1. 'Idol' Finalist Kree Harrison on Making the Finale: 'It Hasn't Sunk In'

    May 13, 2013 7:36 PM EDT Kree Harrison is headed to the "American Idol" finals, where she will compete against Candice Glover to become this year’s champion and the beneficiary of a major label recording contract. The Nashville-based “Idol” contestant began singing at the age of three when she belted out…

  2. Lauren Alaina Debuts 'Barefoot' Single, Eyes Album for Later This Year

    May 10, 2013 3:52 PM EDT Lauren Alaina, debuted a sassier side of herself when she took the "American Idol" stage on Thursday to perform her new single "Barefoot and Buckwild." Prior to the performance, she introduced the song on a video interview, explaining that she was excited to be back on…

  3. CODER Picks of the Week: Chocolate Puma, Nicole Moudaber and More

    May 10, 2013 12:25 PM EDT Each Friday, the CODE crew reviews their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Lauren, and Jacob have to say. Chocolate Puma – “2000 People” (Mixmash) I think the sleeve art got me here: A gaggle of cartoon monsters that look straight out of…

  4. Angie Miller Q&A: On Her 'Shocking' Elimination, Randy's Exit and Her Post-'American Idol' Plans

    May 10, 2013 8:49 AM EDT It's official. Candice Glover and Kree Harrison are headed to the finale next week where one will be crowned the next American Idol. While the duo advanced, it was revealed that 19-year-old Boston-native, Angie Miller, would be sent home . The studio audience gasped during Thursday&…

  5. Harry Connick, Jr. Breaks Free on New Album: 'Screw It, I'm Just Going to Write and Create'

    May 07, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Harry Connick, Jr. is feeling empowered in the walk-up to his upcoming album, "Every Man Should Know," which he dabbles in nearly every genre of music, save for hip-hop. "I'm tired of being a slave to the record company," he joked backstage at a recent "…

  6. Amber Holcomb Q&A: Tears, Tour Talk and Love for Nicki After 'American Idol'

    May 03, 2013 8:50 AM EDT Thursday night, "American Idol" announced its top 3 season 12 contestants. While Kree Harrison, Candice Glover, and Angie Miller walked off the stage smiling, the bottom contender was voted off, and that was Amber Holcomb. Before leaving the show, Ryan Seacrest handed Holcomb the…

  7. Lee DeWyze Finds 'Silver Lining,' New Album of 'Folk Anthem Pop-Rock' Coming

    May 01, 2013 6:45 AM EDT “American Idol” season winner Lee DeWyze returned to the show last week to debut his new single, “Silver Lining." Following the recent performance, the Illinois-based rocker spoke to Billboard on what he's been up to since the 2012 release of his third post-"Idol"…

  8. Spotlight On Emii

    April 29, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Like so many other aspiring artists, Emii left her small hometown for New York as soon as she could, hoping to make her mark. Unlike most others, though, she's gained plenty of attention—and she's hungry for more. Although she has yet to release a full-length album, the Youngstown…

  9. 'American Idol' Final Four Talk Song Choices, Challenges and Drake

    April 29, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Candace Glover, Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, and Kree Harrison told reporters that they had an inkling that something was up during the most recent "American Idol" results show, especially given the fact that the judges had failed to use their save on Janelle Arthur the week…

  10. Scotty McCreery Finds Perfect Balance With University and Pop Life

    April 23, 2013 3:44 AM EDT Scotty McCreery is a 19-year-old with a schedule more hectic than most. He’s currently balancing his attendance at North Carolina State University with a booming music career. “I have school Monday through Wednesday and we hit the touring circuit Thursday through Sunday,” says McCreery.…

  11. Diplo Is Busy: New Major Lazer, 13 Mad Decent Block Parties, 'Big' Song With Sia + More

    April 19, 2013 1:15 PM EDT After a six-month delay, Major Lazer released its highly anticipated sophomore album, “Free The Universe” on April 16th. The album dropped between the group’s shows at this year’s Coachella, which Diplo says was perfect timing. “It’s actually better that it took a little while now because…

  12. Grimes Offers Precise Update on 'Experimental' Next Album

    April 18, 2013 4:00 PM EDT "I'm probably like two-fifths done," says Claire Boucher of the "Visions" follow-up Claire Boucher -- better known as Grimes -- is already in the thick of recording the follow-up to her 2012 breakout "Visions." In an interview prior to her performance at…

  13. The xx Have 'Skeletons of Songs' for Next Album

    April 17, 2013 5:50 PM EDT The xx are already making progress on the follow-up to 2012's "Coexist." "We started writing and we're currently trying to write on the road, which is something we've never been able to do," the band's Oliver Sim told us backstage at Coachella. …

  14. New Order Debates Series of EPs for Future Releases

    April 16, 2013 1:15 PM EDT New Order returned to the Coachella stage on Saturday where they took on the headlining spot on the festival's Mojave Stage. Before their highly anticipated gig, we joined them in their trailer to discuss what they've been up to since the release of 2011's "Lost Sirens…

  15. Janelle Monae: 'Electric Lady' Will Be 'More Revealing' Than Last Album

    April 15, 2013 10:50 AM EDT Janelle Monae performed Saturday night on Coachella's Gobi Stage -- before the show she hinted that she had some surprises planned. That apparently involved a cover of Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" and jumping onto the back of bandmember, heading out into the crowd,…

  16. Coachella 2013: Phoenix's R. Kelly Surprise, Postal Service's Special Delivery and More Saturday Highlights

    April 14, 2013 9:45 AM EDT The xx serenades with Solange, New Order parties like it's 1984, Major Lazer reveals album news and more onstage and backstage bits Additional reporting by Nicole Pajer The second day of Coachella 2013 turned up the desert heat with a jam-packed lineup of 65 bands that covered a…

  17. Jurassic 5 Talks Reunion, Doc Plans Backstage At Coachella

    April 13, 2013 6:15 PM EDT Six years after Jurassic 5 broke up in 2007, what once seemed impossible has now happened: the hip-hop group is back in action. Last night (April 12), a sea of thousands at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. watched as the group took the stage for their first…

  18. Pretty Lights Reveals New Album Details

    April 13, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Pretty Lights, born Derek Smith, is scheduled to perform Sunday at Coachella (April 14), where he plans to treat his audience to a variety of new tracks off a forthcoming album. We caught up with Pretty Lights backstage at Coachella who revealed that after a two year wait, he's…

  19. Coachella 2013: Stone Roses, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Light Up the Desert on Day 1

    April 13, 2013 8:44 AM EDT Daft Punk's album teaser, How to Destroy Angels, Tegan & Sara, Alt-J, Johnny Marr and more action onstage and backstage at California's massive music festival ŸAdditional reporting by Nicole Pajer COACHELLA 2013 • COACHELLA PHOTOS • Watch: Coachella Live Stream • Analysis:…

  20. The Hold Steady 'Figuring Out' New Album, Unveiling New Lineup on Record Store Day Single

    April 10, 2013 9:00 AM EDT The indie rock act says it has "almost too much material to choose from" for its next full-length. This year’s Record Store Day is April 20th, and if you’re a fan of The Hold Steady, then you should definitely partake. Billboard recently caught up with guitarist Tad Kubler, who…

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