1. Vocal Problems: Why So Many Artists Struggle To Stay at Full Volume

    August 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Imagine Dragons has a hit single on rock radio and a hotly anticipated album hitting stores in less than a month. Too bad the group's singer can't utter a word. The Las Vegas alt-rock band's frontman, Dan Reynolds, underwent surgery in early August to remove a polyp on his…

  2. Katherine Jackson Not Missing, Says Son

    July 23, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson and guardian of his three children, is safe and with a family member in Arizona, authorities said late Sunday, one day after another relative reported her missing. Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy Mark Pope said investigators made contact with…

  3. Sunny Sweeney Prepares For Country Throwdown Tour's Nashville Stop

    June 29, 2012 4:10 PM EDT The third annual Country Throwdown Tour Fired Up by Kingsford® has had fans clamoring for more at each stop, and as the tour prepares to come to a close with a July 8 Nashville stop at The Woods at Fontanel, the buzz is being heard all around Music City. Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, Justin…

  4. Gary Allan's Next Album Will Be 'Super Rock, Super Up'

    June 26, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Country star Gary Allan is "deep into" his ninth album, and after tackling tough emotional terrain on 2007's "Living Hard" and 2010's "Get Off on the Pain" (both Top 5 on the Country and Billboard 200 charts) he promises this one will take a more…

  5. R. Kelly Owes Nearly $5M in Taxes, Say Documents

    June 14, 2012 9:06 PM EDT R&B star R. Kelly , who last year saw his suburban Chicago mansion fall into foreclosure, now has the Internal Revenue Service at his door. The Chicago Sun-Times reports documents held by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds show the recording artist owes the IRS nearly $5 million in unpaid…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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