1. Green Day's SXSW Debut a 'Punk Rock Extravaganza'

    March 16, 2013 9:33 AM EDT One of South By Southwest's most pervasive myths is that Green Day scored its major label deal there during the 90s. Not quite. SXSW 2013: Photo Highlights From Austin Snoop Lion Roars in Live Debut Sound City Players Make Noise Grohl Talks Future of S.C. Players REVIEW: Chance the…

  2. Black Sabbath Reveals '13' Release Date, Issues New Making-Of Clip: Watch

    March 13, 2013 3:35 PM EDT Long-awaited new album is available for pre-order beginning today. Black Sabbath will release "13," their first album with Ozzy Osbourne at the helm since 1978's "Never Say Die!," on June 11 through Vertigo/Republic in the U.S. After releasing an in-studio teaser…

  3. Miguel 'Adorn's No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay For 20th Week: Weekly Chart Notes

    January 25, 2013 6:24 PM EST A look at other songs to rule Billboard radio charts for at least 20 frames, as well as what makes Miguel's smash so durable. Miguel's "Adorn" joins an elite group of hits to have led a Billboard airplay ranking for a whopping 20 weeks or more, as his smooth ballad tops…

  4. Ask Billboard: Solo Duets, Almost-Heatseeker Graduates & Kenny Chesney

    January 22, 2013 10:05 AM EST In this week's mailbag, your assistance is required when it comes to remembering solo hits which probably should've been billed as duets. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  5. Bad Religion's 'True North' Q&A: 'We're Still Creating Our Legacy'

    January 14, 2013 2:00 AM EST Bad Religion dutifully celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2010, then immediately continued being a pioneering punk rock fixture. Their sixteenth studioi album, "True North," drops Jan. 22 on Epitaph Records, the label owned by guitarist and founding member Brett Gurewitz. The LP…

  6. Black Sabbath Announces '13' -- First Ozzy Album in 35 Years

    January 12, 2013 8:45 AM EST Rick Rubin Takes Production Duties Heavy Metal founding fathers Black Sabbath announced today they'll release their first Ozzy Osbourne-fronted album in 35 years in June. Titled "13," the album will be the band's ninth with their original singer and 19th overall.   With…

  7. Ozzy Osbourne International Airport? Rocker's Hometown Government 'Intrigued' by the Idea

    December 30, 2012 3:00 PM EST Will the airplane overtake the bat as the flying object most associated with Ozzy Osbourne ? British recording industry vet Jim Simpson, who discovered Osbourne's pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath , is mounting a campaign to rename the rocker's hometown airport after him,…

  8. 50 Years of 'Monster Mash': The Story Behind the Halloween Hit

    October 31, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others.Here, he reflects on the 50-year-old perennial Halloween hit "Monster…

  9. Neil Diamond to Receive 'Legend of Live' Award at Billboard Touring Awards

    October 16, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Billboard announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond will receive its prestigious Legend of Live Award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards on Nov. 8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Additionally, Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater will be the recipient of the…

  10. Geoff Tate Announces 'New Queensryche'

    September 03, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, former Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo join lineup Geoff Tate seemed to be working for the weekend during the Labor Day holiday. On Sept. 1 the singer, who was fired from progressive rock band Queensryche in June, announced the lineup of "the new Queensryche…

  11. Sharon Osbourne, NBC Clash Over Alleged Firing of Son

    August 07, 2012 11:45 AM EDT 'America's Got Talent' Host Reveals Why She's Quitting Show NBC defended itself Monday against Sharon Osbourne's claim the network discriminated against her afflicted son in casting a new reality show. The "America's Got Talent" judge told the New York…

  12. Five Awesome Lollapalooza 2012 Moments

    August 06, 2012 2:15 PM EDT The Lollapalooza 2012 lineup was packed with more than 150 rockers, rappers and EDM ravers, who kept crowds rocking in Chicago's Grant Park all weekend long. But as always, there were a few acts who shone above the rest. Here's a look at the five acts (and one unexpected honorable…

  13. Jane's Addiction Rocks Chicago at Lollapalooza Aftershow

    August 05, 2012 2:45 PM EDT "Chicago, do you want me? Do you love me?" Perry Farrell asked the crowd at Jane's Addiction 's sold-out Lollapalooza afterparty show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom late Saturday-night (Aug. 4), well after the thunderstorm that paused the festival for a few hours had…

  14. Lollapalooza 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    August 05, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Saturday's Lollapalooza 2012 lineup featured a host of marquee headliners like Red Hot Chili Peppers , Avicii and Frank Ocean , but the literal showstopper of the festival's second day was Mother Nature. Lollapalooza 2012 • Photos: Lolla Live Saturday • Photos: Backstage &…

  15. Lollapalooza 2012: 15 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    August 04, 2012 11:40 AM EDT The opening day of Lollapalooza 2012 closed with a black celebration. Or the north end of Chicago's Grant Park, devil horns flew and heads banged as Black Sabbath brought forth a metal onslaught of the heaviest form. On the south end, fireworks illuminated fans who swayed and shimmied to…

  16. Sharon Osbourne: 'I'm Not Returning' to 'America's Got Talent'

    July 25, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Sharon Osbourne said Tuesday that she's ready to say goodbye to NBC's "America's Got Talent," taking the network by surprise. In a posting on Twitter , Osbourne addressed "my darling" fellow judge Howard Stern and said, "money is not the reason I'm…

  17. Zakk Wylde: 'It Would Be an Honor' to Play With Pantera

    May 22, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Metal Guitar Icon Talks New Book, Sobriety, Church and Music Biz 'Cartoon Characters' The always outrageous and thoroughly entertaining Zakk Wylde has written a book, "Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide to World Tour Domination." Part…

  18. Slash Raves About Myles Kennedy, Says 'Lie' Almost Didn't Happen

    May 21, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Who needs multiple singers when you've got Myles Kennedy? Slash's new album, "Apocalyptic Love" (out May 22), only employs the one singer unlike the self-titled rock album the guitarist released in 2010 which features an assorted bunch: Lemmy, Fergie, Ian Astbury, Ozzy…

  19. Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Says He's Out of Reunion Gigs

    May 15, 2012 8:24 PM EDT Bill Ward will not be joining Black Sabbath for this year's performances, the drummer confirmed in a letter to fans on his website . The lengthy, emotional note explained that Ward had been asked to participate "minimally" at the band's Download Festival set in the UK in…

  20. Slash Q&A: 'Cathartic' New Band, Guitar Lessons and Hall of Fame 'Bias'

    April 12, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Before Axl Dropped Out, We Talked to Slash: "You get inducted into the Hall of Fame and then the next day life goes on" Slash's new album, "Apocalyptic Love," doesn't come out until May 22, but in part 1 of this interview with the iconic guitarist he talks a…

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