1. Billboard Bits: Gwyneth Paltrow's Record Deal Dead, JT Mocks Himself Via Mozart

    May 23, 2011 6:01 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwyneth Paltrow's Record Deal Dead Following her leading role in "Country Strong" and numerous performances on "Glee," Gwyneth Paltrow was rumored to be in talks with Atlantic regarding a…

  2. 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…

  3. Las Vegas Spotlight: Lil Jon

    May 17, 2011 5:32 PM EDT Chart Article Las Vegas Spotlight: Lil Jon Lil Jon showed his love for Las Vegas in a photoshoot at Surrender Nightclub inside Encore Las Vegas , which we featured in our recent Billboard Music Awards special issue (photo shown above). Now we go behind the scenes at the shoot with the crunk…

  4. Las Vegas Spotlight: Keri Hilson

    May 17, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Chart Article Las Vegas Spotlight: Keri Hilson Keri Hilson showed her love for Las Vegas in a photoshoot at Rumour Boutique Hotel , which we featured in our recent Billboard Music Awards special issue (photo shown above). Now we go behind the scenes at the shoot with the Grammy-nominated R…

  5. Pia Toscano Will 'Have a Great Career' After 'Idol,' Says Sister

    April 14, 2011 6:31 PM EDT P ia Toscano's "American Idol" elimination last week shocked just about everyone, from A-listers like Tom Hanks to other gone-too-soon "Idol" contestants, like Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry . But although "Idol" has officially moved on without Pia, she…

  6. 'Glee' Video Exclusive: Darren Criss On Covering Beyonce, Beatles for Warblers Album

    April 13, 2011 10:00 AM EDT "G lee " star Darren Criss, who presides over both the all-male Dalton Academy Warblers and Kurt Hummel's heart, gives Gleeks a glimpse into three songs -- "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Silly Love Songs," and "When I Get You Alone" -- from the Warblers&…

  7. The Darkness Reuniting for Festival Gig, New Album

    March 15, 2011 10:40 AM EDT British hard rock band The Darkness is reforming after a five-year break to perform at the Download festival on June 10 as the warm-up act for Def Leppard , they announced on their website on Tuesday. Before the event, the quartet from eastern England which topped the British album chart with…

  8. Billboard's SXSW Showcases Upclose: Saturday

    March 14, 2011 3:00 PM EDT We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' (Mar. 16-19) worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm. Get the scoop on…

  9. Billboard's SXSW Showcases Upclose: Friday

    March 11, 2011 5:45 PM EST We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' (Mar. 16-19) worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm. Get the scoop on…

  10. Billboard's SXSW Showcases Upclose: Thursday

    March 11, 2011 3:30 PM EST We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' (Mar. 16-19) worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm. Get the scoop on…

  11. Billboard's SXSW Showcases Upclose: Wednesday

    March 11, 2011 1:30 PM EST We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' (Mar. 16-19) worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm. Get the scoop on…

  12. Snoop Dogg Previews Kanye, Willie Nelson Collabs at 'Doggumentary' Album Listening

    February 20, 2011 12:25 PM EST "I'm just trying to keep this Snoop thing popping," declared Snoop Dogg while previewing his 11th studio album, "Doggumentary" (Priority/Capitol, March 29), at Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood. The rapper played 21 tracks, featuring guest turns by Kanye West , Wiz…

  13. Maluca: Artists To Watch 2011

    January 24, 2011 11:21 AM EST Maluca Genre: Latin Last summer, New York native Maluca released her first mixtape-called "China Food," it leaned toward tropical-punk and functioned as an ode to the Dominican-Chinese restaurants of her Lower East Side neighborhood. Since then, Maluca has toured with U.K. artist…

  14. Gucci Mane's Tattoo Artist Discusses Ice-Cream Ink

    January 14, 2011 11:48 AM EST The day after Gucci Mane got a three-scoop ice-cream cone tatted on his face , the man behind the ink, Shane Willoughby, spoke with Vibe magazine about his work of art. Check out what he had to say below: "I was [hesitant] like 'Are you sure you want to put that much [ink] in that…

  15. Gucci Mane Gets New Ice Cream Face Tattoo

    January 13, 2011 11:21 AM EST Gucci Mane was recently released from a mental institution and to celebrate his freedom the So Icey rapper went and got a face tattoo of an ice-cream cone. Gucci Mane Sent To Medical Treatment Center, Waka Flocka Surrenders Rappers With Face Tattoos Covering his entire right cheek, Gucci'…

  16. Michael Jackson Dead Long Before Hospital Arrival: ER Doc

    January 07, 2011 11:29 AM EST Before paramedics wheeled Michael Jackson into the emergency room, Dr. Richelle Cooper was sure he was dead. More than an hour of resuscitation efforts at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center didn't change her opinion - the King of Pop had died in the bedroom of his rented mansion.…

  17. Michael Jackson's Doctor Grabbed Painkillers from Bedroom: Medic

    January 06, 2011 4:13 PM EST A paramedic testified Thursday that he saw the doctor charged in the death of Michael Jackson grab three bottles of painkillers and place the vials in a bag during futile efforts to revive the pop star at his mansion. Paramedic Martin Blount said he was surprised to see the bottles because…

  18. Chuck Berry Collapses at Chicago Show

    January 02, 2011 1:00 PM EST Rock-and-roll legend Chuck Berry felt ill and was checked out by ambulance medics before a show Saturday night, a Chicago fire official said. An audience member at the show, however, said Berry slumped over during the show and was offstage for at least 20 minutes. Fire Department spokesman…

  19. Air Supply's Music May Become Stage Musical, Says Singer

    December 20, 2010 9:52 AM EST Is an Air Supply musical headed our way? The duo's Russell Hitchcock tells Billboard.com that longtime partner and chief songwriter Graham Russell -- who he met when both were in an Australian production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" during the early 70s -- is "working with…

  20. Usher's Second Night At MSG Flawless, Justin Bieber Makes Cameo

    December 15, 2010 12:43 PM EST During the first night of his "O.M.G." tour stop at New York's Madison Square Garden, R&B crooner Usher got mistakenly kicked in the face by an overly-excited fan after bringing her on stage for some serenading. But last night's (Dec. 14) performance, while it came…

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