1. Billboard Bits: Reznor to Score Vampire Flick, Whitney's Daughter Refutes Cocaine Pictures

    March 03, 2011 6:39 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Whitney Houston's Daughter Refutes Cocaine Photographs Bobbi Kristina, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown , was photographed sniffing what appeared to be cocaine. The pictures were published in the…

  2. Bruno Mars Debuts Atop U.K. Album Chart, 'Glee' Cast Sets Record

    January 24, 2011 9:10 AM EST B runo Mars became the first male solo artist since Mika in 2007 to top the U.K. singles and album charts simultaneously on Sunday (Jan. 23). Meanwhile, the "Glee" Cast broke the record for the shortest time for any act to achieve 20 top 40 U.K. appearances. Mars' "Grenade…

  3. Nicki Minaj Paid Too Much, Say Trinidad Officials

    December 09, 2010 12:16 PM EST An audit has been called on the concert organizers for an Oct. 31 show that took place in Trinidad featuring Nicki Minaj , for which the rapper was allegedly paid $825,000. According to reports, a government official in Minaj's hometown is not pleased with the cost of the concert and is…

  4. MTV U.K. Tips Far East Movement, Mona, Willow Smith For 2011

    December 01, 2010 8:36 AM EST U.S. acts Far East Movement , Mona and Willow Smith have made the MTV Networks U.K. & Ireland list of 10 emerging acts it predicts will break big in 2011. "Blackberry Presents: Brand New For 2011" was unveiled at London's Koko venue last night (Nov. 30), with performances…

  5. Cheryl Cole Rains On Rihanna's Chart Parade

    November 01, 2010 8:38 AM EDT C heryl Cole scored her second solo U.K. No. 1 single with "Promise This" (Polydor/Universal) to hold Rihanna 's "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal) to a runner-up debut. Kings of Leon 's "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music…

  6. French Protests Nix Lady Gaga Shows

    October 21, 2010 7:37 AM EDT Live Nation has postponed two Lady Gaga shows in Paris this weekend because of the strikes and protests in France over the plan to raise the retirement age. The Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 shows at Paris Bercy have been postponed until Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 "as a result of the logistical…

  7. Adam Lambert To Play It Safe For Malaysia Concert

    October 12, 2010 7:24 AM EDT Adam Lambert has pledged to obey Malaysian government rules that forbid the flamboyant, openly gay glam rocker from kissing anyone onstage and wearing revealing clothes for a concert this week, a show organizer said Tuesday (Oct. 12). The "American Idol" runner-up, who is currently…

  8. Malaysian Islamists Object to Adam Lambert Concert

    October 11, 2010 5:14 PM EDT Malaysia's Islamist opposition party on Monday demanded that authorities cancel a planned concert by Adam Lambert that they say is promoting "gay culture" in the mainly Muslim country. The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) has also threatened to call "as many of its…

  9. Phil Collins 'Back' At No. 1 in U.K.

    September 27, 2010 7:13 AM EDT The Atlantic label has both new U.K. chart champions, with Phil Collins topping the U.K. album chart for the first time in 12 years, after his soul covers set "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music) climbed 4-1 on the new Official Charts Company listing last night (Sept. 26). Bruno…

  10. Wyclef Jean to Announce Bid for President of Haiti This Week

    August 04, 2010 7:45 AM EDT Wyclef Jean is about to announce his candidacy for president of earthquake-ravaged Haiti, according to the former head of the country's Chamber of Deputies. Former Deputy Pierre Eric Jean-Jacques told the Associated Press that the hip hop artist will run as part of his coalition in the…

  11. Danzig Sees 'Red' On New Album, Tour

    June 08, 2010 12:25 PM EDT Mother, tell your children not to walk this way... Glenn Danzig is back in town. The former Misfits and Samhain frontman is hitting the road for a nine-date outing, starting June 15 at the NorVa in Norfolk, Va. The shows will support Danzig newest album, "Deth Red Sabaoth," arriving…

  12. 'Exile On Main St' Back At U.K. No. 1

    May 24, 2010 7:46 AM EDT For the first time in 16 years, the Rolling Stones top the U.K. album chart, after their reissued 1972 album "Exile On Main St" (Polydor/Universal) hit No. 1. U.S. hip-hop artist B.O.B. debuted at the singles summit with "Nothing On You" (Rebel Rock/Grand/HustleAtlantic…

  13. Billboard Bits: Kings of Convenience, Travis Barker, Courtney Love and More

    February 12, 2010 6:17 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Film director Jim Jarmusch has signed on as curator for a day of the New York edition of All Tomorrow's Parties festival in upstate New York this coming Labor Day weekend. Sonic Youth, the…

  14. Casting Crowns Extends Reign With 'Whole World'

    November 30, 2009 4:20 PM EST As the seven members of the Atlanta-based band Casting Crowns settle into the front of one of their tour buses, they are all warm and friendly, eager to share the latest photos of their kids and happenings at their churches. If they seem more like your child's favorite teacher, your next…

  15. Rammstein Album Banned From Display In Germany

    November 09, 2009 3:37 PM EST The album "Liebe ist Für Alle Da" ("Love is For All") by German hard rock group Rammstein - currently at No. 2 on Billboard's European Albums Chart - has been banned from public display in German stores with effect from Nov. 11 on account of its depictions of sadism…

  16. Juanes' Cuba Concert Details Announced

    September 10, 2009 4:41 PM EDT An international lineup of Latin acts will join Colombian rocker Juanes at his controversial "Paz Sin Fronteras" (Peace Without Borders) concert, scheduled for Havana, Cuba Sept. 20. The free concert, which coincides with the United Nations' International Day of Peace, will…

  17. Malaysian Muslims Allowed To Attend Black Eyed Peas Concert

    September 02, 2009 9:17 AM EDT The Malaysian government has agreed to let Muslims attend a concert by U.S. hip-hop stars Black Eyed Peas , reversing an earlier ban imposed because the show is sponsored by an alcoholic beverage company, officials said Wednesday. Ticket sales opened to Muslims on Wednesday for the Sept. 25…

  18. Muslims Barred From Malaysia Black Eyed Peas Concert

    August 27, 2009 9:37 AM EDT Malaysia's government has barred Muslims from a concert by U.S. hip-hop stars the Black Eyed Peas next month because the event is organized by Irish beer giant Guinness, an official said Thursday. The prohibition comes amid a clampdown on alcohol consumption among Malaysia's Muslim…

  19. David Garza, "Dream Delay"

    August 11, 2009 6:57 PM EDT Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter David Garza's words tumble out of him with a beauty and unpredictability that makes his bluesy warble consistently interesting. Dry wit, a zigzagging vocabulary and poignant melodies are layered with guitar, piano, sparingly used effects and echoing…

  20. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 4:07 PM EDT Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Close to You." The crowd remained on their…

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