1. Billboard Bits: 'Punk'd' Returns With Bieber Pranking Swift, Beach Boys 'Smile' Gets Release Date

    August 30, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Punk'd' Returns With Justin Bieber Pranking Taylor Swift MTV's revamped and reincarnated prank show "Punk'd" is back, and instead of Ashton Kutcher, each episode will feature a…

  2. Lauryn Hill Performs at Rock The Bells Alongside Common, Erykah Badu, Nas & More: Watch

    August 22, 2011 4:40 PM EDT When Lauryn Hill welcomed a bouncing baby boy on July 23, many fans wished the singer would expand her musical contributions in addition to her family. Lauryn Hill Gives Birth to Baby No.6, Fans React Hill may not be hitting the studio, but she did hit the stage for the Rock the Bells…

  3. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Talks 'Battleship' Movie, Feist Debuts First 'Metals' Single

    August 12, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Discusses Her 'Battleship' Film Role The movie adaptation of the classic, yet plotless, game Battleship may be eliciting a few eye-rolls around the Internet, but pop-star-turned-"Battleship…

  4. Little Dragon Issue 'Ritual Union' After Gorillaz, Raphael Saadiq Collabs

    July 29, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Experimental Swedish pop act Little Dragon has long been championed by its peers. The group-vocalist Yukimi Nagano, drummer Erik Bodin, bassist Fredrik Källgren Wallin and keyboardist Håkan Wirenstrand-appeared on Gorillaz ' 2010 effort, "Plastic Beach," and Nagano has lent her…

  5. Lauryn Hill Gives Birth to Baby No. 6, Fans React

    July 25, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Lauryn Hill and her baby boy are both doing well after a frightening delivery on Saturday. According to reports, the singer welcomed her sixth child on July 23. A source told BlackCelebKids that although "mother and baby are fine," the little boy was delivered with the umbilical…

  6. Ameriie Shares Exclusive Details on Upcoming Album, 'Cymatika Vol. 1'

    July 14, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Ameriie has kept busy since the release of her last album, "In Love & War" (2009), both in love and work. The singer took time off before recording her upcoming fifth studio album, "Cymatika Vol. 1" (Spring 2012), to plan a "magical" Carribean wedding with…

  7. 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…

  8. Erykah Badu, Rick Ross Perform at Tupac Birthday Show in Atlanta

    June 17, 2011 11:10 AM EDT Even though rapper Rick Ross lacked a father figure growing up, he found guidance through many of Tupac Shakur 's songs that taught him how to approach life as a young man. So when Ross was asked to perform at Shakur's 40th birthday concert celebration Thursday night (June 16), he…

  9. Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals

    June 16, 2011 1:07 PM EDT Chart Article Get the skinny on Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Fest, Newport Folk Fest, and 30 more fests you may not even know about. Chart Article Bon Jovi Open Air Tour (also called Circle/Greatest Hits tour) Support: The Breakers Dates: Ongoing until July 31 Price: $120 - $184 ( buy…

  10. Dallas Mavericks' NBA Finals Win: 20 Music Tweets

    June 13, 2011 2:25 PM EDT Music and sports go together like chocolate and peanut butter, so of course musician tweets about the Dallas Mavericks winning the NBA championship flowed in after they beat the Miami Heat during game six last night (June 12). Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and…

  11. Lady Gaga's 'Born' Holds Atop Billboard 200, Despite Steep Sales Drop

    June 08, 2011 11:00 AM EDT L ady Gaga's "Born This Way" continues to rule the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week as the set shifts 174,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's down a steep 84% from its historic 1,108,000 start last week. While it's not unusual for albums…

  12. Lauryn Hill Is Pregnant with Sixth Child

    June 06, 2011 2:10 PM EDT L auryn Hill is expecting! On Saturday, June 4, Ms. Hill took a few seconds at the end of her set in Chene Park, Detroit to announce her pregnancy. Lauryn Hill told the crowd that she'd be "taking time off to give birth," Ashley Trybula of Detroit radio station Hot 102.7 told…

  13. Erykah Badu Joins My Morning Jacket Onstage: Watch

    June 01, 2011 12:00 PM EDT To celebrate the release of their sixth studio album, "Circuital," Southern rockers My Morning Jacket played to a sold-out crowd in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, as well as a world-wide audience as the concert was streamed live on YouTube. Of course a big show demands some…

  14. Rock the Bells 2011 Lineup Announced: Lauryn Hill, Nas, Erykah Badu, Mobb Deep and More

    May 25, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Just when you thought you bought a ticket to the hip-hop concert of summer 2011, Rock the Bells announces their line up: Lauryn Hill, Nas, Erykah Badu, Mobb Deep and more. The full line up for Rock the Bells 2011, which kicks off in Los Angeles on August 20, was revealed on the festival'…

  15. Billboard Bits: Bon Iver Gives Lyrical Taste, Blondie to Release New Album

    May 19, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bon Iver Gives Lyrical Taste Of Upcoming Album First came "Calgary," the first single off Bon Iver's upcoming album, and now Justin Vernon fans can get a taste of the sophomore set through its lyrics…

  16. 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&…

  17. Top 20 Coachella 2011 Tweets

    April 18, 2011 2:13 PM EDT Coachella 2011: We came, we saw, we tweeted -- and so did our favorite musicians, both as fans and performers during the festival's three-day showing in the California desert this past weekend (Apr. 15-17). Now read our round-up of the best celeb tweets from Coachella 2011, many of which…

  18. Coachella 2011: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    April 17, 2011 12:27 PM EDT There's so much happening on Coachella's five stages (not to mention behind the scenes), that it's impossible to catch everything that goes on around the festival grounds. Here's 10 things we witnessed on Saturday (April 16) that you may have missed -- even if you were…

  19. Nate Dogg Remembered by Snoop, Warren G, Game at Funeral

    March 26, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Rappers Snoop Dogg , Warren G and The Game joined family, friends and about 1,000 fans of Nate Dogg to remember the hip-hop singer, who died this month of complications from multiple strokes. The family of Nate Dogg - whose real name was Nathaniel Dwayne Hale - decided that the ceremony at…

  20. Nate Dogg Funeral Set for Saturday

    March 22, 2011 11:58 AM EDT N ate Dogg will be memorialized during several weekend events. A viewing will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church at 1160 New York St. in Long Beach, Calif., USA Today reports. Rapper Nate Dogg Dies at 41 A funeral for the rapper, who died last week at 41 from…

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