1. Producer Rob Fusari Dishes on Lady Gaga, Beyoncé

    February 24, 2010 3:17 PM EST Amid the high-gloss mix of teen-pop Cyranos, R&B blue-chippers and top 40 auteurs on Billboard's Top 10 Songwriters list (see page 14), only one name prompted sheepish shrugs and subsequent Googling in the Billboard offices. Lady Gaga 's most devoted "little monsters"…

  2. Quincy Jones, John Mayer To Headline LA Music Expo

    January 27, 2010 7:47 AM EST Quincy Jones , John Mayer and retired soul singer Bill Withers will headline performing rights group ASCAP's annual songwriters convention in Hollywood on April 22-24, organizers said. The trio will share the secrets of their success and craft during Q&A sessions at the fifth annual …

  3. Lil Jon "Crunk Rock" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 2:38 PM EST Lil Jon, "Crunk Rock" (Universal Republic) Release Date: 2nd Quarter 2010 R&B/hip-hop. Pop. Rock. Reggae. Brazilian rhythms. And, of course, crunk. Lil Jon has something for everyone on his first post-TVT outing with new label Universal Republic. Fans are already getting a taste…

  4. Courtney Love Loses Guardianship Of Daughter To Cobain's Mother

    December 14, 2009 5:38 PM EST The only daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has been placed in a temporary guardianship, court records show. A Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner granted control over 17-year-old Frances Bean Cobain, who turns 18 next August, to Kurt Cobain's mother Wendy O'Connor and…

  5. Dr. Dre To Anchor Best Buy 'Club Beats' Sections

    November 10, 2009 11:06 AM EST Best Buy is aiming to become a destination for DJs. The retailer has partnered with Monster Cable and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones to launch its new in-store "Club Beats" area. The big box retailer is creating a new section in all its stores where consumers can sample the latest…

  6. Ask Billboard: Madonna, Yoko Ono, Gospel

    September 18, 2009 5:15 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. DANCING QUEEN Hi Gary, While I enjoyed Tuesday's Chart Beat column on…

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: Colbie Caillat, Black Eyed Peas, Prince

    September 03, 2009 4:46 PM EDT HOT COCO: If it seems like the Billboard 200 this week is bursting with debuts, it is. 39 new titles arrive, led by Colbie Caillat 's sophomore set, and first No. 1, "Breakthrough." Her debut album, "Coco," peaked at No. 5 upon its entrance on Aug. 4, 2007. While this…

  8. Jay-Z Says Kanye Inspired 'D.O.A.'

    July 16, 2009 12:48 PM EDT Who would've guessed that Kanye West , who used Auto-Tune on his most recent album, "808s and Heartbreak," was who inspired Jay-Z 's latest single, "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-tune)," off his upcoming album, "The Blueprint 3." "He actually sparked the…

  9. Jay-Z Says Kanye Inspired 'D.O.A.'

    July 16, 2009 12:44 PM EDT Who would've guessed that Kanye West, who used Auto-Tune on his most recent album, "808s and Heartbreak," was who inspired Jay-Z's latest single, "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-tune)," off his upcoming album, "The Blueprint 3." "He actually sparked the…

  10. SPIN Mag Goes Crazy With Free 'Purple Rain' Tribute Album

    June 11, 2009 11:41 AM EDT SPIN magazine is going crazy with its July issue, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Prince's "Purple Rain" with a comprehensive oral history of the film and album and a free downloadable tribute that features nine bands doing song-for-song covers of the record's classic…

  11. The 5 Worst (And Best) Ad Songs

    May 29, 2009 1:07 PM EDT The right song can help a product shine - but the wrong one can hit an off note Billboard consulted with a six-person panel of experts in advertising and branding to determine our list of the best five songs in commercials - and five that made viewers reach for their remotes. The Panel of…

  12. Record Store Day: The 10 Coolest Events and Releases

    April 17, 2009 3:53 PM EDT From an exclusive Queen EP and performance by Talib Kweli to Wilco’s advance of its new concert DVD, there will be plenty to celebrate during the second annual Record Store Day (April 18). Over 1,000 indie retail stores worldwide are playing host to the occasion, with hundreds of artists…

  13. Daft Punk Scores TR2N Soundtrack

    March 04, 2009 2:41 PM EST Daft Punk, the French electronica duo known for their robot personas, have been tapped by Walt Disney Pictures to compose the score for "TR2N", an update of the studio's 1982 science fiction classic "Tron", Billboard has confirmed. The film, currently in production,…

  14. Bad Plus Cover Nirvana, Bee Gees On New Album

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jazz trio the Bad Plus offers more unique interpretations of pop and rock classics on "For All I Care," due Feb. 3 via Head's Up. Jazz trio the Bad Plus offers more unique interpretations of pop and rock classics on "For All I Care," due Feb. 3 via Head's Up. In…

  15. This Day in Music

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks are among the artists that perform during a live telethon, "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast." 2005 - U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks…

  16. Tom Waits Leads Fight Against Ticket Scalpers

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paperless ticketing is emerging as a potential weapon in the efforts of some touring acts to eliminate resellers from the ticket-buying equation. Paperless ticketing is emerging as a potential weapon in the efforts of some touring acts to eliminate resellers from the ticket-buying equation.…

  17. Memoir Says Madonna's True Love Is Herself

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A memoir by Madonna's brother says the singer really does love her husband, director Guy Ritchie, but, apparently, not as much as she loves her career and herself. A memoir by Madonna's brother says the singer really does love her husband, director Guy Ritchie, but, apparently, not…

  18. This Day in Music

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a long illness. He is 57 2006 - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. Speaking in Brussels after meeting European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, Bono s 2005 - U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union to step up efforts to support the…

  20. This Day in Music

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST - In the wake of its prerelease leak, the new Pearl Jam single, "World Wide Suicide," becomes available for free download without digital rights management restrictions from the band's Web site. 2006 - In the wake of its prerelease leak, the new Pearl Jam single, "…

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