1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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 …

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. The Wanted Live Q&A: Watch Again!

    April 18, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Chart Article The Wanted Watch again! Boy bands are back in vogue, and no collective is making that more clear than British pop vocalists The Wanted . The group entered the Top 5 of the Hot 100 with their smash single "Glad You Came," with sold-out shows, a performance on "…

  14. Most Wanted: 'Glad You Came' Crowns Pop Songs

    April 09, 2012 11:35 AM EDT U.K. vocal group the Wanted is the first boy band to lead the list with a debut single since 1997. U.K. vocal group the Wanted becomes the first boy band to rule Billboard's Pop Songs chart with a debut single since Hanson spent eight weeks at No. 1 with "MMMBop" in 1997, as …

  15. Chart Beat Meet & Greet: The Wanted

    March 27, 2012 11:15 AM EDT The red-hot quintet discusses the new British invasion, debut smash 'Glad You Came' and its reaction to its chart success. Billboard caught up with on-fire U.K. boy band the Wanted Friday (March 23) at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard and Son in New York City. The…

  16. The Wanted's U.S. Debut Album Due April 24

    March 05, 2012 9:43 PM EST Basking in the glow of its current top five Billboard Hot 100 single "Glad You Came," the Wanted announced via Twitter today (March 5) that its debut U.S. album will be released on April 24. While the effort's title and track list has yet to be revealed, it will presumably…

  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. Super Bowl Predictions & Plans: Musicians Discuss The Big Game

    February 02, 2012 2:20 PM EST Super Bowl XLVI is fast approaching, and all the minutia that comes with it -- the Madonna halftime performance, the bank-breaking commercials, the thousands of gatherings across the country, and, oh yeah, the Giants-Patriots game -- will be soaked in by millions of viewers across the globe.…

  19. Track Review: Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, 'We Are Young'

    January 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST FUN. FEAT. JANELLE MONAE We Are Young (4:10) Producer: Jeff Bhasker Writers: fun. and Jeff Bhasker Publishers: WB Music Corp., FBR Music, and Bearvon Music Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic With "We Are Young," New York indie pop group fun. takes its warm retro sound into soaring ballad…

  20. All Aboard the Weezer Cruise: One Fan's Journey 'Across the Sea'

    January 26, 2012 2:30 PM EST Yes, there are more Weezer-related puns ahead. As a Chicagoan, January is generally one of the most miserable times of the year. It's the month where I understand what Alaskans must go through, living weeks on end without seeing the sun. This year I said no. This year, I took a stand. Or…

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