Adele, LMFAO, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne lead the finalists for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, which will take place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand and be broadcast live Sunday May 20, 8/7c on ABC.
Adele takes the lead as a finalist in 18 award categories, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist. “Rolling In The Deep,” the lead single from her blockbuster sophomore album “21,” places the U.K. singer as a contender in seven song categories.
Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, More to Perform at the Billboard Music Awards
Meanwhile, LMFAO is a finalist in 17 award categories, although the electro-pop duo actually scored 22 entries compared to Adele’s 20. LMFAO and Adele will square off in the Top Hot 100 Artist category, which also includes Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Rihanna.
Speaking of Rihanna, the pop superstar is a finalist in 13 categories this year, after leading the pack with 18 category appearances in 2011. Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne each snagged a spot in 10 categories, and will both compete against Adele, Rihanna and Katy Perry for the prestigious Top Artist prize. And the Top New Artist category features a diverse collection of fresh talent, with Bad Meets Evil, Big Sean, Foster The People, Scotty McCreery and Wiz Khalifa serving as the 2012 finalists.
The awards will reflect Billboard’s chart rankings based on key fan interactions with music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Youtube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards will be based on the reporting period of March 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012. Top artists will be recognized in a variety of genres, including R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative.
Music fans can also follow news about the show and related events on Twitter at @Billboard or on Facebook.
Tickets for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com and MGMGrand.com. The 2012 Billboard Music Awards will be co-executive produced by Richard D. Beckman, CEO of Prometheus Global Media and Don Mischer Productions.
See the full list of 2012 Billboard Music Awards finalists below:
Top New Artist:
Bad Meets Evil
Foster The People
Top Male Artist:
Top Female Artist:
The Black Eyed Peas
Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Top Hot 100 Artist:
Top Digital Songs Artist:
Top Radio Songs Artist:
Top Touring Artist:
Top Social Artist:
Top Streaming Artist:
Top Digital Media Artist:
Top Pop Artist:
Top R&B Artist:
Cee Lo Green
Top Rap Artist:
Top Country Artist:
Zac Brown Band
Top Rock Artist:
The Black Keys
Foster The People
Mumford & Sons
Top Alternative Artist:
The Black Keys
Foster The People
Mumford & Sons
Top Latin Artist:
Top Dance Artist:
Top Christian Artist:
Watch the new video to promote the Foo Fighters’ upcoming US tour. Entitled Hot Buns, it’s kind of a fake gay porn video in a truck stop shower!
Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters (donning outrageous trucker attire) are finishing breakfast before repairing to the showers to wash off their road grime. Which is when the real, ahem, action starts.. (Note the crafty use of Queen’s Body Language in there!)
At the end of the clip, the band shows off their big rigs -(come on, they’re truckers!) – before the US tour dates roll. How on earth can the Foo Fighters top this one? See for yourself!
For the UNCENSORED version go here! http://hotbuns.foofighters.com
Oh and don’t forget – next single ‘Arlandria’ is out Sept 5th on all download platfoms! Video is coming..
Hot Buns- Censored version below:
To celebrate their participation at this year’s Great Escape Festival, the Joy Formidable, Frank Turner and Mona visit HMV’s Churchill Square store in Brighton. The Welsh three piece the Joy Formidable, visit the store on Thursday 12th May 2011 for a short acoustic performance and signing session.
Showtime starts at 1.00 pm, after which the band will remain in the store to meet fans and sign copies of their debut album, ‘The Big Roar’ and new t-shirt designs.
‘The Big Roar’ was released in the UK to critical acclaim on the 24th of January 2011 through Atlantic Records on CD, deluxe double CD and double DVD boxset and digital download and was produced by the band and mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters, Glasvegas).
Later on Thursday 12th May 2011 folk/punk singer-songwriter, Frank Turner, visits HMV’s Churchill Square store in Brighton on for a short acoustic performance and signing session.
Showtime starts at 4.00 pm, after which Frank will remain in the store to meet fans and sign official merchandise and limited edition prints of his new ‘My Inspiration’ poster. On the reverse of the prints will be hmv.com pre-order details which give fans who pre-order the new album online the chance to win tickets to an exclusive album launch show at the Barfly in Camden.
Initially the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, Turner embarked on an acoustic-based solo career (following the band’s split in 2005), which has seen him release three solo albums, a rarities compilation album and four EPs to date. His most recent album, ‘Poetry of the Deed’, was released on 7th September 2009.
Next up Nashville Tennesse’s rock four-piece, Mona, visit HMV’s Churchill Square store in Brighton on Friday 13th May 2011 for a signing session.
The band, Nick Brown (lead vocals, guitar), Vince Gard (drums, percussion), Zach Lindsey (bass, backing vocals) and Jordan Young (guitar, backing vocals), will be at the store from 5.30 pm to meet fans and sign their new official T-shirt designs.
