1. Eric Benet Says Lil Wayne Shout Was 'Huge Compliment'

    October 06, 2010 12:23 PM EDT When R&B powerhouse Eric Benet heard that his "Sometimes I Cry" single was one of Lil Wayne 's favorite jams to listen to in prison, he was flabbergasted. "That was dope. It's a huge compliment," Benet tells Billboard.com. "He's sitting somewhere…

  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. Roger Waters Taking 'The Wall' Across Europe

    May 27, 2010 12:11 PM EDT Roger Waters is taking a new production of "The Wall" on the road in 2011, with 28 European dates confirmed. U.S. arena dates, running September to December 2010, were confirmed last month and sold out within hours according to a statement. It's the first outing for "The…

  4. Devo Announce 'Song Study' Results

    May 18, 2010 3:43 PM EDT Art rockers Devo today announced the track listing for "Something For Everybody," their first album in 20 years, at a live internet "press conference". The lineup was determined by a "Song Study," in which the band allowed fans to vote on 16 possible tracks at…

  5. Chart Beat Wednesday: Dirty Heads, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys

    May 05, 2010 1:15 PM EDT HEADS UP: Southern California reggae rockers the Dirty Heads collect a No. 1 with their first entry on the Alternative Songs chart, as "Lay Me Down" rises 3-1. The song features Rome of Sublime , which spent three weeks atop the list with "What I Got" in 1996. (Rome did…

  6. Roger Waters Details 'The Wall' World Tour Plans

    April 13, 2010 8:44 AM EDT R oger Waters hopes to put a global spin on Pink Floyd 's "The Wall" when he tours to celebrate the multi-platinum conceptual work's 30th anniversary beginning this fall in North America. "I started to think that maybe there is something in the story of 'The Wall…

  7. Malcolm McLaren, Former Sex Pistols Manager, Dies

    April 08, 2010 3:26 PM EDT Famed rock 'n' roll raconteur Malcom McLaren, best known as the manager of the Sex Pistols , died Thursday (Apr. 8) in New York City at the age of 64. McLaren's spokesman, Les Molloy, told the U.K.'s Independent that McLaren had been battling cancer "for some time,…

  8. Playboy Announces 2010 Festival Lineup

    February 26, 2010 11:18 AM EST The Chick Corea Freedom Band , George Benson and the Manhattan Transfer are among the headliners for the 2010 Playboy Jazz Festival. Now in its 32nd year, the annual festival will be held June 12-13 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Serving once again as master of ceremonies is comedian…

  9. Bruce Springsteen Fans To Get Ticketmaster Refund

    February 18, 2010 4:23 PM EST Thousands of Bruce Springsteen fans will receive refunds for what the U.S. Federal Trade Commission called deceptive sales practices by TicketsNow, a ticket reselling unit of Ticketmaster, the FTC said on Thursday. The FTC said Ticketmaster, which is now part of Live Nation Entertainment Inc,…

  10. Devo Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 4:57 PM EST Devo, Title TBD (Warner Bros.) Release Date: April 2010 " Devo already did the kind of alternative world, hermetically sealed alien band, and we did that quite well," says Jerry Casale, co-founder of the pioneering art-rock band that will release its first album in 20 years this…

  11. Devo Whips Up Record Deal, Suits Up For Tour

    September 16, 2009 12:42 PM EDT Devo is headed back to the future thanks to new deal with Warner Bros. Records, the group's original major label, and a series of concerts celebrating a pair of older albums. The company has announced a "unique, ground-breaking worldwide partnership" during which it will "…

  12. May 22, 2009

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Everything She Wants,” Wham! 1972 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Oh Girl,” Chi-Lites. 1971 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Sticky Fingers,” the Rolling Stones. 1967 – Florence Ballard appears with the Supremes for the last time on “The Tonight Show.” 1966 – Bruce…

  13. Devo Delivers Head-Turning Live Show

    March 24, 2009 8:51 AM EDT It's likely that many of those who attended Devo's South By Southwest concert came to see a nostalgic curio, a chance to see the ol' flower pot hats and whip-it good one more time. They left seeing one of the breakthrough performances of a conference known for taste-making…

  14. Devo Suit Up For Action At SXSW

    March 20, 2009 12:43 PM EDT Devo is "back in a serious way" and is spreading the word to that effect this week at the South By Southwest Music & Media Conference. "It was now or never," Gerald Casale told Billboard.com during a press conference on Thursday, just prior to a panel discussion about…

  15. Grammy Nominations: 10 Things You Didn't See On TV

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST ** Overheard in the bathroom: "Green tea drop to Christina Aguilera has been done" (security guard). "We're missing Dad!" (a Jonas Brother outside the bathroom). ** Kathy Griffin revealed that, like the Jonas Brothers, "I am not ready to lose my virginity. I am…

  16. This Day in Music

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert dies today of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The artist turned 40 years old in July. 2006 - Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert dies today of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The artist turned 40 years old in July. 2003 -…

  17. This Day in Music

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Pianist, composer, musical director and arranger Gerald Cook, who performed in night clubs and with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, dies is Chicago at the age of 85. 2006 - Pianist, composer, musical director and arranger Gerald Cook, who performed in night clubs and with the Illinois…

  18. Wu-Tang Documentary Heads To BET, DVD

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gerald K. Barclay's documentary "Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan" will premiere Nov. 13 on BET, five days before its release on DVD. Gerald K. Barclay's documentary "Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan" will premiere Nov. 13 on BET, five days before its release…

  19. Cole, DeVaughn Set For Heineken Red Star Tour

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The third annual Heineken Red Star Soul concert series will kick off Aug. 6 at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles, featuring performances by Ashanti and Goapele. The third annual Heineken Red Star Soul concert series will kick off Aug. 6 at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles, featuring performances by Ashanti…

  20. Chart Beat

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action from Sinatra, Jason Mraz, the Cure and more! GIVING US HIS 'BEST': The Billboard album chart as we know it today was born on March 24, 1956. Although it wasn't called The Billboard 200 then, that first survey marked the beginning of an ongoing…

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