1. Das Racist 'Not a Band Anymore'

    December 03, 2012 10:30 AM EST Das Racist are no more. The alternative rap trio of "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" fame has fractured, with member Heems (Himanshu Suri) announcing at a German solo date that "Das Racist is breaking up and we're not a band anymore." Kool A.D. (Victor Vazquez)…

  2. Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull Added to VH1 Divas Lineup

    November 29, 2012 1:50 PM EST VH1 is expanding its roster of Diva-worthy performers, adding Kelly Clarkson , Pitbull , Melanie Fiona and Metric to the network's annual Divas show. The artists join previously announced performers Ciara , Miley Cyrus , Demi Lovato , Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks as they all pay…

  3. 'Glee' Recap: There Are Worse Things Than a 'Grease' Episode

    November 16, 2012 10:35 AM EST Glease was the word Thursday night, with an entire episode devoted to songs from the classic musical. The music this episode is split between the general fun stuff ("Greased Lightning" the "Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee") that, while they fit, only contribute bits to the…

  4. 'Glee' Covers 'Greased Lightning': Exclusive Song Premiere

    November 01, 2012 10:05 AM EDT The cast of "Glee" will be throwing on their leather jackets and poodle skirts in a couple of weeks, when the show's "Grease"-themed episode airs Nov. 15. In anticipation of the accompanying "Glease" album, which drops on Nov. 6, Billboard has the exclusive…

  5. Peter Frampton To Unveil New Music in Ballet Project

    November 01, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Rock veteran says he's "scared stiff" of his collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet. Peter Frampton isn't thinking about renaming his song "Do You Feel Like Tutu," but he is fired up for his collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet that takes place next spring.…

  6. 'Pretty Woman' Songwriter Bill Dees Dies

    November 01, 2012 9:15 AM EDT Bill Dees emerged from his days as an out-of-cash young songwriter to pen tunes recorded by Johnny Cash , Loretta Lynn and other country music greats, but the centerpiece of his career was his work with Roy Orbison , including co-writing the classic rock hit, "Oh, Pretty Woman."…

  7. 50 Years of 'Monster Mash': The Story Behind the Halloween Hit

    October 31, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others.Here, he reflects on the 50-year-old perennial Halloween hit "Monster…

  8. Chart Beat Meet & Greet: Stars

    October 23, 2012 1:30 PM EDT How the band turned its love of pop music - that 'silly little art form' - into its highest-charting album yet. "The album's not about anything specific. We just tried to make a record that had great songs on it." Before Stars ' recent show at New York's…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Lil Wayne Ties Elvis Presley's Hot 100 Record

    September 21, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Weezy matches the King's mark for the most Hot 100 hits among men. Plus, 'Glee' returns and Maroon 5 adds one more 'One More' No. 1. 'ONE' TO 1: As previously reported , Maroon 5 nets its third Hot 100 No. 1, as "One More Night" ascends 2-1. The…

  10. Bubbling Under: Jayme Dee Makes Steps With 'Tip Toes'

    August 31, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Jayme Dee, Devlin, Jekalyn Carr and Los Cadillacs. Jayme Dee Southern California singer/songwriter Jamye Dee's debut…

  11. RZA's 'The Man With the Iron Fists' Soundtrack Features Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Black Keys

    August 28, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Pusha T, Talib Kweli, Corinne Bailey Rae, and more are also featured on the film's soundtrack. RZA 's directorial debut, "The Man With the Iron Fists," is an action-packed kung-fu film starring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. The movie will hit theaters in November, but a star…

  12. Album Review: Owl City, 'The Midsummer Station'

    August 24, 2012 5:00 PM EDT OWL CITY The Midsummer Station Producers Various Universal Republic Release Date Aug. 21 Adam Young may not feel an explicit mission to make the '80s safe for the 21st century, but that's certainly what he achieves on Owl City 's fourth album, The Midsummer Station. The set is…

  13. The Beat 8/23: Taylor Swift Breaks Records, Avril & Chad Get Engaged

    August 23, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Welcome to the Thursday, Aug. 23 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In today's episode, J.B. dishes on Taylor…

  14. Sebastian Bach Offered Memoir Deal: 'My Story Is Insanely Insane'

    August 23, 2012 10:30 AM EDT "I could make (Motley Crue's) 'The Dirt' look clean if I wanted to," says ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach is thinking about becoming a slave to a different kind of grind soon. The former Skid Row singer, who's been touring as a solo act since 1996, tells…

  15. 615 Artist Spotlight: DeeAnn Dominy

    August 22, 2012 5:55 PM EDT There's an old saying that in Texas, they do things in a big way. DeeAnn Dominy is a first-rate example of this fact, as the Lone Star state native has received her share of critical acclaim in 2012, thanks to her debut EP, "Based On A True Story." She tells Billboard that the…

  16. Dee Snider Blasts Romney Camp's Use of Twisted Sister Hit

    August 22, 2012 10:20 AM EDT UPDATE: Twisted Sister founding guitarist Jay Jay French announces that he, too, shall not take it; delivers a blistering rebuke of Paul Ryan to Roll Call. Read It Are there any recording stars not named "Kid" or "Jr." willing to let the Mitt Romney campaign use (or like)…

  17. Crystal Castles Announces Fall U.S. Tour with HEALTH

    July 26, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Following the release of their new single "Plague" yesterday morning (July 25), Crystal Castles has announced a massive fall U.S. tour in support of their as-yet-untitled third album. Crystal Castles Return With New Track, 'Plague': Listen The duo is reportedly putting the…

  18. Phil Vassar Goes Indie for Touching 'Don't Miss Your Life'

    July 20, 2012 3:20 PM EDT It's hard to fathom, but piano man Phil Vassar has been a mainstay at country radio for thirteen years - since "Carlene" hit the charts in 1999. Nobody is more surprised by that fact than the singer himself. "Holy smoke, that's crazy," Vassar exclaims. Vassar is…

  19. Gathering of the Juggalos 2012 Lineup: Cheech & Chong, DMX, George Clinton

    July 17, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Insane Clown Posse admits that they tried for 'big-name acts,' but came up short. Cheech & Chong and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will be senior statesman among a host of rap and rock acts performing at Insane Clown Posse 's 13th annual Gathering of the…

  20. Exclusive: Matisyahu Talks Transformation, 'Spark Seeker' (Video)

    July 13, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Matisyahu shocked the music world when he shaved his signature facial hair last year and announced there would be no more "Chassidic reggae superstar." With "Spark Seeker," his first album since the change, due July 17, the musician says the shift came during a moment of…

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