1. Jennifer Lopez To Return To 'American Idol,' Boyfriend Says

    August 18, 2013 11:11 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend may have spoken out of turn when he confirmed to E! News that the singer-actress will be returning as an "American Idol" judge next season. Asked whether Lopez is planning to join the Fox singing competition's 13th season, Casper Smart replied:…

  2. Icona Pop's 'I Love It' Gets a Cookie Monster Spoof

    August 08, 2013 9:33 PM EDT The "Sesame Street" Muppet has redone the breakthrough hit as an ode to self-control. Cookie Monster is learning a little self-control when it comes to his favorite snack food. The folks at "Sesame Street" have just released a video in which the Muppet spoofs Icona Pop&…

  3. Matthew Morrison Pays Tribute to Cory Monteith at NYC Concert

    July 15, 2013 9:05 AM EDT A day after Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel, his Glee co-starMatthew Morrison paid tribute to the actor during a Manhattan concert. Morrison, appearing Sunday at 54 Below, called Monteith a brother and expressed his sadness at the actor's death,according to the New…

  4. Ashton Shepherd Blazes Own Path on 'This Is America'

    July 09, 2013 3:25 PM EDT Ashton Shepherd knows people wonder about her voice. She says she totally gets it.  "I have had some people – and I understand where they're coming from – who say 'Do you really sound like that. Are you trying to sound that country?' I really do sound like this. I'm…

  5. Neil Patrick Harris Works His Magic at Tony Awards: Watch

    June 09, 2013 9:56 PM EDT The first thing Neil Patrick Harris did as the Tony Awards kicked off Sunday night was to mock a fellow actor. "Hi, I'm Neil. I wouldn't be here if someone else hadn't passed on hosting. So special thanks to Shia LaBeouf for this opportunity," the show's host…

  6. Sheryl Crow Opens Up on Her Country Conversion

    May 29, 2013 12:29 AM EDT For a couple of months now, Sheryl Crow has been loading her two young boys aboard a bus and taking off on a tour of country music radio stations around the country. She's visiting with DJs and programming directors, playing a few songs live, then hopping back on the bus to do it again…

  7. Usher, Darius Rucker Join Benefit Concert for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

    May 28, 2013 8:39 AM EDT Usher and Darius Rucker have joined the lineup of performers for the Oklahoma relief concert organized and headlined by Blake Shelton. The May 29 event, titled Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert, will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. NBC is…

  8. Pop Shop Picks: Little Big Town, Arianna, Axwell & More

    May 24, 2013 4:17 PM EDT Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! LITTLE BIG TOWN "Your…

  9. The Band Perry Talks Rihanna, 'Gangnam Style' & Shopping in Billboard Music Awards Q&A

    May 17, 2013 6:35 PM EDT With the 2013 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA performers The Band Perry to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught their ears during the past 12 months. The Tennessee group's 2012 single "Better…

  10. What's Next for Randy Jackson After 'American Idol'?

    May 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT The goal of “American Idol,” a dozen seasons ago when it started, was to create stars out of unknowns. It did so for Simon Cowell, perhaps the most famous A&R man on the planet, who has surrounded himself with television and music projects here and in the U.K. since his days as a judge…

  11. Little Big Town Talks Fleetwood Mac & Jazz Fest

    May 04, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Little Big Town says that some networking they did is paying off with a chance to cross a couple of items off their "bucket list." After playing Bayou Country SuperFest in Baton Rouge last year, group member Karen Fairchild said they talked to festival producer Quint Davis about…

  12. Brad Paisley, 'Wheelhouse': Track-By-Track Review

    April 09, 2013 11:45 AM EDT Brad Paisley tackles numerous subjects on his eighth studio album "Wheelhouse." His most controversial album to date, Paisley produced the LP himself and it features hot-button topics ranging from racism, religion, and domestic abuse. Latest Reviews: Paramore's "Paramore…

  13. Margaret Thatcher & The Rise & Fall of the Great British Pop Protest Song

    April 09, 2013 6:17 AM EDT In early 1997, I interviewed the Spice Girls who were already massive in their U.K. homeland but had yet to release their debut single “Wannabe” in America. Amid frequent and voluble declarations of their Girl Power manifesto, Geri Halliwell blurted out, “We love Margaret Thatcher!” My…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: 10 Group Lead Singers Who Could Score Solo Success

    April 07, 2013 8:05 AM EDT With Justin Timberlake reigning post-'N Sync, what other famed group lead singers could rule on their own? Plus, chart honors for Crystal Bowersox, Joe Bonamassa and Bob Dylan The top title on the Billboard 200 for a second week belongs to a singer who first made his name as a…

  15. 98 Degrees Shine in '2.0' Cover Art

    April 02, 2013 8:37 PM EDT The band's new album, due in May, is its first in over a decade. 98 Degrees has released the cover art for its upcoming album, "2.0." The record, which drops May 7 via Entertainment One's music label, marks the Grammy-nominated group's first studio recording in more…

  16. The Band Perry, 'Pioneer': Track-by-Track Review

    April 02, 2013 12:45 PM EDT The Band Perry has had the date April 2 circled on their calendar for quite some time. Today marks the release of their long-awaited sophomore project, "Pioneer." Their self-titled Republic Nashville debut, released in October 2010, has scanned over a million units, and included…

  17. The Band Perry, 'Mother Like Mine': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 28, 2013 10:20 AM EDT Listen to the trio's "Mother Like Mine" before their album, "Pioneer," arrives next week. Plus watch the band discuss "Pioneer." For The Band Perry, April 2 is shaping up to be a big day. The country trio will be releasing their sophomore album "…

  18. The Band Perry: Billboard Cover Story

    March 15, 2013 4:30 PM EDT After 18 months and a false start with super-producer Rick Rubin, the Band Perry returns with "Pioneer" ... Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot and making of the album This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard.…

  19. Jimmy Kimmel Extends Olive Branch to Morrissey

    February 28, 2013 10:18 AM EST Jimmy Kimmel still wants Morrissey to appear on his show despite the singer's last-minute cancellation -- and subsequent criticism of the late-night host. The former Smiths frontman and cult indie solo artist was due to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday but pulled out in protest…

  20. Chart Juice: Joe Budden and Avant Make Big Debuts on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    February 14, 2013 8:31 PM EST Budden notches his first No. 1 with 'No Love Lost' Nearly 10 years after his self-titled debut album opened at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Joe Budden nets his first No. 1 on the list with "No Love Lost" (30,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The…

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