1. 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…

  2. Lil Wayne Announces May 16 Release Date for 'Tha Carter IV'

    March 17, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Lil Wayne 's highly-anticipated upcoming "Tha Carter IV" album finally has a release date: May 16. Lil Wayne sat down with MTV News right before the kick-off performance of his I Am Still Music tour in Rhode Island last night (March 16) and declared, "'Tha Carter IV&…

  3. 'Glee' to Tackle Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours,' Paltrow and Chenoweth to Return

    March 17, 2011 5:38 PM EDT " Glee" co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy revealed plenty of secrets about the show's future during a panel at the Paley Center's Television Festival last night (Mar. 16), according to reports from TVLine . Fans who enjoyed last week's rendition of "…

  4. Lil Wayne Kicks Off I Am Still Music Tour in Rhode Island

    March 17, 2011 11:58 AM EDT Lil Wayne kicked off his I Am Still Music tour in Rhode Island last night (March 16), and to celebrate his return to the stage in more than a year, Weezy brought out Young Money artist Nicki Minaj , Jae Millz, Mack Maine, Lil Twist and Shanell as well as Rick Ross, among others. Watch clips…

  5. SXSW: 10 Things Seen & Overheard Wednesday

    March 17, 2011 11:45 AM EDT Whether you enjoy Raphael Saadiq's killer sets or Mischa Barton spottings, there was a ton of fun, wacky experiences to soak in yesterday (Mar. 17) at the 2011 SXSW festival. Check out 10 things that caught our attention in Austin yesterday: SXSW 2011 Main Page 1. The Glassnote Records…

  6. Duran Duran Taps David Lynch to Direct 'Unstaged' Live Streamed Concert

    March 14, 2011 10:00 AM EDT The members of Duran Duran aren't expecting dancing dwarves and talking rabbits to be part of their upcoming David Lynch -directed episode of American Express' "Unstaged" concert series. But they won't mind if they are -- or if Lynch wants to get even weirder with the…

  7. Wiz Khalifa to Get Eco-Friendly on 'Green Carpet' Tour

    February 16, 2011 12:22 PM EST Three days after the Mar. 29 release of his debut album, "Rolling Papers," Wiz Khalifa will begin celebrating at college campuses across the country on the Green Carpet Tour, the rapper announced today (Feb. 16). The 17-city trek, which marks the eighth installment of the eco…

  8. John Waite Unearths Old Tunes, 'Punk Energy' for New Album

    December 30, 2010 4:00 PM EST J ohn Waite set out to rock on "Rough & Tumble," which will be his first new studio album in four years when it's released on Feb. 22. And he's pleased to say that's what he accomplished on the 11-song set. "Coming off the back of the live album [this year&…

  9. Ramones, Dolly Parton Receiving Lifetime Achievement Grammys

    December 22, 2010 2:10 PM EST British actress Julie Andrews , country icon Dolly Parton , jazz drummer Roy Haynes , and punk pioneers the Ramones will receive Grammy Awards for lifetime achievement next year, organizers said on Wednesday. Recipients also include the Juilliard String Quartet, folk revivalists the Kingston…

  10. Video Q&A: Duran Duran Talks New Album, Career Highlights

    December 21, 2010 1:50 PM EST While Duran Duran has enjoyed a storied three-decade career, the New Wave pioneers aren't content to sit back and leave their legacy incomplete. "All You Need is Now," the group's thirteenth album out digitally on iTunes today (Dec. 21), was produced by Mark Ronson ( Amy…

  11. Chris Brown Humps Keri Hilson On Stage

    December 20, 2010 12:28 PM EST According to her upcoming "No Boys Allowed" album, Keri Hilson is not into boys. So, the youngin' Chris Brown took it upon himself to show her he's not about child's play. Breezy brought Keri to the stage while performing at Hot 106's Holiday Night concert in…

  12. Billboard Bits: Jamie Foxx Announces New Album, Christina Aguilera's New Guy Takes Time Off from Band

    December 03, 2010 7:30 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jamie Foxx Announces New Album Jamie Foxx has announced the release of his third studio album, "Best Night of My Life," for Dec. 21. The follow-up to 2008's "Intuition" features guest spots…

  13. Christina Aguilera Opens Up About New 'Love' Matthew Rutler

    December 02, 2010 12:51 PM EST C hristina Aguilera is opening up about her divorce from husband Jordan Bratman and the new man in her life, Matthew Rutler, whom she describes as "the kind of person you could spend hours with on the phone talking to and all of a sudden it's daylight." "There is a love…

  14. Christina Aguilera Gets Close with Rumored Boyfriend Over Thanksgiving

    November 30, 2010 12:30 PM EST C hristina Aguilera's new relationship appears to be heating up fast, as sources have reportedly spotted the couple partying from Hollywood to New York City over the Thanksgiving weekend, and even making stops to visit family. According to People.com , Aguilera spent the weekend with her…

  15. Ozzfest / Aug. 22, 2010 / Camden, NJ

    August 31, 2010 5:59 PM EDT Several downpours drenched the Susquehanna Bank Center during Ozzfest's visit to Camden, N.J. on Aug. 22, but they did little to dampen fans' spirits they waited for music's Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne , to make his grand entrance. Ironically, rain began falling in…

  16. Ask Billboard: Featuring More Un-Featured Artists

    August 20, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Recently, Chart Beat and Ask Billboard have spotlighted songs that were successful as covers, but not as well-known in their original versions, as well as songs that sported high-profile guests that were not officially credited as featured artists on single releases. Below are two more follow…

  17. Ask Billboard: Covering Cover Songs

    August 13, 2010 1:05 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. COMPLETE COVERAGE…

  18. Mark Ronson Readies 'Record Collection' Release

    August 10, 2010 12:05 PM EDT Mark Ronson steps into the spotlight as a singer, and shows off a talented group of friends, on third album "Record Collection," due Sept. 28 on RCA Records. Working under the alias Mark Ronson and The Business Intl., the British producer will make his debut as a vocalist on the…

  19. Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Jason Derulo, Cyndi Lauper

    July 01, 2010 5:35 PM EDT SIX-SHOOTER: As previously reported , Eminem roars onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "Recovery." The set becomes the rap superstar's sixth consecutive leader on the list. He first appeared with the No. 2-peaking "The Slim Shady LP," on March 13, 1999, and then…

  20. Massive Attack, Phil Collins, Roxy Music To Play Montreux

    April 29, 2010 9:22 AM EDT Phil Collins will play an exclusive pre-festival concert before the 2010 Montreux Jazz Festival featuring Roxy Music , Massive Attack and a host of big jazz acts, festival organizers said on Thursday. Former Genesis singer and drummer Collins will delve into 1960s Motown and soul before…

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