1. TV on the Radio: Don't Confuse These Songs for TV Themes

    July 20, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Despite no affiliation, Ed Sheeran's song 'The A Team' is conjuring thoughts of B.A. Baracus, mohawks and a cool black van. A new hit by an artist born in 1991 is bringing back memories of a TV show that went off the air in 1987. British newcomer Ed Sheeran enters the Billboard…

  2. Slayer Eyeing New Material as Guitarist Continues Recovery

    July 19, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman is still in recovery mode from the flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis that's sidelined him since early 2011, but that's not keeping the thrash metal titans from eyeballing a new album -- a follow-up to 2009's "World Painted Blood."…

  3. Jonas Brothers Tease Dance Floor-Ready New Material

    March 07, 2012 7:48 PM EST Are the Jonas Brothers heading to the dance floor? A new video uploaded to eldest Brother Kevin's Twitvid account shows Joe and Nick working on a funky, uptempo track together. While Joe is tapping away at a Macbook, Nick's seen adding some keyboard elements to a thoroughly…

  4. Paul McCartney Gets Tribute Album, Walk of Fame Star

    February 09, 2012 7:38 PM EST Prepare for Paul McCartney mania in 2012 as the beloved Beatle turns 70 in June. On deck much sooner: a new solo album, "Kisses on the Bottom," released Feb. 7 by Hear Music/Concord, as well as a fully endorsed tribute record featuring covers of classic compositions from Sir Paul&…

  5. Megadeth Bassist Studying to Be a Lutheran Pastor

    January 19, 2012 6:30 PM EST Concordia Seminary in suburban St. Louis gets an eclectic mix of students in a program allowing them to train for the ministry online - electricians, farmers, entrepreneurs - and even a founder of one of the best-known thrash metal bands. David Ellefson plays bass for Megadeth. He also is an…

  6. Afghan Whigs Reuniting for First Concerts in 13 Years

    December 07, 2011 10:00 AM EST The reformation of the Afghan Whigs , a performance of Slayer's "Reign in Blood" and a set by co-curator Mogwai will highlight I'll Be Your Mirror 2012, an All Tomorrow's Parties event taking place May 25-27 at Alexandra Palace in London. The festival will also…

  7. Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: 6 Questions About 'Thirteen'

    October 31, 2011 12:30 AM EDT Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says there's nothing unlucky about his band's new album, "Th1rt3en," arriving Nov. 1 on Roadrunner. "Thirteen is not a bad number," says Mustaine, who founded the iconic thrash metal band after being kicked out of Metallica in 1983…

  8. Joe Jonas Breaks From His Bros, Gears Up for Tour With Jay Sean

    August 31, 2011 3:20 PM EDT Joe Jonas and Jay Sean won't commit to performing together when the two hit the road Sept. 6 in Boston for an 18-date North American tour. "There's something to be said for surprises and not giving anything way," Sean told reporters during a conference call to promote the…

  9. Joe Jonas Plots U.S. Tour with Jay Sean

    August 16, 2011 1:20 PM EDT Before he joins Britney Spears on her European trek, Joe Jonas will showcase his debut album, "Fastlife," on a fall U.S. tour with fellow pop singer Jay Sean . The 19-city run kicks off in Boston on Sept. 6, with tickets going on sale on Aug. 19. "I've been working hard to…

  10. Joe Jonas Debuts 'Love Slayer,' Launches $2,500 Remix Contest

    August 10, 2011 6:20 PM EDT Teen pop star Joe Jonas has teamed up with Cambio and Indaba Music to debut "Love Slayer," a song off his upcoming solo album "Fastlife," and launch a contest that will give $2,500 for the best remix of the track. In addition to the money prize, the first-place winner will…

  11. Ask Billboard: Chicago's AC Six-Cess

    August 05, 2011 2:05 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. CHICAGO'S AC…

  12. Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup Announced: Passion Pit, Slayer, Public Enemy and More

    August 01, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Fun Fun Fun Fest, the annual music festival held in Austin, Tex., has announced the complete lineup for the sixth annual festival, to be held Nov. 4-6 at Auditorium Shores. Headliners include Passion Pit , Slayer , Public Enemy , the Damned and Major Lazer . The fest lineup has been unveiled…

  13. Joe Jonas Performs New Solo Songs At Paper Mag Party

    July 07, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Last night (June 6) at the Sounds Like Paper Magazine Party at the House of Vans in Brooklyn, Joe Jonas performed four songs from his upcoming solo debut -- his first musical foray since older brother Kevin got married and the Jonas Brothers went on an unofficial hiatus more than a year ago.…

  14. Coachella Expansion Aims to 'Create More Room' for Fans, Says Fest Founder

    June 01, 2011 2:28 PM EDT The Coachella festival's producers shocked the live music business community yesterday when they announced that there will be two festivals next year : on back-to-back weekends, with the same lineup. Festival founder and producer Paul Tollett, president of Goldenvoice, said he's…

  15. Slayer to 'Hold Off' on Recording While Ailing Guitarist Recovers

    May 31, 2011 11:03 AM EDT S layer continues to play live while ailing guitarist Jeff Hanneman remains on the sidelines. But singer-bassist Tom Araya says the group will not consider any recording projects without him. "There's no way we'd go into a studio without him," Araya assures Billboard.com. …

  16. Rob Zombie Plots Next Album, Talks 'Lords of Salem' Horror Movie

    May 18, 2011 3:45 PM EDT He may not get to it for a while with a new film project looming, but Rob Zombie is starting to hatch plans for his next album. Zombie tells Billboard.com the and guitarist John5 have already begun talking about the follow-up to last year's "Hellbilly Deluxe 2," with…

  17. Billboard Bits: Metallica Working With Rick Rubin Again, Serena Williams Hits The Studio

    April 26, 2011 5:27 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Metallica to Team Up With Rick Rubin Again On Next Album According to Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, producer Rick Rubin is set to work with the band on its next album. Rubin previously worked with Metallica on…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: INXS, Britney Spears, Elton John

    April 07, 2011 4:05 PM EDT WE LOVE THE '80s, PART 1: INXS returns to Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "Original Sin," featuring Rob Thomas , opens at No. 48. The song bookends the band's Dance/Club Play Songs discography, as the original "Original Sin" introduced the group…

  19. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Asks for Birthday Charity Donations, Slayer Singer Hospitalized

    February 28, 2011 7:20 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber Asks for Charity Donations for Birthday To celebrate his 17th birthday, Justin Bieber is asking his diehard fans to direct their good will toward Charity: Water , a clean water charity that he hopes…

  20. Avril Lavigne Gives 'Em 'Hell' with Social 50 Leap

    February 03, 2011 12:00 PM EST Among the big shake-ups on the Social 50 chart this week: Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift vault into the top 10 while Slayer debuts straight in at No. 18. Lavigne zips 21-8, marking her first visit to the top tier, seemingly basking in the glow of the debut of the music video for "What…

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