1. Ask Billboard: Country, Where The Girls Aren't

    July 29, 2011 5:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. ASK BILLBOARD:…

  2. Man Gets Rickrolled by the White House, Calls It 'Laugh of the Week'

    July 28, 2011 10:50 PM EDT Welcome to Washington, Rick Astley ! In the midst of the cantankerous debate over the debt ceiling, the White House decided to have a little fun with one bored constituent on Wednesday (July 27) by … Rickrolling him. David Wiggs, an "energy tech enthusiast" from Tennessee, voiced…

  3. Lauryn Hill Requests Privacy, Dismisses Rumors in Public Statement

    July 27, 2011 12:15 PM EDT In response to the speculation that former partner Rohan Marley abandoned her while she was pregnant with his son, Lauryn Hill released a statement via her representatives' Twitter account on Tuesday (July 26). "Mr. Marley and I have a long and complex history about which MANY…

  4. Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Big on Hoopla, Short on Details

    July 25, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Several members of Michael Jackson 's family held a press conference in Beverly Hills on Monday (July 25) morning to announce a tribute concert for their brother, who died two years ago. Aside from a location, a date and a name for the event, the famous family played coy with the details…

  5. Lauryn Hill Gives Birth to Baby No. 6, Fans React

    July 25, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Lauryn Hill and her baby boy are both doing well after a frightening delivery on Saturday. According to reports, the singer welcomed her sixth child on July 23. A source told BlackCelebKids that although "mother and baby are fine," the little boy was delivered with the umbilical…

  6. Adele Stays Atop U.K. Album Chart, Amy Winehouse Posts Big Gains

    July 25, 2011 10:35 AM EDT Adele started her 18th non-consecutive week atop the U.K. album chart with "21" (XL Recordings) yesterday (Sunday), as The Wanted's "Glad You Came" (Geffen/Universal) notched a second week at the singles summit. Amy Winehouse 's catalog showed a swift sales spurt…

  7. Jay-Z and Kanye West Form 'The Throne,' Announce Tour Dates

    July 25, 2011 7:30 AM EDT A week after debuting their new single, "Otis," off "Watch the Throne," Jay-Z and Kanye West are joining forces to form the group 'The Throne' and announce their Watch the Throne tour, kicking off on Sept. 22 in Detroit MI. New 'Watch The Throne' Track,…

  8. Ask Billboard: The Republic Of Ryan Tedder

    July 22, 2011 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. ADULT …

  9. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony To Reunite For Concert, Drake Will Also Perform

    July 20, 2011 6:20 PM EDT Despite the departure of Krayzie Bone in April, all five members of legendary hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will come together for a final farewell performance in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, on July 23. "They ain't seen us, all five, since Flesh came out [of prison in…

  10. Justin Bieber Hits the Studio with Chris Brown

    July 20, 2011 12:50 PM EDT Pop music pals Justin Bieber and Chris Brown hit the recording studio together on Monday (July 18) to work on new material, a rep for Brown has confirmed to Billboard.com. The singers, who most recently collaborated on Brown's "F.A.M.E." track "Next 2 You," were…

  11. Elton John, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra & More: Stories From Adult Contemporary's Biggest Stars & Songs

    July 20, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on Whitney Houston. Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriting partner. Kenny Rogers, himself. Plus Many More. Billboard talks to some of the biggest names in adult contemporary. Their perspectives? Crucial. The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever The…

  12. Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon Bust Out 'History of Rap' Sequel: Watch

    July 20, 2011 9:14 AM EDT Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon debuted a sequel of sorts to their "History of Rap" on Tuesday night. The duo's original "History of Rap" -- a timeline of hip-hop -- went viral after its September debut on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."…

  13. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Jacket To Go On Tour

    July 20, 2011 9:04 AM EDT A famed red-and-black calfskin jacket Michael Jackson wore in the groundbreaking "Thriller" music video is going on tour. The jacket's new owner, Texas commodities broker Milton Verret, said Tuesday he plans to take the classic clothing item around the world to raise money for…

  14. Billboard Bits: Chris Brown Cast in Comedy, Beyonce Producer Bashes 'Motivation'

    July 19, 2011 7:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce Producer Bashes Kelly Rowland's "Motivation" Jeff Bhasker, a producer on a number of Beyonce's "4" tracks, bashed Kelly Rowland's "Motivation" on Twitter today,…

  15. Theophilus London Steps Out of Rap Mold With 'Timez'

    July 18, 2011 1:30 PM EDT The video for "Last Name London," the first single from Theophilus London's debut album, "Timez Are Weird These Days," bears a striking resemblance to the video for Michael Jackson's "Jam." The biggest difference between the two clips is that London --…

  16. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 3

    July 15, 2011 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. PEN PALS, READERS…

  17. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Break Up

    July 15, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are splitting after seven years of marriage. In a joint statement to People , the music stars announce, "We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters." The statement…

  18. Sara Bareilles Joins 'The Sing-Off,' Recording New EP with Ben Folds

    July 14, 2011 3:30 PM EDT A self-proclaimed "big a cappella nerd," Sara Bareilles has signed on to become a judge on NBC's singing competition "The Sing-Off," and the singer-songwriter tells Billboard.com that she's excited to have landed her first recurring television role. "I'…

  19. Tim Robbins Talks Debut Album, 'Real Experience' of Live Shows

    July 12, 2011 3:45 PM EDT The first album from actor-director Tim Robbins grew out of an emotionally rough patch he was going through. Attempting to clear his head, Robbins retreated to his studio and penned 15 songs, which might have never seen the light of day had he not told producer Hal Wilner about them. "I…

  20. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 2

    July 09, 2011 10:05 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. PEN PALS, READERS…

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