1. Clutch Speed Things Up on 'Earth Rocker'

    October 31, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Clutch fans will be hearing a lean 'n' mean version of the band when the Maryland group releases its 10th album, "Earth Rocker," in the spring of 2013. "We really wanted to just write very concise, heavy songs," bassist Dan Maines tells Billboard about the follow…

  2. The Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012, From No. 100 To No. 1

    October 03, 2012 5:05 AM EDT Who has the top-charting hit on pop radio over the past 20 years? The week of Oct. 3, 1992, Billboard premiered the Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as then-new Nielsen BDS-based monitoring technology allowed for unprecedented accuracy in gauging the biggest hits on mainstream top 40 radio.…

  3. Rod Stewart Returns to HSN for First Holiday Album

    September 17, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Two years ago, Rod Stewart smashed previous figures at HSN with his exclusive debut of "Fly Me to the Moon... The Great American Songbook: Volume V," moving more than 25,000 units during his hour-long performance and sales pitch, according to HSN. The singer remains the largest…

  4. McFly: A Long, Hot Video Q&A With the U.K. Pop-Rock Band

    September 14, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Group Talks U.S. Shows, New Music, Natalie Portman and Answers Fan Questions McFly is hot. Literally. The British band is in the sweltering green room of the Roxy Theatre, where, just a few hours after our video interview, the group played its second of two sold-out shows in Los Angeles. ↑…

  5. Fashion Week NYC: Paula Abdul Sees Red at Emerson, Lianne La Havas Rocks DKNY

    September 10, 2012 4:45 PM EDT The children of rock and pop royalty -- Kelly Osbourne and Madonna's daughter Lourdes -- showed off their style at Zac Posen's NYFW show. As the weekend came to a close, New York Fashion Week continued the trend of dramatic, futuristic collections that had defined runways for the…

  6. Justin Bieber to Appear on 'The Simpsons'

    August 22, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Springfield is about to get a lot more "swaggy": Justin Bieber announced yesterday that he will be making a cameo on the upcoming 24th season of "The Simpsons." "Just did a voice over for the SIMPSONS!!! #swaggy," the Canadian pop star tweeted (and then later…

  7. Banned Music: 21 Artists Censors Tried To Silence

    August 17, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Since the dawn of rock 'n' roll, radio stations, TV networks and even entire countries have sought to silence controversial musicians by making their music, videos, and, in some cases, the artists themselves less accessible to the public. Provocative punk band Pussy Riot felt the…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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 "…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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. …

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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