1. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Hanson

    June 11, 2010 6:30 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. JUST DANCE/ELECTRONIC DIGITAL SONGS Dear Gary, Why is Lady Gaga 's "…

  2. DEVO: How To Get Ahead With Advertising

    June 11, 2010 4:38 PM EDT On May 18, Devo Inc. held a live streaming press conference to announce the results of its months-long Song Study, an online survey to rank the general public's preference of 16 tracks it previewed for them. "As COO of Devo Inc.," grey-suited executive Greg Scholl said, "…

  3. Janelle Monáe, "The ArchAndroid"

    June 11, 2010 12:39 PM EDT As her cyborg alter-ego Cindi Mayweather, eccentric 24-year-old singer Janelle Monáe embarks on a sprawling journey of futuristic pop marked with the wonderment of a Pixar epic on her latest album, "The ArchAndroid." With a vast array of musical styles, Monáe and her band echo the…

  4. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, "Glee"

    June 10, 2010 4:45 PM EDT 'CALIFORNIA' COASTS TO NO. 1: As previously reported , Katy Perry logs the fastest No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by an artist signed to Capitol Records in nearly 43 years, as "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , rises 2-1 in its fourth week on the chart. Perry'…

  5. Jamey Johnson Reveals 'Guitar Song' Details

    June 09, 2010 10:28 AM EDT J amey Johnson will give fans plenty of new material when he releases "The Guitar Song," his follow-up to 2008's award-winning, gold-certified "That Lonesome Song," on Sept. 14. "The Guitar Song" spreads 25 songs across two CDs -- including "Macon,"…

  6. Maxwell + Jill Scott Live = Sexy Soul

    June 08, 2010 4:22 PM EDT On paper, Grammy Award winner Maxwell 's latest tour with fellow Grammy winner Jill Scott reads like a perfect combination of vocal and musical artistry. In actuality, it's that and more, as the pair's sold-out Los Angeles engagement Saturday (June 5) at the Staples Center…

  7. Kid Rock Ready to Party as CMT Awards Host

    June 08, 2010 12:34 PM EDT Kid Rock won't be too far out of his comfort zone as host of the Country Music Television Awards. It will be kind of like throwing a party. "They're just kind of loose and fun, and they're geared that way - to have fun," he said of Wednesday's event, to be aired…

  8. Bon Jovi Kicks Off O2 Residency

    June 08, 2010 7:34 AM EDT Bon Jovi has launched its London O2 Arena residency - returning to the venue they officially launched three years ago. Rob Hallett, AEG Live president of international touring, is predicting that tickets sales for the band's current tour will easily out-perform the 2007-2008 Lost Highway…

  9. Laurie Anderson Plays Concert for Dogs at Sydney Opera House

    June 05, 2010 11:25 AM EDT Some in the audience howled with glee, others stood on trembling legs and a few drooled in delight as famed performance artist Laurie Anderson debuted her original "Music for Dogs" composition outside the Sydney Opera House on Saturday. Hundreds of dogs and their owners bounced…

  10. Ask Billboard: Album Volume Reaches Record Low

    June 04, 2010 4:15 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. ALBUM VOLUME REACHES RECORD LOW Hi Gary! I'm writing from Israel (yes,…

  11. Buckcherry, "All Night Long"

    June 04, 2010 12:10 PM EDT Buckcherry 's woefully underrated single "Too Drunk..." should've been the summer rock party anthem of 2008. Its lyrics were so funny, you knew that the band had lived every intoxicated line. Two years later, new single "All Night Long" also hails the joy of all…

  12. Steve Winwood Looks Back With 'Revolutions'

    June 03, 2010 11:03 AM EDT S teve Winwood says a new detente with the Universal Music Group paved the way for the new retrospective "Revolutions -- The Very Best of Steve Winwood," which comes out June 8 as both a single, 17-song disc and a four-volume box set. "For several years we'd had issues and…

  13. Adam Lambert Promises 'Sexy' But 'Tasteful' Show on 'Glam Nation' Tour

    June 02, 2010 1:45 PM EDT A dam Lambert promises that it will be safe for anyone offended by his sexually charged performance of "For Your Entertainment" at the 2009 American Music Awards to check out his Glam Nation tour . "I definitely think they'll be comfortable," Lambert said of fans who…

  14. Michael Franti Delivers 'Sound of Sunshine' This Summer

    June 01, 2010 12:47 PM EDT Flush with the success of the Top 20 single "Say Hey (I Love You)," Michael Franti & Spearhead aren't wasting any time in following it up with a new label deal, a new album and a pair of fresh singles as the group continues touring in North America. Signed now to EMI --…

  15. Watch Hanson "Shout It Out," Hear The Full Album Early

    June 01, 2010 5:59 AM EDT "Shout It Out," Hanson 's first album in three years, will be released on June 8, but brothers Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson are letting you hear the whole thing a week early for free here on Billboard.com. The trio also stopped by recently to talk about the new album and to…

  16. Ray Charles: Looking Back At A Legend

    May 27, 2010 4:37 PM EDT As his 80th birthday approaches, a look at the life and legacy of the late "He was an amazing human being," says Jones, 77, who became friends with Charles when both were scrappy teenagers in Seattle. "A true innovator who revolutionized music and the business of music,"…

  17. Faces, With Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, Planning Tour

    May 27, 2010 12:40 PM EDT Declaring that "this is a band," Ian McLagan says the new incarnation of the Faces is planning to play much more than the just-announced Aug. 13 at the Vintage at Greenwood Festival in West Sussex, England. "Frankly, I'd be happy to get the band on the road proper and get…

  18. Simon Cowell Celebrated on 'American Idol' Finale

    May 27, 2010 9:45 AM EDT It took leaving "American Idol" for Simon Cowell to show his softer side. On Wednesday's season finale - his final appearance on the hit Fox show - Cowell got emotional, warmly thanking his colleagues and fans. "I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the…

  19. Katy Perry: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 4:49 PM EDT Teenage Dream (Capitol, Aug. 24) When Katy Perry released her debut solo album, "One of the Boys," in June 2008, her musical peer group-cool big-sister types who titillate the training-bra set without threatening them-was in a dormant phase. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera…

  20. Touched By Gaga: 20 Must-See Video Tributes

    May 26, 2010 2:15 PM EDT From rockers like 'Glee' Covers "Bad Romance," "Poker Face" "Bad Romance" "Poker Face" This week, the "Glee" kids threw their paws up to celebrate pop culture's biggest phenomenon -- well, besides the show itself. Lady Gaga got…

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