1. Videos of the Week: Ricky Martin's Naked Truth, Mary J.'s 'Stairway to Heaven," Tea Party Rappers

    April 16, 2010 4:54 PM EDT In this week's top 10 viral videos that had everyone buzzing: Ricky Martin strips down -- way down -- in a new tour promo clip, Mary J. Blige sings "Stairway to Heaven" on Oprah, Death Cab for Cuti e take us out to the ball game, Snoop Dogg chops trees with Kid Cudi , Tea Party…

  2. Alberta Cross, "Broken Side of Time"

    March 26, 2010 1:39 PM EDT British transplant Alberta Cross ' full-length debut, "Broken Side of Time," is a step forward in cementing the Brooklyn-based band's place in American blues-rock. Taking cues from the folk and alternative music scenes of the '90s, with undertones of American roots…

  3. Videos of the Week: Shakira Seduces Rafael Nadal, Ke$ha Covers Radiohead, Sade Whips a Horse

    February 26, 2010 2:59 PM EST In this week's top 10 videos that had everyone buzzing: Shakira gets steamy with tennis star Rafael Nadal, a 13-year-old Ke$ha covers Radiohead, Sade gets feisty with a horse, Carrie Underwood smooches a pig, and more. 1) Shakira Seduces Shirtless Rafael Nadal Shakira might "steal…

  4. Ellen DeGeneres Is Firm, Funny On 'American Idol' Debut

    February 10, 2010 12:50 AM EST Ellen DeGeneres kicked off her debut as the new "American Idol" judge in impressive fashion on Tuesday night (Feb. 9), bringing a healthy dose of honest critiques and well-timed punchlines to the first night of Hollywood auditions. Before even the first note was sung, though,…

  5. Grammy Predictions: How Did We Do?

    January 31, 2010 11:44 PM EST Thousands of you voted on who should win the big 2010 Grammys, we weighed in with our predictions too... But Grammy night never turns out exactly how anyone expects it to. Here's how it all turned out. Record of the Year Winner: "Use Somebody" - Kings Of Leon We Predicted: …

  6. Jennifer Lopez "Love?" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 4:18 PM EST Jennifer Lopez, "Love?" (Epic) Release Date: April 2010 Talk about a long lead time-promotion for Jennifer Lopez 's "Love?" began last year, with the Pitbull collaboration "Fresh Out the Oven" leaked online and to clubs. The song, likely to be offered as a…

  7. HIM Hopes 'Screamworks' Hooks New Fans

    December 29, 2009 3:47 PM EST H IM frontman Ville Valo says that "accessibility was a key factor" in making the Finnish hard rockers' seventh studio album, "Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice," which is due out Feb. 9. Acknowledging that the 13-song set is the group's most "…

  8. Ryan Star, "Breathe"

    November 10, 2009 12:29 PM EST On his heartfelt, slow-burning single "Breathe," Ryan Star extends a hand to everyone in need. "Take the world off your shoulders and put it on me," he sings, his voice clenching with veracity. Star catches his own breath during the song's breakdown, singing low and…

  9. Kings of Convenience, "Declaration of Dependence"

    October 26, 2009 3:47 PM EDT On their first album in five years, the Norwegian duo Eirik Bøe and Erlend Øye-who record under the name Kings of Convenience-have returned with more atmospheric folk-pop to soothe the soul. Percussion is nowhere to be found on the group's latest release, "Declaration of Dependence,…

  10. Pete Yorn, "Back and Fourth"

    July 24, 2009 5:39 PM EDT Pete Yorn's songwriting has grown considerably since his 2001 debut album, "Musicforthemorningafter," where many fans discovered the New Jersey-based artist's music through placements on youth-aimed television shows and films. The songs on his fourth full-length, "…

  11. Q&A: Creed's Quest For A Comeback

    July 22, 2009 6:11 PM EDT In April, Creed announced that all four of its original members -- Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall -- are back together for a summer tour and a new album, entitled "Full Circle," to be released this fall. On paper, the band looks ripe for a reunion: its…

  12. Former Beatles, Stones Manager Allen Klein Dies

    July 06, 2009 4:28 PM EDT Infamous record label owner Allen Klein, who played a key role in the demise of the Beatles and also nabbed control of some of the Rolling Stones' best-known songs, died in New York on Saturday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, a spokesman said. He was 77. During a career…

  13. Former Beatles, Stones Manager Allen Klein Dies

    July 06, 2009 9:07 AM EDT Infamous record label owner Allen Klein, who played a key role in the demise of the Beatles and also nabbed control of some of the Rolling Stones' best-known songs, died in New York on Saturday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, a spokesman said. He was 77. During a career…

  14. 'Idol' Finale Down To The Wire

    May 19, 2009 9:31 PM EDT Kris Allen "won" the first round of the "American Idol" finale, but the force of nature known as Adam Lambert bounced back to tie it all up. Lambert, the guylinered glam rocker from California, is battling acoustic guitar player Allen from Conway, Ark. For his first song,…

  15. May 14, 2009

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls and her boyfriend, Sacha Gervasi, welcome their first daughter, Bluebell Madonna Halliwell, in London. 2005 – Bluegrass vocalist Jimmy Martin dies of bladder cancer in Nashville at the age of 77. 2005 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Devils & Dust,” Bruce…

  16. Chart Beat: Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, T.I.

    December 11, 2008 12:29 PM EST CIRCUSES : Britney Spears has the highest-debuting song of her career, thanks to the No. 3 bow of “Circus” (Jive) on The Billboard Hot 100. This latest single wrests the title from Spears’ first chart entry, “…Baby One More Time,” which opened at No. 17 the week of Nov. 21, 1998. Those doing…

  17. This Day in Music

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Blue-eyed soul icon Bobby Hatfield, one-half of the Righteous Brothers, dies of natural causes. He is 63. Hatfield is discovered in a hotel room in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he and partner Bill M 2003 - Blue-eyed soul icon Bobby Hatfield, one-half of the Righteous Brothers, dies of…

  18. This Day in Music

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Tom Noonan, the father of The Billboard Hot 100, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 78. Noonan started at Billboard in 1949, and in the November 12, 1955 issue of the magazine introduced the Top 2006 - Tom Noonan, the father of The Billboard Hot 100, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 78…

  19. Things The Grandchildren Should Know

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett pens a memoir that's a great big grin winced out through gritted teeth. One of those musicians whose work regularly graces critics' year-end polls, Everett records sometimes as E but more famously as head of the forward-looking alt-rock ensemble…

  20. Track-By-Track: The Cure's '4:13 Dream'

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Cure's 13th studio album has been a long time coming. But after watching several release dates come and go, fans of the Goth godfathers will finally see "4:13 Dream" hit U.S. shelves Oct. 28 via S The Cure's 13th studio album has been a long time coming. But after…

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