1. Phillip Phillips Scores Second AC No. 1

    August 26, 2013 11:05 AM EDT The 2012 'American Idol' champ becomes just the ninth male soloist to send his first two Adult Contemporary entries – 'Home' and 'Gone, Gone, Gone' – to the top Fittingly for a man with (almost) two identical names, Phillip Phillips joins an exclusive club…

  2. 'Breaking Bad' Character Playlist: 8 Songs For The Final Season

    August 09, 2013 2:30 PM EDT From Linkin Park to Taylor Swift, check out the tracks that capture the major characters on the AMC drama. On Sunday night (Aug. 11), AMC's "Breaking Bad" kicks off its final season, beginning the end of the road for the Emmy-winning drama about one likable man evolving…

  3. Former 'Idol' Elise Testone Looks Ahead to Debut Album 'In This Life'

    August 09, 2013 12:10 AM EDT "American Idol" alum Elise Testone makes her home in Charleston, South Carolina, but last week, she returned to her New Jersey roots to celebrate a special occasion: her 30th birthday. The season 11 finalist ushered in the milestone with friends, family and fans who packed into…

  4. MLB To Fete Aretha Franklin at ‘Beacon Awards’

    July 25, 2013 11:53 PM EDT Aretha Franklin and Bo Jackson will be honored at the 2013 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon next month. Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Franklin and Jackson will receive awards on Aug. 24 at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile before the annual Civil Rights Game. The White Sox…

  5. Jay Z, Beyonce Attend Trayvon Martin Rally in New York

    July 21, 2013 5:15 PM EDT A rally remembering Trayvon Martin was boosted by some star power Saturday (July 20). Jay Z and Beyoncé quietly attended a New York City protest of Stand your Ground laws, with MSNBC's Al Sharpton telling the crowd "two of the baddest artists of all time" were in…

  6. Ask Billboard: Any News On Britney Spears' New Album?

    July 16, 2013 11:15 AM EDT This week's mailbag looks at when we might expect Spears' next full-length, how big a radio hit Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' could be, Miley Cyrus' career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  7. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Tops Adult Pop Songs; Pearl Jam Returns

    July 15, 2013 5:50 PM EDT JT scores his first No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs with 'Mirrors.' Plus, Pearl Jam roars back with 'Mind Your Manners,' the first single from its album 'Lightning Bolt,' due Oct. 15 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  8. Chart Highlights: Robin Thicke 'Lines' Up At No. 1 On Pop Songs

    July 08, 2013 4:15 PM EDT At four weeks atop the Hot 100 and counting, Thicke scores his first Pop Songs chart leader. Plus, new No. 1s for Jennifer Lopez and La Arrolladora Banda el Limon Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  9. AC Slater, 'Out Here': First Listen and Exclusive Q&A

    July 02, 2013 2:04 PM EDT The Trouble & Bass DJ talks about the disappearance of mid-level clubs and exploding ticket prices. For the last five years, AC Slater has built a solid reputation as one fourth of eclectic Brooklyn DJ crew slash label Trouble & Bass along with Drop The Lime, Star Eyes, and The…

  10. Weekly Chart Notes: Lorde's 'Royals' Roars Onto Alternative Radio

    June 21, 2013 4:45 PM EDT The New Zealand singer/songwriter, just 16, makes the best start on Alternative Songs for a female soloist charting her debut hit in five years With the aptly-titled single "Royals," Lorde could be on her way to fitting chart domination. The 16-year-old New Zealander sends her…

  11. Craig Morgan Hypes New Single: 'It Will Be the Biggest Song of My Career'

    June 21, 2013 11:30 AM EDT “With this particular single, I’m confident that it will be the biggest song of my career.” There is something about the creative process, particularly when you feel you have something special. Craig Morgan can barely contain himself when he granted Billboard an exclusive interview…

  12. Sammy Kershaw Teams With 'Roots & Boots' Touring Partners for New Album

    June 18, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Sammy Kershaw remembers his first brush with stardom. The singer was a youngster when he was backstage at a show in Louisiana that he was opening for George Jones. Kershaw paints a vivid picture of the "Possum" walking in with a pair of baby blue cowboy boots that left an…

  13. The National Give Grateful Dead Tribute Album Update at Bonnaroo: Watch

    June 18, 2013 4:08 PM EDT "Dead Hot," featuring the indie rock group and special guests, due out next year. With a new album ("Trouble Will Find Me") and documentary ("Mistaken For Strangers") in 2013, indie veterans the National traveled to the 2013 Bonnaroo festival with a ton of new…

  14. Gavin DeGraw Returns With 'Best I Ever Had' Single: Listen

    June 18, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Nope, it's not a Drake cover -- it's the lead track from the singer-songwriter's next full-length. A decade after Gavin DeGraw first struck gold with his single "I Don't Want To Be," the singer-songwriter has returned with a new single, "Best I Ever Had,…

  15. Joe Diffie Releases 'Shotgun' Single, Preps New Album Following Jason Aldean's Tribute

    June 17, 2013 5:30 PM EDT In October, when Jason Aldean released his latest album "Night Train," the song that seemed to get the most attention was "1994," a tribute to the music of Joe Diffie. The track ended up becoming the second single from the album, recently peaking at No. 10 on the Hot…

  16. Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Welcome Baby Girl: Hollywood Reacts

    June 15, 2013 9:16 PM EDT Snark outweighs congratulations as Jason Alexander declares "Making Honey Boo Boo look like a MENSA member." Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have welcomed their first child into the world , but not everyone is celebrating. Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl with her boyfriend…

  17. Paris Jackson Suicide Attempt: 5 New Developments

    June 07, 2013 2:12 AM EDT Paris Jackson is recovering in a Los Angeles-area hospital after an alleged suicide attempt early Wednesday. Below find five of the latest developments in the story surrounding the hospitalization of Michael Jackson's 15-year-old daughter. 1. Dr. Conrad Murray recorded a message for…

  18. Bubbling Under: Front Bottoms Rise Up

    May 31, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Front Bottoms, Katy Tiz, Jared Ashley and Travi$ Scott THE FRONT BOTTOMS Indie rock act the Front Bottoms debut on…

  19. Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert Line-up for Memorial Day Fest

    May 27, 2013 2:32 PM EDT Some of country music's big names, including Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Zac Brown Band, take the stage at the Bayou Country Superfest at LSU's Tiger Stadium for a Memorial Day holiday jamfest. The festival's producer, Quint Davis, said the talent and…

  20. Go-Go's Former Bassist Kathy Valentine Sues Bandmates

    May 27, 2013 11:21 AM EDT Former Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine is suing four of her former bandmates, claiming they are attempting to “deprive her” of her full stake in the legendary female-fronted band. According to the complaint filed Friday with the Los Angeles Superior Court, Valentine is entitled to a 20%…

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