1. Born in the U.S.A.: Top Artists by State, Readers Respond

    July 06, 2011 4:05 PM EDT As you hopefully celebrated July 4th with friends, family, food (up-close) and fireworks (from a safe distance), Chart Beat considered the musical artists most associated with each U.S. state . Billy Joel , for example, represented New York; Ray Charles , Georgia; and, the Beach Boys ,…

  2. Billboard Bits: Tyler, The Creator Predicts Death, Patrick Stump Pairs With Lupe Fiasco

    June 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Tyler, The Creator Predicts His Death, Talks Columbine Tragedy The 20-year-old Odd Future frontman Tyler, The Creator recently told UK music magazine Q that he expects to be dead at 40. "Either an obsessed fan…

  3. Pitbull's 'Planet Pit:' Track-by-Track Review

    June 21, 2011 4:29 PM EDT Why do they call Armando Perez, aka Pitbull , "Mr. Worldwide"? That's the question the Miami-based, Cuban American MC sets out to answer with "Planet Pit," his sixth studio album that finds him collaborating with hitmaking producers Dr. Luke and RedOne and guest…

  4. Dallas Mavericks' NBA Finals Win: 20 Music Tweets

    June 13, 2011 2:25 PM EDT Music and sports go together like chocolate and peanut butter, so of course musician tweets about the Dallas Mavericks winning the NBA championship flowed in after they beat the Miami Heat during game six last night (June 12). Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and…

  5. Ledisi Scores Her First Top 10 Single

    June 13, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Ledisi's catalog of studio albums could double as the chapter titles of a compelling biography. There are her independent releases, 2000's "Soulsinger: The Revival" and 2002's "Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue." Next are the singer/songwriter's first…

  6. 13 Cool Music Docs For 2011

    June 09, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Beyond the world of biopics is the land of music-centric documentaries, many of which are limited to film festival play before a DVD release. Several musical documentaries have already screened in theaters with more to come this summer. Here's a look at significant documentaries in the…

  7. Gil Scott-Heron Honored on Twitter by Eminem, Usher & More

    May 28, 2011 12:07 PM EDT When news broke of the passing of Gil Scott-Heron last night (May 27), artists such as Eminem , Usher , Snoop Dogg , Diddy immediately took to Twitter to pay their respects to the pioneering musican, poet and activist. Here's a look at what some of them had to say about the man, the…

  8. Bruno Mars Tops U.K. Singles Chart, Hugh Laurie's Album Debuts

    May 16, 2011 2:15 PM EDT The U.K.'s new bestselling single is Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" (Elektra/ Warner Music), after it moved up 2-1 yesterday (15) to end the four-week reign of "Party Rock Anthem" (Interscope/Universal) by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and Goonrock. Adele's …

  9. Bruno Mars Channels Elvis, Chuck Berry at Miami 'Hooligans' Show

    May 13, 2011 11:38 AM EDT One of the most surprising things about Bruno Mars is that he plays the guitar as well as he sings. Meaning, he's damn good at it. But technical proficiency is only part of what made Mars' Wednesday night (May 11) concert in Miami, as part of his "Hooligans in Wonderland"…

  10. Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch to be Recreated in Las Vegas

    April 28, 2011 8:21 AM EDT LAS VEGAS - Cirque du Soleil wants to recreate Michael Jackson 's Neverland Ranch in Sin City. The Mandalay Bay hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip plans to open a sprawling entertainment complex that includes a Jackson-themed lounge, an interactive memorabilia museum and a theater…

  11. Bootsy Collins, "Tha Funk Capital of the World"

    April 22, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Bootsy Collins , like the rest of the Parliament-Funkadelic universe, has never been one for small, subtle gestures. So it's not surprising that his first new album in five years, "Tha Funk Capital of the World," is epic in scale, from its 16 mostly woofer-shaking tracks to the…

  12. Jessie J Aims for Stadium Status with 'Who You Are'

    April 12, 2011 10:13 AM EDT It's not often that one's music career becomes a matter of life and death. But for burgeoning U.K. singer/songwriter Jessie J , the limelight has bordered on harrowing. "We finished a tour stop in Bristol [England] last night and there were more fans than I've seen in my…

  13. Charlie Sheen Redeems Self in Second New York Show

    April 11, 2011 8:46 AM EDT After bombing in New York on Friday night, Charlie Sheen returned to Radio City Music Hall on Sunday and received two standing ovations. "The show is entirely different from Friday night," TMZ wrote in its play-by-play of Sheen's sixth stop on his My Violent Torpedo of Truth…

  14. Billboard Bits: Gwen Stefani Covers Elle's Women in Music Issue, Beastie Boys Release New Single

    April 06, 2011 7:27 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwen Stefani Covers ELLE's Women in Music Issue In ELLE's Women in Music issue hitting newsstands April 12, Gwen Stefani appears on the cover and in a portfolio also featuring Adele , Willow Smith , Robyn…

  15. Johnny Winter Taps All-Star Lineup for 'Roots' Album

    April 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It should be no surprise that Johnny Winter 's next album finds him playing the blues. But on "Roots," due out later this year, he's playing other people's blues. The veteran guitarist, singer and bandleader's first studio album in more than seven years finds him…

  16. Sound & Vision: RedOne and 10 Other Producers Ruling Music

    April 01, 2011 4:10 PM EDT They produce the songs that make the whole world sing -- and dance, and mosh, and head-bob, and do the country two-step. RedOne and 10 other producers who rule the music universe: RedOne Five years ago, the Billboard Hot 100 was a safe haven for the type of funked-up electro Timbaland was…

  17. Chuck D, The Roots Rock 'Fight the Power' on 'Fallon'

    March 31, 2011 4:50 PM EDT Chuck D, Eclectic Method and Clyde Stubblefield -- AKA the Copyright Criminals All-Star Bad -- stopped by "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday night (Mar. 29) to play the Public Enemy classic "Fight the Power" alongside members of house band the Roots . After a video…

  18. Schools Of Rock: Music Business College Guide

    March 31, 2011 11:16 AM EDT It used to be that the school of hard knocks was enough to land you a gig in the music business-but no longer. With the contraction of the industry increasing the competition for jobs and the advent of ever-evolving digital technologies, graduates need a strong foundation in business to start…

  19. Bob Seger Mixes Classics with New Material at Tour Opener

    March 27, 2011 12:40 PM EDT With a brand new album still in progress, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band are making due with that old time rock 'n' roll on their spring tour -- which was just fine with the 8,200 fans who attended opening night Saturday (Mar. 26) at the sold-out Huntington Center in Toledo,…

  20. Charlie Sheen Announces Live Tour Via Twitter

    March 11, 2011 12:03 PM EST After launching an all-out media blitz, Charlie Sheen is apparently ready to face the public in person. The actor, who was fired from Two and a Half Men on Monday, on Thursday announced a live tour -- titled "Charlie Sheen Live: My Violent Torpedo of Truth" -- kicking off in Detroit…

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