1. Kanye West Plays Surprise Brooklyn Set to Close Pitchfork, CMJ Fests

    October 24, 2010 6:11 PM EDT K anye West surprised hundreds of concertgoers at Williamsburg music venue Brooklyn Bowl early Sunday morning (Oct. 24), performing a five-song set that included highlights from his recent G.O.O.D. Friday releases and a singalong to his self-revealing new single, "Runaway." West&…

  2. Ben Gibbard, Zooey Deschanel Perform at National League Playoffs

    October 20, 2010 12:42 PM EDT On the surface, Death Cab for Cutie 's Ben Gibbard might not seem like the sportiest guy around, but the rocker is the major fan of Major League Baseball. In fact, he even sang the National Anthem at yesterday's National League Championship Series Game Four (Giants vs. Phillies) in…

  3. Kanye West Announces 'Dark Twisted Fantasy' Title and Details

    October 05, 2010 10:35 AM EDT After weeks without an official title, Kanye West 's fifth effort will be called "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," the rapper announced on Twitter this morning. The news arrives after West confirmed on Twitter yesterday that the album, originally titled "Good Ass Job,…

  4. Billboard Bits: Kanye Cancels Good Friday, Bieber Makes $300K a Show

    September 30, 2010 6:18 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bieber Makes $300K Per Concert Justin Bieber gets paid a minimum of $300,000 per concert, according to recent reports. The lofty sum is double the price of Weezer ($150K) and Drake ($155K), though the teen…

  5. New Kanye West Track, 'Lost In The World,' Hits Net

    September 29, 2010 11:51 AM EDT A new Kanye West track titled "Lost In The World" hit the net today (Sept. 29) -- the third song from Ye's as-yet-untitled forthcoming album tentatively due in November. Kanye West - "Lost In The World" Feat. Gil Scott-Heron and Bon Iver by Some Kind of Awesome "…

  6. M.I.A. To Collaborate With Kanye?

    September 21, 2010 2:20 PM EDT M.I.A. is the latest artist to allude to working on Kanye West 's forthcoming album. The singer recently wrote on her Twitter page that she has teamed up with the rapper for his fifth studio project, now titled "Dark Twisted Fantasy." "In the studio with Kanye, just…

  7. Kanye Announces Album with Jay-Z, Unleashes 'Monster' Track

    August 30, 2010 1:27 PM EDT Making good on his G.O.O.D. Friday promise, Kanye West unleashed "Monster" -- a new song featuring Jay-Z , Nicki Minaj , Rick Ross and folk singer Bon Iver -- on his blog Friday (Aug. 27). The rapper also announced a five-song joint EP with Jay-Z called "Watch the Throne"…

  8. Billboard Bits: Rihanna's New Tattoo is a Typo

    August 12, 2010 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Receives Typo'd Tattoo Rihanna 's latest tattoo contains an unfortunate grammatical error, according to PopEater. The singer's latest ink is placed on the side of her neck and reads "…

  9. Peter Gabriel Goes Orchestral For Covers Album

    January 02, 2010 4:00 PM EST Peter Gabriel eschews traditional rock'n'roll instrumentation on his new album, "Scratch My Back," due Feb. 15 from Virgin. The project sports orchestral covers of material originally recorded by David Bowie , Paul Simon , Neil Young , Radiohead and Arcade Fire , among…

  10. Various Artists, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "

    October 30, 2009 2:55 PM EDT Given that last year's "Twilight" soundtrack sold more than 2 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, it's not surprising that the sequel's companion album largely reproduces the first set's alt-rock grab-bag approach-albeit with bigger names befitting…

  11. Port O'Brien Trades It All In For The Road

    October 23, 2009 6:18 PM EDT Before Port O'Brien formed as a duo in 2005, lead female singer Cambria Goodwin worked in a small Alaskan bakery while the male lead, Van Pierszalowski, spent months at sea on his father's fishing boat. Today, having released their second album, "Threadbare," on TBD…

  12. 'New Moon' Rising: The Billboard Cover Story

    October 23, 2009 2:16 PM EDT Just in case you've been in a sight-, sound- and Twitter-deprivation tank for the past two years, here's the lowdown on the "Twilight" franchise: It's a series of four books written by Stephenie Meyer about Bella, a human girl who hearts Edward, a vampire boy. This is…

  13. 'New Moon' Exclusive Song Premiere: Lykke Li, 'Possibility'

    October 13, 2009 4:25 PM EDT The "Twilight: New Moon" soundtrack's release date was just moved up to Oct. 16 , but you can hear one of the album's standout tracks right now on Billboard.com. Swedish alt-pop singer/songwriter Lykke Li's contribution to "New Moon" is "Possbility,…

  14. 'New Moon' Soundtrack Release Date Moved To Oct. 16

    October 13, 2009 11:56 AM EDT "Twilight" fanatics are in for an early treat. In light of heated anticipation for "The Twlight Saga: New Moon Original Soundtrack" the set's release date has been moved up four days, from Oct. 20 to this Friday (Oct. 16). The release date change is likely due to the…

  15. Dave Matthews, Bon Iver Reign Supreme On ACL Day 2

    October 04, 2009 11:24 AM EDT If the first day of Austin City Limits was picture perfect weather-wise, day two started off soggy and ended up soaking concert-goers, turning Zilker Park into a vast mud pit. While the wet weather wasn't a constant, there were times when complete downpours drenched fans. Yet it didn&…

  16. Tracklist For 'New Moon' Soundtrack Unveiled

    September 21, 2009 2:00 PM EDT The soundtrack for "New Moon" -- the second movie installment of the "Twilight" vampire series -- will feature songs by Thom Yorke , Grizzly Bear , Bon Iver , Lykke Li and the Killers , according to an official tracklist released Monday (Sept. 21). The list was posted on …

  17. Death Cab For Cutie Scores Lead 'New Moon' Single

    August 27, 2009 1:04 PM EDT Death Cab For Cutie , the Grammy nominated indie rock band from Bellingham, Wash., has scored the coveted lead single spot on the soundtrack for "New Moon," the intensely anticipated second installment of the "Twilight" vampire series hitting movie theaters Nov. 20. "…

  18. Kings Of Leon Crown Wet Lollapalooza Friday

    August 08, 2009 11:46 AM EDT Wet weather continued its plague on summer festivals at Lollapalooza's opening day in Chicago. At noon, when the first bands took to the stages at Grant Park, a steady pour had already turned the grounds into a mud slick. On Friday, Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell found time to sing a…

  19. Dinosaur Jr. Rises Again With 'Farm'

    July 27, 2009 12:00 PM EDT The veteran alt-rock band Dinosaur Jr. made a splash on the Billboard 200 last month with its first release on Jagjaguwar, "Farm." At No. 29, the album's debut marks the peak position in the band's 25-year career and signals the beginning of a fruitful relationship with…

  20. Dirty Projectors Shift Gears On 'Orca'

    June 08, 2009 8:25 AM EDT The Dirty Projectors' last two releases, "The Getty Address" and "Rise Above," were lo-fi concept albums built around inscrutable song structures. Given the Brooklyn-based indie band's track record, "Stillness Is the Move" -- the group's pop…

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