1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Grammy Nominations Concert: Things You Didn't See on TV

    December 01, 2011 10:05 AM EST You may think you saw it all on the Grammy Nominations Concert , but the nominees had more to share backstage. Here are four moments from behind the scenes. Bruno Mars' Big Night Bruno Mars couldn't wait to talk to reporters after notching his six nominations: the "Grenade"…

  4. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Lead Nominations

    November 30, 2011 11:10 PM EST Bruno Mars Up for Biggest Awards; Bon Iver & Skrillex Huge Surprises | SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED MAJOR NOMINEES LIST Album Of The Year: "21" -- Adele "Wasting Light" -- Foo Fighters "Born This Way" -- Lady Gaga "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" -- Bruno Mars …

  5. Adele May Be Rolling Deep With Grammy Nominations

    November 30, 2011 8:41 PM EST She likely won't get "21," but Adele is poised to take the biggest share of nods when the Grammy nominations are announced Wednesday night. The British singer-songwriter has had a great year, thanks to her sophomore album, "21." The mournful album about a failed…

  6. Q&A: The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry Talks 'Young' Success, Next Album

    November 11, 2011 3:05 PM EST Nothing beats a great song to take an act from obscurity to stardom. Case in point: The Band Perry 's multiple-format hit "If I Die Young." The second single from siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry's self-titled 2010 debut on Republic Nashville, "If I Die Young…

  7. CMA Awards 2011: 9 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 10, 2011 11:45 AM EST Kenny & Grace's Fateful First Meeting... Blake Tweeks 'Voice' Pals... Lady A on the Road... Taylor's Obsession So, you watched every second of the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards last night on ABC. Still, there was a lot that you didn't see that went…

  8. The Band Perry 'So Honored' With CMA Wins, Crossover Success

    November 10, 2011 1:15 AM EST Backstage at the 45th Annual CMA Awards, The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry said she and her brothers Neil and Reid are happy to be taking their favorite music beyond the format's borders with their award-winning hit "If I Die Young." More CMAs on The 615 Taylor Swift Is Tops…

  9. CMA Awards: Taylor Swift Reclaims Top Prize

    November 09, 2011 11:45 PM EST Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry Shine on Country's Biggest Night It was a mix of old favorites and new blood at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards, as many acts on the show claimed their first trophies. The first award of the night was proof of this, as…

  10. Pussycat Dolls Creator Robin Antin: Revamped Group Will Be 'Fierce'

    November 06, 2011 10:00 AM EST Did Perez Hilton jump the gun with his recent blog post and photo proclaiming, "The REAL New Pussycat Dolls!"? According to Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin, the actual members of the revamped group haven't officially been chosen. "It's official that I'm doing…

  11. The Band Perry Turns Queen's 'Fat Bottomed Girls' Country

    October 31, 2011 5:08 AM EDT After Patrick Stump's rockin' cover of Big Boi's "Shutterbug," and cover duo Karmin playing Foster The People , the Mashup Mondays post-season continues this week with The Band Perry covering countrifying Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls" -- and just in time…

  12. Jani Lane of Warrant Died of Alcohol Poisoning, Coroner Says

    October 06, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Acute alcohol poisoning has been determined to be the cause of death for Jani Lane , former vocalist of the successful 80s glam metal band Warrant , according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Lane, 47, was found dead last August 11 in a Comfort Inn motel in Los Angeles.…

  13. Faith Evans, Tweet, Syleena Johnson and More to Tape Reality Show

    October 03, 2011 1:30 PM EDT R&B veterans Syleena Johnson , Faith Evans , Tweet , Angie Stone and others will star in an upcoming reality show, "Diary of a Diva." Johnson, who recently released her fifth album, "Chapter V: Underrated" (Sept. 27), confirmed to both Soultrain.com and Billboard.com&…

  14. Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton Top CMA Award Nominees

    September 06, 2011 11:24 AM EDT The nominations for the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards are in, and it was a great year -- especially for some of the more youthful stars in the genre. Though the Swift, a former Entertainer of the Year winner, is up for the top prize once again this year, and tallied six overall…

  15. Billboard Bits: Lou Reed & Metallica Name Collaboration, 'Glee Project' Names Two Winners

    August 22, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lou Reed & Metallica Name Forthcoming Collaboration This fall's hotly anticipated mash-up of heavy metal gods Metallica and former Velvet Underground kingpin/accomplished soloist Lou Reed has been given an…

  16. Jay-Z Joins iHeartRadio Music Festival

    August 16, 2011 9:43 AM EDT Jay-Z has been added to the lineup of Clear Channel's inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The rapper will perform solo, without Kanye West , his collaborator on their new album, "Watch the Throne." He will close out opening night of the two-day fest,…

  17. Jani Lane Dead: Ex-Warrant Singer Was 47

    August 12, 2011 1:18 AM EDT Jani Lane , who fronted the glossy rock band Warrant during the salad days of hair metal, was found dead in a motel room in Woodland Hills, Calif. Thursday evening of undetermined causes, police have confirmed. He was 47. Details are scarce, but Lane was reportedly discovered at a Comfort Inn…

  18. Justin Timberlake-Directed Music Video Hits the Web: Watch

    August 11, 2011 12:52 PM EDT Justin Timberlake is back in the music world -- but only behind the camera. JT directed a music video for "Hoodies On, Hats Low," from Memphis hip-hop group FreeSol. Timberlake also appears in the Memphis-centric video, which debuted online Wednesday, showing off his dance moves but…

  19. 'Electric Daisy' Doc Premiere Causes Riot in Hollywood

    July 28, 2011 9:41 AM EDT Police donned riot gear to calm down an unruly mob in Hollywood at the world premiere of "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience" -- a documentary about the notorious electronic dance music festival -- on Wednesday night. One Dead, One Critical After Electric Daisy Carnival in Dallas…

  20. Amy Winehouse Mourned By Celebs on Twitter

    July 23, 2011 3:15 PM EDT The music world's reaction to Amy Winehouse's untimely passing Saturday (July 23) was swift and heartfelt. Here's our round-up of 27 singers', rockers' and rappers' tweets about the 27 year-old singer's death. Be sure to follow @billboarddotcom for all of…

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