1. Billboard Bits: Gaga Bashes NYT Fashion Critic, Aretha Franklin Performing at Obama's Labor Day Rally

    September 01, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga Bashes New York Times Fashion Critic For someone who owes a great deal of her popularity to media hype, Lady Gaga isn't the biggest fan of professional critics, particularly New York Times fashion…

  2. Best VMA Performance Ever? 28 Stars Make Their Picks

    August 29, 2011 2:00 PM EDT To celebrate the, we asked Billboard.com readers to pick the best performances in VMA history -- and not surprisingly, pop megastars including Michael Jackson , Madonna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga came out on top of the tally. Well, we camped out on the black carpet on Sunday and came away…

  3. VMAs 2011: 13 Things You Didn't See on TV

    August 29, 2011 12:47 AM EDT As action-packed as the 28th annual VMAs were, not all of the excitement happened on the stage. Here's a baker's dozen things you did not see on TV that occurred before, during and after the show. VMAs: Katy Perry, Gaga & Pregnant Beyonce Steal the Show PHOTOS: RED CARPET | THE…

  4. Jackson Kids: Prince, Paris and Blanket Donate Dad's Sketches

    August 09, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Michael Jackson 's children made a rare appearance together on Monday to donate artwork by their dad to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Prince, Paris and Blanket were on hand to unveil dozens of sketches as well as a signed portrait of the late singer. Brett Livingstone-Strong, an…

  5. Billboard Bits: Chris Brown Cast in Comedy, Beyonce Producer Bashes 'Motivation'

    July 19, 2011 7:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce Producer Bashes Kelly Rowland's "Motivation" Jeff Bhasker, a producer on a number of Beyonce's "4" tracks, bashed Kelly Rowland's "Motivation" on Twitter today,…

  6. Billboard Bits: Taylor Swift Reschedules Dates, Lil Wayne & Ashanti Team Up

    July 06, 2011 6:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Taylor Swift Postpones Several Tour Dates Due to Illness Taylor Swift has rescheduled four of the dates on her summer tour after coming down with bronchitis this weekend. A statement from her label explained that…

  7. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 8:29 AM EDT The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilarious reality show spoof "The Real Husbands…

  8. Billboard Bits: Sean Kingston Released from Hospital, Kreayshawn Directing RHCP Video

    June 23, 2011 8:04 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Sean Kingston Released From Hospital Sean Kingston has been released from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami three weeks after being involved in a jet ski accident that left him in critical condition. The pop…

  9. Billboard Bits: First Tom Cruise 'Rock of Ages' Pic, Cee Lo Denies Homophobia Charge

    June 17, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Tom Cruise Rocks in First 'Ages' Look A photo of Tom Cruise playing the character Stacee Jaxx in the upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway hit "Rock of Ages" has been released, and it's…

  10. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Def Leppard, George Strait

    June 17, 2011 12:15 PM EDT CHART ROYALTY: By notching a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep" passes Lulu's five-week 1967 leader "To Sir With Love" and trails only Olivia Newton-John 's "Physical" for most frames tallied at the summit…

  11. Billboard Bits: 'Yakety Yak' Singer Dies, 'Glee' Wants Springsteen

    June 13, 2011 5:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Yakety Yak' Singer of The Coasters Dies Carl Gardner, lead singer of '50s group the Coasters, passed away Sunday (June 12) in Port St. Lucie, Florida after an extended illness. As a statement on the…

  12. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 6/4/2011

    June 04, 2011 10:00 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 !) @pink : We are ecstatic to welcome our new beautiful…

  13. Pink Gives Birth to Baby Girl

    June 03, 2011 8:59 AM EDT It's a girl for Pink ! The pop star confirmed late Thursday (June 2) on Twitter that she's given birth to her first baby with husband Carey Hart. "We are ecstatic to welcome our new beautiful healthy happy baby girl, Willow Sage Hart. She's gorgeous, just like her daddy. …

  14. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 5/21/2011

    May 21, 2011 12:50 PM 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 !) @drakkardnoir : Hov diss? Hov of all people has not lost it…

  15. Chris Brown Leads BET Awards Nominations

    May 18, 2011 8:37 AM EDT Last year at the BET Awards, Chris Brown performed an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson . It marked the beginning of a comeback for the embattled pop star. This year, Brown is the top contender at the award show with six nominations. Brown is up for best male R&B artist, viewer's…

  16. John Walker, Walker Brothers Singer, Dies at 67

    May 09, 2011 11:45 AM EDT John Walker, the American-born musician who was the frontman for the Walker Brothers , one of the most successful bands of Britain's Golden Age of rock 'n' roll, has died at age 67. Walker died Saturday of liver cancer, his personal assistant, Polly Klemmer, told The Associated…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Tommy Shaw

    March 31, 2011 5:35 PM EDT ALL FOUR ONE: Thanks to a space-age love song, Katy Perry blasts into rarified chart air, as her "Teenage Dream" album becomes only the ninth set to generate four No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history. The collection's fourth single, "E.T.,"…

  18. Jane's Addiction, Elvis Costello, Furthur to Headline Gathering of the Vibes 2011

    March 14, 2011 10:00 AM EDT J ane's Addiction , Elvis Costello and the Grateful Dead spin-offs Furthur and Rhythm Devils headline the initial announcement of artists for the 16th annual Gathering of the Vibes Festival, which will take place July 21-24 in Bridgeport, Conn. Given that the festival was created to…

  19. Hot Tours: Bon Jovi, Avenged Sevenfold, Elton John

    March 10, 2011 10:58 AM EST Bon Jovi dominates this week's Hot Tours chart with over $27 million in box office grosses reported from the first 10 venues on its 2011 tour. Dates are booked through the end of July with a summer leg planned for Europe, but the band began the year in North America with a sold out…

  20. 'The Lost 45s' Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    March 08, 2011 1:05 PM EST An era of tight playlists leaves little room for thousands of hit songs not regularly programmed on classic hits or oldies radio stations. Still, Barry Scott has fashioned an enviably fortuitous career as host of "The Lost 45s," airing "records you never thought you'd hear…

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