1. Amanda Palmer Tweets Her Way Toward Success

    August 06, 2010 3:10 PM EDT By traditional standards, Amanda Palmer is something of a nonentity in the music business. But traditional standards are useless because we are not living in traditional times. Her highest-selling album, a self-titled 2004 release with her punk-cabaret band Dresden Dolls, has sold 149,000…

  2. Goo Goo Dolls Had Fun 'Blowing Things Up' on New Album, Says Frontman

    July 23, 2010 2:19 PM EDT It's been almost 25 years since John Rzeznik and Robby Takac formed the Goo Goo Dolls . In that time, they've sold 7.4 million records, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and ruled adult top 40 radio with tracks like "Iris" -- which spent 17 weeks at No. 1 -- "Slide"…

  3. Lil Jon, Florence, Christina Perri Shake Up 'So You Think You Can Dance'

    July 01, 2010 11:54 AM EDT What do Lil Jon , Florence and the Machine , and unsigned singer Christina Perri have in common? Admittedly not much, except that all three artists got a nice boost from reality dance-off "So You Think You Can Dance" last night. Video: Alex Wong dances to Lil Jon on "SYTYCD…

  4. Goo Goo Dolls Premiere "Home" Video

    June 10, 2010 9:53 AM EDT While the Goo Goo Dolls ' ninth studio effort, "Something For The Rest Of Us," isn't due until August, the band has released its new single "Home" (available now through iTunes ) to tide over fans. Not enough for you? Good news, there's a music video for …

  5. SXSW Kicks Off With Spoon, Sharon Jones, Drive-By Truckers and More

    March 18, 2010 12:10 PM EDT Hundreds of bands, thousands of registrants, and countless numbers of music fans poured into Austin, Tex. yesterday for the start of the music week of the annual South by Southwest Music + Media Conference. At the Austin Convention Center, more than 10,000 music industry veterans and wannabes…

  6. Ask Billboard: Energizer-Bunny Albums

    February 12, 2010 4:45 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. HANGIN' TOUGH Hi Gary, I've noticed that over the past year-plus,…

  7. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith, Francis Bean Cobain, Mars Volta and More

    February 04, 2010 5:56 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. The Flaming Lips , Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem are among the recently announced headliners for the Bestival, the annual September gathering that marks the unofficial end of the summer festival…

  8. Goo Goo Dolls "Something For The Rest Of Us" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 3:24 PM EST Goo Goo Dolls, "Something For The Rest Of Us" (Warner Bros.) Release Date: TBD Goo Goo Dolls originally intended their new album to be released in the fall of 2009. But a decision to push it back "led us to be pretty hyper-critical about the record," according to bassist…

  9. Goo Goo Dolls Ready 'Something For The Rest Of Us"

    December 18, 2009 11:04 AM EST T he Goo Goo Dolls plan to have their next album, "Something For the Rest of Us," finished in February and out in late spring, according to bassist Robby Takac. "Originally we were going to put it out in the fall and we decided to put it out in the spring instead," Takac…

  10. Dr. Dre To Anchor Best Buy 'Club Beats' Sections

    November 10, 2009 11:06 AM EST Best Buy is aiming to become a destination for DJs. The retailer has partnered with Monster Cable and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones to launch its new in-store "Club Beats" area. The big box retailer is creating a new section in all its stores where consumers can sample the latest…

  11. Video: Mos Def "Embedded" Preview

    October 13, 2009 1:44 PM EDT "Current Music Presents: Embedded" is a six-part special series that gives fans intimate, behind-the-scenes access to their favorite artists. Billboard.com has an exclusive, extended sneak-peak at the first episode featuring rapper Mos Def right here. "Every time I come to…

  12. Flaming Lips To Open Pop-Up Store, Play MySpace Gig In L.A.

    October 12, 2009 12:44 PM EDT For one day only, the Flaming Lips will have its own store in Hollywood. Warner Bros. Records is promoting the Oklahoma City band's new album "Embryonic" by opening a pop-up store on Oct. 15. The store, located at the Nike/Ricardo Montalban Theater at 1615 Vine St. in Los…

  13. Trans-Siberian Orchestra Ready For 'Night Castle' To Shine

    September 21, 2009 8:27 AM EDT Paul O'Neill says that "we caused a massive number of heart attacks...at Atlantic (Records)" when he and his Trans-Siberian Orchestra crew finally turned in "Night Castle," the collective's latest rock opera, which will be released on Oct. 27. O'Neill and…

  14. Woodstock At 40: Where Are They Now

    July 30, 2009 1:57 PM EDT Some are still active. Some are retired -- or semi-retired. And some aren't with us anymore. The performers of the original Woodstock Music & Arts Festival have traveled a variety of paths during the past 40 years. Here's a quick look at their current status: Joan Baez : Still…

  15. Jeweler Plans To Sell Diamonds From The King of Pop's Locks

    July 24, 2009 3:56 PM EDT The charred locks of hair from Michael Jackson 's disastrous Pepsi commercial shoot are being turned into diamonds. Chicago-based jeweler LifeGem, which specializes in creating high-quality diamonds from individual hair samples, has announced plans to release a limited collection made…

  16. Beyonce, New Edition, Maxwell To Perform Michael Jackson Songs On BET Awards Tribute

    June 28, 2009 3:00 PM EDT Bobby Brown will reunite with New Edition to perform a Jackson 5 medley at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles tonight (June 28) to open the BET Awards, part of an extended tribute to Michael Jackson. Other performers scheduled to honor Jackson with performances of his songs include Beyonce,…

  17. April 27, 2009

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Bassist Carlos Rivolta of the Spanish band Dusminguet is electrocuted during a concert in Guadalajara, Mexico. 2002 – Country musician Hillous Butrum of Hank William’s Drifting Cowboys dies in his Nashville home at the age of 74. 2000 – Disco singer Vicki Sue Robinson dies from cancer…

  18. Killers, M.I.A. Cap Off Day Two At Coachella

    April 19, 2009 9:44 AM EDT As the sun was setting over the Empire Polo Field on Saturday (April 18), Arizona rock band Calexico lulled an attentive audience at the Outdoor Theatre with a collection of dusty, county-tinged tunes while just a few hundred yards away, New York's TV On The Radio bombarded the main…

  19. March 20, 2009

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – The Eagles launch their world tour in support of their album, “Long Road Out of Eden.” 2000 – Gene “Eugene” Andrusco of Adam Again, Lost Dogs and the Swirling Eddies dies of a brain aneurysm in Huntington Beach, Calif., at the age of 38. 1991 – Eric Clapton’s 4-year-old son, Conor,…

  20. McCartney, Killers, Cure Anchor Coachella Lineup

    January 30, 2009 7:17 AM EST Paul McCartney, the Killers and the Cure lead the bill for the tenth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 17-19 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. McCartney will…

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