1. Remembering Guru, One Year After His Death

    April 19, 2011 2:09 PM EDT One year ago today (Apr. 19), Keith Elam, better known as the rapper Guru , lost his battle with cancer at the age of 43. As one half of East Coast duo Gang Starr , Guru spearheaded an influential hip-hop sound that combined effortless rapping with elements of jazz and funk. In addition to…

  2. Roy Orbison's 75th Celebrated With New Singles Set

    April 15, 2011 2:32 PM EDT The B sides disc is just as interesting as the run of hits, for a number of reasons. Because Orbison wrote so much of his own material with partners Melson and Dees, and because he had such good outside material to draw from, both sides of his singles were generally strong, and Orbison's…

  3. Naughty By Nature Plans Comeback With 'Anthem' Album

    March 29, 2011 11:37 AM EDT Twenty years after breaking into the mainstream with their self-titled debut album, hip-hop group Naughty by Nature will celebrate their two decade milestone by releasing their forthcoming album, "Anthem Inc," this May. "With 'Anthem Inc' we will be doing some re…

  4. 'American Idol': Jacob Lusk, Pia Toscano Go for the Glory on Motown Night

    March 23, 2011 11:55 PM EDT The stakes are always high on "American Idol," but when Top 11 week rolls around, there's an added layer of pressure. Why? Because everyone knows that the next-best prize to winning is up for grabs -- make the top 10, and you get to go on tour. This season, Top 11 week also…

  5. Darlene Love on Rock Hall Induction: 'People Are Hiring Me Now'

    March 14, 2011 11:00 AM EDT D arlene Love says that her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been good for business. "Oh, yes, definitely," she tells Billboard.com. As the voice of the Phil Spector -produced holiday favorite "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," Love says she's "…

  6. Jane's Addiction, Elvis Costello, Furthur to Headline Gathering of the Vibes 2011

    March 14, 2011 10:00 AM EDT J ane's Addiction , Elvis Costello and the Grateful Dead spin-offs Furthur and Rhythm Devils headline the initial announcement of artists for the 16th annual Gathering of the Vibes Festival, which will take place July 21-24 in Bridgeport, Conn. Given that the festival was created to…

  7. Arctic Monkeys Announce Tour Dates, Leak New Track 'Brick By Brick'

    March 08, 2011 11:45 AM EST Late Friday (Mar. 4), out of the blue, the Arctic Monkeys posted a video for a new song, titled "Brick By Brick," on their YouTube account. Now the British rockers have announced North American and European tour dates to prepare for their upcoming fourth record. Few details…

  8. The Power Of Love: Analyzing The Hot 100's 1,000 No. 1s

    February 23, 2011 1:05 PM EST How did I spend my long weekend, plus a(n unhealthy) portion of yesterday? Analyzing the subject matter of all 1,000 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, of course! I wondered if by dissecting the content of each leading song since the Hot 100's launch Aug. 4, 1958, from Ricky Nelson 's "…

  9. Drake to Guest Star on LeBron James Animated Series

    February 17, 2011 7:14 PM EST D rake is set to appear on "The LeBrons," an upcoming animated web series spearheaded by Miami Heat superstar LeBron James (with Spring Hill Productions and Believe Entertainment Group). The Toronto rapper will play himself in his guest spot on the series, which is set to debut in…

  10. The 40 Biggest Duets Of All Time

    February 14, 2011 9:50 AM EST One big name on a red-hot hit is great, but sometimes two superstar voices come together in an inspired pairing that is truly special. With Valentine's Day's celebration of couples in mind, our experts dove into over 50 years of Hot 100 hits to single out the biggest songs by two…

  11. Adele Announces U.S. Tour Dates

    February 07, 2011 10:51 AM EST A dele fans will have the chance to roll in the deep with her soon, as the U.K. singer/songwriter has announced a monthlong North American tour in support of her soon-to-be-released sophomore album, "21." The trek, which actually consists of 22 announced dates thus far, will kick…

  12. DJ Kool Herc Seriously Ill, Says DJ Premier

    January 31, 2011 12:22 PM EST It appears one of hip-hop's pioneers is seriously ill and needs help from his community. During his broadcast of Live from HQ this week, DJ Premier told listeners that DJ Kool Herc is currently hospitalized and doesn't have health insurance to cover his medical bills. Thus, asking…

  13. Bootsy Collins Taps Snoop Dogg, George Clinton for First Album in Five Years

    January 11, 2011 5:28 AM EST A desire to memorialize his heroes -- including James Brown , Jimi Hendrix , Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist Garry Shider and jazz legends such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis -- drove Bootsy Collins to make "Tha Funk Capitol of the World," his first new album in five years. …

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Bruno Mars, Black Eyed Peas, Tim McGraw

    December 30, 2010 2:05 PM EST MARS' RETURN TRIP: Bruno Mars becomes the sixth solo male in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history to send his first two radio singles as a lead act to No. 1, as "Grenade" ignites 2-1. Mars first topped the Hot 100 as a lead artist with "Just the Way You Are"…

  15. Ramones, Dolly Parton Receiving Lifetime Achievement Grammys

    December 22, 2010 2:10 PM EST British actress Julie Andrews , country icon Dolly Parton , jazz drummer Roy Haynes , and punk pioneers the Ramones will receive Grammy Awards for lifetime achievement next year, organizers said on Wednesday. Recipients also include the Juilliard String Quartet, folk revivalists the Kingston…

  16. Katy Perry Gets Raunchy on 'The Simpsons'

    December 06, 2010 12:10 PM EST Earlier this fall concerned parents considered Katy Perry 's play-date re-make of "Hot and Cold" with Elmo too risqué to air on "Sesame Street." Well, if any of those parents saw Perry's guest spot on last night's (Dec. 5) episode of "The Simpsons,"…

  17. 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…

  18. Patti Smith Wins Book Award

    November 18, 2010 8:52 AM EST Patti Smith was among the major winners of the U.S. National Book Awards for her memoir "Just Kids," choking up with tears before urging book publishers not to let technology kill traditional books. Smith, a 63-year-old American singer songwriter and poet, turned emotional as she…

  19. Constantine Maroulis Preps New Album During 'Rock of Ages' Tour

    November 09, 2010 3:25 PM EST He may be busy on the road with the touring company of the musical "Rock of Ages," but Constantine Maroulis is also hard at work on his next album. "Sometime early next year, I'd like to start putting out some of the songs," the Season 4 "American Idol"…

  20. Ke$ha to 'Get Sleazy' on First Headlining Tour

    November 09, 2010 11:50 AM EST K e$ha is gearing up to take her glitter-drenched show on the road in 2011. The pop star -- and current Hot 100 crown-holder -- today (Nov. 9) announced the first dates for her Get $leazy tour, her first North American headlining trek. The Get $leazy tour, which follows Ke$ha's gig…

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