1. Def Leppard Developing Cartoon Series

    December 21, 2009 8:58 AM EST Def Leppard is getting animated about its career. The British metal group has entered a wide-ranging deal with music publishing company Primary Wave, which is developing various marketing and branding opportunities. Among them is a cartoon TV show, said Primary Wave CEO Larry Mestel. The…

  2. Ask Billboard: Swift's Latest 'Fearless' Feat

    November 06, 2009 5:27 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHAT'S HER 20? Hi Gary, I was just wondering if Taylor Swift is the…

  3. Dashboard Confessional Doubles Down With 'Alter The Ending'

    October 30, 2009 5:14 PM EDT D ashboard Confessional 's founding singer/songwriter, Chris Carrabba, was having a hard time deciding whether his next album should be a full-on electric rock project or a stripped-down, acoustic affair when he came up with a novel solution. On Nov. 10, when the band releases its sixth…

  4. The Bravery, "Slow Poison"

    October 21, 2009 3:56 PM EDT The Bravery rode a wave of synthesizers and droning vocals to success in 2005, and the band's lead single from its upcoming third album, "Stir the Blood," is true to that blueprint. Harmonious guitar strums and a static drumbeat kick off "Slow Poison," as electronic…

  5. Fall Out Boy Toys, Eve and Wyclef Party

    September 22, 2009 5:32 PM EDT In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Fall Out Boy have launched a comic book called "Fall Out Toy Works" based loosely on the song "Tiffany Blews" from their most recent album, "Folie a Deux." The story is about a toymaker and…

  6. Bret Michaels' 'Roses And Thorns' Still Blooming

    September 22, 2009 9:09 AM EDT Having his autobiography, "Roses and Thorns: The Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy to My Reality," pushed back into 2010 by publisher Simon & Schuster is allowing Poison 's Bret Michaels to tell the rest of the story. The book was originally due out this past June, and while…

  7. Leonard Cohen Returning To Tour After Onstage Collapse

    September 21, 2009 8:40 AM EDT Singer Leonard Cohen is expected to return to the stage on Monday after he collapsed during a concert in Spain on Friday and was rushed to hospital. The Canadian, who turns 75 on Monday, was halfway through a performance of his hit song "Bird on a Wire" at a show in Valencia when he…

  8. The Bravery Darker, Angrier On 'Slow Poison'

    September 17, 2009 1:10 PM EDT The Bravery 's third album -- "Slow Poison," due out Nov. 10 -- will be "darker and angrier" than its predecessors, according to frontman Sam Endicott. But it's not a wholesale reinvention of the band, either. "I'd say it's more like the first…

  9. Video Q&A: Def Leppard's Joe Elliott

    August 03, 2009 12:48 PM EDT Def Leppard earned six top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 and four top ten songs on the Hot 100 in the process of climbing to the pinnacle of hard rock fame in the late 80s. But unlike most of its big-haired peers, the band never descended into "Behind The Music"-ready burn-out.…

  10. Concert Charts: Fierce Showing By Beyonce On Top Tours List

    July 23, 2009 5:31 PM EDT Beyoncé takes over the No. 1 slot on Hot Tours rankings for the latest reporting week with box office totals arriving for her "I Am..." world tour. AEG Live, the promoter of the tour's European leg reports more than $23 million in ticket sales, including four sellouts at London…

  11. Backwards Bullets: July 21, 1990

    July 21, 2009 2:40 PM EDT Each Tuesday, we revisit Billboard's archives for a look at what notable titles were climbing the charts on this date. This week, we travel back to the July 21, 1990, issue. 'LOVE' AT FIRST 'VISION': While the Billboard Hot 100 this week nineteen years ago sported a…

  12. Jonas Brothers / July 15, 2009 / E. Rutherford, NJ (Izod Center)

    July 16, 2009 10:30 PM EDT "This is not the circus…stand up!" Joe Jonas shouted to the audience Wednesday night (July 15) at the IZOD Center in New Jersey. "Yeah!" echoed his older sibling, Kevin Jonas. "We might be brothers, but we're not Barnum and Bailey." And yet, with its…

  13. Jonas Brothers / July 15, 2009 / East Rutherford, NJ (IZOD Center)

    July 16, 2009 9:43 PM EDT "This is not the circus…stand up!" Joe Jonas shouted to the audience Wednesday night (July 15) at the IZOD Center in New Jersey. "Yeah!" echoed his older sibling, Kevin Jonas. "We might be brothers, but we're not Barnum and Bailey." And yet, with its…

  14. Sonic Youth / July 3, 2009 / New York (United Palace Theatre)

    July 13, 2009 6:54 PM EDT After returning to its indie label roots with the June release of "The Eternal," Sonic Youth rang in Independence Day weekend in the same city where it began causing an alt-rock ruckus more than 30 years ago. This time, the quintessential downtown band took the party uptown to the…

  15. Jonas Brothers, "Lines, Vines and Trying Times"

    July 13, 2009 12:15 PM EDT It's come to this: The Jonas Brothers are writing lyrics that include the word "bitch." To be fair, the term is just implied in the song "Poison Ivy." The full lyric is "Everybody gets the itch/Everybody hates that..." with the final word bleeped out - but…

  16. Sonic Youth / July 3, 2009 / New York (United Palace Theatre)

    July 09, 2009 6:46 PM EDT After returning to its indie label roots with the June release of "The Eternal," Sonic Youth rang in Independence Day weekend in the same city where it began causing an alt-rock ruckus more than 30 years ago. This time, the quintessential downtown band took the party uptown to the…

  17. Def Leppard Gets Interactive For Summer Tour

    June 09, 2009 11:18 AM EDT Fans heading out to see Def Leppard this summer should make sure their phones are charged. Specifically, those fans who own phones with Bluetooth capabilities or phones that can connect to a Wi-Fi spot will have the chance to download a host of unique Def Leppard content at each tour stop.…

  18. Poison's Bret Michaels Knocked Flat In Tony Awards Mishap

    June 08, 2009 8:16 AM EDT Rock singer Bret Michaels had a run-in with some stage scenery at the Tony Awards. Michaels, star of the reality show "Rock of Love," took to the stage with his hair-metal band Poison during the telecast's opening production number, featuring performances from the season's…

  19. Poison, Elton John, Dolly Parton Ready To Rock Tony Awards

    June 05, 2009 3:03 PM EDT This year's Tony Awards are set to include a few bonafide music stars among the usual song-and-dance numbers. Elton John, Dolly Parton and Poison will help toast Broadway's finest at the June 7 ceremony, performing with the casts of top-nominated shows "Billy Elliot, The…

  20. Live Nation Cuts Service Fees In Major Summer Ticket Promotion

    June 01, 2009 1:03 AM EDT Live Nation will eliminate service fees on more than five million lawn tickets and hundreds of concerts for its amphitheaters in a one-day promotion June 3. The 24 hour sales event is being billed as the biggest ticket promotion ever, which would be hard to dispute. "No Service Fee…

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