1. Mars Volta: 10-Year 'Dictatorship' Ends After 'Noctourniquet'

    March 26, 2012 3:00 PM EDT New album "the last record of its kind," says Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez says the band's sixth studio album, "Noctourniquet," will be its last -- at least in terms of how he's approached writing and recording the group's…

  2. Ol' Dirty Bastard To Be Played By 'The Wire's' Omar

    March 22, 2012 3:35 PM EDT Michael K. Williams, the actor best known for portraying Baltimore gunslinger Omar Little on the HBO drama "The Wire," has signed on to play deceased Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard in a forthcoming film titled "Dirty White Boy." According to Deadline, the drama…

  3. Don Omar, Pitbull Lead Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists

    February 28, 2012 10:15 AM EST Many music industry pundits say this is increasingly a business of songs. And in the Latin music sphere, no one exemplified this better in the past year than Don Omar, who thanks in large part to the seemingly endless appeal of his songs "Danza Kuduro" and "Taboo," is the…

  4. The Mars Volta Announces New Album 'Noctourniquet'

    January 17, 2012 4:17 PM EST Grammy-winning prog-rockers the Mars Volta 's upcoming sixth album, "Noctourniquet," will see a March 27 release on Warner Bros. Like previous Mars Volta records, "Noctourniquet" will be a concept album revolving around a defined narrative. Written by band co-founders…

  5. Chart Highlights: Van Halen Jumps Onto Rock Songs With 'Tattoo'

    January 16, 2012 6:15 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "We Found Love" Rihanna…

  6. R. Kelly Has 32 More Chapters of 'Trapped in the Closet'

    December 21, 2011 2:30 PM EST All He Needs Are Investors: 'It Costs a Lot of Money' Get ready world, R&B wizard R. Kelly says he has written up an additional 32 chapters of his "Trapped in the Closet" hip-hopera. The star made the announcement in a chat with a gushing TMZ reporter outside an L.A.…

  7. The Year in Latin: Shakira's Digital Domination

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST This year, Shakira didn't have the top-selling Latin album in the United States -- her "Sale el Sol" landed at No. 4 on the Top Latin Albums year-end chart. Nor did she land any singles within the top 10 on the year-end Hot Latin Songs recap. Year In Music Main Page: See All…

  8. Billboard's Latin Songs Chart: The 'Beat Of The Industry'

    October 04, 2011 11:45 AM EDT On Oct. 4, 1986, Mexican singer/songwriter "(Billboard's Latin Songs chart) is the beat of the industry," says songwriter Omar Alfanno, who penned Son by Four 's "A Puro Dolor," the longest-running No. 1 track in the history of the chart (61 total weeks, 20 at No…

  9. Chart Highlights: Rodney Atkins Takes 'Back Road' To No. 1 On Country Songs

    September 19, 2011 5:15 PM EDT Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Moves Like Jagger" Maroon…

  10. Billboard Bits: 'Watch the Throne' Outrages Indie Retailers, Morrissey Slams Norway

    July 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to…

  11. LMFAO Keeps 'Party' Rocking Atop Hot 100

    July 13, 2011 3:30 PM EDT LMFAO spends its second week atop the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (July 14) on Billboard.com, with "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, while Lil Wayne 's "How to Love" and OneRepublic 's "Good Life" claims the…

  12. Selena Gomez Bumps Justin Bieber From No. 1 on Social 50

    July 07, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Until this week, only four acts had ruled the still-young Social 50 chart: Rihanna , the Black Eyed Peas , Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber . But now, we have a new No. 1 artist: Selena Gomez . And, in an ironic twist, Gomez takes the crown by bumping her boyfriend, Justin Bieber, out of the top…

  13. Mumford & Sons, Jason Aldean Lead Non-Pop Albums at 2011 Midpoint

    July 07, 2011 11:30 AM EDT The sweet sounds of pop music are in control as we take a look at the top selling albums and songs at the mid-year point of 2011, while artists like folk act Of the top 20 selling albums -- half of them are pop sets. Leading the pop charge, and the year overall, is Adele, Katy Perry Rule Mid…

  14. Beyonce Experimented 'With Everything' On '4,' Says Engineer

    June 17, 2011 1:20 PM EDT The go-to recording engineer for Beyoncé is Toronto native Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young. He's sitting in a spacious studio at New York's new $3.5 million Jungle City Studios, talking about his unlikely road to working on one of the most anticipated albums of 2011, Beyoncé'…

  15. Justin Bieber Returns to Social 50 Summit, Lady Gaga Slips to No. 4

    June 16, 2011 2:55 PM EDT After six weeks at No. 1, Lady Gaga drops to No. 4, handing the Social 50 crown back to Justin Bieber (3-1). As the frenzy around the release of her album "Born This Way" calms, she saw declines in plays (-32%), views (-60%) and fans (-15%) across all monitored social networks and…

  16. Rihanna Climbs Up the Social 50 Thanks to 'Down'

    June 09, 2011 5:55 PM EDT In the Social 50 chart's top 10 this week, Rihanna climbs 4-2 thanks to the buzz surrounding the release of her latest music video, "Man Down." The clip, which premiered on June 1, has brought in 12 million Vevo views (earning a 51% week-over-week gain). In the short, the…

  17. Ben Harper, Slipknot Debut on Social 50 Chart

    June 02, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Roots-rocker Ben Harper makes his debut on the Social 50 chart this week at No. 47, thanks to buzz derived from his recent promotion of his latest album "Give Till It's Gone." He appeared on both the "Late Show With David Letterman" Web concert series "Live on…

  18. Marc Anthony, Los Tigres del Norte Top Latin Chart Debuts

    June 02, 2011 1:29 PM EDT L os Tigres del Norte's "MTV Unplugged," a daring set that brings pop and rock to the regional Mexican stars' traditional norteño music, debuts at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart this week. The "Unplugged" set features pairings with Paulina Rubio…

  19. Billboard, Telemundo Partner for First-Ever Regional Mexican Music Awards Show on Network TV

    May 17, 2011 11:42 AM EDT Telemundo has signed a new multi-year deal with Billboard to present the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards and to expand the companies' alliances into different musical areas. Aside from the successful Billboard Latin Music Awards, the agreement will now include the new Premios…

  20. Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' Tops Hot 100

    May 11, 2011 12:25 PM EDT A dele ascends to her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (May 12) on Billboard.com, as "Rolling in the Deep" rises 2-1. The song concurrently reaches the summit on Digital Songs (2-1), despite a 2% decline to 294,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen…

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