1. St. Lucia Talks Debut Album, Opening for Ellie Goulding

    January 30, 2013 3:55 PM EST The New York-by-way-of-Johannesburg artist has already scored a hit in South Africa. Jean-Philip Grobler, the mastermind behind rising synth-pop act St. Lucia, hasn't released a full album yet, but he's already topping artists like Taylor Swift and the Lumineers halfway around the…

  2. Beyonce's 'Crazy' Super Bowl Setlist: Report

    January 24, 2013 9:13 PM EST With Beyonce's Super Bowl appearance just days away, songs from the superstar's potential set list were revealed on Thursday. According to Us Weekly, Beyonce will open the half time show with "Crazy in Love," her solo debut single. Halfway through the performance, she'…

  3. Muse Brings Laser Light Extravaganza to Staples Center

    January 24, 2013 11:35 AM EST The lights dimmed around 8:20pm, an orchestral intro commenced, and red spotlights began flashing around the multi-level stage, as Muse officially kicked off the first of their three-night stint in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (Jan. 23) at the Staples Center. Fans cheered as Chris…

  4. Brantley Gilbert Says 'I Do' to Future Songs With Jana Kramer

    January 23, 2013 10:15 AM EST Newly engaged couple has written together ... Singer also talks ACM nods, Tim McGraw tour and his cameo on "Nashville" Country stars Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer got engaged over the weekend in Nashville. The "Country Must Be Country Wide" singer tells Billboard that…

  5. Big Day Out Bounces Back With Killers, Chili Peppers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    January 21, 2013 2:45 PM EST With its disastrous 2012 trek now a dusty memory, the Big Day Out and its huge U.S. artist contingent rumbled into the Gold Coast on Sunday, where the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Killers, Animal Collective and the Bloody Beetroots filled it up.   The Chili Peppers are veterans of…

  6. Brantley Gilbert Ready to Rock on Third Album

    January 09, 2013 1:00 PM EST Country star is nine songs into a followup to 2010's 'Halfway to Heaven' With two No. 1, gold-certified singles and a gold album under his belt buckle, Brantley Gilbert promises he'll be coming out "rockin'" on his third album, which he's started…

  7. Tate Stevens Wins 'The X Factor' and $5 Million Contract

    December 20, 2012 10:20 PM EST Country Singer Tops Carly Rose Sonenclar: "This is the best day of my life" In recent weeks, the balance of power on "The X Factor" shifted, moving from country hopeful Tate Stevens to budding teen star Carly Rose Sonenclar. On Thursday night's "X Factor"…

  8. T.I.: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 26, 2012 1:00 PM EST "People keep expecting me to fail. I'm going to continue to be huge." Inside the making of T.I.'s "Trouble Man." On Aug. 31, 2011, Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. walked out of Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Forrest City, a low-security federal…

  9. R. Kelly Brings the 'Single Ladies' Tour to NYC

    November 24, 2012 8:00 AM EST From sweaty grinding to sweet gospel, on Wednesday night (Nov. 21), R. Kelly , born Robert Sylvester Kelly, brought his 'Single Ladies' tour to The Theater at Madison Square Garden. "The King of R&B" moniker is important to note, as R. Kelly seemed determined to flaunt…

  10. Backstreet Boys Are 'Halfway There' to First Indie Album

    November 19, 2012 11:50 AM EST With Kevin Richardson back in the fold, the guys work with "young cats" like the Fliptones on their next album Just in time to celebrate their 20th anniversary next year, a clearly revived Backstreet Boys say a new album is more than halfway done. The quintet, which is again at full…

  11. Rihanna's 777 Tour Diary: Day Four, Paris

    November 18, 2012 3:50 PM EST Rihanna as Flat Stanley?, four hours sleep, and more as Riri rocks France. Billboard is along for the ride on Rihanna 's 777 Tour, a dizzying seven-day trip around the globe that will bring the "Diamonds" hit-maker to smaller-than-usual venues in Mexico City (Nov. 14th) ,…

  12. Soundgarden Kings NYC Club On 'Animal' Album Release Day

    November 14, 2012 2:55 PM EST Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell thanked folks crammed into New York club Irving Plaza last night (Nov. 13) for attending the "record release party" for "King Animal," out yesterday. But from behind those simple words came a lot of power and a lot of history as the…

  13. Rolling Stones Q&A: 'This Juggernaut Is Almost Unstoppable'

    November 09, 2012 8:00 AM EST Mick, Keith Talk Reunion Shows, Arm-and-a-Leg Tickets and Plans for '13 The first floor of London's Dorchester Hotel is crowded with security men, management staff and press assistants, all moving between various suites. Little sensing the comedy value, they dart through one door…

  14. Beyonce's Super Bowl Announcement Spurs Social 50 Rise

    October 26, 2012 3:35 PM EDT As this year's NFL season nears its halfway mark, Beyonce announces her own 'Countdown to Touchdown.' During the charting week, the pop star announced via her website that she'll be performing the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII, spurring a jump in her Social 50 ranking.…

  15. PSY's 'Gangnam Style': The Billboard Cover Story

    October 26, 2012 2:30 PM EDT How the K-Pop Breakout Star Harnessed the Power of YouTube, SNL and More to Become Music's New Global Brand On the afternoon of Aug. 15, Korean rapper PSY and the overseas business manager from his record label, YG Entertainment, arrived in Los Angeles after a 13-hour flight from Seoul.…

  16. Kendrick Lamar, 'good kid, m.A.A.d city': Track-By-Track Review

    October 22, 2012 4:00 PM EDT In a state of hip-hop, where a large sum of rap is inflamed with made-strictly-for-wax, boastful raps of a luxurious lifestyle, Kendrick Lamar stands out for quite the opposite. The West Coast rapper's major-label debut studio album, "good kid, M.A.A.D. city" (Top Dawg…

  17. Alicia Keys Previews 'Girl on Fire' Songs at NYC Show

    October 16, 2012 1:05 PM EDT With fifth studio album "Girl on Fire" hitting stores in a little over a month, Alicia Keys previewed new material and revisited her biggest hits in her hometown during a packed, deafeningly loud concert at Avery Fisher Hall at New York's Lincoln Center on Monday night (Oct. 15…

  18. Jay-Z Brings Out Beyonce, Rides Subway To Final Barclays Show: Video

    October 08, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Just another day commuting to work for Jay-Z . Celebrities: They're just like us! The Bed-Stuy native surprised city train-riders Saturday night (Oct. 8) when he was spotted entering the Canal Street station around 6 pm. Flanked by plainclothes police officers and his own security team,…

  19. Brantley Gilbert: Topping 'Halfway to Heaven' Will Be Tough

    October 05, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Brantley Gilbert wondered what all the commotion was about on the morning of September 5. His phone has started going crazy, as people were calling to congratulate him on being named a New Artist of the Year finalist by the Country Music Association. "I had been so busy out on the road,…

  20. iHeartRadio 2012: Pink, Pitbull and Prince Own Closing Night

    September 23, 2012 10:30 PM EDT "I haven't sung some of these songs in awhile… I've been busy," said P!nk , several songs into her opening set on the second and final night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas Saturday. The singer was referencing her newfound mommyhood, having given birth to…

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