1. 12 No. 12 Rock Hits for 2012

    January 24, 2012 4:15 PM EST As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking country hits, including T.G. Sheppard's novelty track "Make My Day"…

  2. Meat Loaf Calls New Album 'The Most Honest Record I've Ever Done'

    January 23, 2012 5:45 PM EST Meat Loaf says his upcoming new album, "Hell in a Handbasket," is "the most honest record I've ever done." It's also one of the quickest, coming less than two years after "Hang Cool Teddy Bear" in the U.S. after being released in Australia during…

  3. The Darkness' Hawkins on Reunion: 'We Understand Each Other Now'

    December 20, 2011 3:20 PM EST The Darkness is well into its third album, although plans for its eventual release are "pretty vague" according to guitarist Dan Hawkins. Still, the British rockers have "nine of the required songs done, all finished, all sounding shining and good," frontman Justin Hawkins…

  4. Hot Tours: Justin Bieber, Eric Clapton, Ricky Martin

    November 22, 2011 4:45 PM EST Justin Bieber lands atop the latest Hot Tours ranking with grosses reported from the final leg of his My World Tour which wrapped in October. The tour's final trek was through South American markets, kicking off in Rio de Janerio at the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, the venue that…

  5. 'X Factor': Simon & L.A. Bicker Through the Rock Songs Round

    November 17, 2011 10:45 AM EST It may have been the week's rock theme or maybe the news that Simon Cowell had finally joined Twitter , but something got into the judges during last night's episode of "X Factor." They were extra feisty and did more arguing than they did judging during the two-hour…

  6. Hot Tours: Enrique Iglesias, Placido Domingo, Caifanes

    October 21, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias tops this week's list of Hot Tours with $8.3 million in box office grosses reported from the final North American leg of his Euphoria Tour. The singer's current trek through the U.S. and Canada kicked off in Boston on Sept. 22 with a sellout crowd of 12,267 at TD…

  7. Hot Tours: Journey, Justin Bieber, Marc Anthony

    October 14, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Journey soars to the top of the Hot Tours rankings with box office grosses reported from outdoor amphitheaters and arenas during the North American summer leg of the Eclipse Tour. After launching the tour in late February, the band played Latin American and European dates during the spring…

  8. Meat Loaf Enlists Lil Jon, Chuck D for Upcoming 'Hell'-ish Album

    August 01, 2011 6:35 PM EDT As he continues to tour in support of his 2010 album "Hang Cool Teddy Bear" -- and to commemorate his 40th anniversary as a recording artist -- Meat Loaf has three new projects in the works, including a studio album that will feature rappers Chuck D from Public Enemy and Lil Jon . …

  9. Meat Loaf Passes Out on Stage, Finishes Show

    July 29, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Meat Loaf scared the stuffing out of hundreds of concertgoers Thursday (July 28) at Pittsburgh's Trib Amphitheater when he fainted on stage during an apparent asthma attack. The 63-year-old singer had just finished cranking out the 1992 epic "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won…

  10. Hot Tours: George Strait & Reba, Michael Bublé, Jason Aldean

    February 24, 2011 11:07 AM EST Country superstars George Strait and Reba combine to take the top spot on the Hot Tours tally with the first box office totals reported from their 2011 concert tour. The co-headliners resumed their tour in January following a successful pairing on the road in 2010 that landed them at No. 18…

  11. Hot Tours: U2, André Rieu, Linkin Park

    February 17, 2011 11:09 AM EST U2 is the latest Hot Tours champ, topping the ranking with box office totals reported from its Feb. 13 concert at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, the first of two 360° Tour performances in South Africa. With ticket sales grosses topping 68.2 million rand ($9.4 million US$), a sellout…

  12. 11 Hot 100 No. 11s For '11

    January 25, 2011 4:05 PM EST After spotlighting 11 No. 11-peaking hits apiece on Billboard's R&B/hip-hop , country and rock charts throughout the first three weeks of 2011, Chart Beat wraps ringing in the new year by celebrating songs that, despite stopping one spot shy of the Billboard Hot 100 top 10, remain…

  13. Lil Jon and Diplo Battle in 'U Don't Like Me'

    October 27, 2010 4:15 PM EDT Have you ever wanted to see Lil Jon and Diplo fight it out to the death on a video game? Probably not, but here's your chance anyway. Video: Diplo featuring Lil Jon, "U Don't Like Me" The recently-released video for "U Don't Like Me," off Diplo's…

  14. Lil Jon, Meat Loaf Sell Pizzas in New York

    October 19, 2010 6:25 PM EDT M eat Loaf , Lil Jon , Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and John Rich of country duo Big & Rich were among the celebrities selling pies at Famiglia's Pizza in downtown New York on Tuesday (Oct. 19). The stunt, which attracted a growing crowd of onlookers throughout the day, was part of a…

  15. Billboard Bits: J.Lo Goes Diva In 'Idol' Negotiations, 'Glee' Brings In 'Rocky Horror' Alums

    September 13, 2010 6:50 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. "American Idol" Did Not Meet J.Lo's Demands Although she will receive a handsome deal for becoming a judge on "American Idol," Jennifer Lopez 's demands for a $15 million pay check and…

  16. Ask Billboard: Covering Cover Songs

    August 13, 2010 1:05 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. COMPLETE COVERAGE…

  17. Un-Featured Featured Artists, Part 2

    August 12, 2010 1:05 PM EDT "Love the Way You Lie," by Eminem featuring Rihanna , is the 46th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 since 2000 specifically sporting a "featuring" artist credit. Between 1958 and 1999, just 18 such titles reigned. Still, high-profile acts have guested on hit songs throughout the…

  18. 'House' Star Hugh Laurie Recording Blues Album

    July 28, 2010 9:30 AM EDT British actor and U.S. TV star Hugh Laurie has signed a deal with Warner Music Entertainment (WME) to release a New Orleans-flavored blues album. Laurie, the five-time Emmy winning star of Fox's hit medical drama series "House," will enter the studio this summer to record the…

  19. Melissa Etheridge, "The Wanting of You"

    July 09, 2010 6:06 PM EDT The second single from Melissa Etheridge 's lauded new album, "Fearless Love," is an expectedly anthemic dose of full-tilt American rock, with a Wall of Sound-style production that leaves little room to breathe during its four-minute run. While "The Wanting of You"…

  20. Jeff Beck Honors Les Paul With Special Club Gig

    June 10, 2010 8:01 AM EDT Jeff Beck honored his late friend and mentor, Les Paul , with an intimate performance at his favorite haunt, the Iridium Jazz Club. The legendary Paul played there every Monday night until his death last August, so it was an appropriate place for a celebration on the night he would have…

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