1. Outside Lands Festival 2011: 18 Things Seen & Heard

    August 15, 2011 12:31 PM EDT Now in its fourth year, San Francisco's Outside Lands festival serves the dual purpose of providing vibrant Bay Area city with a response to Indio's white-hot Coachella, and giving the city an annual Golden Gate Park event recalling the bygone Summer of Love days. This weekend'…

  2. Billboard Bits: Zach Galifianakis Disses Ke$ha, How Alice Cooper Almost Killed Elvis

    June 08, 2011 7:02 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Zach Galifianakis Disses Ke$ha In the latest Rolling Stone cover story, Zach Galifianakis discusses, in addition to his apparent reluctance to fame, his run-ins with and negative feelings toward Kesha. "I saw…

  3. Justin Bieber Delivers Heartfelt Performance in Israel

    April 15, 2011 12:20 PM EDT When it comes to the concert business in Israel, the country gives new meaning to the term "secondary market" -- as in, a good number of the foreign acts who agree to play there end up having second thoughts and canceling their gigs. Such was the case for Elvis Costello , who…

  4. Die Antwoord Living the Golden Life in 'Rich B*tch' Video

    March 09, 2011 1:15 PM EST South African rave rap group Die Antwoord has both amazed and puzzled before with song and video alike. And then came the new clip for "Rich B*tch." The new video for the tune, off the group's 2010 record "$O$," finds the pint-sized Yo-Landi Vi$$er rapping about…

  5. Worst Hip-Hop And R&B Album Covers Of 2010

    December 21, 2010 12:00 PM EST From a belly-exposed, shower-cap-wearing Bizarre to a borderline offensive, half gorilla-faced Sheek Louch and a simply out-of-place Ne-Yo, some of the worst hip-hop and R&B album covers of 2010 came courtesy of some our favorite artists who just happened to drop the ball art-wise with…

  6. Nicole Scherzinger Prepping New Album, 'Men in Black 3' Role

    October 30, 2010 10:48 AM EDT After more than a few tries in 2007, Nicole Scherzinger is readying her first proper solo album. The Pussycat Doll and perennial featured guest revealed earlier this year that it was her decision not to release "Her Name Is Nicole ," even after her longtime label Interscope Records…

  7. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 10/30/2010

    October 30, 2010 10:00 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 !) @liltunechi : 8 days until they #FreeWeezy . Shoutout …

  8. Die Antwoord, "Evil Boy"

    October 22, 2010 12:07 PM EDT Die Antwoord is not known for subtlety: The South African rave-rap trio's style of pairing pummeling beats with filthy rhymes has exploded overnight on the Internet. It carries on its M.O. with a phallus-filled video for "Evil Boy," yet the single, part of the U.S. rerelease of…

  9. Die Antwoord 'Want the Money From Nice People' For Debut Album

    October 11, 2010 11:30 AM EDT The South African hip-hop troupe Die Antwoord (The Answer) is about to release its first album, but the group members can already tell you what's going to happen next. And after that. And even beyond that . "There's a five-album plan," explains group founder Ninja (real…

  10. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 10/2/2010

    October 02, 2010 10:00 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 !) @justinbieber : ...the video is i meet as she is a fan..…

  11. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 9/25/2010

    September 25, 2010 10:00 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 !) @nickiminaj : wen i find out the person responsible for…

  12. Brandon Flowers Wanted to 'Summon Spirits of the Desert' with 'Flamingo'

    September 10, 2010 3:45 PM EDT While announcing the arrival of his solo career, Brandon Flowers made it clear that his band, the Killers , isn't breaking up. In fact, the singer says that the point of "Flamingo," due Sept. 14 on Island Records, was to deliver these songs to the public so that his group could…

  13. The Roots' Questlove Live Video Q&A

    May 07, 2010 9:35 AM EDT The Roots' Questlove Watch the Archived Video Roots drummer and " Late Night With Jimmy Fallon " bandleader Questlove did a live Billboard.com video interview on May 6 from backstage at the "Fallon" studio. He took your questions via Twitter, and divulged what its…

  14. Die Antwoord Confirm Interscope Album Details

    May 06, 2010 11:20 AM EDT Die Antwoord, South Africa's breakout digital rap-rave act, has confirmed a label deal with Interscope on its website and released details about its debut album release. Although official reps for the band remain silent on the deal, a "guess what!?"" button on dieantwoord…

  15. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 4/24/10

    April 24, 2010 10:36 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 !) @iamdiddy (Diddy): Me+Mark Wahlberg driving a racecar down…

  16. Cinematic Orchestra, Ninja Tune Team For New Label

    November 16, 2009 4:46 PM EST Jason Swinscoe of the U.K. jazz/electronica act the Cinematic Orchestra has formed a new label, Motion Audio, in partnership with the group's Ninja Tune label. Swinscoe has joined forces with Dominic Smith, the long-term A&R for the Cinematic Orchestra at Ninja Tune. The London-based…

  17. Speech Debelle Turns Up The Heat After Mercury Prize Win

    September 21, 2009 1:28 PM EDT The heat is rising on U.K. rapper Speech Debelle 's career after her debut album, "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada), beat La Roux , Florence & the Machine and Kasabian to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize . "I think [the Mercury judges] saw that it's a representation of…

  18. Speech Debelle Snags U.K.'s Mercury Prize

    September 08, 2009 7:50 PM EDT Hip-hop artist Speech Debelle is the winner of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2009 with "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada) for the best album of the past year by a U.K. or Irish artist. The debut set proved a popular winner among the audience at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London tonight …

  19. NIN Announce Final (Final) Tour Dates

    July 07, 2009 4:55 PM EDT Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor announced today that the band will play a final "handful of shows" in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles beginning August 22. While NIN originally planned to stop performing in the U.S. for good after the tour with Jane’s Addiction that wrapped…

  20. Nine Inch Nails & Jane's Addiction / June 7, 2009 / Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre)

    June 10, 2009 8:11 PM EDT It was a breezy Sunday night (June 7) in Long Island, NY, and 15,000 black-clad rockers were congregating at the oceanside Jones Beach amphitheater, all of them ready to party like it's 1991. That was, of course, the year of Perry Ferrell's inaugural Lollapalooza festival, the stage…

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