1. 615 Spotlight: Scarletta Gets 'Island Fever'

    January 09, 2013 2:45 PM EST Exclusive Premiere of the Rising Trio's New Single & Lyric Video The winter might not seem like the perfect time to release a single with a tropical bent, but then again Scarletta is not your normal country act. The trio -- comprised of lead singer Aubrey Collins, fiddle player…

  2. 615 Picks: 10 Artists to Watch in 2013

    January 08, 2013 12:45 PM EST Expect great things from new or emerging artists in the country and Americana worlds in 2013. Here's the 615's picks for ten artists to keep a keen eye on, from the Brooklyn-based Americana band the Lone Bellow to a new album from Pistol Annies star Ashley Monroe to the throwback…

  3. 'American Idol's Hollie Cavanagh Reveals Album Plans for New Year

    December 30, 2012 12:15 PM EST Fans of 'American Idol' season 11 alum Hollie Cavanagh may have a new album to look forward to in 2013. Cavanagh returned to her hometown, Liverpool, England, for the holidays and sat down for an interview with the Liverpool Echo , where she revealed her plans to move to Los Angeles…

  4. Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill, Jessie Baylin Have a Daughter

    December 27, 2012 3:20 PM EST There's a new Princess in the Kings of Leon family. Nathan Followill and wife Jessie Baylin welcomed a daughter Violet Marlowe on Wednesday in Nashville. According to the band's rep, Violet was born at 4:01 p.m. and weighed 7 lbs., 13 ounces. It's the first child for the Kings…

  5. Lady Gaga Among Buyers at Michael Jackson Costume Auction

    December 03, 2012 8:05 AM EST Costumes worn by Michael Jackson commanded hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction, and Lady Gaga was among the collectors. Gaga tweeted Sunday that she bought 55 pieces in the sale administered by Julien's Auctions and said she plans to keep the items "archived and expertly…

  6. AMAs 2012: Top 5 Best Performances

    November 19, 2012 12:00 PM EST The 2012 American Music Awards, held live at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night (Nov. 18), were stacked wall-to-wall with winning performances in various popular genres. Who knew Linkin Park and Carly Rae Jepsen could fill the same performance space, and do so in a way that made…

  7. Taylor Swift's 'Red': The Billboard Cover Story

    October 22, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Ten days before the release of Taylor Swift's fifth album, "Red," Scott Borchetta is in "redundancy mode." That means checking, double-checking and triple-checking every aspect of the 16 tracks on the album. Nothing about the process is musical; it's all a case…

  8. Boyz II Men Wins Hearts at Sands Show

    October 22, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Chart Article PROMOTION Boyz II Men Wins Hearts at Sands Show Boyz II Men still has what it takes to captivate fans, 21 years into its career. A year after headlining a "Love Cruise" in celebration of their 20th anniversary, the R&B trio -- Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris, and…

  9. Taylor Swift Q&A: The Risks of 'Red' and The Joys of Being 22

    October 19, 2012 1:20 PM EDT The country superstar talks album collaborators and what fans can expect from her next tour. For her fourth studio album, "Red," Taylor Swift tried the collaborative approach, reaching out to producers known for their work with Katy Perry , U2 and Snow Patrol and songwriters such as…

  10. The Wanted Plays Espionage in 'I Found You' Video: Watch

    October 16, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Pity the poor souls that try to keep The Wanted boys from getting what they… er, want. The new video for fresh single "I Found You" finds the quintet very easily confounding their enemies, whether it be through irresistible falsetto, brute force or Nathan's soft but deceptive…

  11. Anberlin's 'Self-Starter': Exclusive First Listen

    August 17, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Band Talks First New Song Off 'Vital' (Out Oct. 16): "We all knew we had to change" The aggressive, electronic-tinged sound of "Self-Starter," the first track to be issued from Anberlin 's upcoming "Vital," is a harbinger of what the Florida alt…

  12. Anita Baker Is Back With a Hit and a Plan for Covers Album

    August 16, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Her Take on Tyrese's 'Lately' Debuts in Top 10 of Urban AC Chart Anita Baker says the prospect of her first all-new album in eight years "just kinda feels surreal." "It's kind of like I'm dreaming," Baker tells Billboard about "Only Forever,…

  13. Lollapalooza 2012: The Billboard Guide

    August 02, 2012 12:00 PM EDT This year's Lollapalooza is more stuffed than a Thanksgiving turkey. With the festival landing in Chicago on Friday (Aug. 3), Billboard has your guide to the weekend's must-see bands . FRIDAY Michael Kiwanuka | 1:30 p.m. | Playstation Stage Why He's Hot: The U.K. singer's …

  14. Bubbling Under: Vicci Martinez's Voice Reaching Radio

    July 13, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Vicci Martinez, Cheyenne Jackson, Miss Willie Brown and the FiNATTiCZ Vicci Martinez Pop singer/songwriter Vicci Martinez…

  15. Azealia Banks Unleashes 19-Track 'Fantasea' Mixtape

    July 12, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Upstart NYC rapper Azealia Banks has followed her four-song "1991" EP with a massive, 19-track mixtape, "Fantasea," which was released online on Thursday (July 12). Originally titled "Fantastic" and given a July 4 release date, "Fantasea" gathers a…

  16. Listen: Azealia Banks and Styles P Team Up on 'Nathan'

    June 30, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Harlem hip-hop phenom Azealia Banks has linked up with a veteran New York rapper, LOX member Styles P, for a new track, "Nathan," released on Saturday (June 30). Produced by Drums of Death, "Nathan" displays the different microphone approaches of the upstart Banks and and…

  17. Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges, Could Face Prison Time

    June 29, 2012 1:48 PM EDT Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years. Appearing in U.S. District Court in Newark, Hill admitted failing to file tax returns from 2005 to 2007. She faces a maximum one-year sentence on…

  18. Lauryn Hill Faces Federal Tax Charges

    June 07, 2012 12:10 PM EDT NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have charged Lauryn Hill with willfully failing to file income tax returns with the IRS. Authorities say Hill earned more than $1.6 million during the three years that she failed to file returns. Prosecutors say her primary source of income is…

  19. Best Coast Team With Jon Brion, Urban Outfitters for Sophomore Album

    May 07, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Best Coast 's Bethany Cosentino still writes all of her songs in her bedroom in Los Angeles, describing the setting as her "safe place." As the indie-pop duo continues developing a national identity and prepares for another U.S. tour, Cosentino feels most relaxed in her native…

  20. The Wanted EP: Track-By-Track Review

    April 24, 2012 1:45 PM EDT A Top 5 hit on the Hot 100. Millions of YouTube views and screaming American fans to match them. Mobbed live performances, a "Glee" re-interpretation and, yes, Billboard cover and Q&A appearances. The Wanted were already very real stars here in the United States before their…

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