1. 'Rock of Ages': Tom Cruise Called Cameron Crowe for History Lesson

    June 11, 2012 1:20 PM EDT At Hollywood Premiere, Cast & Crew Marvel at Actor's Transformation Into 'Sexy Rock n' Roll Monster' Hollywood transformed into an 80's version of The Sunset Strip on Friday as stars arrived for the premiere of "Rock of Ages," eager to celebrate Tom…

  2. Austin City Limits Lineup: Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Black Keys Headlining

    May 22, 2012 1:05 AM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers will top a loaded bill at October's Austin City Limits. The 130-band lineup will include Neil Young and Crazy Horse , the Black Keys , Jack White , Florence + the Machine and the Avett Brothers atop the bill. The annual Texas festival will span Oct. 12-14 in Zilker…

  3. Silversun Pickups Prep New Album, Call Major Label Options 'Meaningless'

    May 07, 2012 11:15 AM EDT You'd think an indie band with a sophomore album that reached No. 7 on the Billboard 200 would be pursued by every major label in the music business. And that's exactly what happened to Los Angeles act Silversun Pickups after the band's second album, "Swoon," zoomed…

  4. The-Dream: Two Strange, Thrilling Nights in NYC

    March 13, 2012 1:05 PM EDT In a live display of the struggle between his normal, impossibly irresistible persona and his heartbroken alter ego Terius Nash, The-Dream headed to New York to showcase the two wildly different halves of his persona during back-to-back shows of his Kill The Lights tour at S.O.B.'s on…

  5. Christopher Reimer, Women Guitarist, Dead at 26

    February 22, 2012 11:10 AM EST Christopher Reimer, guitarist for the noise rock group Women , has died at the age of 26. According to The Calgary Herald (via Pitchfork ), Reimer passed away in his sleep on Tuesday (Feb. 21), and the cause of death has not yet been determined. Women released a pair of albums, 2008's …

  6. Ask Billboard: Madonna's Biggest Radio Hits

    February 04, 2012 3:30 PM EST A look at Her Madgesty's most-played songs, Carly Rae Jepsen's new No. 1 and more reader-voted songs that should've been singles Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to…

  7. R.I.P. Etta James: Celebrities Mourn on Twitter

    January 20, 2012 5:40 PM EST Minutes after news of Etta James ' passing hit the 'net, celebrites took to Twitter to mourn the legend's death today (Jan. 20). Artists like Mariah Carey to P!nk , expressed their deep sorrow and reflected on the life and legacy of Etta James. Here's a round-up of singers…

  8. Burt Bacharach Working On Memoir

    January 19, 2012 10:50 AM EST Burt Bacharach will be handling the words for his next project: a memoir. The award-winning collaborator on such hits as "I Say a Little Prayer" and "What the World Needs Now" has a deal with HarperCollins for a memoir due in November. The publisher announced Wednesday…

  9. Paul & Linda McCartney Shown Love in Nashville With 'Let Us In' Album, Concert

    November 04, 2011 11:35 AM EDT 'Let Us In' Benefit Concert on Nov. 7 Kicks Off CMA Week, Will Feature McCartney Songs Sir Paul McCartney. Nashville. Those two terms might be not necessarily linked at the hip. However, on Monday, those two musical giants will come together for a great cause. On Nov. 7, at Music…

  10. Who's Who of Hair Metal React to Jani Lane's Death

    August 12, 2011 2:30 PM EDT The response to Jani Lane 's death in the glam-and-hair metal communities has been one of shock and disbelief, with former sunset strip denizens far and wide chiming in. Major artists ranging from Slash to Alice Cooper have lamented the loss, but we're also hearing from the where…

  11. Nikki Jean, "Pennies in a Jar"

    July 29, 2011 10:00 AM EDT The strategy/marketing hook for this Lupe Fiasco collaborator is her collection of co-writes with legends ranging from Bob Dylan to Carly Simon. Nikki Jean excels when she plays into her collaborators' strengths, especially the Philly soul of Thom Bell on "How to Unring a Bell,"…

  12. Rihanna Brings Out Jay-Z On 'Loud' Tour's New Jersey Stop

    July 22, 2011 4:10 PM EDT "Don't get shy, don't try to act all cute," Rihanna told a packed crowd before taking a shot, near the end of her performance, to introduce "Cheers (Drink to That)." Rihanna was far from shy yesterday (July 21) when performing a 24-song set for a full stadium,…

  13. Jill Scott: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT A word that captures Jill Scott's vibe of late? "Free." "That's the word I've been using," Scott says with a laugh. She's calling in from Baltimore, one of the stopovers on a promotional tour in support of her new album, "The Light of the Sun."…

  14. Adele Reclaims No. 1 on Billboard 200, 'Book of Mormon' Makes History

    June 15, 2011 11:00 AM EDT While Adele's "21" returns, as expected, to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a tenth non-consecutive week (114,000; down 5%) and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" falls to No. 2 (100,000; down 42%), the real news is the stunning re-entry at No. 3.…

  15. 'Book of Mormon' Wins Best Musical Tony; Bono, The Edge Make Appearance

    June 13, 2011 7:13 AM EDT A slew of acclaimed shows were up for Tony Awards in a remarkably competitive year, but a production that wasn't even eligible still managed to cast a shadow - well, shall we make that a web? - over the proceedings. On a night when the hilariously profane "The Book of Mormon"…

  16. The-Dream Announces 'The Love IV' Release Date and Plans to Publish Book

    June 07, 2011 4:25 PM EDT T he-Dream is known for lending his production and penmanship skills to Rihanna ("Umbrella") and Beyoncé, most recently writing and co-producing "1 +1," the opening track to Beyoncé's upcoming album, "4." But the Love King is keeping a little magic to…

  17. Billboard Bits: Cali Swag District Announces Album, Snoop Dogg Wants Hip-Hop 'Idol'

    June 06, 2011 7:34 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Cali Swag District Announces Debut Album, "The Kickback" "Teach Me How to Dougie" creators Cali Swag District will release their debut album, "The Kickback," on July 12, with "…

  18. Rihanna Kicks Off LOUD Tour With Prince Cover, Lap Dance

    June 06, 2011 4:03 PM EDT R ihanna kicked off her LOUD tour in Baltimore on Saturday (June 4) with neon platforms, lap dances and a Prince cover amidst a sold-out crowd at the 1st Mariner Arena. Watch below, as an androgynous Rihanna sings Prince's "Darling Nikki" and provocatively swings a cane at her…

  19. Beastie Boys Score No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200, Adele Holds at No. 1

    May 11, 2011 11:00 AM EDT While Adele 's "21" spends a lucky seventh non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, a near-record eight debuts arrive in the top 10, led by Beastie Boys ' "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2." "21" holds atop the list with 155,000 (up 26…

  20. Sixx: A.M. Redefines Beauty on 'This Is Gonna Hurt'

    May 07, 2011 8:00 AM EDT It's kismet that People magazine's annual Most Beautiful People issue hit newsstands the same time that "Lies of the Beautiful People," the lead single from Sixx: A.M. 's new album, has burned up Billboard's rock radio charts. After all, the song was inspired by…

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