1. Ke$ha 'Was FORCED' to Sing 'Die Young' Lyrics, Singer Tweets

    December 18, 2012 8:53 PM EST With Ke$ha 's "Die Young" pulled from a number of radio stations in the wake of the shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the RCA Records singer had her own criticism for the hit song on Tuesday. "i understand. I had my very own issue with 'die young' for this…

  2. One Direction Q&A: Louis Tomlinson

    December 14, 2012 8:55 AM EST The elder statesman of the group, Louis Tomlinson, 20, is also known in inside circles as the defacto leader and resident perfectionist in One Direction . In our conversation about being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012 , Tomlinson doesn't exactly dispute the labels. "I…

  3. Timeflies Discuss 'One Night' EP & Unlikely Rise To Success

    November 27, 2012 1:50 PM EST Last July, pop-rap duo Timeflies released a six-song mixtape, "Under The Influence," that featured covers of radio hits like Rihanna's "We Found Love" and Adele's "Someone Like You." The project made sense for a group that had earned a following…

  4. Ke$ha's 'Warrior': The Billboard Cover Story

    October 15, 2012 11:00 AM EDT When Ke$ha burst onto the scene in 2009 -- rapping through an Auto-Tune filter about brushing her teeth with whiskey and boys trying to "touch [her] junk" -- the then-22-year-old quickly positioned herself as pop's resident troublemaker and made the charts her home. In sales…

  5. Cody Simpson Enters 'Paradise': Will Web Fans Follow?

    October 01, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Australian pop singer Cody Simpson realizes that most of his fans practically live on the Internet. The 15-year-old got his start recording Jason Mraz and Justin Timberlake covers in his bedroom and posting them to YouTube, racking up millions of views and leading Atlantic Records to sign a…

  6. Ke$ha Debuts 'Die Young' Single: Listen

    September 25, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Electro-pop maven Ke$ha returns with her new single, the abandon-free "Die Young," which was released on Tuesday (Sept. 25) and previews sophomore album "Warrior," out Dec. 4 on RCA Records. The new single sees the 25-year-old returning to the formula of her past hits:…

  7. Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J Explores His Solo Side

    September 24, 2012 5:00 PM EDT After almost two decades in rap, Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J is making a grand entrance as a solo artist. With a handful of solo mixtapes and a pair of independent albums, the Memphis native took off from his longtime crew to sign a joint deal with Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records and…

  8. Cher Lloyd Ready to Swing 'Sticks' at U.S.

    September 21, 2012 12:05 PM EDT U.K. 'X Factor' Star's 'Sticks + Stones' Arrives Oct. 2 ... 'She's the New Britney Spears,' Boasts Label Prior to her 2010 audition for U.K. series "The X Factor," Cher Lloyd seemed like an average, if highly ambitious, British teenager who…

  9. Ke$ha Returns: 'Warrior' Attacks Stores in December

    September 19, 2012 5:20 PM EDT New single 'Die Young' will impact radio on September 25. Ke$ha will at long last release "Warrior," the follow-up to her hit debut "Animal" (and stopgap EP "Cannibal"), on Dec. 4 through RCA Records. The title, release date and glitter-tastic album…

  10. One Direction Reveals 'Take Me Home' Album Cover

    August 30, 2012 1:35 PM EDT One Direction 's debut album "Up All Night" was released less than six months ago, but the U.K. vocal group is already moving on to its second full-length. The album artwork for the group's "Take Me Home" was released Thursday (Aug. 30) and features the five well…

  11. One Direction Returning with New Album in November

    August 23, 2012 10:40 AM EDT First single, 'Live While We're Young,' hits iTunes on October 1. One Direction 's debut album "Up All Night," which spawned the hits "What Makes You Beautiful" and "One Thing," was released less than six months ago, but the U.K. vocal group…

  12. Ke$ha 'Really Close' to Finishing Album

    August 03, 2012 5:00 PM EDT "You're going to hear an artist that's evolving, but it's Ke$ha. She's no choir girl yet" -- Dr. Luke What should we expect from Ke$ha 's next album? "I think Ke$ha would answer that as 'awesomeness," Dr. Luke, who's executive producing…

  13. Adam Lambert Takes Control With 'Trespassing'

    May 11, 2012 2:25 PM EDT Dr. Luke. Bruno Mars. Pharrell Williams. These are just a few of the hitmakers who appear in the production and songwriter credits of Adam Lambert's sophomore album, "Trespassing." But it's not the impressive roster of collaborators that makes the boldest statement in the…

  14. Owl City Exclusive: Listen to 'Shooting Star'

    May 10, 2012 6:31 PM EDT Adam Young Aims to Build Excitement With EP Ahead of Fourth Album Owl City's fourth album isn't due until summer, but Adam Young isn't making people wait that long for new music. On May 15, the Minnesota pop auteur will release "The Shooting Star EP," a four-song…

  15. Track Review: Rihanna, 'Where Have You Been'

    May 03, 2012 8:30 AM EDT RIHANNA "Where Have You Been" (4:02) Producers: Calvin Harris, Dr. Luke, Cirkut Writers: various Publishers: various SRP/Def Jam/IDJMG A more apt question would be: What took so long? As in, why did Rihanna wait until her fifth single from her Talk That Talk album to unleash "…

  16. Watch Rihanna in 'Where Have You Been' Video

    April 30, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Rihanna turns to Hinduism for inspiration in her new "Where Have You Been" video -- references to symbolism and deities from the world's oldest living religion are rampant throughout the pop clip. The sexy video has Rihanna emerging from a lake in a barely-there scale bikini,…

  17. B.o.B Talks 'Strange Clouds' Album & Sponsorship Deals

    April 30, 2012 9:00 AM EDT For his sophomore album, "Strange Clouds," B.o.B hopes to take his corporate connections sky high. Photos: A Day in the Life B.o.B Following the success of his 2010 gold-certified debut, "B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray," the Decatur, Ga., native looked for…

  18. Marina and The Diamonds Answers Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend': Watch

    April 19, 2012 10:50 PM EDT It's easy to imagine Justin Bieber singing to girlfriend Selena Gomez in his steamy new single "Boyfriend." But Marina and The Diamonds have put a completely different spin on his track, turning The Bieb's latest into a dark, acoustic lament. In her answer to "…

  19. Rihanna Sets 'Where Have You Been' As Next Single

    April 11, 2012 1:40 PM EDT After her first Calvin Harris-assisted single, "We Found Love," became her longest-leading No. 1 hit on the Hot 100, Rihanna has set her other pulsating collaboration with the producer, "Where Have You Been," as the fifth single from "Talk That Talk." Rihanna…

  20. Nicki Minaj, 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded': Track-By-Track Review

    March 29, 2012 1:45 PM EDT "I always thought I could write pop songs for someone else or I could write R&B records for someone else, but I didn't think that people would accept me writing those type of songs and me singing them and just being who I am," Nicki Minaj recently told Complex about her…

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