1. Bobby Bare Album Launches Plowboy Records

    November 05, 2012 11:55 PM EST Just as his music as been very diverse over the years, Bobby Bare's fan base is equally wide-spread, says the legendary stylist. "I have a wide range of fans," he tells Billboard. "I was working in New York at a club one night, and came into my dressing room, and there sat…

  2. Cody Canada & The Departed Song Exclusive: "Set It Free"

    October 24, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Listen to an exclusive stream of "Set It Free" from The Departed's upcoming album, "Adventus." Cody Canada , the former singer of Cross Canadian Ragweed , has been rocking with new band The Departed for just two years, and he's proud of the way it has gelled.…

  3. Jeff Lynne Q&A: ELO Guru Reboots Old Songs, Preps New Ones

    September 26, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Two Releases on Oct. 9; Plus First Solo Album of New Music in Decades Should Be Ready in 2013 Though he fronted the Electric Light Orchestra since its 1970 inception and was part of the short-lived Traveling Wilburys, Jeff Lynne is primarily a behind-the-scenes figure. The studio has always…

  4. Top 10 Dirtiest Rappers

    September 13, 2012 12:15 PM EDT The 10 hip-hop stars with the filthiest lyrics, from Lil Wayne to Akinyele to Plies, all for your nasty listening pleasure. If you're a rapper whose first name is not "Will" and whose last name is not "Smith," you probably utilize profanity, some sexual innuendo, and…

  5. 'Glee' to Strip Down Britney Spears' '3' on Upcoming Episode

    September 07, 2012 2:55 PM EDT "Glee" is delivering another night of Britney Spears covers for the second episode of its new season, and Chord Overstreet promises a funny, dance-heavy time for fans of the Fox series. "We're doing '3,'" the actor revealed to Billboard on the MTV VMA red…

  6. 'Glee' Season 4 to Cover Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Imagine Dragons

    September 06, 2012 9:15 AM EDT With "Glee" returning next week, the Fox dramedy offered loyal fans a first listen to the music from its fourth season premiere via Facebook on Wednesday. In addition to the previously reported cover of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," the "Glee" gang…

  7. Hal David, Songwriting Legend, Dead at 91

    September 01, 2012 7:30 PM EDT With Burt Bacharach, Wrote Slew of Hits Including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "That's What Friends Are For," "What's New, Pussycat" Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for…

  8. The Jezabels Live: Billboard Tastemakers Video

    August 18, 2012 11:20 AM EDT Since winning 2011's Australian Music Prize, the Jezabels appear ready to take on the world. The Sydney-based quartet won the coveted title for its debut LP "Prisoner," a slick collection of rock songs that's gotten the band acquainted with some of Australia's most…

  9. Kiss: 'Monster' Has More Feeling, Less 'Cocksmanship'

    July 31, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Gene Simmons Talks 'Monster,' Vows Band Will Tour 'Everywhere' Gene Simmons says fans will hear a slightly different tact from Kiss when its new album, "Monster," is released Oct. 16. "A lot of the lyrics and points of view have less to do with sort of the…

  10. Cartoon Crossovers: 23 Hot Pop Toons

    July 13, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Music stars are busy enough with touring, promo and studio sessions, so unless they want to pull a full-on Justin Timberlake , making time for the silver screen is tough. Voice-over work, however, is a bit less time-consuming. And what better way for busy musicians to flex their theatrical…

  11. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  12. Bobby Bare Has Deja Vu at Historic Studio

    June 06, 2012 6:20 PM EDT It was a scene that made country legend Bobby Bare have a little bit of déjà vu. After all, he had been here before -- many times. "Shame On Me," "Detroit City," "500 Miles Away From Home," and so many others from his RCA years were all recorded at the label'…

  13. 'Baybrah' Gregg Allman Talks Duane, NYC, 'My Cross to Bear'

    June 06, 2012 9:35 AM EDT In his New York Times best seller "My Cross to Bear" ( currently No. 4 ), Gregg Allman tells his amazing life story. From his humble beginnings growing up in the South with big brother Duane, raising hell and drifting from band to band until finally they formed the legendary Allman…

  14. Chart Highlights: Carrie Underwood Crowns Country Songs With 'Good Girl'

    June 04, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Underwood's 'Good Girl' is better than good: it's the new No. 1 on Country Songs. Plus, fellow former 'American Idol' queen Kelly Clarkson tops AC and One Direction rules Dance/Club Play Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  15. 'Glee' to Have Second Britney Spears Tribute Episode

    May 15, 2012 7:10 PM EDT Following Fox's announcement that Britney Spears and Demi Lovato would judge "X Factor" starting in the fall, it was released that another of the network's shows, "Glee," would have a Britney tribute in its upcoming fourth season. That's network synergy at…

  16. Plowboy Records Launches to Honor Eddy Arnold, American Music

    May 15, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Were he still living, today would have been Eddy Arnold's 94th birthday. Though the singer passed away in May 2008, there is still a huge reason for celebration, with the announcement of the opening of Plowboy Records. Launched to celebrate and nurture the legacy of the original "…

  17. Against Me! Singer Tom Gabel: I'm Transgender

    May 09, 2012 1:16 AM EDT Tom Gabel, the singer for Florida punk rock group Against Me! , has come out as transgender, and plans to begin living as a woman under the name Laura Jane Grace. According to Rolling Stone , the punk singer is set to begin the process of living as a woman via hormones and electrolysis…

  18. Billboard Latin Music Awards: Don Omar, Prince Royce Win Big

    April 26, 2012 11:05 PM EDT In a year when Billboard's Latin charts were dominated by uptempo dance music and a slew of younger names, veteran hitmaker Don Omar and newcomer Prince Royce tied as the biggest winners at the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards, earning eight honors each. Complete Winners List Presented…

  19. Chart Juice: Usher's 'Climax' Reaches R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Peak

    April 22, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Usher notches his 12th No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Climax" steps 2-1 with 31 million audience impressions (up 8%), according to Nielsen BDS. The song is Usher's first single from his forthcoming seventh studio album, "Looking for Myself," due June 12. "…

  20. Monica Has a Fresh Start on RCA With 'New Life'

    April 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT "I always wanted to have that 'Waiting to Exhale' moment," veteran R&B songstress Monica says. Specifically, she's referring to the giddy experience of blowing up a car on the set of the video for her current single, "It All Belongs to Me." The Rico Love…

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