1. Ask Billboard: What Did Other Duos Do?

    May 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis becoming the first duo to top the Hot 100 on its first two attempts, how did other twosomes start their chart careers? Readers check in on that and more. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb…

  2. Avril Lavigne Refuses To Age in 'Here's To Never Growing Up' Video

    May 09, 2013 11:46 AM EDT Time is a funny thing: its passage almost always leads to the gradual loss of youth and alteration of physical features. We use the word "almost," however, because the cruel boundaries of time have not made the slightest of impacts on the appearance of Avril Lavigne, who is 28…

  3. P!nk Powers to No. 1 On Hot 100 With 'Just Give Me A Reason'

    April 17, 2013 3:52 PM EDT The singer scores her fourth chart-topper, while Justin Timberlake and Demi Lovato each jump into the top 10. Plus, PSY starts just out of the top tier with 'Gentleman' P!nk notches her fourth No. 1 on the on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Just Give Me a Reason,"…

  4. Chart Highlights: Avril Lavigne 'Never' Lands On Pop Songs

    April 15, 2013 3:08 PM EDT Lavigne and Selena Gomez preview forthcoming albums with debuts on Pop Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for P!nk, Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum and more. 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…

  5. Avril Lavigne: New Album Is 'All Over The Place'

    April 10, 2013 3:51 PM EDT Singer's fifth full-length will include pop-rock tunes, piano ballads and a Marilyn Manson collaboration. First, a clarification: when Avril Lavigne kicks off her new single "Here's To Never Growing Up" with the line "Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs,"…

  6. Avril Lavigne's 'Here's To Never Growing Up' Lands Early: Listen

    April 08, 2013 9:43 PM EDT Hear the acoustic-driven lead single from Lavigne's still-TBA fifth album. Avril Lavigne is back at last -- but as her fans get older, she stays the same age.  In new single "Here's to Never Growing Up," she offers an acoustic anthem for listeners who have stuck with…

  7. 'The Voice' Stars Usher and Shakira Surge on Social 50 Chart

    April 04, 2013 9:32 PM EDT The reality show newcomers have launched into the chart's top 10. Following Shakira and Usher's debut on NBC's "The Voice," the two pop stars are sent flying on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. The pair debuted last week on the talent show, alongside…

  8. 'Steven Tyler Act' Stumbles in Hawaii

    March 22, 2013 5:06 AM EDT The future is looking bleak for a celebrity privacy bill in Hawaii known as the Steven Tyler Act. The proposal pushed by the Aerosmith lead singer would allow people to sue others who take photos or videos of their private moments. But after sailing through the Senate earlier this month…

  9. Avril Lavigne Shares Single Snippet, Crowd-Sources Lyric Video

    March 21, 2013 11:21 AM EDT "Here's To Never Growing Up," out April 9, will likely lead the pop star's next studio album. Avril Lavigne is toasting the eternal sunshine of the bratty mind on her new single, and is asking fans to help out with its official lyric video. On Wednesday night (Mar. 20),…

  10. Ask Billboard: Solo Duets, Almost-Heatseeker Graduates & Kenny Chesney

    January 22, 2013 10:05 AM EST In this week's mailbag, your assistance is required when it comes to remembering solo hits which probably should've been billed as duets. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  11. Cassadee Pope's Vision for Album: Edgy, Mature With a Lil' Blake Shelton

    December 19, 2012 3:15 PM EST 'The Voice' Finale Seen by 14 Million Viewers, Up 18% From Season 2 Cassadee Pope begins her post-"Voice" career tonight (Dec. 19) with an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and heads to New York to appear on the "Today" show on Thursday.…

  12. 'The Voice' Finale: Two Coaches Say 'Good Riddance,' Rihanna + Bruno Mars Perform

    December 19, 2012 10:35 AM EST PLUS: Watch Cassadee Pope duet with the Killers, Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne Before Cassadee Pope was crowned winner , NBC managed to pack the two-hour finale of "The Voice" season three with big musical guests from Kelly Clarkson, the Killers, Avril Lavigne and the last two…

  13. 'X Factor' Finale: Demi Lovato, LeAnn Rimes Among Duet Partners

    December 18, 2012 9:30 AM EST As the "X Factor"'s remaining three competitors prepare for their final battle, they'll have a little professional help. Following suit with last year's tradition, each contestant will be joined by a celebrity musician for a star-powered duet. At a press conference…

  14. 10 Best Albums of 2012: Critics' Picks

    December 17, 2012 2:45 PM EST Chart Article From aggressive indie-rock to mainstream superstars exploring new ground to a handful of revolutionary R&B discs, 2012 saw a bevy of classic albums released in an era where the album is supposed to be dying. After months of blasting these LPs throughout our office, the…

  15. Bruno Mars Ties Nelly, Justin Timberlake For Most Pop Songs No. 1s Among Males

    December 17, 2012 1:05 PM EST Mars notches his fifth Pop Songs topper with 'Locked Out of Heaven.' After sending "Locked Out of Heaven" to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week , Bruno Mars adds another notable feat, as the song rises 2-1 this week on the Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs airplay chart. …

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Jordan Hill's 'Someday' Finally Arrives

    December 15, 2012 11:05 AM EST The former teen pop singer is back with her first Billboard chart entry in 13 years. Plus, 'heaven'-ly and holiday hits ascend. Jordan Hill has come home to Billboard's ROCK & ROLL 'HEAVEN': Speaking of "Too Much Heaven," a new "heaven"-ly…

  17. L.A. Reid's 'X Factor' Exit: Show Slow to Create Epic Records Stars

    December 13, 2012 9:27 PM EST With just a week to go until the second season of "The X Factor" wraps, Epic Records chairman and CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid has chosen to focus on his day job rather than do A&R from a seat on a TV show. It's not an imprudent move. Reid made the first season of …

  18. Avril Lavigne Covers Nickelback's 'How You Remind Me': Listen

    December 11, 2012 8:36 PM EST Avril Lavigne is paying tribute to her fiancé with a cover of Nickelback hit "How You Remind Me." The 2001 track, which spent 49 weeks on the Hot 100 and led the album "Silver Side Up" to multi-platinum status, turns from guitar crunch to piano ballad in Lavigne's…

  19. 'The Voice' Final Six Talk Song Choices: Watch Latest Performances

    December 04, 2012 3:35 PM EST The six finalists on "The Voice" got their first chance to perform two songs in one show and four of them took similar plans of attack: Perform one song in strict accordance with the original and tweak the other by altering the tempo and arrangement. Naturally, there were mixed…

  20. Taylor Swift's 'Red': The Billboard Cover Story

    October 22, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Ten days before the release of Taylor Swift's fifth album, "Red," Scott Borchetta is in "redundancy mode." That means checking, double-checking and triple-checking every aspect of the 16 tracks on the album. Nothing about the process is musical; it's all a case…

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