co. rap about nightmarish beings in "Monster," it's doubtful that they had the Muppets in mind. However, a fan video remixing West's posse cut has hit the Web, combining Jim Henson's fuzzy creatures and profanity-laced rhymes in the most awesome…

  13. Leif Garrett: 'Celebrity Rehab' Producers Made Me Relapse

    January 04, 2011 2:00 PM EST L eif Garrett checked into the latest season of VH1's "Celebrity Rehab" to battle years of drug abuse, but according to the pop singer and actor, the reality show had just the opposite effect. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times , Garrett claims that the "Rehab"…

  14. Paramore Speaks Out: 'We're Not Going Anywhere'

    January 04, 2011 1:50 PM EST P aramore's remaining members are finally speaking out over the departure of bandmates Josh and Zac Farro last month. In an interview with MTV , singer Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis said they were "hurt" by a blog post in which the brothers…

  15. Video: Justin Bieber Plays Cowbell with South African Band

    January 03, 2011 6:30 PM EST Bieber fever is apparently spreading to other continents: a video of Justin Bieber jamming with a South African music group hit YouTube on Monday (Jan. 3) and finds the pop star giving us more cowbell than we ever could have dreamed. Video: Justin Bieber Jams with South African Band According…

  16. How 'Jimmy Fallon' Whips Its Late-Night Music Competition

    January 03, 2011 4:00 PM EST When Bruce Springsteen decided to crash late night and whip his hair in November, it was as sure a sign as any that "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" has emerged as a highly coveted platform for musical guests. 5 Best Musical Performances on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"…

  17. Paramore's Hayley Williams Names New Touring Bandmates

    January 03, 2011 3:22 PM EST Two weeks after departed Paramore members Josh and Zac Farro aired their dirty laundry in a scathing blog post , singer Hayley Williams has confirmed that the band has locked in two replacements for its upcoming South American tour. Former Tait guitarist (and brother of Paramore's Taylor…

  18. Kim Kardashian Debuts 'Turn It Up' Song on New Year's Eve

    January 03, 2011 10:19 AM EST Kim Kardashian rang in 2011 by making her first foray into the music world, as the reality TV star premiered her new song at a New Year's Eve party at TAO nightclub in Las Vegas. In a video that captured the song's unveiling, Kardashian is seen giving the crowd a brief introduction…

  19. DJ Earworm: Pop Music Had 'More Energy' in 2010

    January 03, 2011 10:00 AM EST For the fourth straight year, DJ Earworm has saluted a year's worth of pop music by synthesizing the top 25 songs on Billboard's year-end Hot 100 chart into one cohesive track. His "United State of Pop 2010" mash-up, which hit the web on Dec. 28 , features a dazzling array…

  20. Billboard Bits: New Katy Perry Song Leaks, Cee Lo Working with Gwyneth Paltrow

    December 30, 2010 6:08 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. New Katy Perry Song, 'Part of Me,' Hits the Web "Part of Me," a new dance track from Katy Perry , made a splash on YouTube when it leaked online yesterday (Dec. 29). "You're not gonna…

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