1. 'Voice' Winner Javier Colon to Play Ray Charles on 'The Playboy Club'

    September 15, 2011 9:18 PM EDT Add the winner of NBC's "The Voice" to the list of contemporary musical acts portraying stars of the late 1950s and early '60s on NBC's "The Playboy Club." Javier Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming episode of "The Playboy Club," singing …

  2. Ask Billboard: Chart Moves, Like 'Jagger'

    September 02, 2011 7:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. AS STUDENTS…

  3. Queensryche Working on New Album While Touring 'Chaos'

    August 15, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Geoff Tate says he feels every one of Queensryche 's 30 years together "sometimes in the morning, when I'm getting out of the bunk on the bus." But the long-lived group's frontman has few complaints beyond that. "It's been a wonderful ride," Tate tells…

  4. Queensryche Toasts 30th Anniversary with 'Dedicated to Chaos' Album

    July 05, 2011 3:45 PM EDT When a group is trying to break into the business, there are plenty of ways to get attention. It can get a jump-start by self-recording its first album and distributing it online. It can build a social networking force the same way. If it makes the right contacts, it can even get a synch…

  5. Yes Bassist Talks 'Fulfilling Experience' of Recording 'Fly From Here'

    June 23, 2011 2:00 PM EDT A friendly get-together between old bandmates is what led to the return of former Buggles partners Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes to the Yes fold for the veteran prog rockers' new album, "Fly From Here." Bassist Chris Squire, Yes' lone constant member, tells Billboard.com…

  6. Billboard Bits: MCR Responds to Glenn Beck, Pitbull's 'Planet Pit' Landing in June

    May 04, 2011 6:17 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. My Chemical Romance Responds to Glenn Beck's 'Propaganda' Accusations Conservative pundit Glenn Beck has targeted My Chemical Romance as his latest enemy, calling out the February "Glee"…

  7. Thursday, "No Devolucion"

    April 15, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Thursday 's third consecutive collaboration with Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann is the New Jersey post-hardcore band's most expansive effort yet. Midway through the song "Sparks Against the Sun," the group disrupts a ringing piano groove with an end-of-days percussion…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: The Hot 100, From Birth to 'Born'

    February 17, 2011 5:55 PM EST GRAND ENTRANCE: As revealed on Billboard.com yesterday, Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" arrives as the 1,000th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 dating to the chart's 1958 inception. Lady Gaga Claims 1,000th Hot 100 No. 1 with 'Born This Way' What a fitting title, then, to…

  9. Rolling Stones Again At Their Peak In Rerelease

    September 08, 2010 8:31 AM EDT The Rolling Stones have hit their peak again in 2010, this time in the form of a rarely seen rereleased movie of a 1972 concert. "Ladies and Gentlemen... The Rolling Stones" was originally released in late 1973 in Britain, but the film was not widely shown. The digitally remastered…

  10. 'Idol,' 'SNL' Join 'Glee' with Emmy Nominatons

    July 08, 2010 3:04 PM EDT While Fox's " Glee" led the Emmy nominations for primetime series on Thursday morning with 19, music from "Lost" and "Saturday Night Live" also earned nods, while "American Idol" and "The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert…

  11. Muse Honored At O2 Silver Clef Awards

    July 02, 2010 1:47 PM EDT U.K. rock act Muse 's fearsome live reputation helped secure them the O2 Silver Clef Award in London today (July 2). The award was presented to Muse by Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen . Taylor described the Warner-signed trio as "probably the greatest live act in the world today…

  12. Ronnie James Dio Remembered by Fans, Friends

    May 31, 2010 10:45 AM EDT The mammoth service for fiery frontman Ronnie James Dio was more akin to a spirited rock concert than a dreary funeral. With chants of "Dio, Dio, Dio," headbangers were loud and proud Sunday as they paid tribute to the late metal legend, who died from stomach cancer May 16 at age 67…

  13. Glee: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 30, 2010 10:30 AM EDT It's six hours into the taping of the "Glee" season finale and the audience at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif.-made up of Facebook and Twitter fans of the show, some of whom have flown in from across the country just for the taping-is getting restless. Fueled by just…

  14. 'Glee' Ready To Flex 'The Power Of Madonna'

    April 20, 2010 2:46 PM EDT Bust out your disheveled wedding dresses, cone bras and Kabbalah water - tonight Fox's "Glee" will unveil its first episode to be dedicated entirely to one artist with "The Power of Madonna ." Putting together a weekly television show is a rigorous experience even…

  15. Green River Ordinance, "Come On"

    February 05, 2010 2:30 PM EST With the steadily growing appeal of its single "Come On," Green River Ordinance establishes itself as a pop-rock act to keep an eye on in 2010. Singer Josh Jenkins' yearning, honest vocal tone bears a resemblance to that of Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz , which makes…

  16. 'Glee' Rewrites The Script On TV Music

    October 23, 2009 3:38 PM EDT When Tony Soprano finally-all right, possibly-got whacked to the sounds of Journey 's "Don't Stop Believin' " in June 2007, America had mixed reactions. But the show's viewers all agreed that TV's greatest mafia boss and music's shiniest power ballad…

  17. Queensrÿche, "Home Again"

    September 25, 2009 3:01 PM EDT "Home Again," the new single from Queensrÿche 's powerful "American Soldier" album, could recapture the mainstream glory that the band achieved with its 1991 dream ballad, "Silent Lucidity." The lyrics-an exchange between a military man and his daughter who…

  18. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, Belinda Carlisle, Uncle Kracker

    July 17, 2009 3:36 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. CATALOG VS. CURRENT, CONTINUED (AGAIN) Hi Gary, As usual, thanks for all you…

  19. Cheap Trick To Do 'Sgt. Pepper' In Vegas Run

    June 12, 2009 1:14 PM EDT Cheap Trick wants you to want to hear the Beatles. Las Vegas Hilton officials say the 80s rock group best known for "I Want You to Want Me" will band with an orchestra to perform the one of the Beatles' most popular albums during a special run in Las Vegas. Hotel spokesman Ira…

  20. The 5 Worst (And Best) Ad Songs

    May 29, 2009 1:07 PM EDT The right song can help a product shine - but the wrong one can hit an off note Billboard consulted with a six-person panel of experts in advertising and branding to determine our list of the best five songs in commercials - and five that made viewers reach for their remotes. The Panel of…

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