1. Jim Morrison to Be Pardoned for Indecent Exposure

    December 08, 2010 4:53 PM EST The Doors' Jim Morrison will get a posthumous pardon Thursday for an indecent exposure conviction in Florida that resulted when the late singer pulled what a bandmate called "a mind trip on the audience, and they totally fell for it." Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday got a…

  2. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo

    December 02, 2010 12:10 PM EST Kanye West takes the No. 1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" catapults 59-1 with 496,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Street date violations caused the set to debut last week at No. 59. Each of West's five albums have now…

  3. Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood Toasted As 'CMT Artists of the Year'

    December 01, 2010 1:54 PM EST They gathered to honor CMT's five artists of the year, but the night was more like a celebration of music without borders. CMT feted Taylor Swift , Carrie Underwood , Lady Antebellum , Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band at the taping of "2010 CMT Artists Of The Year" on Tuesday…

  4. Billboard Bits: Pink Talks Baby Names, Bon Jovi Going on Hiatus

    November 30, 2010 5:43 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Pink Reveals Top Choice for Baby Name When Pink announced on " Ellen " Nov. 17 that she was expecting a child, it didn't take long for the name game to begin. Although Pink told Ellen that her doctor…

  5. Bob Dylan Lyrics Could Fetch $250k At Auction

    November 30, 2010 5:22 PM EST B ob Dylan's hand-written lyrics to the 1960s anthem "The Times They Are A-Changin" will hit the auction block next month and could sell for more than a quarter-million dollars, Sotheby's said on Tuesday. The dog-eared, smudged and discolored 8-1/2 by 11 inch sheaf of…

  6. Jesse McCartney Letting Shoppers 'Have It All' After Holidays

    November 30, 2010 2:15 PM EST The Tuesday after Christmas is typically one of the quietest album release dates of the calendar year, with most other titles out in time to become stocking stuffers. "Have It All," Jesse McCartney 's fourth effort on Hollywood Records, is one of the only major releases slated…

  7. Dallas Mavericks Remake Kanye's 'Power' Video, Plus More 'Twisted Fantasy' NBA Teams

    November 29, 2010 4:37 PM EST In between battling injuries and ending the San Antonio Spurs' winning streak, the Dallas Mavericks have apparently been taking a page from Kanye West's playbook. The NBA team unveiled a remake of West's controversial "Power" clip (a.k.a. "moving painting")…

  8. Kanye West Brings 'Fantasy,' Famous Friends to NYC Show

    November 24, 2010 11:05 AM EST One day after his "Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" hit stores, Kanye West gave fans, music execs like Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles, Sylvia Rhone and L.A. Reid, and celebrities including Mos Def , 88 Keys, ?uestlove, Diddy , Selita Ebanks and comedian Aziz Ansari, a surprise show at New…

  9. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kid Cudi, Cee Lo Green, Trey Songz

    November 19, 2010 2:16 PM EST Kid Cudi breaks open at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his sophomore set "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager" as the title moves 169,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His debut "Man on the Moon: The End of the Day" opened at No. 5 on R&B/Hip…

  10. 'Glee' Tour To Visit U.K.

    November 19, 2010 10:28 AM EST The cast of "Glee" is to play a five-date tour of the United Kingdom next summer. Beginning June 22, the U.K. trek, which features "Glee" stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer and Kevin McHale, among others, kicks off at Manchester MEN Arena, followed…

  11. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Mariah Carey, Trey Songz, Willow Smith

    November 12, 2010 11:48 AM EST Mariah Carey kicks off the holiday season with "Merry Christmas II You," which arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, marking only the second Christmas set to top the chart in its 45-year history. It starts with 55,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the…

  12. Backstreet Boys Reunite For 'Oprah'

    November 05, 2010 11:55 AM EDT O prah made dreams come true during her "Teen Idol Extravaganza" episode yesterday (Nov. 4). No, she didn't give everyone a car, but she did give them the Backstreet Boys -- and in some circles that's just as epic. The "Oprah" performance was the first time all…

  13. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Lil Wayne, Tech N9ne, Trey Songz

    November 05, 2010 11:51 AM EDT Lil Wayne 's "I Am Not A Human Being" ties Alicia Keys ' "The Element Of Freedom" for the year's third longest run at No. 1 as it picks up a fifth week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Eminem 's "Recovery" leads the pack with 17 weeks at the…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Mark Salling

    November 04, 2010 5:55 PM EDT QUEEN OF STARTS, PART 1: While "Speak Now" storms in atop the Billboard 200 , becoming the first album since 2005 to begin with sales of more than a million , according to Nielsen SoundScan, Taylor Swift 's chart domination extends to the Billboard Hot 100 . Ten titles from the…

  15. Rock Mafia Recruits Miley Cyrus For 'The Big Bang' Video

    November 02, 2010 4:50 PM EDT Welcome to the latest stop on Miley Cyrus 's path to prove that she's a fully grown woman and ensure that she is never called Hannah Montana again. In her most recent endeavor, Cyrus is playing video star for the Rock Mafia song, "The Big Bang." Video: Rock Mafia, "…

  16. Dave Koz, "Hello Tomorrow"

    October 22, 2010 11:41 AM EDT Saxophonist Dave Koz brings the funk on "Hello Tomorrow," certainly more so than the smooth jazz poster boy has on previous efforts since the 1990s. Some of that credit goes to Koz' new production team of Marcus Miller and John Burk, who surround him with stellar rhythm…

  17. Robbie Williams' Hits Set Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    October 21, 2010 8:21 AM EDT Robbie Williams makes a No. 1 start across Europe with "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI). It debuts atop Billboard's European Albums chart as Eminem 's "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Rihanna , starts a…

  18. Sean Garrett: Nicki Minaj's Failed Single Was 'Out Of My Control'

    October 20, 2010 2:35 PM EDT Singer/songwriter/producer Sean Garrett has been responsible for creating hits like Usher 's "Yeah," Beyonce 's "Ring The Alarm" and Ciara 's "Goodies." But it doesn't mean the hit-making machine hasn't had some blunders along the way as…

  19. Brandy Takes Top Spot on 'DWTS'

    October 19, 2010 4:30 PM EDT It is officially the halfway point in the land of "Dancing With the Stars." This week the contestants were told to create a ballroom dance for the brand new "TV Theme" challenge. Brandy landed herself at the top of the leader board this week with her quick step to the …

  20. Elton John: Today's Songwriters 'Pretty Awful'

    October 19, 2010 11:30 AM EDT British singer Elton John described today's songwriters as "pretty awful," pop music as uninspiring and talent shows like "American Idol" as boring in an interview published on Tuesday. The 63-year-old singer of "Your Song" and "Candle in the Wind,"…

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