1. Jack White Joins Stephen Colbert in NYC For Impromptu Gig

    June 24, 2011 2:30 PM EDT "Thank you for coming out on a day like this for rock like this," said Stephen Colbert to a crowd of a few hundred who gathered at the High Line Park on cool, gray afternoon in New York City. They were there for the most anticipated one-off concert of, well, the past 24 hours. The…

  2. Jill Scott Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 22, 2011 5:33 PM EDT R&B singer Jill Scott looks like she's on the verge of earning her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as her just-released "The Light of the Sun" is headed for the top next week. Industry sources suggest the set could sell as many as 125,000 copies by week's…

  3. Stephen Colbert Convinces Jack White To 'Sell Out': Watch

    June 22, 2011 12:31 PM EDT This week everyone's favorite egomaniacal faux-pundit, Stephen Colbert, is putting on his own music festival: StePhest Colbchella '011. Though the series kicked off Monday night with an interview and pe rformance from Bon Iver , last night (June 21) Colbert premiered a the first…

  4. Bon Iver's 'Bon Iver': Track-By-Track Review

    June 21, 2011 7:30 PM EDT With the 2007 release of Bon Iver's breakthrough album "For Emma, Forever Ago," the outfit's sole proprietor, Justin Vernon, created one of the most romanticized folktales in recent music history. Sparked by heartache and recorded in his family's Wisconsin cabin…

  5. Summer Albums 2011

    June 16, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Chart Article Summer may already be in full swing in some ways, with blockbuster albums by Lady Gaga, Death Cab for Cutie and Brad Paisley recently released. But luckily, most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Beyoncé's pop dominance to Bon Iver's quiet folk…

  6. Billboard Bits: Beyonce Announces New Fragrance, Linkin Park Hits Studio

    June 15, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce to Debut Third Fragrance This Fall Beyonce will launch a third fragrance, Pulse, a floral citrus-scented perfume that represents her stage persona. "Women always tell me that my music makes them feel…

  7. Bon Iver: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 20, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Four winters ago, Justin Vernon retreated to his father's secluded cabin in northern Wisconsin, purging his sorrow through a falsetto that no one would probably ever hear. He spent three brutally cold months alone, piecing songs together using antiquated recording equipment. "It…

  8. Billboard Bits: Bon Iver Gives Lyrical Taste, Blondie to Release New Album

    May 19, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bon Iver Gives Lyrical Taste Of Upcoming Album First came "Calgary," the first single off Bon Iver's upcoming album, and now Justin Vernon fans can get a taste of the sophomore set through its lyrics…

  9. Billboard Bits: Carlos Santana Slams New Immigration Law, Britney Spears Covers Harper's Bazaar

    May 16, 2011 7:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Carlos Santana Slams Georgia for New Immigration Law Carlos Santana on Sunday used baseball's annual Civil Rights Game as a platform to admonish Georgia and Arizona for their new immigration laws. Santana…

  10. Bon Iver Announces U.S. Summer Tour Dates

    May 09, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Indie-folk outfit Bon Iver will celebrate the release of forthcoming sophomore album "Bon Iver, Bon Iver" with a 16-date U.S. summer tour. The Rosebuds will offer support on the trek, which kicks off July 22 in Milwaukee, Wis. Bon Iver, which is led by singer-songwriter Justin…

  11. Coachella 2011: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    April 18, 2011 10:30 AM EDT There's so much happening on Coachella's five stages (not to mention behind the scenes), that it's impossible to catch everything that goes on around the festival grounds. Here's 10 things we witnessed on Sunday that you may have missed -- even if you were there. Coachella…

  12. Billboard Bits: Christina Aguilera Joins Twitter, Selena Gomez Announces Tour Dates

    March 23, 2011 7:41 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Christina Aguilera Joins Twitter As she prepares to join Cee Lo Green , Blake Shelton and Maroon 5 's Adam Levine as a singing coach on NBC's "The Voice," Christina Aguilera has finally joined…

  13. Kanye West Closes Out SXSW with Jay-Z, John Legend & More

    March 20, 2011 8:02 PM EDT K anye West has been something of a SXSW mainstay the last few years, popping up for surprise appearances at his proteges' shows or hosting an impossible-to-get-into set in the middle of the afternoon. But this year's West-side performance was his biggest yet: at a rolls-off-your…

  14. SXSW: 10 Things Seen and Overheard Saturday

    March 20, 2011 4:00 PM EDT And that's a wrap! SXSW 2011 ended with some surprise appearances (Diddy, Bon Iver), scary performances (DFA 1979, Trash Talk) and everything in between. Check out 10 things Billboard.com saw and overheard on the last day of the festival: SXSW 2011 Main Page | SXSW Billboard Showcase…

  15. SXSW: 10 Things Seen & Overheard Wednesday

    March 17, 2011 11:45 AM EDT Whether you enjoy Raphael Saadiq's killer sets or Mischa Barton spottings, there was a ton of fun, wacky experiences to soak in yesterday (Mar. 17) at the 2011 SXSW festival. Check out 10 things that caught our attention in Austin yesterday: SXSW 2011 Main Page 1. The Glassnote Records…

  16. How 'Jimmy Fallon' Whips Its Late-Night Music Competition

    January 03, 2011 4:00 PM EST When Bruce Springsteen decided to crash late night and whip his hair in November, it was as sure a sign as any that "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" has emerged as a highly coveted platform for musical guests. 5 Best Musical Performances on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"…

  17. Kanye West's Unfinished 'Monster' Video Hits The Net

    December 30, 2010 12:00 PM EST Kanye West recently released a snippet of his "Monster" video, which had fans excited to see the final product. Now, the unfinished version of "Monster" hit the net and fans are one step closer to seeing the end result. Video: Kanye West's "Monster," feat.…

  18. Kanye West Offers Disturbing Sneak Peek of 'Monster' Video

    December 08, 2010 12:30 PM EST After achieving high drama with his 35-minute "Runaway" video, Kanye West is now dabbling in the horror genre. While the rapper has yet to unveil the full music video for his intense posse cut "Monster," a stylishly scary 30-second preview of the clip has hit the web today…

  19. Kanye West Brings 'Fantasy,' Famous Friends to NYC Show

    November 24, 2010 11:05 AM EST One day after his "Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" hit stores, Kanye West gave fans, music execs like Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles, Sylvia Rhone and L.A. Reid, and celebrities including Mos Def , 88 Keys, ?uestlove, Diddy , Selita Ebanks and comedian Aziz Ansari, a surprise show at New…

  20. Taylor Swift Debuts 10 'Speak Now' Songs on Hot 100

    November 04, 2010 11:42 AM EDT As mentioned yesterday, a strong first week of digital sales (288,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan), propels Ke$ha's "We R Who We R" to a No. 1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 . But she's hardly the only artist making noise on the chart. Ke$ha Crashes Hot 100 at No. 1…

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