1. Billboard Bits: 'Punk'd' Returns With Bieber Pranking Swift, Beach Boys 'Smile' Gets Release Date

    August 30, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Punk'd' Returns With Justin Bieber Pranking Taylor Swift MTV's revamped and reincarnated prank show "Punk'd" is back, and instead of Ashton Kutcher, each episode will feature a…

  2. The Nine Collaborative Albums To Top The Billboard 200

    August 18, 2011 7:15 PM EDT The pairing of star acts on an album isn't uncommon. Last year, Elton John and Leon Russell teamed for "The Union," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Earlier in 2010, Carole King and James Taylor's "Live at the Troubadour" bowed at No. 4. In 2007, rocker…

  3. Yoko Ono Talks Dance Hits, Lady Gaga, John Lennon and Twitter

    July 26, 2011 4:30 PM EDT In December 2010, the last time Yoko Ono was at Billboard, she was being honored for a whopping five consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart . With her just-released single "Talking To The Universe" climbing the same chart, the iconoclastic veteran artist took…

  4. Yoko Ono to Japanese Disaster Victims: 'We Are All Together'

    July 22, 2011 2:17 PM EDT Visiting her disaster-stricken homeland, Yoko Ono said Friday she wants to give fellow Japanese a big hug. Ono said she was deeply saddened by the devasation caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that left more than 20,000 people dead or missing and touched off the worst nuclear…

  5. Martin Scorsese's George Harrison Documentary Coming to HBO in October

    July 13, 2011 6:30 PM EDT HBO has acquired the North American TV rights to Martin Scorsese's " George Harrison : Living in the Material World," and will air the documentary in two parts on Oct. 5 and 6. In the film, Scorsese traces Harrison's life from his beginnings in Liverpool through his life…

  6. Billboard Bits: Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley Reteam for CMA Awards

    July 11, 2011 6:59 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley Co-Hosting CMA Awards for Fourth Time Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will be back together again in November. They've been picked to host the Country Music Association Awards…

  7. Rock Hall Compiles 'Most Comprehensive Beatles Exhibit in the World'

    July 07, 2011 12:10 PM EDT New relationships with members of the Beatles and their representatives has allowed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland to compile "the most comprehensive, artifact-driven Beatles exhibit in the world," according to Vice President of Exhibitions Jim Henke. Henke…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Pitbull, Jill Scott, Weird Al Yankovic

    June 30, 2011 7:55 PM EDT PET SOUNDS: Dog days are just beginning atop the Billboard Hot 100 , as Pitbull celebrates his first No. 1 with "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. In anticipation of the Miami rapper's ascension to the apex, Chart Beat reader and frequent contributor…

  9. Billboard Bits: Xtina & Adam Levine Duet, Chris Colfer to Pen Young Adult Novels

    June 09, 2011 6:36 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Christina Aguilera & Adam Levine Bring 'Voices' Together for Duet In her upcoming Us Weekly cover story, Christina Aguilera reveals that she and fellow "Voice" coach Adam Levine recorded a…

  10. 'Women Who Rock' Exhibit Opens, Features Lady Gaga's Meat Dress

    May 13, 2011 8:49 AM EDT Dubbed "the meat dress," Lady Gaga's provocative ensemble from the 2010 MTV VMAs went down in history almost instantaneously, sparking public discussion over how, exactly, one wears an outfit made of raw meat. Now, in a new exhibit opening today (May 13) at the Rock and Roll…

  11. Billboard Bits: Keri Hilson, Ashley Tisdale Pose Nude for Allure

    April 12, 2011 6:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Keri Hilson, Ashley Tisdale Pose Nude for Allure R&B singer Keri Hilson and "High School Musical" star Ashley Tisdale are among the female celebrities to bare all in the latest issue of Allure. Hilson…

  12. SXSW: 10 Things Seen and Overheard Friday

    March 19, 2011 11:29 AM EDT Check out 10 things that caught our attention in Austin yesterday: SXSW 2011 Main Page 1. Erykah Badu , sporting overalls and gold chains, jumped on-stage with Brooklyn duo Matt & Kim at the Fader Fort. 2. With the Texas sun blazing down on those at the SPIN Stubb's party Friday…

  13. Sean Lennon, Charlotte Muhl Perform at Rebecca Minkoff Fashion Week Show

    February 12, 2011 3:30 PM EST S ean Lennon and Charlottpe Kemp Muhl, together known as the Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger , performed a live set during the Fashion Week 2011 Rebecca Minkoff show on Friday. The show began with a rendition of Lennon's "Dead Meat" from the album "Friendly Fire." Muhl…

  14. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Walks Down the Aisle, 'London Calling' Hits 'Rock Band'

    January 31, 2011 6:10 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Walks Down the Aisle at Miami Wedding Britney Spears attended a low-key wedding over the weekend -- but don't worry, this isn't Jason Alexander Pt. 2. Spears was a bridesmaid at the…

  15. Yoko Ono Honored At Billboard For Five Dance No. 1s

    January 19, 2011 4:12 PM EST The legendary Yoko Ono stopped by Billboard's New York offices on Dec. 15, to receive a plaque commemorating her fifth consecutive No. 1 song on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Ono looked decades younger than her 77 years, and displayed a sly sense of humor during her visit. "…

  16. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 11/27/10

    January 03, 2011 9:00 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 !) @justinbieber : dear youtube...we started this journey and…

  17. Lennon's 'Abbey Road' Suit Sells for $46k in Auction

    January 03, 2011 8:56 AM EST The white two-piece suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album has been sold at auction in Connecticut for $46,000. The suit and other Beatles memorabilia were sold Saturday at the Braswell Galleries' annual New Year's Day auction to an…

  18. Yoko: John Lennon 'Would Have Loved' Lady Gaga, Facebook

    December 27, 2010 2:55 PM EST Y oko Ono believes that John Lennon "would love the way the world has changed," from its new pop superstars to the digital revolution, if he were still alive today. In a new interview with the U.K.'s Daily Mail , the veteran artist and peace activist speaks candidly about her…

  19. Yoko Ono: John Lennon Fans 'Are Keeping Him Alive with Their Love'

    December 08, 2010 3:05 PM EST On the eve of the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death, Yoko Ono said fans are keeping her late husband "alive with their love" in a moving message posted on her website, ImaginePeace.com . "This year would have been the 70th birthday year for John if only he was here,…

  20. John Lennon Celebrated at New York's Strawberry Fields

    December 08, 2010 10:20 AM EST J ohn Lennon 's fans celebrated his life Wednesday by visiting Strawberry Fields, the Central Park garden dedicated in his honor, while a newly released interview he gave shortly before his death showed he was optimistic about his future. On the 30th anniversary of Lennon's murder…

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