1. L.A. Reid Courts Britney Spears for Record Deal

    August 08, 2012 12:55 PM EDT A battle for Britney Spears is brewing. The pop star's recording contract with the former Jive Records (now RCA, a division of Sony Music) has one album left, and among those courting the chart-topper are L.A. Reid, chairman of Sony's Epic Records and Spears' "X Factor…

  2. Coheed & Cambria Announce Double Album, Tour Dates

    August 03, 2012 7:15 PM EDT Post-hardcore band Coheed & Cambria announced this week that they'll follow up their 2010 album "Year of the Black Rainbow" with a double concept album, titled "The Afterman." "The Afterman: Ascension" is slated to come out Oct. 9, with the second volume…

  3. Wiz Khalifa & Mac Miller Rock New York, Pittsburgh Style

    August 03, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Waves of weed smoke and camaraderie filled the air as Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller's 'Under the Influence of Music Tour' rolled into New York's Jones Beach Theater yesterday (Aug. 2). Though several miles outside of their home of Pittsburgh, the close friends admirably…

  4. 'Dark Knight' Dedications: The 5 Best Songs About Batman

    July 18, 2012 12:00 PM EDT It's been four long years of waiting, but "The Dark Knight Rises," the conclusion of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, finally hits theaters this weekend. To celebrate what may be Christian Bale's final run as DC Comics' Dark Knight, we've put together a…

  5. 15 Sensational Superhero Songs

    July 12, 2012 3:45 PM EDT This summer has been all about superheroes, with the blockbuster success of "Marvel's The Avengers," the recent release of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and the upcoming sure-to-be smash, "The Dark Knight Rises." This weekend, comic book aficionados from across…

  6. Kitty Pryde Makes Her Live Debut in NYC

    June 18, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Kitty Pryde's NYC debut, on Friday (June 15), was a family affair. Not quite The Partridge Family, but the Daytona Beach native was chaperoned up north by her parents who watched their 19-year-old daughter from the audience. Her little brother -- who audience members loudly compared to…

  7. 'Rock of Ages': Tom Cruise Called Cameron Crowe for History Lesson

    June 11, 2012 1:20 PM EDT At Hollywood Premiere, Cast & Crew Marvel at Actor's Transformation Into 'Sexy Rock n' Roll Monster' Hollywood transformed into an 80's version of The Sunset Strip on Friday as stars arrived for the premiere of "Rock of Ages," eager to celebrate Tom…

  8. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  9. Ask Billboard: What Are Britney Spears' Best-Selling Singles?

    June 05, 2012 2:45 PM EDT A look at Spears' top-selling digital and physical singles, plus quirky chart feats, courtesy of knowledgeable 'Ask Billboard' readers. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music…

  10. Ask Billboard: Spears, Lovato's 'X'-cellent Sales (*Updated)

    May 27, 2012 6:05 AM EDT A look at the career U.S. album sales, set by set, of the 'X Factor''s two new judges, including when Spears' 'Blackout' passed 1 million sold Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well…

  11. Richard Marx Celebrates 25 Years on Billboard Charts

    May 23, 2012 9:05 AM EDT The pop singer/songwriter first reached a Billboard survey 25 years ago today "When I look back, I see a guy - with a mullet - who was so self-conscious physically. I had no performing experience when I made my first record." At a recent visit to Billboard's New York studios,…

  12. Randy Travis Talks Don Henley Collab, Marvels at Carrie Underwood's Voice

    May 22, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Country Legend Pairs With Eagles Icon for New Single, 'More Life' Randy Travis is continuing to celebrate 25 years on the charts with the release of a new single that pairs him with a very familiar voice -- Eagles legend Don Henley. The new release, "More Life," is taken…

  13. Van Dyke Parks, 'SMiLE' Collaborator, Aims to 'Agitate' With Solo Music

    May 08, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Van Dyke Parks' mantra these days is "My greatest victories are ahead of me, not behind." And that's saying something considering the musical track record the composer, arranger, producer and lyricist has amassed to this point. Roman Cho Probably best known as Brian Wilson…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Maroon 5, Gotye, Flo Rida

    April 27, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa connect to Hot 100 history through 'Payphone.' M aroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa teaming up on "Payphone" turned out to be a good call. As the pop/rock band and rapper roar onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3, the song ties with two others for the highest…

  15. Let's Do the Twist: Chubby Checker Remembers Dick Clark

    April 20, 2012 1:15 PM EDT How Clark and 'American Bandstand' helped create the Billboard Hot 100's all-time top song "We danced to the music that Dick Clark played," says Chubby Checker. "The king of the disc jockeys has died and, because of him, we will never be the same." In 2008,…

  16. Levon Helm of The Band Is Dead at 71

    April 19, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Levon Helm, a passionate musician, actor and the last surviving lead singer of The Band, whose Southern tenor was heard on the group's classic songs "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," died Thursday afternoon after a long battle with…

  17. Soundgarden's 'Avengers' Single Offered as Free Download

    April 17, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Soundgarden 's first new song in 15 years, "Live to Rise," will be available as a free download on iTunes beginning April 17 as part of the promotion of Disney's film "Marvel's The Avengers." The iTunes promotion, which runs through April 24, includes an…

  18. Another Emerson, Lake & Palmer Reunion? Greg Lake Says Probably Not

    April 11, 2012 12:30 PM EDT 'Working with the band was a little difficult,' Lake says of 2010 reunion Prog rock fans are still buzzing about Emerson, Lake & Palmer 's reunion for the 2010 High Voltage Festival, the trio's first show together since 1998. But even with a new catalog reissue deal…

  19. Damon Albarn Preps 'Dr. Dee' Opera Recording

    March 27, 2012 9:22 PM EDT Damon Albarn seems determined to be rock's busiest man. In between Blur reunion appearances, launching new group Rocket Juice and the Moon, and recording a Converse track with Andre 3000 and James Murphy, the musician found time to finish recording a new opera. The soundtrack to "Dr…

  20. Soundgarden Record First Song in 15 Years for 'Avengers' Soundtrack

    March 27, 2012 11:30 AM EDT The May 1 album's full tracklisting also features Buckcherry, Bush, Rise Against and more alt-rock Grunge icons Soundgarden will release their first new song in 15 years for the soundtrack to Marvel's upcoming "Avengers" film. The group's last album was released in…

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