1. Warped Tour: Gym Class Heroes, 3OH!3 Entertain Despite Dangerous Heat

    July 25, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Thousands of fans braved 100 degree weather over the weekend for the New York stop of the Vans Warped Tour, where headliners including Gym Class Heroes , 3OH!3 and A Day To Remember performed to sweaty but energetic crowds. Girls clad in bikinis and boys in nothing but shorts filled the…

  2. Bob Seger, Kid Rock, The Killers Top Inaugural Orlando Calling Fest Lineup

    July 21, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Rockers both modern ( Kid Rock , the Killers , the Raconteurs ) and classic ( Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band , the Doobie Brothers ) along with a smattering of country, blues, folk, R&B and hip-hop artists will be performing at the inaugural Orlando Calling festival Nov. 12-13 at…

  3. Pat Benatar Plans Christmas Album, Jesus Christ Novel

    July 19, 2011 10:51 AM EDT A holiday album and a novel are the best shots on Pat Benatar 's future docket. The veteran rocker tells Billboard.com that she and husband Neil "Spyder" Giraldo have already started writing and gathering material for the Christmas collection, which they hope to begin recording…

  4. Sara Bareilles Joins 'The Sing-Off,' Recording New EP with Ben Folds

    July 14, 2011 3:30 PM EDT A self-proclaimed "big a cappella nerd," Sara Bareilles has signed on to become a judge on NBC's singing competition "The Sing-Off," and the singer-songwriter tells Billboard.com that she's excited to have landed her first recurring television role. "I'…

  5. Soundgarden's Reunion Tour Rocks Jersey With Fan Favorites

    July 11, 2011 5:27 PM EDT Two days into its first tour in 15 years, Soundgarden hit its stride on Friday (July 8) at Newark, N.J.'s Prudential Center by giving the mellow crowd exactly what it came for: dark, epic power to get buzzed by. Back in its '90s heyday, the Seattle quartet inspired a raucous,…

  6. Victoria and David Beckham Welcome Baby Girl

    July 11, 2011 1:45 AM EDT David Beckham's spokesman said that the soccer star's wife Victoria has given birth to a healthy baby girl on Sunday. Simon Oliveira said that the celebrity couple are "delighted to announce the birth of their daughter." "Happy and healthy she arrived at 7.55 am this…

  7. Rihanna Cuts Dallas Show Short Due to Stage Fire: Video

    July 10, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Rihanna , currently on her Loud tour, abruptly ended her concert in Dallas on Friday night (July 8) after a fire broke out right above the stage at the American Airlines Center. The show began without any problems until a light above the R&B singer caught on fire, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth…

  8. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 2

    July 09, 2011 10:05 AM 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. PEN PALS, READERS…

  9. Uncharted Territory: Diggy Simmons Returns, The Knocks Feel 'Sunshine'

    July 07, 2011 10:38 AM EDT Rapper and reality TV star Daniel "Diggy" Simmons emerges on Uncharted at No. 12, gaining the highest re-entry of the week. Son of hip hop legend "Rev Run" Simmons , the buzz surrounding Diggy's collaboration with pre-teen hip hop boy band Mindless Behavior helped him…

  10. Death Cab For Cutie Considering Tour With Orchestra

    July 06, 2011 3:00 PM EDT As Death Cab For Cutie gears up for the second leg of its North American tour behind new album "Codes and Keys" later this month, the Washington rockers can't quite shake the notion of taking a string quartet out on tour. Death Cab for Cutie 'Codes and Keys': Track-By…

  11. State of Independence: 15 Artists Impacting the Indie Scene

    July 01, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Every indie artist, band and label is independent in its own way. The strategies for success are as varied as the styles of music, the executives and the attitudes -- these are the very states of independence. Labels and artists from Texas to Denver to Missouri to Los Angeles; genres from…

  12. Billboard Bits: Jessie J Talks Death Threats, J. Cole Named Rihanna Opener

    June 29, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jessie J Admits to Receiving Death Threats In an interview with Q Magazine, Jessie J admitted to receiving physical threats since crossing over to the U.S. with debut album "Who You Are." "I've…

  13. Death Cab for Cutie Scores First Alternative Songs No. 1

    June 27, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Almost 15 years and eight chart entries into its career, Death Cab for Cutie motors to its first No. 1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Alternative Songs airplay chart, as "You Are a Tourist" lifts 2-1. While the band, formed in Bellingham, Wash., in 1997, has notched six top…

  14. Neil Young Looks Back on 'Treasure,' Aims for 'Archives 2' Release in 2012

    June 14, 2011 9:30 AM EDT Neil Young says that his latest archival album, "A Treasure," will be the first of many similar projects that will use unauthorized video material to enhance and flesh out the music that's on those releases. "Anything that anybody puts out there is fair game for me,"…

  15. The Decemberists' Hiatus Overblown, Says Colin Meloy

    June 13, 2011 4:26 PM EDT Colin Meloy is known for his brainy wordplay but there are two words he'd like to have back: "Long hiatus." Those words, uttered in an interview, rippled across the Twitterverse and left many with the impression that Meloy's band, The Decemberists , are breaking up.…

  16. The Roots Make Playboy Jazz Fest Debut

    June 13, 2011 4:01 PM EDT " The Roots, the Roots, the Roots are on fire!" That one chant could be heard above the audience roar during the Roots' closing set on the opening night of the 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 11-12). Making its festival debut, the hip-hop group and "Late Night with…

  17. Marvin Gaye, "What's Going On (Super Deluxe Edition)"

    June 10, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Listening to Marvin Gaye's 1971 career-changing album, "What's Going On," you can't help but wonder if the soul icon's formidable talents also included psychic predictions. That's because his melodic treatise on war, drugs, poverty, spirituality and ecology…

  18. Death Cab For Cutie, "Codes and Keys"

    June 10, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Seven studio albums into its career, Death Cab for Cutie is getting weird-and doing it right. On the band's newest release, "Codes and Keys," listeners get a clear sense of where its members currently find themselves: in adulthood. And it's been a long haul to get there.…

  19. Frankie Ballard, "Frankie Ballard"

    June 03, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Opening for Bob Seger during a recent Nashville show, newcomer Frankie Ballard demonstrated a seasoned country-rock swagger that earned enthusiastic audience response not generally afforded an opening act. This self-titled debut captures the energy and charisma of Ballard's live show. A…

  20. Ben Harper, Slipknot Debut on Social 50 Chart

    June 02, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Roots-rocker Ben Harper makes his debut on the Social 50 chart this week at No. 47, thanks to buzz derived from his recent promotion of his latest album "Give Till It's Gone." He appeared on both the "Late Show With David Letterman" Web concert series "Live on…

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