1. Beyonce, Katy Perry & Kelly Clarkson Star at Packed Inauguration

    January 18, 2013 5:00 PM EST Kelly Clarkson is a multiple nominee at next month's Grammy Awards, but what she's really excited about is another event where she'll be joined by Beyonce, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher and Brad Paisley. Oh, and the president. President Barack Obama's…

  2. AKB48, Carly Rae Jepsen Win Big at Billboard Japan Music Awards

    December 20, 2012 4:00 PM EST The Billboard Japan Music Awards were broadcast on TV Tokyo networks on Dec. 15, with popular girl group AKB48 leading the charge with four wins and breakout star Carly Rae Jepsen scoring a pair of trophies. With over 100 nominees, the awards were determined by popular vote as well as yearly…

  3. Biggest No. 2 Hits Ever: The Top 40 Hot 100 Tunes To Not Hit No. 1

    November 15, 2012 12:00 PM EST PSY's "Gangnam Style" joins the ranks of the hottest No. 2 hits ever. See the full list. This fall, PSY's "Gangnam Style" quickly became one of the most watched No. 2 Hot 100 hits ever as fans wondered if it make it to the top. As the Korean sensation's…

  4. Bob Dylan, 'Tempest': Track-By-Track Review

    September 06, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Bob Dylan 's impressive 35th studio album, "Tempest," arrives in the 50th year of his recording career. Rootsy and stylistically broad, Dylan reaches back to the styles that inspired him early on -- American and British folk music, story songs filled with history and tragedy,…

  5. K-Pop's Next Wave: 10 Artists To Watch

    August 25, 2012 2:09 PM EDT K-pop's recent international success has been in large part due to its ability to consistently cultivate and export the "new": new signature dance moves, new addictive hooks and beats, tnew hairstyles and outfits. Thus it is no surprise that every year new promising K-pop'…

  6. Love & Theft Catch Fire With 'Angel Eyes'

    August 03, 2012 12:30 PM EDT After Starting Over as a Duo, Their Hot Single Hits No. 3 on Country Songs It's been an emotional two years for Love & Theft . After achieving top ten success with their debut single, "Runaway," they were thrown for a loop with the closing of their label, Lyric Street…

  7. First Listen: Bob Dylan's Dark 'Tempest'

    August 02, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Death, whether it be the legacy of John Lennon, the sinking of the Titanic or a trio of cheating lovers, is a dominant subject on "Tempest," Bob Dylan 's 35th studio album that is scheduled for release on Sept. 11 . The album marks a return to straight-forward, story-driven…

  8. Tony Martin, Romantic Crooner, Dies at 98

    July 30, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Tony Martin, the romantic singer who appeared in movie musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s and sustained a career in records, television and nightclubs from the Depression era into the 21st century, has died. He was 98. Martin died of natural causes Friday evening at his West Los Angeles…

  9. M.I.A. Releasing 'Bad Girls' Remixes on USB Necklaces

    June 21, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Live fast, die young, bad girls sell wacky merchandise: M.I.A. announced on Thursday (June 21) that the remixes for her single "Bad Girls" will be released on a USB necklace that resembles a BMW car key. Fans can now pre-order the item, which will be released on July 6, at the alt…

  10. Ask Billboard: 'Call Me Maybe' ... by 'Payphone'?

    May 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. 'CALL ME MAYBE…

  11. Skrillex, Diplo & A-Trak: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 03, 2012 12:15 PM EST The three guys stand shoulder to shoulder, backs to the wall, attempting to balance their varying heights with staggered stances. Diplo is the tallest and most camera-trained, tilting his head and adjusting his hot-professor glasses. He has, after all, modeled for a GQ magazine spread, making…

  12. Lookout! Records - Former Label of Green Day, Rancid, Ted Leo - Calls It Quits

    January 17, 2012 6:25 PM EST Last week Lookout! Records President Chris Appelgren announced on the label's website that the seminal Berkeley, Calif.-based punk rock label had completely closed shop and will no longer keep their catalog in print or have it available on digital services like Spotify and iTunes. "…

  13. Esperanza Spalding, 'Radio Music Society': Album Preview

    January 16, 2012 4:04 PM EST Esperanza Spalding Title: Radio Music Society | Release Date: March 20 As Esperanza Spalding ( @espespalding ) prepares for her first Heads Up International album since becoming the first jazz artist to win the best new artist Grammy Award, she says it's music for the non-jazz listener…

  14. Jim Reeves' Life 'Disturbed' Author of Biography

    January 11, 2012 7:00 AM EST Country Music's 'Gentleman Jim' Was a 'Combination of Good and Bad,' Says Larry Jordan It could be said that Jim Reeves was one country artist who was more popular in death than in life. First charting in 1953 with "Mexican Joe," the singer's death in a…

  15. TESTING GALLERY SKRILLEX

    December 06, 2011 11:48 AM EST TESTING GALLERY SKRILLEX TEST TEST 22222 The three guys stand shoulder to shoulder, backs to the wall, attempting to balance their varying heights with staggered stances. Diplo is the tallest and most camera-trained, tilting his head and adjusting his hot-professor glasses. He has, after all,…

  16. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry First With Five 4-Million Sellers

    September 17, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. KATY PERRY FIRST…

  17. Long Live the Queen: Aretha Franklin Thrills in Live Return

    August 26, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Eight months after rumors spread that the Queen was dying, Aretha Franklin -- the Queen of Soul -- proved to a hometown crowd that she's very much alive and well. The 69-year-old Franklin was in robust voice and ebullient good humor throughout her hour-and-50-minute concert on Thursday …

  18. Former Michael Jackson Manager Frank DiLeo Dies

    August 24, 2011 8:36 PM EDT Music industry executive Frank DiLeo, who managed Michael Jackson 's career in the 1980s and returned as his manager in the superstar's final days, has died. He was 64. Publicist Karen Sundell says DiLeo died Wednesday morning. The cause of death was not immediately available, but…

  19. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 2

    July 09, 2011 10:05 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PEN PALS, READERS…

  20. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 1

    July 01, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PEN PALS: READERS…

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