1. James Franco's Band Working on Full-Length Album

    October 04, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Oscar-nominated actor describes working with Smokey Robinson on his band Daddy's first EP, 'MotorCity.' James Franco has been James Dean, Spider-Man pal Harry Osborn, Hugh Hefner, "127 Hours" climber Aron Ralston and, soon, the wizard of Oz. But his latest role is in…

  2. Peter Gabriel Launches 'So'-centric Tour, Plots Hiatus

    September 14, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Peter Gabriel 's Back To Front Tour, which begins Sunday, may be the last we see of him for awhile. Gabriel tells Billboard that "there is new music" he's working on, but it will have to wait for a hiatus he's planning after the tour ends in mid-October. "I'…

  3. Duran Duran Cancels Rest of Tour Due to Nick Rhodes Illness

    August 28, 2012 10:55 PM EDT Duran Duran have the cancelled all remaining tour dates on their "All You Need Is Now" tour due to an illness that has stricken keyboardist Nick Rhodes. The band initially announced Tuesday that a show scheduled for tomorrow (Aug. 29) at the Ravinia Festival near Chicago has been…

  4. 1979 Who Tickets Good for Rhode Island Concert

    July 19, 2012 6:15 PM EDT Fans still holding tickets for a canceled 1979 show in Rhode Island by British rock band The Who can finally use them. The Who's 1979 concert in Providence was canceled by then-Mayor Buddy Cianci, who cited safety concerns after a stampede before a show in Cincinnati, Ohio, killed 11…

  5. 1000 No. 1s: Watch Duran Duran Chat About Topping The Hot 100

    December 19, 2011 2:30 PM EST chartArticle_ignore 1000 No. 1s Video Series Day 19: Duran Duran Talks About Topping the Hot 100 2011 was the year that Billboard celebrated the 1000th No. 1 song on the Hot 100. As we look back on this year in music, we're celebrating that milestone with a month-long series of videos --…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Darren Warren Sees Cancer Fight as Stepping Stone

    November 30, 2011 12:45 PM EST When you hear "Cowboy Up and Party Down," the latest single from newcomer Darren Warren, you might think the Kentucky-born singer doesn't have a care in the world. While he admits he tries to live his life with a smile now, there was a time where things were much different. …

  7. When Will Deer Tick Split? 'If Someone Dies or Quits'

    November 18, 2011 11:50 AM EST Founder John McCauley Says 'Nobody at This Point Could Be Replaced' With its fourth album, "Divine Providence," Rhode Island's Deer Tick has finally become "a real band" -- which is what founder John McCauley says he originally envisioned seven years ago. …

  8. Duran Duran: Still 'Girl' Crazy After All These Years

    November 14, 2011 2:30 PM EST "We've definitely gotten a reputation for having beautiful girls in our videos," says Duran Duran bassist John Taylor . Ever since steamy videos for songs like "Girls On Film" and "Rio" captivated early MTV viewers, pop stars from George Michael to Michael…

  9. Girls on Film: Top 10 Supermodel Videos

    November 10, 2011 3:50 PM EST The fashion and music worlds have never exactly stayed in their separate corners, so it comes as little surprise when models become the visual muses for our favorite rockstars. Sometimes the result is little more than a pretty face playing an artist's love interest. Other times, however,…

  10. 'Glee' Guest Stars Wish List & New Cast We'll Meet Soon

    November 01, 2011 6:00 PM EDT While "Glee," at its heart, is the story of the core group of New Directions club members and their individual journeys through the wild world of high school, the show also has a variety of auxiliary players and guest stars who come in and spice up that tapestry. Sometimes, like in…

  11. Richard Marx: 'The Playboy Club' Felt 'Doomed From the Start'

    October 21, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Richard Marx lost a high-profile gig when NBC canceled "The Playboy Club," for which he was serving as a music producer. But the singer, songwriter and performer -- who racked up eight Top 10 singles between 1987-94 and worldwide sales of more than 30 million -- isn't wanting…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Mumford & Sons

    September 24, 2011 2:05 PM EDT MOVES LIKE BENNETT: Nevermind that young'un Mick Jagger. Tony Bennett isn't gathering any moss either. As previously reported , while Maroon 5 's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera , spends a third week at No. 1, Bennett becomes the oldest living artist…

  13. Kristin Chenoweth Hopes to Bring More 'Hot Mess' to 'Glee'; Talks Country Album

    September 20, 2011 1:45 PM EDT There's something about Kristin Chenoweth and playing hot messes. If you needed any reminder, just take a look at her role as alcoholic singer April Rhodes on "Glee," who memorably spent last season trying to get her one-woman musical to Broadway. "I don't know if…

  14. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals

    June 24, 2011 6:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. PEN PALS Hi Gary,…

  15. Dave Stewart Finds Inspiration in Nashville, Reese Witherspoon on 'Blackbird Diaries'

    May 28, 2011 8:00 AM EDT From his legendary work with Eurythmics to his recent collaboration with Stevie Nicks on her latest album, "In Your Dreams," Dave Stewart has had a reputation for capturing magic in the studio. He does it again on his new album, "The Blackbird Diaries," due Aug. 23 on…

  16. Sade, "Still in Love With You"

    May 06, 2011 10:00 AM EDT "Still in Love With You" has made a splash on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart after being included as one of four previously unreleased tracks on Sade's new best-of compilation, "The Ultimate Collection." This acoustic approach to the 1974 song by…

  17. 'Glee' Spreads Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' With Plenty of Drama

    May 04, 2011 12:13 PM EDT S tevie Nicks might be having the best week ever. Not only is she wowing fans with her first album in 10 years ("In Your Dreams," released yesterday), but Nicks has the potential reach younger fans via -- surprisingly -- last night's episode of "Glee." The New…

  18. Ask Billboard: Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

    April 29, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. SISTERS ARE DOIN&…

  19. Duran Duran Live Q&A Archived Video

    April 01, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Duran Duran With a world tour and new album "All You Need Is Now" afoot, it was the perfect time to have none other than Duran Duran 's Nick Rhodes and John Taylor in Billboard.com's studio for a live Q&A answering fan tweets live on camera. The guys came in March 30…

  20. Lil Wayne Brings Epic I Am Still Music Tour to Philadelphia

    March 27, 2011 2:00 PM EDT For the many hip-hop fans who understandably believe that Lil Wayne is the best rapper alive, his desire to be a rock star -- not a music star, not a rap star, but a rock star -- can be confounding. After releasing his breakthrough LP "Tha Carter III" in 2008, the Young Money giant…

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