1. '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…

  2. 'American Idol' Top 25: Male Round Led by Joshua Ledet, Colton Dixon

    February 29, 2012 12:05 PM EST "American Idol" has finally rolled into the voting rounds, in which fans -- for the most part -- control the fates of the remaining 25 singers on the show. If Tuesday night's male semi-finalist show is any indication, the decision in 2012 will be a tough one. Top 24 '…

  3. 'American Idol' Season 11: Meet Your Top 24

    February 24, 2012 11:15 AM EST With 10 spots remaining prior to Thursday's "Idol," the cuts promised to be deeper than ever before. From young, budding stars to returning contestants, who made it through and who was sent home would be a question of both raw talent and who was able to impress the judges…

  4. 'Idol' Drags Out Top 24 Announcement, Reveals First 14

    February 23, 2012 11:40 AM EST "American Idol," the land of prolonged, dramatic pauses and shattered dreams. Wednesday night (Feb. 23), the singing competition announced the first 14 of its Top 24 finalists that will move on to the live shows starting next week. Along the way, we were treated with Randy Jackson,…

  5. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  6. Album Review: The Fray, 'Scars & Stories'

    February 16, 2012 8:00 AM EST The Fray "Scars & Stories" Producer: Brendan O'Brien Label: Epic Records Release Date: Feb. 7 After sales of its self-titled 2009 sophomore album fell far short of 2005's "How to Save a Life," the Fray pushes to "put it all back together" on its…

  7. Rumer Preps 'Boys' Covers Album, 2013 Sophomore Release

    February 09, 2012 1:45 PM EST Even as her debut album, "Seasons of My Soul," starts to gain traction in the U.S., British singer Rumer is looking ahead not one but two albums into her future. Next up, Rumer (real name Sarah Joyce) tells Billboard.com is a covers set called "Boys Don't Cry" that…

  8. 'Idol' Hollywood Week Begins: A Whole Lot of Ups & Downs (Literally)

    February 09, 2012 11:40 AM EST Soooo... how about the ending of last night's "Idol"? It wouldn't have mattered if the performances on last night's first edition of Hollywood Week had featured the most talented crop of young singers the show had ever seen (for the record: it didn't), all thanks…

  9. Q&A With The Fray: New Album 'Scars & Stories,' 10 Years of Hits

    February 07, 2012 2:45 PM EST On Jan. 20, Chart Beat sat down with the Fray 's Isaac Slade and Joe King before the band's performance at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in New York. The Denver-based quartet, rounded out by Dave Welsh and Dan Wysocki, performed at the venue (in…

  10. Chart Highlights: Flo Rida Flies to No. 1 on Pop Songs

    February 06, 2012 5:45 PM EST 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 surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Good Feeling" Flo Rida As…

  11. Chart Highlights: Van Halen Jumps Onto Rock Songs With 'Tattoo'

    January 16, 2012 6:15 PM EST 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 surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "We Found Love" Rihanna…

  12. Chart Highlights: Lady Gaga's 'Marry The Night' Tops Dance/Club Play Songs

    January 09, 2012 4:45 PM EST 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 surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "We Found Love" Rihanna…

  13. Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein Sounds Off on Hipsterdom, 'Portlandia' Season Two

    January 05, 2012 4:10 PM EST On the second season of the culty IFC Channel comedy "Portlandia," Eddie Vedder plays a hot dude with a not-so-hot Eddie Vedder tattoo. Johnny Marr plays a cyclist disgruntled by imcompentent bike valets (they're the worst, right?). And St. Vincent ? "I wouldn't quite…

  14. Matisyahu Shaves Beard: 'No More Chassidic Reggae Superstar'

    December 13, 2011 4:35 PM EST Some things in pop music just go together hand-in-hand: Lil Jon and his pimp goblet, Nicki Minaj and her neon wigs, and, until recently, Matisyahu and his long, religiously significant beard. But on Tuesday morning (Dec. 13), the socially conscious Jewish rapper posted a clean-shaven photo of…

  15. Hanson Confirms 'MmmHops' Beer Brand

    December 01, 2011 2:20 PM EST The boys of Hanson are no longer boys -- they're men. Heck, they have eight children between the three of them! And what do men do? They drink beer. Hence, the announcement that the pop trio will soon launch their own beer, called "MmmHops." After reportedly making the…

  16. The Doors Prep 'L.A. Woman' Reissue with 'Amazing' Bonus Material

    November 11, 2011 3:35 PM EST Full details are forthcoming, but Doors guitarist Robby Krieger says the upgraded and expanded edition of the original group's 1971 swan song "L.A. Woman," due out early next year, is a revelation. "It's pretty cool," Krieger tells Billboard.com. "We found a…

  17. Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, & Cee-Lo Star in 'Sparkle' Remake

    November 08, 2011 4:50 PM EST Whitney Houston returns to the big screen to star in and executive produce the remake of the 1976 film, "Sparkle." While on the set of "Sparkle," ET , via Rap-Up , sat down with the legend and her on-screen daughter, singer, Jordin Sparks . Whitney Houston in Talks to Star…

  18. Hooked: Cosmo Doesn't Hide Adele; 'X Factor' Judge Covers Vegas

    November 02, 2011 5:50 PM EDT Time to get Hooked, our bite-sized roundup of fashion-drenched music news. Adele Is December's Cosmo Girl Adele shines in Cosmo with no black clothing in sight. The gorgeous singer is styled in a Dolce & Gabbana leopard-print and lace dress looking rather sexy. I am thrilled that…

  19. Track Review: The Fray, 'Heartbeat'

    November 01, 2011 8:00 AM EDT THE FRAY Heartbeat (3:39) Producer: Brendan O'Brien Writers: Isaac Slade, Joe King Publishers: Lincoln & Ollie Music/EMI April Music, Inc./Little Bike Music (ASCAP) Epic The Fray is set to release its third studio album, "Scars and Stories," in February 2012, and the album&…

  20. 'X Factor' Boot Camp Begins: 162 Contestants Enter, Only 32 Will Leave

    October 06, 2011 10:35 AM EDT More than 150 contestants made it through the "X Factor" auditions, but only 32 will continue on to the final competition. In the first 15 minutes of the "X Factor" boot camp round, that number was slashed down to 100. As bootcamp began, all 162 contestants and groups…

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