1. Toby Keith & Kristen Bell to Host CMT Awards

    May 21, 2012 2:20 PM EDT This year's CMT Music Awards will be hosted by country star Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell when it airs June 6 from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. "Toby Keith and Kristen Bell are a terrific one-two knockout punch for the 2012 CMT Music Awards," said John Hamlin, SVP,…

  2. 2012 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominees

    April 23, 2012 12:50 PM EDT A trio of country's power women figure prominently in the nominations for the upcoming 2012 CMT Music Awards, with perennial fan favorite Carrie Underwood taking five nominations, Miranda Lambert following closely with four, and Taylor Swift with three. This year's nominations were…

  3. Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?, Continued

    April 22, 2012 12:05 PM EDT More reader views on Madge, plus a tribute to Dick Clark, whose 'American Bandstand' helped launch her career. 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 .…

  4. Exclusive: Beach Boys Get a 'ZinePak for 50th Anniversary

    April 20, 2012 12:00 PM EDT The first recorded fruit from this year's Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion is coming May 1. A newly recorded version of the group's 1968 hit "Do It Again" will be featured on a disc that accompanies The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Commemorative 'ZinePak , a special…

  5. 2012 Billboard Music Awards Finalists: Complete List

    April 19, 2012 7:35 PM EDT UPDATE 5/21: The Show Is Over! See FULL WINNERS LIST Here -- ALBUM AWARDS: Top Billboard 200 Album: Adele "21" Michael Buble "Christmas" Drake "Take Care" Lady Gaga "Born This Way" Lil Wayne "Tha Carter IV" Top Pop Album Adele "19"…

  6. Adele, Rihanna, Lil Wayne Lead 2012 Billboard Music Awards Finalists

    April 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Adele , LMFAO , Rihanna , Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne lead the finalists for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, which will take place at Las Vegas' MGM Grand and be broadcast live Sunday May 20, 8/7c on ABC. CHECK OUT OUR NEW BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS WEBSITE Adele takes the lead as a finalist in…

  7. Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?

    April 15, 2012 6:05 AM EDT Some fans aren't quite pleased with the Queen of Pop's new material. 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,…

  8. Carrie Underwood Enters Top 10 on Country Chart

    April 06, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Jake Owen Has Top Song, While Lionel Richie Scores Biggest Country Album Debut in a Year Jake Owen claims a second week atop Country Songs with "Alone with You," which improves 688,000 audience impressions for a total of 37 million during the March 26-April 1 Nielsen BDS tracking…

  9. ACM Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Lady A Own the Night

    April 01, 2012 11:55 PM EDT The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were a mixture of expected winners sprinkled with a couple of surprises. Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Lady Antebellum repeated wins in the Entertainer, Female Vocalist, and Vocal Group of the…

  10. 'American Idol' Recap: Heejun Han Sent Home

    March 30, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Heejun Han brought an unmatched flavor to "American Idol" this season, but entertainment does not always equal overall success. Wednesday night marked the arrival of a more serious Heejun, a foil to the charismatic, lively singer of the previous week. But while his performance of…

  11. 'American Idol' Recap: The Top Nine Emulate Their Own Idols

    March 29, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Randy Jackson likes to use the phrase "in it to win it" to describe contestants on "American Idol" who put in a heavyweight performance. It's always been a strange saying, since you'd expect ALL contestants to be, in fact, in it to win it. But on Wednesday night …

  12. 'Idol': Jeremy Rosado First Finalist to Go, Lauren Alaina & Mary J. Blige Perform

    March 09, 2012 11:15 AM EST In the end, not even J-Lo could save Jeremy Rosado. After earning a spot in the Top 13 via Lopez's wild card pick (and bringing the judge to near-tears last week), the smooth-voiced 19-year-old became the first "Idol" contestant eliminated since the male and female contestants…

  13. Blake Shelton, Scotty McCreery Added to CMA Festival Lineup

    March 08, 2012 4:55 PM EST The 2012 CMA Music Festival is shaping up to be one of the biggest that Nashville has ever seen. And, the party keeps getting bigger. Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery, and reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton have joined the performance lineup…

  14. 'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Sanchez Soars in (Lackluster) 400th Episode

    March 08, 2012 9:00 AM EST Gee, for the 400th episode of "American Idol," that was... sort of lackluster, eh? The singing competition celebrated the milestone with the Top 13 taking the stage to perform the tunes of two singing icons. To the credit of "Idol," the producers tried to up the drama to…

  15. Scotty McCreery's Voice Will Soothe Voted-Off 'Idol's

    March 07, 2012 10:15 AM EST S cotty McCreery has snagged a new role on "American Idol" as the voice of the Voted-Off Song, which serenades teary-eyed castoffs after they hear the bad news via Ryan Seacrest. The baritone twang of last season's winner will be heard on a cover of Tim McGraw's "…

  16. 'American Idol' Top 25: Male Round Led by Joshua Ledet, Colton Dixon

    February 29, 2012 12:05 PM EST "American Idol" has finally rolled into the voting rounds, in which fans -- for the most part -- control the fates of the remaining 25 singers on the show. If Tuesday night's male semi-finalist show is any indication, the decision in 2012 will be a tough one. Top 24 '…

  17. Top 24 'American Idols' Of All-Time

    February 28, 2012 1:30 PM EST Chart Article When a singer wins "American Idol," it's undoubtedly his or her biggest music moment to-date. But as we've seen time and time again, winning "Idol" does not necessarily mean that one's career will follow the trajectories of 12-7 6-1 Next » 24…

  18. Hot Tours: George Strait, Rod Stewart, Brad Paisley

    February 24, 2012 4:10 PM EST George Strait is No. 1 in the latest tally of Hot Tours with $5.8 million in ticket sales reported from arenas in six U.S. cities on his 2012 winter tour outing. On the road in support of his latest album "Here For A Good Time" released last fall, the legendary country artist kicked…

  19. 'American Idol' Season 11: Meet Your Top 24

    February 24, 2012 11:15 AM EST With 10 spots remaining prior to Thursday's "Idol," the cuts promised to be deeper than ever before. From young, budding stars to returning contestants, who made it through and who was sent home would be a question of both raw talent and who was able to impress the judges…

  20. 'Idol' Drags Out Top 24 Announcement, Reveals First 14

    February 23, 2012 11:40 AM EST "American Idol," the land of prolonged, dramatic pauses and shattered dreams. Wednesday night (Feb. 23), the singing competition announced the first 14 of its Top 24 finalists that will move on to the live shows starting next week. Along the way, we were treated with Randy Jackson,…

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