1. Guru of Gang Starr Dies at 43

    April 20, 2010 8:25 AM EDT Rapper Guru has died at the age of 43 after a long battle with cancer, according to a statement released by his friend and producer Solar. The New York MC - whose real name was Keith Elam - suffered cardiac arrest on March 2 and had been in a coma. Gang Starr's Guru in Coma After Heart…

  2. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 4/2/10

    April 03, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @fatbellybella (Erykah Badu): ..didnt remember what kind of…

  3. Hot Tours: Bon Jovi, John Mayer, Jay-Z

    March 11, 2010 1:03 PM EST Bon Jovi takes the No. 1 spot on the Hot Tour rankings with the first box office totals reported from its Circle Tour that will play arenas and stadiums throughout the year, and into 2011. The tour kicked off in Hawaii with two performances at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu (Feb. 11…

  4. Public Image Ltd Announces North American Tour

    February 24, 2010 6:17 PM EST Public Image Ltd ., the British alternative band fronted by former Sex Pistol singer John Lydon (better known as Johnny Rotten), have announced a North American tour. The trek will kick off at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 16, which will mark the group's first U.S.…

  5. Producer Details 'We Are The World 25' On Eve Of Debut

    February 12, 2010 1:36 PM EST "We Are the World - 25 for Haiti" will premiere on NBC prior to the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Spearheaded by Quincy Jones, producer, and Lionel Richie, co-writer, of the 1985 philanthropic anthem "We Are The World," "WOTW-25" was recorded…

  6. Super Bowl Ads Tap KISS, Beyonce, Cheap Trick, T-Pain

    February 08, 2010 10:28 AM EST In between the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl last year and the Who rocking the big halftime show , a few good commercials featured quality music or cameos by our favorite artists in 2010. Check out some of the best music-related ads below. In this one of many Bud Light Super Bowl…

  7. Jared Evan Is Ready To Make Major Noise

    October 12, 2009 6:42 PM EDT Sometime in 1992 on Long Island's north shore, four-year-old Jared Evan began smacking the chairs in his family's basement with hockey sticks. To salvage their furniture, his parents borrowed a friend's old Ludwig drum set and passed it on to their rambunctious son. Two years…

  8. At All Points West, Tool, My Bloody Valentine Bring Sun, Dark Tunes

    August 02, 2009 11:56 AM EDT All Points West organizers offered a reward to everyone that braved the festival's soggy, mud-soaked opening day . A free pass. At 6 P.M. Friday, AEG/ Goldenvoice announced that, due to the stormy weather that plagued the grounds all afternoon, Friday ticket holders would be admitted…

  9. AEG Live CEO Discusses Michael Jackson's Memorial, Tribute Concert

    July 13, 2009 12:05 AM EDT Just two weeks after the death of Michael Jackson, Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, producers of what were to be Jackson’s 50 sellouts at the O2 Arena in London, still has not caught his breath. Among the most recent developments for Phillips, AEG Live and parent AEG, was the successful…

  10. AEG Live CEO Discusses Michael Jackson's Memorial, Tribute Concert

    July 12, 2009 11:02 AM EDT Just two weeks after the death of Michael Jackson , Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, producers of what were to be Jackson's 50 sellouts at the O2 Arena in London, still has not caught his breath. Among the most recent developments for Phillips, AEG Live and parent AEG, was the successful…

  11. RZA Returns To The 'Chamber'

    June 25, 2009 9:06 AM EDT RZA says "Chamber Music" is NOT a new Wu-Tang Clan album -- but it's pretty close. "This is not a Wu-Tang Clan album, but this definitely feels Wu-Tang Clan inspired," explains the hip-hop impresario, who executive produced the June 30 set that features Clan members…

  12. Ask Billboard: Kelly Clarkson, UB40, LeAnn Rimes, Tim McGraw

    May 29, 2009 3:12 PM EDT 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. CUBAN STARS Hi Gary, Always a pleasure to read your column, one of the things…

  13. Coldplay, Beasties, Tool Headlining All Points West

    March 30, 2009 7:05 AM EDT Coldplay, Tool and the Beastie Boys will headline the second annual All Points West Music & Arts Festival, to be held July 31- Aug. 2 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan. Other bands and musicians confirmed for the multi-stage festival…

  14. This Day in Music

    November 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang tour is a big winner at the Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, based on box-office figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, 2006 - The Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang tour is a big winner at the Billboard…

  15. N.A.S.A. Blasts Off With Kanye, M.I.A., Waits

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Boasting one of the more eclectic guest lists in recent memory, Brazilian-influenced duo N.A.S.A. will unveil its debut album, "The Spirit of Apollo," Feb. 17 via Anti-. Boasting one of the more eclectic guest lists in recent memory, Brazilian-influenced duo N.A.S.A. will unveil its…

  16. This Day in Music

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - After nearly 60 years of recordings, Ray Charles posthumously earns the first platinum award of his career with "Genius Loves Company" during September certifications by the RIAA. The R&B v 2004 - After nearly 60 years of recordings, Ray Charles posthumously earns the…

  17. Usher Courts The Ladies With November Tour

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher is hoping to get up close and personal with his female fans on a 14-date November club tour, which is being billed as "One Night Stand: Ladies Only." A Jive spokesperson clarifies that although Usher is hoping to get up close and personal with his female fans on a 14-date…

  18. This Day in Music

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Trey Anastasio begins an 18 consecutive hour DJs stint on Sirius Satellite Radio for "Trey Day, Vol. 2." 2006 - Trey Anastasio begins an 18 consecutive hour DJs stint on Sirius Satellite Radio for "Trey Day, Vol. 2." 2006 - British alternative rock trio Muse and…

  19. Billboard Underground: Little Vic

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Little Vic may have been affiliated with big names in music in the past, but the 27-year-old MC is just getting started. Little Vic may have been affiliated with big names in music in the past, but the 27-year-old MC is just getting started. Raised in Long Island, N.Y., Little Vic (born…

  20. Master P Takes On BET With New Cable Network

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop entrepreneur Percy Miller, a.k.a. Master P, is launching a family-friendly cable network, Better Black Television. Hip-hop entrepreneur Percy Miller, a.k.a. Master P, is launching a family-friendly cable network, Better Black Television. The network will provide "positive content…

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