1. TV on the Radio's Sitek Takes Flight With 'Balloon'

    August 14, 2010 12:00 PM EDT When Dave Sitek is usually described as ambitious, it's in relation to the intricate production and instrumentation he employs with his primary band, indie fave TV on the Radio . But Sitek's true ambition, he reveals, is a little more . . . blonde. "I was trying to make Madonna…

  2. Erykah Badu Talks Jewelry Line, 'Window Seat,' And Doc

    August 10, 2010 1:55 PM EDT Minutes after bringing the funk to several thousand happy, dancing, enraptured fans on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 8) at Lollapalooza, a blonde mohawked Erykah Badu sat down backstage with Billboard.com on camera to talk about her new jewelry line, a career-spanning Badu documentary, serving it up…

  3. Erykah Badu Covers Up in 'Window Seat' Remix Clip

    August 09, 2010 3:31 PM EDT After her controversial "Window Seat" video, Erykah Badu was slandered for undressing while reenacting the shooting of JFK at his assassination site. But in the clip for the remix to "Window Seat" and "Turn Me Away (Get MuNNY)," featuring Rick Ross , the Texas…

  4. 10 Things Seen & Overheard At Lollapalooza Sunday

    August 09, 2010 3:11 PM EDT The third and final night of Lollapalooza 2010 culminated with Arcade Fire 's jubulant set anchoring the north end of Chicago's Grant Park on Sunday night (Aug. 8) and newly reunited Lolla vets Soundgarden bringing the big guitars to the south end. Those are the obvious things…

  5. Lilith Fair Cancels 10 Dates

    July 01, 2010 11:09 PM EDT Further proof that the 2010 summer concert season is taking a beating came late Thursday afternoon when the Nettwerk Music Group announced the cancellation of 10 upcoming Lilith concerts in North America. The cancellations include previously scheduled concerts at Usana Amphitheater in Salt…

  6. Maxwell and Erykah Badu / June 26, 2010 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    June 28, 2010 3:05 PM EDT M axwell's Saturday night (June 26) concert at Madison Square Garden was also a homecoming for the R&B star, who held back tears while thanking loyal fans for making his childhood dream come true. "I came from a very simple background," said the East New York native, who…

  7. Maxwell Postpones Some Tour Dates Until 2011

    June 16, 2010 7:03 PM EDT In another instance of summer tour plans gone awry, platinum-selling and Grammy-winning soul singer Maxwell has postponed a portion of his summer tour until 2011. The singer's label issued a statement today citing venue scheduling conflicts on the latter part of the tour, which was to…

  8. Video: Sarah McLachlan Talks "Illusion," Lilith Fair

    June 15, 2010 12:14 PM EDT She has spent the four years since her last studio album raising her two small children. But with "Laws Of Illusion" -- which was released today (June 15), Sarah McLachlan is back with a new batch of songs, the revival of her Lilith tour, and a fresh confidence to be even more…

  9. POTW: Shakira, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera

    June 11, 2010 2:33 PM EDT Shakira shook her bom bom, Christina Aguilera got sparkly, Lady Gaga gave the finger, Kelis was mitch-matched, Lil' Kim showed off her lady humps, Kanye West , Lupe Fiasco and Common repped Chicago, Erykah Badu borrowed T-Pain's hat, Diddy and his Dirty Money took the last train to…

  10. Chart Beat Wednesday: The Script's Epic Journey

    May 19, 2010 1:05 PM EDT RECORD-'BREAK'ER: The Script rewrites history on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, where "Breakeven" completes a record-setting 36-week rise to the summit with a 2-1 lift. The song debuted at the chart's anchor spot, No. 40, on the list dated Sept.…

  11. The Roots' Questlove Live Video Q&A

    May 07, 2010 9:35 AM EDT The Roots' Questlove Watch the Archived Video Roots drummer and " Late Night With Jimmy Fallon " bandleader Questlove did a live Billboard.com video interview on May 6 from backstage at the "Fallon" studio. He took your questions via Twitter, and divulged what its…

  12. Flying Lotus Ready To Go Sky High With Thom Yorke

    April 27, 2010 12:21 PM EDT Before the critical success of sophomore album "Los Angeles," Flying Lotus was an underground artist crafting off-kilter electronica in his basement. Now the 26-year-old experimental producer is "creating universes" on a space-themed follow-up and enjoying the life of a…

  13. Janelle Monáe Crosses Boundaries With 'ArchAndroid'

    April 26, 2010 12:07 PM EDT J anelle Monáe has no desire to define her sound. "It's genre-less, because it has an energy about it that genres can't really live up to, so I don't want to diminish it by trying to restrict it," the eccentric 24-year-old says about "The ArchAndroid," due…

  14. M.I.A.'s 'Born Free' Video Banned from YouTube for Graphic Violence

    April 26, 2010 11:38 AM EDT M. I.A.'s "Born Free" video was unveiled this morning (Apr. 26) on her official website , but the video is not being posted YouTube due to its graphic violence, the singer said on Twitter. "F*ck UMG who won't show it on YouTube!" M.I.A. tweeted , suggesting that…

  15. R.I.P. Guru, Erykah Badu Announces Tour Dates

    April 20, 2010 5:34 PM EDT In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, rapper Guru has died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 43. He and DJ Premier made up the hip-hop duo Gang Starr , which released six albums between 1989 and 2003. Erykah Badu has announced dates for her 2010…

  16. Erykah Badu Announces Tour

    April 19, 2010 6:33 PM EDT Named after the closing track of her latest "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh," Erykah Badu has announced the dates for her 2010 North American tour, "Out My Mind, Just In Time." The trek will make stops at amphitheaters and concert halls beginning May 22 at Pier…

  17. Justin Bieber Back On Top With 'World 2.0'

    April 14, 2010 11:38 AM EDT J ustin Bieber scoots back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with "My World 2.0," shifting 102,000 copies (down 65%) in its third week on the chart. It bowed atop the list two weeks ago with 283,000 but fell to No. 2 last week upon the No. 1-arrival of Usher 's "…

  18. Rihanna Streaks To A Fourth Week Atop Hot 100

    April 08, 2010 11:07 AM EDT R ihanna 's "Rude Boy" rolls to a seventh week as the Airplay Gainer on the Billboard Hot 100 -- the longest streak in almost three years -- as it holds at No. 1 for a fourth frame. "Rude" is the first track to post such a lengthy run as the Airplay Gainer since "…

  19. Usher Tops Billboard 200, Justin Bieber Tops First Week Sales

    April 07, 2010 6:17 PM EDT In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Usher 's "Raymond Vs. Raymond" tops the Billboard 200 after selling more than 300,000 copies. The set pushed Justin Bieber 's "My World 2.0" down to No. 2--but Bieber became the first artist…

  20. Chart Beat Wednesday: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Yoko Ono

    April 07, 2010 1:05 PM EDT '20' TO 1: Zac Brown Band 's "The Foundation" becomes the eighth major label debut album in the Nielsen BDS-monitored data era to yield at least three No. 1s on Country Songs, as "Highway 20 Ride" rolls 2-1. The song follows "Chicken Fried" and …

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