1. Madonna Stands Up for Pussy Riot in Moscow: Video

    August 08, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Madonna is the latest high-profile celebrity to throw her support behind three jailed members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, calling the women "courageous" during a lengthy speech while performing in Moscow. A hearing for the highly publicized band is in progress in a…

  2. Chavela Vargas, Bold Mexican Singer, Dies At 93

    August 06, 2012 9:15 AM EDT Chavela Vargas, who defied gender stereotypes to become one of the most legendary singers in Mexico, died Sunday at age 93. Her friend and biographer Maria Cortina said Vargas died at a hospital in the city of Cuernavaca, where she had been admitted for heart and respiratory problems. Vargas…

  3. Tony Bennett To Release Latin Music 'Duets' Album in October

    August 02, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 'Viva Duets' to feature collaborations with Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Gloria Estefan and more. After a pair of "Duets" albums allowed Tony Bennett to revisit classic songs with the help of some younger stars, the 85-year-old singing legend is returning to the format, this…

  4. Exclusive: 'Voice' Finalist Chris Mann Records Christmas Album

    July 27, 2012 1:50 PM EDT "The Voice" finalist Chris Mann will release a Christmas EP three weeks before the Oct. 30 release of his debut album. Mann has recorded six classic songs for a Christmas album that will be sold exclusively at Walmart. Faircraft Records/Universal Republic, which is releasing his…

  5. Hot Tours: Andre Rieu, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley

    June 22, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Dutch violinist and orchestra conductor André Rieu earns the No. 1 ranking on this week's Hot Tours chart with box office grosses reported from his concert performances in European arenas during April and May as well as a series of shows in Brazil in June. The European spring tour leg…

  6. David Guetta Has Longest-Charting Dance Hit Since Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'

    June 17, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Guetta's 'Titanium,' featuring Sia, moves toward Jackson's album 'Thriller' in the Dance/Club Play Songs chart's history. In its 28th week on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, David Guetta 's "Titanium," featuring Sia, passes…

  7. Justin Bieber, 'Believe': Track-By-Track Review

    June 13, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Isn't it strange that the Bieber fever that has overtaken the world over the past two years actually hasn't come with a whole lot of new Justin Bieber music? Since "My World 2.0" was released in March 2010, Bieber has toured the world, released a 3D movie, issued every…

  8. Country Countdown: Big & Rich Make History With 'That's Why I Pray'

    May 31, 2012 12:00 PM EDT B ig & Rich post the highest debut by a duo in the Nielsen BDS era, as "That's Why I Pray" opens at No. 24 with the Hot Shot Debut, Most Increased Audience and Breaker triple crown on Country Songs . In the 22-plus years since Billboard and Nielsen BDS pioneered technology…

  9. Justin Bieber 'Believe' Track List: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris Featured

    May 21, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Right before he rocked the Billboard Music Awards stage on Sunday night (May 20) with a performance of "Boyfriend," Justin Bieber revealed the 15 other tracks that will join the song on his forthcoming album, "Believe." The track list that Bieber posted on Twitter on…

  10. Ask Billboard: 'Call Me Maybe' ... by 'Payphone'?

    May 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. 'CALL ME MAYBE…

  11. Track Review: Nelly Furtado, 'Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)'

    May 14, 2012 8:00 AM EDT NELLY FURTADO "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)" (3:54) Producer: Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins Writers: N. Furtado, R. Jerkins Publishers: Nelstar Publishing/Sony-ATV (BMI) Interscope/Mosley Music Group It's been a while since pop fans have gotten the full Nelly Furtado…

  12. B.o.B, O.A.R. Collaborate on Olympics Song, 'Champions'

    May 08, 2012 1:35 PM EDT B.o.B. and rock group, O.A.R. , have teamed up on collaborative song and video, "Champions," in support of the 2012 London Olympic Games. B.o.B, 'Strange Clouds': Track-By-Track Review "I think the song is very synonymous with challenges that many people face in life…

  13. Wiz Khalifa Busted for Marijuana, Again

    May 03, 2012 6:40 PM EDT On Wednesday, police in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, reported that rapper Wiz Khalifa was caught with marijuana following his performance at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday, May 1st. According to the Associated Press , the cops were patrolling the Joel Coliseum's…

  14. 'The Voice' Recap: CeeLo Has Tough Choice to Make as Elite Eight Perform

    May 01, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Singers Size Themselves Up After the Show in Interviews With Billboard For the first time this season on "The Voice," eight singers began the night and eight of them remained once it was finished and the coaches had turned in their scores to the vote tallying crew. Tonight, each…

  15. Gavin DeGraw Booted From 'Dancing With The Stars'

    April 18, 2012 10:55 AM EDT The sweetness is gone for Gavin DeGraw on "Dancing with the Stars." The singer-songwriter and his professional partner, Karina Smirnoff, were bounced from the ABC show Tuesday after the judges' scores were combined with viewers' votes. DeGraw has been juggling "…

  16. Hodgy Beats and Domo Genesis Release New Song, 'Timbs': Listen

    April 17, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Odd Future 's Hodgy Beats and Domo Genesis have collaborated once again, this time under the moniker "MellowHigh" -- not to be confused with Hodgy's other project with Left Brain , "MellowHype." Yesterday (April 16), the duo dropped "Timbs," a short…

  17. Jason Mraz, 'Love Is a Four Letter Word': Video Track-By-Track

    April 16, 2012 1:10 PM EDT The universal message that led to 6. "Everything Is Sound" "'Everything Is Sound' is a song simply about the joy of singing and how in my experience in life, or my perspective in life, is about vibrating at a high frequency. If you look at the world through a…

  18. Album Review: Justin Townes Earle, 'Nothing's Gonna Change...'

    March 30, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Justin Townes Earle Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now Producers: Justin Townes Earle, Skylar Wilson Bloodshot Records Release Date: March 26 Justin Townes Earle has always put a lot of soul into his music (when Steve Earle's your dad, can you do otherwise?), but…

  19. T-Pain Talks Struggle & Stardom on VH1 'Behind the Music' Episode

    March 29, 2012 11:55 AM EDT T-Pain 's way to the top wasn't easy. The Tallahassee, FL singer-songwriter, producer and rapper had to prove naysayers wrong since childhood. On tonight's (Thursday, March 29) episode of VH1's "Behind the Music," T-Pain opens up about his struggle to stardom. …

  20. Marilyn Manson & Johnny Depp Cover 'You're So Vain'

    March 20, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Industrial rocker Marilyn Manson and Hollywood icon Johnny Depp have teamed up to collaborate on a cover of Carly Simon 's iconic kiss-off song, "You're So Vain." Though the collaboration seems like a shock to most, they've been pals for quite some time: Manson…

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