1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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 …

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Pink Floyd Mulling More Reissues After Expanded 'Wall' Releases

    February 08, 2012 12:55 PM EST As the Pink Floyd camp prepares for the Feb. 28 release of "The Wall's" expanded "Immersion" and "Experience" editions -- the last scheduled title in the Why Pink Floyd? archival campaign -- talk is turning to what else can be culled from the group's…

  8. Cash Money Goes Pop with Signing of Savvy

    September 03, 2011 8:00 AM EDT There's no doubt that Cash Money Records has solidified its status as one of hip-hop's most successful labels. With such acts as the Hot Boys , Juvenile and Birdman laying the foundation, Cash Money has since powered up a franchise that includes hot upstarts Drake and Nicki Minaj…

  9. What Does Eminem Have In Common With Donny Osmond?

    July 29, 2011 4:05 PM EDT What's in a name? For Eminem , when it comes to Billboard Hot 100 success, it hardly seems to matter. As Bad Meets Evil, the duo of Eminem and Da Royce da 5'9", soar into the top 10 (17-10) on the Hot 100 with "Lighters," featuring Bruno Mars , Eminem joins an…

  10. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Backs Gay Marriage, Devo Scouts Charlie Sheen

    March 09, 2011 6:25 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears on Gay Marriage: 'I Think Everyone Should Be Treated Equally' In her e-mail interview turned cover story for OUT Magazine, the "Femme Fatale" herself revealed her views on other…

  11. 29 Black Music Milestone: Stevie Wonder is Discovered

    February 17, 2011 12:12 PM EST Stevie Wonder was discovered in 1961, when his friend, Gerald White, convinced his brother Ronnie White of The Miracles to come check his talented friend out. Impressed, Ronnie White took Stevie, to Motown's Berry Gordy who signed him to Motown's Tamla label under the name Little…

  12. Chart Highlights: Adult Pop, Rap Songs & More

    February 07, 2011 3:35 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Grenade" Bruno Mars…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Skillz, Teena Marie, Michael Jackson

    January 06, 2011 5:55 PM EST (W)RAPPING 2010: While DJ Earworm lays down the beat on the past year's top 25 Billboard Hot 100 hits on "United State of Pop 2010 (Don't Stop the Pop)," another artist known for his yearly musical recaps bows on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Skillz , born Shaquan Lewis, scores…

  14. Faith Evans Pleads No Contest to Reckless Driving

    November 30, 2010 10:32 AM EST Authorities say Faith Evans has pleaded no contest to reckless driving after being arrested in August for investigation of drunken driving. Los Angeles city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan says the Grammy-winning singer entered the plea Monday and was sentenced to three years of informal…

  15. Devo Postpones 2010 Tour Dates Due to Injury

    October 27, 2010 10:07 AM EDT Devo has been forced to cancel or postpone its remaining 2010 tour dates due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh, the band announced today. According to the statement, a glass shard "sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone," after which he…

  16. Roger Waters Rebuild 'The Wall' In Boston

    October 07, 2010 4:32 PM EDT The 30th Anniversary return of Roger Waters ' audio-visual opus was bittersweet. Even as Pink Floyd fans packed the sold-out opening night in Boston on Thursday (Sept. 30), it seemed like the walls that isolated us back in 1980 are still present today. However, the scope of the two and-a…

  17. 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, "…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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