1. Katy Perry: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 23, 2010 1:29 PM EDT K aty Perry is dangerously close to falling. Not because she's launching herself into the air with a harness like Pink, or clomping through a Heathrow terminal in a dozen-inch platforms, like Lady Gaga. This pop star's potential collapse is due to an unfortunate combination of sand,…

  2. 10 Buzz Bands To Watch

    July 13, 2010 11:58 AM EDT These ten artists are rising stars doing their own thing who ready to burst into wider public consciousness this year. Read, listen, rock out. Wavves Latest Album: 'King of the Beach' After breaking out last spring with its eponymous sophomore album, Nathan Williams and his noise…

  3. Taio Cruz, "Dynamite"

    July 09, 2010 5:53 PM EDT On his first single, "Break Your Heart," Taio Cruz made his plan to love and leave explicit from the beginning, his smooth vocals enabling him to get away with such an admission. The U.K. singer is equally clear about his intentions on "Dynamite": Here, the goal is to…

  4. 'California Gurls' Is Undeniable: Song Sets Pop Songs Record

    June 28, 2010 12:19 PM EDT A week after reaching the chart's summit, Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , rewrites the mark for most weekly plays in the 17-year history of Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart. "California Gurls" logged 11,816 plays among the…

  5. Duke Grad Mike Posner Heats Up The Charts

    June 25, 2010 12:24 PM EDT Before Mike Posner graduated from Duke University in May with a 3.6 GPA and a degree in sociology, he had already locked in something many college seniors covet: a job. Great news, especially in this roiling economy. But some might not consider Posner's real-world job-as a singer…

  6. Pitbull Plots U.S. Tour

    April 09, 2010 11:19 AM EDT P itbull and AEG Live will bring his "Mr. Worldwide's Carnaval" tour to 19 cities in the U.S. this summer, in what will be the bilingual rapper's biggest domestic tour to date. The U.S. tour starts May 25 at Denver's 1stBank Center and wraps June 27 at Chicago's…

  7. Ke$ha: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 19, 2010 3:00 PM EST If you want insight into a celebrity's self-image, you could do worse than watch one make the brief walk from the star's chosen chariot to the red carpet prior to an awards show. The frenzied VIP drop-off area at the 2010 Grammy Awards reveals more than any klieg-light TV interview…

  8. Ke$ha Leads Hot 100 Again With 'TiK ToK'

    January 14, 2010 11:12 AM EST A s previously reported , Ke$ha maintains her standing atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth straight week with "TiK ToK," while fellow "Animal" album cut "Blah Blah Blah," featuring 3OH!3 , is the chart's Hot Shot Debut at No. 7. "Blah" is one…

  9. Breaking & Entering: Ke$ha

    November 25, 2009 1:23 PM EST Kesha Sebert, the singer/songwriter better known as Ke$ha, is a class act. She has a dollar sign tattoo on her hand, inked over the spot of skin where she licks salt before slamming tequila shots; she recounts being trapped in a hotel elevator that she says went haywire after she provoked …

  10. Mike Posner: All Pop, No Guilt

    October 28, 2009 4:05 PM EDT Back in January, Duke University student and Detroit native Mike Posner -- who's spent the last five years writing and producing for other artists -- made the impulsive decision to hole up in his bedroom and finish up a mixtape. "Somewhere along the way I realized that the stuff I…

  11. Priscilla Renea Prepares 'Jukebox' Debut

    October 16, 2009 4:25 PM EDT The saying goes: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. With over 50 fans posting videos of themselves singing along to singer/songwriter Priscilla Renea's original tracks on Youtube, the newcomer already knows the feeling. It all started in Vero Beach, Florida, where Renea would…

  12. Lil Jon Going Global With 'Crunk Rock'

    September 10, 2009 12:31 PM EDT L il Jon is acutely aware that he has kept fans waiting five years for "Crunk Rock," the followup to his 2004 album, "Crunk Juice." But now that the release is finally close to seeing the light of day, he is promising to pull out all the stops. "This album has all the…

  13. Pitbull Ready For A 'Rebelution'

    August 14, 2009 6:11 PM EDT Last year, the once mighty TVT Records filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and eventually shut its doors, leaving a number of artists in limbo. But for Miami rapper Pitbull , who signed to TVT in 2004 and released four albums on the label, the turn of events provided an opportunity to break free…

  14. Shakira / Aug. 27, 2006 / Toronto (Air Canada Centre)

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Although she made inroads with North American audiences on her last tour, it appears Shakira has taken that all-important step from the medium-sized stage to the big time in the region. Although she made inroads with North American audiences on her last tour, it appears Shakira has taken that…

  15. Usher Helps Clean Up New Orleans

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Five-time Grammy winning R&B artist Usher pulled on some work gloves, grabbed a pair of trimmers and chopped away at a patch of vines that had overtaken a fence at a New Orleans school shuttered b Five-time Grammy winning R&B artist Usher pulled on some work gloves, grabbed a pair of…

  16. Ancestral Connection Inspires deSol

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jersey-hailing Latin-American act seeks its roots "My mother's in the kitchen cookin' up a pot of rice and beans/...Then her favorite song would come on the radio/Soon she'd start dancing/The way the ladies do in the old country." Queens by-way-of-New Jersey native…

  17. Blanco y Negro: Bebo & Cigala En Vivo

    April 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cuban pianist Bebo ValdÉs and flamenco singer Diego "El Cigala" caused a revolution with 2003's "Lágrimas Negras," a best-selling album that fused Cuban son with flamenco vocals. Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés and flamenco singer Diego "El Cigala" caused a…

  18. Billboard Bits: Newman, Ezra, EBTG, Nobel Concert

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Randy Newman, Better Than Ezra, EBTG, Nobel Concert Randy Newman has written two new songs for the soundtrack to the upcoming film "Meet the Fockers." In addition to composing the score for the set, due Jan. 11 via Varese Sarabande, the 2000 Billboard Century Award winner…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the influence of Indian music, the Dixie Chicks controversy, and songs covered by international artists with readers. SENSING A CONNECTION Fred, Sean Paul blasts his way toward the top of Billboard's Hot 100 with his Diwali-influenced "Get Busy." Diwali…

  20. 2003 Tejano Music Awards Nominees

    March 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Tejano Music Awards Nominees SONG OF THE YEAR "El Dolor de tu Presencia," Jennifer Pena "Quiero Ser Viejo," Jay Perez "Suena," Intocable "Vanidosa," Bobby Pulido "Yo Te Voy a Amar," Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz MOST PROMISING BAND OF THE…

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