1. First Listen: Bob Dylan's Dark 'Tempest'

    August 02, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Death, whether it be the legacy of John Lennon, the sinking of the Titanic or a trio of cheating lovers, is a dominant subject on "Tempest," Bob Dylan 's 35th studio album that is scheduled for release on Sept. 11 . The album marks a return to straight-forward, story-driven…

  2. Track Review: No Doubt, 'Settle Down'

    July 20, 2012 8:30 AM EDT NO DOUBT "Settle Down" (6:01) Producer: Spike Stent Writers: G. Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont Publishers: by World of the Dolphin Music (ASCAP) Interscope Records It took No Doubt a solid decade to finish their comeback album, "Push and Shove," and that prolonged effort…

  3. Ask Billboard: Robin Gibb, Donna Summer Remembered

    May 22, 2012 9:05 AM EDT 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. ROBIN GIBB, DONNA…

  4. Rapper G. Dep Sentenced in 1993 Shooting

    May 08, 2012 8:17 PM EDT When rapper G. Dep turned himself in for a nearly 2-decade-old shooting, he told police he wanted to clear his conscience. He found out Tuesday what the consequences would be: 15 years to life in prison, the minimum term for his murder conviction. A judge, prosecutors and even the jury…

  5. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    April 16, 2012 11:20 AM EDT "Tupac Hologram" were the two words on everyone's lips as Weekend 1 of Coachella 2012 came to a close, but the third day of the festival was more than just the projected image of a legendary, long-deceased rapper during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining set. The two…

  6. Ask Billboard: Uncovering Potentially Uncoverable Songs, Reader Responses

    November 26, 2011 11:15 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. UNCOVERING…

  7. Ask Billboard: Uncovering Potentially Uncoverable Songs

    November 18, 2011 7:15 PM 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. UNCOVERING…

  8. Kelly Clarkson Plots 'Stronger' 2012 Tour

    November 14, 2011 1:35 PM EST Kelly Clarkson will spend the first three months of 2012 on the road in the North America supporting her latest studio album, "Stronger." The pop star announced the first leg of her Stronger Tour 2012 on Monday (Nov. 14), with singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson serving as support. The…

  9. 10 Hot Holiday Albums, 2011

    November 01, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Justin Bieber is going bells to the wall this Christmas. That's right, bells -- jingle bells. Justin Bieber: The Billboard Cover Story But the Biebs, who released "Under the Mistletoe" today (Nov. 1), isn't the only one getting in on the holiday album action this year.…

  10. Cee Lo Green to Join Kanye West, Maroon 5 at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

    October 18, 2011 9:27 PM EDT CBS' annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is going to be a mini "The Voice" reunion. The network announced Tuesday that Cee Lo Green is set to perform during the lingerie show, airing Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The Grammy award-winning artist joins his Voice co-mentor Adam…

  11. No More 'Red Red Wine': UB40 Declares Bankruptcy

    October 17, 2011 9:08 PM EDT Reggae chart toppers UB40 have declared bankruptcy. As reported by the Daily Mai l, saxophonist Brian Travers, drummer Jimmy Brown, trumpeter Terence "Astro" Wilson, and percussionist Norman Hassan were all "declared insolvent." A Birmingham County Court judge has given…

  12. Love Doctor: Big Sean Answers Fan's Questions on a 'Special Someone,' Southern Cuisine & Strippers

    October 12, 2011 11:40 AM EDT Big Sean can't help but bite his knuckles when a haute lady walks on set. You don't believe us? Check out the Hype Williams directed video for his second single, " Marvin & Chardonnay ," featuring Roscoe Dash and Kanye West . Photos: Big Sean at Billboard But hold up…

  13. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry First With Five 4-Million Sellers

    September 17, 2011 4:25 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. KATY PERRY FIRST…

  14. 'Watch the Throne' Production Credits Leak, LMFAO and Seal Lend Vocals: Report

    July 19, 2011 1:15 PM EDT In just two weeks 'Watch the Throne' will be in the hands of many. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's highly anticipatated collaborative album is slated to debut digitally on August 1st and hit shelves August 5th, according to USA Today . 'Watch The Throne': Inside Jay-Z's…

  15. 311 Ditches Ballads, Space Travel Notions on 'Universal Pulse'

    June 21, 2011 1:59 PM EDT 's forthcoming new album, "Universal Pulse," went through "a lot of different phases," according to frontman Nick Hexum. Among them? "A concept album about space travel" that he broached to his bandmates. "Yeah, I don't know if the rest of the…

  16. Britney Spears Biographical Comic Out Today

    May 11, 2011 8:35 AM EDT B ritney Spears is no stranger to music buyers and concert-goers. Now, her star power will be on display with web-slingers, shape shifters and superheroes. The pop music star is the subject of a new one-shot comic book courtesy of Bluewater Productions Inc.'s ongoing "Fame"…

  17. Ask Billboard: Home Charts Edition

    May 06, 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. ASK BILLBOARD:…

  18. Dave Matthews Band Sets Chicago 'Caravan' Dates, Lineup

    April 07, 2011 11:00 AM EDT The second Dave Matthews Band Caravan fest has just been announced for July 8-10 at Chicago's Lakeside on the south shore of Lake Michigan. In addition to DMB's only Midwest concert performances of the year, the lineup includes David Gray , Ray LaMontagne , O.A.R. , Kid Cudi , the…

  19. Nate Dogg Remembered by Snoop, Warren G, Game at Funeral

    March 26, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Rappers Snoop Dogg , Warren G and The Game joined family, friends and about 1,000 fans of Nate Dogg to remember the hip-hop singer, who died this month of complications from multiple strokes. The family of Nate Dogg - whose real name was Nathaniel Dwayne Hale - decided that the ceremony at…

  20. Snoop Dogg, Warren G, 'Golden Voice' Star in 'Dating Game' Samsung Ad

    February 24, 2011 3:05 PM EST In what appears to be an extended commercial for the Samsung Galaxy Indulge (yet has nothing to do with the product), Snoop Dogg plays three different contestants on "The G Connection," a fictional dating game hosted by rapper Warren G. Ted "Golden Voice" Williams adds a…

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