1. Billboard Bits: Sean Kingston Released from Hospital, Kreayshawn Directing RHCP Video

    June 23, 2011 8:04 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Sean Kingston Released From Hospital Sean Kingston has been released from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami three weeks after being involved in a jet ski accident that left him in critical condition. The pop…

  2. Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman Talks Surprise Acts, Tour Changes

    June 21, 2011 3:50 PM EDT The Vans Warped Tour kicks off on Friday (June 24) in Dallas, and tour founder Kevin Lyman has a lot of surprises in store. Over the last 17 years, Warped has grown from just over 25,000 attendees to an estimated 580,000 this summer, and although prices have risen proportionally, Lyman says…

  3. Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals

    June 16, 2011 1:07 PM EDT Chart Article Get the skinny on Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Fest, Newport Folk Fest, and 30 more fests you may not even know about. Chart Article Bon Jovi Open Air Tour (also called Circle/Greatest Hits tour) Support: The Breakers Dates: Ongoing until July 31 Price: $120 - $184 ( buy…

  4. Debbie Gibson: Co-Star Katy Perry 'Raising The Bar' With 'Last Friday Night' Video

    June 15, 2011 10:05 AM EDT K aty Perry 's video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" not only sports cameos from such Generation Y stars as Rebecca Black , Darren Criss and Kevin McHale, but it also pays tribute to those who know that before it was the title of a Perry song, "E.T." was a…

  5. Billboard Bits: 'Yakety Yak' Singer Dies, 'Glee' Wants Springsteen

    June 13, 2011 5:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Yakety Yak' Singer of The Coasters Dies Carl Gardner, lead singer of '50s group the Coasters, passed away Sunday (June 12) in Port St. Lucie, Florida after an extended illness. As a statement on the…

  6. Ledisi Scores Her First Top 10 Single

    June 13, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Ledisi's catalog of studio albums could double as the chapter titles of a compelling biography. There are her independent releases, 2000's "Soulsinger: The Revival" and 2002's "Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue." Next are the singer/songwriter's first…

  7. Katy Perry Parties With Rebecca Black, 'Glee' Cast in 'Last Friday Night' Video

    June 13, 2011 1:09 AM EDT In her new video for "Last Friday Night (TGIF)," Katy Perry is having a full-on John Hughes moment. In addition to the video's glorious '80s teen flick feeling, "Last Friday Night" features an onslaught of truly random cameos. Those celebs included: recent butt…

  8. Journey Attempts 'More Stadium Rock Record' With 'Eclipse'

    June 10, 2011 1:40 PM EDT A clear idea for Journey 's new album, "Eclipse," led guitarist and co-founder Neal Schon to turn "downright belligerent" in the studio with his bandmates and co-producer Kevin Shirley. "I went in with not only confidence but I was... hard-headed about making…

  9. Black Country Communion 'Went from a Side Project to a Band,' Says Bonham

    June 09, 2011 2:22 PM EDT It's almost unheard of for any band these days to release two albums just nine months apart, but Glenn Hughes says that's one of the things that makes Black Country Communion "a freak of nature." "I've never been in a situation in a band before that's like…

  10. 13 Cool Music Docs For 2011

    June 09, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Beyond the world of biopics is the land of music-centric documentaries, many of which are limited to film festival play before a DVD release. Several musical documentaries have already screened in theaters with more to come this summer. Here's a look at significant documentaries in the…

  11. Music's Next Great Biopics

    June 09, 2011 1:06 PM EDT No one wants to talk about a Marvin Gaye movie. Or one about Janis Joplin , or a Jimi Hendrix biopic. As film subjects go, they're problematic. Heirs to the Joplin and Hendrix estates have blocked films by withholding music and image rights. The pieces to the Gaye story are in so many…

  12. Jason Aldean: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 03, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Days before embarking on a critical run of amphitheater shows that will solidify his major-league touring status, Brown says that prior to launching Broken Bow in 1999, he had invested in other artist development projects. "I found out quickly that by the time the label got through…

  13. Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne Perform 'Someone to Love Me (Naked)' Duet at Billboard Music Awards

    May 22, 2011 10:35 PM EDT After an electric performance from Rihanna and Britney Spears to kick off Sunday night's show and followed later by a duet between Far East Movement and Snoop Dogg , the Billboard Music Awards kept the collaborations coming with an inspired set from Mary J. Blige and Lil Wayne. Entering…

  14. Bon Iver: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 20, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Four winters ago, Justin Vernon retreated to his father's secluded cabin in northern Wisconsin, purging his sorrow through a falsetto that no one would probably ever hear. He spent three brutally cold months alone, piecing songs together using antiquated recording equipment. "It…

  15. Chris Brown Leads BET Awards Nominations

    May 18, 2011 8:37 AM EDT Last year at the BET Awards, Chris Brown performed an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson . It marked the beginning of a comeback for the embattled pop star. This year, Brown is the top contender at the award show with six nominations. Brown is up for best male R&B artist, viewer's…

  16. 'X Factor' Airtimes Revealed, 'American Idol' Returning Jan. 22

    May 16, 2011 2:33 PM EDT Fox has given "The X Factor" the odd running time of 90 minutes and positioned it at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning this fall, the network announced Monday morning (May 16). An hourlong results show will be aired Thursdays. "The X Factor" features a judges panel of Simon…

  17. Ask Billboard: Home Charts Edition, Continued

    May 13, 2011 7:15 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. ASK BILLBOARD:…

  18. Pill Lands Acting Role in Film, '96 Minutes'

    May 11, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Pill has something else to look forward to besides the release of Maybach Music's collaborative album, "Self Made" (May 23). Rick Ross' Maybach Music Partners with Warner Bros., Signs Pill The Atlanta rapper took time to sit down with Billboard.com's the Juice to…

  19. 'Glee' Cover of Rebecca Black's 'Friday,' Explained

    May 09, 2011 5:53 PM EDT "G lee" has tipped its hat to Broadway, Lady Gaga and classic rock including its recent Fleetwood Mac -inspired episode, so why would the Fox dramedy, whose goal is to stress the importance of music education and appreciation, cover Rebecca Black's much-maligned "Friday…

  20. Blind Boys of Alabama's First Country Album Draws Willie Nelson, Vince Gill

    May 07, 2011 9:24 AM EDT During the course of their seven-decade career, the Blind Boys of Alabama have logged several noteworthy achievements: induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, five Grammy Awards and performances before three U.S. presidents. However, one longtime dream still eluded the group. That is,…

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