1. Kirsten Dunst, John Giorno Star in R.E.M.'s Final Single Videos: Watch

    October 27, 2011 7:27 PM EDT R.E.M. may be calling it quits, but they won't be leaving fans with a last look at the band. Actress Kirsten Dunst and poet and performance artist John Giorno are in the respective spotlights in two different videos for the disbanding rock act's "We All Go Back Where We Belong,…

  2. Butch Vig: Garbage's Hiatus Cleared Members' 'Baggage'

    October 19, 2011 3:00 PM EDT People just can't help asking Butch Vig about the past. As the album that elevated Vig's career as a rock producer -- Nirvana's "Nevermind" -- turned 20 last month, the '90s nostalgia questions came out in full force… again. "When I first started Garbage ,…

  3. Rare R.E.M. Demo Tape Circa 1981 Surfaces

    October 04, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Just weeks after R.E.M. 's breakup following a three-decade run, a rare cassette from the band's earliest days has hit the Internet. Thanks to a blog, "The Power of Independent Trucking," and a generous reader, R.E.M. diehards and alt-rock audiophiles can hear a six-track…

  4. Billboard Bits: Joe Jonas Teams Up with Lil Wayne, Tupac Sex Tape Leaks?

    October 03, 2011 6:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Joe Jonas Taps Lil Wayne for 'Just In Love (Remix)' Joe Jonas has tapped Lil Wayne to beef up his new single, "Just in Love (Remix)," off his forthcoming debut album, "Fastlife." The…

  5. Slick Rick, Funkmaster Flex at Red Bull Music Academy's 'Five Out Of Five' Series

    September 29, 2011 12:02 PM EDT The Red Bull Music Academy presented the second installment of its Five Out Of Five lecture/concert series with Slick Rick at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx yesterday. Slick Rick, who was born in England but moved to the Bronx when he was 11 and gained prominence as part of Doug E. Fresh &…

  6. Nirvana Producer Butch Vig Remembers 'Nevermind'

    September 20, 2011 1:28 PM EDT A Wisconsin native and former student at the University of Wisconsin, Vig dropped out to pursue a career in music. After playing drums in local bands, he began dabbling in recording and later opened Smart Studios in Madison, Wis. He initially started working with Nirvana while the band was…

  7. Two Unreleased Tupac Tracks Leak: Listen

    June 29, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Two unreleased tracks from Tupac Shakur (2Pac) hit the 'net last night (June 28). Both songs, "Watch Ya Mouth" and "NY '87," were recorded during the quintessence of the West Coast and East coast rap war, according to The Fader . "Watch Yo Mouth" "…

  8. Kid Rock Accepts Controversial NAACP Honor in Detroit

    May 02, 2011 10:39 AM EDT K id Rock gave as well as received on Sunday night (May 1) in his home town. While accepting his controversial Great Expectations Award at the Detroit branch of the NAACP's 56th annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, Rock announced $100,000 in donations -- five $10,000 grants to Motor…

  9. Notorious B.I.G. Murder Files Released by FBI

    April 07, 2011 8:45 AM EDT FBI agents on both coasts participated in a nearly two-year investigation aimed at finding out who gunned down the Notorious B.I.G. and whether any Los Angeles police officers were involved, according to recently released records. The inquiry ended in early 2005, after federal prosecutors…

  10. Billboard Bits: Waka Flocka Poses Naked for PETA, Selena Gomez Debuts New Track

    March 08, 2011 7:06 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Waka Flocka Flame Poses Naked for PETA Brick Squad rapper Waka Flocka Flame is the latest celebrity to disrobe for a print ad by PETA. In the shot, Waka flexes a muscle and shows off his tattoos while the slogan …

  11. Stooges Bassist, Former Minuteman Mike Watt Makes 30-Song Rock Opera

    March 04, 2011 3:00 PM EST M ike Watt made indie rock history in the '80s with provocative San Pedro, Calif., art-punk minimalists the Minutemen , going on to form alt-rock band Firehose after Minutemen leader D. Boon's death. For the last 15 years, Watt has crafted ambitious, eccentric solo albums, and since…

  12. The Squeeze: Q&A with Charlie Wilson

    February 17, 2011 1:38 PM EST Charlie Wilson is on his way to Iraq today (Feb. 18) to perform for the troops for the third year in a row. But the former The Gap Band member, who is mostly known to this generation for his collaborations with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Kanye West , among others, made sure to take time out…

  13. Billboard Bits: Katy Perry Talks Breasts and Beyonce, Paltrow To Cover Prince on 'Glee'

    February 08, 2011 7:00 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Katy Perry Talks Breasts, Beyonce, Hubby in Elle Katy Perry graces the March cover of Elle, looking colorfully chic and discussing (among other things) her breasts, her relationship with Russell Brand, and how she&…

  14. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 01/08/11

    January 08, 2011 9:00 AM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @liltunechi (Lil Wayne): Rumors or as dumb as the people…

  15. Billboard Bits: Lily Allen Gets Engaged, Eminem Impersonates Dr. Dre

    December 28, 2010 6:28 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lily Allen Engaged to Longtime Boyfriend If LeAnn Rimes , Natalie Portman and Hugh Hefner were not enough celebrities to get engaged over the Christmas weekend, Lily Allen has decided to tie the knot with her…

  16. Ke$ha: Billboard's Q&A with the Hot 100 Artist of the Year

    December 10, 2010 10:00 AM EST "Sometimes I need to remind myself that 'TiK ToK' only went to No. 1 in January," Ke$ha says of her party-hearty electro-pop jam. "Because it kind of feels like it was 17 years ago." Photos: Behind-the-Scenes on Ke$ha's Billboard Cover Shoot Doesn't it,…

  17. Billboard Bits: Is Kim Kardashian Recording an Album?

    November 01, 2010 5:53 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Is Kim Kardashian Recording an Album? Kim Kardashian may soon be famous for more than just her beauty. According to reports, the socialite-turned-reality TV star is currently recording music for her debut album,…

  18. Lil Wayne Redefines Stardom Behind Bars

    November 01, 2010 9:53 AM EDT He had the top-selling album in the country earlier this month. He's on the president's iPod. He's on the charts with two singles and a collaboration on a third. He's on Facebook with updates for the more than 14 million people following them. He is, in every respect, on.…

  19. Eclectic Austin City Limits Fest Anchored By Burke Tributes, Eagles

    October 11, 2010 12:47 PM EDT The Strokes , Muse , the Eagles and Phish were the big names at the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend (Oct. 8-10), but it was a more modest act that seemed to have divine inspiration. Austin City Limits Photos Muse, the Strokes, Eagles and more. ( Photos by Scott Melcer ) At…

  20. Lil Wayne Put in Solitary Confinement in Jail

    October 05, 2010 7:08 AM EDT Lil Wayne is facing the music after being accused of breaking jail rules by having gear for listening to tunes: He can expect to go solo for the rest of his time behind bars in a gun case. The Grammy Award-winning rapper was moved Monday (Oct. 4) into what city jail officials call "…

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