1. Nas Finds His 'Roots' in PBS Series, Discovers Ancestor's Bill of Sale

    July 23, 2014 8:39 PM EDT When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity. But it hit him hard when he saw 1859 documentation of an ancestor being sold as a slave, he said during a panel discussion Wednesday. "…

  2. 36 Hours With Steve Aoki: 'I'm Really Bad At Taking Directions'

    June 27, 2014 12:54 PM EDT The life of a superstar DJ isn’t for the faint of heart. Or a normal human being with a functioning immune system. Thirty-six hours with Steve Aoki? Be prepared to forgo the little things. Like sitting, or sleep. Aoki is in such demand that he averages 300 shows a year, and as one of the…

  3. Saliva, 'Lost': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 17, 2014 11:26 AM EDT Bobby Amaru says his marching orders were pretty clear when he joined Saliva at the beginning of 2012 to replace original frontman Josey Scott.  "They wanted a new energy," Amaru, who was leading his own band and had also been the drummer for Burn Season prior to joining Saliva,…

  4. Chart Highlights: Florida Georgia Line Lands Fourth Country Airplay No. 1

    December 23, 2013 5:15 PM EST The duo ties the record for the most career-opening leaders in the chart's history. Plus, U2 likewise makes an historic move and new No. 1s for Katy Perry and Toby Love Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  5. Geoff Tate May Use Queensryche Name for Now, Judge Rules

    October 20, 2012 9:45 AM EDT A Washington state judge ruled Oct. 19 that singer Geoff Tate -- who was fired from the band Queensryche after fronting it for 30 years -- may perform with his own version of the group until a lawsuit he filed against three former bandmates is settled. Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira…

  6. Geoff Tate Announces 'New Queensryche'

    September 03, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, former Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo join lineup Geoff Tate seemed to be working for the weekend during the Labor Day holiday. On Sept. 1 the singer, who was fired from progressive rock band Queensryche in June, announced the lineup of "the new Queensryche…

  7. Q&A: Queensryche Talks Lawsuit, Plans 'Return to History' Tour

    August 14, 2012 6:00 PM EDT It's been a long, strange summer for rock that's heralded plenty of shocks. The news bulletins for 2012 include the overseas incarceration of Lamb of God's Randy Blythe; the deaths of such talents as Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord and engineer George Marino; Van Halen's…

  8. Down With the Clown: ICP Gathering of the Juggalos Diary, Day 4

    August 15, 2011 2:35 PM EDT Editor's Note: To describe the Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos as one of the more outrageous music festivals is, perhaps, an understatement. To fully grasp the infamy surrounding the fest and the entire Juggalo subculture, one must experience it. So we sent Billboard…

  9. Slipknot, Motley Crue Set For Rock On The Range

    February 13, 2009 10:08 AM EST Slipknot, Motley Crue, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn lead the bill for the third Rock on the Range festival, to be held May 16-17 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Shinedown, Buckcherry, the Used, Atreyu, Chevelle, Flyleaf, Saving Abel, Saliva, Blue October, Hoobastank and…

  10. Pretty Ricky, Shins Grab Top Album Chart Spots

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST After several slow weeks at retail where no title cracked the 100,000-copy plateau, Pretty Ricky and the Shins achieve the feat with their new albums this week. Pretty Ricky's "Late Night Special" (At After several slow weeks at retail where no title cracked the 100,000-copy…

  11. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, Saliva, iTunes Latino

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Although the track list has yet to be announced, Mary J. Blige will be the subject of a new retrospective, "Reflections: The Journey," due Dec. 12 via Geffen. Although the track list has yet to be announced, Mary J. Blige will be the subject of a new retrospective, "Reflections…

  12. Saliva Inspired By Romance On New Album

    October 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With a little over a month left on its last touring leg in support of the 2004 album "Survival of the Sickest," Saliva singer Josey Scott tells Billboard.com the band is already looking forward to rec With a little over a month left on its last touring leg in support of the 2004…

  13. The Posies / Sept. 29, 2005 / New York (Bowery Ballroom)

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Posies aren't exactly young anymore -- Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer have been playing together since the '80s. They've broken up and reformed, they both have other jobs and they just ended a seve The Posies aren't exactly young anymore -- Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer…

  14. Theory Of A Deadman Pushes For Its Own Identity

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Canada's Theory of a Deadman may be seeking a mainstream rock career path, but its sophomore album, "Gasoline," displays a more independent streak than its 2002 self-titled debut. "Following our first album, we were advised to…

  15. Alter Bridge To Lead Jaegermeister Tour

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Alter Bridge will headline the sixth Jaegermeister Music Tour, which begins March 29 at Irving Plaza in New York. Also on the bill are Epic rock act Future Leaders of the World and Alter Bridge's Wind Alter Bridge will headline the sixth Jaegermeister Music Tour, which begins March 29 at…

  16. 3 Doors Down Extends U.S. Tour

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST The newly confirmed dates open April 20 in Pensacola, Fla., and run through a May 11 show in New Orleans. With a late winter tour already underway, 3 Doors Down have slated a spring United States swing that will concentrate on the Southeastern portion of the country. The newly confirmed dates…

  17. McCartney, Young Sing At L.A. Fundraiser

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Admitting to being intimidated in the presence of a former Beatle, Neil Young joined forces with Paul McCartney on Thursday to perform at a $500-per-seat fundraiser to raise awareness of land mines. Admitting to being intimidated in the presence of a former Beatle, Neil Young joined forces…

  18. 'NOW 16' Is No. 1 Again

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The 16th installment of the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series once again leads The Billboard 200. Despite a 16% decline to sales of 207,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Sound The 16th installment of the "NOW That's What I Call Music!"…

  19. Survival of the Sickest

    August 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT While many in the industry are claiming that rock is back based on the success of retro-leaning bands like Jet, there's something to be said for straight-up commercial rock'n'roll. While many in the industry are claiming that rock is back based on the success of retro-leaning…

  20. 34TunesOnTV

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 16-22, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 16 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured Artist: Bruce Hornsby (also scheduled: Erica Kennedy, Tonya Lewis Lee, Crystal McCrary Anthony). "Total Request Live," MTV…

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