1. Girls' Generation Drop 'Dancing Queen,' Set Date for Album Release

    December 21, 2012 11:50 AM EST Girls' Generation spent 2012 focused on the U.S. and Japan (including earning a Japan Hot 100 No. 1 single), but the ladies are wasting absolutely no time coming back to their home country in 2013. Their new album, "I GOT A BOY," will be released just as the new year starts on…

  2. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 21, 2012 11:05 AM EST Taylor Swift broke a longstanding record on Country Songs, as did Lil Wayne on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, new artists continued to break through. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. Yesterday, we heralded…

  3. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Hits 1 Billion Views on YouTube

    December 21, 2012 10:20 AM EST Becomes First Single Video on the Internet to Reach 1B Milestone PSYs "Gangnam Style" has just become the first video in the history of the Internet to surpass one billion views.   At some point in the 10 o'clock hour ET on Friday (Dec. 21), PSY's mega-hit reached this…

  4. Adele Named AP Entertainer of the Year

    December 20, 2012 10:10 AM EST Though Adele didn't have a new album or a worldwide tour in 2012, she's still rolling. After a year of Grammy glory and James Bond soundtracking, Adele has been voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year. In 132 ballots submitted by members and subscribers of the AP, Adele…

  5. Top 20 Music Moments of 2012: Whitney, PSY, Pussy Riot & More

    December 19, 2012 6:55 PM EST Chart Article   It was the best of times - Taylor Swift, One Direction and PSY had their best year ever. It was the worst of times - the world lost Whitney Houston, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, and Jenni Rivera. But 2012 was anything but a slow news year. These are the 20 biggest music moments in…

  6. Bruno Mars Has Top Hot 100 Spot 'Locked' Up Again

    December 19, 2012 12:40 PM EST Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" spends a second week at No. 1. The lead single from his sophomore album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," which bows at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 192,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, holds…

  7. Bruno Mars Debuts at No. 2 as Taylor Swift's 'Red' Still Rules

    December 19, 2012 11:00 AM EST The debut of "Unorthodox Jukebox" gives Bruno his best sales week ever. Taylor Swift continues to rule the roost on the Billboard 200 albums chart as "Red" stays steady at No. 1 with 208,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 25%). It's the Big Machine album'…

  8. Madonna Rules Billboard.com's Readers Poll 2012

    December 18, 2012 4:15 PM EST Once Billboard.com readers weighed in on their favorite artists, songs and albums of the year, Madonna emerged as the 2012 MVP and came out on top in four other categories. One year after pop divas like Britney Spears, Adele and Lady Gaga ruled the 2011 Billboard.com Readers' Poll ,…

  9. DJ Earworm's 'United State of Pop 2012': Watch Official Video

    December 18, 2012 4:05 PM EST The sixth installment of DJ Earworm's "United State of Pop" series, which mashes up 25 of the year's biggest pop smashes into one bite-sized single, unveiled its official music video on Tuesday (Dec. 18) after a version of the song hit the web earlier this week. Dubbed …

  10. 'Gangnam Style' Leads YouTube's Top Trending Videos of 2012

    December 18, 2012 2:00 PM EST   While browsing videos on YouTube the past day you may have noticed that the site's icon in the upper lefthand corner has been taken over by a .gif of PSY and his all too familiar dance. Following this link reveals "YouTube in Rewind 2012," a playlist featuring the year's…

  11. Best Songs of 2012: Watch Katy Perry, One Direction & More Pick Favorites

    December 18, 2012 11:25 AM EST The end of 2012 is fast approaching, and stars from different genres -- pop, hip-hop, country and more -- spoke to Billboard, revealing their favorite songs of the year. Fun.'s "Some Nights" was the clear frontrunner, with Andy Grammer, Owl City's Adam Young and The White…

  12. One Direction's Right Direction: The Billboard Cover Story

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST As 2012 dawned, few American adults outside the most dedicated of Anglophiles knew much, if anything, about One Direction . In part, that's because the kind of boy-band pop One Direction had already turned into 2011's fastest-selling debut album in the United Kingdom (aided by the…

  13. The Best of 2012: The Year In Music

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Chart Article _ _ Chart Article _ _ Gone But Not Forgotten These huge talents passed away this year, but they'll always be remembered. _ Music Photos of the Year Gaga kissed the mayor, Bieber met Oprah and over 100 more great images. _ The Top 20 Music Moments of 2012 From Whitney to PSY…

  14. Justin Bieber Murder Plot Uncovered by Police: Report

    December 13, 2012 7:43 AM EST A bizarre and gruesome murder plot targeting Justin Bieber has been unraveled by police, KRQE-TV reports . Two would-be hit men from Albuquerque, N.M. -- Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane -- had plans to stalk and kill the singer while he visited New York for a sold-out concert at…

  15. Whitney Houston, PSY Top Google's 2012 Trends

    December 12, 2012 9:42 PM EST The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver. Whitney Houston was the "top trending" search of the year,…

  16. Justin Bieber, PSY Join 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' Lineup

    December 12, 2012 3:00 PM EST Ryan Seacrest's New Year's Eve celebration is shoring up its slate. Justin Bieber has been added to the west coast party lineup on the ABC telecast, "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," while "Gangnam Style" star PSY will take the stage in Times…

  17. Bruno Mars Makes 'Heaven'-ly Ascent To No. 1 On Hot 100

    December 12, 2012 12:45 PM EST The singer ups his total to four Hot 100 leaders faster than any solo male in 48 years. Plus, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj 'Beat' a path to the top 10. Bruno Mars bounds to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" rises 2-1 in its 10th week on the chart…

  18. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Back at No. 1, Wiz Khalifa and Ke$ha Debut Top 10

    December 12, 2012 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift heads back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as her "Red" set steps 2-1 with 167,000 (up 22%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week's leader, Alicia Keys ' "Girl On Fire," falls to No. 7 with 77,000 (down 52%). This is "…

  19. One Direction Rivals Obama on Facebook Year in Review Lists

    December 12, 2012 7:00 AM EST Boy band among the top public figures on the social network over the past 12 months. It's that time of year again, when there is a collective urge to reflect on the whirlwind of events that shaped the past 12 months before we salute the New Year. On Wednesday (Dec. 12), Facebook joined…

  20. PSY Apologizes for 'Inflammatory' Lyrics Against U.S. Military

    December 07, 2012 5:55 PM EST His video is the most watched in YouTube history and in a short few months he's risen to household-name status in America, but a decade before PSY unleashed "Gangnam Style" he was known for his fiery opposition to the Iraq War and the U.S. military's presence in Korea. PSY…

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