1. Jay-Z Auctioning 'Carter 4' Basketball Jersey for Charity

    October 17, 2012 10:00 AM EDT The limited-edition Brooklyn Nets jerseys will benefit the hip-hop mogul's Shawn Carter Foundation. Jay-Z will celebrate his Brooklyn Nets' arrival at Barclays Center with the auction of a signed, limited-edition jersey. 10 "Carter 4" jerseys, including Jay-Z's birth…

  2. Britney Spears Crushes Old Duet Partner in 'X Factor' Debut

    September 13, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Singer Offers Breathless Critiques Throughout Premiere: "You need a new teacher. To teach you how to sing" Britney Spears got down to business in her "X Factor" debut Wednesday night, dispensing blunt-but-fair rulings on some singers, cheery encouragement to others and…

  3. The Civil Wars, Bonnie Raitt Highlight Americana Awards

    September 13, 2012 9:15 AM EDT Gillian Welch and her partner Dave Rawlings, The Civil Wars and Alabama Shakes took home trophies, but Music City was the big winner at Wednesday night's Americana Honors & Awards. Five of six winners at the Ryman Auditorium event are based in Nashville, further cementing the city&…

  4. Jay-Z: Marcy To Barclays Challenge

    August 15, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Chart Article Round 3: Win Jay-Z Barclays Concert Tickets, Nets Tickets & Rocawear! Jay-Z has been a proud New Yorker since back in the day when he was just Shawn Carter, an aspiring rapper coming up in the Marcy Houses in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Now the hip-hop superstar, No. 1 New York…

  5. Emmylou Harris Launches Woofstock to Help Save Homeless Dogs

    August 08, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Emmylou Harris has a reputation for having one of the biggest hearts in country music. The Country Music Hall of Fame member is excited to be the lightning rod behind a new event, Woofstock, that she hopes will be the first of many to support homeless animals around Nashville. "I have a…

  6. Slipknot Moving Past Tragedy With Compilation, Festival Tour

    July 16, 2012 8:17 PM EDT With an upcoming compilation ("Antennas To Hell," due July 24), a return to North American stages headlining the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour and its own Knotfest events coming up in August, M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan says Slipknot is "ending a philosophy…

  7. Mary Chapin Carpenter's 'Ashes and Roses' Documents Tough 5 Years

    June 15, 2012 4:05 PM EDT M ary Chapin Carpenter has enjoyed one of folk and country music's most critically acclaimed careers for over 20 years. Albums such as "Shooting Straight In The Dark" (1990) and "Stones In The Road" (1994) have earned her a reputation as one of the most honest singer…

  8. Maybach Music Group Holds 'Self Made Vol. 2' Album Listening at NY Strip Club

    June 14, 2012 3:45 PM EDT "All we know how to do is be self-made," Rick Ross declared last night (Wednesday, June 13), at an exclusive listening session designed to unveil tracks from the sequel to Maybach Music Group's first collaborative album, "MMG Presents: Self Made Vol. 1." Well-versed…

  9. Jay-Z Puts New Music On Hold to 'Hang Out With My Daughter'

    May 14, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Hip-Hop Icon Talks Blue Ivy, Philly Music Festival, Jack White and New Brand Partnerships Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter may be headlining and curating a two-day music festival, "Budweiser Made In America," this Labor Day in Philadelphia -- but don't expect any new music from…

  10. Bubbling Under: Cher Lloyd 'Back' for the First Time

    May 11, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Cher Lloyd, Callaghan, Leah LaBelle and Andy Gibson. The fertile waters of the U.K. reality TV show "X Factor" show…

  11. Mark Collie Shoots for 'Honest and Real' on Prison Album

    May 10, 2012 8:00 PM EDT Sometimes, artists will refer to an album project as being a "long time in the making." For Mark Collie's latest album, "Alive at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary," that expression proves true. "Alive" dates back more than ten years, to October 17, 2001.…

  12. Chart Beat Meet & Greet: Callaghan (Exclusive Video)

    May 01, 2012 2:05 PM EDT With a little help from Shawn Mullins, the British singer/songwriter is making U.S. inroads with her debut album, 'Life in Full Colour.' " Shawn Mullins ' storytelling got me interested in songwriting," British-born singer/songwriter Callaghan reveals. "His (1998…

  13. Pearl Jam Itching to 'Finish an Album This Year'

    May 01, 2012 1:50 PM EDT Stone Gossard Talks PJ Followup to 2009's 'Backspacer,' Plus Brad Album, Eddie Vedder's Recover + More With a new Pearl Jam album "between half and three-quarters done" (plus more shows likely), and a tour and just-released album from his long-running band Brad…

  14. 'Banjo' Barney McKenna, Last of Original Dubliners, Dies at 72

    April 06, 2012 9:50 AM EDT "Banjo" Barney McKenna, the last original member of the Irish folk band The Dubliners , died Thursday while having a morning cup of tea with a friend. He was 72 and had just marked his 50th year with the troupe. Irish classical guitarist Michael Howard, who was with McKenna when he…

  15. Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard: Brad Is No Side Project

    April 04, 2012 2:00 PM EDT It may not be of the same magnitude as Pearl Jam's recent celebration, but Stone Gossard is hoping 20 years and five albums of Brad -- including the upcoming "United We Stand" -- will assure fans that his "other" band is no mere side project. "It's a little…

  16. Track Review: Cody Simpson, 'So Listen'

    March 30, 2012 8:30 AM EDT CODY SIMPSON FEATURING T-PAIN "So Listen" (3:06) Producers: Shawn Campbell, DJ Frank E Writers: various Publishers: various Label: Atlantic Records After a few slower ballads that showcased his evolving vocal skills, Australian teen Cody Simpson has returned to dancefloor fare with …

  17. Chart Beat Meet & Greet: Laura Warshauer (Video, Exclusive Song Premiere)

    March 01, 2012 5:55 PM EST Every once in a while, we come across an artist that we just can't wait to tell the world more about. Laura Warshauer is one such artist. Born and raised in Red Bank, N. J., and now residing in Los Angeles, the singer/songwriter mixes powerhouse vocals with stark, insightful lyrics. Her…

  18. Jay-Z Enters New Musical Heights at Carnegie Hall

    February 07, 2012 9:50 AM EST Many notable artists have performed at Carnegie Hall, but last night (Mon. Feb 6), the stage belonged to Jay-Z . Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, is the second hip-hop act to perform at Carnegie Hall. Wyclef Jean did so in 2001, acoompanied by Stevie Wonder , Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston . Jay-Z…

  19. Exclusive: Counting Crows Want You To Hear New Album For Free

    February 06, 2012 4:25 PM EST Counting Crows , who amicably left longtime label Geffen Records in 2009 to make music independently, will release their first full-length in four years -- titled "Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation)" -- on April 10. But fans will get a first listen long…

  20. Jay-Z, Beyonce, U2, Lady Gaga Rank on Billboard Power 100 List

    January 27, 2012 2:15 PM EST Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell Also Impact List You may not know Irving Azoff by face, or even by name, but rest assured that the chairman of Live Nation ­-- the world's largest promoter, ticketing company and artist management group -- is the most powerful person in…

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