1. How Marty Friedman Went From Megadeth to the 'Ryan Seacrest Of Japan'

    June 03, 2014 11:37 AM EDT "Chubo desu yo!" translates into English as “It's the Kitchen!,” and it's a mainstay of Japanese TV. Each week the show's jovial host Masaaki Sakai, a singer-comedian and household name, cooks a meal while engaging guests in humorous off-topic banter. Tonight's…

  2. Peter Gabriel Cancels Concert in Ukraine Over Security Concerns

    May 09, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Peter Gabriel has canceled a planned concert in Kiev on May 10 over security concerns against the backdrop of the ongoing political turmoil in Ukraine. "Due to the on-going unrest in Ukraine it has become clear that the security of the touring personnel and equipment cannot be guaranteed…

  3. Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49

    May 02, 2013 6:11 PM EDT 0 Founding member of pioneering thrash metal band dies of liver failure Just over two years after contracting a rare skin tissue disease, Slayer guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman died on Thursday from liver failure at Hemet Valley Medical Center, near his home in Southern…

  4. Mariah Debuts At No. 1 After Monster First Week

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey earns her sixth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as her "E=MC2" bows on top. The Island Def Jam set moved 463,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it the diva's bigges Mariah Carey earns her sixth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as her "E=MC2…

  5. Billboard Bits: Tibet House, Gigantour, Thomas/Take 6

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST The lineup has begun taking shape for the 2008 Tibet House benefit concert, to be held Feb. 13 at New York's Carnegie Hall. The lineup has begun taking shape for the 2008 Tibet House benefit concert, to be held Feb. 13 at New York's Carnegie Hall. Under the direction of artistic…

  6. Rick Ross' 'Hustle' Pays Off With No. 1 Debut

    August 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bolstered by the hit single "Hustlin'," Miami rapper Rick Ross' debut album "Port of Miami" bows at the top of The Billboard 200. The Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam effort sold 187,000 copies in the United Stat Bolstered by the hit single "Hustlin'," Miami…

  7. Slayer Slates New Song For EP

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Slayer will preview its first album in five years with an EP exclusively available at Hot Topic stores. Slayer will preview its first album in five years with an EP exclusively available at Hot Topic stores. The release will include "Cult," the lone new song the band plans to play…

  8. Slayer Regroups With Rubin, Plots Summer Tour

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Slayer has reteamed with longtime collaborator Rick Rubin to executive produce its first new album with its four original members since 1990's "Seasons in the Abyss." Slayer has reteamed with longtime collaborator Rick Rubin to executive produce its first new album with its…

  9. 'Headbanger's Ball' Spawns Second Compilation

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Heavy music is alive and well, thanks to tours like Ozzfest and the MTV2 series "Headbanger's Ball." Heavy music is alive and well, thanks to tours like Ozzfest and the MTV2 series "Headbanger's Ball." The latter is the source of a forthcoming two-disc…

  10. Breaking & Entering

    August 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Robert Randolph, New Amsterdams and Nevermore. ALL IN THE FAMILY: The music of Robert Randolph may have been born in a church, but the pedal steel guitar whiz is a direct disciple of the mid-1970s party funk…