1. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry Ties Rihanna's Pop Songs Record

    July 30, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Feel the love! Perry matches Rihanna's record nine Pop Songs toppers. Plus, Train, Kylie Minogue, fun. and Kenny Chesney notch new No. 1s. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the…

  2. Brandy: Why Her Past, and Comeback, Are So Important

    July 23, 2012 4:00 PM EDT His name was David. And boy, did I like him. He had to have known after the love letter I wrote him in the 7th grade which included lyrics from my favorite 90s R&B songs. The majority of the verses I used were from Brandy 's eponymous 1994 debut, specifically "Baby," "…

  3. 615 Spotlight: Britt and Blaire Kick Off a 'Young Summer'

    July 18, 2012 12:40 PM EDT When you hear new country duo Britt and Blaire on the airwaves with their infectious new single, "Young Summer," odds are that the connection that you make with them will be an instant one. It definitely was for Blaire Hanks on the evening he wandered in to Calendar's Deli in…

  4. 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…

  5. Kanye West Covers Phil Collins, Praises Himself in Atlantic City

    July 10, 2012 5:05 PM EDT About 40 minutes into his set on Friday night and with the sour smell of sulfur from pyrotechnics hanging heavy in the air, Kanye West brought the mood down in Atlantic City's Ovation Hall following his performance of "Monster" with an interlude. Softly singing "I'm…

  6. Candid Covers: Edens Edge Sings Brad Paisley

    July 03, 2012 11:55 AM EDT When country trio Edens Edge -- Hannah Blaylock, Cherrill Green and Dean Berner -- went on tour with Brad Paisley last year, they practiced a version of the country superstar's "Whiskey Lullaby," in preparation for the night when Paisley would join them onstage. They did, and …

  7. Rita Ora Plays Intimate VEVO NYC Show: Watch

    June 29, 2012 6:23 PM EDT VEVO captured a sparkling Rita Ora earlier this month, as the Roc Nation-signed singer performed a sold-out show in New York City's Gramercy Park Theatre. Rita Ora Performs Two Tracks, Talks Upcoming Album & Jay-Z The VEVO videos, recorded for the site's LIFT series, capture the…

  8. Cher Musical in Development; New Album, Tour in the Works

    June 26, 2012 12:40 PM EDT A Broadway musical based on the life and music of pop diva Cher is currently in development, said the icon via Twitter . Cher tweeted that it's been a "very slow process" and that producers have "been working on it quite a while now." Cher's publicist Liz…

  9. Con Hunley Makes Gospel Return

    June 21, 2012 4:55 PM EDT Ask around Nashville for any amount of time about great vocalists to come from Music City, and invariably, the name of Con Hunley will come up. In the 1970s and 1980s, the East Tennessee native recorded some of the most soulful tracks to ever be cut here -- including "What's New…

  10. Edens Edge Debut Was Worth the Wait

    June 12, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Rising Country Trio Talk First Two Singles, Rascal Flatts Tour & More E dens Edge 's self-titled debut hits stores Tuesday (June 12), with an deluxe edition also on sale at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. According to the Big Machine trio's Hannah Blaylock, it's a day…

  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. 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…

  13. 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 …

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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 --…

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