1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Billboard Bits: 'Glee' Super Bowl Episode Preview, Big Four Metal Fest

    January 26, 2011 6:00 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Glee' Super Bowl Episode Photos, Clip Surface Zombie outfits, Katy Perry wigs and the famed "Thriller" dance -- Glee 's Super Bowl Sunday episode is shaping up to be a major events, and…

  4. Billboard Bits: Jay-Z Rolls Out New Website to Celebrate His Hits, Fergie Dispels Solo Album Rumors

    November 12, 2010 5:48 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jay-Z Debuts Glossy New Website to Celebrate His Greatest Hits Jay-Z recently unveiled a new website as a promotional push for his upcoming greatest hits album, "The Hits Collection," which hits retailers…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson

    November 11, 2010 5:55 PM EST RI-WARDED: As "What's My Name?" vaults 60-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , Rihanna continues to enhance a commanding chart history that began the week of June 11, 2005, when "Pon De Replay" debuted at No. 97. "What's My Name?" becomes Rihanna's eighth…

  6. Slayer's Kerry King Performs with Megadeth

    October 25, 2010 5:05 PM EDT Metal history was made last week (Oct. 21) when Megadeth was joined on stage by Slayer guitarist Kerry King during the last stop of the Jagermeister tour at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Hollywood, Calif. Video: Kerry King Plays "Rattlehead" with Megadeath Megadeth frontman Dave…

  7. Ask Billboard: Small Screen, Big Hits

    September 24, 2010 6:25 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. SMALL SCREEN, BIG…

  8. Apocalyptica, " 7th Symphony"

    September 03, 2010 4:50 PM EDT Finnish orchestral metal band Apocalyptica 's latest studio album is befitting of its title; "7th Symphony" is the seventh symphonic offering from the classically trained cellists and percussionist. This time around, the act boasts even more impressive instrumentation than 2007…

  9. Slayer Ready for More Carnage with Megadeth

    August 04, 2010 1:28 PM EDT After storming through Europe on the Big Four tour with fellow thrashers Metallica , Megadeth and Anthrax , the members of Slayer say they're ready to do it again -- though bassist Tom Araya notes that "in some ways it's not really in our control." "I thought it was…

  10. Avenged Sevenfold Returns with 'Nightmare' After Drummer's Death

    July 26, 2010 12:30 PM EDT A year ago, hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold was one of the most fortunate bands on the planet. Blessed with a supportive label, record sales beyond the 2 million mark, a rabid fan base and a lucrative tour schedule, the group seemed to have nowhere to go but up. But everything changed on Dec…

  11. Apocalyptica Records Naked, Recruits Gavin Rossdale for '7th Symphony'

    July 19, 2010 4:10 PM EDT Once known for covering classic metal bands, the cello-bearing Finnish outfit Apocalyptica took inspiration from its own past for its new album, "7th Symphony." "We had our 'Cult' album in mind," the group's Paavo Lotjonen tells Billboard.com, citing…

  12. Metallica Sonisphere Cinecast Seen By 100,000

    June 25, 2010 1:10 PM EDT The Sonisphere cinecast from the Sofia, Bulgaria leg of the touring rock festival was seen by more than 100,000 fans, according to promoter Stuart Galbraith. The global June 22 cinecast featured the 'Big Four' of metal - Metallica , Slayer , Megadeth and Anthrax - and was beamed via…

  13. Metallica Heading To Cinemas

    June 10, 2010 2:03 PM EDT Heavy metal's 'big four' will be heading to international cinema screens when the bands - Metallica , Slayer , Megadeth , Anthrax - all perform on the same bill for the first time. The performances from the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 22 will be beamed via…

  14. Gogol Bordello, "Trans-Continental Hustle"

    May 21, 2010 11:18 AM EDT With the help of heavyweight producer Rick Rubin, Gogol Bordello 's major-label debut, "Trans-Continental Hustle," maintains the band's ethno-clash dance party reputation, but with less punk attitude and a more mainstream songwriting approach. Wild, passionate opener "…

  15. 'Big Four' Metal Fest To Be Beamed To Big Screens

    May 21, 2010 7:59 AM EDT The Big Four tour -- Metallica , Slayer , Megadeth and Anthrax -- is playing just seven dates in Europe and nothing in North America, but headbangers on this side of the pond won't have to miss out. BY Experience will film and beam the package's June 22 stop at the Sonisphere…

  16. Metal Community Pays Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

    May 17, 2010 5:10 PM EDT The hard rock community was in a state of mourning as artists rushed to pay tribute to iconic elder statesman Ronnie James Dio, who died on Sunday at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. Tony Iommi, who worked with Dio in Black Sabbath and its latest incarnation, Heaven and Hell, was among…

  17. TV On The Radio: Before There Was 'Glee' ...

    April 27, 2010 2:35 PM EDT As far as we know, the only class taught at William McKinley High School is Spanish. Between show choir, cheerleading and football practice (and the occasional slushie in the face), there's not much time for other subjects. A quick history lesson, then, as the success of the "Glee…

  18. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith, Francis Bean Cobain, Mars Volta and More

    February 04, 2010 5:56 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. The Flaming Lips , Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem are among the recently announced headliners for the Bestival, the annual September gathering that marks the unofficial end of the summer festival…

  19. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax To Tour Together

    December 15, 2009 11:12 AM EST Heavy metal's Big Four -- Metallica , Slayer , Megadeth and Anthrax -- will ride together in 2010. In Europe, at least. After weeks of rumors, the four bands have announced they'll take part in the traveling Sonisphere festival, starting June 16 at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland…

  20. Slayer Teams With Megadeth For 'American Carnage' Tour, Postpones Euro Trek

    November 16, 2009 8:43 AM EST Slayer has postponed its U.K. and European tour until spring 2010. Instead, Slayer will co-headline the "American Carnage" tour with Megadeth early next year. Kicking off on January 18 in Seattle, Wash. for a 26-date trek across North America, the "Carnage" tour will…

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