Yamagata Readying ‘A Record In Two Parts’

Rachael Yamagata says her ambitious sophomore album, "A Record in Two Parts ... Elephants and Teeth Sinking Into Heart*," "almost goes against everything I believe in (for) a record.

50 Cent Sues Taco Bell Over Ad Campaign

50 Cent has sued Taco Bell, claiming the fast-food restaurant chain is using his name without permission in advertising. The rapper says in a federal lawsuit that Taco Bell features him in a print ad asking him to change his name to 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 99 Cent. His real name is Curtis Jackson.

Digital Sales Keep Katy Perry Atop Hot 100

Katy Perry remains in control of the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "I Kissed a Girl." The song sold more than 166,000 downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, staying ahead of Rihanna's "Take a Bow" at No. 2 and Chris Brown's "Forever," which jumps 4-3 and is the top digital gainer.

Chana Tavarez

Chana Tavarez first landed in a recording studio seven years ago as a winner of the WB network girl-group competition "Pop Stars."

Chana Tavarez

Chana Tavarez first landed in a recording studio seven years ago as a winner of the WB network girl-group competition "Pop Stars."

Nas Joins Protesters At Fox News In NYC

On the day Nas' untitled Def Jam album hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200, the rapper joined political groups Color of Change and Move On, along with fans and protesters, outside of the Fox News building in New York to protest the network's portrayal of African-Americans.

Pretenders To Roll Out New Album As MP3s

The Pretenders will roll out their new album, "Break Up the Concrete," as one MP3 per week with a different partner leading up to the Sept. 23 CD street date via Shangri-La Music.

Miley, Sugarland Vying For Next Week’s No. 1

The Billboard 200 will greet a new No. 1 next week in the form of Miley Cyrus' "Breakout" (Hollywood) or Sugarland's "Love on the Inside" (Mercury Nashville), which are neck and neck on the Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart released today (July 23).

Lofgren Scales Back For Neil Young Covers

There's an odd co-production credit on Nils Lofgren's new album, "The Loner -- Nils Sings Neil" -- for David Briggs, the famed Neil Young cohort who passed away 1995.

Kanye West, MTV Prep War Veterans Documentary

Kanye West has joined forces with MTV for the documentary "Choose or Lose & Kanye West Present: Homecoming," the next installment of the "Choose or Lose" campaign which tells the stories of war veterans and the difficulties they face once they return home.

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