1. Chart Beat Thursday: Justin Bieber, 'Glee,' Shakira

    June 17, 2010 6:55 PM EDT 'KID' STUFF: It's understandable if Justin Bieber is feeling old. On "Never Say Never," which enters the Billboard Hot 100 as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 33, the 16-year-old shares the mic with featured artist Jaden Smith, who won't turn 12 until July 8. The song…

  2. Crystal Bowersox Gets 'Idol' Homecoming in Ohio

    May 14, 2010 2:26 PM EDT The last time Crystal Bowersox appeared on stage near her hometown, she was singing to empty bar stools and playing for tips. Those days are over. Thousands lined streets and packed into a square on Friday waiting to see the bluesy, dreadlocked singer as she made a hero's visit to her…

  3. Diddy New Manager Of Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross?

    April 15, 2010 6:03 PM EDT Diddy may be busy trying to get his oft-delayed Dirty Money project, "Last Train To Paris," off the ground, but that hasn't stopped the ambitious mogul from making other prominent career moves. A source close to the entrepreneur/rapper has confirmed to Billboard.com that Diddy…

  4. Carrie Underwood, "Temporary Home"

    January 19, 2010 2:38 PM EST The second single from Carrie Underwood 's chart-topping new album, "Play On," finds the gifted artist switching gears from her feisty previous single to this poignant, finely crafted ballad. Underwood co-wrote the song with Luke Laird and Zac Maloy, and each verse profiles…

  5. Justin Bieber's 'World' Centers On Young Love

    November 11, 2009 12:12 PM EST A year ago, Justin Bieber was a kid from Toronto who had a gift for singing sweet-natured covers of Usher hits, a penchant for playing the drums and a resourceful mother who posted clips of him on YouTube. Today, Bieber could be the biggest tween heartthrob in music. After signing with Island…

  6. Gene Simmons: The Billboard Kiss Cover

    October 07, 2009 4:40 PM EDT It would be hard to come up with a more prominent rock'n'roll bassist than Gene Simmons of Kiss . The Kiss co-founder, reality TV star and entrepreneur has his fingerprints on virtually all segments of the music industry. Born Chaim Witz in 1949 in Haifa, Israel, and the only child…

  7. Juanes Playing For Peace In Havana

    September 18, 2009 8:17 AM EDT Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes'explain why. IT'S TIME TO CHANGE HATE FOR LOVE By Juanes As a Colombian born in 1972, I've never experienced life in a peaceful country -- not for a single day, hour or minute. Today's world is a disaster. We have as many problems as…

  8. Chart Beat: Darius Rucker, Mariah Carey, Wilco

    August 05, 2009 4:29 PM EDT THREE'S COMPANY: On the Country Songs chart, Darius Rucker becomes the the first act in nearly 17 years to top the chart with their first three format singles, and the fourth act in the past 20 years to do so. Rucker's "Alright" ascends to the top this week, following his…

  9. Michael Jackson Superfans Share Their Stories

    July 01, 2009 11:06 AM EDT Michael Jackson, like perhaps only Elvis Presley before him, was a pop icon who inspired a deep, emotional connection with his fans around the world. As a musician, singer, songwriter, dancer, humanitarian and celebrity, he occupied a rare place in the hearts and minds of millions. For some,…

  10. UPDATED: Michael Jackson Mourned By Friends, Fans, Fellow Musicians

    June 26, 2009 11:34 AM EDT Friends, music luminaries and fans from around the world and around the web reacted to the news of Michael Jackson's death on June 25 with thoughts on his life and legacy. "I can't stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of…

  11. Chart Beat: Paula Abdul, 'Epiphany', Frank Sinatra and more!

    May 14, 2009 4:07 PM EDT HEY PAULA (AND DAUGHTRY AND MICHAEL): Twenty years ago this week, Paula Abdul moved into the Billboard Hot 100 penthouse with her second No. 1, "Forever Your Girl." (Her first, "Straight Up," held on for a final frame at No. 90). Fast-forwarding to the present, only one…

  12. Bon Jovi Helps Boost Jazz Fest Attendance

    May 11, 2009 6:43 AM EDT The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival drew more than 400,000 this year, up from the approximately 375,000 reported last year, according to festival producers. The event’s final Saturday (May 2) drew a crowd of 90,000. Jazzfest was held April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. "Bon Jovi'…

  13. Neko Case / April 13, 2009 / New York City (Nokia Theatre)

    April 15, 2009 7:06 PM EDT What used to be a telling sign of Neko Case’s rise in stature was not necessarily how well her albums were doing. Instead, her success could be charted in a different way: the rise in cat calls from her male audience over the years. It was somewhat awkward to hear perfectly grown men shout…

  14. Metallica, Run-DMC Inducted Into Rock Hall Of Fame

    April 05, 2009 1:31 AM EDT Metallica shoved the mosh pit into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Heavy metal's heaviest hitters, whose menacing, monstrous sound has banged heads around the globe for decades, were inducted into rock's shrine on Saturday night, capping a star-studded ceremony that felt much more…

  15. New Neko Case Album Due In March

    December 02, 2008 11:04 AM EST Neko Case will follow up 2006's "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood," the best-selling album of her career, with "Middle Cyclone," due March 3 via Anti-. The 15-track collection boasts guest appearances from the Band's Garth Hudson, fellow Canadian singer/songwriter…

  16. This Day in Music

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Michael Jackson proves that he's "Invincible" in the U.K. as his Epic album "Invincible" goes straight to the top of the country's album chart, earning him his seventh British No. 1 album as a 2001 - Michael Jackson proves that he's "Invincible…

  17. Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and the Journey of a Generation

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Weller's look at King, Mitchell and Simon is half collective biography, half music-industry dish about three singer-songwriters who represented a generation of women on "a course of self-discovery, ch Vanity Fair and Glamour contributor Sheila Weller ("Dancing at Ciro's: A…

  18. Radiohead Fans Up In Arms Over Virginia Concert

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead's rain-drenched May 11 sellout at Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., has resulted in an Internet-driven firestorm, with message boards and the blogosphere lighting up amid fan frustration. Radiohead's rain-drenched May 11 sellout at Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., has…

  19. Gospel Legend Dottie Rambo Dies In Bus Accident

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Joyce "Dottie" Rambo, an influential gospel singer and songwriter, died early yesterday (May 11) when her tour bus ran off the highway and struck an embankment. She was 74. Joyce "Dottie" Rambo, an influential gospel singer and songwriter, died early yesterday (May 11)…

  20. This Day in Music

    November 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Michael Jackson proves that he's "Invincible" in the U.K. as his Epic album "Invincible" goes straight to the top of the country's album chart, earning him his seventh British No. 1 album as a 2001 - Michael Jackson proves that he's "Invincible…

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