1. Avril Lavigne Gives 'Em 'Hell' with Social 50 Leap

    February 03, 2011 12:00 PM EST Among the big shake-ups on the Social 50 chart this week: Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift vault into the top 10 while Slayer debuts straight in at No. 18. Lavigne zips 21-8, marking her first visit to the top tier, seemingly basking in the glow of the debut of the music video for "What…

  2. Billboard Bits: 'Glee' Super Bowl Episode Preview, Big Four Metal Fest

    January 26, 2011 6:00 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Glee' Super Bowl Episode Photos, Clip Surface Zombie outfits, Katy Perry wigs and the famed "Thriller" dance -- Glee 's Super Bowl Sunday episode is shaping up to be a major events, and…

  3. Billboard Bits: Jay-Z Rolls Out New Website to Celebrate His Hits, Fergie Dispels Solo Album Rumors

    November 12, 2010 5:48 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jay-Z Debuts Glossy New Website to Celebrate His Greatest Hits Jay-Z recently unveiled a new website as a promotional push for his upcoming greatest hits album, "The Hits Collection," which hits retailers…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson

    November 11, 2010 5:55 PM EST RI-WARDED: As "What's My Name?" vaults 60-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , Rihanna continues to enhance a commanding chart history that began the week of June 11, 2005, when "Pon De Replay" debuted at No. 97. "What's My Name?" becomes Rihanna's eighth…

  5. Young The Giant Live: Billboard Tastemakers Video

    November 04, 2010 1:00 PM EDT Chart Article Our new video series presents a closer look at -- and an exclusive performance from -- the cool artists hitting the Billboard Tastemakers chart , which brings you the top-selling albums each week based on an influential panel of indie stores and small regional chains. Young the…

  6. Slayer's Kerry King Performs with Megadeth

    October 25, 2010 5:05 PM EDT Metal history was made last week (Oct. 21) when Megadeth was joined on stage by Slayer guitarist Kerry King during the last stop of the Jagermeister tour at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Hollywood, Calif. Video: Kerry King Plays "Rattlehead" with Megadeath Megadeth frontman Dave…

  7. Slayer Ready for More Carnage with Megadeth

    August 04, 2010 1:28 PM EDT After storming through Europe on the Big Four tour with fellow thrashers Metallica , Megadeth and Anthrax , the members of Slayer say they're ready to do it again -- though bassist Tom Araya notes that "in some ways it's not really in our control." "I thought it was…

  8. Avenged Sevenfold Returns with 'Nightmare' After Drummer's Death

    July 26, 2010 12:30 PM EDT A year ago, hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold was one of the most fortunate bands on the planet. Blessed with a supportive label, record sales beyond the 2 million mark, a rabid fan base and a lucrative tour schedule, the group seemed to have nowhere to go but up. But everything changed on Dec…

  9. Metallica Sonisphere Cinecast Seen By 100,000

    June 25, 2010 1:10 PM EDT The Sonisphere cinecast from the Sofia, Bulgaria leg of the touring rock festival was seen by more than 100,000 fans, according to promoter Stuart Galbraith. The global June 22 cinecast featured the 'Big Four' of metal - Metallica , Slayer , Megadeth and Anthrax - and was beamed via…

  10. Metallica Heading To Cinemas

    June 10, 2010 2:03 PM EDT Heavy metal's 'big four' will be heading to international cinema screens when the bands - Metallica , Slayer , Megadeth , Anthrax - all perform on the same bill for the first time. The performances from the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 22 will be beamed via…

  11. 'Big Four' Metal Fest To Be Beamed To Big Screens

    May 21, 2010 7:59 AM EDT The Big Four tour -- Metallica , Slayer , Megadeth and Anthrax -- is playing just seven dates in Europe and nothing in North America, but headbangers on this side of the pond won't have to miss out. BY Experience will film and beam the package's June 22 stop at the Sonisphere…

  12. Aerosmith, With Steven Tyler, Booked For U.K.'s Download Fest

    February 17, 2010 9:41 AM EST Despite ongoing controversy about the status of its frontman, Aerosmith -- with Steven Tyler -- will be one of the headliners at this year's Download Festival, slated for June 11-13 at Donning Park in Leicestershire, England. The booking brings Aerosmith back to the Donnington stage for…

  13. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax To Tour Together

    December 15, 2009 11:12 AM EST Heavy metal's Big Four -- Metallica , Slayer , Megadeth and Anthrax -- will ride together in 2010. In Europe, at least. After weeks of rumors, the four bands have announced they'll take part in the traveling Sonisphere festival, starting June 16 at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland…

  14. Slayer Teams With Megadeth For 'American Carnage' Tour, Postpones Euro Trek

    November 16, 2009 8:43 AM EST Slayer has postponed its U.K. and European tour until spring 2010. Instead, Slayer will co-headline the "American Carnage" tour with Megadeth early next year. Kicking off on January 18 in Seattle, Wash. for a 26-date trek across North America, the "Carnage" tour will…

  15. Jay-Z Still Reigns On Billboard 200, Muse And Kid Cudi Bow High

    September 23, 2009 10:53 AM EDT J ay-Z remains in the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with his new album "The Blueprint 3" shifting 298,000 copies (down 37%) in its second week. The set bowed atop the list last week with 476,000 . Traditionally, No. 1-debuting albums that start with monster sales…

  16. Jay-Z, Whitney, Muse And Kid Cudi To Dominate Billboard 200

    September 17, 2009 4:38 PM EDT Jay-Z may make it a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as his "Blueprint 3" could fend off some hot competition from two just-released sets, along with a diva's surging album. Muse 's "The Resistance" and Kid Cudi 's debut album…

  17. This Day in Music

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Teenage rapper Bow Wow stages a free concert in New York's Bryant Park. The noontime event is sponsored by HBO and will include an announcement of a donation to be made by Bow Wow to the not-fo 2003 - Teenage rapper Bow Wow stages a free concert in New York's Bryant Park. The…

  18. New Guns N' Roses Song Heads To 'Rock Band'

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new Guns N' Roses song, "Shackler's Revenge," from the decade-in-the-works album "Chinese Democracy," will be included in the video game "Rock Band 2" in September. Also included will be a first-eve After a letting in a few peeks under the covers…

  19. Billboard Bits: Zune/New Era, Megadeth, Nokia

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft's Zune, as part of a marketing campaign with hat manufacturer New Era, will be releasing a series of Webisodes featuring artists such as Nelly, Linkin Park and N.E.R.D. Microsoft's Zune, as part of a marketing campaign with hat manufacturer New Era, will be releasing a…

  20. This Day in Music

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Musician-actor Harry Conick Jr. performs at and serves as creative director for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game halftime show. He writes a song for the occasion and performs it with his 15-piece ban 2001 - Musician-actor Harry Conick Jr. performs at and serves as creative director for the…

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