1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam Set For Austin City Limits' 35th Season

    September 24, 2009 1:43 PM EDT For its 35th year on air, the famed public broadcast music show Austin City Limits is going big. Scheduled to perform this season are major acts like the Dave Matthews Band , Pearl Jam , Willie Nelson (performing with Asleep at the Wheel ), Elvis Costello , Ben Harper and Them Crooked…

  7. Woodstock At 40: Promoter Michael Lang Interviewed

    July 31, 2009 2:47 PM EDT In 1968, after producing the Miami Pop Festival in Florida, onetime head shop owner and fledgling music impresario Michael Lang moved to Woodstock, N.Y., and got an idea for another kind of music festival -- one that was bigger and more inclusive. Less than a year later he was at the helm of…

  8. Black Eyed Peas Head Guinness Celebrations

    May 13, 2009 8:32 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas top an international bill of artists set to honor the 250th anniversary of Guinness. It was announced today (May 13) that the Grammy Award-winning act will perform in Asia on Sept. 24 as part of Guinness' global anniversary celebrations, which will simultaneously see 24…

  9. May 13, 2009

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Rapper Remy Ma is sentenced to eight years in prison for assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion in conjunction with the shooting of a woman outside a Manhattan nightclub. 2007 – Rock legend Bo Diddley is hospitalized after a concert in Council Bluffs, Iowa, during which he…

  10. May 10, 2009

    May 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Rocker Chris Daughtry gets voted off Season Five of “American Idol.” 2003 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “American Life,” Madonna. 1999 – Artist/author/songwriter Shel Silverstein, 66, is found dead in Key West, Fla. 1994 – Weezer releases its debut, the self-titled “blue” album. 1991 –…

  11. Madonna Injured In Hamptons Horsing Accident

    April 20, 2009 9:44 AM EDT A photographer who says he captured images of Madonna after she fell off a horse in the Hamptons over the weekend disputes the singer's account of how the accident happened. Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg says the singer took the tumble Saturday when her horse was spooked by…

  12. April 14, 2009

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Hawaiian musician Don Ho dies of heart failure in Honolulu at the age of 76. 2005 – Singer John Fred Gourrier of John Fred and the Playboys dies of complications following a kidney transplant in New Orleans at the age of 63. 2003 – R&B singer Angie Stone makes her Broadway debut…

  13. April 13, 2009

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Britney Spears and her husband, rapper and dancer Kevin Federline, confirm she is pregnant with her first child. 2004 – Songwriter and producer Ritchie Cordell dies in New York of pancreatic cancer. He is 61. 2004 – The Pixies unleash a 27-song set at Minneapolis’ Fine Line Music Cafe…

  14. Madonna Loses Adoption Bid In Malawi

    April 03, 2009 9:43 AM EDT Madonna will not be allowed to adopt a second child from Malawi, a 4-year-old girl named Mercy James, the African country's High Court ruled on Friday. The ruling will please campaigners who say authorities have given the singer special treatment. Malawi's government, which came…

  15. March 19, 2009

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – R&B singer Luther Ingram dies of heart failure in Belleville, Ill., at the age of 69. 2002 – Jazz organist Big John Patton dies in Montclair, N.J., of complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He is 66. 2001 – Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Queen, Ritchie Valens,…

  16. Rock Vets Remember 'The Day The Music Died'

    February 03, 2009 1:21 PM EST Fifty years after Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper played their final gig at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, the Day the Music Died became the Day the Music Went On and On. Last night's tribute concert at the original Surf raved on for six hours with a contingent of…

  17. Britney, Justin Join Madonna In Los Angeles

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Madonna had a little help from some friends at the Los Angeles stop of her Sticky and Sweet tour last night (Nov. 6) at Dodger Stadium, as both Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake turned up as surpri Madonna had a little help from some friends at the Los Angeles stop of her Sticky and Sweet…

  18. The Killers Unveil 2009 Tour Plans

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Killers will begin an early 2009 tour Jan. 17 in Denver in support of their third Island album, "Day and Age," due Nov. 25. First single "Human" is No. 58 this week on the Billboard Hot 100. The Killers will begin an early 2009 tour Jan. 17 in Denver in support of…

  19. Ludacris: Reel Life

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Best-known to music fans as Ludacris, Chris Bridges is contemplating a new moniker. Best-known to music fans as Ludacris, Chris Bridges is contemplating a new moniker. "I have a new album and two movies coming out within two weeks of each other, so Mr. October is my new nickname,"…

  20. Madonna, Guy Ritchie To Divorce

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna's spokeswoman says the singer and her husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie, will divorce after seven-and-a-half years together. Madonna's spokeswoman says the singer and her husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie, will divorce after seven-and-a-half years together. A statement e-mailed to…

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