1. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 03/26/2011

    March 26, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @questlove (Questo of The Roots): YO! These ice rocks…

  2. Elbow Ready to 'Rocket' to U.S. After Career-Best Chart Bow

    March 21, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Veteran U.K. alt-rock group Elbow is soaring high following the release of its fifth studio album, "Build a Rocket Boys!" (Fiction/Universal). It entered the U.K. albums chart at No. 2 with 78,000 first-week copies, according to the Official Charts Co., landing the band its highest…

  3. Nicole Scherzinger's 'Breath' Claims U.K. No. 1

    March 21, 2011 8:09 AM EDT Adele extended her run atop the album chart with "21" (XL) to eight weeks yesterday (Sunday), setting a new digital record in the process, as Nicole Scherzinger claimed her first U.K. solo No. 1 single with "Don't Hold Your Breath" (Interscope/Universal). The million…

  4. Adele, Elbow, Jessie J Top U.K. Chart, REM Debuts at No. 5

    March 14, 2011 8:43 AM EDT Adele's extraordinary U.K. sales show no signs of abating, as "21" (XL) started a seventh week atop the album chart yesterday and "Someone Like You" a fourth at No. 1 on the singles survey. Meanwhile, Elbow scored their highest-ever U.K. chart ranking as "Build A…

  5. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 3/5/2011

    March 05, 2011 9:00 AM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @Pink : Out of Myself, Britney, and Christina- didn't…

  6. 'Mad Men' Theme Song Gets a Touch Up

    October 11, 2010 1:00 PM EDT It's rare that we ever want to hear the theme song of our favorite shows tweaked, but in honor of the "Mad Men" season finale Sunday (Oct. 17) night, we're giving this new rendition a shot. Allison Williams, daughter of "ABC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams,…

  7. Sky Sailing, "An Airplane Carried Me to Bed"

    August 13, 2010 11:49 AM EDT Adam Young, the mastermind behind synth-pop act Owl City 's 2009 breakthrough, "Ocean Eyes," returns in stripped-down acoustic form on new musical project Sky Sailing. Instead of the lighthearted references to fireflies and manta rays heard on "Ocean Eyes," Sky…

  8. DC Talk's TobyMac Makes Opposites Attract on 'Hello Tonight' Tour

    June 29, 2010 10:30 AM EDT tobyMac says his recently-started 'Hello Tonight' tour with fellow Christian artist Chris Tomlin is a bit of a risk, but one he's willing to take. "We put together what people would think are two sort of opposites," the former DC Talk member (real name Kevin McKeehan)…

  9. Cali Swag District, "Teach Me How to Dougie"

    June 11, 2010 11:12 AM EDT "Teach Me How to Dougie," the first single from hip-hop group Cali Swag District, seeks to pick up where dance craze-starters like the New Boyz ' "You're a Jerk" and Soulja Boy Tell'Em's "Crank That" left off. Over a metronomic, cowbell…

  10. Slash Enlists Ozzy, Iggy, Kid Rock For Solo Debut

    March 08, 2010 9:57 AM EST As a former member of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver , Slash knows more than most musicians about what he calls "band drama." "It just goes hand in hand with rock 'n' roll," the 44-year-old guitarist says with a seen-it-all laugh. "It's a very…

  11. Music's Top 40 Money Makers

    February 26, 2010 2:00 PM EST In music, success can be measured by many yardsticks: Billboard No. 1s, Grammy Awards, AA medallions. But as acts from Barrett Strong to Pink Floyd to Sean "Diddy" Combs have testified in song, when you come right down to it, it's all about the benjamins. The fourth edition of…

  12. Massive Attack Prove New Album Was Worth The Wait

    February 19, 2010 5:29 PM EST The gaps between Massive Attack albums may widen as the enigmatic British act's career span lengthens. But fans' patience, however, has clearly kept pace. Massive Attack's much-delayed "Heligoland" (Virgin/EMI)-only the fifth studio album of a two-decade career,…

  13. 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…

  14. Lady Antebellum: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 12, 2010 12:15 PM EST How's this for cultural whiplash: Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott-better-known as the country act Lady Antebellum -are calling prior to a performance at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, less than a week after rubbing designer-cloaked elbows with the likes of Beyoncé…

  15. 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…

  16. Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert Lead Star-Studded Vevo Launch Party

    December 09, 2009 12:39 PM EST Vevo, the music video streaming service that the major music labels hope will rival the influence of MTV, launched on Tuesday night with a star-studded party in New York City. Big-name performers included Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert , while music stars like 50 Cent , Ciara , John Mayer ,…

  17. Susan Boyle Makes UK Chart History

    November 30, 2009 9:22 AM EST Former "Britain's Got Talent" contestant Susan Boyle made a record-breaking debut on Sunday's new U.K. chart with her debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment). It sold 410,000 units to become Britain's fastest-selling album of…

  18. Speech Debelle Turns Up The Heat After Mercury Prize Win

    September 21, 2009 1:28 PM EDT The heat is rising on U.K. rapper Speech Debelle 's career after her debut album, "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada), beat La Roux , Florence & the Machine and Kasabian to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize . "I think [the Mercury judges] saw that it's a representation of…

  19. Massive Attack Debuts New Songs At London Return

    September 18, 2009 3:00 PM EDT Massive Attack debuted new songs from its long-awaited fifth album and performed with Blur frontman Damon Albarn at the first night of its tour at London's Brixton Academy. The British electronic act - which comprises Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall …

  20. Coldplay Dazzle, Close Out Wet All Points West Fest

    August 03, 2009 10:32 AM EDT After a soggy Friday and sunny Saturday, the thunderstorms returned for the third and last day of All Points West, this time resulting in major delays and canceled sets for the festival held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. But after the rain cleared and mercifully stayed away,…

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