1. Hank Williams Jr. Clarifies 'Extreme' Obama-Hitler Analogy

    October 04, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is retreating from comments he made Monday on Fox News' Fox & Friends comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler. The longtime "Monday Night Football" singer issued a statement Monday afternoon in which he claims his remarks were "…

  2. St. Vincent Records Track for 'Boardwalk Empire': Exclusive

    September 12, 2011 4:15 PM EDT St. Vincent and Justin Townes Earle last week joined the growing gang of pop and rock singers recording songs of the 1910s and 1920s for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," which begins its second season Sept. 25. The second season opener begins with Kathy Brier singing Irving Berlin&…

  3. Ted Nugent 'Too Divisive' to Get Role in Rick Perry Campaign

    September 07, 2011 8:00 AM EDT As a Texas resident for the past six years, a diehard conservative and a personal friend of Gov. Rick Perry, there's no question where Ted Nugent 's loyalties will lie during the 2012 presidential campaign. His capacity to be vocal about his candidate, however, is still up in the…

  4. Born in the U.S.A.: Top Artists by State, Readers Respond

    July 06, 2011 4:05 PM EDT As you hopefully celebrated July 4th with friends, family, food (up-close) and fireworks (from a safe distance), Chart Beat considered the musical artists most associated with each U.S. state . Billy Joel , for example, represented New York; Ray Charles , Georgia; and, the Beach Boys ,…

  5. Billboard Bits: Bono Goes Hitchhiking, Moby 'Mildly Electrocuted'

    June 03, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. How Do You Get Backstage At A U2 Concert? Give A Lift to Hitchhiking Bono Gilbert Brule, a hockey player for the Edmonton Oiler, and his girlfriend, Kelsey Nichols, were driving around West Vancouver Tuesday…

  6. Chiller Theatre 2011: A Video Diary

    May 03, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Attendees of Chiller Theatre 2011 enjoyed, as billed, a "monster party." The bi-annual toy, model and film expo summoned more than 100 actors, musicians and vendors (as well as assorted costumed demons threatening unsuspecting guests) to the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, N.J.,…

  7. Beastie Boys' Star-Studded 'Make Some Noise' Video Premieres

    April 21, 2011 11:33 AM EDT B eastie Boys member Adam "MCA" Yauch's long-awaited short film, "Fight For Your Right Revisited," has finally surfaced -- in an abridged form as the group's new video for "Make Some Noise." Serving as an elaborate prequel to the group's hugely…

  8. Thin Lizzy Considering Return to the Studio

    March 26, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Scott Gorham is thinking it may be time to bring the Thin Lizzy boys back into the studio again. The venerable group hasn't released a new album since 1983's "Thunder and Lightning" and certainly have not thought about it since iconic frontman Phil Lynott's death in…

  9. 'Treme' Tour to Bring HBO Show's Musicians Across U.S.

    March 24, 2011 4:01 PM EDT A tour of New Orleans musicians under the banner of the HBO show "Treme" have booked nine dates this summer, and the promoter is looking to extend its routing into the spring of 2012. "A Night in Treme" is booked June 10-13 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and…

  10. Ted Leo's Tips For Musicians Who Tweet

    March 21, 2011 12:00 PM EDT On Twitter's fifth anniversary, Ted Leo gives the musician's perspective on how best to use it. You don't need 1 million Twitter followers to use Twitter effectively. Punk veteran Ted Leo ( @tedleo ), of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists , has a Twitter following of nearly 20,000.…

  11. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 3/5/2011

    March 05, 2011 9:00 AM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @Pink : Out of Myself, Britney, and Christina- didn't…

  12. Snoop Dogg, Warren G, 'Golden Voice' Star in 'Dating Game' Samsung Ad

    February 24, 2011 3:05 PM EST In what appears to be an extended commercial for the Samsung Galaxy Indulge (yet has nothing to do with the product), Snoop Dogg plays three different contestants on "The G Connection," a fictional dating game hosted by rapper Warren G. Ted "Golden Voice" Williams adds a…

  13. Dropkick Murphys 'Can't Believe' Bruce Springsteen Sang On New Record

    February 14, 2011 12:15 PM EST For their first new album in four years, Boston's Dropkick Murphys took a new approach -- with "renewed enthusiasm," says singer/bassist Ken Casey -- to the band's seventh album, March 1's "Going Out in Style," which will be released on the band's own…

  14. New Pornographers Call On Horatio Sanz, Ted Leo in Drag for 'Moves'

    February 07, 2011 5:40 PM EST Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member? Check. Cocaine-covered pizza? Check. Ted Leo as a woman? Check again! The New Pornographers' just-premiered video for "Moves" possesses all this and more. Presented as a trailer for a mock film -- "Moves: The Rise and…

  15. Chart Highlights: Adult Pop, Rap Songs & More

    February 07, 2011 3:35 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 *** "Grenade" Bruno Mars…

  16. Mumford & Sons: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 07, 2011 2:18 PM EST On Dec. 1, the day that the nominations were announced for the 2011 Grammy Awards, Glassnote Records founder Daniel Glass sat in a New York screening room with his family watching the new Sofia Coppola film, "Somewhere." Phoenix , the alt-rock band that Glass transformed during the…

  17. Chart Highlights: Pop, Rap Songs & More

    January 24, 2011 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 *** "Grenade" Bruno Mars…

  18. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 01/15/11

    January 15, 2011 9:00 AM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @KanyeWest : Yo Britney, I'm really happy for you and…

  19. Lennon's 'Abbey Road' Suit Sells for $46k in Auction

    January 03, 2011 8:56 AM EST The white two-piece suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album has been sold at auction in Connecticut for $46,000. The suit and other Beatles memorabilia were sold Saturday at the Braswell Galleries' annual New Year's Day auction to an…

  20. Aerosmith to Tour, Release New Music Next Year, Says Guitarist

    November 05, 2010 2:00 PM EDT A erosmith guitarist Brad Whitford is confident that frontman Steven Tyler's "American Idol" judging gig will not derail and may in fact facilitate the recording of the Boston rockers' first new album in more than six years. "That's what the band has been talking…

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