1. Johnny Preston, 'Running Bear' Singer, Dies at 71

    March 07, 2011 12:40 PM EST Johnny Preston, who had a No. 1 hit with the song "Running Bear" in 1960, died in Beaumont, Tex., on Friday (Mar. 4). He was 71. His death was confirmed by his son, Scott, who said Mr. Preston had bypass surgery late last year and suffered from lingering health problems. Johnny…

  2. Justin Bieber Wins MVP at NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    February 19, 2011 2:21 PM EST J ustin Bieber finally won a trophy in L.A. The teen singing sensation, who was shut out at the Grammys, was chosen most valuable player despite playing for the losing team in the NBA All-Star celebrity game on Friday night. Bieber had eight points, four assists and two rebounds for the West…

  3. Uncle Luke Announces Run For Miami Mayor

    February 04, 2011 12:37 PM EST Rapper, reality TV star and most-recently newspaper columnist Luke "Uncle Luke" Campbell has announced his next venture will be running for Mayor of Miami Dade. The former 2 Live Crew rapper wrote about his decision to enter politics in his Miami New Times column recently, stating …

  4. Exclusive: Snoop Dogg's 'Raised In Da Hood' Track

    February 01, 2011 4:20 PM EST Snoop Dogg will be releasing his album, "Doggumentary," on March 29th, and to get fans excited about the upcoming set, the doggfather has given The Juice readers and exclusive first listen to the track "Raised In Da Hood." Snoop Dogg Raised in Da Hood (prod. Warryn Baby…

  5. Trail of Dead Returns with Two-Part 'Tao of the Dead'

    January 28, 2011 3:00 PM EST After reclaiming its independence following a rough streak at Interscope for 2009's "The Century of Self," Austin art rock band ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead continues blazing its own path for its latest release, the two-part "Tao of the Dead." The set,…

  6. Motorhead Singer Talks New Album, 'Motherf**ker' Movie

    January 24, 2011 7:50 AM EST With albums coming from both his bands and a biographical documentary due out on DVD, one can understand why Lemmy Kilmister feels "we're going pretty good at the moment." The iconic Motorhead founder and leader is basking in the raised profile of "Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker,…

  7. Rock Hall of Fame to Induct Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits

    December 14, 2010 6:43 PM EST It's official -- Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The class of 2011 will be formally feted on Mar. 14 at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. All but Waits and Love were first-time nominees…

  8. Neon Trees Put Overseas Stardom On Their 'Wish List'

    November 30, 2010 3:14 PM EST World conquest is on Neon Trees' mind these days. The Utah quartet has been riding high on the success of "Animal," the Alternative Songs chart-topping single from its debut album "Habits," and it recently returned from its first trip to the U.K. to play a round of…

  9. The Top 50 R&B / Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years

    November 18, 2010 11:47 AM EST Chart Article In honor of the incomparable artists that have helped bring urban music to the masses over the last three decades -- and also to toast the success of our recently launched music column 30-21 20-11 10-1 Next » 50 Tevin Campbell Introduced to the music world by super-producer…

  10. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several of the hits and collaborations he's…

  11. Garth Brooks Plans Benefit Concert for Flood Victims

    October 28, 2010 10:40 AM EDT G arth Brooks , the all-time best-selling star in country music, will hold a benefit concert December 17 for victims of Tennessee's spring flooding, the entertainer said in a statement on Thursday. The planned benefit at Bridgestone Arena will be the first time Brooks has performed in…

  12. Kings of Leon Make Record-Breaking Debut on U.K. Chart

    October 25, 2010 10:25 AM EDT K ings of Leon 's "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) made a record-breaking start to its U.K. album chart career yesterday (Sunday). In selling over 183,000 copies, it recorded the biggest first-week sale of any artist album this year, and the 49,000…

  13. Bad Religion Celebrates 30th Anniversary with New Album & Book

    October 01, 2010 7:20 PM EDT Reaching a 30th anniversary has been a "weird" experience for Bad Religion bassist Jay Bentley. "It doesn't feel like 30 years," Bentley, one of the California punk rock group's co-founders, tells Billboard.com. "It's just been happening and been a big…

  14. Craig Campbell, "Family Man"

    October 01, 2010 6:05 PM EDT Although he's still a newcomer, Craig Campbell has become an impressive songwriter while honing his skills with veteran country producer Keith Stegall ( Alan Jackson , George Strait ). On his debut single, "Family Man," the Georgia native paints a portrait of a modern working…

  15. Weekly Chart Notes: Zac Brown Band, 'Glee,' Lady Gaga

    September 30, 2010 6:55 PM EDT GOT COUNTRY?: For the first time in its 54-year history, two country bands have led the Billboard 200 in the same year. That's the same amount of the genre's groups that topped the tally from its launch in 1956 through last year. Zac Brown Band becomes the second country band to…

  16. Bounty Killer Arrested for Suspicion of Assault

    September 20, 2010 8:20 AM EDT A Jamaican dancehall star with a history of run-ins with the law has been arrested again. Police Superintendent Altermoth Campbell says a badly bruised woman alleged that Bounty Killer beat her Saturday (Sept. 18) night at his apartment in St. Andrew, Jamaica. The rapper's lawyer did not…

  17. Joe Elliott Talks Side Project, New Def Leppard Live Album

    July 16, 2010 2:00 PM EDT Even as Joe Elliott releases the first album by his side project, Down 'n' Outz, Def Leppard is hatching plans for some archival projects in 2011. Elliott tells Billboard.com that the group, which is taking 2010 off from touring, is putting together a live album culled from its 2009…

  18. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Lee Brice, Judy Collins

    July 08, 2010 5:45 PM EDT PARTY IN THE U.S.A.: Before the release of "California Gurls," Katy Perry revealed her inspiration for co-writing the song: "It's so great that ( Jay-Z and Alicia Keys ') 'Empire State of Mind' is huge and that everyone has the New York song, but ... what…

  19. Sheryl Crow, "Summer Day"

    June 25, 2010 11:28 AM EDT Sheryl Crow 's latest offering harks back to a time when love songs ruled the airwaves and R&B and Southern soul defined a generation. The breezy tune opens with Crow on her Wurlitzer, singing "nah nahs" as the instrumentation kicks in. Funky clavinet thumps, electric…

  20. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, "Mojo"

    June 04, 2010 4:06 PM EDT Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have always been a rock'n'roll band. But "Mojo," a mostly blues-rock opus clocking in at nearly 65 minutes, is for those who've been waiting for the long-lived group to let the throttle out all the way. Petty and lead guitarist Mike…

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