1. Snoop Dogg Smokes Up During Grammy Songwriting Panel

    February 09, 2013 7:56 PM EST Fans who turned out to BMI's annual pre-Grammy Awards "How I Wrote That Song" discussion got a little more than they expected thanks to Snoop Dogg — a contact high. The rapper smoked marijuana during Saturday's panel discussion , lighting up a large, Kush-filled blunt on…

  2. Avicii Hotel to Open for Business During Ultra Music Fest: Exclusive Details

    January 30, 2013 9:59 AM EST Artist continues his Miami Music Week marketing spree with a hotel takeover Avicii's manager Ash Pournouri has always seen the week of Ultra Music Festival in Miami (also called Miami Music Week) as a marketing opportunity beyond just a big gig. "What we do every year in Miami…

  3. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2012, Part 2

    December 31, 2012 9:05 AM EST Before we turn to 2013, one more look back at songs and albums you called your favorites of 2012. 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…

  4. Chart Highlights: will.i.am, Britney Spears Bound Onto Pop Songs Chart

    December 10, 2012 4:45 PM EST Dropkick Murphys, meanwhile, bring their brand of holiday cheer to the Alternative Songs tally. 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 charts are…

  5. Paramore Will 'Rise From Ashes' On Self-Titled Album, Due April 9

    December 06, 2012 1:40 PM EST Paramore has announced its upcoming fourth studio album, the self-titled "Paramore," to be released April 9, 2013. The trio also revealed the title of its first single, "Now," via an announcement on the band website Thursday (Dec. 6). The album is self-titled, the band…

  6. Cazzette Teams with Spotify For Debut Album Campaign

    November 09, 2012 3:25 PM EST Chances are, most people have never heard of Cazzette. But if Spotify has its way, the Swedish electronic music duo will soon enjoy plenty of fame. In an experiment to see if it can become a next-generation digital star-making machine, Spotify is putting its entire marketing might behind…

  7. New Order's Bernard Sumner: Peter Hook 'Opened the Gateways of Hell'

    October 19, 2012 4:15 PM EDT It's been a blue Monday for New Order 's Bernard Sumner. The 56-year-old frontman should be celebrating his iconic alt-rock dance band's triumphant return to the States for their first run of U.S. shows in seven years. Instead, the Manchester-born musician is holed up in an L.A…

  8. Taylor Swift Covers Glamour, Calls John Mayer 'Presumptuous'

    October 01, 2012 7:00 PM EDT The "Begin Again" singer also discussed love and heartbreak for her Marie Claire U.K. cover story this month. Taylor Swift covers the November issues of Glamour and Marie Claire U.K, looking stunning as she opens up about love and heartbreak to both publications. Swift rocks…

  9. Waylon Jennings' Widow Talks 'Last Recordings' & Movie Progress

    September 28, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Ask Jessi Colter about the first time she ever saw Waylon Jennings , and she remembers well. "I had gone in the studio to put down a song. I was married to Duane Eddy at the time. I had some songs done by Chet Atkins at RCA, and Duane said 'Why don't do a demo for Waylon?'…

  10. Carly Rae Jepsen, 'Kiss': Track-By-Track Review

    September 13, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Track-By-Track Reviews Pink "The Truth About Love" G.O.O.D. Music - "Cruel Summer" The Killers - "Battle Born" Carly Rae Jepsen is not a one-hit wonder; "Good Time," her happy-go-lucky duet with Owl City, has already washed that fear away, and new…

  11. Jennifer Lopez And Her 'American Idol' Rejuvenation: An Appreciation

    July 27, 2012 4:25 PM EDT On Monday (July 23), Mariah Carey was officially announced as a judge on the 12th season of "American Idol," joining her husband, "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon, on the small screen, albeit on a rival network. "As a singer, songwriter and producer, it&…

  12. Chris Brown's 'Fortune' Debuts at No. 1 in U.K.

    July 09, 2012 9:25 AM EDT Chris Brown got his first U.K. No. 1 album Sunday (July 8) as "Fortune" debuted at the top, while Maroon 5 's "Payphone," featuring Wiz Khalifa , returned to the singles summit. With sales reported by the Official Charts Company at 20 units short of 30,000, Brown'…

  13. 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…

  14. Ryan Adams Announces Mysterious 'Live After Deaf' Box Set

    June 12, 2012 10:10 PM EDT Fans of Ryan Adams have waited years for an alleged, much-delayed box set gathering his numerous sets of unreleased material -- now, it appears they'll be gifted with a different collection. The rocker posted an image on his Facebook page on Tuesday of what appears to be a vinyl box set,…

  15. Electric Daisy Carnival 2012: 18 Things Seen & Heard

    June 12, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Electric Daisy Carnival , Insomniac Events' three-day rave experience at the massive Las Vegas Motor Raceway, featured extended firework shows; art installations plucked directly from Burning Man; a team of 500 "performers" (read: stilt walkers dressed like honey bees);…

  16. Rihanna Goes Nude To Promote New Perfume

    May 29, 2012 6:55 PM EDT Rihanna , no stranger to baring all , has stripped down once again to promote her new perfume, Nude. She took to Instagram to share the big news with her fans, writing : "I got a big shoot tomorrow for a surprise fragrance for my ladies called... NUDE! Bye bye dreadz, for NOW!" This…

  17. AVICII to Headline First EDM Show at Revel in Atlantic City

    May 07, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Riding high following a career-boosting performance at the recent Ultra Music Festival, Swedish producer/DJ AVICII will take center stage at Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City on June 16 for the resort-venue's debut EDM show. The concert at Revel, presented by Ash Alliance and At…

  18. Chart Juice: R. Kelly Feels the 'Love' at No. 1 on Adult R&B

    May 03, 2012 5:20 PM EDT R. Kelly nabs another No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B airplay chart (viewable at billboard.biz), as "Share My Love" swims to the top spot. "Share My Love" becomes Kelly's first No. 1 on the list since the title track to his album "Love Letter" spent…

  19. Lee Ann Womack to Premiere First New Music in Four Years

    May 03, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Will Preview Songs From Upcoming Album, Tentatively Titled 'The Way I'm Living,' on May 26 It has been close to four years since Lee Ann Womack has released new music, and her fans -- which includes such superstars as George Strait and Alan Jackson -- are getting just a little…

  20. Watch: Unofficial Video of Kanye West's 'Way Too Cold'

    April 20, 2012 12:25 AM EDT What's better than Kanye West spitting, "Can't a young ni**a get money anymore?" A baby 'Ye spitting, "Can't a young ni**a get anymore?" (By baby, I mean young.) Ashley " Ash Innovator " Smith, took to the streets of New York, to shoot a fan…

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