1. Earl Sweatshirt Launching Columbia Imprint, Planning Future Albums

    May 02, 2012 8:56 PM EDT Earl Sweatshirt is coming back with a bang. After spending time at the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa as his music was going viral back home, the Odd Future collective member has signed a label deal and has several projects planned. According to the New York Times , the MC will have his own…

  2. 'The Voice' Recap: CeeLo Has Tough Choice to Make as Elite Eight Perform

    May 01, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Singers Size Themselves Up After the Show in Interviews With Billboard For the first time this season on "The Voice," eight singers began the night and eight of them remained once it was finished and the coaches had turned in their scores to the vote tallying crew. Tonight, each…

  3. Conor Maynard, the 'British Justin Bieber', Teams With Ne-Yo and Pharrell

    April 30, 2012 12:00 PM EDT One Direction and the Wanted aren't the only British teen acts lighting up the pop world. Meet Conor Maynard, a fast-rising 19-year-old singer who has been referred to as the United Kingdom's answer to Justin Bieber. Maynard is pleased by the attention but also a bit confused by…

  4. Carrie Underwood Live Q&A: Watch Again!

    April 27, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Chart Article Carrie Underwood Watch again! Seven years after capturing the "American Idol" crown and becoming a household name, Carrie Underwood continues to blow away country and pop music fans alike. The singer's fourth album, "Blown Away" (out May 1), follows…

  5. Neon Trees: Style Council

    April 25, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Chart Article "For me, fashion's always been the most fun aspect of existing. Since I was thirteen years old, I was getting dressed up and turning heads at school," says Neon Tress' frontman Tyler Glenn. "I don't think fabric has a sex and I don't know why…

  6. Death Grips Talk Epic Record Deal & New Music

    April 23, 2012 1:30 PM EDT When noise-rap trio Death Grips informally met with Epic Records executives Antonio "L.A." Reid, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Angelica Cob-Baehler in October 2011, it didn't expect to leave the meeting signed to the label. The Sacramento, Calif., band, which…

  7. 2012 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominees

    April 23, 2012 12:50 PM EDT A trio of country's power women figure prominently in the nominations for the upcoming 2012 CMT Music Awards, with perennial fan favorite Carrie Underwood taking five nominations, Miranda Lambert following closely with four, and Taylor Swift with three. This year's nominations were…

  8. Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?, Continued

    April 22, 2012 12:05 PM EDT More reader views on Madge, plus a tribute to Dick Clark, whose 'American Bandstand' helped launch her career. 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 .…

  9. Watch The Wanted Get 'Punk'd' By Tyler, The Creator

    April 20, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Who would ever want to punk those charming U.K. pop vocalists of the Wanted ? Tyler, The Creator , of course! The Odd Future rapper orchestrated a joke involving the not-very-hilarious idea of child kidnaping on MTV's recently revived prank show on Thursday night (Apr. 19). The story…

  10. Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 18, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Monica, Bonnie Raitt also post Top 10 debuts Lionel Richie 's "Tuskegee" album rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in its third week on the list, selling 129,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 35%). The set jumps three slots this week, easily overtaking Adele &…

  11. Mystikal to Serve 3-Month Jail Term

    April 17, 2012 11:30 AM EDT One minute Mystikal is performing classics and dancing to Michael Jacksoon 's "Thriller" at Lil Wayne 's 2012 DEWeezy SXSW show and the next he's headed to jail for probation violation. Lil Wayne Launches DEWeezy Campaign With SXSW Concert Louisiana's State…

  12. Carrie Underwood: Billboard Cover Story

    April 16, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Few female vocalists in any genre can boast a more stylistically diverse résumé than Carrie Underwood . In the past year alone, she's scored a No. 1 country hit with pal Brad Paisley , partnered with rock icon Steven Tyler for top-rated CMT show "Crossroads" and performed with…

  13. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    April 16, 2012 11:20 AM EDT "Tupac Hologram" were the two words on everyone's lips as Weekend 1 of Coachella 2012 came to a close, but the third day of the festival was more than just the projected image of a legendary, long-deceased rapper during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining set. The two…

  14. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    April 15, 2012 10:45 AM EDT If Friday night at Coachella was all about the old-timers like Pulp, Refused, Mazzy Star and James looking for a furious comeback, the overarching theme of Saturday (April 14) was the current state of indie rock, with fresh faces and much-ballyhooed veterans taking flight in Indio, Calif.…

  15. Rock Hall Inducts Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

    April 15, 2012 8:50 AM EDT Some of the key figures weren't there, but those who were present at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night delivered a heartfelt and epic celebration -- much to the delight of both the high rollers at the VIP tables and the 6,000 "real"…

  16. Coachella 2012: 12 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    April 14, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Pulp, Mazzy Star, James, Refused... (What Decade Is This?) Also: Scorching Rock From Black Keys & Gary Clark, Jr. on Day 1 More than the dry wit of Pulp , Swedish punk of Refused or the trippy pyrotechnics of Swedish House Mafia , the opening day of the opening weekend of Coachella 2012…

  17. Jason Mraz Is Focusing on Green Issues With New Album

    April 14, 2012 10:00 AM EDT How do you follow up the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 hit ever? For Jason Mraz , the answer is try and save the world. After "I'm Yours" lit up the Hot 100 with its easygoing ukulele licks and unapologetic optimism for a record 76 weeks ending in October 2009 (peaking at…

  18. 'American Idol' Recap: Judges Save Jessica Sanchez

    April 13, 2012 10:00 AM EDT With the talented crop of singers that is "American Idol's" top seven, one had to think the judges could have been considering using their one and only save from elimination Thursday night (Apr. 12). But one may never have guessed they'd show their hand so early. After…

  19. Listen: Lil B's Lecture at NYU

    April 12, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Lil B needs a hand sign for his cult following. Wu-Tang Clan fans throw up the "W." Jay-Z fans throw diamonds ("the roc") in the air. That's simply all that was missing at the rapper's NYU lecture, yesterday (April 11). (Note to the Based God: Let's not go…

  20. Rock Hall: Axl Rose Will Miss Faces Reunion, Chili Peppers + More

    April 12, 2012 1:00 AM EDT Green Day Still Confirmed to Induct Guns N' Roses on April 14 G uns N' Roses will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend, despite Axl Rose's bombshell decision on Wednesday to boycott the event due to various grievances, large and small. A spokesperson…

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