1. Jennifer Lopez Goes Commercial, Again

    December 13, 2011 12:20 AM EST At this time last year, Jennifer Lopez was still licking her wounds from a rough 2010. She kicked off the year with a poorly received performance of single "Louboutins," got dropped by Epic Records and failed to relaunch her film career with the underperforming romantic comedy "…

  2. Music Exec John Atterberry Dies After Shooting

    December 12, 2011 8:59 PM EST A music industry executive died Monday after being shot last week by a rampaging gunman in the heart of Hollywood, a hospital spokeswoman said. John Atterberry, who has worked with the Spice Girls, Jessica Simpson and others, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, spokeswoman Simi Singer said.…

  3. Adele Reaches Milestone in 'X-Factor'-Heavy U.K. Chart Week

    December 05, 2011 9:30 AM EST Singer Overtakes Amy Winehouse to Have Century's Top-Selling Album The U.K. charts have the "X Factor" again this week, with former finalist Olly Murs debuting atop the album chart with "In Case You Didn't Know" and the charity release by the show's 2011…

  4. The Roots Go Concept On New Album 'Undun'

    November 29, 2011 9:00 AM EST Ahmir " ?uestlove " Thompson had finally reached his breaking point. It was during an early-2011 recording session for the Roots ' new album, undun, when the drummer of the acclaimed Philadelphia hip-hop band stormed out of the troop's recording studio. At issue? Thompson&…

  5. Ken Russell, 'Tommy' Director, Dead at 84

    November 28, 2011 2:15 PM EST Ken Russell got Oliver Reed and Alan Bates to wrestle naked, turned Vanessa Redgrave into a demonic nun and cast Ringo Starr as the pope. Critics and mainstream audiences often hated his films. Actors and admirers loved him. The iconoclastic British director, whose death aged 84 was announced…

  6. Ask Billboard: Uncovering Potentially Uncoverable Songs, Reader Responses

    November 26, 2011 11:15 AM EST 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. UNCOVERING…

  7. Mary J. Blige Owns NYC With 'My Life' Concert

    November 25, 2011 10:00 AM EST Two days after the release of her latest album "My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1)" (Nov. 23), Mary J. Blige invoked the emotional depth of its 1994 companion "My Life" at NYC's Terminal 5, performing her sophomore album in its entirety with the addition of…

  8. Uncharted Territory: The Spin Room Climbs Again; Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Lives On

    November 18, 2011 12:24 PM EST This week on Uncharted, folks are jumping up all over the place. The Spin Room (the pop-punk brainchild of Long Islander Nick Miley), who made an impressive debut at No. 21 last week, shot up ten spots in just seven days, clocking in this week at No. 11. After offering up his two EPs, "…

  9. iHeartRadio Fest To Air on VH1 Thanksgiving Weekend

    November 17, 2011 12:40 PM EST Expect a Turkey Day with second helpings of Gaga this year. Not only will the singer's "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving" air on ABC Nov. 24 (9:30 pm ET), her headlining performance at iHeartRadio Fest will make the small screen during a new VH1 special for the first-year Vegas music…

  10. Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator Plots 'Wolf' Album For 2012

    November 15, 2011 9:15 PM EST Tyler, the Creator is hungry like the "Wolf." The Odd Future collective's most outspoken MC will follow up this year's "Goblin" album with another full-length, titled "Wolf," in May 2012, he told Spin . The controversial rapper, whose group drew…

  11. Adele 'Just Chilling' Following Throat Surgery

    November 15, 2011 2:15 PM EST Adele has taken to her blog to let fans know she's "super happy" and on the mend following a recent throat surgery for recurring vocal hemorrhages. "Thank you for all your positive thoughts and get well wishes," she wrote. "I'm doing really well, on the mend…

  12. Adele Undergoes Vocal Cord Surgery in Boston

    November 07, 2011 4:30 PM EST Adele has now undergone surgery to stop a recurrent vocal cord hemorrhage that forced the singer to cancel her U.S. and U.K. tour dates throughout October and November. Her doctor "expects Adele to make a full recovery from her laser microsurgery." According to a statement from…

  13. Pusha T Talks 'Fear of God II,' His Top Five 2011 Singles

    November 07, 2011 2:15 PM EST Although he's lately been working with a slew of marquee rappers while branding himself as a solo artist, Pusha T says that he's come a long way since his days in Clipse , when he was reluctant to collaborate with anyone. "Musically, we were snobs," the rapper tells…

  14. Odd Future's Left Brain Hit With Lawsuit by Photographer

    November 07, 2011 1:25 PM EST Photographer Amy Harris has opted to file a police report against Vyron Turner, better known as Odd Future member Left Brain, after the rapper allegedly struck the journalist during a performance at Voodoo Experience in New Orleans on Oct. 30. Although she has not discussed the specific…

  15. Odd Future Dumped From Festival Over 'Homophobic' Lyrics

    November 04, 2011 4:55 PM EDT Hip-hop collective Odd Future has been dropped from the lineup of the Big Day Out's Auckland, New Zealand date after promoters faced pressure from local activists over the group's homophobic lyrics. The Auckland City Council, which owns the Big Day Out venue Mt Smart Stadium, forced…

  16. Uncharted Territory: Paradise Fears Unplug; Far Too Loud Cranks Up The Volume

    November 04, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Another week, another massive leap for a previously low-placing Uncharted artist: This time around it's pop-punkers Paradise Fears who leapt from No. 45 all the way to No. 9 thanks to a big showing on PureVolume. The South Dakota-based group is prepping an acoustic EP, and recently…

  17. Darren Aronofsky to Direct Lou Reed, Metallica Video

    November 03, 2011 7:40 PM EDT Award-winning director Darren Aronofsky will direct a music video from the new Metallica and Lou Reed album, "Lulu." Best-known for his Oscar-nominated films "Black Swan" and "The Wrestler," Aronofsky will produce a video for the track, "Iced Honey."…

  18. Tegan and Sara's Tegan Quin on 'Get Along,' Their Next Album and The Tyler Controversy

    November 03, 2011 3:55 PM EDT As they gear up to start recording their seventh studio album -- their first full-length as thirtysomethings -- Tegan and Sara have decided to look back on the past decade with "Get Along," a live DVD/CD release that hits stores Nov. 15 through Warner Bros. Records. With three films…

  19. 'X Factor' Singer Says He Asked to Get Cut

    November 02, 2011 10:20 AM EDT Dexter Haygood Claims He Cut a Deal: 'I Was Unhappy That I Was Unable to Be a Rock Artist' Former "The X Factor" contestant Dexter Haygood said he wasn't pushed off Fox's new singing contest. He jumped. Haygood was among five contestants eliminated from the show…

  20. Robyn Wows MTV O Music Awards; Bjork & Marilyn Manson's Butt Win Big

    November 01, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Last night, the MTV O Music Awards 2 took over The Roxy in West Hollywood to celebrate "the best in digital music"--for the second time this year. The O Music Awards had their inaugural ceremony this past April in Las Vegas, where fans got to cast their votes to decide who would…

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