1. Keith Urban Unveils T-Shirt Line With a Purpose

    March 05, 2014 4:52 PM EST Sure, Simon Cowell and his signature black crew-neck tees may seem ancient to "American Idol" viewers, now that Keith Urban is officially the singing show's reigning T-shirt king. And now, the country singer has launched his own line of graphic tees. By Keith Urban -- which…

  2. Ledisi Seeks ‘The Truth’ With New Album

    November 02, 2013 3:39 PM EDT “This is the fastest album I’ve ever done,” Grammy Award-nominated singer Ledisi says with a hearty laugh. “It usually takes me forever.” The Verve artist is talking about her upcoming seventh album, "The Truth."  Preceding its Feb. 11 release is lead single “I Blame You.”…

  3. Jim James, 'State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)': Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 21, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Jim James originally released "Regions of Light and Sound of God," his debut solo LP, last February, but the My Morning Jacket frontman isn't done repping it just yet. Following a recent tour behind the record and a spot on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last month, James now…

  4. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  5. John Legend, ‘Love in the Future’: Fall Music Preview 2013

    August 30, 2013 1:54 PM EDT Release Date: Sept. 3 Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia “I wanted to make a great modern soul album.” That’s how impending groom John Legend boiled down his new album to Billboard while taping a Chevrolet commercial tying in the set’s Kanye West-produced second single, “Made to Love.” Also…

  6. Fergie Gets a New Name

    August 16, 2013 4:30 PM EDT She's the F to the E, R, G, the I, the E. Fergie has officially changed her name: The singer born Stacy Ann Ferguson is now Fergie Duhamel. The Grammy winner's representative confirmed the name change Friday. Fergie is one-fourth of the Black Eyed Peas. She released her solo debut…

  7. Jay-Z's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    July 02, 2013 2:04 PM EDT It's certainly a feat when you're one of the most successful hip-hop artists in America. Since 1996, Jay-Z continues to leave his mark on the world, from hip-hop and beyond, by releasing material favored by the masses. It would seem that Jay wouldn't have as much time to…

  8. Superchunk, Merge Records & The State of Independence: Billboard's DIY Issue

    June 28, 2013 3:14 PM EDT For our annual look at independent and DIY artists and businesses, Billboard uncovered the best (and worst) advice to follow -- starting with indie godparents Superchunk and Merge Records. The first tropical storm of the season is closing in on Chapel Hill, N.C., on this June night, but Mac…

  9. John Legend Talks Kanye-Produced 'Love In The Future' LP, New Chevy Impala Campaign

    June 21, 2013 11:50 AM EDT 'I wanted to make a really great modern soul album,' the singer says. Over the past 18 months alone, Chevrolet has featured new music from fun., Theophilus London, Frank Sinatra, Patty Griffin and Ok Go in its national TV commercials — sometimes even featuring the artists on…

  10. Choreographer Tells Court Michael Jackson Didn’t Appear Sick

    May 13, 2013 11:51 PM EDT An associate choreographer who worked on Michael Jackson's planned comeback concerts testified Monday that she didn't see any signs that the pop superstar was ill or might die in the final days of his life. "I just never in a million years thought he would leave us, or pass…

  11. Celebrated Producer Andy Johns Dead at 61

    April 08, 2013 3:33 AM EDT Andy Johns, the veteran producer and engineer who worked on classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and many others, has died at the age of 61. The news was confirmed to Billboard.biz by guitarist Stacy Blades, who was working on an untitled…

  12. G-Dragon Opens Up at World Tour Kickoff: Exclusive Video Interview

    April 04, 2013 6:05 PM EDT On March 31, eager K-pop fans fill the 13,000 seats in Seoul’s Olympic Gymanastic Hall venue; patiently waiting for G-Dragon--the charismatic, forward-thinking bad boy leader of mammoth K-pop boy band BIGBANG--to hit the stage for the second sold-out night of his  world tour.…

  13. Colbie Caillat Announces 'Christmas in the Sand': Exclusive Album Art

    September 18, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Holiday Set Arrives Oct. 23; Includes Appearances by Gavin DeGraw, Brad Paisley Colbie Caillat says her upcoming holiday album is for the folks who don't celebrate a traditional kind of Christmas. "I was like, 'Not everyone lives in the snow or cold places for Christmas, so why…

  14. Cassie Releases 'Balcony' Single with Young Jeezy: Listen

    September 11, 2012 7:54 PM EDT R&B songstress and Bad Boy/Interscope Records protégé Cassie has dropped another single. "Balcony," the second track from upcoming sophomore set, features rapper Young Jeezy and production from Rico Love, Earl Hood and Eric Goudy II. Cassie's sultry vocals swim amid the…

  15. Fountains of Wayne's Schlesinger: 'There's Interest' in New Tinted Windows Music

    May 03, 2012 2:10 PM EDT With Fountains of Wayne 's track record of taking four years between albums, the group's Adam Schlesinger knows better than to predict a quick follow-up to last year's "Sky Full of Holes." But he won't rule it out, either. "We haven't really talked…

  16. Pop Stars Before They Were Famous

    March 29, 2012 2:40 PM EDT It's difficult to imagine life before Bieber and Gaga, but what's even weirder is thinking of pop stars' lives before they hit it big. How fierce a rapper was Nicki Minaj before all the wigs? Was Rihanna always so "Hard"? How emo was Skrillex back when he was just…

  17. Whitney Houston's Daughter Opens Up To Oprah: 'I've Accepted It'

    March 12, 2012 11:20 AM EDT In her first interview since Whitney Houston 's death, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown said she's "doing as good as I possibly can" and recalled the tender last moments she shared with her superstar mother before her sudden death last month. "She's always with me,…

  18. Exclusive: Estelle, Lil Kim to Perform on BET's 'Rip the Runway'

    February 24, 2012 12:15 PM EST BET's annual fashion and music show, 'Rip the Runway,' is right around the corner and promises a star-studded show with notable performances and guest appearances. Billboard.com's The Juice exclusively announces female stage presence with performances by Estelle and Lil&…

  19. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  20. Mya Talks 'K.I.S.S.' Deluxe Album, New 'Catty' Single, & Trina Collabo

    December 15, 2011 2:00 PM EST Christmas has come early for Mya's state-side fans. The Grammy-winning singer and dancer will release the U.S./Canada deluxe version of her seventh studio album, "K.I.S.S.," on Dec. 20. "This is more a gift to the fans," Mya told Billboard.com's The Juice of the…

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