1. Scars on 45's Debut Album: First Listen

    April 09, 2012 10:20 AM EDT "I suppose that it's the end of an era for us," Scars on 45 frontman Danny Bemrose says just weeks before his band's self-titled debut arrives April 10 on Atlantic's Chop Shop imprint. For the better part of the past three years, the Bradford, England-based quintet…

  2. Jay-Z Rocks SXSW in Hit-Heavy Concert

    March 13, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Jay-Z , rapper/mogul/Blue Ivy's dad, played one of the most anticipated SXSW events Monday night, with a set list heavy on hits and at least partially crowd-sourced. In addition to soliciting fan feedback for his set, Jay-Z at times let the crowd at the Moody Theater in Austin take over…

  3. Black Keys, Arena Rock Band: Live Review

    March 04, 2012 4:35 PM EST As the Black Keys finished the second show of their North American tour at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena, with Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney steaming through "I Got Mine," a lighted sign bearing the band's name descended from the lighting rig -- just like you see at a lot of…

  4. Kanye West Took 'Brainstorming' 'Jetsons' Film Meeting

    January 05, 2012 8:32 PM EST Beyond thoughts on his fashion career and the launch of his new company, DONDA, Kanye West 's Wednesday night Twitter revelations included mention of a potential gig as creative director of "The Jetsons" live-action movie. And West did indeed have a meeting about the film,…

  5. Tom Petty Talks New Album, Tour, Sandwiches in Twitter Q&A

    December 15, 2011 7:32 PM EST There were a few modest news flashes from Tom Petty during a Q&A session on his official Twitter page ( @tompetty ) on Thursday. Petty told Billboard.com that a new album is planned "but too soon to know details. it`s early days." He did, however, tell a fan asking about his…

  6. The Black Keys' 'El Camino': Track-by-Track Review

    December 06, 2011 8:00 AM EST On 2002's "The Big Come Up," the Black Keys were all grime. Recorded in the most lo-fi of ways -- in drummer Pat Carney's basement using an old 8-track -- the duo's debut was as close to the blues as two young white boys from Northeast Ohio were going to get. And it…

  7. Mike Tyson Lisps His Way Through 'The Girl From Ipanema'

    November 29, 2011 3:53 PM EST Apparently his tone deaf wedding singer stint in this year's "Hangover" sequel wasn't enough for Mike Tyson. Now the lispy boxer goes bossa nova on us, covering "The Girl From Ipanema" on Brazilian TV. Watch below. We expected Tyson to talk-sing more than croon,…

  8. The Black Keys Announce More Album Details, First Single

    October 11, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Yesterday the Black Keys teased seventh album, titled "El Camino," via a fake ad selling a used van. Besides a convincing used car salesman schtick from comedian Bob Odenkirk and the release date of Dec. 6, the ad didn't reveal much about "El Camino." The Black Keys…

  9. Hot Tours: Taylor Swift, Elton John, Jason Aldean

    September 30, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's Speak Now World Tour tops the latest Hot Tours ranking with $9.7 million in ticket sales from 10 sold out shows at arenas in seven North American markets. The first of the reported venues was HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. where Swift kicked off the month of September…

  10. Florence & The Machine: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 30, 2011 12:00 PM EDT It was a highly tempting offer. But ultimately not quite tempting enough. Such is the confession of Florence Welch, 25, the flame-haired siren who fronts Florence & the Machine . About 18 months ago, when the Grammy Award-nominated Brit was in the early stages of prepping her eagerly…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Beyonce

    June 02, 2011 6:45 PM EDT THE START OF SOMETHING 'BIG': After a one-year break, the annual "American Idol" coronation single returns to the Billboard Hot 100 's top 15. Newly-crowned "Idol" champion Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" blasts in at No. 11, making…

  12. Hot Tours: Usher, Lady Gaga, Rush

    April 14, 2011 4:38 PM EDT Five single-venue sold out concerts in Australia and New Zealand by Usher on his OMG Tour give the Grammy-winning R&B star the No. 1 ranking on this week's Hot Tours list. Usher grossed over $7.6 million from five performances at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena with 62,075 fans in…

  13. Hot Tours: Lady Gaga, Usher, Heart

    March 17, 2011 11:08 AM EDT Lady Gaga tops Hot Tours with box office totals arriving from the third North American leg of her Monster Ball Tour. Ticket sales topping $9.1 million were reported this week from six sold out concerts during the first 10 days of March. Two of the venues were in the Canadian province of…

  14. Sergio Mendes Unveils 'Rio' Soundtrack in Los Angeles

    March 14, 2011 12:00 PM EDT S ergio Mendes used a sold-out four-night stint at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse to celebrate his 50 years in the record business and to uncage his latest efforts -- two of the five songs he has contributed to the animated film "Rio." He unveiled the songs at the end of a 80…

  15. Wiz Khalifa to Get Eco-Friendly on 'Green Carpet' Tour

    February 16, 2011 12:22 PM EST Three days after the Mar. 29 release of his debut album, "Rolling Papers," Wiz Khalifa will begin celebrating at college campuses across the country on the Green Carpet Tour, the rapper announced today (Feb. 16). The 17-city trek, which marks the eighth installment of the eco…

  16. Elvis Presley, "Viva Elvis - The Album"

    November 15, 2010 12:04 PM EST There are certainly some Elvis Presley aficionados who will choke on their peanut butter and banana sandwiches upon hearing this companion album to Cirque du Soleil 's Las Vegas tribute to the King. The 12 tracks on "Viva Elvis-The Album" go even farther afield than the Beatles…

  17. 'Featuring' Norah Jones Track-By-Track

    November 10, 2010 10:30 AM EST Over the years, jazzy pop chanteuse and pianist Norah Jones has teamed up with many of her favorite artists, and now she's collected 18 tracks for an entire album of collaborations on her tunes, their tunes, covers and even seasonal favorites like 'Baby, It's Cold Outside."…

  18. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several of the hits and collaborations he's…

  19. Ask Billboard: Analyzing 'American Idol'

    October 01, 2010 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. THIS ... IS (YOUR…

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Heart, Michelle Branch

    September 09, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 'DREAM' SEQUENCE: As previously reported , Katy Perry pockets her third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Teenage Dream" rises 2-1. Perry previously led for seven weeks with "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008 and for six weeks with "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop…

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