1. 'American Idol' Recap: No Clear Front Runner With Only Four to Go

    April 25, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Many things set the 12th season of "American Idol" apart from its recent predecessors (namely, ALL DEM GIRLS), but one of the most noticeable changes has to do with the front runner. And by that, I mean that there really isn't one. Last season, everyone pretty much knew…

  2. Scotty McCreery Finds Perfect Balance With University and Pop Life

    April 23, 2013 3:44 AM EDT Scotty McCreery is a 19-year-old with a schedule more hectic than most. He’s currently balancing his attendance at North Carolina State University with a booming music career. “I have school Monday through Wednesday and we hit the touring circuit Thursday through Sunday,” says McCreery.…

  3. 'American Idol': It's an All-Lady Top Five as Lazaro Goes Home

    April 11, 2013 10:48 PM EDT For the first time in "American Idol" history, the top five of the show is all one gender -- in this case, female. After making it to the top six despite poor reviews by judges, Lazaro Arbos received the lowest number of votes Thursday night (April 11), forcing the 22-year-old…

  4. ACMs Live From the Orleans: Five Things You Didn't See on TV

    April 08, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Portions of the Academy of Country Music Awards telecast were broadcast from the Orleans Arena, about a mile from the MGM Grand where the main event was held. Here are a few of the highlights of the night -- back stage and on. All Things ACMs Miranda Lambert Owns the Night Missed It? Watch…

  5. Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and More Join ACM Awards Presenters

    April 03, 2013 9:54 PM EDT Miranda Lambert, John Fogerty, Kacey Musgraves and other stars will present at the April 7 ceremony. Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and other stars will take the stage as 48th Annual ACM Awards presenters, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced on Wednesday. John…

  6. Lil Wayne, 'I Am Not A Human Being II': Track-By-Track Review

    March 22, 2013 12:56 PM EDT Lil Wayne's nearly two-decade tenure in rap has been punctuated with moments of audacity that not even the grimiest rappers dare touch. Wayne's led a double life in the game, where one moment he is yearning to penetrate pop territory and the next he's firing back as the …

  7. Phillip Phillips: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 07, 2013 5:00 PM EST The 'Home' star has turned the top-selling coronation song in "American Idol" history into a gold album During the final week of 2012, the most recent "American Idol" champion, Phillip Phillips , saw his debut album cross the half-million sold mark. It occurred…

  8. Chart Highlights: Mumford & Sons 'Light' Up Rock Radio

    December 31, 2012 3:25 PM EST The second single from the folk-rockers' album 'Babel' bows on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  9. Britney Spears' Potential 'X Factor' Exit: How Much Would It Hurt?

    December 28, 2012 12:05 AM EST Two weeks after Antonio "L.A."Reid confirmed that the second season of the U.S. version of "The X Factor" would be his last on the judges panel , rumors of Britney Spears' exit from the show spread like wildfire on Thursday (Dec. 27), following a report from Us Weekly…

  10. 'X Factor' Finale Top 5: Britney's Face, One Direction, Carly's Climb + More Moments

    December 21, 2012 1:20 PM EST Thursday night's (Dec. 20) "X Factor" finale seemed destined to be a nail-biter following a too-close-to-call competition show during which all three finalists turned in some of their best performances of the 2012 season. The final results didn't disappoint, with Tate…

  11. The Year In Country 2012: Georgia Rules With Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum & More

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Georgia has long been a hotbed for country music, producing such stars as Alan Jackson , Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood , but perhaps never before have Peach State artists dominated the Billboard charts the way they did in 2012. Four Georgia acts -- Luke Bryan , Jason Aldean , Zac Brown…

  12. 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…

  13. Justin Bieber's Grammy Snub: Why Did 'Believe' Get Overlooked?

    December 06, 2012 2:10 PM EST An Analysis of the teen superstar's lack of nominations. No Bieber, no Grammys. It's a simple statement that became an obvious Twitter hashtag the instant that the 55th annual Grammy Award nominations were announced on Wednesday night (Dec. 5) and 18-year-old pop superstar Justin…

  14. Taylor Swift Makes Country Songs History

    December 06, 2012 1:05 PM EST Nine Weeks at No. 1 for 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' Sets Record for Solo Females Two months after Billboard revised the Country Songs ranking method from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming, and expanded radio hybrid, Taylor Swift 's ninth week…

  15. Alicia Keys Earns Fifth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 05, 2012 11:00 AM EST Alicia Keys crowns the Billboard 200 chart for the fifth time in her career, as her fifth studio album "Girl On Fire" debuts atop the list with 159,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. Keys previously led the list with her first four albums (three studio sets and a live release)…

  16. Craig Campbell: 'Outta My Head' Was Sent to Him By Mistake

    November 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST Craig Campbell's phone has rung quite a bit, since his debut single "Family Man," hit radio a couple of years ago. But, sometimes, the phone call is for the other Craig Campbell in Music City -- one of the town's most respected publicists. The singer relates a story about…

  17. Demi Lovato, PSY & Diana Ross To Headline 'Christmas in Washington'

    November 29, 2012 3:15 PM EST "The X Factor" judge Demi Lovato , "Gangnam Style" sensation PSY and Diana Ross will headline the annual "Christmas in Washington" special airing Dec. 21 on TNT. 10 Hottest Holiday Albums of 2012 Late-night host Conan O'Brien will lead the telecast, to be…

  18. 10 Hottest Holiday Albums of 2012

    November 28, 2012 3:35 PM EST If it seems like everyone is putting out a Christmas album this year, it's no coincidence: holiday albums have become one of the few surefire ways to still sell music. Not only was Michael Buble's "Christmas" the second biggest seller last year, the top 200 holiday albums…

  19. Rihanna Gets First No. 1 Album, Phillip Phillips & Kid Rock Debut Top Five

    November 28, 2012 11:00 AM EST The busy Thanksgiving holiday shopping week has predictably shaken up the Billboard 200 albums chart, sending a diva to No. 1 for the first time and rearranging many of the albums on the tally. As earlier reported , Rihanna 's "Unapologetic" opens at No. 1 with 238,000 sold…

  20. Scotty McCreery Eyes More Christmas Albums in His Future

    November 27, 2012 11:15 AM EST Country Star Talks Holiday Favorites, Keith Urban on 'Idol,' and Next Studio Album: "I'm trying to put my own stamp on it" Usually, an artist will wait a few years before putting out a Christmas album. But not Scotty McCreery , who has just released the Yuletide…

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