1. The Year In Touring 2012: Beyond The Numbers

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Looking past boxscore downturn, live industry is bullish on state of the business In any year, gauging the health of the touring business is no easy task, but we'll go out on a limb here: Business is good. Historically, when relying on anecdotal indicators, the relative health of this…

  2. Who Are The Biggest WIN-ners In Hot 100 History?

    December 11, 2012 11:05 AM EST Rihanna has averaged almost four weeks at No. 1 with her 12 Hot 100 leaders. How does that stat compare to other superstar acts? (Prepare for an information overload.) Following baseball has become much more complicated in recent years thanks to an explosion of "sabermetrics," a…

  3. Game Launching Rolex Records: 'We're Gonna Do It Big'

    December 01, 2012 10:10 AM EST EXCLUSIVE: New Label a Joint Venture Between Game, Fellow Rapper Stat Quo While Game is gearing up to release his fifth studio album, "Jesus Piece," on December 11, the chart-topping rapper tells Billboard that he's also been busy kicking off a brand new business venture: his…

  4. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Already Third-Biggest Album of 2012

    October 31, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Plus: can 'Red' overtake '21' as the year's best seller? The amazing statistics on Taylor Swift 's "Red" sales just keep coming. The country/pop star's album sold a massive 1.208 million copies in the U.S. last week according to Nielsen SoundScan -…

  5. Cee Lo Green Invites 'Voice' Singers to Spread Christmas Cheer

    October 05, 2012 7:58 PM EDT Nearly 20 of Cee Lo Green 's former "Voice" team members will participate in his Christmas TV special to help publicize his upcoming holiday album. "I have truly kept my word and remained committed to everyone," Green told a group of media gathered Friday afternoon on…

  6. Hot Tours: Gigant3s Tour, Jason Aldean, Maroon 5

    September 29, 2012 11:45 AM EDT The Latin music GIGANT3S Tour scores a No. 1 ranking on this week's lineup of Hot Tours with over $10 million in ticket sales reported from a late-summer trek. The show, which featured the major star power of Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Marco Antonio Solís, kicked off on August 3 with two…

  7. Lil Wayne Passes An All-Time Elvis Presley Hot 100 Mark

    September 27, 2012 5:00 AM EDT The rapper tops the King of Rock and Roll's mark for the most Hot 100 appearances among solo acts. Presley, however, maintains a wide lead for the most entries among all artists as a lead solo act. He'll always be the King of Rock and Roll, but w hen it comes to the artist with the…

  8. Hot Tours: Madonna, Enrique Iglesias & Jennifer Lopez, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw

    August 31, 2012 3:25 PM EDT Madonna claims the top ranking on the latest Hot Tours ranking with box office stats reported from the final month of her MDNA tour's European leg. With more than 307,000 fans in attendance at the last 11 Euro performances, ticket revenue totaled more than $36 million. Included in the…

  9. Nicki Minaj 'Overtly Fondled' at TSA Checkpoint, She Tweets

    July 09, 2012 9:59 PM EDT Don't count Nicki Minaj among fans of the Transportation Security Administration. "Pretty sure I was just overtly fondled @ this check point. By a very old lady w/an accent. Word?" the well-traveled rapper tweeted on Monday. Minaj posted of a photo of the alleged fondler with…

  10. The Wanted EP: Track-By-Track Review

    April 24, 2012 1:45 PM EDT A Top 5 hit on the Hot 100. Millions of YouTube views and screaming American fans to match them. Mobbed live performances, a "Glee" re-interpretation and, yes, Billboard cover and Q&A appearances. The Wanted were already very real stars here in the United States before their…

  11. Chris Brown Delays 'Fortune' Album

    April 23, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Although having already released three tracks from, "Fortune," Chris Brown is pushing back his fifth studio album from May 8 to July 3. "Team Breezy! The official album date for FORTUNE is July 3, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!," Brown tweeted yesterday (April 22). Earlier this month …

  12. Dierks Bentley Delivers 'Home' for a Ninth No. 1

    March 16, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Dierks Bentley logs his 9th No. 1 and completes his third set of two leaders with "Home," which draws 35.7 million audience impressions and steps 2-1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart. The title cut and second single from his current album follows lead track "Am I the…

  13. 'Glee's Max Adler on Karofsky's Suicide Attempt in Bold Episode

    February 21, 2012 11:58 PM EST Some of the most gut-wrenching and arresting scenes from "Glee" have featured Max Adler, the 25-year-old actor who plays Dave Karofsky, the McKinley High bully figuring out his own sexual identity. Most times when he's called in for an episode it means the phrase "Very…

  14. T-Pain Talks Charity Concert, '5 O'Clock' Grammy Snub

    February 10, 2012 3:25 PM EST Between promoting his latest album "rEVOLVEr," hosting another benefit concert in his native Tallahassee this March and participating in Guitar Center's "Your Next Record" program, T-Pain is in store for a hectic 2012. Yet as the Grammy Awards approach this weekend,…

  15. Who's 'Softer,' Drake or Common? The Juice's Lyrics Breakdown

    December 21, 2011 2:15 PM EST Look what you've done, Common . Yesterday (Dec. 20), the Chi-town rapper stopped by Shade 45 to speak on the subliminals hidden in between the lines of "Sweet," a song off his ninth studio album, "The Dreamer, The Believer" (Dec. 20). " Y'all ni**as man, you…

  16. Korn's Davis: 'We Were Dubstep Before There Was Dubstep'

    November 28, 2011 4:00 PM EST If you ask lead singer Jonathan Davis, Korn 's foray into dubstep is more natural than the band's metalhead fans might realize -- or admit. "We were dubstep before there was dubstep," Davis says. "Tempos at 140 with half-time drums, huge bassed-out riffs. We used to…

  17. Wonder Girls & One Direction Arrive on Social 50 Chart

    November 18, 2011 12:15 AM EST K-Pop group Wonder Girls arrives onto Billboard's Social 50 chart, jumping into the tally at No. 33 -- this week's highest debut. The release of the video for their latest single "Be My Baby" on Nov. 5 prompted a burst of 8 million YouTube views, boasting their profile…

  18. 'X Factor': Simon & L.A. Bicker Through the Rock Songs Round

    November 17, 2011 10:45 AM EST It may have been the week's rock theme or maybe the news that Simon Cowell had finally joined Twitter , but something got into the judges during last night's episode of "X Factor." They were extra feisty and did more arguing than they did judging during the two-hour…

  19. Gym Class Heroes Balancing Top 10 Success with McCoy's Health Problems

    November 12, 2011 10:00 AM EST The members of Gym Class Heroes kept their day jobs at arm's length after releasing and promoting their 2008 album, "The Quilt." Drummer Matt McGinley graduated from Boston University last spring with an interdisciplinary-studies degree. Bassist Eric Roberts played on and off…

  20. Ask Billboard: 'Idol'-izing Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina

    October 23, 2011 12:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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 city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CARRIE INTEREST…

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