1. Alicia Keys' 'Girl on Fire': The Billboard Cover Story

    November 02, 2012 3:00 PM EDT A lot can happen in the span of three years. Just ask Alicia Keys . Since the 2009 release of her last album, "The Element of Freedom," the singer/songwriter/musician/ producer/actress has penciled in a few more hyphens next to her name. In addition to becoming a wife and mother,…

  2. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  3. Slayer Eyeing New Material as Guitarist Continues Recovery

    July 19, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman is still in recovery mode from the flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis that's sidelined him since early 2011, but that's not keeping the thrash metal titans from eyeballing a new album -- a follow-up to 2009's "World Painted Blood."…

  4. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided the emotional highlight of Sunday's…

  5. 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&…

  6. 2012's Most Anticipated Debut Albums

    January 19, 2012 5:45 PM EST Chart Article 2012's Biggest Debuts Meet 17 New Artists Whose Time is Now Sales have leveled out, but artists can kick-star careers with a click. It's a good time to be new. Meet 17 acts whose debut albums will win your ears in 2012. 2012 Album Preview: This Year's Best Bets…

  7. Tiesto DJs First-Ever Live Twitter Concert At 2012 CES

    January 12, 2012 7:28 PM EST CES saw the power of dance music firsthand Wednesday night, as Tiësto took the booth at Las Vegas nightclub XS to make social media history. Video streaming by Ustream The DJ/producer and Billboard cover star partnered with HP and Intel to stage the first-ever live concert stream on Twitter,…

  8. The Beat Generation: Electronic Dance Music Emerges as the Sound of Young America

    December 11, 2011 10:00 AM EST How Electric Daisy Carnival, Skrillex, Deadmau5 & More Ignited Music in 2011 It happened in concert venues and arenas, where crowds of thousands sang along to beats instead of words . It happened in parks and open fields, where young people wore fuzzy animal ears and talked about peace,…

  9. M83 Delves Into Diaries For Double Album 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming'

    October 14, 2011 3:25 PM EDT If popular opinion deems the album dead-a victim of the low-commitment, easy-selling single -- then what of the double album? A favorite format of titans like the Beatles , Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd , the double album is a declaration of artistic conviction, of creative bounty -- and of…

  10. Tiesto: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 02, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Before Tiësto has more than 9.6 million Facebook likes, 577,000 Twitter followers and 17.3 million views on his official YouTube channel alone. That considerable platform gets him in the door with big brands, but has also grown as a result of their partnership. On the Campus Invasion tour,…

  11. Memorial Service Held for Victims of Indiana State Fair Tragedy

    August 15, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told hundreds of people who gathered Monday for a service to remember five people killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair that the tragedy has broken the hearts of the state's residents. Daniels said Saturday's stage collapse as high winds…

  12. State of Independence: 15 Artists Impacting the Indie Scene

    July 01, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Every indie artist, band and label is independent in its own way. The strategies for success are as varied as the styles of music, the executives and the attitudes -- these are the very states of independence. Labels and artists from Texas to Denver to Missouri to Los Angeles; genres from…

  13. Swedish House Mafia Turns International Dance Music Biz On Its Head

    June 11, 2011 8:00 AM EDT In the fall of 2010, the international dance music industry was locked in a bitter custody dispute. At risk: ownership of the month of March in Miami. On Nov. 16, the industry confab Winter Music Conference announced that it was splintering from the Ultra Music Festival, a three-day all-ages…

  14. Il Volo Transitions from Italian TV to 'American Idol'

    May 18, 2011 9:30 AM EDT It's a long way from Italian TV to "American Idol." But when they take the "Idol" stage on May 19, the members of teenage tenor act Il Volo will have made that trek in just two years. With a single serendipitous performance on Italian vocal competition "Ti Lascio…

  15. Ultra Music Festival 2011: Top 10 Performances

    March 29, 2011 1:00 PM EDT The days were hot and long; the crowds were big and young. But the 13th annual Ultra Music Festival filled its purpose: Stating in no uncertain terms that electronic dance music has found its biggest audience since its inception in the youth of America. Seen & Heard Friday | Seen &…

  16. Slayer's Kerry King Performs with Megadeth

    October 25, 2010 5:05 PM EDT Metal history was made last week (Oct. 21) when Megadeth was joined on stage by Slayer guitarist Kerry King during the last stop of the Jagermeister tour at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Hollywood, Calif. Video: Kerry King Plays "Rattlehead" with Megadeath Megadeth frontman Dave…

  17. Slayer Ready for More Carnage with Megadeth

    August 04, 2010 1:28 PM EDT After storming through Europe on the Big Four tour with fellow thrashers Metallica , Megadeth and Anthrax , the members of Slayer say they're ready to do it again -- though bassist Tom Araya notes that "in some ways it's not really in our control." "I thought it was…

  18. 'Big Four' Metal Fest To Be Beamed To Big Screens

    May 21, 2010 7:59 AM EDT The Big Four tour -- Metallica , Slayer , Megadeth and Anthrax -- is playing just seven dates in Europe and nothing in North America, but headbangers on this side of the pond won't have to miss out. BY Experience will film and beam the package's June 22 stop at the Sonisphere…

  19. Metal Community Pays Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

    May 17, 2010 5:10 PM EDT The hard rock community was in a state of mourning as artists rushed to pay tribute to iconic elder statesman Ronnie James Dio, who died on Sunday at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. Tony Iommi, who worked with Dio in Black Sabbath and its latest incarnation, Heaven and Hell, was among…

  20. Massive Attack "Heligoland" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 2:31 PM EST Massive Attack, "Heligoland" (Virgin) Release Date: February 9, 2010 That shuddering bass, those yearning vocals, that sense of trouble and doubt: The elements that defined Massive Attack are all still there on the band's fourth album, "Heligoland." But the approach…

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