1. Plowboy Records Launches to Honor Eddy Arnold, American Music

    May 15, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Were he still living, today would have been Eddy Arnold's 94th birthday. Though the singer passed away in May 2008, there is still a huge reason for celebration, with the announcement of the opening of Plowboy Records. Launched to celebrate and nurture the legacy of the original "…

  2. Billboard Latin Music Awards: Don Omar, Prince Royce Win Big

    April 26, 2012 11:05 PM EDT In a year when Billboard's Latin charts were dominated by uptempo dance music and a slew of younger names, veteran hitmaker Don Omar and newcomer Prince Royce tied as the biggest winners at the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards, earning eight honors each. Complete Winners List Presented…

  3. Chart Juice: Usher's 'Climax' Reaches R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Peak

    April 22, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Usher notches his 12th No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Climax" steps 2-1 with 31 million audience impressions (up 8%), according to Nielsen BDS. The song is Usher's first single from his forthcoming seventh studio album, "Looking for Myself," due June 12. "…

  4. Monica Has a Fresh Start on RCA With 'New Life'

    April 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT "I always wanted to have that 'Waiting to Exhale' moment," veteran R&B songstress Monica says. Specifically, she's referring to the giddy experience of blowing up a car on the set of the video for her current single, "It All Belongs to Me." The Rico Love…

  5. KISS & Motley Crue Announce Summer Tour: 'No Fake Bull---t'

    March 20, 2012 9:05 PM EDT "We're sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them," Gene Simmons says KISS and Motley Crue are hitting the road for a co-headlining tour -- dubbed simply "The Tour" -- this summer, the iconic rock acts announced on Tuesday.…

  6. 'American Idol': No 'Sweet Day' for Shannon Magrane

    March 16, 2012 10:45 AM EDT After Jermaine Jones' disqualification Wednesday night (March 14), there was added pressure for the remaining "American Idol" contestants both that night and Thursday (March 15) to make it past the fan vote. Hearing Ryan Seacrest say the word 'safe' meant a spot on…

  7. 'American Idol' Top 11: Bad Song Choices and Disqualifications

    March 15, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Jermaine Jones, the proclaimed "gentle giant" who was brought back to the show after being eliminated prior to the semifinals, was announced Wednesday night (March 14) to be off "American Idol" -- for good this time. His elimination follows the revelation of a previously…

  8. '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…

  9. '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…

  10. Watch Katy Perry Play An Ugly Prison Guard on 'Raising Hope'

    March 07, 2012 2:35 PM EST Katy Perry 's "Teenage Dream" loveliness was turned into a nightmare during her guest appearance on Fox sitcom "Raising Hope" on Tuesday night (Mar. 6). The pop superstar played Rikki, a frizzy-haired, slightly-mustachioed prison guard who humiliates Sabrina (Shannon…

  11. '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…

  12. 'American Idol' Top 25: Females Fizzle at Semi-Finals

    March 01, 2012 11:50 AM EST Ladies, you've got some catching up to do. The Top 12 female semi-finalists of "American Idol" took their turn onstage Wednesday night (Feb. 29), after the show's male contestants crooned for votes the night before. While the guys were by no means immensely impressive,…

  13. 'The Voice': Christina Aguilera Sings Impromptu Duet; Contestants Show Their Blues

    February 28, 2012 2:00 PM EST Memphis-based guitarist and singer Preston Shannon made good case for the blues on the final blind edition episode of "The Voice" Monday (Feb. 27). While the 64-year-old blues veteran with five solo albums under his belt did not get any judges to turn their chairs around, he got…

  14. '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…

  15. Katy Perry to Guest on 'Raising Hope'

    February 22, 2012 2:50 PM EST Fox's "Raising Hope" will arrive into its new time slot with a touch of fireworks. The Greg Garcia comedy has booked pop star Katy Perry for a guest turn, the network announced Wednesday. The "Firework" singer will appear in the March 6 episode as Rikki, a prison…

  16. Houston's 'How Will I Know' Hit No. 1 on This Date in 1986

    February 15, 2012 11:25 AM EST As Whitney Houston returns to the Billboard 200's top 10 with "Whitney: The Greatest Hits," which re-enters the chart at No. 6 with 64,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan (in the tracking week that ended Feb. 12, thus reflecting only one full day of…

  17. 'American Idol' Premiere: The Good, The Bad, The Strange of Savannah Auditions

    January 19, 2012 11:35 AM EST It was business as usual for "American Idol" judges Randy, Jennifer and Steven during last night's eleventh season premiere. The Savannah, Ga. auditions exuded the same general theme the show has been repping since season ten: less snark, more positivity. True to that fashion,…

  18. Ask Billboard: Observing Remembrance Day

    November 11, 2011 6:15 PM 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. OBSERVING…

  19. Paul & Linda McCartney Shown Love in Nashville With 'Let Us In' Album, Concert

    November 04, 2011 11:35 AM EDT 'Let Us In' Benefit Concert on Nov. 7 Kicks Off CMA Week, Will Feature McCartney Songs Sir Paul McCartney. Nashville. Those two terms might be not necessarily linked at the hip. However, on Monday, those two musical giants will come together for a great cause. On Nov. 7, at Music…

  20. FCC Loses Janet Jackson Super Bowl Case

    November 02, 2011 8:02 PM EDT CBS won't be fined $550,000 for Janet Jackson's 2004 wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl XXXVIII broadcast, an appeals court ruled. According to The Wrap , Philadelphia's 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the FCC wrongly fined Jackson and the network for the half…

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