1. Flaming Lips, Neko Case Party in Ohio's Hocking Hills at Nelsonville Music Fest

    May 16, 2011 1:05 PM EDT "Your weird party in the woods... I hope it goes on for 500 thousand more years," Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne told the crowd Saturday night (May 14) at the Nelsonville Music Festival. "I'm perfectly one of you." PHOTOS: Nelsonville Music Festival Indeed Coyne…

  2. Flaming Lips to Release Gummy Song Skull at Cemetery Shows

    May 09, 2011 5:12 PM EDT The Flaming Lips will release a new limited edition Gummy Song Skull at their two shows at the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles. Three hundred candy skulls with a USB in the center that includes a live version of "The Soft Bulletin" and two videos will be sold at the shows…

  3. Rihanna's 'S&M' Reigns on Hot 100, Lady Gaga's 'Judas' Debuts

    April 20, 2011 12:16 PM EDT R ihanna's "S&M" rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 to be released tomorrow (Apr. 21) on Billboard.com, granting the singer her 10th No. 1 on the survey and ownership of a pair of historic chart records. Having first reigned atop the Hot 100 the week of May 13, 2006, with …

  4. The 10 Best Billboard Music Awards Performances

    April 12, 2011 11:14 PM EDT Chart Article The 10 Best Billboard Music Awards Performances Like the Billboard charts themselves, the Billboard Music Awards has a history of celebrating a diverse cross-section of the music landscape. From the pitch-black rock of Metallica's "Unforgiven II" to the seductive…

  5. Flaming Lips Enjoying 'Freedom to F**k Around' with New Music

    April 01, 2011 7:00 PM EDT The Flaming Lips plan to release a lot of new music during 2011. Just don't expect it to all come out in conventional forms. In fact, the Oklahoma art rockers plan to make an art out of bringing their fresh material into the world. Already this year the group has released a limited…

  6. Esperanza Spalding to Record 'Radio Music Society' Album in May

    March 01, 2011 8:15 AM EST Still "as surprised as you can be" by her Best New Artist win at this year's Grammy Awards, Esperanza Spalding has already scoped out her next two album projects -- even as she tours to promote 2010's "Chamber Music Society." Spalding tells Billboard.com that she…

  7. Ask Billboard: Who Could Break "Glee"'s Record?

    February 18, 2011 6:45 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHO COULD BREAK …

  8. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears' '3' Decades of No. 1s

    February 11, 2011 7:25 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BRITNEY SPEARS&…

  9. 29 Black Music Milestones: Sugarhill Gang Pioneers Hip-Hop

    February 10, 2011 5:07 PM EST Formed in New York City in the late 70s, the Sugarhill Gang is one of the pioneering acts of hip-hop. Their 1979 single, "Rapper's Delight," was arguably the first rap song to be played on the radio and the first hip-hop single to become a Top 40 chart hit, reaching No. 36 on…

  10. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 01/03/11

    January 03, 2011 11:36 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 !) @Kanye West : Fur Coats and shit... I KNOW YALL MISSED…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Michael Jackson, Lonely Island, Reba McEntire

    December 23, 2010 4:35 PM EST RETURN OF THE KING: The late King of Pop makes a triumphant return to Billboard's charts. While "Michael" arrives at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 behind Taylor Swift 's "Speak Now" (2-1) and Susan Boyle 's "The Gift" (1-2), Michael Jackson 's…

  12. Rihanna Reclaims Social 50 Crown, Don Omar Jumps to No. 2

    December 23, 2010 11:35 AM EST R ihanna returns to the top of the Social 50 chart after abdicating the No. 1 spot to the Black Eyed Peas (1-4) the past two weeks. This is her second week atop the list, having topped it upon its premiere last month. Latin superstar Don Omar makes a significant jump into the runner-up slot …

  13. Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, 'Michael' Bows at No. 3

    December 22, 2010 11:00 AM EST The No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week was seemingly up for grabs a week ago , when industry prognosticators were predicting that it was a race between the then-current topper "The Gift" from Susan Boyle , former No. 1 "Speak Now" by Taylor Swift and…

  14. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: T.I., Charlie Wilson, Trey Songz

    December 18, 2010 12:00 PM EST Currently-incarcerated Atlanta rapper T.I. notches the week's top debut on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, as "No Mercy" opens at No. 1 with 159,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The opening marks his fourth No. 1 set on the list, following 2004&…

  15. 2010 in Music: The Year That Went Pop

    December 10, 2010 10:00 AM EST Imagine it’s Jan. 1, 2010, and a psychic has laid out the following music predictions for the year: –Ke$ha, the self-proclaimed “sick and sexified” singer of “TiK ToK,” will not fade into obscurity. Instead, she’ll release two albums and rack up three more Billboard Hot 100 top 10s before the…

  16. Ask Billboard: Actors, Actresses On Billboard Charts

    December 06, 2010 12:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated each week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. We're featuring…

  17. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo

    December 02, 2010 12:10 PM EST Kanye West takes the No. 1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" catapults 59-1 with 496,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Street date violations caused the set to debut last week at No. 59. Each of West's five albums have now…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Black Eyed Peas, Susan Boyle

    November 18, 2010 6:35 PM EST CLASS RANK: The "Glee" cast accomplishes a feat on the Billboard Hot 100 that it couldn't quite manage at Regionals. While McKinley High School's show choir placed third in its most important singing competition to-date in the "Glee" first-season finale in May,…

  19. Lil Wayne Gets Romantic On Final Letter From Jail

    November 02, 2010 11:37 AM EDT Two days before his official release from New York's Rikers Island, Lil Wayne 's final letter from jail has been posted on his weezythanxyou.com blog site. In it, Weezy is not only saying farewell to the four walls that he's been confined to the last eight months, he also…

  20. Lil Wayne Q&A: His Letter From Jail

    November 01, 2010 3:58 PM EDT Lil Wayne will be a free man on Thursday (Nov. 4) and as we count down the days to his release, the self-professed best rapper alive has taken the time to write The Juice readers an exclusive letter from the pen. Among other things, the note reveals that Wayne might be releasing a mixtape…

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