1. 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…

  2. Billboard Bits: Madonna's 'Sex' Still Wanted, Lady Gaga's Prosthetic VMA Surprise

    August 31, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Madonna's 'Sex' Still Wanted 19 Years Later "Sex," Madonna 's 1992 graphic picture book, is the most sought-after out-of-print book in the United States, according to an annual report…

  3. Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'I'm With You': Track-By-Track Review

    August 30, 2011 11:25 AM EDT In a nearly 30-year career, Los Angeles poster boys Red Hot Chili Peppers have been christened punk-funk pioneers, genre-bridging party-starters, intricate virtuosos, stadium-ready rockers, introspective balladeers and sunny elder statesmen of rock. Having weathered bandmate departures,…

  4. 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…

  5. Hot Tours: Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban

    August 26, 2011 2:40 PM EDT Bon Jovi grabs the top spot on Hot Tours for the fifth time this year, with recent box office grosses totaling $46.9 million reported from the final month of the band's Live 2011 Tour that wrapped at the end of July. Kicking off the last set of Bon Jovi concerts was a sold-out…

  6. Former Michael Jackson Manager Frank DiLeo Dies

    August 24, 2011 8:36 PM EDT Music industry executive Frank DiLeo, who managed Michael Jackson 's career in the 1980s and returned as his manager in the superstar's final days, has died. He was 64. Publicist Karen Sundell says DiLeo died Wednesday morning. The cause of death was not immediately available, but…

  7. Billboard Bits: Ryan Tedder To Open BBQ Franchises, Bon Iver & James Blake Song Surfaces

    August 24, 2011 7:17 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder To Open Ten BBQ Franchises OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder has signed a deal with Southern Hospitality BBQ to be the first franchise owner of the NYC-based bar and restaurant. The…

  8. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 8/20/2011

    August 20, 2011 11:46 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @chrisbrown : No more planking for me unless it's on a…

  9. Bon Iver's Icelandic Stunner: Watch the 'Holocene' Video

    August 18, 2011 1:30 PM EDT Bon Iver and director Nabil Elderkin (who's worked with Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Common) selected Iceland's glacial landscapes to visually showcase the second single from "Bon Iver," titled "Holocene." Watch below. The video begins with a blonde boy waking up,…

  10. Bon Iver Plays It Loud at Brooklyn's Prospect Park

    August 11, 2011 2:50 PM EDT The new, robust iteration of folk-turned-experimental act Bon Iver played to a sold-out crowd last night at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell, with an 90-minute set that sprinkled revamped arrangements of older tracks among the heavy-hitting tracks from the band's chart-topping…

  11. Hot Tours: Bon Jovi, U2, Motley Crue

    August 05, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Bon Jovi tops the Hot Tours ranking with box office grosses reported from the June dates of the European leg of its Live 2011 Tour. Ticket sales from 10 markets generated over $38.6 million (US$) during the month, with attendance counts totaling 417,698 from 11 shows. The one city with a two…

  12. 'Watch The Throne': Jay-Z and Kanye West's 10 Best Collaborations

    August 04, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Long before the phrase "Watch The Throne" was ever uttered,   Top 5 Tracks Featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West 5. "Hate" Found On: Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" (2009) "Hate" now exists as an electronic cousin to the "Watch The Throne" single …

  13. Billboard Bits: Stevie Wonder on Drake's Album, 'London Calling' in Olympic Ads

    August 01, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Stevie Wonder On Drake's Upcoming Album Drake revealed that Stevie Wonder will be on his upcoming fall release, "Take Care," scheduled for October 24. "Stevie Wonder is a very close friend of…

  14. Billboard Bits: Lee DeWyze Gets Engaged, LCD Soundsystem Become Legos

    July 27, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lee DeWyze Gets Engaged Former "American Idol" champ Lee DeWyze is engaged to model Jonna Walsh after proposing at Disney World on July 16. The couple is planning to tie the know in the fall of 2012. (…

  15. Top 25 Tours Of 2011 So Far

    July 27, 2011 12:44 PM EDT Chart Article The Top 25 Tours Of 2011 So Far After the bloodbath of 2010, and the more moderate pain of 2009, the touring industry came into 2011 more than a little gun-shy. As we take stock of the first half of the year, you can almost hear the sigh of relief. Based on numbers reported to…

  16. Taylor Swift Covers Springsteen & Bon Jovi in Jersey: Watch

    July 22, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Taylor Swift sampled the local fare while on her latest Speak Now tour stop in the Garden State earlier this week (July 19), treating her New Jersey fans to a couple very familiar tunes. Watch below. Strapped with an acoustic guitar, Taylor asked the crowd, "Are you guys aware of the…

  17. Billboard Bits: Kelly Clarkson Preps Single, Springsteen vs. NJ Governor

    July 21, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Kelly Clarkson: New Single in Early September Kelly Clarkson's long-awaited fifth album should hit stores this Fall, but fans won't have to wait much longer for the first single. The Idol alumnus told the…

  18. 'Watch the Throne' Production Credits Leak, LMFAO and Seal Lend Vocals: Report

    July 19, 2011 1:15 PM EDT In just two weeks 'Watch the Throne' will be in the hands of many. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's highly anticipatated collaborative album is slated to debut digitally on August 1st and hit shelves August 5th, according to USA Today . 'Watch The Throne': Inside Jay-Z's…

  19. 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…

  20. Adele Tackles Bonnie Raitt's 'I Can't Make You Love Me': Watch

    July 08, 2011 3:07 PM EDT Heartbreak looks great on Adele , as evidenced by her despair-inspired sophomore album, "21," which is 2011's best selling album so far . So when the U.K. singer covered Bonnie Raitt's iconic heartbreak ballad, "I Can't Make You Love Me," at the iTunes…

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