1. Exclusive: Hear The Pretty Reckless EP

    June 16, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Best-known for playing rebellious rocker girl Jenny Humphrey on "Gossip Girl," Taylor Momsen doesn't stray far from the punk sensibility on the self-titled ep from her new band, The Pretty Reckless . The four-track release doesn't come out until June 22, but you can hear…

  2. M.I.A.: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 11, 2010 4:06 PM EDT During "Space," the dreamy future-shock ballad that closes her upcoming third album, M.I.A. repeatedly coos, "My lines are down/You can't call me," over a gently percolating beat that sounds like a Sega Genesis practicing its pillow talk. It's just one of the…

  3. Ask Billboard: Beyonce Vs. Gaga Vs. Rihanna

    May 28, 2010 3:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BEYONCE VS. GAGA VS. RIHANNA Hi Gary, I was wondering if you could run a…

  4. Enrique Iglesias: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 2:10 PM EDT "Euphoria" (Universal Music Latino, July 6) Instead of English and Spanish versions of the same songs, Iglesias will release entirely different music in each language simultaneously. Singles include "Cuando Me Enamoro," featuring Juan Luis Guerra and co-written by Iglesias…

  5. Rage Against the Machine, Michael Moore Lead Arizona Boycott

    May 26, 2010 12:30 PM EDT Rage Against the Machine lead singer Zack de la Rocha has enlisted dozens of musicians and activists to join The Sound Strike, an open call by artists to boycott the state of Arizona over its recently passed immigration law. The law passed by the Arizona state legislature, SB1070, requires…

  6. Matt & Kim: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 5:50 PM EDT Title TBA (Fader Label, August) The Brooklyn indie-poppers return with 10 new tracks, recorded last winter and produced by Ben Allen. The record has been described as picking up where predecessor "Grand" left off-upbeat and rhythmic, but with a punk edge. Previous album and sales: …

  7. Pitbull: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 5:33 PM EDT "Armando" (Mr. 305/Sony Music Latin, TBA) The bilingual rapper released club single "Maldito Alcohol"-similar in sound to English hit "Krazy"-and novelty radio single "Watagatapitusberry" in advance of his Spanish-language release. Producers include…

  8. Juan Luis Guerra: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 2:45 PM EDT "A Son de Guerra" (Capitol Latin, June 8) After sweeping the Latin Grammy Awards with his last album, the Dominican icon is back with another self-produced set. Single "Bachata en Fukuoka" recalls Guerra 's performing his country's music in Japan, while Juanes…

  9. Summer of Crushes Tour: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 5:35 PM EDT Headliner: Mates of State Dates: June-July Support: Free Energy , Todd Barry , Nick Thune Ticket prices: $10-$20 (Purchase tickets here ) Official event page: www.matesofstate.com San Francisco-based indie rock duo Mates of State has built a steady following with its upbeat live show since…

  10. MGMT: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 5:28 PM EDT Dates: May-June Ticket prices: $30-$39.50 (Purchase tickets here ) MGMT likely could've packed bigger venues on this summer run, but the psych-rock band prefers intimacy, according to booking agent Heather Kolker at Paradigm Talent Agency. The smaller settings make these tickets all the…

  11. We Are The Fallen Tries Out U2

    May 24, 2010 9:45 AM EDT In this week's Mashup Monday, We Are The Fallen -- the metal-tinged band anchored by former members of Evanescence and American idol finalist Carly Smithson -- set aside the amps and distortion pedals for a keening, acoustic version of U2 's classic "With Our Without You."…

  12. Pearl Jam / May 21, 2010 / New York

    May 23, 2010 2:57 PM EDT Long before the capacity crowd inside Madison Square Garden brought Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder to tears because they were singing and cheering along to "Better Man" so loud on Friday night (May 21), it was clear this wasn't going to be just any PJ show. In fact, it became…

  13. Juan Gabriel, "Juan Gabriel"

    May 21, 2010 12:18 PM EDT Renowned Mexican songsmith Juan Gabriel plays it safe, if beautifully, on his first album in seven years. His self-titled mariachi set-which includes touches of accordion-driven norteño and grupero-contains songs Grabriel has recorded for the first time (having written them long ago for other…

  14. Cypress Hill, Pitbull, Mexican Artists Cancel Arizona Concerts In Protest

    May 18, 2010 10:53 AM EDT Arizona's tough new immigration enforcement law isn't scheduled to take effect until late July. But fear and anger stirred by the law are already beginning to take a toll on concerts in the state, particularly on events featuring regional Mexican artists. Hip-hop acts Pitbull and…

  15. Jazz Piano Legend Hank Jones Dies At 91

    May 17, 2010 5:50 PM EDT Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones , whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald 's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said Monday. He was 91. Jones, who won a Grammy…

  16. Robert Randolph "Walk" Video Q&A

    May 14, 2010 5:00 PM EDT "We basically wanted to get Robert Randolph and the Family Band and a bunch of great artists together to help me capture a vision of 100 years of American roots music," pedal-steel player Randolph said of his upcoming album "We Walk This Road," when Billboard.com caught up…

  17. Band of Horses, "Infinite Arms"

    May 07, 2010 1:48 PM EDT Band of Horses has crafted the perfect major-label debut. After releasing its gloriously reverb-heavy 2006 debut, "Everything All the Time," and avoiding the sophomore slump with 2007's "Cease to Begin," the Seattle rock outfit parted ways with Sub Pop and signed with…

  18. André Rieu: The Billboard Q&A

    May 07, 2010 12:40 PM EDT The executives at André Rieu Productions are fond of calling their multimillion-selling boss "the most popular unknown artist in the world." They had better start thinking of a new sobriquet. That in-house nickname may have once accurately described Rieu, the Dutch master of the…

  19. Chart Beat Thursday: Usher, will.i.am, B.o.B

    May 06, 2010 5:30 PM EDT 'OMG,' FYI: Usher adds to his already impressive Billboard Hot 100 history, as "OMG," featuring will.i.am , flies 6-1. With the coronation, Usher ties for ninth-place among artists with the most leaders in the chart's almost 52-year history. Here is a look at the most…

  20. School Of Seven Bells Returns With Free MP3

    May 06, 2010 8:56 AM EDT Alternative act School of Seven Bells is offering fans a free download of a new track, "Babelonia," as a preview of its sophomore set "Disconnect From Desire." The five-minute slice of dream pop suggests the trio has moved on from its promising 2008 debut "Alpinisms…

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