1. Neil Diamond Prepping New Material: 'The Songs Are Just Coming'

    December 07, 2011 3:00 PM EST After celebrating his past with an assortment of honors and the new retrospective "The Very Best of Neil Diamond -- The Original Studio Recordings," some new music awaits Diamond on the other side of a greatest hits tour slated for next summer. Diamond tells Billboard.com that "…

  2. 'Drift Away' Singer Dobie Gray Dies

    December 07, 2011 11:40 AM EST Soul-pop singer Dobie Gray , who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song "Drift Away," has died. The news came on the evening of Dec. 6 via his official website, although no cause of death was listed. He was 71 Born near Houston in 1940 to a family of sharecroppers, Gray, whose real…

  3. TESTING GALLERY SKRILLEX

    December 06, 2011 11:48 AM EST TESTING GALLERY SKRILLEX TEST TEST 22222 The three guys stand shoulder to shoulder, backs to the wall, attempting to balance their varying heights with staggered stances. Diplo is the tallest and most camera-trained, tilting his head and adjusting his hot-professor glasses. He has, after all,…

  4. Grammy Nominations: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

    December 01, 2011 11:05 AM EST On a night when the Recording Academy recognized the genius of The 54th Grammy Awards nominations reveal love for music softer than the dance-party tracks that fill the pop airwaves, a victory of sorts for indie rock. Record and song of the year has artists (Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons )…

  5. Korn's Davis: 'We Were Dubstep Before There Was Dubstep'

    November 28, 2011 4:00 PM EST If you ask lead singer Jonathan Davis, Korn 's foray into dubstep is more natural than the band's metalhead fans might realize -- or admit. "We were dubstep before there was dubstep," Davis says. "Tempos at 140 with half-time drums, huge bassed-out riffs. We used to…

  6. Lefty Frizzell's Brother Looks to Change Singer's Wild Reputation

    November 21, 2011 2:20 PM EST There's no doubting that William Orville Frizzell was a hero. Better known as "Lefty," the singer - whose string of classic hits included "If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time" and "Saginaw, Michigan," has influenced many artists of his time…

  7. Demi Lovato's Tour Opener Has Its Ups & Downs

    November 17, 2011 12:15 PM EST What a difference a year makes -- especially for Demi Lovato . Just before playing "Skyscraper" on Wednesday (Nov. 16) during the first show of her "Unbroken World Tour" -- her first headlining trek -- at Detroit's Fox Theatre, the 19-year-old former Disney Channel…

  8. Ask Billboard: Twice Is Nice, Twice, for Adele

    November 05, 2011 6:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. TWICE IS NICE,…

  9. Track Review: Nero, 'Promises (Skrillex Remix)'

    October 11, 2011 11:00 AM EDT NERO Promises (Skrillex Remix) (4:28) Producers: Joe Ray, Dan Stephens, Alana Watson, Sonny Moore Writers: Joe Ray, Dan Stephens, Alana Watson, Sonny Moore Publishers: EMI / EMI / Copyright Control MTA Records For those unfamiliar with the format, the "Promises" remix is a bit of a…

  10. The Doors Team Up With Skrillex

    October 07, 2011 2:00 PM EDT With celebrity DJs and a-list producers becoming more and more like the rock stars of old, the documentary "RE:GENERATION" attempts to bring the two even closer together. The most striking combo is perhaps that of dubstep artist Skrillex (Sonny Moore, formerly of the screamo punk…

  11. Steve Martin Picked at Bluegrass Awards: Entertainer of the Year

    September 30, 2011 10:15 AM EDT "I want to thank the other nominees -- and thank them for losing," Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin!), with his tongue planted firmly in-cheek, said to the packed crowd Thursday night (Sept. 29) at the 22nd Annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards held at…

  12. 21 Under 21: Demi Lovato (2011)

    September 27, 2011 11:20 AM EDT No. 7. Demi Lovato Birthdate: Aug. 20, 1992 (age 18) Rank Last Year: 8 Why She's Hot: After launching her career with starring roles in the Disney Channel franchises "Sonny with a Chance" and "Camp Rock," Demi Lovato dropped out of her spot on the Jonas Brothers tour…

  13. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 08, 2011 11:45 AM EDT Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold, Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which were officially announced on Thursday morning (Sept. 8). Weezy received a…

  14. Elvis Presley Movie Based on Bodyguard's Book Due in 2012

    September 06, 2011 8:25 AM EDT A documentary filmmaker is riding with the King. John Scheinfeld, who has chronicled the lives of John Lennon , Harry Nilsson and others in documentaries, will direct the first-ever feature film based on the life of Elvis Presley. RLF Victor Productions has brought in Scheinfeld to direct and…

  15. Cher Defends Son Chaz on 'Dancing'

    September 01, 2011 9:09 AM EDT Cher is taking to Twitter to defend her son Chaz Bono. The superstar posted several tweets Wednesday defending his participation on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars." Bono is the first transgender competitor on the hit ABC show. Cher says her son, who was born female…

  16. Ask Billboard: When Kazoos (And Other Unusual Instruments) Ruled Radio

    August 26, 2011 5:55 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. WHEN KAZOOS (AND…

  17. Game Talks 'The R.E.D. Album': Video Track-By-Track

    August 23, 2011 12:35 PM EDT "Ricky" "Ricky is the story of every fallen young black man in Los Angeles. What people don't understand is that Boyz in the Hood is that, aside from it being a movie, that was the everyday lifestyle of young black teenagers in Los Angeles County and now spreaded across…

  18. Outside Lands Festival 2011: 18 Things Seen & Heard

    August 15, 2011 12:31 PM EDT Now in its fourth year, San Francisco's Outside Lands festival serves the dual purpose of providing vibrant Bay Area city with a response to Indio's white-hot Coachella, and giving the city an annual Golden Gate Park event recalling the bygone Summer of Love days. This weekend'…

  19. 'X Factor' Alum Cher Lloyd Notches U.K. No. 1 With 'Swagger Jagger'

    August 14, 2011 8:00 AM EDT "You can't stop clickin' at me, writin' 'bout me, tweetin' 'bout me," 18-year-old Cher Lloyd sings on her debut single, "Swagger Jagger." She isn't wrong. Ever since the British singer found fame as a finalist on last year's season…

  20. Disney Dudes & Divas: Then & Now Photos

    July 26, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Disney has quite the eye for finding young talent and molding their boys and girls into stars, but kids don't stay young forever. Every Disney star -- from '90s Mouseketeers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake , to recent stars like JoBros and Miley Cyrus -- has to grow up and toss…

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