1. Wanda Jackson 'Wasn't Sure' Jack White Collaboration Would Work on 'Party Ain't Over'

    January 26, 2011 10:54 AM EST W anda Jackson was certainly into recording a new album last year. But the 73-year-old rockabilly veteran and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had some initial apprehensions about making the just-released "The Party Ain't Over" with Jack White . "He's a big star, as big as…

  2. Soundgarden's Chris Cornell Talks 'Telephantasm,' 'Guitar Hero' Deal

    October 01, 2010 11:16 AM EDT After a 13-year break, Soundgarden is releasing its new album through the "Guitar Hero" video game series -- and its frontman believes it's the perfect way to reintroduce the band to a new generation. "In the obvious way, it's going to reach a certain amount of…

  3. T.I., Wife Arrested on Drug Charges

    September 02, 2010 7:16 AM EDT Grammy-winning rapper T.I. was arrested along with his wife on suspicion of possessing methamphetamines, five months after the hip-hop star finished a prison stint on weapons charges. The 29-year-old rapper and his wife, Tameka Cottle, were arrested Wednesday night in West Hollywood after…

  4. Heart Returns To Adult Contemporary Chart

    September 01, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'CAR' RIDE: Veteran rock act Heart makes its first appearance on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart in more than 16 years, as "Hey You" debuts at No. 30. The song introduces the group's first studio album in six years, "Red Velvet Car,"…

  5. Can 'American Idol' Be Saved?

    May 21, 2010 4:15 PM EDT 'American Idol' Ratings Are At Their Lowest Since 2004, And Simon Cowell Is Moving On. As The Season-Nine Finale Approaches, Can TV's Talent Show Behemoth Stay Dominant And Turn Its Winners Into Stars Again? "Alright, so listen, man. I don't know what's quite…

  6. Chart Beat Wednesday: Diva Domination

    April 28, 2010 1:05 PM EDT BEYONCE & LADY GAGA: After "Telephone," by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce , topped Dance/Club Play Songs in February, "Video Phone" returns the superstar duo to the chart's top spot. The list's new leader credits the pair in reverse order: Beyonce featuring Lady…

  7. Brandy Rumored with Flo Rida, Aimee Mann and Ice-T Twitter Tiff

    April 12, 2010 5:32 PM EDT In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, people are buzzing about Brandy , after she was spotted with Flo Rida after her 31st birthday. "The Simpsons" season finale will guest star all four "American Idol" judges and host Ryan Seacrest, as Mo…

  8. Jason Castro Keeps His Cool On Post-'Idol' Debut

    March 29, 2010 2:17 PM EDT It's been two years since Jason Castro ambled onto "American Idol" -- ukulele, dreadlocks, stoner vibe and all. And while most of those voted off the show from seasons past have faded into obscurity or drifted into musical theater, Castro, who finished fourth, hasn't been…

  9. Calle 13 Rocks Cuba, Braces For Miami Backlash

    March 24, 2010 7:55 AM EDT Puerto Rico's Calle 13 brought its edgy mix of reggaeton and hip-hop to Cuba's capital, rocking thousands of screaming fans from an outdoor stage while serving up a heaping dose of bitterness toward U.S. policy. The Grammy-winning group played in front of towering Cuban and Puerto…

  10. '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…

  11. Jason Castro Goes "Crazy"

    March 15, 2010 10:01 AM EDT Jason Castro is known for bringing down the house with his acoustic version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on 'American Idol' season 7 and, more recently, what Billboard called the "sprightly folk pop" of his late '09 single "Let's Just Fall…

  12. 'American Idol' Recap: 'Love' Is The Answer For Todrick Hall

    March 10, 2010 8:19 PM EST Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. --- I have to say, the song spoilers that leaked this afternoon made me super excited for tonight's show -- and not in a nice way.…

  13. 50 Latin Stars Gather To Record 'Somos El Mundo'

    February 22, 2010 7:40 AM EST The atmosphere at Miami's Bongo's restaurant, perched on top of the American Airlines Arena, was almost festive as an endless stream of Latin acts began to file inside. They were there to record "Somos el Mundo," the Spanish-language version of " We Are the World ,…

  14. Ana Isabelle, "Mi Sueño"

    February 19, 2010 3:10 PM EST Puerto Rican pop singer Ana Isabelle 's first album after winning Univision's singing competition "Viva el Sueño" last November is pretty much what listeners would expect: a perfectly acceptable collection of covers and songs she sang on the show, which is even name…

  15. Chart Beat Thursday: 'Hope' Helps Haiti

    January 28, 2010 6:55 PM EST HIGH 'HOPE': If an album is going to set a sales record, best that its proceeds go to charity . "Hope for Haiti Now" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the first digital-exclusive set to reign in the chart's history. All proceeds from the MTV Networks…

  16. Chart Beat Thursday: Vampire Weekend, Train, Shakira

    January 21, 2010 5:55 PM EST VAMPIRE STATE OF MIND: New York indie rock band Vampire Weekend enjoys its first taste of the Billboard 200 summit, as "Contra" debuts at No. 1. The group's self-titled first set debuted and peaked at No. 17 on the chart dated Feb. 16, 2008. This week, it rebounds to No. 123…

  17. Ana Isabelle: Artists To Watch 2010

    January 15, 2010 2:21 PM EST When Puerto Rican pop artist Ana Isabelle began recording her album, prospects looked good for her to reach the finals of the highly rated Univision singing competition "Viva el Sueño." Then, at the end of November, she won the final audience vote. Like the 13 contestants she…

  18. The Magnetic Fields "Realism" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 1:20 PM EST The Magnetic Fields, "Realism" (Nonesuch) Release Date: January 26, 2010 "Realism" is the sonic counterweight to the Magnetic Fields' heavily feedbacked 2008 set, "Distortion." On the band's ninth album, "we have an exaggeratedly realistic…

  19. Cuba's Los Van Van Plan Long-Awaited U.S. Tour

    December 24, 2009 11:32 AM EST Grammy-winning Cuban band Los Van Van are celebrating 40 years of salsa revolution with a long-awaited return to the United States. Often called the 'Rolling Stones of salsa', the group will perform in Key West, Florida on January 28, ending a long absence from the United States…

  20. Manu Chao To Play Che Guevara Memorial Concerts In Cuba

    October 09, 2009 12:44 PM EDT French alt-rock artist Manu Chao is in Cuba to play two concerts marking the 42nd anniversary of the assassination in Bolivia of Cuban-Argentine Revolutionary leader Ernesto 'Che' Guevara on Oct. 9, 1967. Chao and his band Radio Bemba Sound System last played in Cuba three years ago…

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