1. Rick Ross: Petition Demands Reebok Drop Rapper Over Rape Lyrics

    March 29, 2013 12:56 PM EDT Rick Ross’ date-rape-referencing lyrics on rapper Rocko’s song “U.O.E.N.O.” have already sparked online outrage among women’s groups . Now a second wave of petitions is calling for Ross’ endorsement deal with Reebok to be discontinued, in part because “Reebok devotes a lot of time, energy…

  2. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Daylight' Dawns Atop Pop Songs

    March 25, 2013 4:45 PM EDT The group manages a feat that hadn't been achieved on the chart since 1994. Plus, new No. 1s for Afrojack and Drake and Thirty Seconds to Mars returns. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  3. Runway Jams: Songs Played at 2013 Fall New York Fashion Week Shows

    February 08, 2013 3:38 PM EST Fashion editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. is exploring the beats of the season and compiling a list of songs heard on fall NYFW runways. Check back in daily as he updates. It’s that time of year again! Photographers are lining up, models are dieting and next winter's trends are taking…

  4. Bubbling Under: Rumer Has It With Hall & Oates Cover

    September 07, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Rumer, Diamond Rings, High Valley, BeatKing. Rumer After her retro-sounding debut album Seasons of My Soul reached No. 46 on the…

  5. Flight of the Conchords Release Charity Single 'Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)'

    August 27, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Where have Flight of the Conchords comedy-rockers Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie been? Oh, just hanging out with and saving the lives of kids in New Zealand. The duo behind the group (and the HBO show of the same name) teamed up with some smart (if fiscally naive) children to come up with…

  6. Phil Vassar Goes Indie for Touching 'Don't Miss Your Life'

    July 20, 2012 3:20 PM EDT It's hard to fathom, but piano man Phil Vassar has been a mainstay at country radio for thirteen years - since "Carlene" hit the charts in 1999. Nobody is more surprised by that fact than the singer himself. "Holy smoke, that's crazy," Vassar exclaims. Vassar is…

  7. 615 Spotlight: Greg Bates Honors His Nashville Roots

    July 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT There's something about Republic Nashville newcomer Greg Bates that sets himself apart from many of his young country compatriots: the singer, who is climbing the charts with "Did It For The Girl," is a Middle Tennessee native, hailing from just outside of the Nashville city…

  8. Skatalites Bassist Lloyd Brevett Dead at 80

    May 03, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Lloyd Brevett, the upright bass player and founding member of the seminal Jamaican ska group The Skatalites, died this morning at Andrews Memorial Hospital in St. Andrew, Jamaica where he was being treated following a stroke and a series of seizures. He was 80. The Skatalites were the…

  9. Bret McKenzie on 'Muppet'-less Oscars: 'It's a Shame'

    February 08, 2012 1:00 AM EST Best Original Song Nominee Talks Oscars & 'Muppets,' Plus Future of Flight of the Conchords Bret McKenzie is up for a best original song Oscar later this month, not that "Man or Muppet" (from "The Muppets") will be performed live or anything. The Flight of…

  10. King Stitt, Rap Reggae Pioneer, Dies at 72

    February 01, 2012 12:20 AM EST King Stitt, a pioneer in rap reggae, died Tuesday in his Caribbean homeland of Jamaica. He was 72. Stitt died at his home in the capital of Kingston after a long fight with prostate cancer and diabetes, said Jamaican musicologist Bunny Goodison, who was a close friend to the performer for…

  11. Paul & Linda McCartney Shown Love in Nashville With 'Let Us In' Album, Concert

    November 04, 2011 11:35 AM EDT 'Let Us In' Benefit Concert on Nov. 7 Kicks Off CMA Week, Will Feature McCartney Songs Sir Paul McCartney. Nashville. Those two terms might be not necessarily linked at the hip. However, on Monday, those two musical giants will come together for a great cause. On Nov. 7, at Music…

  12. Selena Gomez: Upcoming Tour Will Be 'Like a PG-13 Rave'

    July 05, 2011 11:11 AM EDT Selena Gomez says a desire "to age me up without making me any different" is what drove "When the Sun Goes Down," the actress and singer's third album with her band, the Scene. "I'm still the same person, but I am getting older," Gomez tells Billboard…

  13. Sam Cooke Biopic Moving Forward, Screenplay Complete

    March 14, 2011 9:10 PM EDT Start singing "Ain't That Good News": A Sam Cooke biopic has taken a significant step toward becoming a reality. Start singing "Ain't That Good News": A Sam Cooke biopic has taken a significant step toward becoming a reality. The screenwriters behind the all…

  14. Peter, Paul Honor Mary Travers One Year After Her Passing

    September 22, 2010 5:20 PM EDT Mary is gone, but Peter and Paul remain something of a going concern -- and certainly, they plan to keep memories of their late comrade alive. Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey -- along with longtime Peter, Paul and Mary musical director Robert DeCormier -- oversaw the release earlier this…

  15. Summer 2010 Free Music Guide

    June 02, 2010 8:19 AM EDT From Woody Guthrie to chamber music, summer 2010 covers all the bases. Here's Billboard's guide to free music festivals across the country, presented alphabetically by state. CALIFORNIA Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Santa Monica Throughout summer, every Thursday starting in July…

  16. Quincy Jones, John Mayer To Headline LA Music Expo

    January 27, 2010 7:47 AM EST Quincy Jones , John Mayer and retired soul singer Bill Withers will headline performing rights group ASCAP's annual songwriters convention in Hollywood on April 22-24, organizers said. The trio will share the secrets of their success and craft during Q&A sessions at the fifth annual …

  17. Phil Vassar, "Traveling Circus"

    January 19, 2010 3:32 PM EST On his fifth studio set, "Traveling Circus," Lynchburg, Va., native Phil Vassar set out to make an album without following the conventions of Nashville's paint-by-numbers record-making-he hired his road band to back him and produced the album himself. Although it steps off the…

  18. Best Of The 2000s: By-The-Numbers

    December 30, 2009 1:30 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: Best of the 2000s, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 23…

  19. Susan Boyle Blocks Alicia Keys From No. 1 On Billboard 200

    December 23, 2009 10:55 AM EST There's just no stopping Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream." The album continues to lock up the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth week in a row, selling 661,000 copies (up 14%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. "I Dreamed a Dream" has now sold a…

  20. 'Flight Of The Conchords' Series Cancelled

    December 11, 2009 10:05 AM EST HBO musical-comedy series " Flight of the Conchords " will not return for third season. After months of speculation, co-creators Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement and James Bobin broke the news on their Web site. "We've noticed the less we say about the future of the show,…

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