1. Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne Perform 'Someone to Love Me (Naked)' Duet at Billboard Music Awards

    May 22, 2011 10:35 PM EDT After an electric performance from Rihanna and Britney Spears to kick off Sunday night's show and followed later by a duet between Far East Movement and Snoop Dogg , the Billboard Music Awards kept the collaborations coming with an inspired set from Mary J. Blige and Lil Wayne. Entering…

  2. Bon Iver: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 20, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Four winters ago, Justin Vernon retreated to his father's secluded cabin in northern Wisconsin, purging his sorrow through a falsetto that no one would probably ever hear. He spent three brutally cold months alone, piecing songs together using antiquated recording equipment. "It…

  3. Chris Brown Leads BET Awards Nominations

    May 18, 2011 8:37 AM EDT Last year at the BET Awards, Chris Brown performed an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson . It marked the beginning of a comeback for the embattled pop star. This year, Brown is the top contender at the award show with six nominations. Brown is up for best male R&B artist, viewer's…

  4. 'X Factor' Airtimes Revealed, 'American Idol' Returning Jan. 22

    May 16, 2011 2:33 PM EDT Fox has given "The X Factor" the odd running time of 90 minutes and positioned it at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning this fall, the network announced Monday morning (May 16). An hourlong results show will be aired Thursdays. "The X Factor" features a judges panel of Simon…

  5. Ask Billboard: Home Charts Edition, Continued

    May 13, 2011 7:15 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. ASK BILLBOARD:…

  6. Pill Lands Acting Role in Film, '96 Minutes'

    May 11, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Pill has something else to look forward to besides the release of Maybach Music's collaborative album, "Self Made" (May 23). Rick Ross' Maybach Music Partners with Warner Bros., Signs Pill The Atlanta rapper took time to sit down with Billboard.com's the Juice to…

  7. 'Glee' Cover of Rebecca Black's 'Friday,' Explained

    May 09, 2011 5:53 PM EDT "G lee" has tipped its hat to Broadway, Lady Gaga and classic rock including its recent Fleetwood Mac -inspired episode, so why would the Fox dramedy, whose goal is to stress the importance of music education and appreciation, cover Rebecca Black's much-maligned "Friday…

  8. Blind Boys of Alabama's First Country Album Draws Willie Nelson, Vince Gill

    May 07, 2011 9:24 AM EDT During the course of their seven-decade career, the Blind Boys of Alabama have logged several noteworthy achievements: induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, five Grammy Awards and performances before three U.S. presidents. However, one longtime dream still eluded the group. That is,…

  9. Press Play: Jesse Boykins III, Kevin Cossom, Joe, Musiq Soulchild and Erin Christine

    April 26, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Billboard's the Juice is invading your Beats by Dre headphones with the latest tracks, leaked or just realeased. Today's playlist is heavy on emoness. Check out the Juice's playlist featuring Jesse Boykins III , Musiq Soulchild , Joe , Kevin Cossom and Erin Christine. Artist:…

  10. Billboard Bits: 'Glee' Extra Fired For Tweeting Spoilers, Chiddy To Attempt Nine-Hour Rap

    April 21, 2011 4:42 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Glee' Extra Fired For Tweeting Spoilers Nicole Crowther, who has appeared frequently as an extra on " Glee ," was recently fired from the show for revealing Glee's own William McKinley…

  11. Kenny Chesney to Sit for Q&A at Billboard Country Summit

    April 19, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Country superstar Kenny Chesney will sit down for a candid Superstar Q&A at the second annual Billboard Country Music Summit in association with the Country Music Association (CMA). The event, set to take place in Nashville on June 6-7 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, will gather today…

  12. Charice Dishes On Return to 'Glee,' Bruno Mars-Penned New Single

    April 18, 2011 2:57 PM EDT C harice returns to "Glee" tomorrow night (Apr. 19) to perform "All By Myself," but any future involvement in the Fox show is up in the air. "I have no idea what's going to happen," Charice said during a conference call held Monday morning in Los Angeles.…

  13. 'Glee' May Cover Rebecca Black's 'Friday'

    April 14, 2011 12:39 PM EDT Those waiting for Rebecca Black's 15 minutes of fame to run out will have to hold their breath a little longer. "Glee" is considering using a cover of Black's unlikely YouTube hit, "Friday," in an upcoming episode, a source confirms to Billboard.com. Rebecca…

  14. Mariah Carey Bares Pregnant Belly for Life & Style

    April 06, 2011 2:20 PM EDT M ariah Carey has taken the next big step in the celebrity pregnancy playbook, posing nude with her baby bump in full glory on the cover of Life & Style magazine. In an interview accompanying the revealing photo spread, Carey, who is due to have twins in a few weeks, tells the magazine, …

  15. Birdman: Lil Wayne Has 'New Energy' on 'Tha Carter IV'

    April 01, 2011 1:14 PM EDT Fans can expect "a new Wayne" when Lil Wayne 's "Tha Carter IV" is released on May 16, according to executive producer and Cash Money Records co-chief Bryan "Birdman" Williams . "He sounds brand new to me," Birdman tells Billboard.com. "There&…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Tommy Shaw

    March 31, 2011 5:35 PM EDT ALL FOUR ONE: Thanks to a space-age love song, Katy Perry blasts into rarified chart air, as her "Teenage Dream" album becomes only the ninth set to generate four No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history. The collection's fourth single, "E.T.,"…

  17. Billboard Bits: Matthew Morrison to Duet With Paltrow on Solo Album, Bowie's Lost Album Leaks

    March 22, 2011 7:40 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Glee's' Matthew Morrison to Duet with Gwyneth Paltrow on Solo Album Matthew Morrison is set to duet with Gwyneth Paltrow on his self-titled solo album, out May 10. Morrison and Paltrow, who have…

  18. Radio, Records Reflect On Adult Pop's First 15 Years

    March 22, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Following passionate perusal of Billboard's countdown of the Top 40 Adult Pop Songs 1996-2011 , consultants, radio programmers and record executives shared their insight on the format's evolution, from its early '90s inception to its potential future direction. (Plus a TMZ…

  19. Billboard Bits: Rebecca Black Passes Lady Gaga on YouTube, Mariah Carey Declines 'X Factor' Gig

    March 21, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rebecca Black Passes Lady Gaga on YouTube She may not be headlining sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden or rocking the Grammy stage yet, but Rebecca Black has one-upped Lady Gaga in terms of YouTube views for…

  20. 'Idol' Reject Karen Rodriguez: Jennifer Lopez Was 'Rooting for Me'

    March 18, 2011 4:10 PM EDT New York's Karen Rodriguez saw herself in the bottom three on "American Idol" for the second straight week Thursday night (Mar. 17), and this time, the Latino singer could not be saved. Even after an emotional, bilingual performance of Mariah Carey's "Hero,"…

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