1. 3BallMTY, Gerardo Ortiz Dominate Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    October 18, 2012 10:55 PM EDT Young talent and a bold new musical trend dominated the second annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards, with 3BallMTY, the edgy tribal music troupe, winning nine awards, including New Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year, Duo or Group; Song Artist of the Year and Digital Download Artist of…

  2. Ke$ha's 'Warrior': The Billboard Cover Story

    October 15, 2012 11:00 AM EDT When Ke$ha burst onto the scene in 2009 -- rapping through an Auto-Tune filter about brushing her teeth with whiskey and boys trying to "touch [her] junk" -- the then-22-year-old quickly positioned herself as pop's resident troublemaker and made the charts her home. In sales…

  3. Christina, Taylor, Ke$ha, Rihanna: Whose New Single Is Best?

    September 28, 2012 3:40 PM EDT Vote now Over the past two weeks, a handful of the biggest female pop stars in the world have previewed their forthcoming albums with winning, radio-ready singles. Christina Aguilera , Taylor Swift , Ke$ha and Rihanna all have new songs with their own individual charms -- but which new single…

  4. Rihanna Shines Bright Like 'Diamonds' on New Single: Listen

    September 26, 2012 11:10 AM EDT Rihanna has unveiled the first taste of her forthcoming seventh album: empowering new single "Diamonds" premiered online on Wednesday (Sept. 26), before the still-untitled disc drops before the end of 2012. Continuing the mineral motif after shouting out "yellow diamonds"…

  5. Ke$ha Debuts 'Die Young' Single: Listen

    September 25, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Electro-pop maven Ke$ha returns with her new single, the abandon-free "Die Young," which was released on Tuesday (Sept. 25) and previews sophomore album "Warrior," out Dec. 4 on RCA Records. The new single sees the 25-year-old returning to the formula of her past hits:…

  6. Rihanna Announces 'Diamonds' Single

    September 24, 2012 1:15 PM EDT New album due out before the end of 2012. Following reports earlier this month that Rihanna would be releasing a new album -- her seventh full-length -- in November, the pop superstar has confirmed that the upcoming disc's lead single, "Diamonds," will be unveiled on Wednesday …

  7. Ke$ha Returns: 'Warrior' Attacks Stores in December

    September 19, 2012 5:20 PM EDT New single 'Die Young' will impact radio on September 25. Ke$ha will at long last release "Warrior," the follow-up to her hit debut "Animal" (and stopgap EP "Cannibal"), on Dec. 4 through RCA Records. The title, release date and glitter-tastic album…

  8. Billboard Mexican Music Awards: 3BallMTY, Gerardo Ortiz Lead Finalists

    September 11, 2012 9:30 AM EDT A trio of young acts that espouse different, bold sounds dominates the list of finalists for the second annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on Telemundo Oct. 18. Presented by State Farm, the Billboard Mexican Music…

  9. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  10. Exclusive: Sean Paul Sets 'Tomahawk Technique' U.S. Release Date

    August 13, 2012 1:40 PM EDT 'It is, in certain terms, like a rebirth,' the dancehall star says of the new disc. "Tomahawk Technique," Sean Paul 's fifth studio album, is finally hitting U.S. stores on Sept. 18 through VP/Atlantic, the Jamaican dancehall star tells Billboard.com. The disc has…

  11. Ke$ha 'Really Close' to Finishing Album

    August 03, 2012 5:00 PM EDT "You're going to hear an artist that's evolving, but it's Ke$ha. She's no choir girl yet" -- Dr. Luke What should we expect from Ke$ha 's next album? "I think Ke$ha would answer that as 'awesomeness," Dr. Luke, who's executive producing…

  12. Maroon 5 Already Working on 'Overexposed' Follow-Up

    July 05, 2012 10:55 AM EDT 'We're more focused than we've ever been,' says guitarist James Valentine Though it's only two singles into the campaign, the highly collaborative experience of making its new album, "Overexposed," has Maroon 5 chomping at the bit to make its next album…

  13. Maroon 5, 'Overexposed': Track-By-Track Review

    June 26, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Maroon 5 are barely the same band that first hit radio waves with debut single "Harder to Breathe" a decade ago. The song is still a staple of their live show, but its alt-rock licks are a far cry from the direction the band has taken since hitting pop's big leagues. In 2012,…

  14. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  15. Lil Kim Brings Out Missy Elliott, Eve For NYC Show

    May 19, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Last night (May 18), Lil' Kim brought her "Return of the Queen" tour to Bronx's Paradise Theater for a comeback show that promised surprise guests as well as billed opening acts Saigon , Papoose , Cassidy and Shyheim. Her rolodex still runs deep, with rappers including…

  16. Adam Lambert Takes Control With 'Trespassing'

    May 11, 2012 2:25 PM EDT Dr. Luke. Bruno Mars. Pharrell Williams. These are just a few of the hitmakers who appear in the production and songwriter credits of Adam Lambert's sophomore album, "Trespassing." But it's not the impressive roster of collaborators that makes the boldest statement in the…

  17. Track Review: Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, 'Payphone'

    May 04, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Maroon 5 ­featuring Wiz Khalifa "Payphone" (3:51) Producers: Shellback, Benny Blanco Writers: various Publishers: various A&M/Octone "Payphone" confirms what 2011 smash "Moves Like Jagger" hinted at: Maroon 5 is now the Adam Levine show. Though all members…

  18. B.o.B Talks 'Strange Clouds' Album & Sponsorship Deals

    April 30, 2012 9:00 AM EDT For his sophomore album, "Strange Clouds," B.o.B hopes to take his corporate connections sky high. Photos: A Day in the Life B.o.B Following the success of his 2010 gold-certified debut, "B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray," the Decatur, Ga., native looked for…

  19. Wiz Khalifa Shares 'Work Hard Play Hard' Single: Listen

    April 23, 2012 8:00 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has revealed "Work Hard Play Hard," the lead single from his upcoming sophomore album. Stargate and Benny Blanco produced the track, which finds Khalifa dropping a hard flow before a synthesizer-aided pop chorus. "Go hard/Make sure you do whatever it is that you…

  20. Track Review: Trey Songz, 'Heart Attack'

    April 12, 2012 8:30 AM EDT TREY SONGZ "Heart Attack" (3:55) Producers: Benny Blanco, Rico Love Writers: B. Levin, R. Love, T. Neverson Publishers: various Atlantic Records On the first single off his upcoming "Chapter V" album, Trey Songz steps away from the party and enters an 8-bit world of…

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