1. Jon Bon Jovi Billboard Cover: Sneak Peek

    October 13, 2011 11:15 PM EDT Who is this fresh faced gent on the cover of Billboard? Why, it's none other than Jon Bon Jovi, rock and roll champion, surprise country and screen star, and pro sports team owner. Pick up a copy of the magazine, out Friday, for our in-depth convo with the dynamic Bon Jovi frontman. Also…

  2. New Cirque du Soleil Show Is Michael Jackson 'On Steroids'

    September 29, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Eleven months after announcing the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, writer/director Jamie King and his collaborators at Cirque du Soleil are itching to get the production under way on Oct. 2 in Montreal. And the Jackson estate -- which authorized and partnered in the project -- is…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Jeff Bridges, Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan

    August 25, 2011 4:30 PM EDT BRIDGES' SPAN: Although Jeff Bridges makes his first visit to an array of Billboard album charts at age 61, he's hardly a newcomer to making music. The actor/singer starts at No. 2 on Folk Albums , No. 5 on Rock Albums, No. 10 on Country Albums and No. 25 on the Billboard 200 with…

  4. Atmosphere, "The Family Sign"

    April 15, 2011 10:00 AM EDT This long-running Minneapolis hip-hop crew has grown by two since its left-field 2008 commercial hit "When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold." Guitarist Nate Collis and keyboardist Erick Anderson are now full-on Atmosphere members (joining rapper Slug and producer Ant …

  5. Behind the Black Keys' Breakthrough Year, Grammy Nominations

    January 10, 2011 3:22 PM EST On "The Go Getter," a cut from the Black Keys ' "Brothers" album released last May, frontman Dan Auerbach sings, "I'll be the go getter/That's my plan/That's who I am." They may not have been explicitly autobiographical at first, but Auberbach…

  6. 11 R&B/Hip-Hop No. 11s For '11

    January 04, 2011 1:05 PM EST May 2011 bring you health, happiness and prosperity. On Billboard charts, however, the number 11 is often synonymous with frustration. "No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11, but of those, No. 11 is probably the worst," says Adrian Moreira, RCA/J/Arista Records senior vice…

  7. Kenny Chesney Scores A Perfect 10

    September 29, 2010 1:05 PM EDT THE 'FALL' GUY: A week after the onset of autumn (Sept. 22), Kenny Chesney fittingly tops Country Songs with "The Boys of Fall," which rises 2-1. All charts will be refreshed tomorrow (Sept. 30) on Billboard.com. The football-themed tale grants Chesney a Country Songs No.…

  8. Daughtry Collaboration on Solo Album Was 'Fun,' Says Live's Ed Kowalczyk

    July 14, 2010 5:48 PM EDT With his solo debut, former Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk says he's "Alive" again after suffering a "creative malaise" in the wake of the band's dissolution last year. "I hit this point -- I guess you'd say an end of a chapter -- where I felt like I kind…

  9. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Lee Brice, Judy Collins

    July 08, 2010 5:45 PM EDT PARTY IN THE U.S.A.: Before the release of "California Gurls," Katy Perry revealed her inspiration for co-writing the song: "It's so great that ( Jay-Z and Alicia Keys ') 'Empire State of Mind' is huge and that everyone has the New York song, but ... what…

  10. Chart Beat Wednesday: Train, Dirty Heads, Nicki Minaj

    June 30, 2010 1:15 PM EDT TO THE COUNTRY, BY TRAIN: Next stop, the Country Songs chart. Ten months after the song first ranked on a Billboard survey - it entered Adult Pop Songs the week of Sept. 5, 2009 - Train 's "Hey, Soul Sister" debuts on Country Songs at No. 60. The song, originally released on…

  11. The Black Keys, "Brothers"

    June 11, 2010 12:34 PM EDT It takes a tight musical alliance to forge a complete rock sound without full band support. In that sense, singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Pat Carney, who make up the blues-rock duo the Black Keys , are true soul brothers. Entirely produced by the Black Keys (except for the Danger…

  12. Chart Beat Wednesday: Dirty Heads, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys

    May 05, 2010 1:15 PM EDT HEADS UP: Southern California reggae rockers the Dirty Heads collect a No. 1 with their first entry on the Alternative Songs chart, as "Lay Me Down" rises 3-1. The song features Rome of Sublime , which spent three weeks atop the list with "What I Got" in 1996. (Rome did…

  13. TV On The Radio: Before There Was 'Glee' ...

    April 27, 2010 2:35 PM EDT As far as we know, the only class taught at William McKinley High School is Spanish. Between show choir, cheerleading and football practice (and the occasional slushie in the face), there's not much time for other subjects. A quick history lesson, then, as the success of the "Glee…

  14. Black Keys Taking 'Brothers' On Tour

    April 01, 2010 4:50 PM EDT T he Black Keys aren't taking a break after their busy 2009. The duo has announced a summer tour beginning June 2 in Salt Lake City, as well as the track list for their new album "Brothers." Fan who buy tickets for the tour from the Black Keys' website will receive a copy…

  15. Chart Beat Wednesday: Crash Kings, Carrie Underwood, STP

    March 31, 2010 1:15 PM EDT ALTERNATIVE KINGS: Crash Kings complete a 20-week climb to the summit of Alternative Songs, as their first chart entry, "Mountain Man," hikes 2-1. The band crowns the chart with its introductory track less than two months after Phoenix reigned with its first format hit, "1901.…

  16. Black Keys Becoming 'Brothers' This May

    March 02, 2010 3:18 PM EST The members of Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys may not be blood related, but the title of their upcoming album reflects their deep bond. Due May 18 on Nonesuch, "Brothers" is the Black Keys' sixth studio record and was largely tracked at the legendary Muscle Shoals…

  17. Carlos Santana Celebrates 'Supernatural' Reissue, Talks Covers Album

    February 25, 2010 1:37 PM EST Rock guitar legend Carlos Santana is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his breakthrough "Supernatural" album -- which won nine Grammy Awards and has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide -- with a "Supernatural: Legacy Edition" that includes a second disc of rare…

  18. Chart Beat Wednesday: Phoenix, Black Eyed Peas, Kutless

    February 10, 2010 11:45 AM EST BY THE TIME PHOENIX GETS TO NO. 1 ...: It only seems like 109 years. Phoenix 's "1901" reaches the summit of the Alternative Songs survey in its 31st chart week, marking the longest trip to the top since the list launched on Sept. 10, 1988. Here is a look at the four entries on…

  19. Smokey Robinson Video Premiere and Q&A

    August 17, 2009 10:11 AM EDT The songs alone speak volumes. "Shop Around." "You've Really Got a Hold on Me." "Ooo Baby Baby." "The Tracks of My Tears." "I Second That Emotion." "The Tears of a Clown." "My Guy." "My Girl." "Cruisin&…

  20. Bee Gees' 50th Anniversary Inspires Two New Collections

    July 16, 2009 5:40 PM EDT The Bee Gees ' 50th anniversary will be celebrated with a pair of retrospective packages on Nov. 3 from Reprise. "Mythology" is a four-disc box set curated and produced by surviving Bee Gees Barry and Robin Gibb that will dedicate one disc each to the three brothers in the…

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