1. Billboard Bits: Metallica Honors Armed Forces, Lil Wayne Buys 48 Bottles of Champagne

    November 05, 2010 6:47 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Metallica Headlines 'Call of Duty: Black Ops' Launch Event, Honors U.S. Armed Forces Metallica headlined the launch event for the Activision "Call of Duty: Black Ops" video game last night (Nov.…

  2. Brandy Rules 'Dancing With the Stars' For Second Week

    October 26, 2010 12:58 PM EDT After weeks of playing tip-toe around the top of the leader board, Brandy is finally showing she can own the top spot. The R&B singer took the top spot during "Rock Week" this week, getting the highest score not only in her individual dance but winning the swing marathon as well…

  3. Bristol Palin Foxtrots to Bruno Mars on 'Dancing with the Stars'

    October 05, 2010 12:10 PM EDT Last night (Oct. 4) the cast members of "Dancing With The Stars" waltzed, sambaed and foxtrotted their way through the third round of competition. The challenge put before all couples for this round of elimination was to tell a story through their dances -- and as usual some were…

  4. The Black Angels Live: Billboard Tastemakers Video

    September 22, 2010 1:53 PM EDT Chart Article Our new video series presents a closer look at -- and an exclusive performance from -- the cool artists hitting the Billboard Tastemakers chart , which brings you the top-selling albums each week based on an influential panel of indie stores and small regional chains. The Black…

  5. BET's Terrence J, Video Vixen Melyssa Ford Hit Off-Broadway Stage

    September 16, 2010 4:22 PM EDT Off-Broadway jack-of-all-trades J Kyle Manzay and video queen Melyssa Ford have teamed up for a play to denounce the way women are portrayed in hip-hop videos. The Juice was invited to a preview of "For Vixens Who've Considered Homicide When The Video Was Too Much," last night …

  6. Brandy, Michael Bolton Join 'Dancing with the Stars'

    August 31, 2010 9:56 AM EDT B randy and Michael Bolton are among the celebrities hitting the ballroom dance floor on the next season of "Dancing with the Stars," ABC announced today (Aug. 31). The R&B singer and old-school crooner will face off against such names as Bristol Palin, Michael "The…

  7. Mark Ronson Shows Off His 'Record Collection' on New Album

    August 30, 2010 3:30 PM EDT At the age of 34, Mark Ronson already knows what his epitaph will read. It's not that he's a morbid guy; he's just wryly aware of his musical legacy. "At the end of the day, it will say 'producer' before it says 'artist,' " says Ronson, who has…

  8. Swell Season Fans Witness Man Leap To Death

    August 20, 2010 7:41 AM EDT Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová of the Swell Season and their crew have issued a statement following a bizarre incident in which a man died at their show last night (Aug. 19) at Saratoga Mountain Winery, California. The audience watched in horror when the man deliberately threw himself from…

  9. Lee Brice Makes History with 'Love Like Crazy'

    July 18, 2010 10:59 AM EDT L ee Brice made history when the Garth Brooks hit "More Than a Memory" -- a song Brice co-wrote with Kyle Jacobs and Billy Montana -- became the first single to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Now he's making history of a different sort. Brice's…

  10. 'Glee' Leads Emmy Nominations with 19 Bids

    July 08, 2010 10:25 AM EDT "Glee," the spunky TV musical comedy about high school misfits and the teachers who shepherd them, was a top Emmy nominee Thursday with 19 bids, including for best comedy series and stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele. The leading nominee was the gritty, unsparing World War II…

  11. Bonnaroo 2010 Kicks Off With Conan, Kings of Leon, Chromeo & Daryl Hall

    June 12, 2010 8:32 AM EDT Damian "Junior Gong" Marley and Nas brought "Distant Relatives" to Tennessee, Kings of Leon ruled the mainstage and the National put another exclamation point what is quickly becoming the band's best summer yet, but the first full day of Bonnaroo 2010 belonged to a…

  12. Plastikman, Inner City, Model 500 To Play Detroit Techno Fest

    March 11, 2010 9:16 AM EST Rare live performances by Plastikman, the pioneering house music group Inner City and Juan Atkins' Model 500 will highlight this year's Movement Electronic Music Festival, the annual Memorial Day Weekend bash in downtown Detroit. The three were among more than 70 acts announced…

  13. Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 16, 2010 4:35 PM EST As the Olympics reclaim the sporting world's spotlight, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (We'll leave out any songs by the R&B band known as the Olympics , "Snow (Hey Oh)" by Red Hot Chili Peppers and "What Would Brian…

  14. Tenacious D To Fill Beasties' Slot At Outside Lands

    August 06, 2009 5:55 PM EDT Tenacious D will be stepping in for the Beastie Boys at this year's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, organizers announced Thursday. The comic duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass will headline the festival's final day, Aug. 30, with a set that Jack promised reporters during a…

  15. Al B. Sure Comes Home With 'Honey'

    July 15, 2009 4:32 PM EDT It's been 17 years since Al B. Sure recorded a studio album. But with the June 23 release of "Honey I'm Home" (Hidden Beach Recordings), the singer/songwriter joined a current wave of R&B vets—including Ginuwine, Teena Marie and Charlie Wilson—notching strong comebacks…

  16. Rakim Ready To Release 'The Seventh Seal'

    July 14, 2009 2:53 PM EDT "The Seventh Seal," the long-anticipated album by rap legend Rakim , is slated for release in the fall, Billboard has learned exclusively. The project's first single, "Holy Are You," will drop July 28. The album is being released on Rakim's Ra Records label in a…

  17. Rakim Ready To Release 'The Seventh Seal'

    July 13, 2009 6:00 PM EDT "The Seventh Seal," the long-anticipated album by rap legend Rakim, is slated for release in the fall, Billboard has learned exclusively. The project's first single, "Holy Are You," will drop July 28. The album is being released on Rakim's Ra Records label in a…

  18. Rothbury Festival Gets Off To Eclectic Start

    July 03, 2009 2:23 PM EDT Guitar riffs, rhymes and polyrhythmic ragas got the second Rothbury Festival off to an eclectic start on Thursday at the Double JJ Ranch in western Michigan. If a star is to be born at this year's edition of the Rothbury it may well be Davy Knowles, the blues-rock guitar whiz from the…

  19. Jagged Edge Lining Up Guests For Slip-N-Slide Debut

    June 05, 2009 4:15 PM EDT Slip-N-Slide Records, home to chart-topping artists like Rick Ross and Plies, has signed the R&B quartet Jagged Edge fresh off their departure from Def Jam Records. Now members Brian Casey, Brandon Casey, Kyle Norman and Richard Wingo are in the studio working on a new album entitled …

  20. Al B. Sure! Returns With Hidden Beach Debut

    May 18, 2009 4:05 PM EDT Veteran R&B singer/songwriter Al B. Sure! has signed with Hidden Beach Recordings and will release a new album on June 23. "Honey I'm Home" signals the artist's first new studio project in over 15 years. The 13-track CD features the sensual lead single "I Love It …

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