1. Madonna Stalker Detained Indefinitely: 'I'm Worried About My Children's Safety'

    October 25, 2011 10:05 AM EDT A man who managed to break into two of Madonna 's homes has been ordered to be detained indefinitely in a psychiatric hospital. A judge also banned Grzegorz Matlok, a Polish national who was previously deported, from coming within 300 feet of any of the pop star's properties. Matlok…

  2. Austin City Limits 2011: 15 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    September 18, 2011 2:18 PM EDT Though Day 2 brought humidity and a veritable downpour to the Austin City Limits festival, a sold-out crowd didn't seem to mind at all, donning ponchos and the sheets they brought as picnic blankets to shield themselves and listen on. Billboard was there for some of the best -- and worst…

  3. Madonna's 'W.E.' Receives Mixed Reactions at Venice Film Festival

    September 02, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Madonna's film "W.E.," which focuses on the relationship between King Edward VIII and the divorced American Wallis Simpson, has been panned by many but has also found some support from critics after premiering at the Venice Film Festival this week. The reviews range from…

  4. Shania Twain Duets With Lionel Richie on 'Endless Love': Watch

    June 14, 2011 1:55 PM EDT More than eight years after "Up" reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart, Shania Twain is back in the spotlight, recording a duet with Lionel Richie on her reality show "Why Not? with Shania Twain." Watch below, as Twain and Richie belt out Ritchie's duet with…

  5. Music's Next Great Biopics

    June 09, 2011 1:06 PM EDT No one wants to talk about a Marvin Gaye movie. Or one about Janis Joplin , or a Jimi Hendrix biopic. As film subjects go, they're problematic. Heirs to the Joplin and Hendrix estates have blocked films by withholding music and image rights. The pieces to the Gaye story are in so many…

  6. John Walker, Walker Brothers Singer, Dies at 67

    May 09, 2011 11:45 AM EDT John Walker, the American-born musician who was the frontman for the Walker Brothers , one of the most successful bands of Britain's Golden Age of rock 'n' roll, has died at age 67. Walker died Saturday of liver cancer, his personal assistant, Polly Klemmer, told The Associated…

  7. Kid Rock Accepts Controversial NAACP Honor in Detroit

    May 02, 2011 10:39 AM EDT K id Rock gave as well as received on Sunday night (May 1) in his home town. While accepting his controversial Great Expectations Award at the Detroit branch of the NAACP's 56th annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, Rock announced $100,000 in donations -- five $10,000 grants to Motor…

  8. Johnny Preston, 'Running Bear' Singer, Dies at 71

    March 07, 2011 12:40 PM EST Johnny Preston, who had a No. 1 hit with the song "Running Bear" in 1960, died in Beaumont, Tex., on Friday (Mar. 4). He was 71. His death was confirmed by his son, Scott, who said Mr. Preston had bypass surgery late last year and suffered from lingering health problems. Johnny…

  9. 11 R&B/Hip-Hop No. 11s For '11

    January 04, 2011 1:05 PM EST May 2011 bring you health, happiness and prosperity. On Billboard charts, however, the number 11 is often synonymous with frustration. "No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11, but of those, No. 11 is probably the worst," says Adrian Moreira, RCA/J/Arista Records senior vice…

  10. Billboard Bits: 'Jonas L.A.' May Face Cancellation, Christina Aguilera Has New Beau

    November 08, 2010 6:22 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Disney Channel's 'Jonas L.A.' May Face Cancellation It was bound to happen: All the Disney Channel's teen idols would eventually grow up, and the shows would be no more. Not only is "Hannah…

  11. 'Barbra Streisand': What's In A Name?

    October 19, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Iconic entertainer Barbra Streisand has charted three times on Dance/Club Play Songs. In 1979, she reached No. 13 with "The Main Event/Fight" and No. 1 for four weeks with the Donna Summer duet "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)." The legendary diva notched her third and…

  12. Kid Rock Ordered to Pay $40K in Damages for Waffle House Fight

    September 17, 2010 5:56 PM EDT A suburban Atlanta jury awarded $40,000 Friday to a man who says musician Kid Rock and his entourage beat him and smashed his cell phones during a 2007 fight at a Waffle House restaurant. Harlen Akins sued Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, and five members of his entourage…

  13. Kid Rock: I Didn't Start Waffle House Fight

    September 16, 2010 1:24 PM EDT Kid Rock testified Thursday that he exchanged some tough words with a customer before a 2007 melee at an Atlanta-area Waffle House restaurant but didn't start fighting until provoked. "I gave it to him verbally, I said, 'Shut your mouth, man,'" the singer testified in…

  14. Kid Rock to Appear in Court Over Fight in Atlanta

    September 14, 2010 8:00 AM EDT Kid Rock is scheduled to appear in court in connection with a lawsuit filed against him after a fight at a Waffle House restaurant in suburban Atlanta. In the lawsuit, Harlen Akins claims the musician - whose real name is Robert James Ritchie - cursed at him during the early morning fight in…

  15. Metal Community Pays Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

    May 17, 2010 5:10 PM EDT The hard rock community was in a state of mourning as artists rushed to pay tribute to iconic elder statesman Ronnie James Dio, who died on Sunday at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. Tony Iommi, who worked with Dio in Black Sabbath and its latest incarnation, Heaven and Hell, was among…

  16. RIP Ronnie James Dio, Cowell to be Sir Simon

    May 17, 2010 11:50 AM EDT In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, the metal world is mourning Ronnie James Dio, voice of bands Elf , Blackmore's Rainbow, Black Sabbath , Dio, and Heaven & Hell . He passed away on Sunday after losing his battle with stomach cancer at 67. Simon…

  17. Ronnie James Dio, Metal Legend, Dead at 67

    May 16, 2010 5:37 PM EDT Seminal heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio -- the voice for Elf, Blackmore's Rainbow , Black Sabbath , his own band Dio and, most recently, Heaven & Hell -- has lost his battle with stomach cancer, passing away Sunday at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Dio was 67 years old and…

  18. Ask Billboard: Alternative's Slow Rides

    February 26, 2010 6:55 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. RESISTANCE Dear Gary, I was looking at the top portion of the Alternative…

  19. Taking Peaks, Part 4: Nos. 25-1

    January 26, 2010 2:35 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  20. Chart Beat Thursday: Black Eyed Peas, Pearl Jam, Frank Sinatra

    October 01, 2009 2:43 PM EDT STILL HAVIN' A BALL: Days after the 2009 Major League Baseball season began, the Black Eyed Peas settled into the leadoff spot on the Billboard Hot 100, on the charted dated April 18. This week, as the campaign reaches its 162-game conclusion and October postseason glory beckons, the…

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