1. Coheed and Cambria Bassist Out of Band

    August 04, 2011 6:39 PM EDT Just weeks after his bizarre arrest for armed robbery of a pharmacy, bassist Michael Todd is officially out of prog-rockers Coheed and Cambria , the band announced on Thursday (Aug. 4). The group called the move a "mutual decision" in a statement on their blog . "After a lot of…

  2. Limp Bizkit, "Gold Cobra"

    July 20, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Given the waning fortunes of nü-metal and rap-rock, as well as the group's internal dramas, it's easy to forget that people-a lot of them, actually-were once fans of Limp Bizkit. Gold Cobra, the quintet's newest album in five years and first by the original lineup (with…

  3. Coheed and Cambria's Michael Todd Arrested for Armed Robbery

    July 11, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Police have arrested Coheed and Cambria bass player Michael Todd for allegedly robbing a pharmacy. The Attleboro, Mass., police department said they responded to a report of a robbery around 1 p.m. Sunday at a Walgreens. "Upon arrival, it was learned that a male had threatened a…

  4. Fred Durst on Limp Bizkit's Comeback: 'We've Got to Own Who We Are'

    June 20, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Fred Durst says Limp Bizkit 's upcoming "Gold Cobra" is "definitely not a reunion. It's a comeback." The rap-rock quintet releases its new album -- its first since 2005 and first with its original lineup, including guitarist Wes Borland, since 2000's "…

  5. Billboard Bits: Gaga Fans Harass Black Keys Drummer, Coldplay Denies Plagiarism Charges

    June 07, 2011 6:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Black Keys Drummer Attacked by Lady Gaga Fans on Twitter After the Black Keys ' Patrick Carney offered jokes comparing Lady Gaga to Madonna on two different occasions, Gaga fans turned vitriolic, sending a…

  6. Puddle of Mudd Reworks Rolling Stones, Neil Young Hits for Covers Album

    May 24, 2011 4:20 PM EDT An abandoned attempt to make a followup to 2009's "Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate" led Puddle of Mudd to opt instead for a covers set, "re:(disc)overed," which is due out Aug. 2. "Since we started we've been non-stop -- make a record, go on…

  7. NBC Orders Music-Heavy Fall Lineup after 'The Voice' Success

    May 15, 2011 4:33 PM EDT NBC is banking on musical Mondays this fall, reserving the 8 to 10 p.m. block for competitions and the 10 p.m. hour for "The Playboy Club." The new Broadway-themed "Smash" will take over the 10 p.m. slot at mid-season. Music will have a significant role in at least two of…

  8. Black Veil Brides to 'Set World on Fire' with Major Label Debut

    April 12, 2011 12:00 AM EDT B lack Veil Brides do not exactly have modest ambitions for their sophomore album. "This is going to be the best album anybody's ever made," founder and frontman Andy Six tells Billboard.com about "Set the World On Fire," which comes out June 14 as the glammy Los…

  9. Lemmy Kilmister, "Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker. 51% Son Of A Bitch"

    March 18, 2011 10:52 AM EDT Greg Olliver and former Billboard editor Wes Orshoski followed Motörhead singer/ bassist Lemmy Kilmister around the world to film a documentary about him, crafting a portrait that transcends Kilmister from metal legend to relatable human being. Their labor of love pays off in spades for the…

  10. Motorhead Singer Talks New Album, 'Motherf**ker' Movie

    January 24, 2011 7:50 AM EST With albums coming from both his bands and a biographical documentary due out on DVD, one can understand why Lemmy Kilmister feels "we're going pretty good at the moment." The iconic Motorhead founder and leader is basking in the raised profile of "Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker,…

  11. Billboard Bits: Bieber Plays Santa, Ultimate Last-Minute Holiday Playlist

    December 24, 2010 1:14 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber Plays Santa for Sick Children Justin Bieber went the extra mile to give back to fans on Thursday, bringing a busload of toys to sick children in extra need of holiday cheer. The singer parked his tour…

  12. Black Keys 'Up' To No. 1 On Alternative Songs

    October 27, 2010 1:35 PM EDT ROO-KEYS OF THE YEAR: Akron, Ohio's the Black Keys reach the top spot on Alternative Songs with their first chart entry, as "Tighten Up" ascends 2-1. The song appears on the act's sixth studio album, "Brothers," which soars 48-27 as the Greatest Gainer (14,000,…

  13. Kanye West Says He Had Considered Suicide

    October 19, 2010 10:31 AM EDT K anye Wes t told an audience at a screening of his film, "Runaway," that he thought about killing himself, but now feels a responsibility to make a meaningful contribution to pop culture and art. Describing himself as a pop icon and "soldier for culture," West told the…

  14. Ra Ra Riot, "The Orchard"

    September 03, 2010 4:58 PM EDT Syracuse, N.Y.-based rock act Ra Ra Riot has been tiptoeing around the cusp of major fame since the release of its 2008 debut, "The Rhumb Line." The quintet's follow-up, "The Orchard," is a polished effort that blends syncopated pop beats with a sophisticated string…

  15. Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth Set to Rock 3rd ATP NY Festival

    August 30, 2010 4:00 PM EDT The end of the U.S. summer festival season is more or less upon us: we already know what Lady Gaga wore at Lollapalooza, how Pavement sounded at Sasquatch!, and what classics Stevie Wonder knocked out of the park at Bonnaroo. For a select few, however, the real summer festival is still to…

  16. Ra Ra Riot Tries to Beat Sophomore Slump

    August 15, 2010 11:00 AM EDT Just as the members of indie-pop band Ra Ra Riot were getting ready to hit the big time in 2007, tragedy struck when original drummer John Pike drowned. But the band rebounded, releasing "The Rhumb Line" on Barsuk in 2008, selling 66,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan,…

  17. Q&A With Limp Bizkit

    July 02, 2010 2:52 PM EDT In this special extended Independence Weekend Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Tye Comer sits down with Limp Bizkit , who will soon be releasing "Gold Cobra," their first album in seven years. Frontman Fred Durst and guitarist Wes Borland talk about Borland&…

  18. Jazz Piano Legend Hank Jones Dies At 91

    May 17, 2010 5:50 PM EDT Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones , whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald 's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said Monday. He was 91. Jones, who won a Grammy…

  19. New Orleans Jazz Fest / April 23-25 / Fairgrounds Racetrack

    April 27, 2010 6:00 PM EDT With three days of memorable performances by artists as varied as Simon and Garfunkel , Drake , My Morning Jacket , the Allman Brothers , and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band , the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 23-25) demonstrated just why the yearly…

  20. Billboard Bits: Rage Against the Machine, Thom Yorke, Lady Gaga and More

    February 11, 2010 6:56 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Rage Against the Machine has announced the details of its free July 7 Finsbury Park concert in London, according to NME . The show comes after the band promised to play a free UK show if their song …

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