1. CeeLo Green's Christmas Album To Feature Christina Aguilera, The Muppets

    September 20, 2012 5:40 PM EDT 'CeeLo's Magic Moment,' and its crazy artwork, hit stores on October 30. CeeLo Green will add a little quirky soul to the holiday season with "CeeLo's Magic Moment," his debut Christmas full-length, set for an Oct. 30 release on Elektra Records. More details of…

  2. Banned Music: 21 Artists Censors Tried To Silence

    August 17, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Since the dawn of rock 'n' roll, radio stations, TV networks and even entire countries have sought to silence controversial musicians by making their music, videos, and, in some cases, the artists themselves less accessible to the public. Provocative punk band Pussy Riot felt the…

  3. L.A. Reid Courts Britney Spears for Record Deal

    August 08, 2012 12:55 PM EDT A battle for Britney Spears is brewing. The pop star's recording contract with the former Jive Records (now RCA, a division of Sony Music) has one album left, and among those courting the chart-topper are L.A. Reid, chairman of Sony's Epic Records and Spears' "X Factor…

  4. M.I.A. Shares Album Details: New Disc Out in December

    August 07, 2012 12:25 PM EDT In an impromptu Twitter chat with fans on Tuesday (Aug. 7), M.I.A. unveiled a few cryptic details of her still-untitled fourth album, which follows 2010's "/\/\ /\ Y /\." The disc will apparently be released in December, along with an autobiographical book announced earlier…

  5. M.I.A. Releasing 'Bad Girls' Remixes on USB Necklaces

    June 21, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Live fast, die young, bad girls sell wacky merchandise: M.I.A. announced on Thursday (June 21) that the remixes for her single "Bad Girls" will be released on a USB necklace that resembles a BMW car key. Fans can now pre-order the item, which will be released on July 6, at the alt…

  6. Listen to Azealia Banks' New Anthem, 'Jumanji'

    May 11, 2012 11:00 AM EDT While the world awaits the release of Azealia Banks' debut full-length, "Broke with Expensive Taste," the buzzier-than-buzzworthy rapper has continued releasing hypnotic tracks. On Friday (May 11), the rapper dropped "Jumanji," a three-minute cut from her upcoming …

  7. Track Review: Rye Rye, 'Boom Boom'

    April 28, 2012 10:00 AM EDT RYE RYE "Boom Boom" (3:23) Producer: Rudy "Mayru" Maya Writers: various Publishers: various N.E.E.T./Interscope M.I.A. protégée Rye Rye has had more than her fair share of setbacks with the release of her debut album, and in the time between her arrival in 2007 and her May…

  8. Madonna, 'MDNA': Track-By-Track Review

    March 09, 2012 11:00 AM EST Deluxe Explicit Album Bonus Tracks: "Beautiful Killer" A concept song, certainly. Madonna goes on about how there's a "gun in my mouth" and "maybe that's what you've been dreaming about" and "maybe I'll let you shoot me down." There&…

  9. Watch Justin Timberlake Play Bon Iver in 'Saturday Night Live' Skit

    February 19, 2012 12:15 PM EST After sending up Super Bowl performers M.I.A. and LMFAO in last week's episode, "Saturday Night Live" skewered artists like Taylor Swift, Bon Iver and Prince in a skit last night (Feb. 18) in which a handful of celebrities dropped by to visit Jay-Z and Beyonce's new baby,…

  10. Public Enemy Headlining Movement Electronic Music Festival

    February 15, 2012 2:45 PM EST Rap legends Public Enemy will preview their upcoming album "Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp" at this year's Movement Electronic Music Festival held over Memorial Day weekend in Detroit. The troupe will join Chicago house music DJ/producer Lil' Louis,…

  11. Chart Juice: Drake's Domination Rolls On

    February 10, 2012 12:55 PM EST Lately, It seems like Drake is one of the main ingredients required to make a fresh glass of Chart Juice. The ever-present rapper not only leads Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart again, but he continues to dominate Rap Songs with his latest feat. After breaking the record for the…

  12. M.I.A. Returns with 'Bad Girls' Single: Listen

    January 30, 2012 1:30 PM EST Aside from an Amy Winehouse tribute song and working on a forthcoming collaboration with Madonna , M.I.A. remained fairly quiet in 2011, apparently hard at work on the follow-up to 2010's poorly received "/\/\ /\ Y /\." In anticipation of her fourth full-length, the singer…

  13. Common, Dr. Maya Angelou Clear Up N-Word Controversy

    December 20, 2011 12:00 PM EST After reciting a poem on "The Dreamer," the opening track from Common 's new album "The Dreamer/The Believer," Dr. Maya Angelou reportedly expressed disappointment over the rapper's use of the N-word on the track. On Monday (Dec. 19), however, the legendary poet…

  14. M.I.A. Confirms Collaboration with Madonna and Nicki Minaj

    November 28, 2011 12:30 PM EST After releasing third album "/\/\ /\ Y /\" to mixed reviews last year, M.I.A. has been missing in action for most of 2011. However, the electro-dance artist confirmed a juicy collaboration for 2012 over the weekend by announcing that she was joining Madonna and Nicki Minaj in New…

  15. Justin Bieber Gets Animated in 'Santa Claus' Video: Watch

    November 08, 2011 11:30 AM EST For Justin Bieber fans who enjoyed the romantic "Mistletoe" video but pined for a more kid-friendly visual from his "Under The Mistletoe" album, the pop star has turned himself into an animated hero for the "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" clip, which hit Vevo on…

  16. Ask Billboard: Christmas in October? Never Say Never

    October 29, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CHRISTMAS IN…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Justin Bieber, Jason Aldean

    October 28, 2011 1:05 PM EDT '21' = 13: As "21" logs a lucky 13th week at No. 1 on the IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE ...: As Justin Bieber bows (boughs?) on the Hot 100 at No. 11 with "Mistletoe," the first single from the teen star's holiday set, "Under the Mistletoe,…

  18. Emmys: Lonely Island Deliver Bolton & Body Doubles

    September 19, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island bros added a touch of silliness to an otherwise civilized and humble (oh, Charlie Sheen) Emmy Awards ceremony Sunday night. Betwixt "Modern Family" and "Downton Abbey" (Masterpiece Theater is still on!) wins, the comedy trio took to the…

  19. Otis Redding Makes Record Return to R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    July 28, 2011 4:15 PM EDT O tis Redding sets the mark for the longest span between entries on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and halts the second-longest hiatus from the Billboard Hot 100 , as Jay-Z and Kanye West 's "Otis," on which the late soul legend receives featured billing, storms…

  20. Billboard Bits: Christina Aguilera & Adam Levine Release 'Jagger' Single, J. Cole Announces Debut Album

    June 21, 2011 7:07 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine Release 'Jagger' Single "The Voice" judges Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine have combined forced for "Moves Like Jagger," a new single posted on…

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