1. 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' Denied No. 1 on UK Singles Chart

    April 14, 2013 3:39 PM EDT Duke Dumont's "Need U (100%)" bests controversial anti-Margaret Thatcher campaign. Also, Paramore has top album The highly controversial campaign to get "Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead," by the "Wizard of Oz" Film Cast to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart has…

  2. Coachella 2013: Stone Roses, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Light Up the Desert on Day 1

    April 13, 2013 8:44 AM EDT Daft Punk's album teaser, How to Destroy Angels, Tegan & Sara, Alt-J, Johnny Marr and more action onstage and backstage at California's massive music festival ŸAdditional reporting by Nicole Pajer COACHELLA 2013 • COACHELLA PHOTOS • Watch: Coachella Live Stream • Analysis:…

  3. Ding Dong: Inside the UK Campaign to Make an Anti-Thatcher Song No. 1

    April 12, 2013 11:12 AM EDT UPDATE 4/12: BBC Radio will not play the full "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" song during the Official Chart Show on Sunday, Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper announced. Instead they will play a clip as part of a news item about the "Wizard of Oz" track, which has been…

  4. Justin Timberlake’s '20/20' Extends U.K. Chart Reign

    April 08, 2013 7:50 AM EDT Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) began a third week atop the U.K. album chart as the Official Charts Company published its new sales data Sunday (April 7). British DJ-producer Duke Dumont debuted at No. 1 on the singles chart with “Need U (100%)” …

  5. Bruno Mars Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 06, 2013 9:35 AM EST "Unorthodox Jukebox," along with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist," receive bumps from Amazon MP3 pricing. As forecasted last week , Bruno Mars claims his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "Unorthodox Jukebox" jumps one slot to…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. '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 …

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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