1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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 "…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Kelly Price, Chante Moore, En Vogue's Dawn Robinson Among 'R&B Divas: LA' Cast

    February 12, 2013 5:56 PM EST Lil' Mo, Claudette Ortiz & Michel'le Toussaint also join the cast. TV One’s “R&B Divas” is becoming a reality show franchise. Production begins this month in Los Angeles on the original series’ offshoot, “R&B Divas: LA.” The eight-episode arc, slated to premiere on TV…

  10. Charli XCX Talks Spring Album & Staying Punk in The Pop World

    January 29, 2013 4:45 PM EST Rising pop star has worked with producers like Ariel Rechtshaid and Clams Casino. Charlotte Aitchison didn't listen to Top 40 when she was first exploring her musical interests in her early teens. Instead, the Hertfordshire, England native better known as Charli XCX was rummaging…

  11. The Band Perry to Drop 2nd Album in April

    January 10, 2013 5:30 AM EST New Album On The Slate With new single "Better Dig Two" rising quickly up the charts, country trio The Band Perry announced Thursday (Jan. 10) they'll release their as-yet-untitled sophomore album on April 2. "Better Dig Two" is the band's fastest-rising single…

  12. 615 Picks: Top 10 Country Songs of the Year

    December 21, 2012 6:05 PM EST It's that time of year again. Time to look back at the best that country music had to offer in 2012. We looked at top albums yesterday, now let's track the genre's best singles, from odes to The Boss and water sports to great bar ballads to ear candy from a true "Idol.…

  13. Clay Aiken: 'American Idol' is Now All About the Judges

    December 15, 2012 12:00 PM EST "I don't even know if they remember there are contestants anymore," says the former "Idol" finalist. After a five-year break, Clay Aiken says he was long overdue to bring a Christmas show back on the road. "It doesn't feel like Christmas for me if I'm…

  14. '12-12-12' Concert Watched by 19 Million-Plus Americans

    December 15, 2012 11:25 AM EST More than 19 million Americans watched at least part of the 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief on Wednesday. CONCERT FOR SANDY RELIEF • Stones, The Who, Joel, Bon Jovi • PHOTOS: Live & Backstage Pics • McCartney/Nirvana Debut Song • Keys Puts on One-Woman Show • LIST: 12 Things You…

  15. Bruno Mars, 'Unorthodox Jukebox': Track-By-Track Review

    December 11, 2012 1:50 PM EST Bruno Mars is extremely talented -- we've known this since he popped up without warning singing the hook on B.o.B 's "Nothin' On You," and fully understood his versatility on his 2010 debut "Doo-Wops & Hooligans." We also know some of the things Bruno…

  16. Ne-Yo Would 'Definitely' Make a Country Record, Fun.'s Vocal Problems + More Grammys Concert Backstage Moments

    December 06, 2012 9:25 AM EST Alabama Shakes, the Lumineers, Hunter Hayes React to Grammy Nominations Backstage at the Grammy Nominations "Concert Live!!" on Wednesday, several of the night's biggest nominees -- Hunter Hayes, Fun., the Lumineers -- dropped by to give thanks and offer some reactions on being…

  17. AMAs On Demand: Justin Bieber's Big Year, Show Week Is Here

    November 14, 2012 5:26 PM EST As the 2012 American Music Awards approach, the AMAs On Demand series continues with a sixth episode. Hosts by Lance Bass and Kimberly Cole and co-host Megan Turney remind everyone that show week is now afoot and the likes of PSY and The Wanted are set to appear. Lance and Kimberly take a…

  18. AMAs On Demand: Taylor Swift's Big Year, Politics + Pop Stars, Whitney's Fashion

    November 07, 2012 4:55 PM EST As the 2012 American Music Awards approach, the AMAs On Demand series continues with a fifth episode, hosted by Lance Bass and Kimberly Cole. Co-host Megan Turney begins the show by recapping how fans voted on Facebook polls this week -- viewers chose Taylor Swift to be their next commander…

  19. Little Big Town on CMAs Triumph: 'Like an Out-of-Body Experience'

    November 02, 2012 4:05 PM EDT It was a long time coming, but the payoff was indeed sweet as Little Big Town 's Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman took home trophies for vocal group and single of the year for their hit "Pontoon" at last night's 46th annual CMA Awards…

  20. CMA Awards 2012: Miranda Defends Blake's Win, Tim Talks Election + More Backstage Moments

    November 02, 2012 9:35 AM EDT With four awards show in five days, it's been a busy week in Nashville. SESAC, ASCAP and BMI honored their top songwriters and publishers earlier in the week, but the festivities wound to a close last night with the 46th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena. Hosted by Brad Paisley and…

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