1. Trent Reznor, A.R. Rahman Earn 2011 Oscar Nominations

    January 25, 2011 9:11 AM EST The 2011 Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning (Jan. 25), and among the top nominees in the music categories is Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor , who is nominated for best original score for the Facebook-inspired film, "The Social Network" (with collaborator Atticus…

  2. Ask Billboard: Albums, Avril & 'American Idol'

    January 21, 2011 6:55 PM EST 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. BOTTOMS DOWN Hi…

  3. Billboard Bits: Christina Aguilera Party Crashes, Lil Wayne Talks Jail Life

    January 19, 2011 6:00 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Christina Aguilera Crashes Jeremy Renner's Party -- and His Bed At his 40th birthday party Jan. 8, actor Jeremy Renner got an unexpected surprise in his bed -- Christina Aguilera . The popstar reportedly…

  4. Aretha Franklin 'Complete' Box Set Issued for 50th Anniversary

    January 19, 2011 9:00 AM EST Amid reports from Aretha Franklin that her health is now "superb" following surgery last month, Columbia/Legacy has announced it will honor the 50th anniversary of the Queen of Soul's earlier pop recording career with the deluxe box set "Take a Look: Aretha Franklin…

  5. 'Glee,' Trent Reznor Win Big At Golden Globe Awards

    January 16, 2011 8:56 PM EST "G lee" won three top trophies at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday night (Jan. 16) in Beverly Hills, Calif., while Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and songwriter Diane Warren also came away with wins. PHOTOS: 2011 GOLDEN GLOBES RED CARPET For the second year in a row…

  6. Hot Tours: Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers, Leonard Cohen

    January 06, 2011 1:17 PM EST Canadian pop star Justin Bieber tops the current list of Hot Tours with $3.8 million in box office grosses reported from six American arenas on the My World Tour's December itinerary. All venues were in the eastern U.S., stretching from Manchester, N.H. to Miami. Top sales came from…

  7. Michael Jackson Was Sick Days Before Death, Says Choreographer

    January 04, 2011 4:17 PM EST A choreographer who worked with Michael Jackson on his ill-fated concert tour told a judge Tuesday he clashed with Jackson's doctor and others over the superstar's health six days before he died. Choreographer Kenny Ortega testified that he was summoned to Jackson's home a day…

  8. Esperanza Spalding Nabs Best New Artist Nod from Grammys

    December 02, 2010 12:26 PM EST Last night's Grammy nominations announcement had some asking "Who?" in regards to Best New Artist nominee Esperanza Spalding , but the jazz bassist/vocalist/composer has seen her share of the lime -- err, purple -- light. Besides appearing on the bill for Prince 's…

  9. Michael Jackson's Producer, Manager Vouch for 'Breaking News'

    November 10, 2010 7:48 AM EST Some of Michael Jackson 's family members are unhappy with the release of the posthumous single "Breaking News." But the late legend's longtime producer and manager say it is indeed Jackson's voice on the newly released track. "When I heard these songs, my heart…

  10. Brian Eno, "Small Craft on a Milk Sea"

    October 22, 2010 11:17 AM EDT Drawing on his art-rock work with David Byrne as well as his pioneering ambient output, master producer Brian Eno has released the sonic component of a three-act play with "Small Craft on a Milk Sea," his debut album on Warp Records. Recorded with musicians Leo Abrahams and Jon…

  11. Ted Leo Calls 'Bottled in Cork' Video a 'Cool Experiment'

    August 27, 2010 4:20 PM EDT T ed Leo and the Pharmacists ' music video for "Bottled in Cork" chronicles the band's hilarious quest to launch an "American Idiot"-esque stage production based on its indie-leaning guitar rock. The band engages in ridiculous dance moves and sports outlandish…

  12. Billboard Bits: Cee-Lo's 'F*** You' Is Viral Hit, Gaga Snuggles Up to KISS

    August 23, 2010 7:10 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Cee-Lo Turns 'F*** You' Into Viral Hit Gnarls Barkley frontman Cee-Lo may have finally found the perfect follow-up to the chart-topping "Crazy." The expletive-laden "Fuck You," which…

  13. U2 'Break' Another New Song On European Tour

    August 23, 2010 5:46 PM EDT U2 debuted another new song Saturday (Aug. 21) at the Helsinki show of the European leg of their 360 tour. Video: U2 debuts "Every Breaking Wave" The slow tempo "Every Breaking Wave" was a surprise treat for Swedish fans. U2 frontman Bono crooned under a blue tinted light,…

  14. Ted Leo And The Pharmacists Hit The Theater For New Clip

    August 23, 2010 5:08 PM EDT The new video for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists' song "Bottled In Cork," released today (Aug. 23) on Will Ferrell's Funnyordie.com site, starts off with a band meeting about what color their T-shirts should be... until a sharply-dressed man barges in with another idea in…

  15. Billboard Bits: Gaga Cops To Cocaine Use, T.I. Gets Married

    August 02, 2010 6:35 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga Dabbles in Cocaine, Not Sex In the cover story for Vanity Fair's September issue, Lady Gaga admits that she occasionally does cocaine. The singer says that she uses the drug "a couple of times a…

  16. Stone Temple Pilots Share Details of Upcoming Tour Dates

    July 30, 2010 10:30 AM EDT Stone Temple Pilots fans can expect to hear some treats on the next -- and most extensive -- leg of the group's tour promoting its new, self-titled album, according to guitarist Dean DeLeo. "We've been in rehearsals the last week and a half," DeLeo tells Billboard.com. …

  17. Levi Johnston to Film Music Video

    July 23, 2010 5:03 PM EDT Levi Johnston will make his music video debut as a lover whose romance is thwarted by his girlfriend's disapproving mother, according to a Universal Music Group record label and Johnston's attorney. Johnston, 20, who is Bristol Palin's fiance, has agreed to appear in the video…

  18. Guided By Voices To Reunite For Matador Records' Las Vegas B-day Bash

    June 29, 2010 4:57 PM EDT G uided By Voices , the classic indie rock band from Dayton, Ohio formed by prolific songwriter and lead singer Robert Pollard in 1983, is reuniting its "classic '93 - '96 lineup" for Matador Records' 21st birthday party in Las Vegas, NV. According to Billboard…

  19. My Morning Jacket, Ozzy, Muse, Weezer Headline Voodoo Experience 2010

    June 22, 2010 6:48 PM EDT M y Morning Jacket joins Ozzy Osbourne , Muse and Weezer as headliners of the Voodoo Experience 2010, this year's edition of the annual Halloween weekend festival in New Orleans. MGMT, Drake, Interpol, Hot Chip, Metric, Deadmau5 and dozens of other acts will play the 12th edition of the…

  20. Stone Temple Pilots/ May 18, 2010/ New York City (Gramercy Theater)

    May 20, 2010 7:11 PM EDT It was nearing 10:45. Doors had opened almost an hour earlier and the Jimmy Kimmel Live camera crews were coercing sound-bites from the crowds, but after the fourth or fifth call for "30 more seconds of applause guys," a hail of boos sent the team packing. It was clear this would be…

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