1. Coachella Cruise Announced: Pulp, Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells Aboard

    July 17, 2012 5:10 PM EDT Inaugural trip to set sail in December Goldenvoice, promoters of Coachella, have announced the launch of a Coachella cruise slated to set sail in December. S.S. Coachella will include performances from Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, Killer Mike, !!!, and a DJ set from former LCD…

  2. Exclusive: 'Weeds' Revives 'Little Boxes' Theme With Ben Folds, Steve Martin

    July 12, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Showtime's "Weeds" began its eighth and final season Sunday and has returned to using Malvina Reynolds ' "Little Boxes," a folk ditty written in 1962 about growing housing tracts in the San Francisco Bay area. As the show did in its second and third seasons, the…

  3. Country Countdown: Eric Church Takes 'Springsteen' to No. 1

    June 14, 2012 2:10 PM EDT On Album Chart, Alan Jackson Scores 13th No. 1, Jana Kramer Debuts in Top 5 Sometimes confident predictions turn out to be more than just cheerleading. When Eric Church surprised the music industry with simultaneous No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200 and Country Albums with "Chief"…

  4. Lil Kim Brings Out Missy Elliott, Eve For NYC Show

    May 19, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Last night (May 18), Lil' Kim brought her "Return of the Queen" tour to Bronx's Paradise Theater for a comeback show that promised surprise guests as well as billed opening acts Saigon , Papoose , Cassidy and Shyheim. Her rolodex still runs deep, with rappers including…

  5. After The Smoke: Battle of the Bands 2012 Southeast

    May 14, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Chart Article Northwest After the Smoke beat out two other groups in the Billboard.com vote to become the finalist in the southeast region. The band has now hit the road to Las Vegas where they will play against the other finalists head to head at the May 18 Battle of the Bands concert. The…

  6. Exclusive: Kaskade, Steve Angello, Announced For Inaugural EDMBiz Conference

    May 02, 2012 10:30 AM EDT In case anyone on the planet still believes Electronic Dance Music isn't a serious business, a list of speakers for this June's inaugural EDMBiz conference announced today by Insomniac Events should dispel any illusions. Popular EDM DJs Kaskade and Steve Angello of Swedish House…

  7. Watershed Festival: Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert to Kick Off New Event

    April 27, 2012 10:20 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment and promoter Brian O'Connell are leading the charge for a new country festival where the music and atmosphere will rival the serene, natural beauty of the landscape. Watershed Music Festival will take place August 3, 4 and 5 at the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre east…

  8. Norah Jones, Target Team Up for Deluxe 'Little Broken Hearts'

    April 25, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Exclusive First Listen: Bonus Track 'I Don't Wanna Hear Another Sound' Target and Norah Jones are teaming up for a deluxe edition of Jones' new album "Little Broken Hearts," featuring three exclusive bonus tracks. The set is due May 1 and will have a 6-month…

  9. Dierks Bentley Delivers 'Home' for a Ninth No. 1

    March 16, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Dierks Bentley logs his 9th No. 1 and completes his third set of two leaders with "Home," which draws 35.7 million audience impressions and steps 2-1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart. The title cut and second single from his current album follows lead track "Am I the…

  10. Blake Shelton, Scotty McCreery Added to CMA Festival Lineup

    March 08, 2012 4:55 PM EST The 2012 CMA Music Festival is shaping up to be one of the biggest that Nashville has ever seen. And, the party keeps getting bigger. Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery, and reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton have joined the performance lineup…

  11. Eli Young Band Reflects on No. 1 Hit, 'New Faces' Honor

    March 05, 2012 6:30 PM EST After first making a name for themselves in the Texas market, country quartet Eli Young Band has seen their star grow over the past 12 months. They watched as "Crazy Girl" climbed the top of the Country Songs chart and were voted by country radio programmers onto the prestigious New…

  12. Jim Jones Arrested After Casino Brawl

    February 26, 2012 12:05 PM EST Rapper Jim Jones was arrested Saturday in a brawl that broke out after a party hosted by Sean "Diddy" Combs at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, police said. A total of five people were charged in the fight that started after 2 a.m. in the foyer of the MGM Grand casino, where Combs…

  13. Chris Brown Nightclub Incident Still Under Investigation

    February 24, 2012 8:19 PM EST The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office is still "reviewing information and talking to the parties involved" following an alleged incident involving Chris Brown and a fan's iPhone, Miami's NBC 6 reported. Contrary to rumors, no charge was made on Friday and Brown had…

  14. Chris Brown Accused of Stealing Woman's Phone

    February 23, 2012 6:20 PM EST The 'Turn Up the Music' Singer, Currently on Probation, Is Under Investigation for Alleged Incident in South Beach Chris Brown is under investigation for allegedly swiping a female fan's phone out of her hands and driving away after leaving a nightclub in South Florida on…

  15. Spotlight: Canaan Smith's Amazing Start With 'We Got Us'

    February 22, 2012 3:45 PM EST Many people believe the toughest part of an artist's career is getting a label deal. And, make no mistake about it, it's not easy getting offered a contract. However, according to Mercury recording artist Canaan Smith, signing on the dotted line is only the beginning. "It'…

  16. Adele's '21' Hits 20th Week at No. 1, Van Halen Debuts at No. 2

    February 15, 2012 11:00 AM EST Thanks to a Grammy Awards-fueled gain, Adele 's "21" album beats out Van Halen 's new "A Different Kind of Truth" for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart. Adele's "21" sold 237,000 in the week that ended on Feb. 12 (the day of the Grammys) --…

  17. Country Music's Very Good Grammy Night

    February 13, 2012 4:20 PM EST Emotion reigned supreme at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, from the dramatic return and triumph of Adele to Jennifer Hudson's stunning tribute to Whitney Houston. Nashville was well represented as well, with some of the biggest stars in country music making appearances. All About the…

  18. Van Halen, the Fray, Dierks Bentley & Paul McCartney: Heading for Top 10

    February 10, 2012 8:10 PM EST As Grammy Awards weekend descends upon us, we're looking towards next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, where a bevy of new releases are aiming for high debuts. Van Halen could notch its first No. 1 album since 1996 with its new "A Different Kind of Truth," however, Adele…

  19. President Obama's Campaign Playlist: The 5 Biggest Surprises

    February 09, 2012 4:45 PM EST On Thursday morning (Feb. 9), our decidedly modern president took to Twitter and Facebook to trumpet his coolness once more. He and his team compiled an official Obama Campaign 2012 Playlist and shared it with the world via Spotify . Many of 24 songs made total sense: Folks like Arcade Fire…

  20. Suge Knight Arrested on Traffic, Drug Charges in Las Vegas

    February 09, 2012 3:50 PM EST Rap music mogul Suge Knight has a date with a Las Vegas judge after he was arrested on traffic warrant and misdemeanor drug charges. Officer Laura Meltzer says the 46-year-old former Death Row Records executive was stopped driving a black Bentley with California plates around 5:30 p.m.…

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