1. Bubbling Under: Bastille Breaks In The U.S.

    April 18, 2013 4:42 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Bastille, Unlikely Candidates, Lennon & Maisy, and J. Peguero   Bastille Four acts boast a top 10 hit on both the Official…

  2. Devin Velez Exits 'American Idol' in Another Blow to the Boys

    March 28, 2013 11:06 PM EDT Make that girls 3, boys 0. It's been a rough 12th season of "American Idol" for the show's male contestants, who have been constantly overshadowed and overhyped in favor of the ladies. On Thursday night (March 28), the guys hit their lowest point yet, with all three…

  3. Audio Adrenaline Launches Comeback: Group Talks About New Album and the Foundation It Supports

    March 28, 2013 3:04 PM EDT Veteran Christian rockers return with new lead vocalist and hit album. When Audio Adrenaline said goodbye in 2006 due to frontman Mark Stuart’s chronic vocal problems, fans thought they’d heard the last of the Grammy award-winning Christian rockers. Now with the release of “Kings &…

  4. Pair Plotted To Kill Joss Stone, Court Hears

    March 19, 2013 5:52 AM EDT Prosecutors in Britain said Monday two men accused of plotting to rob and kill soul singer Joss Stone planned to decapitate her, then dump her body in a river. The suspects, Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool, were arrested in June 2011, close to the singer's U.K. house after…

  5. 'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch Soars, but Guys Lag on Eve of Top 10 Reveal

    March 07, 2013 9:01 AM EST While it may seem like a tired thing to say, 2013's "American Idol" girls really are on the money. Measuring up was going to take a superb effort from the 10 remaining guys to even be mentioned as part of the conversation. They tried, sure. But all told, give the continuing…

  6. Brianna Perry Talks 'Symphony No. 9: The B Collection' Mixtape, Premieres '9' Video

    March 04, 2013 1:50 PM EST 'From a female respective, I've just always noticed it's harder. It's a male-dominated game. If you want to be the best at whatever it is you do, you want to be successful, you have to work hard,' the rapper says. Brianna Perry is in one of the most unique…

  7. Kelly Clarkson Debuts New Songs, Brad Paisley Rocks With REO at Cruise Concert

    March 01, 2013 3:15 PM EST REO Speedwagon join Paisley for surprise performance at annual Country Radio Seminar event The General Jackson river boat was rockin’ last night as Brad Paisley welcomed surprise guests REO Speedwagon on Sony Music Nashville’s 27th annual cruise. Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies…

  8. 'American Idol' Recap: Kree Harrison Surges to the Front in Lackluster Round

    February 21, 2013 9:18 AM EST OK, there's four episodes of this to get through, but I'm going to try to only say this once: not a fan of the new "American Idol" Las Vegas format. In recent years, the competition took a few handfuls of contestants to Sin City right after the Hollywood round, cutting the…

  9. 'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover Returns, Outshines Nicki-Mariah Tussle

    January 24, 2013 11:32 AM EST The highly-publicized fight between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey came and went Wednesday night -- and, honestly, with little bang.   After months of "when will it happen?" tension, Minaj walked out on the judges panel following a disagreement stemming from a singer's choice of…

  10. 'American Idol' Season 11: Where Are They Now?

    January 16, 2013 4:45 PM EST It's been seven months since "American Idol's" 2012 iteration ended, though we still feel its aftershock in everyday life, provided you own a TV or listen to the radio, therefore often hearing or seeing its most recent victor, Phillip Phillips, buoyed tremendously by hit…

  11. 'Girls' Music: Pop Mingles With Indie Cool in New Season

    January 12, 2013 12:00 PM EST Santigold's "Girls" Is First Single. The tracks that constitute the first soundtrack for HBO's "Girls," out now on Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic, reflect the modern bohemian environs that surround the show's quartet of young New Yorkers. Songs are culled from the…

  12. 'X Factor' Finale Top 5: Britney's Face, One Direction, Carly's Climb + More Moments

    December 21, 2012 1:20 PM EST Thursday night's (Dec. 20) "X Factor" finale seemed destined to be a nail-biter following a too-close-to-call competition show during which all three finalists turned in some of their best performances of the 2012 season. The final results didn't disappoint, with Tate…

  13. Tate Stevens Wins 'The X Factor' and $5 Million Contract

    December 20, 2012 10:20 PM EST Country Singer Tops Carly Rose Sonenclar: "This is the best day of my life" In recent weeks, the balance of power on "The X Factor" shifted, moving from country hopeful Tate Stevens to budding teen star Carly Rose Sonenclar. On Thursday night's "X Factor"…

  14. 'The X Factor': Fifth Harmony Goes From Underdog to Front-Runner

    December 20, 2012 9:35 AM EST During the final four episode of "The X Factor," girl group Fifth Harmony performed "Anything Could Happen," an Ellie Goulding song that preaches spontaneity and the idea that, well, anything could and sometimes will happen. The next evening, the five-piece shocked the…

  15. Adele, Carly Rae Jepsen Top iTunes' Year-End Sales

    December 13, 2012 8:38 PM EST It may be 2012, but it's a repeat of 2011 for Adele : Once again, she has the year's top-selling album on iTunes. Her "21," which recently passed the 10 million mark in sales, topped the list even though it was first released in January 2011. It remained popular this year,…

  16. Bacon Brothers Q&A: Getting the Band Back Together

    November 20, 2012 6:00 PM EST "I don't create the movies I'm in," Kevin says. "When it comes to music, it's my clothes, it's my guitar, it's my voice, it's my song" The Bacon Brothers are better known for pursuits other than their existence as a band. Kevin, the star of…

  17. Backstreet Boys Are 'Halfway There' to First Indie Album

    November 19, 2012 11:50 AM EST With Kevin Richardson back in the fold, the guys work with "young cats" like the Fliptones on their next album Just in time to celebrate their 20th anniversary next year, a clearly revived Backstreet Boys say a new album is more than halfway done. The quintet, which is again at full…

  18. Gucci Mane Wants To Drop 10 Albums in 2013

    October 09, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Atlanta rap star talks 'Trap God' mixtape, the state of Brick Squad and 'the bumps and the bruises' of his career. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Gucci Mane will unveil "Trap God," his third mixtape of the year following "Trap Back" and "I'm Up."…

  19. Lil Wayne's 30 Biggest Billboard Hits

    September 27, 2012 2:19 PM EDT Chart Article   It's indisputable that Lil Wayne is among an elite group of artists that can turn an ordinary song into a hit, whether the song is his own or another's. Since stepping into the rap game at nine years old, the rapper has garnered a heavy pocketful of fans with his…

  20. Jason Aldean: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 17, 2012 10:00 AM EDT This is an excerpt. For a longer version, grab a copy of Billboard . Whatever its original purpose, the out-building at (Page 2 of 2) But, in the end, Night Train is most notable for what Aldean does so well: find a balance among edgy production and alpha male lyrics and unadulterated romance…

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