1. B.o.B Talks 'Strange Clouds' Album & Sponsorship Deals

    April 30, 2012 9:00 AM EDT For his sophomore album, "Strange Clouds," B.o.B hopes to take his corporate connections sky high. Photos: A Day in the Life B.o.B Following the success of his 2010 gold-certified debut, "B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray," the Decatur, Ga., native looked for…

  2. Bruce Springsteen Shakes, Rattles, Surfs in Los Angeles

    April 27, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Tracking set lists is a popular pastime of Bruce Springsteen aficionados and the current tour has provided sufficient fodder in that department: In the 18 shows since he started the tour on March 18 in Atlanta, Springsteen has performed 65 different songs, only a dozen of which have made it…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Maroon 5, Gotye, Flo Rida

    April 27, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa connect to Hot 100 history through 'Payphone.' M aroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa teaming up on "Payphone" turned out to be a good call. As the pop/rock band and rapper roar onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3, the song ties with two others for the highest…

  4. 'American Idol' Recap: Not a Lotta Love for Eliminated Elise Testone

    April 27, 2012 10:50 AM EDT After weeks in the bottom three, the votes finally fell against the favor of "American Idol" contestant Elise Testone. The rocker, known for her raspy renditions of Led Zeppelin 's "Whole Lotta Love" and Billy Joel 's "Vienna," was sent packing after 58…

  5. Watershed Festival: Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert to Kick Off New Event

    April 27, 2012 10:20 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment and promoter Brian O'Connell are leading the charge for a new country festival where the music and atmosphere will rival the serene, natural beauty of the landscape. Watershed Music Festival will take place August 3, 4 and 5 at the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre east…

  6. Creed's Mark Tremonti Releasing Solo Debut

    April 26, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Guitarist Mark Tremonti will step out from behind the axe on solo debut "All I Was" this summer. The longtime Creed and Alter Bridge musician's new project, bowing under the name Tremonti, is due July 10. It'll see release on his own Fret 12 Records, a label founded with…

  7. Drake Was 'Down' on 'Take Care,' Says Third Album Will Be Different

    April 24, 2012 3:05 PM EDT After the "down" tone that pervaded his chart-topping sophomore album, 2011's "Take Care," Drake says he's charting a different course for his next outing, which he's already started recording. "I think my mood will be reflected in the tempos I choose…

  8. Brian McKnight Previews 'Adult Mixtape' with Explicit Slow Jam

    April 24, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Veteran R&B star Brian McKnight , best known for tender love songs like "Back at One" and "Anytime," is raising eyebrows with an explicit new song he previewed in a viral video posted on Monday (Apr. 23). The clip finds McKnight in the recording studio, offering a…

  9. Beach Boys Album: 'It's All Brand New'

    April 23, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Bruce Johnston Says the June 5 Release Reminds Him of 'Sunflower,' Talks Reunion Tour: "I think it's going to be one special tour and that's it" The Beach Boys ' reunion album is nearly mixed and on target for a planned June 5 release, according to the group…

  10. Ted Nugent: Secret Service Meeting 'Could Not Have Gone Better'

    April 20, 2012 9:25 PM EDT Ted Nugent says he's off the hook after meeting with Secret Service agents about his controversial, violently-worded speech at an NRA convention. "I met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents in (Oklahoma) today," the rocker and arch-conservative said Thursday in a…

  11. Exclusive: Beach Boys Get a 'ZinePak for 50th Anniversary

    April 20, 2012 12:00 PM EDT The first recorded fruit from this year's Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion is coming May 1. A newly recorded version of the group's 1968 hit "Do It Again" will be featured on a disc that accompanies The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Commemorative 'ZinePak , a special…

  12. 'American Idol' Recap: Hopefuls Take on Old Soul, New Hits

    April 19, 2012 10:25 AM EDT The old met the new on Wednesday night's (Apr. 18) "American Idol," and if the juxtaposition between the performances of soul classics and post-millenium No. 1 hits indicate anything, it's that old-time soul does not fit in some of the top seven's vocabularies, while…

  13. K. Flay Talks New Music, Touring & Being Inspired by Kanye West

    April 17, 2012 10:00 AM EDT K. Flay is far from the average rapper. Although the Stanford University graduate holds two degrees -- one in psychology and the other in sociology -- she rather spend her time pushing sonic boundaries than picking someone's brain. While other aspiring rappers draft blueprints, for…

  14. Rock Hall of Fame: 10 Things Seen & Heard Behind the Scenes

    April 15, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Go behind the scenes of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction , held Saturday in Cleveland, with our roving roundup of chatter with the likes of Ron Wood, Questlove, Chuck D and Alice Cooper. Get our report from the ceremony here. 1. A sober Ronnie Wood told Billboard that he felt "a…

  15. Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?

    April 15, 2012 6:05 AM EDT Some fans aren't quite pleased with the Queen of Pop's new material. Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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,…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj, Wilson Phillips, 'Titanic'

    April 13, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Minaj roars in atop the Billboard 200 - but which side of the rapper/singer do consumers and radio programmers like best? Fans have clearly gone gaga over 'DEDICATED' FANS: Wilson Phillips - Carnie Wilson, sister Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips - enters the Billboard 200 at No. 29…

  17. Billy Gilman Enlists A-Listers for 'Choice' Charity Single

    April 09, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Keith Urban, Reba McEntire & Kenny Rogers Join Soles4Souls Project One of the more rich traditions in the history of country music is the trait of giving back. Billy Gilman knows this and appreciates it. Best known to audiences for songs like the powerful "One Voice" and the…

  18. Queen + Adam Lambert Playing Four Shows This Summer

    April 09, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Roger Taylor Says Band Will Have Busy Summer... Talks 'Queen Extravaganza' Tour... Reacts to Drunk 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Guy With The Queen Extravaganza hitting the road next month and four concerts of their own with Adam Lambert , Queen 's Roger Taylor and Brian May…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: Madonna, Justin Bieber, Silversun Pickups

    April 06, 2012 5:35 PM EDT As Madonna and Richie claim the Billboard 200's top two spots, consumers are partying like it's 1986. WE LOVE THE '80s: "What's going on family? Can you believe we are sitting on the top of the charts together again?," Lionel Richie Tweeted to Madonna Wednesday …

  20. Train Tries To Follow A Massive Hit - Again - on 'California 37'

    April 06, 2012 3:10 PM EDT In 2009, the members of Train thought the band might have run out of road. Its third album, "For Me, It's You," released by Columbia in 2006, had failed to live up to expectations. Its breakout, multiplatinum debut, "Drops of Jupiter," was eight years in the rearview,…

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