1. Billboard Bits: Beyonce Returns To the Studio, Blink-182 Cracks Crude Obama Joke

    August 30, 2010 7:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce Returns To Studio with Ne-Yo Beyonce is back in the studio after taking a break from music earlier this year, according to Perez Hilton. The news follows a tweet by Ne-Yo on Sunday (Aug. 29) in which the R…

  2. Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth Set to Rock 3rd ATP NY Festival

    August 30, 2010 4:00 PM EDT The end of the U.S. summer festival season is more or less upon us: we already know what Lady Gaga wore at Lollapalooza, how Pavement sounded at Sasquatch!, and what classics Stevie Wonder knocked out of the park at Bonnaroo. For a select few, however, the real summer festival is still to…

  3. Mark Ronson Shows Off His 'Record Collection' on New Album

    August 30, 2010 3:30 PM EDT At the age of 34, Mark Ronson already knows what his epitaph will read. It's not that he's a morbid guy; he's just wryly aware of his musical legacy. "At the end of the day, it will say 'producer' before it says 'artist,' " says Ronson, who has…

  4. Axl Rose Fumes After Guns N' Roses Is Cut Short at Reading, Leeds Fests

    August 30, 2010 1:45 PM EDT Late arrivals, long-running sets and overall lackluster performances earned Guns N' Roses collective jeers as the rock group headlined the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend (Aug. 27-29). According to NME , frontman Axl Rose declared "war" on Leeds organizers…

  5. Kanye Announces Album with Jay-Z, Unleashes 'Monster' Track

    August 30, 2010 1:27 PM EDT Making good on his G.O.O.D. Friday promise, Kanye West unleashed "Monster" -- a new song featuring Jay-Z , Nicki Minaj , Rick Ross and folk singer Bon Iver -- on his blog Friday (Aug. 27). The rapper also announced a five-song joint EP with Jay-Z called "Watch the Throne"…

  6. Billboard Bits: Michael Jackson's Kids Head to Private School, Lil' Wayne Talks Tennis

    August 27, 2010 6:32 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Michael Jackson's Kids Head to Private School Two of Michael Jackson 's children have left homeschooling to attend The Buckley School in California's San Fernando Valley beginning Wednesday (Aug. 25)…

  7. Ted Leo Calls 'Bottled in Cork' Video a 'Cool Experiment'

    August 27, 2010 4:20 PM EDT T ed Leo and the Pharmacists ' music video for "Bottled in Cork" chronicles the band's hilarious quest to launch an "American Idiot"-esque stage production based on its indie-leaning guitar rock. The band engages in ridiculous dance moves and sports outlandish…

  8. Maroon 5: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 27, 2010 12:25 PM EDT Adam Levine doesn't want to sound like he's complaining. He recognizes that Jordan Feldstein, the band's manager at Career Artist Management, says the time was right to recruit Lange, who's best-known for his multiplatinum work with Berkman admits he faced initial…

  9. Mark Ronson Working on New D'Angelo Album

    August 27, 2010 12:24 PM EDT M ark Ronson may be readying the release of third album " Record Collection ," due out Sept. 28 on RCA Records, but the Brooklyn-based artist/producer is also involved with another high-profile third album: R&B singer D'Angelo 's long-awaited follow-up to sophomore…

  10. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears' Romantic Getaway, Usher Added to VMAs

    August 26, 2010 6:14 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Takes Romantic Hawaiian Getaway Taking a break from the studio and taping "Glee," Britney Spears enjoyed a romantic vacation in Hawaii with boyfriend Jason Trawick, People reports. The…

  11. John Mayer Blasts Huffington Post on Blog

    August 26, 2010 5:50 PM EDT J ohn Mayer took to his blog today (Aug. 26) to rip news source The Huffington Post after the site posted a small article this afternoon suggesting that the singer had reunited with ex-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston. Mayer posted part of the front page item, titled "John Mayer &…

  12. Miley Cyrus Splits with Boyfriend Liam Hemsworth

    August 26, 2010 3:15 PM EDT Miley Cyrus and her Australian actor boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth, have ended their well-publicized relationship, reports celebrity news website Gossip Cop . Although Cyrus' people remain mum on the split, Us Weekly confirmed the news via Hemsworth's rep Wednesday. Billboard Bits:…

  13. Bruce Springsteen Preps 'Darkness On the Edge' Box Set

    August 26, 2010 1:15 PM EDT Columbia Records is set to release "The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story," a three CD/three DVD box set detailing the making of Bruce Springsteen 's landmark album, on Nov. 16. The package will include the 1978 album, 21 unreleased songs and the 90-minute…

  14. Wyclef Releases Song to Protest Haiti Election Ruling

    August 26, 2010 1:00 PM EDT In an effort to boost his waning election chances, Wyclef Jean has released a new song, "Pou Kepa," online today (Aug. 26). The track, performed in Haitian language Creole, is a protest against the CEP (Haiti election commission), which has barred Jean from running in the country&…

  15. Eminem, Rihanna Continue to 'Love' Life Atop Hot 100

    August 26, 2010 11:00 AM EDT E minem and Rihanna's "Love The Way You Lie" lies atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, maintaining its standing as airplay continues to increase, reaching a new high of 154.6 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. Late to the game, but providing the…

  16. Hot Tours: Brad Paisley, Justin Bieber, Yusuf

    August 26, 2010 10:56 AM EDT Country music superstar Brad Paisley tops the Hot Tours chart with his headlining performance at the 7th annual New England Country Music Festival at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. He is the third country star to headline the multi-act festival event held during the summer months at the…

  17. Jason Mraz May Turn 'Tons of Material' Into Two New Albums

    August 26, 2010 10:35 AM EDT J ason Mraz says he has "tons and tons of material" for his next album -- and may, in fact, be working on two. "I've got two very different-sounding albums," Mraz, who won two Grammy awards for 2008's platinum "We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things," tells…

  18. NYE No-Show Costs Ne-Yo $156,000

    August 25, 2010 7:34 PM EDT A Maryland judge has ordered R&B singer Ne-Yo and his booking agent to pay more than $156,000 in damages because the performer failed to appear at a 2008 New Year's Eve concert in Washington state. Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Philip Caroom ordered the payment Tuesday after a…

  19. Billboard Bits: Mariah Wears Maternity Dress, Miley Goes Wild in New Film

    August 25, 2010 7:05 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Mariah Reportedly Four Months Pregnant Mariah Carey is reportedly expecting her first child with husband Nick Cannon , according to Radar Online. Although Cannon dodged the question yesterday (Aug. 24) on his radio…

  20. Timbaland Denies Suicide Attempt

    August 25, 2010 5:10 PM EDT T imbaland appeared on Ryan Seacrest's syndicated radio show today (Aug. 25) to deny reports that he had attempted suicide. TMZ reports that the producer went missing last night and a police report listed the incident as a "possible suicide attempt," but Timbaland told "On…

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