1. Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Dance/Club Play Songs: Chart Highlights

    January 28, 2013 3:19 PM EST Bieber scores his first leader on the list. Gary Allan, meanwhile, takes over top Country Airplay and Lady Antebellum soars onto the survey in with 'Downtown.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  2. Hunter Hayes 'Blown Away' By Best New Artist Grammy Nod

    December 06, 2012 6:30 PM EST Hunter Hayes was just hoping to nail his duties as a performing presenter at the Grammy Nominations Concert on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Atlantic Nashville singer couldn't have expected to end the night a three-time nominee on top of singing the choruses of the five Song of the Year…

  3. Hunter Hayes Writing 'Nice Pool of Songs' for Sophomore Album

    November 17, 2012 10:05 AM EST With a third single from his debut album out and his Country Music Award for New Artist of the Year still warm in his hands, Hunter Hayes says it's "early at this point" to be too worried about his next album. But rest assured he's thinking about it. "I'm writing…

  4. ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards 2012: The Roys, Vince Gill Win Big

    October 19, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Vince Gill , Chuck Day , Laura Dodd, Chuck Hancock and Complete list of ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards winners: ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: Chuck Day MALE VOCALIST: Chuck Hancock FEMALE VOCALIST: Laura Dodd LIVING LEGEND AWARD: Johnny Lee Cook VOCAL DUO/VOCAL DUO PERFORMANCE: Branded…

  5. Donald Fagen Mulling Solo Tour To Support 'Sunken Condos' Album

    October 10, 2012 4:55 PM EDT 'If it's a total turkey, I don't want to be associated with it at all,' Steely Dan leader tells Billboard. After a three interconnected solo albums, Steely Dan 's Donald Fagen wanted his upcoming "Sunken Condos" to stand on its own. "(2006's) '…

  6. Wade Hayes Wins Cancer Fight, Talks 'Time' Single & Rush of Support

    September 18, 2012 1:15 PM EDT "Believe me, you don't want this to happen to you," country singer says of battle with Stage IV Colon Cancer Wade Hayes has seen it all career-wise. He moved to Nashville in the early 1990s with dreams of being a guitarist / harmony singer. Along the way, he signed a deal with…

  7. Turbo Fruits Ready to 'Butter' Up Fans with Third Album

    September 11, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Turbo Fruits went into their new album, "Butter," ready to "rock 'n' roll and kick us like we've done from day one," according to founder and frontman Jonas Stein. But the Nashville quartet has another purpose in mind for their third release. "Man, we&…

  8. Top 7 British Female Rappers Making Noise

    September 10, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Since its birth in the 1970s, hip-hop has been dominated mostly by men. Along the way, though, we have been blessed with some strong females who like to rock the mic too, and even best their male counterparts. From Roxanne Shanté to Nicki Minaj , each female rapper has brought their unique…

  9. Mel Stuart, 'Willy Wonka' & 'Wattstax' Director, Dies at 83

    August 10, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Mel Stuart, who documented in soulful style the legendary Wattstax music festival and brought to life Roald Dahl's musical fantasy "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," died Thursday night of cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83. The surrealist cult classic, about…

  10. The Fray Looking For Next Hits in 'Crappy Little Demos'

    July 24, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Isaac Slade says that the group's next album could arrive in 2013. After writing more than 70 songs for its latest album, "Scars & Stories," Isaac Slade says The Fray feels like it has a head start on its next album -- which he hopes will come quicker than the Denver group&…

  11. First Listen: Big Boi Previews 'Vicious Lies' Album in NYC

    July 20, 2012 10:45 AM EDT New album out November 13, with guest spots from A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Kid Cudi and more. In anticipation of the fall release of his next solo project, Outkast member and Atlanta hip-hop ambassador Big Boi hosted a private listening session of his forthcoming album, "Vicious Lies &…

  12. Nas, 'Life is Good': Track-By-Track Review

    July 17, 2012 4:50 PM EDT "I know you think my life is good cause my diamond piece/ But my life been good since I started finding peace," Nas rhymes on his nostalgic 90s hip-hop, No ID produced cut, "Loco-Motive." The second verse off "Loco-Motive" highlights the underlying theme of the…

  13. James Rosemond Admits to Tupac Shakur 1994 Shooting Involvement: Report

    June 25, 2012 8:22 PM EDT The mystery of the shooting that launched a coast-to-coast hip-hop feud may finally be over. James Rosemond, also known as "Jimmy Henchman," has reportedly admitted his involvement in a 1994 assault on Tupac Shakur that left the rapper shot, robbed and nearly dead at New York's…

  14. Patent Pending: Battle of the Bands 2012 Northeast

    May 20, 2012 12:32 PM EDT Chart Article Northwest Congratulations to Patent Pending, the official winner of the 2012 Billboard Battle of the Bands! Patent Pending beat out two other acts in the Billboard.com vote to become the finalist in the northeast region. The band hit the road to Las Vegas (watch their roadtrip…

  15. Watch The Fray Talk New Album, Kelly Clarkson Tour in Billboard/AmEx Q&A

    May 17, 2012 3:25 PM EDT Band chats with Billboard's Bill Werde for AmEx's Press Pass series. The Fray sat down recently with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde to discuss their busy year and upcoming tour in an American Express Press Pass Q&A. Check out the videos as the quartet takes fan…

  16. Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?, Continued

    April 22, 2012 12:05 PM EDT More reader views on Madge, plus a tribute to Dick Clark, whose 'American Bandstand' helped launch her career. 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 .…

  17. Celebrities Mourn Dick Clark on Twitter

    April 18, 2012 7:20 PM EDT On Wednesday afternoon, news broke that broadcasting legend Dick Clark had died of a heart attack at the age of 82. Soon after, "Dick Clark" became the top trending topic on Twitter, as thousands of people, including several musical artists and celebrities, expressed their grief…

  18. 10 Biggest Boy Bands (1987-2012)

    March 27, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Boy bands ruled the music industry from the late '80s all the way to the early '00s, selling millions of records and touring stadiums across the globe. Then pop-punk took over, soon bowing to hip-hop and the ladies of pop who rule today. As the boy band era ended, Nick Lachey inked…

  19. Arcade Fire Premieres New 'Hunger Games' Song: Listen to 'Abraham's Daughter'

    March 02, 2012 11:45 AM EST The spring's most epic film -- "The Hunger Games" -- now has an equally epic closing-credits track from Grammy-winning indie rockers Arcade Fire , titled "Abraham's Daughter." Listen below. "Abraham's Daughter" takes the "Hunger Games"…

  20. '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…

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