1. Cheap Trick Lays Out Future Plans At SXSW

    March 18, 2010 10:15 AM EDT C heap Trick is contemplating another run of full-album shows, similar to what the veteran band did during the late '90s. During a public interview Wednesday at the South By Southwest Music + Media Conference, frontman Robin Zander acknowledge that "we're thinking about doing…

  2. Jane's Addiction Bassist Quits, Lil Wayne Still Free

    March 04, 2010 6:49 PM EST In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Jane's Addiction original bassist Eric Avery has quit the band for the second time--he may want to hook up with My Chemical Romance drummer Bob Bryar, who apparently left the emo band a month ago. Sean Lennon is…

  3. Billboard Bits: My Chemical Romance, T.I., Camp Bisco, Sean Lennon and More

    March 04, 2010 5:54 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. My Chemical Romance is in the market for a new drummer, NME reports . "As of four weeks ago, My Chemical Romance and Bob Bryar parted ways," wrote guitarist Frank Iero on his blog. "…

  4. John Lennon Appearance In Car Ad Stirs Controversy

    March 04, 2010 5:52 PM EST A new Citroen commercial that's airing on U.K. television features old footage of John Lennon , and now Beatles fans are wondering whether Yoko Ono made the right decision in allowing the French car company to use her late husband's image. In the ad -- made for Citroen's new …

  5. Billboard Bits: Bob Dylan, Phoenix, Paramore, Yoko Ono and More

    February 08, 2010 6:21 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. After taking home the Grammy for Best Alternative Album a few weeks ago, French pop rock band Phoenix is turning its attention to a new project -- writing the score for director and frontman Thomas…

  6. Ask Billboard: ''Taking Peaks," Nos. 100-1

    January 29, 2010 4:35 PM EST 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. TALKING PEAKS, 100 TO 1 Gary, Bravo! Well done! Every week this month I have…

  7. Jingle Bell Rock ... And Pop ... And R&B ... And Country ...

    December 08, 2009 12:05 PM EST Billboard's Holiday Songs chart ranks airplay of seasonal tracks on U.S. adult contemporary radio. Because a hefty 75% of the format switches to all-holiday programming by Thanksgiving each year, the format's airplay effectively serves as the barometer for mainstream yuletide fare.…

  8. Chart Beat Tuesday: Neil Diamond, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks

    November 24, 2009 11:48 AM EST HAVE YOURSELF A CHERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS: Neil Diamond enjoys his highest Adult Contemporary chart position in more than 17 years, as "Cherry Cherry Christmas" debuts at No. 26. Diamond last placed higher when "Don't Turn Around" - which went on to become a top 10 hit…

  9. 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…

  10. Basement Jaxx Plan Rare DJ Tour For 'Scars' Release

    August 21, 2009 12:32 PM EDT Basement Jaxx , the British dance music duo responsible for some of the most infectious dancefloor filling anthems of the last decade, will follow the release of their latest studio album with a series of rare North American DJ dates this autumn. The DJ tour will kick off in San Francisco on…

  11. 'Beatles Rock Band' Song List Revealed

    August 18, 2009 6:26 PM EDT A list of 19 songs by the Beatles including classics "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "A Hard Day's Night" for a new "Rock Band" video game were revealed Tuesday, leaving only one mystery title remaining. Other new tunes include "Ticket to Ride,"…

  12. Basement Jaxx Tap Yoko Ono, Santigold For 'Scars'

    July 13, 2009 9:12 AM EDT Basement Jaxx , the U.K. dance duo known for rollicking, noisy house tracks and circus-like live shows, have completed work on "Scars," the pair's fifth full-length album. "Scars" is due for an October release on XL. The Jaxx have also recorded a second as-yet…

  13. Basement Jaxx Tap Yoko Ono, Santigold For 'Scars'

    July 13, 2009 7:48 AM EDT Basement Jaxx, the U.K. dance duo known for rollicking, noisy house tracks and circus-like live shows, have completed work on "Scars," the pair's fifth full-length album. "Scars" is due for an October release on XL. The Jaxx have also recorded a second as-yet-untitled…

  14. Former Beatles, Stones Manager Allen Klein Dies

    July 06, 2009 4:28 PM EDT Infamous record label owner Allen Klein, who played a key role in the demise of the Beatles and also nabbed control of some of the Rolling Stones' best-known songs, died in New York on Saturday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, a spokesman said. He was 77. During a career…

  15. Former Beatles, Stones Manager Allen Klein Dies

    July 06, 2009 9:07 AM EDT Infamous record label owner Allen Klein, who played a key role in the demise of the Beatles and also nabbed control of some of the Rolling Stones' best-known songs, died in New York on Saturday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, a spokesman said. He was 77. During a career…

  16. Chart Beat: Yoko Ono, Taylor Swift, Marilyn Manson

    June 04, 2009 3:27 PM EDT NO PARKING ON THE DANCE FLOOR: Midnight Star's '80s classic of that title could describe all the action on Hot Dance Club Play this week. Yoko Ono ascends to her fifth No. 1, and third in-a-row, as "I'm Not Getting Enough," credited to Ono, rises 3-1. The song follows…

  17. Chart Beat: Linkin Park, Green Day, Bob Dylan

    June 03, 2009 11:32 AM EDT K'JON'S 'OCEAN'-FRONT PROPERTY: Detroit native K'Jon earns his first No. 1 on the Adult R&B airplay chart, as "On the Ocean" sails 5-1. He is the first male to reach the summit with his first chart entry at the format since Noel Gourdin carried the…

  18. June 1, 2009

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Tony Thompson of Hi-Five dies from a Freon overdose in Waco, Texas, at the age of 31. 2006 – Spanish singer Rocio Jurado dies of pancreatic cancer at her Madrid home. She is 61. 2001 – Rapper Jamal “Shyne” Barrow is sentenced in a Manhattan court to 10 years in prison for his part in a…

  19. May 26, 2009

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Rapper Xzibit’s two-week-old son, Xavier Kingston Joiner, dies from complications of premature birth. 2006 – Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and her husband, Gavin Rossdale of Bush, welcome their fist son, Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, born in Los Angeles. 2004 – Fantasia Barrino wins…

  20. Yoko Ono, Roots To Play London's Meltdown Festival

    April 28, 2009 1:09 PM EDT The first acts confirmed for London's Meltdown Festival, which runs June 13 to June 21 at the Southbank Centre, include Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Sean Lennon, Cornelius, Patti Smith, Robert Wyatt, Yo La Tengo, Baaba Maal and Moby. The Roots will open the event at the Royal Festival Hall…

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