1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs / May 27, 2009 / Pontiac, Mich. (Clutch Cargo’s)

    May 28, 2009 4:01 PM EDT When Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs takes the stage, she wants all eyes on her -- including the enormous inflated one that loomed behind the band at its show in Pontiac, Mich. Wednesday night (May 27). While her bandmates dressed in dark clothes and kept a low profile, the art-rock trio’s…

  2. Nate Dogg Cleared Of Stalking Charge

    April 16, 2009 12:51 AM EDT Criminal charges have been dropped against Nate Dogg, who was accused of stalking and threatening his estranged wife. California prosecutors on Wednesday dropped the charges against the 38-year-old rapper, whose real name is Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, saying the alleged victim has not contacted…

  3. 'American Idol' Judges Dump Megan Joy

    April 02, 2009 7:51 AM EDT The spotlight has been turned off of Megan Joy on "American Idol." The tattooed 23-year-old single mother from Sandy, Utah, who crooned Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low," received the least number of viewer votes on the popular Fox network singing competition…

  4. Power Pop Supergroup Tinted Windows Talks Debut Album

    February 24, 2009 2:26 PM EST Newly-formed power pop supergroup Tinted Windows have set an April 21 release date for their debut self-titled album, due via S-Curve. As previously reported , the band comprises singer Taylor Hanson of Hanson, guitarist James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins, bassist Adam Schlesinger of Ivy and…

  5. The Billboard Q&A: 30 Seconds To Mars

    February 17, 2009 6:28 PM EST Between selling more than 3 million albums and singles, touring the world and recording a new album, 30 Seconds to Mars has kept busy since its 2005 studio release, "A Beautiful Lie." The band is also fighting a $30 million lawsuit filed last year by Virgin/EMI over 30 Seconds to…

  6. Iha, Carlos, Hanson, Schlesinger Form Band

    February 17, 2009 5:32 PM EST Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, Hanson's Taylor Hanson and Fountains Of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger have formed a new band, Tinted Windows. The group has recorded its debut album at Stratosphere Sound Studios in New York, which…

  7. Plant/Krauss, Lil Wayne Win Big At 51st Grammys

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the big winners at the 51st annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center, tallying five trophies, including album of the year for the Rounder project "Raising Sand" and record of the year for "Please Read The Letter." "…

  8. Brits Dominate Grammy Pre-Telecast Awards

    February 08, 2009 7:18 PM EST Brits won big in the pop categories during the 51st annual Grammy Awards pre-telecast tonight (Feb. 8), with Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" winning for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals and Radiohead's "In Rainbows" snaring best alternative music…

  9. Debut White Lies Album Soars To U.K. No. 1

    January 26, 2009 10:35 AM EST White Lies, one of the most hotly tipped new British bands of 2009, confirmed that potential with a No. 1 debut for their first album, "To Lose My Life" (Fiction/Polydor) on the new U.K. album chart. Lady GaGa's "Just Dance" (Interscope/Universal) started a third week…

  10. Lady GaGa Still In Charge On U.K. Charts

    January 19, 2009 9:32 AM EST Lady GaGa's "Just Dance" featuring Colby O'Donis (Interscope) started a second week as the U.K.'s No. 1 single yesterday (Jan. 18), while its parent album, "The Fame," debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. album chart. Irish pop-rock band the Script returned to the…

  11. New Tower Of Power CD Revisits Classic Soul

    January 12, 2009 4:45 PM EST Tower of Power turned 40 in 2008, but the group is commemorating the anniversary with two special releases -- an album and DVD -- in the new year. The venerable R&B/rock outfit expects to release "The Great American Soulbook" during the first quarter of 2009 on its own Tower of…

  12. Ask Billboard: Top 10 Lists, Fleetwood Mac, Mixi, The Veronicas

    January 02, 2009 2:01 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. First off, this will be my last "Ask Billboard," as next week, fellow Billboard…

  13. This Day in Music

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Phish frontman Trey Anastasio is arrested early in the morning in upstate New York for driving while under the influence of drugs and with a suspended license. 2006 - Phish frontman Trey Anastasio is arrested early in the morning in upstate New York for driving while under the…

  14. Chart Beat Chat

    December 12, 2008 10:43 AM EST RECURRENT EVENTS Hi Fred, I’ve noticed a couple things on the recent country chart that you could clear up for me. Has the recurrent policy changed? I know [the rules called for removal of songs after] 20 weeks [that were] below the top 10, however Kenny Chesney was No. 16 with “Everybody…

  15. Adele Plotting 'Grown Up' Second Album

    December 09, 2008 10:18 AM EST Basking in the "surreal" glory of four Grammy nominations, Adele is already working on the follow-up to her debut album, "19." "There's about three, four songs I really like that will go on the next record," the 20-year-old British singer tells Billboard.com…

  16. Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Already on track to have the best-selling album of 2008, rapper Lil Wayne leads the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with eight, including album of the year and best rap album for "Tha Carter III," best rap song for "Lollipop" and best rap/sung collaboration…

  17. T.I. Testifies At Ohio Murder Trial

    November 21, 2008 7:38 PM EST Rapper T.I. testified today in Cincinnati that he believes the bullets fired at his entourage during a wild vehicle chase two years ago were meant for him. He took the witness stand in the trial of Hosea Thomas, 34, who is accused of firing the shot that killed Philant Johnson during a gun…

  18. T.I. Testifies At Ohio Murder Trial

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rapper T.I. testified today in Cincinnati that he believes the bullets fired at his entourage during a wild vehicle chase two years ago were meant for him. Rapper T.I. testified today in Cincinnati that he believes the bullets fired at his entourage during a wild vehicle chase two years ago…

  19. T.I. Continues Hot 100 Dominance

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. remains the most dominant force on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Whatever You Like" is No. 1 for a seventh non-consecutive week and "Live You Life" featuring Rihanna is No. 2 and is the greatest air T.I. remains the most dominant force on the Billboard Hot 100, as "…

  20. Brits Rock

    October 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After two commercially unsuccessful albums on Scottish indie Jeepster, Snow Patrol broke big with a move to Fiction/Polydor in 2003. After two commercially unsuccessful albums on Scottish indie Jeepster, Snow Patrol broke big with a move to Fiction/Polydor in 2003. That came with U.K. hit…

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