1. 'Spider-Man' Star: Show Delays Have Been 'Hard for Everybody'

    January 13, 2011 8:47 AM EST Despite the very public problems facing Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," Reeve Carney -- the 27-year-old singer/actor who stars as the titular superhero -- says the cast is confident that the production will go off without a hitch when it officially opens on Feb. 7. …

  2. Billboard Bits: Selena Gomez's Twitter Account Hacked, Aventura's Romeo Signs Solo Deal

    January 12, 2011 6:11 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Selena Gomez's Twitter Account Hacked Online followers of Selena Gomez may have noticed some surprising updates this morning from the pop singer. Gomez's Twitter and Facebook accounts fell victim to a…

  3. Sade, Willow Smith, Kanye Earn NAACP Image Award Nominations

    January 12, 2011 5:23 PM EST S ade , Usher , Kanye West and newcomer Willow Smith are among the multiple nominees in the recording category for the upcoming NAACP Image Awards. Nominations for the 42nd annual ceremony were announced today (Jan. 12) during a press conference at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills,…

  4. Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' Takes No. 1 in Record-Low Sales Week

    January 12, 2011 12:39 PM EST This week, though Taylor Swift 's "Speak Now" remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, it does so while earning a dubious honor. With just 52,000 copies sold (down 32%), it earns the distinction of notching the lowest-ever sales frame for a No. 1…

  5. Lady Gaga to Perform at Grammy Awards: Report

    January 12, 2011 11:20 AM EST Could Lady Gaga be performing at the 2011 Grammy Awards? Although performers have yet to be announced for the Feb. 13 ceremony, the pop star's choreographer hinted on Twitter that Gaga will return to the Grammy stage for a second year -- coincidentally, on the same day her new single is…

  6. Timbaland Writes Song for Demi Lovato, Praises Joe Jonas

    January 11, 2011 6:00 PM EST T imbaland has previously collaborated with artists like Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers , but the hip-hop producer is now posting video pleas to work with teen stars. Timbaland posted a video on Sunday (Jan. 9) offering a preview of a song he wrote specifically for Demi Lovato , while a…

  7. Wiz Khalifa: 'Black & Yellow' is 'Just a Set-Up' for Bigger Singles

    January 11, 2011 3:33 PM EST Before Wiz Khalifa 's debut album drops in March, the Pittsburgh rapper is already enjoying a mainstream moment with his single "Black & Yellow," which has peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100. Although Khalifa has yet to reveal the album's title or release date, he wants…

  8. 11 Country No. 11s For '11

    January 11, 2011 2:05 PM EST "No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11. But, of those, No. 11 is probably the worst." Adrian Moreira, RCA/J/Arista Records senior vice president/adult music notes the frustration associated with a No. 11 peak on a Billboard survey. "If you peak at No. 2, at least you can…

  9. Jewel Confirms She's Pregnant with First Child

    January 11, 2011 11:17 AM EST J ewel has announced that she and husband Ty Murray are expecting their first child. The 36-year-old singer, who is in her second trimester, posted the happy news on her blog earlier today and confirmed the pregnancy in an interview with People . "I took a pregnancy test and it was…

  10. 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…

  11. 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."…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. '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…

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