1. Robert Johnson, "The Complete Original Masters -- Centennial Edition"

    May 06, 2011 10:00 AM EDT The legendary catalog of bluesman Robert Johnson is dressed up to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. In a collection that includes 12 vinyl reproductions of his 78 rpm records, Legacy has remastered the 42 takes that comprised 1990's "The Complete Recordings,"…

  2. 29 Black Music Milestones: BET, 'Yo! MTV Raps' Launch

    February 16, 2011 11:05 AM EST On Jan. 25, 1980, Black Entertainment Television (BET) began broadcasting after lobbyist Robert L. Johnson decided to launch his own cable television network. First consisting of a line-up of music videos and reruns of popular Black sitcoms, BET began launching original programs in 1988,…

  3. Billboard Bits: Taylor Momsen Still 'Gossip Girl' Series Regular, Kanye West Buys More Fatburger Restaurants

    November 23, 2010 6:25 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Taylor Momsen Still 'Gossip Girl' Regular While her ventures into music and questionable off-screen behavior put Taylor Momsen on an indefinite hiatus from "Gossip Girl," the actress will…

  4. Jimi Hendrix's Family Talks 'Anthology,' 'Day in the Life' Documentary

    November 17, 2010 3:17 PM EST After a prolific 2010 that continues with the "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology" box set out this week, the family-run Experience Hendrix label has a more modest, but no less impactful blueprint for the next couple of years. "This year has been very special…

  5. Billboard Bits: Will.i.am Calls MJ Album 'Disrespectful,' Jessica Simpson Not Getting Prenup?

    November 15, 2010 7:15 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Will.i.am Calls New Michael Jackson Release 'Disrespectful' Will.i.am is far from excited about the release of "Michael," the first posthumous Michael Jackson album set for a Dec. 14 release on…

  6. Jessica Simpson Engaged to Boyfriend Eric Johnson

    November 15, 2010 10:30 AM EST Actress and singer Jessica Simpson is ready to get married again -- this time to American football player Eric Johnson. Simpson, 30, whose short-lived marriage to boy band star Nick Lachey was chronicled in the TV reality show "Newlyweds", is engaged to Johnson, U.S. celebrity…

  7. Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga Files a Restraining Order, Justin Bieber Guesting on a Rap Mixtape

    November 11, 2010 6:15 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga Gets Restraining Order Against Fan Lady Gaga has reportedly gotten a restraining order against a fan who has written disturbing letters to the pop star. Anastasia Obukhova, 26, wrote to Gaga, "I want…

  8. Kenny Chesney Claims Sixth No. 1 Album with 'Hemingway's Whiskey'

    October 06, 2010 11:13 AM EDT K enny Chesney easily grabs his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "Hemingway's Whiskey" bows atop the list with 183,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The singer's last studio effort, 2008's "Lucky Old Sun," also entered at No. 1, but…

  9. Lynyrd Skynyrd Gets Country Tribute From Eric Church, Jamey Johnson

    June 16, 2010 10:08 AM EDT Sixteen years after a group of country music's "Skynyrd Frynds" paid tribute to Southern rock heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd , another batch of artists is doing the same. Randy Houser , Jamey Johnson , Eric Church and Uncle Kracker are among those who have recorded tracks for "…

  10. Country Throwdown Cancels Four Shows Citing Low Ticket Sales

    May 28, 2010 7:43 PM EDT Kevin Lyman, the co-producer of the Country Throwdown amphitheater tour, the country music venture from Warped Tour producers 4fini Production, has announced that four upcoming shows on the North American trek have been canceled because of low ticket sales. Lyman also addressed the…

  11. Country Throwdown: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 20, 2010 5:07 PM EDT Dates: Through June Headliners: Montgomery Gentry , Jamey Johnson Support: Eric Church , Eli Young Band , others Ticket prices: $15-$41 (Purchase tickets here ) Official event page: www.countrythrowdown.com The debut country project from Vans Warped tour founder 4fini Productions, Throwdown…

  12. Public Enemy's 'Fear Of A Black Planet' Track-By-Track

    March 13, 2010 6:09 PM EST Public Enemy's Chuck D. tells the story behind the songs on 1990's smash 'Fear of a Black Planet.' Read, listen and learn. Excerpted from Chuck D's "Lyrics Of A Rap Revolutionary." Used with Permission of the Author. Incident At 66.6 FM "Incident At 66…

  13. Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 16, 2010 4:35 PM EST As the Olympics reclaim the sporting world's spotlight, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (We'll leave out any songs by the R&B band known as the Olympics , "Snow (Hey Oh)" by Red Hot Chili Peppers and "What Would Brian…

  14. Ask Billboard: Why We Follow The Charts

    November 13, 2009 4:25 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. SOMETIMES YOU'RE THE WINDSHIELD ... Hello Gary, I just wanted to say…

  15. Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry To Headline Country Throwdown Tour

    November 02, 2009 12:35 PM EST The debut run of the Country Throwdown tour, the country music venture from Warped Tour producers 4fini Production, will feature Montgomery Gentry , Jamey Johnson , Little Big Town and Jack Ingram . The tour of amphitheaters, which was first tipped here May 1, will carry a concourse of…

  16. U2, Scarlett Johannson, Courtney Love Set For AIDS Charity Concert

    September 15, 2009 3:48 PM EDT U2 will take time away from its "360 Tour" to join fellow musicians Laurie Anderson , Rufus Wainwright , Antony Hegarty , Scarlett Johannson , and Courtney Love for a (RED) Campaign benefit concert on October 4 at New York's Carnegie Hall. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday,…

  17. Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2009 2:32 PM EDT Brad Paisley leads the nominees for the 43rd annual CMA Awards with six nominations, while Taylor Swift , Keith Urban and several other country stars follow closely with four nods each, it was announced today (Sept. 9). Paisley, who is also set to co-host the Nov. 11 ceremony with Carrie…

  18. Chart Beat Wednesday: Katy Perry, Rob Thomas, U2

    July 29, 2009 5:17 PM EDT WHAT HAPPENS TO 'VEGAS': On the Pop Songs/Mainstream Top 40 radio chart, Katy Perry becomes the fourth female artist since 2000 - and second this year following Lady Gaga - to earn at least two No. 1s from a debut album, as "Waking Up in Vegas" rolls 2-1. The song…

  19. May 18, 2009

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Andy Capps of Built to Spill dies at his home in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 37. 2004 – Jazz drummer Elvin Jones of the John Coltrane Quartet dies of heart failure in Englewood, N.J., at the age of 76. 1999 – The Backstreet Boys release their third album, “Millennium.” 1999 –…

  20. May 8, 2009

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Country musician Eddy Arnold dies at a care facility near Nashville at the age of 89. 2001 – Clint Black and his wife Lisa Hartman Black become proud parents. Lily Pearl Black weighs in at 7 lbs., 14 ounces. 2001 – William B. Dial, road manager for Detroit rap act Insane Clown Posse is…

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