1. Rihanna's 777 Tour Diary: Day Seven, New York City

    November 21, 2012 3:35 PM EST Billboard is along for the ride on Rihanna 's 777 Tour, a dizzying seven-day trip around the globe that will bring the "Diamonds" hit-maker to smaller-than-usual venues in Mexico City (Nov. 14th) , Toronto (Nov. 15) , Stockholm (Nov. 16) , Paris (Nov. 17) , Berlin (Nov. 18) ,…

  2. Jon Bon Jovi Stands 'Up' for New Movie Songs at Club Gig

    November 21, 2012 2:00 PM EST In the wake of the announcement of an arena and stadium tour in 2013 for his band , Jon Bon Jovi opted for a small club to introduce the two new songs he has in the film "Stand Up Guys." Bon Jovi performed a 40-minute acoustic set Tuesday to about 80 people at the Mint, playing the…

  3. Florida Georgia Line: With 'Cruise' Climbing, Duo Turns to Debut Album

    November 20, 2012 10:45 PM EST One country act that is definitely giving thanks this week is Florida Georgia Line. Last week, the duo comprised of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley topped the Country Digital Songs chart with their debut single, "Cruise." "It's been real crazy," said Hubbard. "We&…

  4. Win Aerosmith Tickets!

    November 17, 2012 11:30 AM EST Two free tickets to see Aerosmith rock an arena near you could be yours! Aerosmith is now out on the road, touring North America in support of new album "Music From Another Dimension" with more dates on it's "Global Warming" trek. Steven Tyler , Joe Perry and company …

  5. INXS Breaking Up After 35 Years: Report

    November 12, 2012 9:05 AM EST INXS is calling it a day, according to various reports. Although an official statement has yet to be distributed, the rumor mill Down Under is in high-spin after the band made an announcement of their own during a show over the weekend. The group apparently announced the end in the city where…

  6. First Listen: Rihanna Previews 'Unapologetic' Album in NYC

    November 10, 2012 12:50 PM EST With her seventh album in seven years, "Unapologetic," Rihanna is finally growing up. Over the past few years, the Bajan crooner's albums were dotted with kitschy double entendres about private parts ("Cockiness (Love It)") and hat-tip anthems to knocking back shots (…

  7. Election Night 2012: Stars React to Obama's Win on Twitter

    November 07, 2012 6:45 AM EST President Barack Obama was elected to a second term on Tuesday night, edging Governor Mitt Romney by holding on to most of the hard-fought swing states that swept him into office in 2008. Throughout the day, celebs were taking to Twitter to voice their anxieties and amusement at the scene of…

  8. Third Day Look to 'Invite Everyone In' With 'Miracle'

    November 06, 2012 11:30 AM EST "There's one choice on election day that we guarantee will satisfy you, and that's voting for Third Day ," the band's bassist Tai Anderson says with a laugh. Yes, on the same day as the presidential election (Nov. 6), Third Day's new Essential Records release,…

  9. Springsteen, Aguilera & More Lead 'Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together' Benefit Broadcast

    November 02, 2012 8:39 PM EDT Many of the East Coast's biggest stars came together to help bring relief after what's been called the storm of the century on Friday night. Musicians and celebrities from Christina Aguilera to Jon Stewart joined the "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" broadcast to benefit…

  10. Earl Sweatshirt Releases New Song 'Chum': Listen

    November 02, 2012 4:50 PM EDT "One, two….. THREE! NU TREATS," Earl Sweatshirt tweeted, before unexpectedly dropping a new song yesterday (Thurs., Nov. 1) via his tumblr, Soap On My Lawn . Over a piano loop, Earl spits about his once-absent father, relationship with Tyler (of Odd Future) and his inner thoughts: …

  11. Indie Act Alt-J Wins Mercury Prize

    November 01, 2012 7:24 PM EDT Indie pop quartet Alt-J has won Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize, beating more established acts to the 20,000 pound (roughly $32,000) prize at the Roundhouse in north London. Formed of four Leeds University students who met in 2007, the band's sharp but spare vocals, genre…

  12. 50 Years of 'Monster Mash': The Story Behind the Halloween Hit

    October 31, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others.Here, he reflects on the 50-year-old perennial Halloween hit "Monster…

  13. Kristen Kelly Adds Debut EP to List of 'Pinch Me' Moments for 2012

    October 30, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Kristen Kelly notched her first major exposure to country radio at large during her performance on the General Jackson boat during the Country Radio Seminar this past February. Since then, her debut single, "Ex-Old Man" has made an impact with fans, reaching No. 30 on the Billboard…

  14. Bruce Springsteen Presents 'Big Man' Honors to Steven Van Zandt

    October 17, 2012 8:20 AM EDT The night busted open in New York City as Bruce Springsteen and other Rock and Roll Hall of Famers helped Steven Van Zandt celebrate his Big Man of the Year award. Darlene Love, Elvis Costello and Dion were among the stellar performers Tuesday night at a rollicking benefit for Little Kids…

  15. Ke$ha's 'Warrior': The Billboard Cover Story

    October 15, 2012 11:00 AM EDT When Ke$ha burst onto the scene in 2009 -- rapping through an Auto-Tune filter about brushing her teeth with whiskey and boys trying to "touch [her] junk" -- the then-22-year-old quickly positioned herself as pop's resident troublemaker and made the charts her home. In sales…

  16. Ask Billboard: Chart Ch-ch-Changes

    October 12, 2012 4:05 PM EDT A deeper look at the decisions behind Billboard's renovation of the Country, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock and Latin Songs charts. 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…

  17. Aerosmith May Self-Release Albums If 'Band Stays Together'

    October 12, 2012 11:30 AM EDT With the upcoming "Music From Another Dimension" marking the end of their current deal with Columbia Records, Aerosmith may abandon the label world and take future release matters into their own hands. Asked during a conference call with reporters on Thursday whether the band would…

  18. Macklemore & Reps Talk 'The Heist' Debut & DIY Marketing Plan

    October 10, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Seattle rapper Macklemore has finally arrived. After releasing his debut EP, "Open Your Eyes," in 2000 (as Professor Macklemore) and his first solo full-length, "The Language of My World," in 2005, and then taking a hiatus to battle his addiction to drugs and alcohol,…

  19. Cody Simpson Enters 'Paradise': Will Web Fans Follow?

    October 01, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Australian pop singer Cody Simpson realizes that most of his fans practically live on the Internet. The 15-year-old got his start recording Jason Mraz and Justin Timberlake covers in his bedroom and posting them to YouTube, racking up millions of views and leading Atlantic Records to sign a…

  20. Jay-Z Pays Homage to Brooklyn at First Barclays Center Show

    September 29, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Jay-Z doesn't just put on shows; he stages events. After invading Philadelphia last month for his first annual "Budweiser Made in America" festival, Hov returned to his native borough to christen Brooklyn's Barclays Center for the first of eight shows in a sold-out run.…

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