1. Jerry Leiber of Hit Songwriting Team Dies at 78

    August 22, 2011 5:06 PM EDT Pop music lyricist Jerry Leiber, whose partnership with Mike Stoller created such timeless hits as "Jailhouse Rock" and "There Goes My Baby," helping to shape the identity and commercial potential of early rock and roll, died Tuesday of cardio pulmonary failure. He was 78.…

  2. Scars On 45 Reaches Triple A Top 5, Revs Up Second EP

    July 07, 2011 9:00 AM EDT When British indie pop act Scars on 45 bought a computer and started recording songs in a grungy spare room in Bradford, England, the band never imagined that one of those tracks -- "Give Me Something" -- would reach the top five on Billboard's Triple A radio chart. "The…

  3. Coasters Singer Carl Gardner Dies at 83

    June 14, 2011 8:19 AM EDT Carl Gardner, original lead singer of the R&B group the Coasters , has died in Florida. He was 83. Gardner's wife Veta said her husband died Sunday at a Port St. Lucie hospice following a long bout with congestive heart failure and vascular dementia. Inducted into the Rock and Roll…

  4. Billboard Bits: 'Yakety Yak' Singer Dies, 'Glee' Wants Springsteen

    June 13, 2011 5:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Yakety Yak' Singer of The Coasters Dies Carl Gardner, lead singer of '50s group the Coasters, passed away Sunday (June 12) in Port St. Lucie, Florida after an extended illness. As a statement on the…

  5. 'American Idol': Lady Gaga Mentors the Top 4, Haley Gets 'Reinharted'

    May 12, 2011 1:17 AM EDT "You never know what to expect from Lady Gaga ." That was James Durbin -- tonight's opener and closer on "American Idol" top 4 performance night -- admitting that he was a little bit anxious before meeting the round two mentor, the Mother Monster herself. Gaga…

  6. Beyonce Q&A: The Billboard Music Awards Millennium Artist Discusses Her Career And New Album

    May 11, 2011 11:50 AM EDT Chart Article Beyoncé: The Billboard Music Awards Q&A Our Millennium Award Recipient Discusses Her Amazing Career & Anticipated New Album by Ray Rogers In the next chapter of her career, Beyoncé certainly seems dedicated to breaking new ground. It takes guts for one of the world'…

  7. 'American Idol': 25 Things You Didn't See on TV

    April 22, 2011 11:27 AM EDT The Top 7 elimination episode was an emotional roller coaster if ever there was one -- from the exuberance that comes with hearing a Coldplay song on the "American Idol" stage to the highly anticipated debut of David Cook 's new single (score!) to the sad reality that somebody…

  8. Britney Spears, Till the World Ends

    March 25, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Britney Spears ' "Till the World Ends" features some of the most banal lyrics in recent pop music memory. Of course, that doesn't make the second single from "Femme Fatale" any less fantastic. Unlike fellow superstars Taylor Swift and P!nk, Spears is less…

  9. Jennifer Hudson, "I Remember Me"

    March 25, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson has never sounded better. Standing sure-footed on the other side of personal tragedy, she vibrantly vocalizes her renewed sense of self throughout an album that doubles as a soulful reflection on life and love. While her 2008 self-titled debut spun off two hits, including …

  10. Odd Future Breaks (Almost) Every Rule in NSFW Funny or Die Video

    March 01, 2011 1:08 PM EST Rising L.A. rap collective Odd Future poke fun at their unhinged attitude and tear apart a record executive's office in "Odd Future Gets Signed," a new comedy clip from Funny Or Die. Watch the NSFW video below: "It's like the Black Eyed Peas , if the Black Eyed Peas…

  11. My Chemical Romance's 'Danger Days' Track-By-Track

    November 17, 2010 1:15 PM EST My Chemical Romance 's upcoming fourth album, "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys," went through a long journey before arriving at its final stages. After a year of work on the record, the band decided to start over, and reintroduce their high-concept,…

  12. Fantasia Moves Forward Despite Personal Challenges

    August 20, 2010 2:15 PM EDT F antasia has endured a roller coaster couple of weeks, as the mainstream and tabloid media have veered from one controversy (the singer being named in a divorce case that includes sex tape allegations ) to the next (her being hospitalized for a "medical overdose" ). But that isn&…

  13. The Victorious Secrets Named New FreeCreditScore.com Band

    August 13, 2010 10:51 AM EDT With more than 70,000 spots aired on network and cable channels in 2009, the FreeCreditReport.com band-and its catchy songs about bad jobs, relationships and credit, sung from roller coasters and Renaissance fairs-is arguably the jingle king of America. But not for long. The scruffy blond and…

  14. Kat Von D's 20 Celeb Tattoo Tour

    July 29, 2010 1:00 PM EDT "If I had a religion, it would be music," says L.A based tattoo artist, Kat Von D . Though she came to public consciousness when she was featured on the TLC show "Miami Ink" and subsequently earned her own show, "L.A Ink" in 2007, Von D was already famous to the…

  15. Robyn Premieres Video for 'Hang With Me'

    July 26, 2010 4:06 PM EDT Robyn 's "Body Talk Pt. 1" album may have been released in mid-June, but the Swedish pop star is already serving up music videos for her next disc. A clip for "Hang With Me," the first single off of "Body Talk Pt. 2," was released today to precede the album&…

  16. Eminem 'Recovery' Ad Features 'ShamWow' Guy Vince Shlomi

    June 16, 2010 12:06 PM EDT "You're gonna be clappin', when you hear Eminem rappin'." That's how former Sham Wow/Slap Chop spokesman Vince Shlomi is selling the public on Eminem's "Recovery" in "EmWow," a new ad promoting the rap star's hotly anticipated new…

  17. Travis McCoy Is Rising With 'Lazarus' Solo Debut

    April 23, 2010 11:22 AM EDT Travis McCoy wants to assure fans that his upcoming solo debut album -- "Lazarus," due June 8 -- in no way means Gym Class Heroes is hanging up its sneakers. "I'm trying to kill a lot of the negative connotations out there about me doing this solo project," McCoy…

  18. Alex Chilton Remembered at SXSW, U.S. Congress

    March 18, 2010 8:15 PM EDT Guitarist Alex Chilton , who died of heart-related problems Wednesday night, was mourned across the alternative rock world on Thursday. But his loss was particularly felt at the South by Southwest Music + Media Conference , where Chilton was scheduled to perform with and speak about his band…

  19. Sam Adams Says Sales 'Legit,' SoundScan Data Revealed

    March 15, 2010 7:49 AM EDT Boston-area rapper Sam Adams has had quite the roller-coaster month. His debut album, "Boston's Boy" debuted at the top of the iTunes hip-hop digital album charts after selling just under 8,000 digital units in its first week. But the Cinderella story quickly faded after rumors…

  20. Usher: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 09, 2010 4:09 PM EST Usher and his creative team began tossing around ideas for his next album, they had one goal in mind: to get his swagger back. "I had checked out," the singer acknowledges. "I went all the way into being super husband and super dad, thinking, 'I've got to be serious…

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