1. Geoff Tate Signs Solo Deal: Former Queensryche Singer Eyes Fall Album

    June 25, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Geoff Tate, who parted ways with his longtime band Queensryche this month, announced that he has signed a multi-album, worldwide solo recording deal with InsideOut Music. "I'm very excited to join forces with InsideOut Music," Tate said in a statement. "They are very…

  2. Exclusive: Queensryche Parts Ways With Geoff Tate

    June 20, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Band Replaces Singer With Crimson Glory's Todd La Torre Rock band Queensryche is continuing forward without vocalist Geoff Tate , who will be replaced by Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre, Billboard has exclusively learned. "Over the past few months, there have been growing…

  3. Chart Highlights: Carrie Underwood Crowns Country Songs With 'Good Girl'

    June 04, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Underwood's 'Good Girl' is better than good: it's the new No. 1 on Country Songs. Plus, fellow former 'American Idol' queen Kelly Clarkson tops AC and One Direction rules Dance/Club Play Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  4. What's Going on With Queensryche? Fans, Industry Buzzing

    May 30, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Just call it "Operation: Speculation." A couple recent instances of so-called drama have set Queensryche fans and metal news sites to wondering if something is amiss with the band. On May 13, MetalSludge.tv reported there was an alleged altercation among some of the band's…

  5. Billboard Latin Music Awards: Don Omar, Prince Royce Win Big

    April 26, 2012 11:05 PM EDT In a year when Billboard's Latin charts were dominated by uptempo dance music and a slew of younger names, veteran hitmaker Don Omar and newcomer Prince Royce tied as the biggest winners at the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards, earning eight honors each. Complete Winners List Presented…

  6. Cee Lo Green Adds Religion to 'Imagine,' Fueling Outrage

    January 03, 2012 10:25 AM EST Singer Deletes Apology From Twitter C ee Lo Green rang in the new year with a fresh controversy. The "Forget You" singer fueled outrage after his performance on NBC's Times Square telecast for doing what many John Lennon fans deemed sacrilege: changing the lyrics to the late…

  7. Gerado Ortiz Scores No. 1 Latin Album After Surviving Shooting Attempt

    April 06, 2011 5:59 PM EDT Up and coming regional Mexican artist Gerardo Ortiz , known for his narcocorridos that chronicle Mexico's drug wars, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart barely two weeks after surviving an ambush attempt in Mexico that left his cousin and business manager dead.…

  8. Sound & Vision: RedOne and 10 Other Producers Ruling Music

    April 01, 2011 4:10 PM EDT They produce the songs that make the whole world sing -- and dance, and mosh, and head-bob, and do the country two-step. RedOne and 10 other producers who rule the music universe: RedOne Five years ago, the Billboard Hot 100 was a safe haven for the type of funked-up electro Timbaland was…

  9. 'Grey's Anatomy' Musical Episode to Feature Cast Singing Fray, Snow Patrol

    March 11, 2011 11:30 AM EST "How to Save a Life," the song that brought an audience to the Fray from its placement in ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," will be treated to a group sing-along in the show's musical episode airing March 31. With a Tony Award winner in the cast, Sara Ramirez, it'…

  10. Bon Jovi Needs 'A Break' When Tour Wraps, Says Drummer

    January 27, 2011 7:06 AM EST As Bon Jovi prepares to start its 2011 tour schedule, the group members say what happens after they come off the road in July is anyone's guess. "I think we need to take a break," drummer Tico Torres told Billboard.com during a conference call with reporters. "It's a…

  11. Ricky Martin's "MAS" Track By Track

    January 26, 2011 1:30 PM EST On Feb. 1, Ricky Martin drops his first studio album in six years: "Música + Alma + Sexo" (Music + Soul + Sex) or "MAS" for its acronym in Spanish. We spent an afternoon with Martin in his home studio (with children calling for him outside his window) and he walked us…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson

    November 11, 2010 5:55 PM EST RI-WARDED: As "What's My Name?" vaults 60-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , Rihanna continues to enhance a commanding chart history that began the week of June 11, 2005, when "Pon De Replay" debuted at No. 97. "What's My Name?" becomes Rihanna's eighth…

  13. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry Set to Dominate MTV Europe Music Awards

    November 05, 2010 11:38 AM EDT It could be the night of the diva in Madrid at the MTV Europe Awards on Sunday, with Lady Gaga and Katy Perry leading the field with five nominations apiece and "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria hosting the event. The U.S. singers go head-to-head in four categories -- best…

  14. Bon Jovi to Receive Global Icon Award at MTV Europe Awards

    October 19, 2010 11:33 AM EDT B on Jovi will receive a Global Icon prize at next month's MTV Europe Music Awards in Madrid, the music channel said on Tuesday. Bruce Gillmer, executive vice president of music and talent at MTV Networks International called Bon Jovi "one of the most beloved and influential rock…

  15. Don Omar Talks New Album, 'Fast and Furious'

    October 08, 2010 4:23 PM EDT D on Omar first got a taste of acting when he landed a small part in the 2009 installment of the "Fast & Furious" film series. Now, having scored a role in the next chapter, he's deep in preparation for it. Omar plays Rico Santos, a member of Vin Diesel's posse in the…

  16. Alejandro Sanz, Juan Luis Guerra Lead Latin Grammy Nominations

    September 08, 2010 12:45 PM EDT Latin Grammy darlings Alejandro Sanz and Juan Luis Guerra , along with past nominee Jorge Drexler , led the nominations for the 11th edition of the awards with four nods each, tying Mario Domm, the lead singer and songwriter of pop group Camila . The nominees for the 2010 Latin Grammys, which…

  17. AC/DC, Bon Jovi Lead Midyear Tours Chart

    July 16, 2010 12:10 PM EDT Most of the touring business news so far this summer has been about cancellations and slumping sales, but a look at the most successful tours of the first half of this year shows that some acts are doing bang-up business. As a sampling of what's working on the road this year, the list is…

  18. Bon Jovi Kicks Off O2 Residency

    June 08, 2010 7:34 AM EDT Bon Jovi has launched its London O2 Arena residency - returning to the venue they officially launched three years ago. Rob Hallett, AEG Live president of international touring, is predicting that tickets sales for the band's current tour will easily out-perform the 2007-2008 Lost Highway…

  19. Diego Torres, "Distinto"

    June 04, 2010 3:54 PM EDT Argentine singer Diego Torres ' first studio album in three years, "Distinto" (Different), showcases an edgier, more aggressive artist who's willing to step outside the bounds of pop with just the right degree of experimentation. The set--Torres' Universal Music…

  20. Bon Jovi Opens New Meadowland Stadium

    May 27, 2010 4:56 PM EDT Bon Jovi opened the New Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey on Wednesday night (May. 26) for the first of four concerts there, introducing 55,000 fans to the future Super Bowl venue and treating them to more than two hours of hit songs spanning the group's entire career. The show was the…

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