1. Watch Katy Perry Play An Ugly Prison Guard on 'Raising Hope'

    March 07, 2012 2:35 PM EST Katy Perry 's "Teenage Dream" loveliness was turned into a nightmare during her guest appearance on Fox sitcom "Raising Hope" on Tuesday night (Mar. 6). The pop superstar played Rikki, a frizzy-haired, slightly-mustachioed prison guard who humiliates Sabrina (Shannon…

  2. 'American Idol': Meet Your Top 13 Singers

    March 02, 2012 10:00 AM EST Following two nights of performances from the male and female semi-finalists, "American Idol" returned Thursday night (March 1) to whittle the number of contestants down to 13. A few of the singers still standing may surprise you. That said, most won't. Though it was a night of…

  3. 'American Idol' Top 25: Females Fizzle at Semi-Finals

    March 01, 2012 11:50 AM EST Ladies, you've got some catching up to do. The Top 12 female semi-finalists of "American Idol" took their turn onstage Wednesday night (Feb. 29), after the show's male contestants crooned for votes the night before. While the guys were by no means immensely impressive,…

  4. 'The Voice': Christina Aguilera Sings Impromptu Duet; Contestants Show Their Blues

    February 28, 2012 2:00 PM EST Memphis-based guitarist and singer Preston Shannon made good case for the blues on the final blind edition episode of "The Voice" Monday (Feb. 27). While the 64-year-old blues veteran with five solo albums under his belt did not get any judges to turn their chairs around, he got…

  5. 'American Idol' Season 11: Meet Your Top 24

    February 24, 2012 11:15 AM EST With 10 spots remaining prior to Thursday's "Idol," the cuts promised to be deeper than ever before. From young, budding stars to returning contestants, who made it through and who was sent home would be a question of both raw talent and who was able to impress the judges…

  6. Katy Perry to Guest on 'Raising Hope'

    February 22, 2012 2:50 PM EST Fox's "Raising Hope" will arrive into its new time slot with a touch of fireworks. The Greg Garcia comedy has booked pop star Katy Perry for a guest turn, the network announced Wednesday. The "Firework" singer will appear in the March 6 episode as Rikki, a prison…

  7. Houston's 'How Will I Know' Hit No. 1 on This Date in 1986

    February 15, 2012 11:25 AM EST As Whitney Houston returns to the Billboard 200's top 10 with "Whitney: The Greatest Hits," which re-enters the chart at No. 6 with 64,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan (in the tracking week that ended Feb. 12, thus reflecting only one full day of…

  8. Lana Del Rey Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    February 08, 2012 11:00 AM EST Much talked-about singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey makes her expected arrival at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with "Born To Die," selling 77,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the highest entry for a female artist's full-length major label debut since…

  9. Album Review: Leonard Cohen, 'Old Ideas'

    February 01, 2012 8:00 AM EST LEONARD COHEN "Old Ideas" Producers: various Columbia Records Release Date: Jan. 31 "Old Ideas" is Leonard Cohen 's first album of new material since declaring bankruptcy in 2005 due to his ex-manager's alleged embezzlement, which led to his most active touring…

  10. 'American Idol' Premiere: The Good, The Bad, The Strange of Savannah Auditions

    January 19, 2012 11:35 AM EST It was business as usual for "American Idol" judges Randy, Jennifer and Steven during last night's eleventh season premiere. The Savannah, Ga. auditions exuded the same general theme the show has been repping since season ten: less snark, more positivity. True to that fashion,…

  11. Ice-T To Bring Rap Performance to Sundance

    January 13, 2012 5:00 PM EST Ice-T , Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz are scheduled to perform at the Sundance Institute's annual Celebration of Music in Film on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Their performances are to celebrate Ice-T's documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," co-directed by Andy…

  12. Madonna Hires Hot Male Models to Deliver Her Scent

    December 02, 2011 1:20 PM EST Madonna is fully aware that yes, sex sells. The Material Girl had her new fragrance, Truth or Dare, hand delivered to beauty editors by two gorgeous male models. What better way to pep up a dull day? Making a lasting impression and whetting a few appetites in the process, Madonna had the two…

  13. Ask Billboard: Observing Remembrance Day

    November 11, 2011 6:15 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. OBSERVING…

  14. Paul & Linda McCartney Shown Love in Nashville With 'Let Us In' Album, Concert

    November 04, 2011 11:35 AM EDT 'Let Us In' Benefit Concert on Nov. 7 Kicks Off CMA Week, Will Feature McCartney Songs Sir Paul McCartney. Nashville. Those two terms might be not necessarily linked at the hip. However, on Monday, those two musical giants will come together for a great cause. On Nov. 7, at Music…

  15. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Traci Lords

    November 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Now with 11 Hot 100 No. 1s, what chance might Rihanna have at passing the Beatles for the most leaders in the chart's history? BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES?: "We are watching history in the making." Island Def Jam president/COO Steve Bartels Wednesday (Nov. 2) praised Rihanna in a…

  16. FCC Loses Janet Jackson Super Bowl Case

    November 02, 2011 8:02 PM EDT CBS won't be fined $550,000 for Janet Jackson's 2004 wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl XXXVIII broadcast, an appeals court ruled. According to The Wrap , Philadelphia's 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the FCC wrongly fined Jackson and the network for the half…

  17. Amon Tobin Pushes Envelope With Shape-Shifting DJ Experience

    October 14, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Nightclub lasers and lights are one thing. These days, electronic music visuals are on a whole other level. Inspired by Daft Punk's now-iconic cube, artists have upped the production ante on their live shows, taking the DJ set out of the club and into the venue. Deadmau5 travels with…

  18. Paul McCartney Weds Nancy Shevell in London Ceremony

    October 09, 2011 7:20 PM EDT A hint of autumnal Beatlemania was in the air Sunday as Paul McCartney , for the second time in his improbable life, climbed the steps of venerable Old Marylebone Town Hall to take himself a bride. True, thousands of heartbroken female fans crowded the columned building in 1969 when he…

  19. 'X Factor' Boot Camp Begins: 162 Contestants Enter, Only 32 Will Leave

    October 06, 2011 10:35 AM EDT More than 150 contestants made it through the "X Factor" auditions, but only 32 will continue on to the final competition. In the first 15 minutes of the "X Factor" boot camp round, that number was slashed down to 100. As bootcamp began, all 162 contestants and groups…

  20. Harry Shum Jr. Finds His Voice on 'Glee'

    October 03, 2011 9:00 PM EDT To the uninitiated, Harry Shum Jr. is jokingly known as the "Other Asian" on "Glee." He's been part of the hit show since the first season, joining the glee club as Mike Chang, the football player who can bust a move but can't sing. After a season of being…

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