1. Ozomatli Talks Gay Marriage, Electrocution on 'Fire Away'

    April 16, 2010 1:42 PM EDT For a band that's been around 15 years, Ozomatli has proved it's still open to change. The Latin fusion collective signed with a new label -- Mercer Street/Downtown Records -- in March 2009 to release its fifth studio album, "Fire Away," due April 20, after releasing its…

  2. Rihanna Refuses to Budge from Hot 100 Perch

    April 15, 2010 11:20 AM EDT Rihanna 's "Rude Boy" remains stationed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, fending off runner-up "Nothin' On You" by B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars (2-2) for yet another frame. "Nothin" takes the chart Airplay Gainer trophy with an increase…

  3. Chart Beat Thursday: Robin Williams, BNL, Maxwell

    April 08, 2010 4:15 PM EDT COMIC RELIEF: "I had open heart surgery. I had a blown valve ... which makes me sound like a Chevrolet. "They started offering me choices about what kinds of valves I could get. I thought, maybe I can get the new Apple iHeart. That would be great. It comes with 20,000 emotions!"…

  4. Share A Green Music Tip

    March 22, 2010 5:12 PM EDT Stars like Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson have done great things on their tours to bring their music to the masses in an earth-friendly way. But now -- in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in April -- we're turning to you, the music fan, to share ideas on how everyday…

  5. Video: Ozomatli Strips Down 'It's Only Paper' Live

    March 21, 2010 10:43 AM EDT Los Angeles Latin/ hip-hop/ rock fusionists Ozomatli flew down to Austin, Tx. this past weekend to premiere tracks from their anticipated forthcoming album, "Fire Away," to the South By Southwest masses. We caught up with three members of the group, who gave us a stripped-down "…

  6. '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…

  7. SXSW 2010: Billboard's Showcase Bands

    March 10, 2010 6:30 PM EST Give us four nights to program whatever we want, and we'll give you diverse top-tier acts from all the genres we cover, from Latin to hip-hop to rock. All performances are at the Billboard.com Bungalow at 708 E. Sixth St. in downtown Austin. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17 Billboard en Español…

  8. Billboard Bits: Jack Johnson, Tito Jackson, Milli Vanilli, Red Hot Chili Peppers And More

    February 01, 2010 5:45 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. It's official - the cast of the MTV's hit reality show "The Jersey Shore" will return for a second season this summer. Six of the seven cast members appeared on the "Today…

  9. Chart Beat Thursday: Ke$ha, Elvis Presley, Rihanna

    January 14, 2010 12:35 PM EST 'ANIMAL' KINGDOM: And Ke$ha thought she had reason to party before. As previously reported , the 22-year-old leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with her debut smash "TiK ToK," while her introductory album, "Animal," roars onto the Billboard 200 at No.…

  10. Best Of The 2000s: By-The-Numbers

    December 30, 2009 1:30 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: Best of the 2000s, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 23…

  11. Chart Beat Thursday: Pink Floyd, Susan Boyle, Usher

    December 03, 2009 2:45 PM EST NEW 'MOON': With the revamping of the Billboard 200 last week to again include both current and catalog titles , one of the chart's landmark records is updated this week. At No. 189, Pink Floyd 's "Dark Side of the Moon" re-enters the chart for the first time…

  12. Chart Beat Wednesday: Owl City, Pet Shop Boys, John Mayer

    November 11, 2009 5:36 PM EST WHO? WHO? OWL CITY: Two weeks after reaching the summit on the Billboard Hot 100, and a week after entering the top 10 on Pop Songs, Owl City 's "Fireflies" continues to shine at multiple formats. The Minnesota-based collective helmed by singer-songwriter Adam Young becomes the…

  13. Jack Johnson Includes Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper Collaborations On 'En Concert'

    October 20, 2009 11:00 AM EDT With his "En Concert" film and live album coming Oct. 27, Jack Johnson sees his fifth studio album on the horizon as well. "I think we're starting to get together a new album right now," Johnson tells Billboard.com. "Whenever it seems like there's an album&…

  14. Chart Beat Wednesday: Kiss, Beyonce, David Gray

    September 02, 2009 12:57 PM EDT KISS AND SAY HELLO: Kiss ends a 10-year absence from Billboard's rock airplay charts, as "Modern Day Delilah" debuts at No. 26 on the Heritage Rock survey (viewable every other week in the print issue of Billboard magazine). Not a bad birthday present for the legendary group&…

  15. Chart Beat Wednesday: Katy Perry, Rob Thomas, U2

    July 29, 2009 5:17 PM EDT WHAT HAPPENS TO 'VEGAS': On the Pop Songs/Mainstream Top 40 radio chart, Katy Perry becomes the fourth female artist since 2000 - and second this year following Lady Gaga - to earn at least two No. 1s from a debut album, as "Waking Up in Vegas" rolls 2-1. The song…

  16. Chart Beat Wednesday: Coldplay, Kings Of Leon, Billy Currington

    July 22, 2009 2:29 PM EDT HOT & COLDPLAY: Coldplay heats up the Triple A radio airplay chart, where "Life in Technicolor ii" takes over the top spot. The song is Coldplay's eighth No. 1 on the chart, lifting the band into a second-place tie with Dave Matthews Band, whose "Funny the Way It Is…

  17. Blink-182, Weezer To Headline Free Virgin Fest

    June 24, 2009 12:03 AM EDT After months of speculation about the fate of the 2009 Virgin Mobile Festival, organizers have made an announcement that should please music fans who've felt the economic pinch of the recession: this year's event is free. With headliners Weezer and Blink-182, organizers say 35,000…

  18. Beastie Boys Complete 'Hot Sauce Committee' Album

    May 25, 2009 12:23 PM EDT The Beastie Boys revealed the title of their forthcoming album in an email message delivered to fans today (May 25). "Our new record that is coming out that we finished the other day is called HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE," the group's note reads. The band will appear on "Late…

  19. May 18, 2009

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Andy Capps of Built to Spill dies at his home in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 37. 2004 – Jazz drummer Elvin Jones of the John Coltrane Quartet dies of heart failure in Englewood, N.J., at the age of 76. 1999 – The Backstreet Boys release their third album, “Millennium.” 1999 –…

  20. Dave Matthews, Beasties, Pearl Jam For Outside Lands Fest

    April 13, 2009 11:13 AM EDT Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band and the Beastie Boys will headline San Francisco's second Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, to be held Aug. 28-30 at Golden Gate Park. M.I.A., Modest Mouse, the Mars Volta, Black Eyed Peas, Ween, Thievery Corporation, Incubus and Jason Mraz are also…

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