1. Ryan Seacrest's Bieber-Off Helps Cimorelli Make Social 50 Chart Gain

    May 18, 2012 9:00 PM EDT The dust from the impact of Justin Bieber 's "Boyfriend" video release two weeks ago hasn't settled yet. In the digital age of remixing and re-appropriation of content, activity around a particular release isn't just limited to listening and viewing: it has expanded…

  2. Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Says He's Out of Reunion Gigs

    May 15, 2012 8:24 PM EDT Bill Ward will not be joining Black Sabbath for this year's performances, the drummer confirmed in a letter to fans on his website . The lengthy, emotional note explained that Ward had been asked to participate "minimally" at the band's Download Festival set in the UK in…

  3. Zooey Deschanel to Play Loretta Lynn in New Musical

    May 11, 2012 10:20 AM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame member Loretta Lynn is taking her life story to Broadway, and she has tapped film and TV actress Zooey Deschanel to play her on stage. Lynn, 80, unveiled plans for a musical adaptation of "Coal Miner's Daughter" during a Grand Ole Opry show at the…

  4. Album Review: M. Ward, 'A Wasteland Companion'

    April 15, 2012 8:00 AM EDT M. WARD "A Wasteland Companion" Producer: M. Ward Merge Records Release Date: April 10 M. Ward opens his new studio album, "A Wasteland Companion," with a lovely acoustic ditty called "Clean Slate." But a clean slate is hardly what this indie-folk heavyweight is…

  5. Jason Mraz Is Focusing on Green Issues With New Album

    April 14, 2012 10:00 AM EDT How do you follow up the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 hit ever? For Jason Mraz , the answer is try and save the world. After "I'm Yours" lit up the Hot 100 with its easygoing ukulele licks and unapologetic optimism for a record 76 weeks ending in October 2009 (peaking at…

  6. M. Ward Talks New Album, Promises More Monsters of Folk Material

    March 08, 2012 1:45 PM EST The deep-voiced M. Ward , known to many as the "him" in She & Him , speaks barely above a whisper. "I'm definitely more of an introvert than an extrovert, and I'm happy to say so," the Portland folk-rocker admits. It's no wonder that "living the…

  7. Ask Billboard: Whitney Houston's Biggest Radio Hits

    March 05, 2012 11:05 AM EST Plus: More enduring rock era classics; Who's better, Mariah or Madonna?; and, a week-by-week analysis of women ruling the Hot 100's top five Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music…

  8. Monkees Singer Davy Jones Dead at 66

    February 29, 2012 1:12 PM EST Micky Dolenz: "Can't believe it" ... Michael Nesmith: "I wish him safe travels" ... Peter Tork: "Adios to the Manchester Cowboy" The cute Monkee is gone. OK, they were all cute. But Davy Jones was the acknowledged first among equals, the crush of millions…

  9. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  10. Black Sabbath Reunion Tour Becomes 'Ozzy & Friends' Tour

    February 17, 2012 4:35 PM EST Three months after announcing a 2012 tour and album, Black Sabbath has reshuffled its reunion plans in light of guitarist Tony Iommi's battle with lymphoma. The hard rock legends have confirmed that they plan to play only one show on their planned European tour -- Download Festival,…

  11. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  12. Black Sabbath Reunion Hits Speed Bump: Drummer Threatens to Quit

    February 02, 2012 2:57 PM EST Ward requires a "signable contract that reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band" in order to move forward." The Black Sabbath reunion hasn't faced enough obstacles already, what with guitarist Tony Iommi's recent lymphoma…

  13. M. Ward Offers Up Animated Video For New Single 'The First Time I Ran Away'

    February 01, 2012 5:40 PM EST If you're a fan of sleepy-time folk, you're in for a promising few months ahead. First, we'll see if Bon Iver can pull an Arcade Fire at this year's Grammy Awards on Feb. 12 (four nominations -- including Record and Song of the Year nods -- should yield something, right ?)…

  14. SXSW Adds Lana Del Rey, Of Montreal, Danny Brown, Best Coast, Dozens More to Lineup

    January 17, 2012 12:25 PM EST The South By Southwest lineup increased ten-fold this week, as dozens of musicians were added to the conference's showcase roster. Bruce Springsteen to be SXSW 2012 Keynote Speaker Now joining previously-announced artists Cloud Nothings, Against Me!, The Magnetic Fields, Talib Kweli, and…

  15. Update: Beyonce Hospital Complaints Dismissed

    January 11, 2012 8:04 PM EST New York health officials have reviewed and dismissed complaints patients in a hospital neonatal unit were mistreated while Beyonce was giving birth there to her and Jay-Z's daughter. Health department spokesman Jeffrey Gordon says they received two complaints about Manhattan's…

  16. Jason Mraz's 'I Won't Give Up' Storms Hot 100's Top 10

    January 11, 2012 12:05 PM EST Without the aid so far of radio or an all-out promotional push, Jason Mraz blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 8 with "I Won't Give Up," courtesy of a No. 1 debut on the Digital Songs chart. The song starts with 229,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and…

  17. 12 No. 12 R&B/Hip-Hop Hits for 2012

    January 10, 2012 1:05 PM EST Last January, Chart Beat paid respects to songs that peaked at No. 11 on various Billboard charts, just one spot from a more fortunate top 10 rank. Still, several No. 11 hits have gone on to become well-worn classics, including the Beatles ' "Eleanor Rigby," Dead or Alive'…

  18. Was Black Sabbath Confirmed For Coachella?

    January 10, 2012 12:50 PM EST Reunited Rockers Reportedly Pulled Out Due To Iommi's Health The reunited Black Sabbath was one of the planned headliners for this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but was forced to pull out just before yesterday's official lineup announcement due to guitarist…

  19. Hospital Downplays Beyonce Birth Controversy

    January 10, 2012 7:45 AM EST It's only been a few days since Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed little Blue Ivy Carter into the world, but the rumor mill on the baby's birth keeps on spinning. Frank Danza, a spokesman for Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, wants to clarify a few of those rumors: namely, that the hip…

  20. Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath Has Lymphoma

    January 09, 2012 9:55 AM EST Plans for Band's First Album in 33 Years Have Not Been Derailed Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma but a new album for the legendary metal band is still on track, it was announced Monday. Iommi, 63, is currently working with his…

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