Mona’s highly anticipated self-titled debut album will be released on Monday 16th May 2011 through Island Records. Three critically acclaimed singles have been released from the album so far, ‘Listen To Your Love’, ‘Trouble On The Way’ and ‘Teenager’
Adele will be back on top of the US chart this week with her ’21′ album outselling Foo Fighters ‘Wasting Light’ by more than two to one. Foo Fighters look like dropping back to number three in America this week, according to early figures from hitsdailydouble.com.
Adele ’21′ should sell around 150,000 units compared to Foo Fighters ‘Wasting Light’ with around 71,000 while the new Glee album ‘Glee Presents The Warblers’ will come in at number 2 on 84,000 sales.
It will be a slow week for debuts. Elsewhere down the chart Gorillaz ‘The Fall’ looks like impacting at around 30.
The US alternative rock event brings together three of the biggest acts on the planet to play in Chicago from August 5 to 7 this year. Organiser Perry Farrell, of the band Jane’s Addiction, told Rolling Stone magazine: “I wish I was 20, but unfortunately it’s my festival that’s 20. I just feel so fortunate that I was able to make something so wonderful for the musicians and the audience.
“It’s just astounding where it has evolved to. In 1991, we had seven groups and we were performing on dirt fields.”
Other acts confirmed for the festival include Cee Lo Green, Arctic Monkeys, Deftones, Tinie Tempah, deadmau5 and Muse.
Lollapalooza was one of the first events to offer a diverse bill to fans, with heavy metal, punk, dance and hip-hop acts all playing on
the same stage, and it has often found and championed upcoming bands, giving them one of the first breaks of their career.
Speaking of his eclectic choice of who plays, Perry added: “A lot of this music – we’ll call it festival music – it’s still not popular
“If you look at pop, pop is one thing. Festival music is another, and it still holds true that we’re looking to book acts that are
critically acclaimed and have credibility. It’s just very interesting that it’s become its own working organism.”
The festival has also greatly expanded during its twenty years and now boasts over 100 acts playing over its three days on its main and newly added dance stages.
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters who this week topped the iTunes album chart with Wasting Light said, ‘We are really excited to do the iTunes Festival in July and to perform at the legendary Roundhouse. And the fact that it’s going to be broadcast to so many people is really exciting, because making music is more about the audience than the band sometimes. I feel like the opportunities we have to reach out to more people through technology is a wonderful thing; to see the world get together and experience music, live’.
Paul Simon said, ”m excited about hitting the road with my band after a few years off the road. I am looking forward to performing at the iTunes Festival on July 1st, it should be great to play songs from the new record as well as some old ones at the Roundhouse’.
Download the official iTunes Festival App for the definitive guide to the iTunes Festival, a chance to win tickets and to watch a selection of streamed gigs live. Lucky winners will have their tickets delivered directly to their iPhone and iPod touch. The iTunes Festival app is now available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad at www.itunes.co.uk/appstore/
iTunes Festival line up to date:
1 July: Paul Simon
4 July: Linkin Park
5 July: Beady Eye
6 July: The Wanted
7 July: ADELE
10 July: Glasvegas
11 July: Foo Fighters
12: July: The Script
13 July: White Lies
15 July: Jessie J
16 July: Duran Duran
18 July: Rumer
23 July: Mogwai
26 July: Magnetic Man
28 July: Chase and Status
Further artists to be announced. Each live performance will be recorded and sold exclusively on iTunes.
With the recently leaked snippet of opener ‘Bridge Burning’ having surpassed 500,000 plays in one week, Foo Fighters have now unleashed a second morsel of hard rock goodness from their upcoming seventh studio album, out April 12 on Roswell/RCA.
FF fans jonesing for another several seconds of new material should head posthaste to http://www.foofighters.fm and move the virtual tuner to 101.5 for this new taste.
The album received its first public airing at a surprise gig Friday, January 28 at the minuscule Velvet Jones club in Santa Barbara, where the band ripped through the entire record from start to finish–and followed up with a crushing live collection of greatest hits and rarely played deep cuts including ‘Wattershed’ from the band’s self-titled 1995 debut.
In other live FF news, the band has announced its first U.S. show (so far) of 2011: a May 21 headlining appearance at the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. CST Wednesday, February 2, and will be available via http://Hangoutmusicfest.com or 888-512-SHOW. The show is the second of many domestic dates to be announced in an upcoming world tour, the first being a May 27 appearance at the Sasquatch! Festival in George, WA. Other recently announced FF dates abroad include headlining appearances at the UK’s Isle of Wight, the Netherlands’ PinkPop, Wulheide Stadium in Berlin, and numerous others across the UK and Europe including an already sold out 130,000 capacity July 2 & 3 headline ‘weekender’ at the Milton Keynes Bowl in the UK.
Foo Fighters’ still untitled seventh album, produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder, was recorded entirely on analog tape in the garage of Dave Grohl’s home in California’s San Fernando Valley. The new record also marks the Foo Fighters’ first full length effort with legendary producer Butch Vig, who produced new tracks ‘Wheels’ and ‘Word Forward’ on 2009′s Greatest Hits and with whom Dave Grohl (of course) first worked on Nirvana’s classic Nevermind. Nirvana co-founder Krist Novoselic also makes a cameo, contributing bass and accordion to ‘ Should Have Known,’ while former Nirvana touring guitarist and longtime extended FF family member Pat Smear now joins the permanent FF core of Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett.
