1. Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan Join Billboard Country Summit

    April 10, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Willie Nelson, one of the most important and influential figures in the history of country music, will participate in a rare Q&A on June 5 at the Billboard Country Summit, produced in association with the Country Music Association. Nelson will be interviewed by Billboard executive…

  2. Prince Royce Enters 'Phase II' of Career

    April 09, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Prince Royce -- aka Geoffrey Royce Rojas -- is 22 going on 23, but his smooth baby face makes him look younger, giving him a naive appearance that belies the savvy with which he conducts himself. At Miami's Hit Factory recording studios, fresh from performing at the Vina del Mar festival…

  3. Michael Kiwanuka Talks 'Home Again' Album, Tour & Adele

    March 31, 2012 10:00 AM EDT His voice has drawn comparisons to Otis Redding and Bill Withers , but hotly buzzed-about U.K. soul singer Michael Kiwanuka says that he's keen to establish himself as a performer in his own right. "The artists that I'm compared to are people that I love and think are amazing,…

  4. Rascal Flatts Return 'Changed' Men

    March 26, 2012 12:00 PM EDT The lives of guitarist Joe Don Rooney, bassist/keyboardist Jay DeMarcus and lead singer Gary LeVox-collectively, the harmonizing multiplatinum country trio Rascal Flatts-have experienced some major shifts during the past two years: on the business side, a new label and new management; on the…

  5. Exclusive: Skrillex, David Guetta, Diplo, Many More Added to Wynn Resident-DJ Roster

    March 21, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Wynn Las Vegas upped the ante on Sin City's high-stakes EDM game this week, announcing 34 artists contracted for exclusive residencies across its four venues (Encore Beach Club, XS, Tryst, and Surrender). The roster includes powerful names like David Guetta, Skrillex and Swedish House…

  6. British Rapper/Tabloid Fixture Dappy Hits No. 2 on U.K. Singles Chart

    March 10, 2012 11:00 AM EST In his native United Kingdom, rapper Dappy ( @thedappy ) has attracted as many negative headlines as positive ones. A regular fixture in British tabloid newspapers, the outspoken artist, a founding member of Island Records pop group N-Dubz, is no stranger to controversy, with a previous…

  7. Kaiser Chiefs Reconfigure Internet Album To Connect with U.S. Audiences

    March 03, 2012 10:35 AM EST On June 3, 2011, a widget appeared on Kaiser Chiefs ' website. With little warning, the U.K. rock band, which had been on hiatus for nearly three years since the release of its album "Off With Their Heads," presented a new one, "The Future Is Medieval." Except instead…

  8. The 8 Coolest Things at CES For Music Fans

    January 13, 2012 5:35 PM EST The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV announcement and Justin Bieber helping Tosy Robotics pitch a new dancing robot, to DJ sets from Will.i.am and Tiesto. From…

  9. Kanye West Launches Twitter Rant About Fame, Fashion Line, & Creative Company

    January 05, 2012 9:55 AM EST But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." - George Bernard Shaw "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. .... I just wanted to share what&…

  10. Friday Flashback: Faith Hill's 'Wild' Debut

    December 30, 2011 7:03 PM EST What a way to start a year! After working behind the scenes for artists like Gary Morris, Faith Hill got her turn in the spotlight in the early '90s. After signing with Warner Bros., the Mississippi bombshell saw her debut single, "Wild One," top Billboard's country songs…

  11. 'Wind Beneath My Wings' Singer Gary Morris Returns

    December 22, 2011 3:45 PM EST Gary Morris is back. The "Wind Beneath My Wings" singer, who placed a slew of hit singles on the Billboard Country Songs chart throughout the 1980s, has taken a self-imposed sabbatical from the music business for much of the past decade. However, that break is over. The singer has…

  12. Music's Top 10 Viral Videos of 2011

    December 21, 2011 12:45 PM EST Rebecca Black was to viral videos in 2011 what Adele was to the music world at large this year: The lady of the hour. Black's "Friday" hit very early in the year and kept the Internet a-chattering throughout 2011. Her fellow viral stars couldn't compete, but rest assured,…

  13. Britney Spears Engaged to Jason Trawick: Report

    December 16, 2011 12:50 PM EST Britney Spears is reportedly ready to walk down the aisle for a third time: the pop star is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Jason Trawick. According to Us Weekly , Trawick popped the question on Thursday night (Dec. 15) during a romantic dinner with Spears. Although Spears has not…

  14. Exclusive: 'The Artist' Eyes Concert Tour

    December 16, 2011 11:20 AM EST "The Artist," the mostly silent film that has acquired numerous award nominations in recent weeks and is considered an Oscar front-runner, is being positioned as a concert attraction. William Morris Endeavor, which represents composer Ludovic Bource, and the film's distributor…

  15. The Beat Generation: Electronic Dance Music Emerges as the Sound of Young America

    December 11, 2011 10:00 AM EST How Electric Daisy Carnival, Skrillex, Deadmau5 & More Ignited Music in 2011 It happened in concert venues and arenas, where crowds of thousands sang along to beats instead of words . It happened in parks and open fields, where young people wore fuzzy animal ears and talked about peace,…

  16. The Year in Touring: U2's Mighty Roar

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST Any year in touring that includes the figure $736,421,586 can only be considered a good year for business. That mind-blowing sum is the final tally for U2 's historic 360° tour, a three-year behemoth that shattered preconceived notions (and capacities) for stadium shows, forever changed…

  17. Mary J. Blige, 'My Life II': Track-By-Track Review

    November 21, 2011 10:00 AM EST Seventeen years after baring her tortured soul in one of her best works to date ("My Life"), Mary J. Blige has returned with the highly-anticipated sequel, "My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1)." "It's not a competitor. It's a sequel. In a extension of…

  18. When Will Deer Tick Split? 'If Someone Dies or Quits'

    November 18, 2011 11:50 AM EST Founder John McCauley Says 'Nobody at This Point Could Be Replaced' With its fourth album, "Divine Providence," Rhode Island's Deer Tick has finally become "a real band" -- which is what founder John McCauley says he originally envisioned seven years ago. …

  19. Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Journey, Jason Aldean Win Big

    November 10, 2011 9:35 PM EST U2 , Journey , Kenny Chesney , Perry Farrell and Taylor Swift were among the winners at the 8th annual Billboard Touring Awards, held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Top touring industry award honorees included Live Nation (Top Promoter), C3 Presents (Top U.S. Indie Promoter), Front Line…

  20. Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Bon Jovi, Take That Are Top Finalists

    November 04, 2011 10:50 AM EDT U2, Bon Jovi, Take That, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Usher are among the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards , set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York City. The awards are primarily based on box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1,…

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