1. Lady Gaga Releases Holiday EP

    November 23, 2011 8:15 PM EST Amid her fashion-forward outfits and hyper-choreographed videos, it's easy to forget Lady Gaga 's a singer, too. But Mother Monster will have the chance to show off her vocals on a jazzy new holiday EP, "A Very Gaga Holiday," which Gaga released digitally on Wednesday. The…

  2. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 11/5/2011

    November 05, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @Billboard to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @JanelleMonae : Attended Watch The Throne concert as a fan! Lots…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Traci Lords

    November 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Now with 11 Hot 100 No. 1s, what chance might Rihanna have at passing the Beatles for the most leaders in the chart's history? BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES?: "We are watching history in the making." Island Def Jam president/COO Steve Bartels Wednesday (Nov. 2) praised Rihanna in a…

  4. Elton John Thanks NY Governor for 'Taking Stand' on Gay Marriage

    October 27, 2011 3:20 PM EDT Elton John says politics have divided the United States, but he singled out one politician during his foundation's annual benefit as an example for others to follow. The British singer praised New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Wednesday night's 10th annual Enduring Vision gala for the…

  5. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Archives to Go on Sale

    October 17, 2011 8:56 PM EDT The organization, which will announce its 2011 class of inductees Tuesday, is set to release performances from 1986-2009. The day before it reveals its 27th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2011, Rock Hall and Time Life announced that they have partnered together on two new…

  6. Radiohead on 'Saturday Night Live': Dancing Thom & 2 Drummers

    September 25, 2011 10:55 AM EDT With a shimmying Thom Yorke at the helm and an extra drummer thrown in for good measure, Radiohead performed during the season 37 premiere of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. Opening with "Lotus Flower" off this year's "The King of Limbs," the now-sextet…

  7. Ask Billboard: The Republic Of Ryan Tedder

    July 22, 2011 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. ADULT …

  8. Theophilus London Steps Out of Rap Mold With 'Timez'

    July 18, 2011 1:30 PM EDT The video for "Last Name London," the first single from Theophilus London's debut album, "Timez Are Weird These Days," bears a striking resemblance to the video for Michael Jackson's "Jam." The biggest difference between the two clips is that London --…

  9. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 6/18/2011

    June 18, 2011 11:15 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @Wale : i RT compliments cuz im insecure ha @wavveswavves :…

  10. 'American Idol' Awards: The Best & Worst of Season 10

    May 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Fellow "American Idol" fans: We've spent four months and countless hours obsessing over the biggest show on TV -- that's right, the same show that everyone said was dead last May! -- but alas, it's time to put another season in the books. And what a season it was:…

  11. Il Volo Transitions from Italian TV to 'American Idol'

    May 18, 2011 9:30 AM EDT It's a long way from Italian TV to "American Idol." But when they take the "Idol" stage on May 19, the members of teenage tenor act Il Volo will have made that trek in just two years. With a single serendipitous performance on Italian vocal competition "Ti Lascio…

  12. 'American Idol': Jacob Lusk Stays Out of Trouble, Lauren Alaina Keeps Climbing

    April 14, 2011 12:35 AM EDT Still mourning Pia Toscano's untimely exit from "American Idol"? Well, I'm sorry to say that tonight's show won't help you get over the Celine Dion -esque singer from Queens. The top 8 tackled songs from the movies on Tuesday's performance episode, and let&…

  13. Billboard Bits: Gwen Stefani Covers Elle's Women in Music Issue, Beastie Boys Release New Single

    April 06, 2011 7:27 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwen Stefani Covers ELLE's Women in Music Issue In ELLE's Women in Music issue hitting newsstands April 12, Gwen Stefani appears on the cover and in a portfolio also featuring Adele , Willow Smith , Robyn…

  14. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Wants Usher for Tour, Jack White/Danger Mouse Collab Hits Net

    March 31, 2011 7:24 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Wants Usher for Tour Britney Spears may have lost Enrique Iglesias as a touring partner this week, but she has other options in mind. "I think Usher 's really great right now," she…

  15. Schools Of Rock: Music Business College Guide

    March 31, 2011 11:16 AM EDT It used to be that the school of hard knocks was enough to land you a gig in the music business-but no longer. With the contraction of the industry increasing the competition for jobs and the advent of ever-evolving digital technologies, graduates need a strong foundation in business to start…

  16. Tom Cruise To Star in 'Rock Of Ages' Film

    February 22, 2011 12:30 PM EST Tom Cruise will soon be belting some classic rock staples as the star of "Rock of Ages," an upcoming film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical which showcases popular rock songs from the 70s and 80s. According to NME , the actor will star as Stacee Jaxx, an aging musician whose…

  17. George Shearing, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 91

    February 14, 2011 12:10 PM EST Jazz pianist Sir George Shearing , who wrote the standard "Lullaby of Birdland" and headed a famed quintet bearing his name, died Monday. He was 91. Dale Sheets, Shearing's longtime manager, said the pianist, blind since birth, died of congestive heart failure. Shearing was…

  18. 11 R&B/Hip-Hop No. 11s For '11

    January 04, 2011 1:05 PM EST May 2011 bring you health, happiness and prosperity. On Billboard charts, however, the number 11 is often synonymous with frustration. "No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11, but of those, No. 11 is probably the worst," says Adrian Moreira, RCA/J/Arista Records senior vice…

  19. Paul McCartney Rocks Apollo Theater for Radio Show

    December 14, 2010 5:32 PM EST At age 68, Paul McCartney has the richest catalogue in pop music to wander around in. Only Bob Dylan could argue the point. On a snowy night at Harlem's historic Apollo Theater, with a frisky band and a live radio audience, McCartney clearly enjoyed the journey. He performed a two-hour,…

  20. Mariah Carey's 'All I Want' Crowns Billboard's Holiday Songs Chart

    December 01, 2010 3:00 PM EST Like a star shining bright atop a Christmas tree, Mariah Carey's 1994 carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You" tops Billboard's list of the 100 most popular seasonal songs. The special holiday recap is based on a formula blending sales and airplay data for the period of Oct…

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