1. Dick Clark, American Music Icon, Dead at 82

    April 18, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the year-end countdown from Times Square on …

  2. 'American Idol' Recap: Oh Yes It's '80s Night

    April 05, 2012 10:15 AM EDT It was '80s Night on Wednesday's "American Idol," and for the most part, the remaining eight finalists paid solid tribute to the decade of decadence, tapered jeans and big hair. Among the highlights: Jessica Sanchez covering Whitney Houston (again) on "How Will I Know…

  3. John Fogerty Teams With Foo Fighters, Country Stars for New Album

    April 03, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban Among Contributors to 'Wrote a Song for Everyone,' Due This Fall For his next album, John Fogerty is gathering some of the biggest names in country and rock to record his iconic songs. The Creedence Clearwater Revival legend announced on Tuesday the fall…

  4. All-American Rejects Singer Escapes L.A.: 'It Was Destructive'

    March 27, 2012 1:15 PM EDT "Kids in the Street," the All-American Rejects' new album, is the result of frontman Tyson Ritter's "lost weekend" that led him "far out in every aspect to make this record." "Self-discovery is such an important thing," Ritter tells Billboard…

  5. Action Bronson, Party Supplies Team With Reebok for Free Mixtape

    March 12, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Fresh from a trip down to Miami, breakout MC Action Bronson is quick with the cuisine jokes: despite sampling a few burgers and wines at the Food Network's South Beach Wine and Food Festival, the classically trained former chef maintains his signature version would've trumped all. …

  6. Andrew Bird Turns Low-Pressure Barn Recording Into New Album 'Break It Yourself'

    March 06, 2012 2:30 PM EST For his entire career, Andrew Bird has been an enigma -- a round piece unable to fit into any square genre, his music a gentle swirl of folk, pop and even classical, all of it sounding unlike most everything else. Andrew Bird or Birdman? The Lyrics Quiz And that's why he's succeeded…

  7. 'American Idol': Meet Your Top 13 Singers

    March 02, 2012 10:00 AM EST Following two nights of performances from the male and female semi-finalists, "American Idol" returned Thursday night (March 1) to whittle the number of contestants down to 13. A few of the singers still standing may surprise you. That said, most won't. Though it was a night of…

  8. Whitney Houston Re-Enters Top 10 on Billboard 200

    February 14, 2012 9:18 PM EST Following Her Death, Singer Also Surges on Digital Songs Chart Following the death of Whitney Houston on Saturday, Feb. 11, the diva's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" album re-enters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 6. It sold 64,000 copies in the U.S. (according to Nielsen…

  9. Megaupload Shut Down by U.S. Prosecutors; Kim Dotcom, Three Others Arrested

    January 19, 2012 3:55 PM EST MegaUpload, one of the world's largest file-sharing sites, was shut down Thursday (Jan. 19), and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said. An indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costing copyright holders more than $500…

  10. Ask Billboard: Are Chart Rule Changes Needed? Readers Respond

    December 31, 2011 9:05 AM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. The last "Ask…

  11. Darren Criss Plays Secret Show in NYC

    December 19, 2011 12:15 PM EST In Town for Broadway Run, 'Glee' Star Performs at Benefit Events, Forgets Lyrics Ever since Darren Criss surged into public consciousness last year on "Glee," the actor-musician-composer hasn't done much in half-measures, and his arrival in New York for a run in the…

  12. Trey Songz Cuts an EP, Films 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' & Preps For Tour

    December 04, 2011 10:00 AM EST If Trey Songz ' latest video was your first introduction to the seductive R&B singer, you might think he was an entirely different type of artist. Made for the delicate ballad "Top of the World," from his recent five-song EP "Inevitable" (which arrived Nov. 25 on…

  13. Elvis Costello Tells Fans to 'Steal' Pricey Box Set

    November 29, 2011 5:20 PM EST In a move that no doubt has the Hip-O Record label (a subsidiary of Universal Music Group) in an uproar, Elvis Costello has advised his fans in an official blog post not to buy his forthcoming box set, "The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook," due December 6. Instead, he…

  14. Kanye West and Jay-Z Kick off 'Watch the Throne' Tour in ATL: Watch

    October 31, 2011 11:50 AM EDT On Friday (Oct. 28), Kanye West and Jay-Z kicked off their "Watch the Throne" tour in Atlanta, GA. The Throne opened both consecutive nights in Atlanta (Oct. 28 and Oct. 29) with songs from their collaborative Billboard 200 No. 1 album, "Watch the Throne," such as "H…

  15. Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson to Celebrate Soul For 'VH1 Divas'

    October 27, 2011 8:19 PM EDT VH1 announced a pretty impressive roster of artists for VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul airing Monday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m. This year's performers are Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, and Jessie J with The Roots serving as the house band. The…

  16. Paul McCartney Weds Nancy Shevell in London Ceremony

    October 09, 2011 7:20 PM EDT A hint of autumnal Beatlemania was in the air Sunday as Paul McCartney , for the second time in his improbable life, climbed the steps of venerable Old Marylebone Town Hall to take himself a bride. True, thousands of heartbroken female fans crowded the columned building in 1969 when he…

  17. Bragging? Not in Tony Bennett's Repertoire at London Concert

    October 04, 2011 12:40 PM EDT Most artists playing a show in the week of their No. 1 album triumph would shout their achievements from the stage. Some might play it down a little. Surely only Tony Bennett would not mention it at all. The record-breaking octogenarian is not just the king of the charts with his "Duets…

  18. Facebook Music: The New Social Connectivity

    September 23, 2011 1:30 PM EDT It's a generally accepted fact that Apple saved the music business. In the '00s with the iPod, iTunes and a fierce vision for a new way to experience music, Apple created a sensational alternative to illegal services and inferior legal ones. Music would never be the same. But times…

  19. Lady Gaga, Bono Playing Hollywood Bowl to Honor Bill Clinton Foundation

    September 13, 2011 10:40 AM EDT Pop giants Lady Gaga , Bono of U2 , and Usher have been called on to celebrate the tenth anniversary of former President Bill Clinton's namesake organization, which has made vast contributions to various charities over the years. The big three will share the stage of Los Angeles'…

  20. Adele Brings A Ballad Back To The Hot 100 Summit

    September 09, 2011 12:05 PM EDT H ey Gary, Remember when you said in a recent "Ask Billboard" column that a ballad likely wouldn't hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 anytime soon? I think that with "Someone Like You" reaching the top , Adele has proven that an artist can still rule the chart with a…

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