1. New Orleans Jazz Fest Line-Up Announced; Bon Jovi, Arcade Fire, Ms. Lauryn Hill to Headline

    January 20, 2011 12:26 AM EST The annual New Orleans Jazz & Music Heritage Festival today announced its 2011 line-up with a diverse slate of headliners that includes Arcade Fire, Sonny Rollins, Kid Rock, Wilco, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Mellencamp, the Strokes, Jimmy Buffett, John Legend & the…

  2. Arcade Fire, Eminem, Mumford & Sons Earn BRIT Award Nominations

    January 13, 2011 2:50 PM EST British rapper Tinie Tempah led the field on Thursday at the BRIT awards with four nominations, just ahead of singer-songwriter Plan B , folk rock act Mumford & Sons and London's The XX , who each had three nods. In a turnaround from 2010's female-dominated nominations, male…

  3. Led Zeppelin Drummer's Son Plays to Similar Beat

    December 24, 2010 11:30 AM EST There's no sugar-coating the death of John Bonham . The wild Led Zeppelin drummer choked on his own vomit after downing 40 shots of vodka in 1980, a demise that brought one of rock's biggest bands to a premature end. His son, Jason , started following in his footsteps -- both as a…

  4. Fergie Q&A: Billboard's Woman of the Year 2010

    December 03, 2010 11:32 AM EST By the time she turned 27, Stacy Ann Ferguson had spent two years as the voice of Sally in animated "Peanuts" features, six years belting out perky, inspirational covers on the children's TV show "Kids Incorporated," 10 years chasing fame as a bottle blonde in the R…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson

    November 11, 2010 5:55 PM EST RI-WARDED: As "What's My Name?" vaults 60-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , Rihanna continues to enhance a commanding chart history that began the week of June 11, 2005, when "Pon De Replay" debuted at No. 97. "What's My Name?" becomes Rihanna's eighth…

  6. Country Albums Rule Top Three on Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 11:17 AM EST For the first time in three years, the top three selling albums in the U.S. are all country efforts. Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (320,000; down 69% according to Nielsen SoundScan), Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party…

  7. Eminem, Lady Antebellum Expected to Lead 2011 Grammy Nominations

    October 01, 2010 12:08 PM EDT The nominees for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards won't officially be revealed until tonight (Dec. 1) at 10pm EST at the Recording Academy's annual nominations special, broadcast live on CBS from Club Nokia in Los Angeles. But we have a pretty good idea about who is likely to get the…

  8. Phil Collins' 'Going Back' Tops Euro Chart

    October 01, 2010 11:21 AM EDT P hil Collins has Europe's new favorite album, climbing 2-1 on Billboard's European Albums list with "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music), as Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Rihanna, makes the same move on Hot 100 Singles.…

  9. Will Kanye, Susan Boyle or Taylor Swift Rule the Holiday Season?

    September 27, 2010 9:34 AM EDT The fate of music retailers' holiday sales season may rest not with a country-crossover auteur or a hip-hop oversharer or even the King of Pop, but with a momsy 50-year-old Scot drawn to show tunes. Yes, Taylor Swift and Kanye West will release chart-topping new albums, and a posthumous…

  10. Linkin Park Debuts Atop Euro Albums Chart

    September 24, 2010 7:46 AM EDT Linkin Park makes its customary No. 1 start on Billboard's European Albums chart, arriving at the top with "A Thousand Suns" (Warner Bros./Warner Music). "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/UMTV/Universal) by Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup leads…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, 'Halo'

    September 23, 2010 6:55 PM EDT MARS ATTACKS: After his arrest Sunday (Sept. 19) on suspicion of cocaine possession , Bruno Mars instead makes enviable headlines on the Billboard Hot 100 , where "Just the Way You Are" ascends 3-1 . The song is Mars' first No. 1 as a lead artist, following his turn as a…

  12. Linkin Park and Trey Songz Debut At Nos. 1 & 2 on Billboard 200

    September 22, 2010 11:43 AM EDT L inkin Park notches its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as its "A Thousand Suns" album debuts atop the list with 241,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rock band beats out R&B singer Trey Songz , as the latter's fourth album, "Passion, Pain &…

  13. The Script Beats Linkin Park On U.K. Chart

    September 20, 2010 8:08 AM EDT Irish band the Script made it two U.K. No. 1 albums from two releases as new sales data was unveiled by the Official Charts Company. Their "Science & Faith" (Phonogenic/Sony Music Entertainment) sold 71,000 copies to claim the top spot on the new chart last night (Sept. 19), as …

  14. Linkin Park, Trey Songz Set For Big Bows on Billboard 200

    September 16, 2010 11:08 AM EDT Next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, not only will the very top of the chart welcome handsome debuts from both Linkin Park's "A Thousand Suns" and Trey Songz's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure," but there may be up to six new entries in the top 10. Industry…

  15. Phil Collins Talks Motown Covers Album, Genesis' Future

    September 14, 2010 2:00 PM EDT It's a rainy day in New York, and London-born, Switzerland-based Phil Collins is making the most of his time stateside. The 59-year-old singer/songwriter/drummer has brought his two youngest sons with him for a summer vacation. They've visited the Alamo in San Antonio-collecting…

  16. Robert Plant 'Felt Young' Working on 'Band of Joy' Album

    September 13, 2010 11:35 AM EDT R obert Plant expects his new Band of Joy to be a going concern and says that taking pen to paper -- rather than continuing to cover other songs as he does on the "Band of Joy" album, which is out Tuesday (Sept. 14) -- is the likely next step. "We're talking. We have to…

  17. Robert Plant, "Band of Joy"

    August 27, 2010 8:17 PM EDT Robert Plant may seem an unlikely Americana artist. But the educated know the original Band of Joy-which he and future Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham played in, as well as Zep-was more than profoundly influenced by what drifted across the pond. Plant's latest solo album, "Band of…

  18. Billboard Bits: Shania Twain 'Idol' Rumors Heat Up

    August 13, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Idol' Eyeing Shania as Plan B While sources close to "American Idol" are telling TMZ that a deal with Jennifer Lopez is not dead, Shania Twain would reportedly be Fox's next choice to join…

  19. 'I'd Love' a Led Zeppelin Reunion: Jason Bonham

    August 12, 2010 1:00 PM EDT Jason Bonham knows better than to promise a Led Zeppelin reunion as part of his "Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience" show that goes on tour this fall. But he's certainly not opposed to the idea. "I'm not going to hide it from them," Bonham, who filled…

  20. Russell Brand Is A Man of Infant Sorrow

    June 11, 2010 4:33 PM EDT Infant Sorrow seems to have it all: a charismatic, good-looking frontman; several talented and well-known musicians; an extensive, major-label-funded marketing campaign; and a No. 1 debut on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. There's only one wrinkle: Infant Sorrow isn't a…

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