1. CMJ 2011: 15 Things That Will Rock

    October 18, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to… find the next great buzz band? Indie enthusiasts have ascended upon New York City this week for the annual CMJ Music Marathon, which kicks off today (Oct. 18) and runs through Saturday. Will the proverbial "they" find…

  2. T.I. Turns Novelist With 'Power & Beauty'; Talks Freedom & Family

    October 14, 2011 3:10 PM EDT On Tuesday, October 18, Harper Collins will release the first book written by rapper Clifford "Tip" Harris, better known as the rapper T.I. The book, entitled Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets (William Morrow), is a novel written by Tip "T.I." Harris…

  3. Tom Morello Occupies Wall Street: 'Every Movement Has a Soundtrack'

    October 13, 2011 10:00 PM EDT "Mic check," declared Tom Morello, a.k.a. the Nightwatchman, at noon today (Oct. 13) in lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, only he had no microphone. "Mic check," echoed the crowd, crammed shoulder-to-shoulder and surrounding the guitarist on all sides beneath a grey…

  4. Cover Queens: Beyonce Talks Maternity Line, Rihanna Gets Naked & Kelly Rowland Enhances

    October 12, 2011 10:50 AM EDT November is shaping up to be the hottest month of the year, as the sexiest women in music grace the covers of several fashion and lifestyle magazines. From racy to pregnant and back again, Beyoncé , Rihanna and Kelly Rowland show us all how to be sexy leading up to the holiday season. PHOTOS:…

  5. Evanescence Returns to an Altered Rock Landscape

    October 11, 2011 2:00 PM EDT It's a beautiful Friday afternoon in late August, but the mood in New York is somber. A few weeks before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the city is bracing for another possible catastrophe: Hurricane Irene is approaching-a Category 3 storm that could wreak massive devastation on the Big…

  6. Kanye West Joins Occupy Wall Street Protest

    October 10, 2011 4:35 PM EDT Kanye West is the latest musician to join the protest at Occupy Wall Street. 'Ye was spotted at the protest in Zucotti Park. Russell Simmons, a familar face at Occupy Wall Street, guided Kanye through the protest. "I just walked @kanyewest thru the #occupywallstreet. I love how…

  7. Mitch Winehouse to Tell 'True Story of Amy' in Memoir

    October 10, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Amy Winehouse fans are one step closer to reading Mitch Winehouse 's definitive account of his late daughter's life. HarperCollins purchased the publishing rights to "Amy, My Daughter," the UK soul diva's memoir, as told by her father. HarperCollins purchased North…

  8. Rihanna Finds Sixth No. 1 on U.K. Chart

    October 10, 2011 9:33 AM EDT James Morrison 's "The Awakening" started a second week atop the U.K. album chart Sunday (Oct. 9), as Rihanna raced to the singles summit after only four days on sale with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris. With modest second-week sales of 36,000, according to…

  9. 'X Factor' Boot Camp Begins: 162 Contestants Enter, Only 32 Will Leave

    October 06, 2011 10:35 AM EDT More than 150 contestants made it through the "X Factor" auditions, but only 32 will continue on to the final competition. In the first 15 minutes of the "X Factor" boot camp round, that number was slashed down to 100. As bootcamp began, all 162 contestants and groups…

  10. South Park's 15 Most Memorable Music Moments

    October 05, 2011 10:15 AM EDT Hard to believe it, but Kenny, Cartman, Stan and the whole 'South Park' gang came into our lives 15 seasons ago (which fittingly makes them snarky teenagers now). To celebrate a decade and a half of brilliant, silly humor and the beginning of the new season tonight (Oct. 5), we'…

  11. Michael Jackson's 'Immortal' Won't Be His Last Album, Says Estate

    October 04, 2011 9:24 AM EDT Michael Jackson 's next posthumous album will be released in November and be chocked full of newly discovered outtakes and alternate versions of old hits, Epic Records announced on Monday. "Immortal" is actually the soundtrack for the new Cirque du Soleil show, "The…

  12. Kate Miller-Heidke Gains Exposure Through New York Lottery Campaign

    October 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Promoting the concept that good things can happen in an instant, the New York Lottery's current ad campaign features clips of businessmen driving a golf cart around the office and a bus driver wearing tennis clothes, among other sights. But the most unforgettable element is the…

  13. Florence & The Machine: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 30, 2011 12:00 PM EDT It was a highly tempting offer. But ultimately not quite tempting enough. Such is the confession of Florence Welch, 25, the flame-haired siren who fronts Florence & the Machine . About 18 months ago, when the Grammy Award-nominated Brit was in the early stages of prepping her eagerly…

  14. New Cirque du Soleil Show Is Michael Jackson 'On Steroids'

    September 29, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Eleven months after announcing the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, writer/director Jamie King and his collaborators at Cirque du Soleil are itching to get the production under way on Oct. 2 in Montreal. And the Jackson estate -- which authorized and partnered in the project -- is…

  15. Dhani Harrison Enlists RZA, Regina Spektor for thenewno2 Releases

    September 28, 2011 4:50 PM EDT Dhani Harrison's thenewno2 pack a lot of special-guest driven power into its new EP, "EP002," out now. The band, led by the son of the late Beatle, George, has recruited not only Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA , but also Regina Spektor ,and rappers Crisis and Sir Eyes to appear, all…

  16. Ben Folds Five Returning To Studio, Plan on 'Making Another Sound'

    September 27, 2011 2:50 PM EDT After reuniting the Ben Folds Five for three new songs on the upcoming compilation "The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective," Folds says a new album from the trio isn't guaranteed -- but is likely. Folds, who's currently judging the just-launched third season of NBC&…

  17. Joseph Arthur Plots Album, Pearl Jam Side-Project Work

    September 27, 2011 8:07 AM EDT Joseph Arthur 's beautiful May release, "The Graduation Ceremony" may have been his first album in three years, but the Akron, Ohio-bred singer/songwriter/painter has already recorded enough material for a possible triple release, and that's in addition to his forthcoming…

  18. iHeartRadio Fest Saturday: Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney Own Sin City

    September 25, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Night two of the the iHeartRadio Music Festival played out far different than the first night. On Saturday (Sept. 24), the bill at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was filled with acts that are more genre specific than on the previous night, and most of them were more interested in presenting their…

  19. Ben Rector Is a Gimmick Free Pop 'Nobody'

    September 25, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Without a label, publicist or big celebrity tweets and only limited iTunes placements -- two tiny thumbnails in New & Noteworthy -- Ben Rector's fourth studio album, "Something Like This" (Good Time Records), bows this week at No. 41 on the Billboard 200. The debut marks…

  20. Cody Simpson Releases 'Very Emotional' EP, Preps Debut Album

    September 20, 2011 4:38 PM EDT With the release of "Coast to Coast," a new six-song EP, on Tuesday (Sept. 20) teen star Cody Simpson tells Billboard.com that he's ready to reach a bigger audience -- and show off a more adult side of his songwriting. "I've matured a lot," says the 14-year-old…

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