1. Tom Petty Talks New Album, Tour, Sandwiches in Twitter Q&A

    December 15, 2011 7:32 PM EST There were a few modest news flashes from Tom Petty during a Q&A session on his official Twitter page ( @tompetty ) on Thursday. Petty told Billboard.com that a new album is planned "but too soon to know details. it`s early days." He did, however, tell a fan asking about his…

  2. Drake to Kick Off 2012 Club Paradise Tour on Valentine's Day

    December 13, 2011 12:15 PM EST Drake will kick off his 2012 Club Paradise Tour in Miami on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14). Toronto's own will hit 17 U.S. cities, stopping in college towns like Tallahassee, FL and Tuscon, AZ in support of his Billboard 200 No. 1, "Take Care." Drake, "Take Care:"…

  3. Jay-Z Headlines Carnegie Hall For Charity

    December 08, 2011 4:10 PM EST Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter will become the first solo hip-hop artist to headline Carnegie Hall on Feb. 6 and 7, playing a pair of charity concerts benefitting the United Way of New York City and Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. Carter made the announcement at Carnegie Hall Thursday…

  4. 615 Spotlight: Darren Warren Sees Cancer Fight as Stepping Stone

    November 30, 2011 12:45 PM EST When you hear "Cowboy Up and Party Down," the latest single from newcomer Darren Warren, you might think the Kentucky-born singer doesn't have a care in the world. While he admits he tries to live his life with a smile now, there was a time where things were much different. …

  5. Dr. Dre to Take a 'Break' From Music, 'Detox' Future Unclear

    November 16, 2011 8:38 PM EST Dr. Dre stopped just short of announcing his retirement last week, admitting that he was ready to take a break from working on music. While discussing his latest protégés, Slim the Mobster and Kendrick Lamar, Dre told Fader TV that his next order of business was to "wrap it up for a…

  6. Drake, 'Take Care': Track-by-Track Review

    November 15, 2011 12:40 PM EST Drake 's sophomore studio album, "Take Care," is as much for his fans as it is for him. The 25-year-old Toronto native took his time and care -- no pun intended -- to craft a project that best showcases his life behind the lens. Drake brought along only close friends and family…

  7. Duran Duran: Still 'Girl' Crazy After All These Years

    November 14, 2011 2:30 PM EST "We've definitely gotten a reputation for having beautiful girls in our videos," says Duran Duran bassist John Taylor . Ever since steamy videos for songs like "Girls On Film" and "Rio" captivated early MTV viewers, pop stars from George Michael to Michael…

  8. Girls on Film: Top 10 Supermodel Videos

    November 10, 2011 3:50 PM EST The fashion and music worlds have never exactly stayed in their separate corners, so it comes as little surprise when models become the visual muses for our favorite rockstars. Sometimes the result is little more than a pretty face playing an artist's love interest. Other times, however,…

  9. CMA Awards 2011: 9 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 10, 2011 11:45 AM EST Kenny & Grace's Fateful First Meeting... Blake Tweeks 'Voice' Pals... Lady A on the Road... Taylor's Obsession So, you watched every second of the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards last night on ABC. Still, there was a lot that you didn't see that went…

  10. CMA Awards: Taylor Swift Reclaims Top Prize

    November 09, 2011 11:45 PM EST Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry Shine on Country's Biggest Night It was a mix of old favorites and new blood at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards, as many acts on the show claimed their first trophies. The first award of the night was proof of this, as…

  11. Mac Miller: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 04, 2011 11:00 AM EDT At one in the afternoon, kids were already lining up around the block in Denver's trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood. Nine-and-a-half hours later, But among Miller's listeners back then were Grinberg and Pitt. Miller befriended them and he hustled relentlessly, with people like…

  12. Drake Debuts 'The Motto,' T.I.'s 'Headlines' Remix & Talks Kendrick Lamar Feature

    November 01, 2011 2:30 PM EDT While stopping by L.A.'s Power 106 radio station yesterday (Oct. 31), Drake debuted a gem for the west coast, titled " The Motto ," and T.I. 's remix to his Rap Songs No. 1, "Headlines." "The Motto," featuring Lil Wayne , pays tribute to the Bay Area…

  13. Country Giants to Honor Glen Campbell at CMAs

    November 01, 2011 1:50 PM EDT He is one of music's most respected figures, and next week on the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards, three of the format's top stars will be uniting forces to salute the legendary Glen Campbell. The CMA announced yesterday that Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban…

  14. Billboard Bits: St. Vincent NYC Show Livestream, Freddie Gibbs Drops Mixtape

    October 31, 2011 6:50 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. St. Vincent NYC Show to Stream Live on MTV Hive Indie-rock chanteuse St. Vincent will have her Nov. 3 concert at Webster Hall in New York streamed live on MTV Hive, part of the network's "Live in NYC"…

  15. Ailing Glen Campbell Shines in London, Flaws and All

    October 24, 2011 6:05 PM EDT Glen Campbell strode onto the Royal Festival Hall stage and launched confidently into one of his many signature hits, "Gentle On My Mind." It was an apt greeting. The 75-year-old had flagged this farewell tour by letting it be known that he was diagnosed at the end of last year with…

  16. Lady Gaga, LMFAO Added to Z100 Jingle Ball

    October 21, 2011 5:15 PM EDT Lady Gaga and LMFAO have been added to New York radio station Z100's Jingle Ball , the annual holiday blowout held on Dec. 9 celebrating the biggest and brightest in pop music, it was revealed Friday. Demi Lovato, who will also perform, was on hand in Times Square to help the station…

  17. No More 'Red Red Wine': UB40 Declares Bankruptcy

    October 17, 2011 9:08 PM EDT Reggae chart toppers UB40 have declared bankruptcy. As reported by the Daily Mai l, saxophonist Brian Travers, drummer Jimmy Brown, trumpeter Terence "Astro" Wilson, and percussionist Norman Hassan were all "declared insolvent." A Birmingham County Court judge has given…

  18. Rick Ross Suffers Second Health Scare; Reportedly in Stable Condition

    October 14, 2011 11:50 PM EDT Rapper Rick Ross was reportedly hospitalized in Alabama on Friday evening after suffering two medical scares in six hours that required planes to be diverted. The first scare came Friday afternoon as Ross was on a Delta Air Lines flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Memphis, Tenn., where…

  19. GIVERS Live: Billboard Tastemakers Video

    October 13, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Our Tastemakers 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. Load-in featured…

  20. American Country Awards: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean Lead Nominees

    October 13, 2011 11:05 AM EDT The nominations for the 2nd Annual American Country Awards were announced, and it was a big day for many of the top younger stars in the format. Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band led the way with eight nominations each. On their heels were newcomers Thompson Square , who scored seven…

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