1. Mick Jagger on 'SNL': Performs With Foo Fighters, Sends Off Kristen Wiig in Season Finale

    May 20, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Sir Mick Jagger brought the poise expected of a British knight and the flash expected of a rock legend as host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live's season finale. Jagger performed four times-with Foo Fighters, Jeff Beck, and twice with Arcade Fire. Watch him perform a medley of…

  2. 'American Idol' Recap: Phillip Tops As the Final Three Perform

    May 17, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Despite persistent rumors that judge 5. Joshua Ledet - "I'd Rather Go Blind" Commanding shriek, passionate performance, wonderful vocal runs... as far as Joshua's renditions go, this was your run-of-the-mill vocal clinic of a performance. It just seemed too safe, in the…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: How Gotye Got a No. 1 Dance Hit

    May 11, 2012 5:05 PM EDT Programmers say that, remixed, the rock-based 'Somebody That I Used to Know' is a perfect fit for dance radio. Nothing says "dance music" more than a xylophone. As previously reported , 45 SPINNING: Bowing as a guest on B.o.B's "Both of Us," the Hot 100'…

  4. Adam Yauch's Death: Music Stars React On Twitter

    May 04, 2012 2:20 PM EDT As news broke of Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch's death Friday (May 4), music celebs quickly joined the worldwide conversation. Here are 20 reactions -- ranging from sadness to shock to salutation -- from musicians via Twitter. Adam Yauch Dead at 47 | MCA's 10 Best Rhymes…

  5. Jimmy Fallon Debuts 'Blow Your Pants Off' Album Cover

    May 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Album From 'Late Night' Host Set for June 12 Last night NBC's "Late Night," Jimmy Fallon unveiled the cover for his upcoming "Blow Your Pants Off" album, which will feature appearances from Justin Timberlake , Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen . The…

  6. 'American Idol' Recap: Joshua, Hollie Steal '60s/Britpop Night

    May 03, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Five remain on the 11th season of "American Idol," and the competition has rarely been this fierce. Weeks ago, it seemed as though the show had its clear favorites. The Dave Matthews -loving Phillip Phillips was touted as a future star almost every week, as was alt-rocker Colton…

  7. Death Cab for Cutie's Walla & Pearl Jam's Gossard Talk Public Radio Music Month

    April 27, 2012 5:00 PM EDT More than 100 artists, from a variety of genres, generations and levels of success, came together this month to sign a "love letter" to public radio. Among them are members of Death Cab for Cutie , Pearl Jam , Dave Matthews Band , Iron and Wine , the Roots and the Black Keys . A lot…

  8. 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…

  9. 'American Idol' Recap: The Songs of Queen, Plus a Few Surprises

    April 26, 2012 11:30 AM EDT The surprise elimination of Colton Dixon during last week's "American Idol" must have shocked the remaining hopefuls into going for broke, because Wednesday night's (April 25) edition featuring the top six was a tough one to judge -- even for the judges themselves. The…

  10. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw's 'Rock Star' Headed for Historic Country Songs Debut

    April 03, 2012 2:15 PM EDT The pairing of country superstars could lead to just the second top 10 start in the chart's 22-year Nielsen BDS era. In preparation for the June launch of their Brothers of the Sun co-headlining tour, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw premiered a new duet, "Feel Like a Rock Star,"…

  11. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2012

    March 09, 2012 9:00 AM EST As the concert business rebounded in 2011, touring remained the biggest source of income for the top earners in the U.S. music business. Billboard's sixth annual Money Makers ranking includes veteran road warriors U2, Kenny Chesney and Bon Jovi, as well as other artists emerging in…

  12. 'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Sanchez Soars in (Lackluster) 400th Episode

    March 08, 2012 9:00 AM EST Gee, for the 400th episode of "American Idol," that was... sort of lackluster, eh? The singing competition celebrated the milestone with the Top 13 taking the stage to perform the tunes of two singing icons. To the credit of "Idol," the producers tried to up the drama to…

  13. 'The Voice': Christina Aguilera Sings Impromptu Duet; Contestants Show Their Blues

    February 28, 2012 2:00 PM EST Memphis-based guitarist and singer Preston Shannon made good case for the blues on the final blind edition episode of "The Voice" Monday (Feb. 27). While the 64-year-old blues veteran with five solo albums under his belt did not get any judges to turn their chairs around, he got…

  14. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  15. Dave Matthews Band Returns to the Road

    February 15, 2012 8:25 AM EST Band Sets 2012 Tour Dates Dave Matthews Band , one of the most successful touring bands in history, will embark on a full-blown North American summer tour after taking 2011 off the road, save for four regional DMB-curated festivals known as Caravans. DMB sold more tickets than any act on the…

  16. 'The Voice': New Contestants, Hidden Pasts

    February 07, 2012 2:40 PM EST If you don't make it to the finals on one TV singing show, change your hometown, your predicament and musical buddy when you head to another. Or so it goes on the second night of "The Voice" season two premiere last night (Feb. 6). That path was taken by one Jamar Rogers, seen…

  17. Ask Billboard: Are Chart Rule Changes Needed? Readers Respond, Continued

    January 07, 2012 1:05 PM EST 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, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Just like our…

  18. Tightened Up: Inside the Black Keys' Rise to Arena-Sized Fame

    January 06, 2012 12:35 PM EST One massive arena tour. Two appearances on "Saturday Night Live" -- in one year. Three Grammys. 207,000 albums sold, opening week. The Black Keys are finally firing on all cylinders with "El Camino." Last January, the Black Keys and Vampire Weekend faced off in a battle…

  19. Mike Doughty Opens 'Book of Drugs,' Says J.Lo & Music Thieves Saved His Life

    December 07, 2011 4:40 PM EST On His Soul Coughing Music: 'I Think It's Really, Really Bad' Mike Doughty's 2011 was not bad, not bad at all. The veteran singer/songwriter saw his latest collection of hypnotic, wistful, sometimes absurd acoustic-based missives, "Yes And Also Yes," land the…

  20. Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Bon Jovi, Take That Are Top Finalists

    November 04, 2011 10:50 AM EDT U2, Bon Jovi, Take That, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Usher are among the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards , set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York City. The awards are primarily based on box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1,…

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