1. Pussy Riot Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

    August 17, 2012 11:15 AM EDT A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent. The women -- Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria…

  2. 'Now 43' Tops Billboard 200; 16th No. 1 for Series

    August 15, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Elle Varner, Colt Ford also soar into the Top 10 on this week's chart. The "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise collects its 16th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Now 43" arrives atop the list. The set sold 111,000 copies in its first week according to…

  3. Ranking Trevor, Rap Reggae Pioneer, Dead in Road Accident

    August 08, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Ranking Trevor , an influential deejay or toaster, as Jamaican patois rappers were called during his 1970s heyday, died in the Olympic Gardens area of Kingston yesterday morning, Aug 7. According to reports, he was returning home from a dance when a collision with a car threw him off of his…

  4. Lollapalooza 2012: 15 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    August 06, 2012 11:15 AM EDT After the sweltering heat of Friday and the show-halting storm of Saturday, the closing Sunday of Lollapalooza 2012 struck a balance with the sun shining brilliantly on Chicago's Grant Park for the emotional wallop of Florence and the Machine , the ethereal sounds of Sigur Ros , and…

  5. Farm Aid Concert Heading to Hershey, Pa.

    July 09, 2012 10:30 AM EDT The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming to Hershey, Pa. in September as the country's small and medium-sized farms face a shifting economic landscape, but board member Dave Matthews sees some hopeful signs in the uncertainty. Matthews, who will perform at the Hersheypark show on…

  6. The Stone Roses Begin Reunion Live Tour In Barcelona

    June 08, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Seminal U.K. rock band the Stone Roses made a triumphant start to their comeback tour, playing a hit-filled, ninety-minute set at Barcelona's intimate Razzmatazz venue. The rapturously-received gig was the first date in the Manchester-formed band's eagerly-anticipated 2012 world…

  7. Day in the Life: Team StarKid (Featuring Darren Criss)

    May 31, 2012 2:30 PM EDT It's 2:30 p.m. and Team StarKid is supposed to start a rehearsal for their final Los Angeles show, but the cause of the rehearsal, Darren Criss, is a few minutes late. It's by no means a diva move on Darren's part, despite the "Glee" star being the most well known…

  8. Lady Gaga Cancels Indonesian Show After Threats

    May 27, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Lady Gaga canceled her sold-out show in Indonesia after Islamist hard-liners threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth. The controversy was a blow to the predominantly Muslim country's reputation for combining free speech and…

  9. Ke$ha Wants Collabs With Bieber & Keith Richards, Goes Americana for V Mag Cover

    May 02, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Ke$ha , this month's V magazine cover girl, talked to the publication about her recent work with the Flaming Lips and the collaborations she would like to see happen -- with Justin Bieber and Keith Richards . Although the 25-year-old singer told V that she and Bieber are "only…

  10. Lil' Boosie's Rap Lyrics Can Be Used in Murder Trial

    April 25, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Six days before Lil' Boosie goes to trial for first-degree muder, a Louisana judge ruled on Tuesday (April 24) that a select few of the rapper's lyrics can be used against him. Boosie, born Torrence Hatch, is accused of hiring Michael Louding, aka Marlo Mike, to kill Terry Boyd in…

  11. Dick Clark, American Music Icon, Dead at 82

    April 18, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the year-end countdown from Times Square on …

  12. 'American Idol' Recap: Oh Yes It's '80s Night

    April 05, 2012 10:15 AM EDT It was '80s Night on Wednesday's "American Idol," and for the most part, the remaining eight finalists paid solid tribute to the decade of decadence, tapered jeans and big hair. Among the highlights: Jessica Sanchez covering Whitney Houston (again) on "How Will I Know…

  13. John Fogerty Teams With Foo Fighters, Country Stars for New Album

    April 03, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban Among Contributors to 'Wrote a Song for Everyone,' Due This Fall For his next album, John Fogerty is gathering some of the biggest names in country and rock to record his iconic songs. The Creedence Clearwater Revival legend announced on Tuesday the fall…

  14. All-American Rejects Singer Escapes L.A.: 'It Was Destructive'

    March 27, 2012 1:15 PM EDT "Kids in the Street," the All-American Rejects' new album, is the result of frontman Tyson Ritter's "lost weekend" that led him "far out in every aspect to make this record." "Self-discovery is such an important thing," Ritter tells Billboard…

  15. Action Bronson, Party Supplies Team With Reebok for Free Mixtape

    March 12, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Fresh from a trip down to Miami, breakout MC Action Bronson is quick with the cuisine jokes: despite sampling a few burgers and wines at the Food Network's South Beach Wine and Food Festival, the classically trained former chef maintains his signature version would've trumped all. …

  16. Andrew Bird Turns Low-Pressure Barn Recording Into New Album 'Break It Yourself'

    March 06, 2012 2:30 PM EST For his entire career, Andrew Bird has been an enigma -- a round piece unable to fit into any square genre, his music a gentle swirl of folk, pop and even classical, all of it sounding unlike most everything else. Andrew Bird or Birdman? The Lyrics Quiz And that's why he's succeeded…

  17. 'American Idol': Meet Your Top 13 Singers

    March 02, 2012 10:00 AM EST Following two nights of performances from the male and female semi-finalists, "American Idol" returned Thursday night (March 1) to whittle the number of contestants down to 13. A few of the singers still standing may surprise you. That said, most won't. Though it was a night of…

  18. Whitney Houston Re-Enters Top 10 on Billboard 200

    February 14, 2012 9:18 PM EST Following Her Death, Singer Also Surges on Digital Songs Chart Following the death of Whitney Houston on Saturday, Feb. 11, the diva's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" album re-enters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 6. It sold 64,000 copies in the U.S. (according to Nielsen…

  19. Megaupload Shut Down by U.S. Prosecutors; Kim Dotcom, Three Others Arrested

    January 19, 2012 3:55 PM EST MegaUpload, one of the world's largest file-sharing sites, was shut down Thursday (Jan. 19), and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said. An indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costing copyright holders more than $500…

  20. Ask Billboard: Are Chart Rule Changes Needed? Readers Respond

    December 31, 2011 9:05 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. The last "Ask…

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