1. Atoms for Peace, Hillsong United Headed for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    March 02, 2013 10:45 AM EST Next week's No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums seems certain to be Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox," thanks to some unorthodox sale pricing by Amazon MP3. As reported on Wednesday , the set was offered for a one-day-only price of $1.99 on Feb. 26. Sources indicate…

  2. DJ Ajax Dies In Road Accident

    March 01, 2013 2:47 AM EST Celebrated Australian DJ and electronic producer Adrian Thomas, better known in clubland as DJ Ajax, has died in a road accident. He was 41. Thomas was crowned on numerous occasions as the top DJ in these parts, and played parties around the globe. He was also a founding member of the Bang…

  3. 'Les Miserables' Soundtrack Holds at No. 1 on UK Albums Chart

    January 28, 2013 10:30 AM EST The original motion picture cast recording of "Les Miserables" (Polydor/Universal) started a second week at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday). Dutch DJ/producer duo Bingo Players hit the top of the singles list for the first time with a bestselling debut for …

  4. K-Pop Star Rain Under Fire for Allegedly Breaking Military Rules

    January 02, 2013 8:20 AM EST South Korean pop star Rain is facing questions after paparazzi photos showed him out on the town with a top actress.   Seoul's Defense Ministry said Wednesday it is investigating whether Rain broke military rules by meeting actress Kim Tae-hee while on duty.   Rain is fulfilling his…

  5. Mike Scaccia, Ministry Guitarist, Dead at 47

    December 23, 2012 9:10 PM EST Founding member of Rigor Mortis reportedly collapsed onstage during a Saturday night performance. Mike Scaccia, guitarist for long-running metal act Ministry, died at the age of 47 on Saturday night (Dec. 22). According to Rolling Stone , Scaccia collapsed onstage during a performance at the…

  6. Bubbling Under: McKay's 'Destiny' To Chart On Adult Contemporary?

    September 14, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Franklin McKay, Tulisa, $auce and Earl Bynum. Franklin McKay In a rare case of conservative AC radio helping expose an unsigned…

  7. Audio Adrenaline Reboots With ex-DC Talk Singer, New Single, Label

    September 12, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Kevin Max Joins Christian Rockers ("A no-brainer for me") ... Group to Release 'Kings and Queens' to Radio in November After calling it quits in 2006 due to frontman Mark Stuart's vocal problems, Audio Adrenaline is revving up again with former dc Talk member Kevin…

  8. Top 5 Lollapalooza 'WTF?!' Moments

    August 01, 2012 4:00 PM EDT More than two decades into Lollapalooza's history, and there's no shortage of eyebrow-raising moments. Perry Farrell's formally touring, now Chicago-based fest started as alt-rock's time to shine -- a fact cemented by Rage Against the Machine and Courtney Love's…

  9. Radiohead 'Shattered' by Death of Drum Tech in Toronto Stage Collapse

    June 18, 2012 9:25 AM EDT Toronto Police and emergency personnel are working to determine the cause of the stage collapse that killed Radiohead 's drum technician and injured three other crew members at Downsview Park Saturday afternoon, just an hour before gates were scheduled to open for the British band's…

  10. Can EDM Maestro Eric Prydz Become a U.S. Star?

    May 29, 2012 6:00 PM EDT When the name " Swedish House Mafia " was still just a joke between musical buddies in Stockholm -- long before its label deal with EMI, the global sponsorship with Absolut Vodka or blowout headlining gigs at New York's Madison Square Garden and the Coachella festival -- the…

  11. Q&A: Marilyn Manson on 'Born Villain,' Johnny Depp and Label 'Stupidity'

    April 27, 2012 3:25 PM EDT With his genre-blending, authority-challenging, Bible-tearing, establishment-baiting ways, Marilyn Manson is nothing if not a born villain. The frontman of the band that bears his name has courted controversy throughout his career and found plenty of success -- including two Billboard 200…

  12. Album Review: Ministry, 'Relapse'

    April 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT MINISTRY "Relapse" Producer: Al Jourgensen AFM/13th Planet Release Date: March 27 "Relapse" is the first new Ministry album since 2007's "The Last Sucker," but more important, it's the band's first since Al Jourgensen suffered a near-death…

  13. Spotlight: Jason Cassidy Connects With 'What If'

    March 28, 2012 11:00 PM EDT Texan Jason Cassidy has steadily been building a fan following in the Lone Star State for quite some time. The singer is beginning to reap some of the rewards for the long years of hard work that he has put into his career. His latest A-Blake Records single, "What If," has been…

  14. Bo Bice Preps Christian EP, Talks Sobriety & 'Idol'

    March 19, 2012 5:30 PM EDT He's known as one the most soulful acts to ever appear on "American Idol," and Bo Bice continues to showcase his talents to the masses. In Nashville recently for the "Autism Speaks" benefit at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Café, Bice told Billboard the cause was…

  15. Erykah Badu's Allah Body Art Derails Malaysia Concert

    February 28, 2012 9:10 AM EST Muslim-majority Malaysia on Tuesday banned a planned concert by Erykah Badu after a photograph appeared showing the Grammy-winning singer with the Arabic word for Allah written on her body. The American R&B singer was scheduled to perform Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, but some Muslim groups…

  16. Megadeth Bassist Studying to Be a Lutheran Pastor

    January 19, 2012 6:30 PM EST Concordia Seminary in suburban St. Louis gets an eclectic mix of students in a program allowing them to train for the ministry online - electricians, farmers, entrepreneurs - and even a founder of one of the best-known thrash metal bands. David Ellefson plays bass for Megadeth. He also is an…

  17. Kaye Stevens, Singer-Actress, Dies at 79

    December 30, 2011 10:55 AM EST Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," has died at a central Florida hospital. She was 79. Close friend Gerry Schweitzer confirmed that Stevens died Wednesday at the Villages Hospital…

  18. CMJ 2011: 15 Things That Will Rock

    October 18, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to… find the next great buzz band? Indie enthusiasts have ascended upon New York City this week for the annual CMJ Music Marathon, which kicks off today (Oct. 18) and runs through Saturday. Will the proverbial "they" find…

  19. Seal Takes Heat for Serenading Chechen Strongman

    October 13, 2011 9:23 AM EDT While Hilary Swank and Jean-Claude Van Damme have taken heat from human rights groups for appearing at a lavish Oct. 5 party for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, so far perhaps the highest-paid star to turn out on the occasion -- singer Seal -- has gotten a pass. Human Rights Watch, which had…

  20. Red Hot Chili Peppers Top U.K. Album Chart; Dolly Parton Debuts High

    September 05, 2011 1:21 PM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers ' "I'm With You" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 71,000 units last week to become their fourth U.K. No. 1 album, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its weekly sales chart data yesterday. London rapper/singer Example won his second chart-topping…

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