1. Bubbling Under: Marina & the Diamonds Shine

    June 08, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Marina & the Diamonds, Margo Rey, Florida Georgia Line and Michael Lynche Marina & the Diamonds While Marina & the…

  2. Juno Awards: Feist, Michael Buble Win Big in Canada

    April 02, 2012 10:30 AM EDT A Christmas album by Michael Bublé took home Album of the Year; Hedley broke its Susan Lucci losing streak; Martin Solveig & Dragonette's "Hello" beat Deadmau5 for Dance Recording; Feist was named Artist of the Year; Canadian's beloved Blue Rodeo were inducted into the…

  3. Justin Moore Embraces Tour With Blake Shelton

    March 09, 2012 6:00 PM EST Justin Moore has a very talented A&R staff at The Valory Music Group, the label for which he records. But, there's someone else who has a vested interest in his career that has a pretty good winning percentage as well -- his wife, Kate, who actually helped the Georgia native pick two…

  4. Sunny Sweeney's Challenge to Brad Paisley

    March 06, 2012 4:30 PM EST After Pranking Star on Last Day of Tour, Says 'Dude, Get Me Back' S unny Sweeney admits that the past couple of weeks would have to stand tall among the highlights of her career so far. After a 2011 to remember, where she entered the top ten on the singles chart for the first time…

  5. Lionel Richie, George Strait Light Up CRS in Nashville

    February 23, 2012 2:10 PM EST Day one of the 2012 Country Radio Seminar is in the books. The day started with the opening ceremonies at the Nashville Convention Center with the presentation of the annual Humanitarian Awards to stations in small, medium, and large markets following an opening keynote address by Bob Pittman…

  6. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  7. WU LYF Pulls Back the Curtain, Starts Doing Interviews for Debut Album

    August 05, 2011 5:38 PM EDT When Ellery Roberts and his bandmates posted a track called "Heavy Pop" to their website WULYF.org last year, they thought 10 friends -- maybe 20, if they were lucky -- would hear it. "We didn't need to give [listeners] some pretentious write-up about who we were, because…

  8. Trace Adkins Readies 'Proud To Be Here' In Wake of Home Fire

    August 01, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Although Trace Adkins' new album, "Proud to be Here," arrives Aug. 2 through Show Dog Universal, the Louisiana-born singer has other things on his mind. "It's really been hard," says Adkins, whose Brentwood, Tenn. home was destroyed by fire on June 4 . "I…

  9. R. Kelly Released From Hospital After Throat Surgery

    July 21, 2011 2:57 PM EDT A spokesman for R. Kelly says the R&B star is out of the hospital following throat surgery earlier this week. Spokesman Allan Mayer said Thursday that the 44-year-old singer left Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and is recuperating at home. R. Kelly Undergoes Emergency Throat…

  10. R. Kelly Undergoes Emergency Throat Surgery

    July 20, 2011 3:59 PM EDT R&B star R. Kelly has been hospitalized after emergency throat surgery in Chicago, forcing him to give up performing for an unknown period while he recuperates, the singer's spokesman said Wednesday. Kelly, 44, had complained of throat pain and was rushed on Tuesday to Northwestern…

  11. 50 Years of AC: Vanilla Is Licking the Competition

    July 19, 2011 11:15 AM EDT "I was on my way to an airport," said As music progresses - Bruno Mars ' "Just the Way You Are" taking its place at AC alongside Billy Joel 's - a constant has been the format's presentation between the songs. It doesn't play rap or hard rock, and doesn…

  12. R. Kelly Faces Foreclosure on Chicago Mansion

    July 13, 2011 12:13 PM EDT Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly faces a $2.9 million foreclosure on his suburban Chicago mansion. Crain's Chicago Business reported Tuesday that JPMorgan Chase Bank filed the foreclosure lawsuit last month in Cook County Circuit Court. The complaint states that Kelly hasn't made…

  13. 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…

  14. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears, Rihanna, Hits Of The World

    April 22, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. RIH-GARDING RIH…

  15. Glasvegas Aims for 'Epic' Sound on 'Euphoric Heartbreak'

    April 17, 2011 9:26 AM EDT Rab Allan, guitarist in U.K. alt-rock act Glasvegas , likens his experiences from the past few years to "being right in the middle of a tornado." "I remember certain times and key gigs, but my memory is quite hazy," says Allan, who formed the band in Glasgow, Scotland,…

  16. Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber Win Big at Canada's Juno Awards

    March 28, 2011 12:30 AM EDT As expected after their Grammy win and banner year, Arcade Fire took home the most Juno Awards in Toronto over the weekend, in part of a 40th anniversary celebration of the Canadian awards show that included Shania Twain , Neil Young and many others, with Drake as host. Thirty-two awards were…

  17. Eminem Revives Dr. Dre in 'I Need a Doctor' Video

    February 24, 2011 6:55 PM EST E minem must save his mentor Dr. Dre from death -- and recording inactivity -- in the dramatic music video for "Detox" single "I Need a Doctor," which premiered today (Feb. 24). At 7:31, the Allan Hughes-directed clip for "Doctor" features a narrative arc, as Dre…

  18. Billboard, CMA Reteam For Country Music Summit

    February 18, 2011 9:00 AM EST The second annual Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with the Country Music Assn. (CMA), will take place June 6-7 in Nashville. The two-day event will feature panel discussions, case studies and keynote interviews, as well as artist showcases and networking opportunities.…

  19. Neil Young to Receive Humanitarian Award at Junos

    January 27, 2011 11:37 AM EST N eil Young will be honored with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at Canada's 40th annual Juno Awards Mar. 27 in Toronto, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced. Young, who was forced to cancel an appearance at the 2005 Juno Awards in Winnipeg to recuperate…

  20. Hot Tours: The Eagles, Roger Waters, Michael Buble

    December 09, 2010 12:21 PM EST The Eagle s top this week's Hot Tours rankings with $5.8 million in box office grosses from two performances at Acer Arena in Sydney on Dec. 6-7. The band is wrapping its 2010 Long Road out of Eden tour schedule with concerts in five Australian venues during December. The two sellouts at…

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