1. 'American Idol' Recap: No Clear Front Runner With Only Four to Go

    April 25, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Many things set the 12th season of "American Idol" apart from its recent predecessors (namely, ALL DEM GIRLS), but one of the most noticeable changes has to do with the front runner. And by that, I mean that there really isn't one. Last season, everyone pretty much knew…

  2. DJ Marky & Makoto, 'Bloody Mary': Listen

    April 09, 2013 1:28 PM EDT Pianos roll and trumpets sound in this hot slab of drum ‘n’ jazz. Drum and bass stalwart DJ Marky teams up with long-time collaborator Makoto on “Bloody Mary,” a jazzy roller scheduled for release next week on Marky’s own Innerground. Its piano vamps and trumpet noodling, all set to turbo…

  3. Darius Rucker Rolls 'Wagon Wheel' to No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    April 04, 2013 5:35 PM EDT The song marks Rucker's sixth leader on the list. Plus, Blake Shelton bows atop Top Country Albums, Hunter Hayes reigns on Country Airplay and Taylor Swift starts 'Trouble' on country radio Darius Rucker ends a two-year absence from the top of Hot Country Songs, as "…

  4. No Joke! The 20 Biggest Tunes for 'Fools'

    April 01, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Another April Fools' Day is upon us, and although many "fools" will be busy pulling lame pranks on Monday (Apr. 1), the fools with a thirst for chart history should explore this list of the 20 biggest songs with the word "fool" in the title. From Aretha Franklin to…

  5. The Band Perry Gets It 'Done' On Hot Country Songs Chart

    March 21, 2013 5:05 PM EDT The sibling trio launches its new single at No. 23. Plus, Darius Rucker storms the top five and Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift's new duet soars The Band Perry draws Hot Shot Debut applause at No. 23 on Hot Country Songs with "Done.," the second single from "Pioneer,"…

  6. Chart Highlights: Blake Shelton's 'Cool' Crowns Country Airplay

    March 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Plus, Little Mix's "Wings" flies onto Pop Songs, Miguel enters R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Tamela Mann leads Gospel Songs for a 20th week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  7. Brianna Perry Talks 'Symphony No. 9: The B Collection' Mixtape, Premieres '9' Video

    March 04, 2013 1:50 PM EST 'From a female respective, I've just always noticed it's harder. It's a male-dominated game. If you want to be the best at whatever it is you do, you want to be successful, you have to work hard,' the rapper says. Brianna Perry is in one of the most unique…

  8. Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw Net New Country No. 1s, Mindy McCready Bows

    March 01, 2013 8:00 AM EST Shelton notches his quickest trip to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with "Sure Be Cool If You Did." As Blake Shelton prepares for the March 26 release of his 10th studio album, "Based on a True Story," the set's lead single, "Sure Be Cool If You Did," becomes…

  9. Connor Christian & Southern Gothic Enters Top Country Albums, Carrie Underwood Gains Post-Grammys

    February 21, 2013 9:23 PM EST Country/rock act Connor Christian & Southern Gothic opens atop Heatseekers Albums with 'New Hometown.' Eclectic country/rock band Connor Christian & Southern Gothic garners its first national chart ink with "New Hometown," which draws double Hot Shot Debut…

  10. The Stafford Brothers Say 'Hello' to America with Lil Wayne: On Set with the Aussies

    February 19, 2013 4:51 PM EST The Aussie reality TV stars turn their sights on America with new single “Hello.” It’s late January on a sunny but brisk Los Angeles morning, and the Stafford Brothers’ rented house in the Studio City hills is bustling. The guys are playing hosts to the large crew that’s shooting the video…

  11. CODER Crew's Picks of the Week: Alesso, Mad Decent, Purity Ring and More

    February 15, 2013 1:27 PM EST Each Friday, the CODE crew will review their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Jacob, Lauren and Elissa have to say. Purity Ring, “Grammy” Purity Ring's debut album “Shrines”was unquestionably one of my favorite albums of 2012.…

  12. Blake Shelton's 'Based on a True Story...' to Be Told March 26

    February 11, 2013 3:21 PM EST Blake Shelton made a huge announcement on the "Today" show this morning: he'll release a new album, "Based On A True Story…," March 26 on Warner Bros. Records. This highly anticipated new album features the "Voice" coach's current smash hit, "…

  13. Grammy Album of the Year: How Much Does Being a Billboard No. 1 Help?

    February 11, 2013 2:39 AM EST Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' is the 37th Billboard chart-topper to win Grammys' top prize The Grammys are based on quality, not quantity. So artistic merit trumps sales and fan popularity. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, but is it possible to make an informed…

  14. Ask Billboard: Solo Duets, Readers Respond

    February 01, 2013 7:45 PM EST Readers offer more examples of duets that officially aren’t. I.e., songs that sound like duets but, for various label/legal reasons, were credited only to one act. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  15. How To Destroy Angels: 'Welcome to Oblivion' Album Preview

    January 25, 2013 7:44 PM EST How To Destroy Angels Title: "Welcome To Oblivion" | Release Date: March 5, 2013   Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor has teased fans with a pair of EPs from the band that includes his wife, former West Indian Girl singer Mariqueen Maandig, and soundtrack collaborator Atticus…

  16. Roots Picnic Lineup: Naughty By Nature, Macklemore, Solange & More to Perform

    January 22, 2013 10:10 AM EST The roster of artists for the 6th Annual Roots Picnic Festival, taking place June 1 at Festival Pier at Penns Landing in Philadelphia, has been announced.   This year, the lineup includes headliners and festival organizers The Roots backing Naughty By Nature for a full set. Performers during…

  17. Girls' Generation, 'I Got A Boy': Track-By-Track Review

    January 04, 2013 4:00 PM EST Girls' Generation are rightfully one of the acts at the forefront of K-pop's international advancement with their immense popularity in Korea allowing them to spend 2012 focused on other environs, namely Japan and the U.S. Such a long time away from the scene could prove…

  18. Bonnie Raitt Video Q&A: 'Slipstream,' Feminism, Katy Perry, Plans

    December 28, 2012 11:55 PM EST Watch the blues-rock legend discuss her 2012 success, fans Katy Perry & Adele, feminism, launching her own label and more. Bonnie Raitt - singer, guitarist, Grammy winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer - has seen her share of great music years, and 2012 has been one of her best. With the…

  19. NBA Players' Favorite Music: Iman Shumpert, J.J. Redick, Corey Brewer

    December 25, 2012 11:05 AM EST From A$AP to Milo Greene, check out what three basketball stars and their team mates are listening to lately. Christmas is always one of the most special days on the NBA calendar: with five marquee match-ups taking place on Tuesday (Dec. 25), basketball fans are gifted a full day of high…

  20. Girls' Generation Drop 'Dancing Queen,' Set Date for Album Release

    December 21, 2012 11:50 AM EST Girls' Generation spent 2012 focused on the U.S. and Japan (including earning a Japan Hot 100 No. 1 single), but the ladies are wasting absolutely no time coming back to their home country in 2013. Their new album, "I GOT A BOY," will be released just as the new year starts on…

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