1. 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"…

  2. Jason Bonham 'Representing the Family' with Led Zeppelin Experience Show

    May 04, 2011 10:50 AM EDT He's in a band (Black Country Communion) and also plays with Paul Rodgers . But Jason Bonham says he'll always make time for Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience show. "If you'd have asked me that about a year go, I'd have said it was going to be a one-time…

  3. Billboard Bits: Metallica Working With Rick Rubin Again, Serena Williams Hits The Studio

    April 26, 2011 5:27 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Metallica to Team Up With Rick Rubin Again On Next Album According to Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, producer Rick Rubin is set to work with the band on its next album. Rubin previously worked with Metallica on…

  4. Record Store Day Enjoys Banner Sales

    April 21, 2011 2:53 PM EDT Due to Saturday's Record Store Day, independent stores' album sales were up 39% last week and contributed much of the 8% increase in total album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Independent stores' 182,000-unit bump accounted for 41% of last week's increase in unit…

  5. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Tops 100 Million YouTube Views

    April 13, 2011 8:29 AM EDT Just hours after passing the 99-million-view mark late Tuesday night, Rebecca Black's video for "Friday" surpassed the 100 million views at YouTube Wednesday morning, making it one of 43 videos to have done so. The low-budget, independent "Friday" will soon pass the…

  6. Robbie Robertson Returns To TV, But No Concerts or Festivals Planned

    April 01, 2011 5:15 PM EDT R obbie Robertson , who has performed only one concert in the last 35 years, has no intentions of taking to concert stages after making his first television performance in more than a decade on April 5 and 6. "I made a movie saying I'm gonna put the road behind me," he tells…

  7. Ultra Music Fest 2011: 10 Things Seen and Overheard Friday

    March 26, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Cloudless skies and a balmy 80 degrees made Day 2 of Miami Music Week ideal for a giant outdoor party. Thankfully, there were two to choose from: The Beatport Beach Party at the swanky Gansevoort -- a three-day, free daytime shindig hosted by the dance e-tailer -- and the Ultra Music Festival…

  8. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Sales High But Not in Millions

    March 22, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Contrary to several media reports, Rebecca Black is not netting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the more than 33 million YouTube views of her uber-viral video "Friday" or its digital sales. However, she's not doing badly. Video: "Friday," Rebecca Black The 13…

  9. Billboard Bits: Paramore Eyes Summertime for New Music, Pete Wentz ‘Couldn’t Trust’ Ashlee Simpson

    February 18, 2011 4:36 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Paramore Eyeing Summer Release Date For New Music According to Paramore's Hayley Williams, the band is likely to release new songs over the summer, which will be recorded after the band returns from its…

  10. Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me' Video: A Product Placement Roundup

    February 18, 2011 3:02 PM EST It's not quite the spot-the-product-placement game that Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's "Telephone" video was, but if you watch the new video for Britney Spears' "Hold it Against Me" and you'll definitely spot more than one. Not surprisingly, since Spears is…

  11. Gwyneth Paltrow, Florence Welch Performing at Oscars

    February 04, 2011 2:15 PM EST Gwyneth Paltrow will perform "Coming Home" from her latest film "Country Strong" on the 83rd Academy Awards telecast. Original Song nominee A.R. Rahman and Florence Welch, of Florence & the Machine , will perform "If I Rise" from the film "127 Hours.…

  12. Trent Reznor, A.R. Rahman Earn 2011 Oscar Nominations

    January 25, 2011 9:11 AM EST The 2011 Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning (Jan. 25), and among the top nominees in the music categories is Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor , who is nominated for best original score for the Facebook-inspired film, "The Social Network" (with collaborator Atticus…

  13. Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga Most Viral Artists of 2010

    December 10, 2010 2:30 PM EST J ustin Bieber was the world's most-streamed music artist in 2010, according to numbers shared by video analytics company TubeMogul. Bieber collected 1.07 billion streams through Dec. 7. TubeMogul's figures include streams from YouTube and MySpace for the five biggest publishers of…

  14. Judas Priest Announces Farewell Tour Dates

    December 08, 2010 5:26 AM EST After nearly four decades of performing, veteran heavy metal group Judas Priest has announced that its 2011 world tour will be its last. Eight initial dates have been announced for the farewell tour, all of which are rock festivals in Europe. A message posted on the band's web site…

  15. Neon Trees Put Overseas Stardom On Their 'Wish List'

    November 30, 2010 3:14 PM EST World conquest is on Neon Trees' mind these days. The Utah quartet has been riding high on the success of "Animal," the Alternative Songs chart-topping single from its debut album "Habits," and it recently returned from its first trip to the U.K. to play a round of…

  16. Angry JetBlue Flight Attendant Releases Rap Video

    November 19, 2010 10:27 AM EST Hey, remember this guy? The JetBlue flight attendant that abruptly quit his job by sliding down an emergency exit after an altercation with a passenger back in August is now taking a different route at venting his emotions -- rapping. Video: Angry JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater as a…

  17. Slash, AC/DC, Rolling Stones Win At Classic Rock Awards

    November 11, 2010 11:40 AM EST Classic Rock magazine held its annual awards ceremony at London's Roundhouse, with the big winners including AC/DC , the Rolling Stones , Cheap Trick and Led Zeppelin . The Nov. 10 Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour event kicked off with a performance from Florida's Alter Bridge ,…

  18. Is Spotify Really All That?

    October 29, 2010 6:08 PM EDT The much-ballyhooed subscription service is about to launch this week. Or next month. Or not. As a free service. Or only paid. Maybe. Amid all the uncertainty, Billboard plugged in its earbuds to find out if Spotify is actually worth waiting for. In the United States, the streaming music…

  19. 'Regis and Kelly' Spoof Gaga, Bieber, Katy Perry for Halloween

    October 29, 2010 5:26 PM EDT Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa are known for throwing down with the best Halloween-costumed celebrities in the business (see last year's Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle and "Thriller" tributes), but the daytime duo outdid itself this year, taking on Justin Bieber , Cher , the cast of …

  20. Billboard Bits: Mariah Carey May Soon Announce Pregnancy, LimeWire Shut Down

    October 27, 2010 6:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Mariah Carey Coming Clean About Pregnancy? Mariah Carey may end her silence about her widely rumored pregnancy as early as tomorrow. The singer is reportedly making an announcement tomorrow on the "Today"…

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