1. Smashing Pumpkins 'Writing Songs for a New Album,' Corgan Says

    September 05, 2012 7:49 PM EDT After returning to the traditional album world with this year's well-received "Oceania," Billy Corgan plans to keep Smashing Pumpkins there for the foreseeable future. In fact, Corgan tells Billboard.com that he's "already started writing songs for a new album"…

  2. Olympics Bump: Emeli Sande, Jessie J Spike on U.K. Charts

    August 20, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's huge exposure via her performances at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 sent her debut album "Our Version of Events" back to No. 1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), as the Olympic effect showed itself on many of…

  3. Jake Shimabukuro's 'Island Fever Blues': Exclusive First Listen

    August 03, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro is about to make some more noise, with a new album, titled "Grand Ukulele," due October 2nd. The Hawaii native, who became a viral phenomenon with his Beatles cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," is treating fans with an early listen…

  4. 50 Cent Announces 'Street King Immortal' Release Date; Debuts 'New Day' Single

    July 30, 2012 2:20 PM EDT It looks as if 50 Cent 's fifth studio album, "Street King Immortal," will finally see the light of day. On Saturday (July 28), 50 dropped the album's first single, "New Day." "New Day," produced by Dr. Dre and mixed by Eminem , features Alicia Keys on…

  5. Olympics Opening Ceremony: Union Jack Jukebox With McCartney, Arctic Monkeys + Best of Britain

    July 28, 2012 8:55 AM EDT Getty Images It's not a concert, Danny Boyle stressed. It's about the athletes. In a very real way, though, the director of the Olympic opening ceremony was wrong. While sports are the heart of the Olympics, music - loud, bold, world-conquering British music, amplified in the most…

  6. Roger Waters: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 24, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Rock Innovator Talks 'Wall' Tour, Now One of the Biggest Moneymakers in All of Music In stark contrast to the wildly successful tour he began in September 2010, Roger Waters today is a man who has transcended walls, or boundaries of any type. Calling on a travel day before the June…

  7. RHCP's Chad Smith Explores Improvisation, Silly Titles with Side Project

    July 18, 2012 5:50 PM EDT For Chad Smith, the best part of having an all-instrumental band -- in this case, his Bombastic Meatbats -- is coming up with song titles such as "Oops, I Spilled My Beer," "Pig's Feat," "Lobster Legs" and "Into the Floyd." "The songs are just…

  8. DJ Earworm Building Beats For Summer Olympic Games

    July 10, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Though rampant speculation has suggested British artists like the Spice Girls and Paul McCartney will open the London Summer Olympic games, there is one American artist confirmed to be a part of the two-week festivities: DJ Earworm, the musician renowned for his immensely popular year-end …

  9. Bobby Bare Has Deja Vu at Historic Studio

    June 06, 2012 6:20 PM EDT It was a scene that made country legend Bobby Bare have a little bit of déjà vu. After all, he had been here before -- many times. "Shame On Me," "Detroit City," "500 Miles Away From Home," and so many others from his RCA years were all recorded at the label'…

  10. Can EDM Maestro Eric Prydz Become a U.S. Star?

    May 29, 2012 6:00 PM EDT When the name " Swedish House Mafia " was still just a joke between musical buddies in Stockholm -- long before its label deal with EMI, the global sponsorship with Absolut Vodka or blowout headlining gigs at New York's Madison Square Garden and the Coachella festival -- the…

  11. Matisyahu Returns With 'Spark Seeker' in July

    May 08, 2012 12:00 PM EDT After shaving off his signature facial hair and declaring "No more Chassidic reggae superstar" last December, Matisyahu has set a July 17 release date for his fourth studio album, "Spark Seeker." He has also revealed the first leg of an extensive North American co…

  12. Ask Billboard: Madonna: the Material 'Woman'?

    May 07, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. THE MATERIAL GIRL …

  13. Justin Bieber Joins Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the Ring at Vegas Fight

    May 06, 2012 9:24 AM EDT Heavyweight pop star Justin Bieber shared a bit of his swag with super welterweight boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. in vegas last night (May 5). Biebs, along with rapper 50 Cent and WWE wrestler Triple H, had the honor of escorting Mayweather into the ring before the boxer's highly…

  14. Adele's '21' Beats Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' in U.K. Sales

    May 03, 2012 1:00 PM EDT The Official U.K. Charts Company announced today (May 3) that Adele's blockbuster "21" album has surpassed Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in total U.K. sales. "21's" to-date U.K. sales now stand at 4,274,300 -- 500 copies more than "Thriller.…

  15. Dick Clark Leaves a Rockin' Legacy: An Appreciation

    April 19, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Foremost among his countless contributions to popular culture and the music business, Dick Clark took rock 'n' roll out of bedroom radios and placed it on televisions in living rooms and dens across America. Nearly five decades later, after creating and hosting game shows, the…

  16. Bound for Glory: Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert an Inspired Tribute

    April 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT The Woody Guthrie centennial celebration landed in Los Angeles for a weekend of scholarly discussions and a sold-out, 3-1/2 hour concert that ended with a most unlikely sight -- more than 2,000 people pogo-ing while singing Guthrie's best-known song, "This Land is Your Land."…

  17. Simon Cowell's Label Sued Over One Direction's Name

    April 11, 2012 9:55 AM EDT One Direction is one of the hottest boy bands in years, formed by Simon Cowell after the bands' members finished strongly on the seventh season of "The X Factor" in the U.K. The group's debut album recently topped the U.S. chart, and it had a successful performance on …

  18. Queen + Adam Lambert Playing Four Shows This Summer

    April 09, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Roger Taylor Says Band Will Have Busy Summer... Talks 'Queen Extravaganza' Tour... Reacts to Drunk 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Guy With The Queen Extravaganza hitting the road next month and four concerts of their own with Adam Lambert , Queen 's Roger Taylor and Brian May…

  19. SXSW 2012: 10 Things Seen and Heard Friday

    March 17, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Who forgot their lyrics? Who had synchronized dance moves? And who had Bill Murray rocking out in the crowd? Here are 10 things from Friday's South By Southwest that you might have missed -- even if you were in the audience. 1. As he promised, Tom Morello turned his Friday night showcase…

  20. Minnie Driver Marries David Bowie, Shakespeare in 'Hunky Dory'

    March 12, 2012 9:45 AM EDT David Bowie and William Shakespeare form a duo in "Hunky Dory," a film set in Wales in 1976 in which an adventurous teacher played by Minnie Driver gets her students to do a musical version of "The Tempest." The Bard's words remain rooted in the early 17th century;…

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