Foo Fighters have put a 30 second teaser of the opening track off their upcoming, as-yet-untitled album.
The snapshot, which can be heard here, features a heavy Led Zeppelin-esque riff and Dave Grohl screaming ‘These are my famous last words!’ before it stops with a cliffhanger Home and Away writers would be proud of.
The album was recorded with Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ producer Butch Vig, features Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic on bass and accordion on one track and sees the band permanently reunited with original Foo Fighter and one-time Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear.
There is no official release date, but you can expect it in Spring or Autumn
Foo Fighters will headline the NME Awards Big Gig 2011. Following the news that Dave Grohl has been awarded the prestigious NME Godlike Genius Award, NME is excited and proud to announce that Foo Fighters will headline the NME Awards Big Gig 2011 at Wembley Arena on Friday February 25th. Thousands of Foo fans will enjoy a triumphant set, in what will be their first arena gig of 2011. As well as the classics, fans will be treated to previously unheard material from the band’s hotly anticipated new studio album. Commenting on the Godlike Genius Award commemorated by the Foo Fighters’ headline slot on this amazing evening, Dave Grohl said: ‘ don’t think I’m godlike or a genius. It’s flattering. It’s a nice thing to be acknowledged for doing something you love to do… In truth I don’t consider it a body of work because I don’t consider it work.’ Joining Foo Fighters for this unique one-night-only event will be the greatest voice in American music today, Cee Lo Green. Having set the internet alight in 2010 with ‘F*** You’, one of the year’s most controversial and popular singles, and his critically lauded album ‘Lady Killer’, Cee Lo Green is sure to pull out all the stops for the NME Awards 2011 Big Gig. Cee Lo commented: ”m so excited man, any Cee Lo show is good, but Cee Lo and Foo Fighters, it’s going to be off the hook.’ Tickets for the NME Awards 2011 Big Gig go on sale exclusively from www.nme.com/tickets on Wednesday 19th January at 9am, before remaining tickets go on general sale on Friday 21st January at 9am. Ticket price is £40 (plus booking fee), which includes a free copy of a 100-page special NME Dave Grohl magazine worth £4.99.
Nirvana reunion as Krist Novoselic joins Foo Fighters. Former Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl play a Nirvana rarity at secret gig. Our source told us that the Foo Fighters played a secret show in LA, debuting new material, playing classics, and getting Novoselic up on stage to play ‘Marigold’. ‘Marigold’ was the b-side to In Utero’s first single ‘Heart-Shaped Box’, one of the rare songs written and sung by Grohl during his tenure in Nirvana (he’d previously released it under a pseudonym). The rest of the show was also a treat for the 500 or so that crammed into the Paladino’s venue. The Foos played classics like ‘Times Like These’, ‘My Hero’ and ‘Learn to Fly’ as well as some of the new songs from their supposedly-very-heavy forthcoming album, including songs called ‘Dear Rosemary’, ‘White Limo’ and ‘Back and Forth’ (which is tipped to be the title track). The band are reportedly finishing up the mixing on the album, which is due out in the first half of 2011. Fans of the Foos are certain to love Scot rockers Biffy Clyro, who we had in for a uSession recently.
Twin Atlantic announce intimate club tour and debut album. Never a band to rest on their laurels, hotly-tipped Glasgow natives Twin Atlantic will hit the ground running in 2011 with their first headline tour of the year. Currently putting the finishing touches to their highly anticipated debut album at Red Bull Studio in Santa Monica with Ã¼ber producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies), Twin Atlantic will be playing some intimate club shows to kick off the year in style. ‘We are really looking forward to this tour. We have supported so many bands over the last year with next to no headline shows & that has made us really miss the vibe & community of our wee fan base. This is us getting back to what we do best and it is only made all the better that we have just finished recording our debut full-length album. We will be playing some new songs that define the new direction for us, and we can’t wait to let people hear what we have been working on. To top it off, it’ll be great to be back on the road with Tom DeLonge and Angels & Airwaves for the shows in Europe.” – Sam McTrusty, Vocals /Guitars. Be sure to catch this incredible live band at one of the following dates:
19th Hull, Fruit ,
20th York, Fibbers
21st Durham, Live Lounge
22nd Sheffield, University
23rd Liverpool, Academy
25th Cambridge, Haymakers
1st Kingston, Peel
2nd Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
4th Plymouth, White Rabbit
5th Yeovil, Orange Box
6th Leicester, Sub 91
8th Preston, 53 Degrees
10th Orkney, Fusion
11th Thurso, Skinandis
12th Dingwall, Oscars
13th Stirling, Fu Bar
The band will also be supporting Angels and Airwaves in Europe on the following dates:
26th Cologne, Essigfabrik
27th Tilburg, 013
28th Luxembourg, Den Atelier
30th Paris, La Cigale
31st Brussels, Ancienne Belgique