1. Madonna Signs With Interscope Records

    December 14, 2011 5:20 PM EST Madonna has signed with Interscope, a source close to the situation confirmed to Billboard.biz Wednesday morning (Dec. 14). According to a report in the New York Post , the singer will continue the 10-year multi-rights deal with Live Nation -- said to be worth as much as $100 million -- that…

  2. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance industries -- except, of course, some of the…

  3. Billboard Bits: Justin Timberlake On Britney Spears, Bjork Releases Details of iPad Album

    June 01, 2011 6:21 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Timberlake on Britney Spears: 'I Just Don't Think We Were Normal' In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands tomorrow (June 2), Justin Timberlake dishes on his girlfriends, including…

  4. Bob Dylan Denies Chinese Concerts Were Censored by Government

    May 13, 2011 2:29 PM EDT In a rare and lengthy post on his official website titled "To my fans and followers," Bob Dylan slammed what he characterizes as inaccurate reports that claimed he censoried his setlist during his recent first shows in China. First, he refuted reports that he was ever denied…

  5. L.A. Reid Says He'll Announce New Label Gig 'In a Little While'

    April 13, 2011 12:29 PM EDT Even though he's signed on as a judge on Simon Cowell's "X Factor," it's unlikely that anyone thought L.A. Reid, who left his post at the helm of Island Def Jam last month, would be out of the music business for long. And sure enough, in an interview with Hot 97'…

  6. Nicki Minaj Officially Joins Britney Spears 'Femme Fatale' Tour

    April 12, 2011 10:49 AM EDT After several days of rumors and being " in talks ," Nicki Minaj was officially confirmed as the special guest on Britney Spears upcoming Femme Fatale tour today, via a post on Spears' official website . The tour begins on June 16 in Sacramento, Calif., and is scheduled to wrap…

  7. Prince to Play 21-Night Residency in Los Angeles

    April 08, 2011 3:59 PM EDT P rince will continue his residency-style "Welcome 2 America" tour with a whopping 21-date stand in Los Angeles, beginning on April 14 at the Forum. The artist made the announcement via a phone call on George Lopez's show last night (watch the video below). Video: Prince on …

  8. Screeching Weasel Singer Hits Two Women At Band's SXSW Gig

    March 19, 2011 8:20 PM EDT S creeching Weasel singer Ben Weasel (a.k.a. Ben Foster) struck two women during the band's tirade-laden concert at South by Southwest Friday night, according to media reports and video footage of the event, which took place at Austin's Scoot Inn. Weasel struck one of the women…

  9. Four Injured At OMD SXSW Concert

    March 19, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Four people were injured Friday night (March 18) after a camera boom fell into the crowd at OMD's South by Southwest concert at Stubbs on Friday night. An Austin-Travis County EMS spokesperson told KXAN that four injuries were minor. Those injured were taken by ambulance to University…

  10. R.E.M.'s Stipe Presents 'Collapse' Short Films at SXSW

    March 17, 2011 12:40 PM EDT Michael Stipe's impetus for R.E.M. 's Collapse Into Now Film Project aren't all that lofty. He just wants "to try to reimagine what an album is in 2011." "The challenge to me is, 'What is an album, and how can we explore that in the 21st century,'"…

  11. R.E.M. Recruits James Franco, Albert Maysles to Helm 'Collapse Into Now' Videos

    March 03, 2011 9:07 PM EST Every song on the new R.E.M. album, "Collapse Into Now," will be accompanied by a short film created by 11 different filmmakers, among them documentarian Albert Maysles and Michael Stipe himself. Actor James Franco directs two of the films, for "That Someone is You" and …

  12. Arcade Fire Manager Responds To Criticism Over Grammy Win

    February 24, 2011 10:38 AM EST Veteran music executive Steve Stoute penned a letter criticizing the Grammy Awards , which that appeared as an ad in the New York Times on Sunday. Specifically, Stoute singled out Arcade Fire -- who performed two songs during the show and capped off the night by winning Album of the Year --…

  13. Single Review: Lady Gaga, 'Born This Way'

    February 11, 2011 3:30 PM EST LADY GAGA Born This Way (4:20) Producer: Lady Gaga, Jeppe Laursen, Fernando Garibay, Paul Blair aka DJ White Shadow Writer: Steani Germanotta, Jeppe Laursen Publisher: various Streamline/KonLive/Interscope After all the tweets, talk and anticipation, Lady Gaga 's first new song in over a…

  14. Single Review: Britney Spears, "Hold It Against Me"

    January 11, 2011 12:48 PM EST BRITNEY SPEARS Hold It Against Me (3:49) Producers: Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Billboard Writers: Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald, Bonnie McKee, Mathieu Jomphe Publishers: Various Jive/JLG "Hold It Against Me," the hotly anticipated new Britney Spears single, inevitably arrived on the Web a…

  15. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    September 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ne-Yo moves past R&B on his third album in three years, Nelly breaks a four-year hiatus with his latest effort, Lindsey Buckingham gets a little help from his Fleetwood Mac friends and Buckcherry A new album from rock act Buckcherry, "Black Butterfly" (Atlantic). DJ Khaled'…

  16. New Jem Album Heads To 'Earth' In September

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Welsh rock artist Jem will follow-up her breakthrough 2004 debut with a new album, "Down to Earth," in September via ATO Records. First single "It's Amazing" can be found on New Line's "Sex and the Ci Welsh rock artist Jem will follow-up her breakthrough…

  17. Ask Billboard

    July 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Answers to readers' questions about the Spice Girls, Jem and Jackson Browne GREATEST SPICES Hey Keith, Thanks for answering my "Garbage" question a few weeks ago and now I'm very excited about the greatest hits compilation -- hopefully it'll be out soon. Now, here is…

  18. On TV

    January 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 2-8, 2006. MONDAY, JAN. 2 "Today," NBC Featured artist(s): Willie Nelson. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist(s): Ginuwine (also scheduled: Tea Leoni, Enrique Murciano). "Inked: Rockers & Ribbons," A&E…

  19. The Pogues Plot North American Tour

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Legendary Irish rock act the Pogues will visit North America for the first time in years this spring. Legendary Irish rock act the Pogues will visit North America for the first time in years this spring. The nine-show tour will begin with a March 9-10 stand at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30…

  20. TunesOnTV

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 22-28, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 22 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artists: Common, Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff. Show Description: Syndicated weekday variety show. Check local listings! "TRL,…

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