1. Nicki Minaj Raps: 'I'm Voting for Mitt Romney'

    September 04, 2012 9:15 AM EDT Is Nicki Minaj voting for Mitt Romney? The rapper-singer, who is nearing a deal to become a judge on Fox's American Idol, gives what appears to be an endorsement of the Republican presidential nominee on Lil Wayne's "Dedication 4," the recently released fourth installment…

  2. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Skrillex, D'Angelo Kick Off Made In America Festival

    September 02, 2012 10:40 AM EDT The first day of the two-day fest featured performances by Jay-Z and many guests, Skrillex, Maybach Music Group, Passion Pit and more. Jay-Z stood sipping champagne with Kanye West while red, white and blue fireworks lit up the Philadelphia night behind them Saturday (Sept. 1) to close out…

  3. Little Big Town's 'Pontoon' Shows No Sign of Sinking

    August 07, 2012 10:50 AM EDT How a Song About a Slow Boat Became One of Country's Hottest Songs "Who would have thought a song about motor boating at this point in our career would cause such a ruckus?" Little Big Town 's Karen Fairchild said backstage after a recent performance in New York. Hailed by…

  4. Exclusive: Pete Seeger Duets With Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle on New Album

    August 01, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Folk Icon Releasing Two Albums on Sept. 25: 'A More Perfect Union' and 'Pete Remembers Woody' Folk music legend Pete Seeger , 93, is releasing two albums on Appleseed Recordings. "A More Perfect Union" features 14 new songs that Seeger has penned with singer…

  5. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to Mentor on 'The Voice'

    July 27, 2012 1:20 PM EDT The Voice has added another mentor for its third season. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has joined NBC's singing competition as a mentor to Christina Aguilera's team, according to a tweet sent out by the show's staff Thursday night. "Welcome Billie Joe (…

  6. Alleged Battery at Jackson Home Exposes Family Tension

    July 24, 2012 9:10 AM EDT "Something is really off," says Paris Jackson, who hasn't spoken to her grandmother in 8 days Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were summoned to the home of Michael Jackson 's mother Monday on reports of a fight involving several family members, the Los Angeles…

  7. Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup: Run DMC, Girl Talk, Against Me! + More

    July 12, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced the full lineup for the 2012 festival, to be held November 2-4 at Auditorium Shores. The 7th annual festival will feature big name acts like the reunion of Run D.M.C. , Santigold , an appearance from De La Soul , Girl Talk , and Explosions…

  8. Essence Festival 2012: The 10 Best Performances

    July 09, 2012 5:10 PM EDT If there was any ever doubt whether R&B was alive and progressing, the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans debunked each and every doubter. No gimmicks or special affects were needed, as pure vocal prowess and legacy resonated loudly throughout the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. PHOTOS:…

  9. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen and Heard Sunday

    July 09, 2012 1:00 PM EDT The last day of the 2012 Essence Music festival belonged to the divas of R&B and soul: on Sunday night (July 9), legends not only took the main stage of the Superdome, but paid tribute to other fallen legends, such as Whitney Houston, Etta James and more. PHOTOS: Essence Music Festival…

  10. Michael Jackson's Loafers, Amy Winehouse's Robe Fetch $$$ at Auction

    June 26, 2012 8:55 AM EDT Michael Jackson collectibles were a big draw at a music and sports memorabilia auction held on the eve of the three-year anniversary of the King of Pop's death. The handwritten lyrics to Jackson's 1983 hit single "Billie Jean" sold for $40,625, while a 1984 Video Music…

  11. Band Perry 'Writing Like Crazy' for Rick Rubin-Helmed 2nd Album

    June 19, 2012 2:35 PM EDT "Our melody has grown up so much," says Kimberly Perry of new songs; New album expected late 2012; First single early fall Country trio the Band Perry is "about halfway finished" with its sophomore album, and the siblings say that the counsel of producer Rick Rubin have…

  12. Hear Zac Brown Band's Barn-Burning New Single, 'The Wind'

    June 06, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Zac Brown Band will come "Uncaged" on their third major label album, out July 10 on Atlantic/Southern Ground, and the country giants have finally released the disc's first single. "The Wind," an uptempo piece of bluegrass, was released on Wednesday (June 6). In just…

  13. Kelly Clarkson to Premiere 'Dark Side' at BBMAs, Talks 'Duets'

    May 18, 2012 5:45 PM EDT K elly Clarkson will premiere her new single "Dark Side" at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday in a mashup with "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)." The singer, now 10 years and five albums removed from her season one victory in "American Idol," provided that…

  14. Lee Greenwood Talks New Book, Tim Tebow, Kirk Cameron

    May 01, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Between 1981 and 1991, Lee Greenwood charted 31 singles on the Billboard Country Singles chart, including seven trips to the pinnacle of the list. So, success is nothing new to the California native, but he admits promoting his newest project is somewhat different. "It's going to be…

  15. Miike Snow, 'Happy To You': Video Track-By-Track

    March 29, 2012 3:10 PM EDT Miike Snow , the Swedish indie pop group that released sophomore album "Happy To You" earlier this week, first delivered captivating dance tracks like "Animal" and "Silvia" on their surprisingly successful 2009 self-titled debut album. In retrospect, we should…

  16. Back on Track: Darryl Worley Returns With New Single, Label After Break

    March 23, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Growing up in the scenic area of Savannah, Tenn., Darryl Worley was surrounded by Southern legends and traditions growing up. He grew up not far from Shiloh, a Civil War battlefield. His mother worked at an area bank where one of her regular customers was "Walking Tall" lawman…

  17. The Band Perry: No Overnight Success

    February 28, 2012 2:47 PM EST Country Hitmakers Talk Breakout Year, Sibling Dynamic on Road & Plans for Next Album Last week, The Band Perry performed at the Ryman Auditorium to a sold out crowd during the Country Radio Seminar. Just one year prior, the trio had just delivered one of their biggest knockout punches…

  18. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  19. The Year in Country: Taylor Swift Spoke Up

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST This ain't your granddad's country music. Today's country stars are just as at home on the pop charts as they are on the country tallies. Taylor Swift , Lady Antebellum , the Band Perry and Jason Aldean , among others, all made their mark in other genres in 2011. Year In Music…

  20. Jason Aldean 'Flying High' After Grammy Nominations

    December 01, 2011 12:00 PM EST The nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards reflect a mix of cutting-edge sounds and old favorites in the country field. In the Best Country Solo Performance slot,| SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED "I'm flying pretty high right now," Aldean told the press backstage at the Grammy…

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