1. Travis Barker: Inside His Hip-Hop Passion Project

    February 15, 2011 6:30 PM EST T ravis Barker outshines Lil Wayne , Rick Ross , Game and Swizz Beatz on his debut single, and he does it without saying a word. On the track "Can a Drummer Get Some," which hit iTunes on Feb. 1, the Blink-182 percussionist delivers a swing-and-smash drumming performance punctuated…

  2. Adele: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 28, 2011 1:31 PM EST A half an hour before her second album goes on sale in the United Kingdom, Virtually all of the album's lyrics refer to a single breakup Adele experienced between "19" and "21," often in disarming detail, as in the disc's hushed closer, "Someone Like You…

  3. Kid Rock Brings Out Sheryl Crow, Rev Run for 40th Birthday Concert in Detroit

    January 16, 2011 12:56 PM EST A wealth of guests -- including Sheryl Crow , Peter Wolf, Martina McBride , Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, Uncle Kracker and Anita Baker -- and nearly 60,000 of his "closest friends" helped Kid Rock celebrate his 40th birthday on Saturday night (Jan. 15) at Ford Field in his…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Gwyneth Paltrow, Train, Florence + The Machine

    January 13, 2011 2:05 PM EST SOUNDTRACK STRENGTH: Starring Gwyneth Paltrow , Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester , "Country Strong" grossed $7.3 million upon its nationwide premiere Jan. 7-9. The haul translated to a sixth-place finish in box office receipts in its opening weekend. On the subsequent Billboard'…

  5. Gerry Rafferty, 'Baker Street' Singer, Dies at 63

    January 04, 2011 3:55 PM EST G erry Rafferty , who had Top 10 success with Stealers Wheel 's "Stuck in the Middle" and his own "Baker Street," died on Tuesday in London from liver failure after a long battle with alcoholism. The Scottish-born singer and songwriter had reportedly been hospitalized…

  6. Toni Braxton and Family Starring in Reality TV Show

    January 03, 2011 4:30 PM EST T oni Braxton is the latest celebrity to open her home to reality television cameras. Braxton, the Grammy-winning singer of "Un-Break My Heart" and "You're Makin' Me High," will appear in "Braxton Family Values" on the WE network starting in April.…

  7. Watch: Usher Kicked in the Face by Fan Onstage

    December 14, 2010 4:59 PM EST U sher has always been known as a ladies man, but things got a little bit too rough for the singer during his show at Madison Square Garden last night (Dec. 13). Usher took his sweet time to pick a lucky fan to join him on stage for a personal serenade. After a long wait, he finally chose a…

  8. Jack Black, Jason Segel Release Holiday Song, Animated Video

    December 07, 2010 4:07 PM EST As the holiday season approaches, Christmas songs are coming out of the woodwork. Funny guys (and co-stars of the upcoming comedy "Gulliver's Travels") Jason Segel and Jack Black released their own take on classic carols today (Dec. 7). Video: Jason Segel and Jack Black, "…

  9. Bob Dylan Lyrics Could Fetch $250k At Auction

    November 30, 2010 5:22 PM EST B ob Dylan's hand-written lyrics to the 1960s anthem "The Times They Are A-Changin" will hit the auction block next month and could sell for more than a quarter-million dollars, Sotheby's said on Tuesday. The dog-eared, smudged and discolored 8-1/2 by 11 inch sheaf of…

  10. Billboard Bits: 'Jonas L.A.' May Face Cancellation, Christina Aguilera Has New Beau

    November 08, 2010 6:22 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Disney Channel's 'Jonas L.A.' May Face Cancellation It was bound to happen: All the Disney Channel's teen idols would eventually grow up, and the shows would be no more. Not only is "Hannah…

  11. Usher, Alicia Keys Get Four Soul Train Nominations

    October 18, 2010 8:55 AM EDT New mom Alicia Keys has something else to celebrate: She's been nominated for four Soul Train Awards. The nominations were announced on Monday (Oct. 18) - four days after Keys gave birth to her first child, a son named Egypt. Usher also got four nominations. Drake was another multiple…

  12. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber's Water Balloon Skirmish, Fantasia Cracks Aspirin Joke

    September 10, 2010 6:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber's Water Balloon Skirmish Justin Bieber had a brief run-in with the law on Sunday (Sept. 9) before taking the stage at a Maryland state fair. The pop star was reportedly "horsing around"…

  13. Smash Mouth, Tears for Fears Soundtrack 'Rock Band 3' Trailers

    September 07, 2010 4:00 PM EDT A new trailer for Harmonix's "Rock Band 3" has arrived and breaks down the innovative addition of keyboards to the game, due out Oct. 26. While the keyboard in easy and medium mode appear to use the same gameplay rules as a "Rock Band" guitar, "pro mode"…

  14. Anita Baker Calls Upcoming Snoop Duet 'Beautiful and Poetic'

    August 23, 2010 4:00 PM EDT A nita Baker says the working title for her next album, "21st Century Love," reflects both the music and lyrical tone of her first new release in six years. "The title came out of the recording process," Baker, who worked at studios in Los Angeles and Nashville for the Nov…

  15. Avenged Sevenfold Returns with 'Nightmare' After Drummer's Death

    July 26, 2010 12:30 PM EDT A year ago, hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold was one of the most fortunate bands on the planet. Blessed with a supportive label, record sales beyond the 2 million mark, a rabid fan base and a lucrative tour schedule, the group seemed to have nowhere to go but up. But everything changed on Dec…

  16. Ask Billboard: Rating Rihanna

    July 23, 2010 5:55 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. GOOD GIRL NOT GONE TO NO. 1 Dear Gary, Thank you for all your insights every…

  17. We Are Scientists, "Barbara"

    July 09, 2010 5:46 PM EDT Rock act We Are Scientists typically has a good sense of what hits, but on its latest album, "Barbara," the band begins to figure out what misses. Opening track "Rules Don't Stop" showcases We Are Scientists' knack for uncomplicated and undeniably catchy rock,…

  18. Miley Cyrus: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 28, 2010 2:45 PM EDT M THE WRITE STUFF "Can't Be Tamed" is Cyrus' seventh studio album-ranging from the four soundtracks she's released under the "Hannah Montana" imprimatur to two as herself and one Walmart-exclusive EP-and it will be released on Hollywood Records. And while…

  19. Maxwell and Jill Scott: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 20, 2010 5:16 PM EDT Dates: Through June Ticket prices: $49-$125 (Purchase tickets here ) This is by far the must-see R&B package tour of the summer. After a seven-year hiatus, Maxwell released his fourth studio album in 2009, "BLACKsummer'snight," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200…

  20. Travis Barker, DJ AM Plane Crash Caused By Faulty Tires

    April 06, 2010 2:13 PM EDT Under-inflated tires led to a Learjet crash 18 months ago that killed four people and seriously injured blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM , federal safety investigators said, warning that the problem may be widespread on business jets. Investigators told the…

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