1. Tom Petty, Kings of Leon to Lead Hangout Fest

    February 13, 2013 9:40 AM EST The five-stage event will include the Roots, the Trey Anastasio Band, Public Enemy and more Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Kings of Leon will headline this year's Hangout Music Fest, with a third headliner to be named for the May 17-19 event on the Gulf of Mexico in Gulf Shores,…

  2. Ke$ha's 'Crazy Beautiful Life' Documentary Coming to MTV

    January 29, 2013 10:01 PM EST The documentary series will cover the making of Ke$ha's "Warrior" in April. A documentary series on Ke$ha will air on MTV beginning in April, the singer will announce tonight on MTV’s new live late night comedy show, “Nikki & Sara Live."   “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful…

  3. Clay Aiken: 'American Idol' is Now All About the Judges

    December 15, 2012 12:00 PM EST "I don't even know if they remember there are contestants anymore," says the former "Idol" finalist. After a five-year break, Clay Aiken says he was long overdue to bring a Christmas show back on the road. "It doesn't feel like Christmas for me if I'm…

  4. Haley Reinhart Is Latest 'Idol' Alum to Lose Major Label Deal

    November 21, 2012 9:40 AM EST "American Idol" season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart is the latest casualty of a major label deal cut short. Interscope Records, the Universal Music Group label with exclusive rights to alumni of the Fox show, is not picking up the 22-year-old singer's option for future recordings…

  5. 'Smash' Casts Liza Minnelli for Season 2

    November 13, 2012 3:15 PM EST "Smash" is continuing to up the ante for its second season. The sophomore drama has tapped Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony and Emmy winner Liza Minnelli to guest star as herself in a spring episode, NBC announced Tuesday. Minnelli will perform an original song from Marc Shaiman and Scott…

  6. Green Day Drops 'Twilight - Breaking Dawn' Ballad: Watch the 'Forgotten' Video

    October 31, 2012 11:35 AM EDT The first anthem for "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" has officially arrived. Green Day debuted the video for "The Forgotten," the lead single off the film's forthcoming soundtrack, Tuesday on MTV. In the clip, footage of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre…

  7. Black Keys Map Out 'El Camino' Followup

    October 12, 2012 3:35 PM EDT The Black Keys played a stint of recent dates in Los Angeles, headlining the Honda Center and two nights at the Stapes Center. Prior to the shows, they performed an intimate invite-only show at KROQ's Red Bull Sound Space, where we caught up with singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach to get the…

  8. Green Day, Feist Biting into 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Soundtrack

    October 04, 2012 8:39 PM EDT The final "Twilight Saga" film will feature music from Green Day, Feist and more. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," which opens Nov. 16, will include Green Day 's "The Forgotten" and Feist 's "Fire in the Water," as well as tracks…

  9. Motley Crue on 'Sex' and Proving the Skeptics Wrong

    August 28, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Motley Crue gave the world a little more "Sex" in order to have something new to play for its current tour with Kiss . But the group isn't willing to commit to when, or even if, it will have an album's worth of new material to join it in the near future. "It takes…

  10. Kiss, Motley Crue Give $100,000 to Theater Shooting Victims

    August 10, 2012 8:40 AM EDT Motley Crue and Kiss are donating money to support those affected by the Colorado movie theater shootings. The bands said at their concert in suburban Denver on Wednesday night that they would donate $100,000 to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund. Kiss: 'Monster' Has More Feeling, Less &…

  11. 'Rock of Ages': Tom Cruise Called Cameron Crowe for History Lesson

    June 11, 2012 1:20 PM EDT At Hollywood Premiere, Cast & Crew Marvel at Actor's Transformation Into 'Sexy Rock n' Roll Monster' Hollywood transformed into an 80's version of The Sunset Strip on Friday as stars arrived for the premiere of "Rock of Ages," eager to celebrate Tom…

  12. Austin City Limits Lineup: Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Black Keys Headlining

    May 22, 2012 1:05 AM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers will top a loaded bill at October's Austin City Limits. The 130-band lineup will include Neil Young and Crazy Horse , the Black Keys , Jack White , Florence + the Machine and the Avett Brothers atop the bill. The annual Texas festival will span Oct. 12-14 in Zilker…

  13. Silversun Pickups Prep New Album, Call Major Label Options 'Meaningless'

    May 07, 2012 11:15 AM EDT You'd think an indie band with a sophomore album that reached No. 7 on the Billboard 200 would be pursued by every major label in the music business. And that's exactly what happened to Los Angeles act Silversun Pickups after the band's second album, "Swoon," zoomed…

  14. The-Dream: Two Strange, Thrilling Nights in NYC

    March 13, 2012 1:05 PM EDT In a live display of the struggle between his normal, impossibly irresistible persona and his heartbroken alter ego Terius Nash, The-Dream headed to New York to showcase the two wildly different halves of his persona during back-to-back shows of his Kill The Lights tour at S.O.B.'s on…

  15. Christopher Reimer, Women Guitarist, Dead at 26

    February 22, 2012 11:10 AM EST Christopher Reimer, guitarist for the noise rock group Women , has died at the age of 26. According to The Calgary Herald (via Pitchfork ), Reimer passed away in his sleep on Tuesday (Feb. 21), and the cause of death has not yet been determined. Women released a pair of albums, 2008's …

  16. Ask Billboard: Madonna's Biggest Radio Hits

    February 04, 2012 3:30 PM EST A look at Her Madgesty's most-played songs, Carly Rae Jepsen's new No. 1 and more reader-voted songs that should've been singles Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to…

  17. R.I.P. Etta James: Celebrities Mourn on Twitter

    January 20, 2012 5:40 PM EST Minutes after news of Etta James ' passing hit the 'net, celebrites took to Twitter to mourn the legend's death today (Jan. 20). Artists like Mariah Carey to P!nk , expressed their deep sorrow and reflected on the life and legacy of Etta James. Here's a round-up of singers…

  18. Burt Bacharach Working On Memoir

    January 19, 2012 10:50 AM EST Burt Bacharach will be handling the words for his next project: a memoir. The award-winning collaborator on such hits as "I Say a Little Prayer" and "What the World Needs Now" has a deal with HarperCollins for a memoir due in November. The publisher announced Wednesday…

  19. Paul & Linda McCartney Shown Love in Nashville With 'Let Us In' Album, Concert

    November 04, 2011 11:35 AM EDT 'Let Us In' Benefit Concert on Nov. 7 Kicks Off CMA Week, Will Feature McCartney Songs Sir Paul McCartney. Nashville. Those two terms might be not necessarily linked at the hip. However, on Monday, those two musical giants will come together for a great cause. On Nov. 7, at Music…

  20. Who's Who of Hair Metal React to Jani Lane's Death

    August 12, 2011 2:30 PM EDT The response to Jani Lane 's death in the glam-and-hair metal communities has been one of shock and disbelief, with former sunset strip denizens far and wide chiming in. Major artists ranging from Slash to Alice Cooper have lamented the loss, but we're also hearing from the where…

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