A Different Kind of Truth

  1. Pub Briefs: Spirit Music Group Buys Jimmy Sturr Catalog, Imagem Music USA Signs John Shanks, and More

    May 24, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Spirit Music Group Buys Jimmy Sturr Catalog -- Spirit Music Group has purchased the complete song catalog of polka icon Jimmy Sturr as part of a joint venture with with Lauren Keiser, the veteran print and concert music publisher. The deal covers ...

  2. Van Halen Postpone Over 30 Tour Dates without Explanation

    May 17, 2012 8:14 PM EDT Van Halen's 2012 reunion has hit a snag -- the final three months and 31 dates of the group's North American reunion run have been abruptly postponed. The Van Halen tour will continue as regularly scheduled through the group's May 2 ...

  3. Grammys Help Adele's '21' Hit 20th Week At No. 1, Van Halen Debuts At No. 2

    February 15, 2012 11:00 AM EST Thanks to a Grammy Awards-fueled gain, Adele's "21" album beats out Van Halen's new "A Different Kind of Truth" for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. Adele's "21" sold 237,000 in the week that ended ...

  4. Van Halen, the Fray, Dierks Bentley & Paul McCartney: Heading for Top 10

    February 10, 2012 9:10 PM EST As Grammy Awards weekend descends upon us, we're looking towards next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, where a bevy of new releases are aiming for high debuts. Van Halen could notch its first No. 1 album since 1996 with its new "A ...

  5. Who Will Get Big Grammy Sales Bumps? Adele? Civil Wars? Bruno Mars? Retailers Weigh In

    February 10, 2012 9:10 PM EST As the music industry convenes on Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, merchants across America are gearing up for the sales boost that the show always brings. The only question is: Which winners and performers will see the biggest b ...

  6. Lana Del Rey Debuts At No. 2, Adele Holds No. 1 on Billboard 200

    February 08, 2012 11:00 AM EST Much talked-about singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey makes her expected arrival at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with "Born to Die," selling 77,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the highest entry for a female artist's f ...

  7. Chart Moves: Van Halen's 'Tattoo' Debuts, Train's Chart 'Drive,' the Wanted Arrives

    January 20, 2012 7:30 AM EST The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reporte d , Rihanna reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a 10th week with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris. The song becomes of one just 11 by lead female artists to rack at least 10 frames o ...

  8. This Week in Billboard History: Van Halen Breaks Up; VH1 Launches; Monte Lipman Named Universal Prez

    January 10, 2012 9:58 AM EST VH1 Logo Launch Tape on Vimeo . 1985: VH-1 'Optimistically Introduced' A page one Billboard story with the headline "MTV'S VH-1 Opens on An Optimistic Note" reports that MTV Networks' second 24-hour cable music servic ...

  9. Van Halen Is Back: Announce Nation-Wide Tour, New Album, Play NYC's Cafe Wha?

    January 06, 2012 8:52 AM EST They'll be playing arenas when they tour next month, but on Thursday night, a regrouped Van Halen provided thrills in a tiny club where a VIP crowd stood elbow to elbow as the storied band played some of their greatest hits including "Ju ...