1. 'Mad Men's' John Slattery Stars in The National's 'Conversation 16'

    March 09, 2011 2:30 PM EST Two distinct (and distinctly different) TV actors come together for one bizarre music video for The National's "Conversation 16." John Slattery, i.e. silver fox Roger Sterling on "Mad Men," plays a Secret Service agent protecting Kristen Schaal, who portrays "…

  2. George Shearing, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 91

    February 14, 2011 12:10 PM EST Jazz pianist Sir George Shearing , who wrote the standard "Lullaby of Birdland" and headed a famed quintet bearing his name, died Monday. He was 91. Dale Sheets, Shearing's longtime manager, said the pianist, blind since birth, died of congestive heart failure. Shearing was…

  3. Madonna Banned from Piers Morgan's CNN Show

    December 13, 2010 11:30 AM EST Don't expect Piers Morgan to interview Madonna when his CNN show premieres in January. "She is too vegan for TV," Morgan was quoted saying by the U.K. media. "We have Lady Gaga now so Madonna is banned from my show." Morgan said he'd prefer to interview President…

  4. Brandy Leads 'Dancing With The Stars' For Third Week

    November 02, 2010 1:14 PM EDT Brandy has put herself at the top of the leader board for the third week in a row on "Dancing With the Stars." Last night (Nov. 1) marked the 200th episode of the show and "DWTS" brought alls the stars, past and present, to celebrate the event, including Spice Girl Mel B ,…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Far*East Movement, Lil Wayne, Suzanne Vega

    October 21, 2010 5:55 PM EDT With numerous laudable achievements on an array of Billboard charts this week, keeping track of the most notable feats requires a bit of organization. Chart Beat presents, then, an easy A-to-Z guide of the week in Billboard surveys. (Permission is sought for artistic license regarding letters…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Zac Brown Band, 'Glee,' Lady Gaga

    September 30, 2010 6:55 PM EDT GOT COUNTRY?: For the first time in its 54-year history, two country bands have led the Billboard 200 in the same year. That's the same amount of the genre's groups that topped the tally from its launch in 1956 through last year. Zac Brown Band becomes the second country band to…

  7. No Doubt Will 'Absolutely' Tour Again, Says Tony Kanal

    September 17, 2010 12:50 PM EDT N o Doubt will go on tour to support its upcoming new album -- at least, it will if bassist Tony Kanal has anything to say about it. At his bandmate Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. Spring 2011 runway show for New York Fashion Week Thursday night (Sept. 16), Kanal told Billboard.com that the So…

  8. Why Bret Michaels & Other Music Stars Turn to Reality TV for Fame, Fortune

    September 08, 2010 3:05 PM EDT B ret Michaels , veteran of six-count 'em, six-reality shows, has two bits of advice for artists looking to break into the genre: "Never wear white on TV unless you're at your fighting weight," he says. "And never drink too much in Cabo if you're going to be on…

  9. Ask Billboard: Featuring More Un-Featured Artists

    August 20, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Recently, Chart Beat and Ask Billboard have spotlighted songs that were successful as covers, but not as well-known in their original versions, as well as songs that sported high-profile guests that were not officially credited as featured artists on single releases. Below are two more follow…

  10. 50 Cent Prank Calls Shyne

    August 12, 2010 1:07 PM EDT The war between rappers 50 Cent and Shyne continues, but for now 50 is triumphant. Video: 50 Cent prank calls Shyne The Queens-born 50 Cent pretended to be a journalist when he prank-called Shyne during a conference call recently. He recorded the whole conversation and posted it on his…

  11. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 7/24/10

    July 24, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funniest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @justinbieber : alot of u keep saying i dont do flirty…

  12. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Consoles Mel Gibson, Eminem & Rihanna Shoot 'Lie' Video

    July 21, 2010 8:07 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Consoles Mel Gibson Britney Spears found a friend in Mel Gibson back when she hit a rough patch in 2008 (otherwise known as her Shaved Head Period), and now, the pop star is returning the favor.…

  13. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 7/17/2010

    July 17, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funniest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @justinbieber : there is no beef here. @ nickjonas is a…

  14. Eminem Touches Down at T in the Park

    July 13, 2010 12:20 PM EDT E minem played his first European concert in five years this past weekend at Scotland's outdoor festival T in the Park, where he ran through classics and new cuts from his No. 1 album, "Recovery." The rap superstar took the stage to "Won't Back Down," his new…

  15. Mel Gibson's Abusive Rant Gets a Dance Remix

    July 13, 2010 11:37 AM EDT By now, most people have heard Mel Gibson's profanity-laden, verbally abusive rant against his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, in which the actor makes veiled death threats and hurls racist and sexist epithets like he did spears in "Braveheart." But have you heard it set to…

  16. Jamey Johnson Reveals 'Guitar Song' Details

    June 09, 2010 10:28 AM EDT J amey Johnson will give fans plenty of new material when he releases "The Guitar Song," his follow-up to 2008's award-winning, gold-certified "That Lonesome Song," on Sept. 14. "The Guitar Song" spreads 25 songs across two CDs -- including "Macon,"…

  17. Jazz Piano Legend Hank Jones Dies At 91

    May 17, 2010 5:50 PM EDT Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones , whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald 's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said Monday. He was 91. Jones, who won a Grammy…

  18. Lady Gaga, Soundgarden, Arcade Fire Top Lollapalooza 2010 Lineup

    April 06, 2010 8:54 AM EDT L ady Gaga , Green Day , a reunited Soundgarden , Arcade Fire , the Strokes and Phoenix will headline this year's Lollapalooza, festival organizers confirmed today (Apr. 6). The National , Spoon , Devo , Cypress Hill , Cut Copy, the New Pornographers, Erykah Badu , Slightly Stoopid,…

  19. Lady Gaga, JLS, Florence Rule At BRIT Awards

    February 16, 2010 6:07 PM EST L ady Gaga was the big winner at the 2010 BRIT Awards at London's Earls Court with three wins, but British acts JLS and Florence and the Machine snagged important awards on the night. There were strong performances from Gaga , U.K. rock act Kasabian and the duet between British alt-rock…

  20. Stars Unite To Help Haiti in Telethon

    January 22, 2010 10:38 PM EST Grim-faced celebrities and musicians with mournful tunes set the tone for the all-star, international "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, which featured two hours of desperate pleas for an even more-desperate nation. But it ended on a hopeful note, with a buoyant call for Haiti's…

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