1. Mindless Behavior Talks Upcoming Sophomore Album

    July 27, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Boy bands ruled the childhoods of many, especially through out the late '90s, early '00s. Within R&B realm there was the inception of B2K, the reconfiguration of Immature into IMX and the short-lived, but impactful success of groups such as 3rd Storee and B5. But, now that we&…

  2. Exclusive: 'Voice' Finalist Chris Mann Records Christmas Album

    July 27, 2012 1:50 PM EDT "The Voice" finalist Chris Mann will release a Christmas EP three weeks before the Oct. 30 release of his debut album. Mann has recorded six classic songs for a Christmas album that will be sold exclusively at Walmart. Faircraft Records/Universal Republic, which is releasing his…

  3. 'The Voice's' Chris Mann Signs Major Label Deal

    June 28, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Chris Mann, the classically trained singer who made it to the finals NBC's series "The Voice," is the first act signed to Ron Fair's new Universal Republic imprint Faircraft. His debut album is expected in the fall. Mann is in the studio working on his debut album with…

  4. Ice-T: 'The Art of Rap' Will Be More Than Just a Movie

    June 05, 2012 10:00 AM EDT As he prepares for the June 15 theatrical opening of his documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," Ice-T promises that the campaign "won't end with this film." "We've got a DVD. We have a television show. We have a soundtrack album," the…

  5. Rock Hall of Fame: 10 Things Seen & Heard Behind the Scenes

    April 15, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Go behind the scenes of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction , held Saturday in Cleveland, with our roving roundup of chatter with the likes of Ron Wood, Questlove, Chuck D and Alice Cooper. Get our report from the ceremony here. 1. A sober Ronnie Wood told Billboard that he felt "a…

  6. Dee Cernile of Sven Gali Dead at 46

    February 27, 2012 3:45 PM EST Dee Cernile, guitarist for gold-selling 90s hard rock band Sven Gali, died Feb. 25 after battling lung cancer. He was 46. On his personal Facebook page - now filled with messages of memories and condolences from many members of the Canadian music industry - was this message: "After such…

  7. Bret McKenzie's 'Man or Muppet' Wins Best Song Oscar

    February 26, 2012 11:50 PM EST Ludovic Bource's Music for 'The Artist' Takes Best Original Score The man behind "Man or Muppet" in "The Muppets" now has an Oscar. Bret McKenzie beat an uncrowded field of two nominees to earn the best original song trophy at the 84th Annual Academy Awards…

  8. Ask Billboard: What Songs Should've Been Singles?

    January 28, 2012 10:05 AM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. WHAT SONGS SHOULD&…

  9. John Fogerty on New TV Gig, Next Album & CCR's Deep Rift

    January 10, 2012 6:00 PM EST J ohn Fogerty is going up around the TV bend this week, making a guest appearance and providing the theme song for Fox TV's new series "The Finder," which debuts at 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 12. "The producers of the show, I guess they're big fans and had this idea that they…

  10. Track Review: Adam Lambert, 'Better Than I Know Myself'

    January 02, 2012 8:00 AM EST ADAM LAMBERT "Better Than I Know Myself" (3:36) Producers: Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Ammo Writers: Lukasz Gottwald, Joshua Coleman, Claude Kelly and Henry Walter Publishers: Kasz Money Publishing/Each Note Counts/Prescription Songs/ Traintracks Studio/Prescription Songs (ASCAP) Music…

  11. The Year in Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 28, 2011 9:05 AM EST From the arrival of Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" to the "Glee" cast's toppling of a King (of Rock & Roll) to Katy Perry matching an achievement by another King (of Pop), 2011 brought several notable chart records. The Year in Chart Headlines, Part 1 In part…

  12. Exclusive: Muppets Video Premiere & Kermit Q&A

    December 08, 2011 11:50 AM EST Jason Segel Belts "Man or Muppet," Kermie on Being Green in Limelight The great Muppet comeback train of 2011 rolls onward, leaving what feels like just a handful of folks who still haven't seen "The Muppets" in the dust. In our latest video premiere on Billboard.com,…

  13. Drake's 'Take Care' Blasts Onto Billboard 200

    November 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST As expected, Drake nets the third-largest sales week of 2011 for an album, as "Take Care" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 631,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. While that's a slightly smaller number than initially expected, it's…

  14. Grammy Hall of Fame Adds Tina Turner, Paul Simon Hits

    November 21, 2011 3:15 PM EST Three of the biggest musical moments of the 1980s, Bruce Springsteen's album "Born in the U.S.A.," Paul Simon's "Graceland" and Tina Turner's single "What's Love Got to Do With It," are among the 25 recordings being inducted into the 2012…

  15. 2011 Latin Grammys: 10 Things You Didn't See

    November 11, 2011 8:00 AM EST The Latin Grammys aired Nov. 10 on the Univision network form the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Here's what you didn't see on screen. 1. Demi Lovato , who performed at the Latin Gramys alongside newcomer Pablo Alboran, is preparing to release an all-Spanish album sometime…

  16. Exclusive: 'The Muppets' Soundtrack Song List

    October 10, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords has four original songs in the Disney film "The Muppets," which features special appearances by Feist , Joanna Newsom and Nathan Pacheco. Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack Nov. 21. McKenzie has written "Life's a Happy…

  17. Paul McCartney Weds Nancy Shevell in London Ceremony

    October 09, 2011 7:20 PM EDT A hint of autumnal Beatlemania was in the air Sunday as Paul McCartney , for the second time in his improbable life, climbed the steps of venerable Old Marylebone Town Hall to take himself a bride. True, thousands of heartbroken female fans crowded the columned building in 1969 when he…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Seth MacFarlane, Gloria Estefan, the Bangles

    October 06, 2011 6:30 PM EDT HE'S ... A ... CHARTING ... GUY!: "Family Guy" and "American Dad" creator Seth MacFarlane make his Billboard chart debut under his own name, as "Music Is Better Than Words" debuts at No. 2 on Traditional Jazz Albums and Heatseekers Albums. The collection,…

  19. 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…

  20. 21 Under 21: Mindless Behavior (2011)

    September 27, 2011 10:31 AM EDT No. 16. Mindless Behavior Birthdates: Prodigy - Dec. 26, 1996; Ray Ray - Jan. 6, 1997; Princeton -April 21, 1997; Roc Royal - July 23, 1997 (All age 14) Why They're Hot: Some boy bands are only boys in the metaphorical sense. Mindless Behavior , however, is a slick, baby-faced R&B…

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