1. Vocal Problems: Why So Many Artists Struggle To Stay at Full Volume

    August 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Imagine Dragons has a hit single on rock radio and a hotly anticipated album hitting stores in less than a month. Too bad the group's singer can't utter a word. The Las Vegas alt-rock band's frontman, Dan Reynolds, underwent surgery in early August to remove a polyp on his…

  2. Chart Juice: Frank Ocean Earns First No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Frank Ocean , the singer among rappers in the alternative rap collective Odd Future , plants his debut studio album, "channel ORANGE," at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 131,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. With an initial projected opening sales week of 40…

  3. Ask Billboard: 'Call Me Maybe' ... by 'Payphone'?

    May 14, 2012 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. 'CALL ME MAYBE…

  4. Whitney Houston's Relatives Coming Together for Reality Show

    May 13, 2012 11:30 AM EDT A reality show featuring Whitney Houston 's relatives, including daughter Bobbi Kristina and mother Cissy, is in the works. Houston representative Kristen Foster confirmed the Lifetime show, "The Houston Family Chronicles," on Friday. It will focus on Pat Houston, sister-in-law…

  5. Whitney Houston Funeral: Broken Hearts Gather to Celebrate Singer

    February 18, 2012 4:00 PM EST Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston's powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Saturday. Remembering Whitney • SLIDESHOW: The…

  6. Watch Whitney Houston's Funeral Live

    February 18, 2012 11:30 AM EST Billboard.com Will Carry the live video of Singer's Memorial Service video by Ustream Whitney Houston's loved ones have gathered today (Feb. 18) for a private funeral service at Newark, N.J.'s New Hope Baptist Church. But fans worldwide are able to mourn and remember the life…

  7. Franklin, Wonder to Sing at Whitney Houston Funeral

    February 16, 2012 7:40 PM EST Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will sing at the private funeral of Whitney Houston on Saturday in what promises to be a very musical service. Publicist Kristen Foster also confirms that invitations went out to Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown; her co-star in "The Bodyguard,"…

  8. Whitney Houston Funeral to Be Aired Live

    February 16, 2012 9:40 AM EST They won't be there in person, but singer Whitney Houston 's millions of fans worldwide will be able to share in her homecoming service Saturday as they watch her private funeral on the Internet. It will provide a much-needed connection for fans who have lacked a formal place to…

  9. Whitney Houston Fans Search for Places to Grieve

    February 15, 2012 9:25 AM EST In Whitney Houston's hometown, her family plans a private church service, with no public memorial set. In Los Angeles, where she died, there's not even a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for fans to pile flowers. So for the legion of music lovers mourning a global superstar, where…

  10. Florence + The Machine, 'Ceremonials': Track-By-Track Review

    November 02, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Florence Welch , the drama queen. "Over-the-top" is a suitable way to describe what she does with the songs on "Ceremonials," her second album that shows no signs of a sophomore slump. Florence & The Machine: The Billboard Cover Story Tribal drums meld with a heavenly…

  11. 'Glee' Guest Stars Wish List & New Cast We'll Meet Soon

    November 01, 2011 6:00 PM EDT While "Glee," at its heart, is the story of the core group of New Directions club members and their individual journeys through the wild world of high school, the show also has a variety of auxiliary players and guest stars who come in and spice up that tapestry. Sometimes, like in…

  12. Soul Train Awards Adds New Roster of Performers

    November 01, 2011 9:20 AM EDT The 2011 Soul Train Awards will have more surprises in store. The awards show, being taped on Thursday (Nov. 17) at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, will treat its audience and viewers to tribute performances to celebrate the achievements of the Legend Award recipients Earth, Wind & Fire and…

  13. Chris Brown Leads Soul Train Awards Nominations

    October 21, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Days after winning the most awards at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Chris Brown leads the nominations for the 2011 Soul Train Awards. Brown is nominated for five nods across 11 categories, one being Best Dance Performance in which he's up against ex-beau Rihanna . Breezy is nominated for …

  14. Ask Billboard: What Are The Best-Selling Holiday Albums?

    October 16, 2011 2:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. IT'S…

  15. Kanye West's Fashion Collaborator: 'We Make a Really Good Team'

    September 23, 2011 4:00 PM EDT As the debut date of Kanye West 's much-anticipated fashion line draws nearer, more secrets are spilling from his golden vault. Katie Eary, a British menswear designer has opened up about working with West on his upcoming collection. Eary just showed her first womenswear collection in…

  16. Florence + the Machine Returns With New Music: Listen

    August 23, 2011 2:45 PM EDT It's been nearly a year of dog days for Florence + the Machine fans hoping for new material. Now, almost one year after Florence Welch's breakthrough performance of "Dog Days Are Over" at the 2010 VMAs, the British songstress announces a new album and debuts its first…

  17. Elton John, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra & More: Stories From Adult Contemporary's Biggest Stars & Songs

    July 20, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on Whitney Houston. Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriting partner. Kenny Rogers, himself. Plus Many More. Billboard talks to some of the biggest names in adult contemporary. Their perspectives? Crucial. The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever The…

  18. Lil Wayne's Manager: 'Tha Carter IV' Release Date 'Not Changing'

    July 14, 2011 5:00 PM EDT On the day Lil Wayne debuted his mixtape (July 13), "Sorry 4 The Wait," his manager, Cortez "Tez" Bryant spoke with Billboard on what hip-hop aficionados are still waiting for, "Tha Carter IV." Lil Wayne Drops 'Sorry 4 The Wait' Mixtape: Listen After…

  19. 10 All-Female Hit Collaborations

    April 26, 2011 1:05 PM EDT With Rihanna and Britney Spears sharing space atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "S&M," and with Spears having released a remix of "Till the World Ends" featuring Ke$ha (the song's co-writer) and Nicki Minaj , all-female collaborations are enjoying a rare spotlight.…

  20. CeCe Winans Plans Live Solo Album After Tour with Bebe

    April 22, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Contemporary gospel singer CeCe Winans, currently on what's amounting to a farewell tour for her duo with brother BeBe Winans, is planning to make a live album for her next solo venture. "We're scheduling a live recording, so we're working on the songs for that,"…

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