1. Drake To Drop Another Album Before Next Summer? This Year?

    August 31, 2010 2:19 PM EDT Drake is the rapper that never sleeps. Just short of two months since releasing his "Thank Me Later" debut, Young Money president Mack Maine is speculating that Drizzy might be releasing his follow-up set as soon as end of year. Video: Mack Maine on Drake's upcoming album "…

  2. Ted Leo And The Pharmacists Hit The Theater For New Clip

    August 23, 2010 5:08 PM EDT The new video for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists' song "Bottled In Cork," released today (Aug. 23) on Will Ferrell's Funnyordie.com site, starts off with a band meeting about what color their T-shirts should be... until a sharply-dressed man barges in with another idea in…

  3. E Street Band's Nils Lofgren Talks Springsteen, Solo Work

    August 20, 2010 1:50 PM EDT Thirty-five years after he became a solo artist, E Street Band member Nils Lofgren says he's still scratching his head a bit about how that happened. "The solo thing, I never really wanted that," Lofgren, who came out of the band Grin and had also worked with Neil Young prior…

  4. Lady Gaga Fires Up Lollapalooza, Stage-Dives

    August 07, 2010 9:43 AM EDT L ady Gaga's first Lollapalooza performance was on a small side stage in 2007, where she received more than a few bewildered stares and was unapologetically called a "trainwreck." So when she headlined the first night of this year's Lollapalooza, wearing the same silver…

  5. Laurie Anderson Plays Concert for Dogs at Sydney Opera House

    June 05, 2010 11:25 AM EDT Some in the audience howled with glee, others stood on trembling legs and a few drooled in delight as famed performance artist Laurie Anderson debuted her original "Music for Dogs" composition outside the Sydney Opera House on Saturday. Hundreds of dogs and their owners bounced…

  6. Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban Help Tenn. Flood Relief

    May 17, 2010 8:06 AM EDT Country music singers Brad Paisley , Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum joined other entertainment stars Sunday (May 16) in performing and answering phones to help raise more than $1.5 million for flood relief for Tennessee. "If there is a silver lining, it's that the world is getting…

  7. Tim Urban Eliminated on 'Idol Gives Back' Night

    April 21, 2010 10:38 PM EDT Tim Urban is "Teflon Tim" no longer, as the "American Idol" hopeful was eliminated during Wednesday night's star-studded, "Idol Gives Back" charity episode (Apr. 21). "We'll miss you buddy," host Ryan Seacrest told Urban after delivering the…

  8. 'American Idol' Recap: Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze Inspire; The Rest Backfire

    April 20, 2010 7:57 PM EDT It's "Idol Gives Back" week, and it appears as though they're going to do the bootings this week as part of the ginormo charity extravaganza Wednesday night. Because there's nothing like comparing heart-rending scenes of actual suffering in the world with some kid…

  9. 'American Idol' Eliminates Didi Benami, Top 9 To Perform Lennon & McCartney Hits

    March 31, 2010 10:14 PM EDT Didi Benami has a reason to be brokenhearted on "American Idol." The 23-year-old waitress from Los Angeles was eliminated from the ninth season of the Fox singing competition Wednesday. Benami, who was panned for her overdramatic rendition of Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes…

  10. Perez Hilton Announces Music Countdown Show

    March 22, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Perez Hilton is aiming to hit Ryan Seacrest where it hurts. The celebrity blogger will be launching a weekly music countdown show in the coming months, he announced exclusively to Billboard.com in an interview at South By Southwest this weekend. Hilton says that he wants to offer "a…

  11. 'American Idol' Recap: Aaron Kelly Brings It With the Rolling Stones' 'Angie'

    March 16, 2010 11:00 PM EDT First off, let me get my predictions out of the way before the show starts so you can come back and cheer me or mock me afterwards. If you want to see my psychic link with Simon Cowell informed opinions on how the remaining "Idol" contestants are going to do this season, check out…

  12. Ke$ha: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 19, 2010 3:00 PM EST If you want insight into a celebrity's self-image, you could do worse than watch one make the brief walk from the star's chosen chariot to the red carpet prior to an awards show. The frenzied VIP drop-off area at the 2010 Grammy Awards reveals more than any klieg-light TV interview…

  13. Trey Songz / Jan. 1, 2010 / Upper Darby, PA (Tower Theater)

    January 04, 2010 6:40 PM EST As the lights dimmed at the Tower Theater a little after 10 P.M. on New Year's Day, a crowd of mostly female fans immediately rose to its feet and began yelling uncontrollably, anticipating the arrival of R&B upstart Trey Songz . The curtain eventually lifted to reveal Songz (real…

  14. Sunny Day Real Estate / September 27, 2009 / New York (Terminal 5)

    September 29, 2009 2:46 PM EDT The original lineup of Sunny Day Real Estate returned Sunday night (Sept. 27) to New York for the first time in over a decade, back to remind fans of what first lured them to the band: earnest songs with confessional lyrics, desperately raw vocals and bittersweet, instrumental melodies. A…

  15. 'Glee' Garners Grins, Fall Out Boy Travels

    September 18, 2009 5:59 PM EDT In Friday's edition of the Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, the new Fox comedy "Glee" is bringing smiles to more than 6.5 million viewers with high school show choir versions of favorite pop songs. Cast recordings from the show are breaking onto the…

  16. Wolfmother Returns: Video Q&A

    September 16, 2009 12:32 PM EDT "Our EP had gone gold before we had a manager... now I have my own makeup artist making me look good, now I'm a professional," Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale joked with a mischievous grin for Billboard's cameras in Los Angeles recently. "That's how much…

  17. Joe Pernice / August 7, 2009 / New York (Bowery Ballroom)

    August 11, 2009 2:44 PM EDT Joe Pernice was delivering a lovely rendition of "Chevy Van" when he suddenly cracked up like a school kid trying to suppress a laugh in class. "Sorry," he said with a grin. "It's just too fucking creepy. I've never done this before, but I really implore you…

  18. Demi Lovato, "Here We Go Again"

    July 21, 2009 11:01 AM EDT While some Disney artists rely heavily on Auto-Tune and layers of effects, Demi Lovato sounds best with stripped-down production. One example is "Catch Me," a perfect acoustic ballad found halfway through the 16-year-old singer's second album, "Here We Go Again."…

  19. Justin Bieber's 'Time' Is Now

    July 20, 2009 10:37 AM EDT It's a familiar narrative: wunderkind with a gift for music takes it seriously, and lands a major-label deal before he gets his driver's license. Usher , Chris Brown and Britney Spears all fit the formula. Now, Justin Bieber can add his name to the list. "Things are amazing…

  20. Justin Bieber's 'Time' Is Now

    July 20, 2009 9:03 AM EDT It's a familiar narrative: wunderkind with a gift for music takes it seriously, and lands a major-label deal before he gets his driver's license. Usher, Chris Brown and Britney Spears all fit the formula. Now, Justin Bieber can add his name to the list. "Things are amazing…

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