1. Hunter Hayes an 'Ambassador' for Martin

    May 31, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Hunter Hayes has been winning over fans and critics alike with his singing, writing, and instrumental skills on such radio hits as "Storm Warning" and "Wanted," and he's just won over another select group of fans. Guitar makers C. F. Martin & Co. is thrilled to…

  2. Patti Smith Recorded 'An Unexpected Gift' for Amy Winehouse

    May 30, 2012 10:00 AM EDT New album 'Banga' reflects on 'the state of the environment' as well Patti Smith feels like she's saying something -- or, rather, a lot of things -- on her new album, "Banga." "I have certain core things I want to say, and as I get older, that changes,…

  3. Ask Billboard: Spears, Lovato's 'X'-cellent Sales (*Updated)

    May 27, 2012 6:05 AM EDT A look at the career U.S. album sales, set by set, of the 'X Factor''s two new judges, including when Spears' 'Blackout' passed 1 million sold Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well…

  4. Kanye West, the Throne, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2012 7:44 PM EDT BET Awards viewers will be watching the Throne. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaboration has five nominations at this year's ceremony, including Best Group, Best Collaboration and two nominations for Video of the Year ("N***as in Paris" and "Otis"). (West earned…

  5. Mick Jagger on 'SNL': Performs With Foo Fighters, Sends Off Kristen Wiig in Season Finale

    May 20, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Sir Mick Jagger brought the poise expected of a British knight and the flash expected of a rock legend as host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live's season finale. Jagger performed four times-with Foo Fighters, Jeff Beck, and twice with Arcade Fire. Watch him perform a medley of…

  6. 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…

  7. Rita Wilson Pairs With Sheryl Crow, Chris Cornell on 'AM/FM'

    May 07, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Rita Wilson says her love of music -- and ability to sing -- "was kind of a private thing I kept to myself. You don't want to be that person who's like, 'Oh yeah, and now I'm a singer... And yet, here I am, I guess." Wilson, who's acted in nearly 30 films…

  8. Web Trends: Whitney Houston's Autopsy Results

    March 23, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Google Trends: 
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  9. Lil Wayne Teams With Mountain Dew For DEWeezy Campaign

    March 09, 2012 3:15 PM EST In one of the biggest hip-hop soft-drink partnerships in recent memory, Lil Wayne and Mountain Dew are teaming up for a new campaign, dubbed DEWeezy, set to formally kick off at South by Southwest in Austin next week. Images of the campaign first started appearing on downtown New York City…

  10. Exclusive: Fred Durst Talks Cash Money, Lil Wayne & Limp Bizkit

    March 07, 2012 11:50 AM EST First Single 'Sounds Like a Monster'... Will Be Free... Video Coming Soon L imp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst had barely touched down in Los Angeles on Tuesday when he was readying to head to Miami to put finishing touches on "Ready to Go," the collaborative track with Lil…

  11. Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Plots 'Thick as a Brick' Solo Sequel

    March 05, 2012 9:00 AM EST The sequel to Jethro Tull 's 1972 concept album "Thick as a Brick" had "an uneasy birth" according to Ian Anderson -- who's releasing "Thick as a Brick 2" as a solo album on April 3, with a tour to follow. Anderson tells Billboard.com that the…

  12. Limp Bizkit-Lil Wayne Single Has 'Hip-Hop-Rock Swagger,' says Birdman

    March 01, 2012 9:00 AM EST Cash Money Co-CEO Says That Limp Bizkit was 'Perfect Match' For Label A new collaboration between Limp Bizkit and Lil Wayne is coming: the single is titled "Ready To Go," and will be released online next week. And Cash Money founder and co-CEO Bryan "Birdman"…

  13. Limp Bizkit to Break Stuff for Cash Money

    February 24, 2012 9:35 AM EST Cash Money had a stellar 2011 with platinum-plus releases by Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne and now the company founded by brothers Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams is spreading the wealth signing major label artists like rap-rock band Limp Bizkit. …

  14. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  15. MC5's Michael Davis Remembered by Wayne Kramer, Ted Nugent

    February 21, 2012 9:20 AM EST As word of his Feb. 17 death spread, musical colleagues remembered MC5 bassist Michael Davis of the MC5 as a key ingredient in the group's "Kick Out the Jams" chemistry that combined ferocity with creative ambition, creating a template for punk rock during the late 60s. "…

  16. Lana Del Rey Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    February 08, 2012 11:00 AM EST Much talked-about singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey makes her expected arrival at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with "Born To Die," selling 77,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the highest entry for a female artist's full-length major label debut since…

  17. Lana Del Rey & Leonard Cohen: Billboard Top 10 Bound

    February 03, 2012 8:01 PM EST Lana Del Rey's major label full-length debut album, "Born to Die," is off to a fast start. Industry sources say that the set may sell between 60,000 to 70,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Feb. 5. That should easily give the album at No. 2 debut on the…

  18. Sasquatch! 2012 Lineup: Bon Iver, Jack White, The Shins & More

    February 03, 2012 8:55 AM EST A slew of venerable indie rock performers highlight the lineup of the 2012 Sasquatch! Music Festival , which will celebrate its 10th anniversary over the Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28) at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash. Bon Iver , Beck , St. Vincent , The Shins , Feist and the newly…

  19. Bono, Elevation Partners Set to Win Big From Facebook Sale

    February 02, 2012 5:45 PM EST Months after Bono finished a 3-year tour that grossed a record $736 million, the U2 singer is set to capitalize on one of the biggest stock IPOs in U.S history. Bono is managing director and co-founder at Elevation Partners, an investment firm that focuses on media, entertainment and…

  20. St. Vincent Heading to 'Gossip Girl,' 'Portlandia'

    February 01, 2012 9:06 PM EST St. Vincent is heading from the stage to the small screen. According to Pitchfork , the indie rock act will make an appearance on the CW's "Gossip Girl" on Feb. 13, performing "Strange Mercy" tracks "Cruel and Cheerleader." The show's previous…

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