1. Aguilera, Buble Among 'A Very Special Christmas' Anniversary Artists

    August 06, 2012 8:11 PM EDT Christina Aguilera , Michael Buble , Dave Matthews and Train are among the acts helping Special Olympics celebrate the 25th anniversary of its "A Very Special Christmas" album series. Two albums will be released Oct. 16 to celebrate the partnership, which has raised more than $100…

  2. Candid Covers: Wynter Gordon Sings Natalie Imbruglia's 'Torn'

    July 31, 2012 12:00 PM EDT "It's one of those songs that defines my youth," Wynter Gordon said of Natalie Imbruglia "Torn," the song she covered for her Billboard Candid Covers session. The '90s song was a small moment of influence in her childhood that helped to shape the big picture in…

  3. Toby Keith Passes on Judging 'American Idol'

    July 27, 2012 12:45 PM EDT As the "American Idol" rumor mill swirls into a chaotic mess of names from every genre imaginable, it seems the country contingent is leading the pack of potential judges, much like the show itself has been skewing in recent years. And can you blame the producers? All but two "…

  4. Donna Summer Laid to Rest in Nashville

    May 24, 2012 8:51 PM EDT Family and some of her closest friends helped celebrate the life of Donna Summer at the singer's funeral. A private memorial service was held Wednesday for Summer at Christ Presbyterian in Nashville, Tenn., where she had been a resident since 1995. Donna Summer's Album Sales…

  5. Usher Performs on 'SNL,' Bieber & Timberlake Star in 100th Digital Short: Watch

    May 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Billboard Music Awards cover boys Usher and Justin Bieber both appeared on last night's Will Ferrell-hosted "Saturday Night Live," with Usher performing two songs and Bieber starring alongside Jessie Eisenberg in a star-studded Digital Short. Clad in a head-to-toe leather and a…

  6. Video: Asher Roth First Look Concerts L.A., S.F. and More

    May 07, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Billboard teamed up with Chevrolet for First Look, a Spring 2012 concert series headlined by rapper Asher Roth and showcasing the best and most promising bands in music today. Scroll down to check out video of the all four of the shows in the series: Los Angeles and San Francisco in the first…

  7. One Direction Live: Shriek Show in Australia

    April 19, 2012 7:30 PM EDT One Direction mania spilled into central Brisbane on Wednesday, as the boy-band from Britain closed their mini-tour of Australia with a show that sent its female audience into a teary, screaming frenzy. To say 1D is the hottest boy-band on the scene, doesn't quite grasp the situation. …

  8. Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' Roars to No. 1 on Hot 100

    April 18, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Fueled by a "Glee" remake and his appearance on "Saturday Night Live," Gotye scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his first entry on the songs chart, as "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra , lifts 2-1. With the "Glee" cast…

  9. Kanye West Changes Title, Artwork of Controversial 'Theraflu' Single

    April 16, 2012 11:40 AM EDT After last week's premiere of the track "Theraflu" on New York radio station Hot 97, rapper Kanye West has announced that he's changing the title of the song featuring DJ Khaled to "Way Too Cold." West's label, Island Def Jam, issued a press release on…

  10. Spotlight: Lucas Hoge as Country as It Gets

    April 11, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Singer Who Wants You to 'Give a Damn' Preps Full Album Pardon the pun, but Lucas Hoge has plenty to "Give A Damn" about these days. The Nebraska native is watching his current single of the same title pick up momentum at radio stations across the United States. Hoge is…

  11. Watch Asher Roth, Nina Sky Rock Chicago, Dallas 'First Look' Gigs

    April 09, 2012 5:30 PM EDT On a mobile device? Watch the video here. Crowdsurfing on upraised hands and inviting the audience to bumrush the stage, rapper Asher Roth owned the crowd at the Chicago and Dallas stops on Billboard and Chevrolet's spring 2012 First Look tour . After DFM/Deuce Funk Monsters warmed up…

  12. PETA Compares Kanye West's Fashion to 'Caveman Costumes'

    April 05, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Kayne West and PETA have never been great friends, but it's only gotten worse with the rapper's latest song, "Theraflu." The beef started back in January 2010, when Kanye and his then-girlfriend Amber Rose were spotted in lush fur coats at Paris Fashion Week. At the time,…

  13. Lionel Richie: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 16, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Richie's TV stint kicks off March 16 with the singer launching HSN's live concert series, "HSN Live." The hour-long broadcast starts at 8 p.m. EST and will feature duet partner Kenny Rogers. Bracketing the concert: a 60-minute live, behind-the-scenes preshow at 7 p.m. on…

  14. Exclusive: Billy Bragg on Woody Guthrie, 3rd 'Mermaid Avenue' Set

    March 08, 2012 2:15 PM EST "My initial reaction was, 'Surely this is Bob Dylan's job'" -- Billy Bragg To commemorate 100 years since Woody Guthrie 's birth, Nonesuch Records will release the four-disc "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions," a set collecting Billy Bragg and Wilco…

  15. Four-Play: Jennifer Hudson, Nina Sky, K'Naan, & Waka Flocka Flame

    March 01, 2012 12:20 PM EST Nina Sky flip the switch, Jennifer Hudson empowers women in the work room, Waka Flocka tells a story of a lost love (oh yes!), and K'NAAN champions community. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Nina Sky, K'NAAN, Jennifer Hudson and Waka Flocka Flame. Jennifer…

  16. 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…

  17. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  18. 'X Factor' Judges: 10 Picks to Replace Paula & Nicole

    February 04, 2012 10:00 AM EST With two empty seats to fill at the "X Factor" judges table, we thought we would help Simon Cowell by providing a few suggestions about who should fill those seats. 'X Factor' Weeks Away From New Judges Rather than just pulling a list of random, unrealistic names out of…

  19. Music & Politics: 5 Moments When They Didn't Mix

    January 24, 2012 11:25 AM EST From the protest songs of Woodie Guthrie to the streetside concerts of Occupy Wall Street, music and politics have long gone hand in hand. But the two haven't always seen eye-to-eye. Here are five moments where music and politics didn't mix so well. Ronald Reagan Pisses Off The Boss…

  20. Lana Del Rey: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 13, 2012 12:25 PM EST The viral (and now Interscope) star incorporates hip-hop producers and nabs an "SNL" slot before her album debut. Finally, her voice is bigger than her controversial persona. Rarely is a breaking artist as polarizing as Lana Del Rey. The 25-year-old songstress became one of 2011&…

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