1. Lady Gaga to Make Film Debut in 'Machete Kills' (Poster)

    July 26, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Lady Gaga will soon be making her silver screen debut, as the pop star joins the cast of Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills," playing a character called La Chameleón. The writer/director tweeted the announcement today, writing, "I just finished working with @LadyGaga on …

  2. Exclusive: 'Austin & Ally' Soundtrack Track List Revealed

    July 20, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Show Co-Star Ross Lynch Talks Album, New Single 'Heard It On the Radio' and Upcoming R5 Music Disney Channel's popular music-driven series "Austin & Ally" will release its first soundtrack album on Sept. 11. The 14-song set will boast 12 tracks from the show'…

  3. Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup: Run DMC, Girl Talk, Against Me! + More

    July 12, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced the full lineup for the 2012 festival, to be held November 2-4 at Auditorium Shores. The 7th annual festival will feature big name acts like the reunion of Run D.M.C. , Santigold , an appearance from De La Soul , Girl Talk , and Explosions…

  4. Mars Volta: 10-Year 'Dictatorship' Ends After 'Noctourniquet'

    March 26, 2012 3:00 PM EDT New album "the last record of its kind," says Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez says the band's sixth studio album, "Noctourniquet," will be its last -- at least in terms of how he's approached writing and recording the group's…

  5. Lil Wayne Launches DEWeezy Campaign With SXSW Concert

    March 16, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Lil Wayne was the headliner of one of the most anticipated concerts at this year's SXSW since last week's announcement of his partnership with Mountain Dew. "DEWeezy" posters splattered across the streets of Austin, Texas since Monday (March 12) helped garner a line of…

  6. Will Ferrell Debuts Clueless Music Video for 'Casa de mi Padre'

    March 12, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Will Ferrell's character in "Casa de mi Padre" may not know much, but he's a mean trumpet player. A music video for the song "Yo No Se" ("I Don't Know") from the upcoming Spanish-language comedy premiered on Funny or Die . In it, Ferrell sings in…

  7. Diddy to Launch Revolt, a New Music Network, Through Comcast

    February 21, 2012 12:20 PM EST Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider with more than 22 million subscribers, is teaming up with Sean " Diddy " Combs to distribute his own network. Comcast will also distribute networks owned NBA superstar Magic Johnson, and Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez. The…

  8. The Mars Volta Announces New Album 'Noctourniquet'

    January 17, 2012 4:17 PM EST Grammy-winning prog-rockers the Mars Volta 's upcoming sixth album, "Noctourniquet," will see a March 27 release on Warner Bros. Like previous Mars Volta records, "Noctourniquet" will be a concept album revolving around a defined narrative. Written by band co-founders…

  9. Chart Highlights: Lady Gaga's 'Marry The Night' Tops Dance/Club Play Songs

    January 09, 2012 4:45 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "We Found Love" Rihanna…

  10. Weekly Chart Notes: Greg Laswell, Adele, Justin Bieber

    December 08, 2011 4:45 PM EST The "Glee" cast isn't the first act to to turn Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" into a ballad. Singer/songwriter Laswell first stripped the song down in 2007. 'GIRLS' POWER: For the first time this TV season, the A VERY SHE & HIM '…

  11. Backstreet Boy Howie D Adopts Familiar Sound on Debut: 'Why Stray Too Far?'

    November 14, 2011 3:30 PM EST During the five-year span he spent making his first solo album, Backstreet Boys ' Howie Dorough talked about exploring his Latin roots, working with the likes of Jon Secada and Wayne Rodriguez and even singing in Spanish. But "Back To Me," which comes out Nov. 15, sounds more…

  12. Latin Grammys: Calle 13 Makes History in Star-Studded Night

    November 10, 2011 11:55 PM EST The 12th annual Latin Grammys, which were telecast live from the Mandalay Bay, made it a night the Puerto Rican rapping duo Calle 13 will not soon forget as they dominated the awards show with a staggering nine wins including record of the year, best urban music album and best alternative…

  13. Kanye West Thanks Philly for Amber Rose, Days After Wiz Khalifa Does

    November 03, 2011 11:15 AM EDT While stopping through Philly for his and Jay-Z 's "Watch the Throne" tour yesterday (Nov. 2), Kanye West took a minute in between his performances of "Runaway" and "Heartless" to thank the city for ex-girlfriend, Philly native Amber Rose. "To the city…

  14. Occupy Wall Street: When Music Stars Invade

    October 24, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Kanye showed up and said not a single word (after all, his sheer presence speaks for itself). Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Tom Morello sang protest anthems with the people. Just this weekend, Katy Perry and husband Russell Brand swung by on their bikes. And from the looks of his Twitter…

  15. Romeo Santos Finds His Own 'Formula' After Aventura Success

    October 21, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Anthony "Romeo" Santos was born in the Bronx in 1981. His mom: Puerto Rican. His dad: Dominican. This month, it was announced that Santos will be starring in an upcoming multi-camera ABC comedy series. He will portray the son of Dominicans living in New York's Washington…

  16. Hooked: Katy Perry Is Pretty in Pink & Kanye Heads East to London Fashion Week

    September 20, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Time to get Hooked, our bite sized roundup of fashion-drenched music news. Katy Perry Is Pretty in Pink The "Firework" hitmaker is pretty in pink on the cover of InStyle's October issue. The singer rocks a delicious pastel pink hairdo both on the cover and in the mag. Hot off…

  17. J. Cole Premieres Debut Album at NYC Listening Session

    August 18, 2011 12:20 PM EDT "I'm mad nervous," J. Cole confessed in the first of two listening sessions for his upcoming LP, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," due Sept. 27. Those in attendance and attentive were Roc Nation publicists Jana Fleishman, also publicist to Jay-Z, and Megan Miller, Roc…

  18. Billboard Bits: 'Watch the Throne' Outrages Indie Retailers, Morrissey Slams Norway

    July 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to…

  19. Curren$y Keeps Climbing With New Mixtape and Merchandising Deal

    June 24, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Don't be fooled by the billowing cloud of fragrant smoke: Curren$y is a shrewd businessman. Despite five record deals in less than 10 years, including one with No Limit and another with Cash Money Records, and still no "official" solo debut, the New Orleans rapper has carved…

  20. Big K.R.I.T. Calls New Mixtape a 'Milestone in My Career'

    June 10, 2011 5:00 PM EDT For Big K.R.I.T. , the June 7 release of his "R4: The Prequel" through Island Def Jam was a proud moment. It's the first bar code offering from the Meridian, Miss., rapper/producer, and though the five-song set, available exclusively as a digital EP, is a collection packaged…

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