1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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 "…

  7. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 8/28/10

    August 28, 2010 10:00 AM EDT 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 !) @kanyewest : On set of the movie... this doe just refuses…

  8. Taking Peaks, Part 2: Nos. 75-51

    January 12, 2010 1:30 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  9. Taking Peaks, Part 1: Nos. 100-76

    January 05, 2010 4:25 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  10. 'Anvil!' Wins IDA Documentary Award

    December 07, 2009 1:28 PM EST Sacha Gervasi's "Anvil! The Story of Anvil " won the feature documentary award at the International Documentary Assn.'s 2009 IDA Documentary Awards, held Friday night at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles. The doc, which follows the fortunes of a Canadian heavy metal band ,…

  11. Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Trent Reznor Crank Up Volume On Guantanamo Debate

    October 23, 2009 11:49 AM EDT A coalition of artists outraged that music -- including theirs -- was cranked up to help break uncooperative detainees at Guantanamo Bay is joining retired military officers and liberal activists to rally support for President Barack Obama's push to shutter the Navy-run prison for…

  12. Brendan Benson, "My Old Familiar Friend"

    August 11, 2009 11:40 AM EDT The Nashville-based singer/ songwriter Brendan Benson steps up his game on "My Old, Familiar Friend," his fourth solo release and first since a two-album stint fronting The Raconteurs with Jack White . Benson spent the early part of the decade building a repertoire of scruffy but…

  13. Rakim Ready To Release 'The Seventh Seal'

    July 14, 2009 2:53 PM EDT "The Seventh Seal," the long-anticipated album by rap legend Rakim , is slated for release in the fall, Billboard has learned exclusively. The project's first single, "Holy Are You," will drop July 28. The album is being released on Rakim's Ra Records label in a…

  14. Rakim Ready To Release 'The Seventh Seal'

    July 13, 2009 6:00 PM EDT "The Seventh Seal," the long-anticipated album by rap legend Rakim, is slated for release in the fall, Billboard has learned exclusively. The project's first single, "Holy Are You," will drop July 28. The album is being released on Rakim's Ra Records label in a…

  15. Del The Funky Homosapien Delivers Free 'Stimulus Package'

    May 08, 2009 6:28 AM EDT Oakland rap legend Del the Funky Homosapien, like all musicians, is coming to grips with a rapidly changing music industry. Unlike most, though, he's looking to himself for the solution, personally bankrolling his new album "Funk Man (The Stimulus Package)" and releasing it as…

  16. Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday / May 3, 2009 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    May 04, 2009 4:25 PM EDT We should all be so lucky to have a 90th birthday party, especially one like Pete Seeger’s. Madison Square Garden filled to a near capacity crowd on a rainy Sunday night to join the celebrities of folk music to celebrate Mr. Seeger, who dedicated his life to celebrating others through song.…

  17. Green Day's 'Breakdown' Coming May 15

    March 25, 2009 9:55 AM EDT Green Day will release its eighth studio album, "21st Century Breakdown," on Friday, May 15, the group announced today. The long-awaited album, Green Day's first full length since 2004's "American Idiot," is produced by Butch Vig, known for his work with Nirvana,…

  18. Depeche Mode Prepares For Tour Of The Universe

    March 23, 2009 9:03 AM EDT In a room in New York's Greenwich Hotel, Dave Gahan is sitting erect in a straight-backed chair, immune to the wind outside that's blowing garbage cans down the street. Gahan, the lead singer for Depeche Mode, is a rock star and he dresses the part, in all black. He folds one ringed…

  19. Green Day In The Studio With Butch Vig

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Confirming news that Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson let slip recently on "The Carson Daly Show," Green Day is in the studio with veteran producer Butch Vig working on the follow-up to 2004's "Ameri Confirming news that Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson let slip recently…

  20. Chart Beat Chat: The Hot 100, Hot Country Songs, AC/DC

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss songs that return to No. 1 on the Hot 100, African-American artists on the country chart, AC/DC and more! THEY'RE BAAAAACK! Dear Fred, T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" is the third song this calendar year to return to the top of The Billboard Hot 100…

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