1. Obama & Al Green Tour? 'After Re-Election,' He Says

    February 17, 2012 10:15 AM EST President Barack Obama and the Rev. Al Green on tour? Obama was joined by the soul singer at a Democratic fundraiser on Thursday, a month after the president launched into a brief, impromptu version of Green's "Let's Stay Together" at New York's Apollo Theater. Obama…

  2. Chris Brown's Grammy Comeback Draws Criticism

    February 13, 2012 9:04 PM EST The Grammy Awards' warm embrace of Chris Brown three years after his assault of Rihanna has drawn the ire of viewers who claim the controversial R&B star shouldn't have been rewarded with such attention. Brown was front-and-center three times during Sunday's Grammys. He won…

  3. Grammys 2012: 19 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 13, 2012 12:26 AM EST On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the Grammy broadcast below. Adele's Big Night : While her millions of fans may have worried about her recovery from surgery, Adele called the procedure …

  4. Grammys Rocked by Tragedy, but Show Must Go On

    February 12, 2012 2:20 PM EST With the death of Whitney Houston just hours earlier, it's hard to focus on the matter of crowning the best in recorded music -- but Sunday night's Grammy Awards are going to try. Music's biggest night was rocked on the eve of the event with news that the 48-year-old pop legend…

  5. Jennifer Hudson To Perform Whitney Houston Tribute at Grammys

    February 12, 2012 12:45 AM EST A "respectful" tribute to Whitney Houston, who died today at the age of 48, will take place at tonight's Grammy Awards, show producer Ken Erhlich told CNN. Recording Academy President Neil Portnow confirmed on Saturday night (Feb. 11) that Jennifer Hudson will take part in the…

  6. 'Idol' Hollywood Night 2: Down With the Sickness

    February 10, 2012 10:30 AM EST Let's be real here -- nothing of note really happened on "Idol" Thursday night. True, it was an hour-long show, and sure, the always-important selection of groups for the always-entertaining Group Round took place. But really, what happened ? First, we learned that last night&…

  7. Suge Knight Arrested on Traffic, Drug Charges in Las Vegas

    February 09, 2012 3:50 PM EST Rap music mogul Suge Knight has a date with a Las Vegas judge after he was arrested on traffic warrant and misdemeanor drug charges. Officer Laura Meltzer says the 46-year-old former Death Row Records executive was stopped driving a black Bentley with California plates around 5:30 p.m.…

  8. Grammy Producer Talks Adele, McCartney & (Lack of) Boycotts

    January 31, 2012 11:00 AM EST 'We Are in Discussions With Adele' to Appear, Says Ken Ehrlich in New Interview The Recording Academy uses the two weeks prior to the Grammy Awards to announce performers and presenters and executive producer Ken Ehrlich says Thursday should yield a "major interesting"…

  9. Will 'Idol' and 'The Voice' Ever Produce New Pop Stars?

    January 18, 2012 1:10 PM EST Anyone wondering if singing competitions will produce pop stars again, consider some recently observed behind-the-scenes activity. "American Idol" executive producer Ken Warwick told the media assembled at the Winter Television Critics Association press tour that one competition…

  10. Lionel Richie, 'Tuskegee': Album Preview

    January 17, 2012 9:50 AM EST Lionel Richie Title: Tuskegee | Release Date: March Long before Grace Potter teamed with Kenny Chesney or Jimmy Buffett hit the top of the country charts duetting with Alan Jackson, Lionel Richie was making fans and friends in the country community. Richie penned Kenny Rogers' chart…

  11. NFL Playoffs: 8 Musicians Make The Picks, Round 2

    January 13, 2012 1:15 PM EST The 2011 NFL postseason continues into the divisional round on Saturday (Jan. 14), and like the rest of us, many music artists will be tuning in and rooting for their favorite teams. To celebrate the NFL playoffs and get some predictions on second-round matchups, Billboard.com spoke with…

  12. Black Keys' 'El Camino' Revs Up, Leaves Spotify & Streaming Services in the Dust

    December 08, 2011 4:40 PM EST Many artists have doubts about music-streaming services, largely due to the fear that companies like Spotify and Rhapsody detract from already declining music sales. The Black Keys are the latest addition to that group: their recently released "El Camino" LP is nowhere to be found…

  13. Nicki Minaj: Barbie Doll a 'Very Major Moment' for Me

    December 02, 2011 6:05 PM EST Nicki Minaj is both thrilled and proud that toy giant Mattel has crafted a Barbie Doll in her likeness for charity, telling Billboard that it's a "major moment" in her career and a special one for her fans, a dedicated bunch she refers to as Barbies or Barbz. "It's…

  14. Ken Russell, 'Tommy' Director, Dead at 84

    November 28, 2011 2:15 PM EST Ken Russell got Oliver Reed and Alan Bates to wrestle naked, turned Vanessa Redgrave into a demonic nun and cast Ringo Starr as the pope. Critics and mainstream audiences often hated his films. Actors and admirers loved him. The iconoclastic British director, whose death aged 84 was announced…

  15. Odd Future Dumped From Festival Over 'Homophobic' Lyrics

    November 04, 2011 4:55 PM EDT Hip-hop collective Odd Future has been dropped from the lineup of the Big Day Out's Auckland, New Zealand date after promoters faced pressure from local activists over the group's homophobic lyrics. The Auckland City Council, which owns the Big Day Out venue Mt Smart Stadium, forced…

  16. Ludacris, Sugarland Added to Grammy Concert Lineup

    November 03, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Grammy winners Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco and Sugarland are all set to perform at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live. The 54th Annual Grammy Awards' nominations will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 10 p.m. live from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live., and will be broadcast by the CBS network.…

  17. Did Harry Belafonte Sleep Through TV Interview? Rep Says Tech Error & Meditation

    October 18, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Although he announced a retirement from performing in 2007, Harry Belafonte (famous for his "Day-O" chant from his trademark track "The Banana Boat Song") claims to be sharp as ever, even at age 84. Yet Belafonte was caught in an uncomfortable techincal error during a…

  18. ESPN Drops Hank Williams Jr.'s 'Monday Night Football' Theme

    October 06, 2011 11:40 AM EDT After two decades, Hank Williams Jr. will stop asking sports fans "Are you ready for some football?" on Monday nights. His iconic "Monday Night Football" theme song will no longer run before ESPN's weekly game following the country singer's controversial remarks…

  19. Hank Williams Jr. 'Doesn't Have a Prejudiced Bone in His Body': Manager

    October 05, 2011 12:55 PM EDT If you ask Hank Williams Jr. a question, know that you are going to get a no-bull answer. The legendary country artist has always been that way. Fox News found that out this past Monday, as the singer appeared on the network's morning show, "Fox and Friends," to, among other…

  20. Lil Wayne Adds 'Dope' Rap to Joe Jonas Remix

    September 27, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne 's "Young Moola, baby" shriek seems nearly ubiquitous on pop and rap radio, but here's a reminder that there's still land left to conquer: He's finally teamed up with a Jonas Brother. Namely, Weezy's hopped on the remix "Just in Love,"…

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