1. Conor Oberst Pens Open Letter To Arizona Promoter Charlie Levy

    July 02, 2010 12:53 PM EDT Bright Eyes' mainman Conor Oberst has been an outspoken advocate for Zack de la Rocha's Sound Strike effort , joining fellow musicians and artists in a campaign to compel the state of Arizona to repeal its controversial immigration law. Ry Cooder, Nine Inch Nails, and comedian Chris…

  2. Owl City's Adam Young Releases A New Old Project

    July 02, 2010 12:26 PM EDT When Steve Bursky started managing Adam Young at the end of 2008, the mastermind behind synth-pop act Owl City played him a handful of acoustic songs from his hard drive. He told Bursky that he hoped the unrefined tracks, which were recorded in the summer of 2007 before he began making music…

  3. American Idols Live! / July 1, 2010 / Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)

    July 02, 2010 10:25 AM EDT Coming off a ratings-challenged season that faced harsh criticism of its talent and failed to produce a substantial hit for either of its top two finishers, the American Idols Live! Tour 2010 hit the road Thursday night (July 1) with perhaps something more to prove than some of its previous…

  4. Katy Perry Holds Off Eminem Atop Hot 100

    July 01, 2010 11:00 AM EDT K aty Perry 's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100. The summer anthem earns the chart's Airplay Gainer award for a third consecutive frame , rising 3-2 on Radio Songs (140 million audience impressions, up 14%),…

  5. Zack de la Rocha Ups the Rage Against Arizona Immigration Law

    June 28, 2010 2:30 PM EDT R age Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha is stepping up his campaign to compel the state of Arizona to repeal its controversial immigration law. In addition to adding Ry Cooder , Nine Inch Nails , and comedian Chris Rock to the growing list of artists who are refusing to perform…

  6. Maroon 5 Announces Fall Tour Dates

    June 28, 2010 6:13 AM EDT M aroon 5 has announced a second leg of its North American tour, this one coming after the Sept. 21 release of the group's third album, the Mutt Lange-produced "Hands All Over." The quintet's latest set of dates commence Oct. 2 in Denver and wrap up Oct. 29 in Mahnomen,…

  7. Maroon 5 to Play NYC Charity Concert. Win Tickets!

    June 25, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Maroon 5 is kicking off support of its first album in three years with a special benefit show at New York City on July 27. "Fuse Presents: Maroon 5 Live From The Beacon Theatre," presented by Coca-Cola, will be broadcast live that night beginning at 9pm ET in HD on the Fuse network …

  8. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, "Glee"

    June 10, 2010 4:45 PM EDT 'CALIFORNIA' COASTS TO NO. 1: As previously reported , Katy Perry logs the fastest No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by an artist signed to Capitol Records in nearly 43 years, as "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , rises 2-1 in its fourth week on the chart. Perry'…

  9. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 3:20 PM EDT Dates: Through Sept. Ticket prices: $15-$20 (Purchase tickets here ) Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews -who plays a raucous blend of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul-was performing alongside heavyweights like U2 , Green Day and Lenny Kravitz before he had even released a proper album…

  10. Maroon 5 Details Summer Tour, Album Plans

    May 10, 2010 10:00 AM EDT M aroon 5 has set a Sept. 21 release for its third album, "Hands All Over," and will preview some of the new tracks during a month-long summer tour that kicks off July 30 in Saratoga, N.Y. Frontman Adam Levine tells Billboard.com that "Hands All Over" "kind of…

  11. Die Antwoord Confirm Interscope Album Details

    May 06, 2010 11:20 AM EDT Die Antwoord, South Africa's breakout digital rap-rave act, has confirmed a label deal with Interscope on its website and released details about its debut album release. Although official reps for the band remain silent on the deal, a "guess what!?"" button on dieantwoord…

  12. Paramore Live Video Q&A: Watch The Clips

    April 30, 2010 9:20 AM EDT Paramore Watch the Archived Video Platinum pop-punk quintet Paramore did a great live Billboard.com video Q&A on Thursday (April 29) which found them answering fan tweets about how awesome their audience is, what they learned from No Doubt , having fun on tour, thoughts on making a follow…

  13. NBC's 'Today' Announces Its Summer Concert Series Lineup

    April 19, 2010 2:03 PM EDT A slot on NBC's "Today" is one of the biggest promotional opportunities for an artist, providing a big sales boost for many acts, not to mention a valuable launching pad for new releases. The morning show ratings leader's key music platform is its annual summer concert…

  14. Slash, "Slash"

    April 09, 2010 1:49 PM EDT He may not be Axl Rose 's favorite person these days, but Slash still has plenty of friends--and he's corralled an impressive group of them on the 14 tracks of his new self-titled solo effort. Filling the gap as he prepares for Velvet Revolver 's (presumed) return, the…

  15. Chart Beat Thursday: Robin Williams, BNL, Maxwell

    April 08, 2010 4:15 PM EDT COMIC RELIEF: "I had open heart surgery. I had a blown valve ... which makes me sound like a Chevrolet. "They started offering me choices about what kinds of valves I could get. I thought, maybe I can get the new Apple iHeart. That would be great. It comes with 20,000 emotions!"…

  16. Chart Beat Wednesday: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Yoko Ono

    April 07, 2010 1:05 PM EDT '20' TO 1: Zac Brown Band 's "The Foundation" becomes the eighth major label debut album in the Nielsen BDS-monitored data era to yield at least three No. 1s on Country Songs, as "Highway 20 Ride" rolls 2-1. The song follows "Chicken Fried" and …

  17. Chart Beat Thursday: Taio Cruz, Ludacris, Peter Gabriel

    March 11, 2010 2:35 PM EST RECORD 'BREAK'-ER: As previously reported , Taio Cruz skyrockets 53-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his maiden chart entry, "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris . The song's ascent to the apex marks the biggest jump to No. 1 for an artist's first Hot 100…

  18. Slash Enlists Ozzy, Iggy, Kid Rock For Solo Debut

    March 08, 2010 9:57 AM EST As a former member of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver , Slash knows more than most musicians about what he calls "band drama." "It just goes hand in hand with rock 'n' roll," the 44-year-old guitarist says with a seen-it-all laugh. "It's a very…

  19. Snoop Dogg Gets a Foot Across the Pond, T-Pain Gets Animated

    March 05, 2010 6:42 PM EST In Friday's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Snoop Dogg has won the latest round in a long-running battle with the UK Border Agency, which has banned him from entering the country following a 2006 brawl at Heathrow Airport. The performers for the 2010 Rock and Roll…

  20. Faith Hill, Chris Isaak To Perform At Rock Hall

    March 04, 2010 7:23 AM EST Faith Hill may be a country veteran, but the singer will show off her rock roots when she performs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony later this month. Hill will be joined by Chris Isaak , Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael of Maroon 5 , Train 's Pat Monahan, Ronnie…

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