1. Weird Al May Parody Lady Gaga On Next Album

    June 22, 2010 3:01 PM EDT W eird Al Yankovic is nine songs into his next album. "I've got three more to do," he reports -- and that's the hard part. "I need to write three parodies," Yankovic, who's in the midst of a summer tour, tells Billboard.com. "It's tough because I&…

  2. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Hanson

    June 11, 2010 6:30 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. JUST DANCE/ELECTRONIC DIGITAL SONGS Dear Gary, Why is Lady Gaga 's "…

  3. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Club Of Hits Expands

    May 13, 2010 4:05 PM EDT "GLEE": THE ROAD TO THE RECORD BOOK: While the members of William McKinley High School's glee club initially feared that joining the singing troupe would hurt their potential popularity, this week's Billboard Hot 100 illustrates that the ensemble's coolness can't…

  4. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 3/20/10

    March 20, 2010 10:00 AM EDT 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 !) @britneyspears : New BS Alert! See what bulls#!t The…

  5. The Knack Lead Singer Doug Fieger Dies

    February 15, 2010 8:57 AM EST Doug Fieger, leader of the power pop band the Knack who sang on the 1979 hit "My Sharona," died Sunday (Feb. 14). He was 57. Fieger, a Detroit-area native, died at his home in Woodland Hills near Los Angeles after battling cancer, according to the Knack's manager, Jake Hooker.…

  6. Billboard Bits: AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Weird Al, Devo, ABBA And More

    January 26, 2010 5:39 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. AC/DC still hasn't released a greatest hits collection, but the upcoming soundtrack for the "Iron Man 2" film is pretty much the next best thing. The Australian rockers' 15…

  7. Jimmy Buffett, "Buffet Hotel"

    January 22, 2010 3:32 PM EST With the exception of acts like "Weird Al" Yankovic and AC/DC , there aren't too many talents that need to worry about recalibrating their sound less than Jimmy Buffett . True to form, his new album, "Buffet Hotel" (the title of which will ensure that the "one t…

  8. Chart Beat Thursday: Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Jason DeRulo

    November 05, 2009 5:47 PM EST HE IS NOT ALONE: Not only does Michael Jackson 's "This Is It" blast onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1, but several artists with ties to the late King of Pop also enter Billboard charts this week. "This Is It" marks Jackson's sixth No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Here…

  9. Chart Beat: "Glee," Kris Allen, Steve Martin

    May 28, 2009 3:38 PM EDT 'GLEE' AMONG RECORD-SETTING CLUB: In a week dominated by "American Idol," it's another Fox TV-related show that spurs the biggest splash on the Billboard Hot 100. Of course, having "Idol" as a lead-in helped the musical comedy "Glee" enjoy an ample…

  10. This Day in Music

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Rapper Cam'ron is shot during an early morning carjacking attempt in Washington, D.C. Two men pull alongside Cam'ron's 2006 Lamborghini and open fire while the artist is stopped at a traffic li 2005 - Rapper Cam'ron is shot during an early morning carjacking attempt…

  11. Weird Al Reflects On Download Experiment

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Weird Al Yankovic has weighed on his first experiment to make available a new song digitally while the song it parodies was still hot on the charts. Weird Al Yankovic has weighed on his first experiment to make available a new song digitally while the song it parodies was still hot on the…

  12. Weird Al Goes Digital With T.I. Cover

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in his nearly three-decade career, comedy maestro "Weird Al" Yankovic is releasing his parody of a current No. 1 single -- evidently just days after he thought of it. For the first time in his nearly three-decade career, comedy maestro "Weird Al"…

  13. Chart Beat: Katy Perry, Kathy Griffin, Miley Cyrus

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses the 1000th No. 1 of the rock era, Kathy Griffin's comedy album, Miley Cyrus and more! ROCKIN' AND KISSIN': Music historians acknowledge that the rock era was ushered in by one 45 rpm single: "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley &…

  14. Digital Delivery Could Help Weird Al Get Topical

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As a parodist, Weird Al Yankovic notes "timing is off the essence." So the accordion-playing artist, who in the past has lampooned "Star Wars," Michael Jackson, Chamillionaire and Queen, is hoping to As a parodist, Weird Al Yankovic notes "timing is off the essence.…

  15. This Day in Music

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Nick and Mary Yankovic, the parents of "Weird Al" Yankovic, die of carbon monoxide poisoning in their Fallbrook, Calif., home on. Their accidental deaths are caused by a fire burning without an 2004 - Nick and Mary Yankovic, the parents of "Weird Al" Yankovic, die…

  16. This Day in Music

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Rapper Cam'ron is shot during an early morning carjacking attempt in Washington, D.C. Two men pull alongside Cam'ron's 2006 Lamborghini and open fire while the artist is stopped at a traffic li 2005 - Rapper Cam'ron is shot during an early morning carjacking attempt…

  17. Ask Billboard

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers readers' questions on top 40 radio, "The Simpsons" soundtrack and mega-selling albums. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . POP GOES THE RHYTHM Keith, I look at the charts each week…

  18. Dozens Of 'Simpsons' Songs Bundled For 'Testify'

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT More than three-dozen original songs from the past nine seasons of "The Simpsons" have been bundled for the album "The Simpsons: Testify," due Sept. 18 via Shout! Factory. More than three-dozen original songs from the past nine seasons of "The Simpsons" have been…

  19. This Day in Music

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Nick and Mary Yankovic, the parents of "Weird Al" Yankovic, die of carbon monoxide poisoning in their Fallbrook, Calif., home on. Their accidental deaths are caused by a fire burning without an 2004 - Nick and Mary Yankovic, the parents of "Weird Al" Yankovic, die…

  20. Chart Beat

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses John Mellencamp, Weird Al Yankovic, Lily Allen and more! LET 'FREEDOM'S' RING: John Mellencamp returns to The Billboard 200 in a triumphant way, with the highest-debuting set of his career and his first top 10 album in just over 10 years. "Freedom's…

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