1. Hinder Loses Lead Singer Austin Winkler

    November 20, 2013 1:05 PM EST Singer had entered rehab for drug addiction following the recording of their 2012 album "Welcome to the Freakshow" Austin Winkler, lead singer of the hard rock band Hinder, has officially left the band due to personal reasons. While the band toured earlier this year, Winkler took a…

  2. 'American Idol's' David Cook, James Durbin Asked to Fill In with Hinder

    July 11, 2013 9:53 PM EDT The "Idol" vets were unavailable to help the rock group, whose frontman has entered rehab for the second time. "American Idol" season seven winner David Cook was approached to be the frontman of hard rock band Hinder, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Cook turned down…

  3. Lupe Fiasco, 'Food & Liquor II': Track-by-Track Review

    September 25, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Lupe Fiasco has always had a lot to say -- so much so, in fact, that it rarely all fits on record. The Chicago native is a deft MC that makes the very most out of his couplets, but it's the things he says out of the studio that has traditionally had more traction than much of what he&…

  4. Electric Zoo 2012: 14 Things Seen & Heard

    September 06, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Electric Zoo (August 31-September 2) might not be the country's largest, splashiest, or most hyped electronic dance music festival. But we're going to go on record and say that it's the best. Electric Zoo 2012 PHOTOS: DANCE PARTY There are basic, tangible reasons for this…

  5. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry Ties Rihanna's Pop Songs Record

    July 30, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Feel the love! Perry matches Rihanna's record nine Pop Songs toppers. Plus, Train, Kylie Minogue, fun. and Kenny Chesney notch new No. 1s. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the…

  6. The Weeknd Makes NYC Debut with Flawed, Fascinating Performance

    April 26, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Fresh from a buzzy two-weeknd run at Coachella , The Weeknd (a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye) hit Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg for his first headlining New York show on Wednesday night (Apr. 25). Despite the fact that fans could see what ended up being virtually the same set at Coachella…

  7. Lana Del Rey: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 13, 2012 12:25 PM EST The viral (and now Interscope) star incorporates hip-hop producers and nabs an "SNL" slot before her album debut. Finally, her voice is bigger than her controversial persona. Rarely is a breaking artist as polarizing as Lana Del Rey. The 25-year-old songstress became one of 2011&…

  8. The Weeknd, 'Echoes of Silence': Track-by-Track Review

    December 22, 2011 12:20 PM EST Within a year's time, The Weeknd has become one of the forerunners in an emotionally magnified, peculiar thread of R&B with a mixtape trilogy. Late Wednesday night (Dec. 21), The Weeknd gave his rabid fans a tasty Christmas present: his promised third mixtape of 2011, "Echoes of…

  9. Billboard Bits: AFI's Breakup A Hoax, Lady Gaga To Perform On 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    September 08, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. AFI Splits... But It's A Hoax Rumors and reports were flying around earlier today that goth-rockers AFI had split up. But it was apparently all a misunderstanding: the band's management posted a statement…

  10. Rock On The Range Fest Lines Up A Perfect Circle, Korn, Disturbed

    February 01, 2011 5:50 PM EST A Perfect Circle , Avenged Sevenfold , Disturbed and Korn are among the acts slated to headline hard-rock music fest Rock on the Range 2011, it was announced today (Feb. 1). The festival, which is celebrating its five-year anniversary, goes down May 21-22 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus,…

  11. Saving Abel, "The Sex is Good"

    October 28, 2010 4:32 PM EDT Mississippi rock group Saving Abel defies the Biblical reference in their band name with "The Sex is Good," the latest single off sophomore disc "Miss America" that has been climbing the Rock Songs chart. The song hinges on acoustic riffs that slither along to the melody…

  12. 'Twilight,' 'Glee,' Aguilera Vying For Top Spots on Billboard 200

    June 09, 2010 5:41 PM EDT The Billboard 200 is finally heating up after a long spell of lackluster weeks, as three just-released albums are going to make big bows on the tally next week. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" soundtrack is going up against both Christina Aguilera 's first studio release in nearly…

  13. Saving Abel 'More Mature' on 'Miss America' Album

    April 13, 2010 1:14 PM EDT Saving Abel frontman Jared Weeks says fans will hear "a much more mature band" when the Mississippi rockers release their sophomore album, "Miss America," on June 8. "We've been out on the road for three years," Weeks tells Billboard.com, "but what we…

  14. China Denies Bob Dylan, Lil Wayne Blogging from Prison

    April 05, 2010 3:51 PM EDT In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Bob Dylan has canceled the East Asian leg of his tour after the Chinese government denied him permits to perform in China. Lil Wayne is blogging from prison on a site called Weezy Thanx You , and announced in his first…

  15. Best Bets 2010: The Year In Music Ahead

    January 15, 2010 2:15 PM EST Out with the old, in with the new... and the loud, the soft, the twangy, the melodic, the weird and the just plain brilliant. The new year is shaping up to be a great one for music, with banner releases in almost every genre hitting shelves and online retailers in 2010. Artists are swapping…

  16. Saving Abel Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 3:21 PM EST Saving Abel, Title TBD (Virgin) Release Date: TBD A gold-certified debut album has put a little pressure on Saving Abel , which plans to release its sophomore set in 2010. "You can't come out with something that's mediocre," frontman Jared Weeks says. "It just keeps…

  17. Saving Abel Road-Testing New Songs, Album Due In 2010

    November 02, 2009 2:26 PM EST S aving Abel could "put out a new album today if we wanted to," according to drummer Blake Dixon. But the Mississippi hard rockers plan to do some more work before finishing their sophomore effort -- and follow-up their gold-certified 2008 debut -- for release during the first half…

  18. Madonna, U2, AC/DC Lead Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 15, 2009 4:15 PM EDT Madonna , U2 and AC/DC are among the finalists for the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards , which will be handed out at a special reception in New York on Nov. 5. The awards are based on global box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, 2009. The…

  19. Ask Billboard: Remakes and One-Hit Wonders

    April 03, 2009 11:25 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. JUST DUET Hi Gary! It doesn't happen a whole lot where initially a song…

  20. Chart Beat: U2, Rick Ross, Miley Cyrus

    March 12, 2009 3:30 PM EDT AND THE BEAT GOES ON: After the renowned Fred Bronson's 16-year run at the helm, and fellow music expert Paul Grein's 12-year stewardship before Fred, Chart Beat will continue to be a landmark feature on billboard.com. Please look for updates each week, reported by members of…

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