1. Tony Martin, Romantic Crooner, Dies at 98

    July 30, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Tony Martin, the romantic singer who appeared in movie musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s and sustained a career in records, television and nightclubs from the Depression era into the 21st century, has died. He was 98. Martin died of natural causes Friday evening at his West Los Angeles…

  2. M.I.A. Releasing 'Bad Girls' Remixes on USB Necklaces

    June 21, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Live fast, die young, bad girls sell wacky merchandise: M.I.A. announced on Thursday (June 21) that the remixes for her single "Bad Girls" will be released on a USB necklace that resembles a BMW car key. Fans can now pre-order the item, which will be released on July 6, at the alt…

  3. Ask Billboard: 'Call Me Maybe' ... by 'Payphone'?

    May 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. 'CALL ME MAYBE…

  4. Skrillex, Diplo & A-Trak: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 03, 2012 12:15 PM EST The three guys stand shoulder to shoulder, backs to the wall, attempting to balance their varying heights with staggered stances. Diplo is the tallest and most camera-trained, tilting his head and adjusting his hot-professor glasses. He has, after all, modeled for a GQ magazine spread, making…

  5. Lookout! Records - Former Label of Green Day, Rancid, Ted Leo - Calls It Quits

    January 17, 2012 6:25 PM EST Last week Lookout! Records President Chris Appelgren announced on the label's website that the seminal Berkeley, Calif.-based punk rock label had completely closed shop and will no longer keep their catalog in print or have it available on digital services like Spotify and iTunes. "…

  6. Esperanza Spalding, 'Radio Music Society': Album Preview

    January 16, 2012 4:04 PM EST Esperanza Spalding Title: Radio Music Society | Release Date: March 20 As Esperanza Spalding ( @espespalding ) prepares for her first Heads Up International album since becoming the first jazz artist to win the best new artist Grammy Award, she says it's music for the non-jazz listener…

  7. Jim Reeves' Life 'Disturbed' Author of Biography

    January 11, 2012 7:00 AM EST Country Music's 'Gentleman Jim' Was a 'Combination of Good and Bad,' Says Larry Jordan It could be said that Jim Reeves was one country artist who was more popular in death than in life. First charting in 1953 with "Mexican Joe," the singer's death in a…

  8. TESTING GALLERY SKRILLEX

    December 06, 2011 11:48 AM EST TESTING GALLERY SKRILLEX TEST TEST 22222 The three guys stand shoulder to shoulder, backs to the wall, attempting to balance their varying heights with staggered stances. Diplo is the tallest and most camera-trained, tilting his head and adjusting his hot-professor glasses. He has, after all,…

  9. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry First With Five 4-Million Sellers

    September 17, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. KATY PERRY FIRST…

  10. Long Live the Queen: Aretha Franklin Thrills in Live Return

    August 26, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Eight months after rumors spread that the Queen was dying, Aretha Franklin -- the Queen of Soul -- proved to a hometown crowd that she's very much alive and well. The 69-year-old Franklin was in robust voice and ebullient good humor throughout her hour-and-50-minute concert on Thursday …

  11. Former Michael Jackson Manager Frank DiLeo Dies

    August 24, 2011 8:36 PM EDT Music industry executive Frank DiLeo, who managed Michael Jackson 's career in the 1980s and returned as his manager in the superstar's final days, has died. He was 64. Publicist Karen Sundell says DiLeo died Wednesday morning. The cause of death was not immediately available, but…

  12. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 2

    July 09, 2011 10:05 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PEN PALS, READERS…

  13. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 1

    July 01, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PEN PALS: READERS…

  14. 'Book of Mormon' Wins Best Musical Tony; Bono, The Edge Make Appearance

    June 13, 2011 7:13 AM EDT A slew of acclaimed shows were up for Tony Awards in a remarkably competitive year, but a production that wasn't even eligible still managed to cast a shadow - well, shall we make that a web? - over the proceedings. On a night when the hilariously profane "The Book of Mormon"…

  15. Billboard Bits: Selena Gomez Cuts Out Pink Horses, 'Glee's' Jane Lynch Hosting Emmys

    June 02, 2011 8:01 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Selena Gomez Cuts Pinks Horses from Music Video After Selena Gomez was criticized for using pink-painted horses while filming the music video for "Love You Like a Love Song" last month, the tinted animals…

  16. Billboard Bits: Pink Blasts Selena Gomez's Pink Ponies, 'Glee' Finale Songs Leak

    May 20, 2011 6:28 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Pink, Selena Gomez Fight Over Pink Ponies Selena Gomez was spotted using pink-painted ponies while shooting the music video for her latest single, "Love You Like a Love Song," in California yesterday, and…

  17. Ted Leo's Tips For Musicians Who Tweet

    March 21, 2011 12:00 PM EDT On Twitter's fifth anniversary, Ted Leo gives the musician's perspective on how best to use it. You don't need 1 million Twitter followers to use Twitter effectively. Punk veteran Ted Leo ( @tedleo ), of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists , has a Twitter following of nearly 20,000.…

  18. Top 10 Notorious B.I.G. 14th Death Anniversary Tweets

    March 09, 2011 1:05 PM EST Today marks the 14th anniversary of the Notorious B.I.G. 's death and to pay tribute, Billboard.com's The Juice has compiled a list of the top 10 celebrity tweets. R.I.P. Big Poppa! (Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets and don't forget to follow us !…

  19. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 3/5/2011

    March 05, 2011 9:00 AM EST 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 !) @Pink : Out of Myself, Britney, and Christina- didn't…

  20. Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj to Inspire Bold Oscar Red Carpet Fashions

    February 23, 2011 12:02 PM EST Taking a tip from music stars Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj , Hollywood's A-list actresses are expected to turn up on Oscar's red carpet in many bold, futuristic designs, fashion experts predict. The eye toward the future marks a turnaround from recent years in which styles at Hollywood…

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