1. Album Review: Meghan Trainor's 'Title' Mixes Things Up to Mixed Results

    January 12, 2015 2:28 PM EST In most of the eight weeks that fresh pop face Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" ruled the Billboard Hot 100 last summer and autumn, it was easy to figure it would be recalled as a one-off novelty. It got by on balancing nostalgic girl-group and doo-wop sounds…

  2. Watch Chris Cornell Discuss 'Existential Meltdown' of '90s Grunge Bands, Being the Anti-Poison

    November 21, 2014 3:50 PM EST Soundgarden frontman spoke at Billboard's Touring Conference about bringing grunge from the underground to the mainstream. Speaking to a crowd at Billboard's Touring Conference  on Thursday, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell recalled his rise from the Seattle grunge scene to…

  3. Skid Row Singer Johnny Solinger Returns to His Country Roots on New EP

    October 08, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Scrappy Smith is the forthcoming country EP from Johnny Solinger. Yes, the Johnny Solinger who has been lead vocalist with Skid Row since 1999. And no, it's not his first country rodeo. "I had a break from Skid Row back in 2008. I was in Texas, and had a chance to do a project for…

  4. Listen to Skid Row's 'Rise of the Damnation Army -- United World Rebellion: Chapter Two'

    August 05, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Life has started imitating art for Skid Row -- and the New Jersey rock troupe couldn't be happier.  The group releases "Rise of the Damnation Army -- United World Rebellion: Chapter Two" on Aug. 5 as the second in a series of three EPs. And bassist Rachel Bolan tells Billboard…

  5. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Springs Up Dance Charts to Top 10

    April 17, 2014 4:30 PM EDT The lead single from Harris' forthcoming album posts video-aided gains. Plus, chart moves for Disclosure, David Guetta, Dada Life, SOHN and Scotty Boy The momentum of Calvin Harris' "Summer" continues to build, as the track claims both Digital and Streaming Gainer tags and…

  6. Slipknot Frontman Corey Taylor Subject of Upcoming Comedy Roast

    March 18, 2014 8:32 PM EDT Roast to be held at Columbus' Rock on the Range festival in May When Corey Taylor arrives in Columbus, Ohio, for Rock on the Range this May, he won't be playing with either of his usual bands, Slipknot or Stone Sour, like he has in the past. Instead, the frontman is scheduled to be…

  7. Halestorm to Spend January Writing Third Album

    December 14, 2013 9:00 AM EST The proud road warriors of Halestorm are finally ready to hunker down in the studio again. Drummer Arejay Hale tells Billboard that after the hard rock group wraps up its current North American tour Sunday (Dec. 15) in Chicago and takes some time off for the holidays, Halestorm will be back…

  8. Chris Brown Calls Out 'The System, 'Racist' DA Over Community Service Hours

    August 23, 2013 4:11 PM EDT "How about y'all take care of all the homeless kids and families on skid row," he questioned in his profanity-laced tweets. Chris Brown was sentenced to additional community service last week -- 1,000 hours -- and he blasted the legal system in a series of profanity-laced…

  9. Sebastian Bach Offered Memoir Deal: 'My Story Is Insanely Insane'

    August 23, 2012 10:30 AM EDT "I could make (Motley Crue's) 'The Dirt' look clean if I wanted to," says ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach is thinking about becoming a slave to a different kind of grind soon. The former Skid Row singer, who's been touring as a solo act since 1996, tells…

  10. Public Enemy's Two New Albums Will 'Talk to Each Other,' Says Chuck D

    May 23, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Public Enemy plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its recording career not only by dipping deeply into its past -- 1987's "Yo! Bum Rush the Show" -- during its concerts but also by unleashing a wealth of new music. Frontman Chuck D tells Billboard.com that the iconic rap…

  11. Exclusive: Gene Simmons Heads to Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, Talks KISS Album

    May 03, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 'I'm Gonna Be the Drill Sergeant,' Rocker Says Kiss' Gene Simmons is prepping the whip for his role mentoring the next batch of Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp attendees. "I intend to be a hard taskmaster," Simmons, who joins the camp Oct. 10-14 at the MGM Grand in…

  12. Ice-T To Bring Rap Performance to Sundance

    January 13, 2012 5:00 PM EST Ice-T , Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz are scheduled to perform at the Sundance Institute's annual Celebration of Music in Film on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Their performances are to celebrate Ice-T's documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," co-directed by Andy…

  13. Chuck D Talks New Public Enemy Albums, Skid Row Festival Performance

    January 13, 2012 3:55 PM EST While Public Enemy prepares to stir up some hype with a performance on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Chuck tells Billboard.com that the legendary hip-hop group will return in full force this year with two new studio albums. "Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp…

  14. 'X Factor': The Best & Worst Moments

    December 23, 2011 2:00 PM EST Last night (Dec. 22) marked the final episode of "X Factor's" debut U.S. season, and while some moments will live on in our hearts, there are also a few things that we can never unsee. Melanie Amaro Crowned 'X Factor' Winner Of course all of the finalists'…

  15. Billboard Bits: T.I. May Be Released Wednesday, Sebastian Bach's House Destroyed

    August 29, 2011 6:41 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. T.I. To Be Released on Wednesday? T.I. is reportedly leaving the Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas for a halfway house on Wednesday (Aug. 31), after spending 11 months in prison for a parole violation.…

  16. Who's Who of Hair Metal React to Jani Lane's Death

    August 12, 2011 2:30 PM EDT The response to Jani Lane 's death in the glam-and-hair metal communities has been one of shock and disbelief, with former sunset strip denizens far and wide chiming in. Major artists ranging from Slash to Alice Cooper have lamented the loss, but we're also hearing from the where…

  17. Sebastian Bach Divorcing Wife of 18 Years

    January 03, 2011 9:03 AM EST S ebastian Bach , the ex-frontman of Skid Row , is divorcing his wife of 18 years Maria Bierk. "We have tried to work things out for the sake of our family but it has become apparent that our differences at this point are irreconcilable," Bach told TMZ . Sebastian Bach Arrested…

  18. Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga Poses as Lady Liberty, Rihanna Premiering New Single

    September 03, 2010 6:00 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Premiering New Single on Tuesday Less than a year removed from the release of "Rated R," Rihanna is set to premiere a new single from her upcoming fifth album on Tuesday (Sept. 7). "Only Girl…

  19. Bon Jovi Tour Doubles As Homeless Research Mission

    February 26, 2010 5:16 PM EST Jon Bon Jovi's new tour is bringing the veteran rock star to venues he doesn't usually visit on the road. A shelter for hardcore alcoholics in Seattle. A tour of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Perhaps a squatters village in Sacramento. That's because this tour in support of Bon Jovi …

  20. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1990

    February 09, 2010 12:45 PM EST 'FOREVER' MORE: Twenty years ago this week, Paula Abdul truly was an American idol, leading both the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the Billboard 200 album chart. In the Billboard issue dated Feb. 10, 1990, Abdul spent a second of 10 weeks atop the Billboard 200 with her debut…

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