1. 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&…

  2. Jay-Z, Kanye West Debut 'No Church in the Wild' Video: Watch

    May 30, 2012 10:55 AM EDT The visual for Jay-Z and Kanye West 's "No Church in the Wild," took many by surprise. The video, directed by M.I.A. 's "Born Free" director Romain Gavras, features citizens of Prague rioting against the government. The dark, violent war, which doesn't…

  3. Justin Timberlake Making Music Return with 'Devil' Score

    May 23, 2012 9:22 PM EDT Justin Timberlake is set to make music once again -- but don't look for a new album yet. The singer will compose the score, his first, for the film "The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea," according to The Hollywood Reporter . The New Orleans-set drama will feature Jessica Biel …

  4. Doug Dillard, Banjo Great Who Crossed Genres, Dies at 75

    May 17, 2012 3:15 PM EDT The bluegrass, folk and country rock worlds are in mourning today with the death of banjo player Doug Dillard at the age of 75. A spokesman told AOL's country blog, The Boot , that Dillard died Wednesday in Nashville following a lengthy illness. Along with his brother Rodney, the…

  5. Exclusive: Kaskade, Steve Angello, Announced For Inaugural EDMBiz Conference

    May 02, 2012 10:30 AM EDT In case anyone on the planet still believes Electronic Dance Music isn't a serious business, a list of speakers for this June's inaugural EDMBiz conference announced today by Insomniac Events should dispel any illusions. Popular EDM DJs Kaskade and Steve Angello of Swedish House…

  6. Rita Ora Performs Two Tracks, Talks Upcoming Album & Jay-Z

    May 01, 2012 3:00 PM EDT It's hard to keep your eyes off Rita Ora. The Kosovo born, London raised singer has an alluring, fresh look -- blonde tresses, signature red lipstick and Jordans -- a carefree, eccentric 'tude and impassioned pipes. Behind the Scenes at Rita Ora's acoustic Billboard session…

  7. Listen: Kelly Clarkson's Country Version of 'Mr. Know It All' Debuts

    March 22, 2012 1:08 PM EDT The official version of the Dann Huff-produced track is due out April 3. Kelly Clarkson has teamed up with famed country producer Dann Huff ( Keith Urban , Carrie Underwood ) on a country version of her "Stronger" single "Mr. Know It All." The new version is due out April…

  8. Nada Surf Release Acoustic EP: Exclusive First Listen

    March 20, 2012 11:00 AM EDT A little time off and a fortuitous meeting in a pub led to an unexpected offering from Nada Surf. Just out is "The Dulcitone Files EP," a digital collection featuring acoustic performances of five songs from the group's latest album "The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy,…

  9. Lana Del Rey Swims with Alligator-Man in 'Blue Jeans' Video: Watch

    March 20, 2012 10:20 AM EDT As Lana Del Rey 's profile has evolved, so have her music videos: gone are the lo-fi subtleties of her breakout "Video Games" clip, replaced by the opulent visuals of her "Born To Die" video. The official clip for "Blue Jeans," which was released on Tuesday…

  10. Live From His Living Room, It's Billy Dean!

    March 14, 2012 4:46 PM EDT Billy Dean has had an undeniable amount of success over the years, with hit singles to his credit as "Somewhere In My Broken Heart" and "Let Them Be Little." The singer hopes he can create the intimate reactions those songs gained with listeners in his newest endeavor --…

  11. Nicki Minaj Guests on Ester Dean's 'Gimme Money': Listen

    February 22, 2012 9:52 PM EST The last time Ester Dean and Nicki Minaj teamed up, the result was 2011 mega-hit "Super Bass." The pair are at it again on "Gimme Money," Dean's latest single. The upbeat R&B track features only a few verses from Minaj, who raps about moving to L.A. and former…

  12. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  13. Jay-Z, Beyonce, U2, Lady Gaga Rank on Billboard Power 100 List

    January 27, 2012 2:15 PM EST Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell Also Impact List You may not know Irving Azoff by face, or even by name, but rest assured that the chairman of Live Nation ­-- the world's largest promoter, ticketing company and artist management group -- is the most powerful person in…

  14. Evanescence Unveils Mystical 'My Heart Is Broken' Video

    January 24, 2012 4:30 PM EST Evanescence returned on Tuesday (Jan. 24) with the second official video from their third, self-titled album. The clip for "My Heart Is Broken" finds frontwoman Amy Lee transfixed by a pocket of light in a world of darkness and decay. Directed by Dean Karr, the "Broken"…

  15. Swizz Beatz Likely Not CEO of Megaupload

    January 20, 2012 3:02 PM EST Multi-talented producer and rapper Swizz Beatz is a man of many business ventures - he's designed cars for Lotus and shoes for Reebok, and served as a professor at NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music -- but it is his purported role as CEO of the recently-busted Megaupload…

  16. Swizz Beatz's Resume: The History of a Multi-Tasker

    January 19, 2012 11:45 AM EST In today's fluid economy it's not uncommon to have a second job. A third, fourth, or fifth job though, is something special. And when you're super-producer Swizz Beatz and you have a baker's dozen jobs at once, it's frankly less about saving for a rainy day than…

  17. Ty Herndon Drops 'Stones' in Return to Country Music

    January 17, 2012 7:00 PM EST 'What Mattered Most' Singer Preps New Album, Talks Changing Scene in Nashville A few months ago, FUNL Music's Sheila Shipley Biddy - the genius who signed such acts as Lee Ann Womack --began working with an established act. However, it had been a few years since the artist had…

  18. Brandy: 2012 Album Preview

    January 17, 2012 8:58 AM EST Brandy Title: TBA | Release Date: May Initially planned for a March release, Brandy 's yet-untitled first album through her new deal with Chameleon/RCA (made official last August) is now scheduled to arrive in May. "Fans have been patient with me, tweeting and asking when the album…

  19. Dailey & Vincent Stray From the Norm in 'Gospel Side'

    January 09, 2012 11:30 AM EST Chart-topping bluegrass duo Dailey and Vincent know they've got a good thing going with their marketing agreement with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Their music is sold there, and if you look at their touring bus, you don't have to look close to see the restaurant chain's…

  20. Kaye Stevens, Singer-Actress, Dies at 79

    December 30, 2011 10:55 AM EST Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," has died at a central Florida hospital. She was 79. Close friend Gerry Schweitzer confirmed that Stevens died Wednesday at the Villages Hospital…

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