1. The Beat 8/23: Taylor Swift Breaks Records, Avril & Chad Get Engaged

    August 23, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Welcome to the Thursday, Aug. 23 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In today's episode, J.B. dishes on Taylor…

  2. Avril Lavigne Engaged to Nickelback's Chad Kroeger

    August 21, 2012 9:25 PM EDT Two members of Canadian rock royalty are getting hitched! No, there's no fireworks between Alanis Morissette and Geddy Lee... yet. It's an engagement between Avril Lavigne and Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger , who up until today, few even knew were dating. The "Sk8er Boi"…

  3. L.A. Reid Courts Britney Spears for Record Deal

    August 08, 2012 12:55 PM EDT A battle for Britney Spears is brewing. The pop star's recording contract with the former Jive Records (now RCA, a division of Sony Music) has one album left, and among those courting the chart-topper are L.A. Reid, chairman of Sony's Epic Records and Spears' "X Factor…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael Jackson, Eric Church

    June 16, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Calling out some quirky chart feats as Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe.' A round-up of random facts in the wake of Carly Rae Jepsen now being chased by all the other boys (and girls and groups) on the Billboard Hot 100, where her "Call Me Maybe…

  5. Britney Spears, Demi Lovato to Judge 'X Factor'

    May 14, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Following months of speculation, Fox has finally announced that Britney Spears and Demi Lovato will be judging the second season of Simon Cowell's singing competition show, "X Factor." Both pop stars appeared at Fox's Upfronts presentation in New York on Monday (May 14)…

  6. Miley? Demi? Avril? Reports Vary for 'X Factor' Judge

    May 01, 2012 7:11 PM EDT The stars are reportedly aligning for "The X Factor." According to several reports, Simon Cowell's singing competition is eyeing a number of singers to join the sharp-tongued Brit and L.A. Reid on the judge's panel. E! Online reports Miley Cyrus is being considered for the…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Madonna, Justin Bieber, Silversun Pickups

    April 06, 2012 5:35 PM EDT As Madonna and Richie claim the Billboard 200's top two spots, consumers are partying like it's 1986. WE LOVE THE '80s: "What's going on family? Can you believe we are sitting on the top of the charts together again?," Lionel Richie Tweeted to Madonna Wednesday …

  8. Juno Awards: Feist, Michael Buble Win Big in Canada

    April 02, 2012 10:30 AM EDT A Christmas album by Michael Bublé took home Album of the Year; Hedley broke its Susan Lucci losing streak; Martin Solveig & Dragonette's "Hello" beat Deadmau5 for Dance Recording; Feist was named Artist of the Year; Canadian's beloved Blue Rodeo were inducted into the…

  9. AKB48, Avril Lavigne Win Big at Billboard Japan Music Awards

    March 06, 2012 5:15 PM EST Some of Japan's biggest stars streamed into and performed at the third annual Billboard Japan Music Awards. The event was held at the Billboard Live club in Tokyo Midtown, located in Roppongi, central Tokyo. The key award of Billboard Japan Artist of the Year went to AKB48 , the smash…

  10. Michael Jackson Song Files Stolen by Hackers, Sony Confirms

    March 05, 2012 10:00 AM EST Hackers have stolen more than 50,000 music files from Sony Music, including Michael Jackson 's entire back catalog and a large number of unreleased songs from the late King of Pop. According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, the theft took place in April last year when hackers…

  11. Janet Jackson Says No to 'X Factor'

    March 02, 2012 9:30 AM EST Janet Jackson, Pink, Katy Perry, Fergie, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne -- the reported candidates for the two open judges' spots on Fox's "The X Factor" keep rolling in. But one of those artists apparently isn't interested: Jackson has taken herself out of the running…

  12. Erykah Badu's Allah Body Art Derails Malaysia Concert

    February 28, 2012 9:10 AM EST Muslim-majority Malaysia on Tuesday banned a planned concert by Erykah Badu after a photograph appeared showing the Grammy-winning singer with the Arabic word for Allah written on her body. The American R&B singer was scheduled to perform Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, but some Muslim groups…

  13. Drake, Justin Bieber Among 2012 Juno Award Nominees

    February 07, 2012 6:16 PM EST Canada's Juno Awards has announced its 2012 nominees. The broad field includes a number of stars who've hit it big in the U.S., including multiple nominations for Drake , Justin Bieber and Nickelback , among others. Drake and Bieber will face off in the Album of the Year category,…

  14. Bring It On! 5 Awesome Cheerleader Videos

    February 03, 2012 3:00 PM EST Madonna 's new music video for "Give Me All Your Luvin'" features the Queen of Pop collaborating with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. for the first time, walking on the hands of football players for the first time (we assume), and, shockingly, unleashing her first cheerleader-laden…

  15. 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…

  16. 'X Factor' Recap: Final 3 Get Help From Avril, Alanis & R. Kelly

    December 21, 2011 11:45 PM EST Night Before Big Decision, Simon Says Melanie 'Should Be the Winner' With a $5 million decision hanging over the contestants' heads, the pressure during the final "X Factor" performances was on for Josh, Chris and Melanie. Alanis Morissette , Avril Lavigne and R.…

  17. 1000 No. 1s: Watch Avril Lavigne Chat About Topping The Hot 100

    December 16, 2011 5:00 PM EST chartArticle_ignore 1000 No. 1s Video Series Day 16: Avril Lavigne Talks About Topping the Hot 100 2011 was the year that Billboard celebrated the 1000th No. 1 song on the Hot 100. As we look back on this year in music, we're celebrating that milestone with a month-long series of videos …

  18. 1000 No. 1s: Watch Jennifer Lopez Chat About Topping The Hot 100

    December 15, 2011 4:05 PM EST chartArticle_ignore 1000 No. 1s Video Series Day 15: Jennifer Lopez Talks About Topping the Hot 100 2011 was the year that Billboard celebrated the 1000th No. 1 song on the Hot 100. As we look back on this year in music, we're celebrating that milestone with a month-long series of videos…

  19. Daughtry, Gym Class Heroes Added to Lineup at American Music Awards

    November 15, 2011 9:45 AM EST Rock bands Daughtry and Hot Chelle Rae , as well as Gym Class Heroes , have been added to the lineup for the 29th annual American Music Awards (the latter will play the official pre-show). They join previously announced performers Katy Perry , Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera , Justin Bieber …

  20. Avril Lavigne, Boyfriend Brody Jenner Attacked in L.A.

    November 08, 2011 2:45 PM EST Avril Lavigne is on the mend following an attack in L.A. early Sunday (Nov. 6). Lavigne's boyfriend, Brody Jenner (of MTV's "The Hills" fame) reported to police that he was hit with a smashed bottle outside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, while Lavigne detailed her injuries…

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