1. Planningtorock, "W"

    June 10, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Fringe-y Berlin-based artist Planningtorock (real name: Janine Rostron) drew some mainstream-indie notice last year when she collaborated with the Knife and Mt. Sims on "Tomorrow, in a Year," an ultra-experimental opera based on the life and work of Charles Darwin. So although…

  2. Erykah Badu Joins My Morning Jacket Onstage: Watch

    June 01, 2011 12:00 PM EDT To celebrate the release of their sixth studio album, "Circuital," Southern rockers My Morning Jacket played to a sold-out crowd in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, as well as a world-wide audience as the concert was streamed live on YouTube. Of course a big show demands some…

  3. Billboard Bits: 'Idol's' Pia Toscano Addresses Record Deal, Dating Rumors

    April 11, 2011 7:12 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. "Idol's" Pia Toscano Denies Record Deal, Dating Rumors While online rumors have circled that "American Idol" castoff Pia Toscano has inked a record deal with Interscope ("Idol"…

  4. LCD Soundsystem Bids Final Farewell at Madison Square Garden

    April 03, 2011 11:29 AM EDT Last night, LCD Soundsystem gave their final farewell concert at Madison Square Garden to a sold-out crowd, most donning the black-and-white attire the band proposed on its website when it announced its departure on February 5. Supported by New York post-punk group Liquid Liquid as well as a…

  5. Billboard Bits: Christina Aguilera Congratulates Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg Working with Charlie Sheen

    March 29, 2011 6:11 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Christina Aguilera Congratulates Britney Spears on Twitter Christina Aguilera -- once pop princess rivals with Britney Spears -- took to Twitter today to congratulate Spears on the release of her seventh album, …

  6. Billboard Bits: Taylor Swift Spotted With Glee's Chord Overstreet

    February 25, 2011 5:55 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Taylor Swift, "Glee" Star Chord Overstreet Spotted Together Taylor Swift and "Glee" star Chord Overstreet (who plays Sam) were spotted together at the L.A. Kings hockey game Thursday (Jan. 24)…

  7. Muppets Tackle LCD Soundsystem In 'Dance Yrself Clean' Video

    February 24, 2011 2:00 PM EST And the award for feel-good video of 2011 (so far) is... LCD Soundsystem ! In this unofficial video for James Murphy and company's "Dance Yrself Clean" from 2010's "This Is Happening," Kermit the Frog and the rest of the Muppets give a glorious all-puppet…

  8. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Talks Retirement on 'Colbert Report'

    February 15, 2011 12:59 PM EST Buzz about LCD Soundsystem has been plentiful lately, due to frontman James Murphy's announcement that an April 2 show at New York's Madison Square Garden would be the band's last. In between feuds with scalpers and adding four dates at Terminal 5 prior to the MSG concert,…

  9. Billboard Bits: 'Glee' Likely to Feature Original Songs, John Legend Working With Kanye West

    February 14, 2011 5:07 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Glee' Likely to Feature Original Songs in Upcoming Episodes At a pre-Grammy Guild of Music Surpervisors awards ceremony and brunch held yesterday (Feb. 13), Billboard learned that "Glee" will…

  10. LCD Soundsystem Blasts Ticket Scalpers over Final Show

    February 11, 2011 3:25 PM EST Ever since LCD Soundsystem announced that their last-ever show would take place at New York's Madison Square Garden on April 2, tickets for the event have been a hot commodity -- so hot, in fact, that fans of the electronic group are being asked to pay an exorbitant amount of money on…

  11. LCD Soundsystem to Retire After April Madison Square Garden Show

    February 05, 2011 9:21 PM EST The White Stripes aren't the only band calling it quits this week . LCD Soundsystem has announced it will retire this spring, after playing a string of dates overseas and closing out with an April 2 headlining show at New York's Madison Square Garden. "It will be our last show…

  12. Black Keys, B.o.B. Nab mtvU Woodie Award Nominations

    February 01, 2011 11:20 AM EST T he Black Keys have hit the right note with the mtvU Woodie Awards. Behind the Black Keys' Breakthrough Year, Grammy Nominations The Keys are the only act nominated for two awards for the college network's awards show. They are up for Woodie of the Year, which goes to the top…

  13. Five Coolest Gadgets From CES 2011

    January 07, 2011 9:21 PM EST Get past all the crowds, the cab lines, the celebrity spokespersons, the bad food and booth babes, and the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was about nifty little gadgets -- a whole lot of nifty little gadgets that take up more show floor exhibit space than any other…

  14. Billboard Bits: T.I. Releases a New Message from Prison, Justin Bieber Coming to Vanity Fair cover

    December 15, 2010 7:20 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. T.I. Releases New Message from Prison Incarcerated rapper T.I. has released another somber message from prison, this time thanking everyone for picking up his new album, "No Mercy." "I can't say…

  15. Critics' Picks: Billboard's Top 10 Albums of 2010

    December 14, 2010 1:30 PM EST From banjo-led English folk to bone-crushing Miami rap, 2010 offered a plethora of superb albums that dominated the stereos of Billboard's staff. Check out our picks of the top 10 albums of the year, and tell us your personal favorites of 2010 in the comments section. 10. Big Boi, "…

  16. Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga Gets 8 Wax Figures, Miley Cyrus Lands a Movie Role

    November 04, 2010 7:35 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga to Get Not 1, But 8 Wax Figures One wax figure is usually enough to immortalize a star, but how to sum up Lady Gaga with just one look? That seems to be the thinking behind Madame Tussaud's decision…

  17. Win Treasure Island Music Fest Tickets

    October 07, 2010 1:03 PM EDT LCD Soundsystem , Belle and Sebastian , The National , Deadmau5 and over a dozen other acts are converging near San Francisco on Oct. 16 and 17 for the annual Treasure Island Music Festival. The weekend of music, which takes over Treasure Island in the San Franscico Bay, also features a…

  18. M.I.A., Iggy To Play Big Day Out Touring Fest

    September 28, 2010 8:18 AM EDT Tool , Rammstein , Iggy and the Stooges , M.I.A and LCD Soundsystem lead a formidable line-up for the 2011 Australasian Big Day Out Tour, details for which were announced today (Sept. 28). Among the big-name domestic contingent will be Grinderman , Wolfmother , Bliss N Eso , Angus and Julia…

  19. !!!, "Strange Weather, Isn't it?"

    September 03, 2010 5:12 PM EDT !!! (pronounced chk-chk-chk) makes music for the body. The California dance-punk outfit's slick basslines, pounding polyrhythms and uncomplicated lyrics make it easy to shut off your brain and lose yourself in the grooves. Its 2007 album, "Myth Takes," included some memorable…

  20. Hot Tours: Rod Stewart, Winterbeatz: Ne-Yo, T-Pain and others, Scorpions

    August 05, 2010 10:13 AM EDT Veteran rocker Rod Stewart stands atop the Hot Tours list for the second week in a row with box office totals reported from another stop on his summer European trek. With 26,500 tickets sold for three performances at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre in Glasgow (July 23-24, 26),…

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