1. Roger Waters to Give Keynote Q&A at Billboard Touring Conference

    September 12, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Roger Waters, co-founder and principal songwriter of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Pink Floyd and one of the most influential touring and recording artists of all time, will do the Keynote Q&A at the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Conference in New York, set for Nov. 13-14 at the…

  2. Former 'Idol' Elise Testone Looks Ahead to Debut Album 'In This Life'

    August 09, 2013 12:10 AM EDT "American Idol" alum Elise Testone makes her home in Charleston, South Carolina, but last week, she returned to her New Jersey roots to celebrate a special occasion: her 30th birthday. The season 11 finalist ushered in the milestone with friends, family and fans who packed into…

  3. Rob Zombie Complains About Noisy Skate Park

    August 07, 2013 1:41 AM EDT The noise from a new skate park in Connecticut is too much for rocker Rob Zombie. He and his wife have complained to the Litchfield County town of Woodbury that the park, which opened near their home in April, makes such a racket that it should be moved. The town is looking into moving the…

  4. Alan Myers, Devo Drummer, Dies

    June 26, 2013 2:24 AM EDT The musician, who played with Devo for a decade, had been battling cancer. Alan Myers, the third and most prominent drummer of the band Devo, has died, according to a tweet by drummer and current Devo member Josh Freese. Myers had been battling cancer. "Alan Myers was a…

  5. Chart Juice: Brian McKnight Posts 10th Top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop Album

    March 28, 2013 9:36 PM EDT The "Sweeter" singer's chart feat ties him with Keith Sweat for fourth most top 10s by a male R&B star in the SoundScan era. Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" catapults 53-1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 968,000 copies, according to Nielsen…

  6. John Mayer: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 21, 2013 7:58 PM EDT After a harrowing medical journey, during which he feared he'd never sing again, John Mayer is reborn with a new lease on life and his first tour in three years This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. "No one wants to cut into a…

  7. Beanie Sigel Sentenced To Prison For Drug Possession

    March 07, 2013 11:37 AM EST Beanie Sigel was sentenced Wednesday (March 6) to six to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to a narcotics possession charge in a Philadelphia suburb. Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, entered the plea to a misdemeanor count of illegal possession of Percocet, a painkiller, The…

  8. Geoff Tate May Use Queensryche Name for Now, Judge Rules

    October 20, 2012 9:45 AM EDT A Washington state judge ruled Oct. 19 that singer Geoff Tate -- who was fired from the band Queensryche after fronting it for 30 years -- may perform with his own version of the group until a lawsuit he filed against three former bandmates is settled. Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira…

  9. Queensryche to Geoff Tate: Stop Using the Name

    October 02, 2012 12:45 PM EDT In the latest round of the legal battle between progressive rock band Queensryche and its former singer, Geoff Tate, the group is attempting to keep Tate from using the group's name until the case is resolved. The move comes more than three months after Tate tried the same maneuver…

  10. Beanie Sigel Faces Drug & Weapon Charges

    August 29, 2012 3:05 PM EDT ESSINGTON, Pa. (AP) - Rapper Beanie Sigel was arrested Wednesday on weapon and drug violations during a traffic stop, just two weeks before he is scheduled to report to prison for failing to file taxes, state police said. The 38-year-old rapper, whose real name is Dwight Grant, was a…

  11. O'Jays Celebrate 40th Anniversary of First Hit 'Back Stabbers'

    August 17, 2012 1:50 PM EDT 'I just want people to say we are one of the best that ever did it,' says co-founder Eddie Levert. "How can people say no one likes old school?" That was one of the audience comments overheard at the Los Angeles stop on the recent Summer Music Festival tour. Holding court…

  12. 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…

  13. Everybody Listening: Queensryche-Tate Lawsuit Sets Web Ablaze

    July 20, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Singer Crumbling Empire According to a Queensryche statement Billboard referenced when breaking the news of Tate's departure on June 20, the band has sold 30 million album copies worldwide since forming in 1981. Its best-selling album in the United States is "Empire," which is…

  14. Exclusive: Queensryche Parts Ways With Geoff Tate

    June 20, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Band Replaces Singer With Crimson Glory's Todd La Torre Rock band Queensryche is continuing forward without vocalist Geoff Tate , who will be replaced by Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre, Billboard has exclusively learned. "Over the past few months, there have been growing…

  15. Jimmy Henchman Found Guilty in Federal Case

    June 05, 2012 6:25 PM EDT A verdict was reached in Brooklyn federal court today (June 5) concerning James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond's case. Rosemond was found guilty of all 13 counts and faces life in prison, according to AllHipHop.com , Rosemond, who once managed atists like Akon , Brandy , Gucci Mane …

  16. What's Going on With Queensryche? Fans, Industry Buzzing

    May 30, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Just call it "Operation: Speculation." A couple recent instances of so-called drama have set Queensryche fans and metal news sites to wondering if something is amiss with the band. On May 13, MetalSludge.tv reported there was an alleged altercation among some of the band's…

  17. Bob Dylan Awarded Medal of Freedom From 'Big Fan' Obama

    May 29, 2012 6:05 PM EDT President Barack Obama awarded Bob Dylan with a Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in a White House ceremony on Tuesday. "Bob's voice, with its weight, its unique gravely power, was redefining not just what music sounded like, but the message it carried and…

  18. Bob Dylan Receives Medal of Freedom

    April 27, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Bob Dylan has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor bestowed upon a United States civilian. The singer-songwriter was one of 13 recipients announced by President Obama on Thursday. The Medal of Freedom recognizes "individuals who have made especially…

  19. Album Review: Ian Anderson, 'Thick As a Brick 2'

    April 12, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Ian Anderson "Thick As a Brick 2" Producer: Ian Anderson Label: Capitol/EMI Release Date: April 3 Jethro Tull's audaciously ambitious 1972 concept album, "Thick As a Brick," made prog-rock history. For the album's 40th anniversary, frontman Ian Anderson -- sans…

  20. 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…

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