1. 'Idol Gives Back' Raises Nearly $45 Million For Charity

    April 23, 2010 7:07 PM EDT This year's "Idol Gives Back" television special raised almost $45 million for children's, hunger and health charities in the United States and Africa, organizers said on Friday. Sir Elton John , Alicia Keys and Carrie Underwood were among the stars who performed in…

  2. B'way Bow Of 'Love Never Dies' Delayed Until 2011

    April 07, 2010 7:10 AM EDT Broadway will have to wait a bit longer to find out what happens to Andrew Lloyd Webber 's Phantom. The producers of "Love Never Dies" announced that the sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera" will now open in New York in spring 2011 instead of this November. As a…

  3. DMX Ordered To Serve 6 Months In Phoenix Jail

    March 17, 2010 7:18 AM EDT A judge has ordered DMX to spend six months in a Phoenix jail for violating probation and to undergo a mental health evaluation. DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, admitted in court Tuesday (March 16) to a single violation of probation for failing a drug test last June. He was arrested…

  4. Sequel To 'Phantom Of The Opera' Opens In London

    March 10, 2010 7:58 AM EST Will the magic of the Phantom strike twice for Andrew Lloyd Webber ? The theater world will make its judgment after Tuesday's (March 9) premiere in London of "Love Never Dies," the sequel to Lloyd Webber's global hit "Phantom of the Opera." "Phantom" is…

  5. Peter Gabriel Ditches Guitar, Drums For Covers Album

    February 16, 2010 12:09 PM EST British rock singer and songwriter Peter Gabriel has taken what he calls the "scary" step of paring down a new album of cover songs confined to orchestral instruments and his voice. Called "Scratch my Back," the album is being released in the United Kingdom on February 15…

  6. Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli To Sing For Haiti At Grammys

    January 27, 2010 4:33 PM EST Singer Mary J. Blige and Italian pop tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at the Grammy awards on Sunday to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Grammy organizers said on Wednesday that audio and video of the special…

  7. Guns N' Roses Sued For Copying Songs

    October 06, 2009 8:59 AM EDT Two independent record labels sued U.S. rock band Guns N' Roses for $1 million, claiming the group used portions of two songs by a German musician on their last album "Chinese Democracy." Guns N' Roses and Universal Music Group's Interscope-Geffen A&M label were…

  8. Kanye West Outburst Mars MTV Video Music Awards

    September 14, 2009 8:24 AM EDT The MTV video music awards held on Sunday paid tribute to the late Michael Jackson , but was overshadowed by an outburst by rapper Kanye West , who interrupted an acceptance speech by U.S. singer Taylor Swift . West, who is known for his outspoken ways, jumped up on stage while the 19-year…

  9. 'Beatles Rock Band' Song List Revealed

    August 18, 2009 6:26 PM EDT A list of 19 songs by the Beatles including classics "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "A Hard Day's Night" for a new "Rock Band" video game were revealed Tuesday, leaving only one mystery title remaining. Other new tunes include "Ticket to Ride,"…

  10. Kiss Makes 'Sonic Boom' Set A Wal-Mart Exclusive

    August 17, 2009 10:15 AM EDT The self-proclaimed "hottest band in the land" is following the hottest trend in classic rock. Like Journey ("Revelation") and Foreigner ("Can't Slow Down") before it, Kiss ' new "Sonic Boom" is a three-disc set that mixes new songs and old…

  11. Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Britney Dominate MTV VMA Noms

    August 04, 2009 5:59 PM EDT Pop stars Beyonce and Lady Gaga on Tuesday each earned nine nominations for next month's MTV Video Music Awards, more than any other artist, while Britney Spears continued her musical comeback with seven nods. All three will compete for the honor of video of the year, with Beyonce…

  12. Chart Beat: U2, Rick Ross, Miley Cyrus

    March 12, 2009 3:30 PM EDT AND THE BEAT GOES ON: After the renowned Fred Bronson's 16-year run at the helm, and fellow music expert Paul Grein's 12-year stewardship before Fred, Chart Beat will continue to be a landmark feature on billboard.com. Please look for updates each week, reported by members of…

  13. Fleetwood Mac/ March 8, 2009/ Auburn Hills, Mich. (The Palace)

    March 09, 2009 4:39 PM EDT Early in the fourth show of Fleetwood Mac's Unleashed tour, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham referenced the group's "fairly complex and convoluted emotional history," drawing a laugh from the crowd and even some knowing smiles from his bandmates. But can there be a Fleetwood…

  14. Fleetwood Mac Tuning Up For Spring Tour

    February 11, 2009 10:42 AM EST Not having a new album is working to Fleetwood Mac's advantage as the group prepares for its upcoming Unleashed North American tour. "This is the first time we've gone on the road without an album," drummer and co-founder Mick Fleetwood told Billboard.com during a…

  15. 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…

  16. Fleetwood Mac Returning To The Road In '09

    December 03, 2008 2:53 PM EST As expected, Fleetwood Mac will embark on its first tour in five years next spring, beginning March 1 in Pittsburgh. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced "Unleashed" tour begin going on sale Dec. 15. So far, 16 dates are on tap through March 26 in Toronto, but the trek is expected…

  17. Barenaked Ladies' Page Gets Reduced Drug Charge

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A drug charge against Barenaked Ladies singer/guitarist Steven Page was significantly reduced yesterday (Oct. 28) by an upstate New York court. A drug charge against Barenaked Ladies singer/guitarist Steven Page was significantly reduced yesterday (Oct. 28) by an upstate New York court. The…

  18. Kiss Members Get Solo Spotlight On 'Ikons'

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kiss' four original members are spotlighted on their own discs as part of the compilation "Ikons," due Oct. 21 via Mercury/UMe. Kiss' four original members are spotlighted on their own discs as part of the compilation "Ikons," due Oct. 21 via Mercury/UMe. The…

  19. Unexpected 'Gift'

    September 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lindsey Buckingham acknowledges "Gift of Screws" (Warner Bros.) is "a little more accessible and familiar" than some of his other solo releases, including 2005's acoustic-oriented "Under the Skin." Lindsey Buckingham acknowledges "Gift of Screws" …

  20. This Day in Music

    August 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Carlos Santana's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is unveiled near the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea. 1998 - Carlos Santana's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is unveiled near the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea. 1995 - Depeche Mode frontman David…

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