1. Jamey Johnson Releasing Hank Cochran Tribute Album

    August 02, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is set to release "Livin' For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran," on Oct. 16. The Buddy Cannon -produced homage to the late country great Hank Cochran , which will be available first on vinyl starting Sept. 25, features…

  2. Bobby Brown Marries Manager in Hawaii

    June 19, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Singer's Daughter With Whitney Houston Did Not Attend Two years after he dropped to one knee at a New Edition concert in Jacksonville, Fla., Bobby Brown and manager Alicia Etheredge made it official and tied the knot in Hawaii Monday (June 18) People has confirmed. The couple, who…

  3. Patent Pending: Battle of the Bands 2012 Northeast

    May 20, 2012 12:32 PM EDT Chart Article Northwest Congratulations to Patent Pending, the official winner of the 2012 Billboard Battle of the Bands! Patent Pending beat out two other acts in the Billboard.com vote to become the finalist in the northeast region. The band hit the road to Las Vegas (watch their roadtrip…

  4. 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 &…

  5. Album Review: M. Ward, 'A Wasteland Companion'

    April 15, 2012 8:00 AM EDT M. WARD "A Wasteland Companion" Producer: M. Ward Merge Records Release Date: April 10 M. Ward opens his new studio album, "A Wasteland Companion," with a lovely acoustic ditty called "Clean Slate." But a clean slate is hardly what this indie-folk heavyweight is…

  6. Juno Awards: Feist, Michael Buble Win Big in Canada

    April 02, 2012 10:30 AM EDT A Christmas album by Michael Bublé took home Album of the Year; Hedley broke its Susan Lucci losing streak; Martin Solveig & Dragonette's "Hello" beat Deadmau5 for Dance Recording; Feist was named Artist of the Year; Canadian's beloved Blue Rodeo were inducted into the…

  7. Taylor Swift Inks Sixth No. 1 Country Song With 'Ours'

    March 22, 2012 12:20 PM EDT On Country Albums, Shooter Jennings Logs His Highest Debut Ever With 'Family Man' T aylor Swift claims her sixth No. 1 and completes her second set of two straight leaders on Country Songs, as "Ours" piles 34.1 million audience impressions and steps 3-1 in its 17th chart…

  8. Ronnie Dunn's Solo Move: 'It's Going to Take More Than a Year'

    March 15, 2012 4:30 PM EDT When Ronnie Dunn released "Bleed Red," his solo single for Arista Nashville last year, he faced a unique challenge that no "new" artist had ever faced before. He wasn't just competing with artists such as Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, or Jason Aldean, but also a…

  9. M. Ward Talks New Album, Promises More Monsters of Folk Material

    March 08, 2012 1:45 PM EST The deep-voiced M. Ward , known to many as the "him" in She & Him , speaks barely above a whisper. "I'm definitely more of an introvert than an extrovert, and I'm happy to say so," the Portland folk-rocker admits. It's no wonder that "living the…

  10. Kid Rock + Detroit Symphony: It'll Be 'Big'

    February 27, 2012 8:57 AM EST Bach-witdaba, anybody? That might be the case on May 12, when Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band performs a special concert with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the city's 5,000-set Fox Theatre that's designed to raise $1 million for the institution. Rock tells Billboard…

  11. Whitney Houston Dies at 48

    February 11, 2012 8:25 PM EST Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by drug use and her regal image was ruined by erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48. Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen said Houston was pronounced…

  12. Brianna Perry Talks Upcoming Album, Trina's Guidance & Rick Ross Collabo

    February 10, 2012 6:55 PM EST Brianna Perry is all grown up. Prior to her freestyles and four mixtapes, most recently, "Face Off" (2011), Perry was featured on Trina 's "Kandi," off "Diamond Princess," (2002) when she was nine yrs. old. "A lot people still have that image of me.…

  13. Keb' Mo' Already Plotting Next Album

    January 13, 2012 6:15 PM EST After a five-year gap between his last studio albums, Keb' Mo' plans to follow up last year's Grammy Award-nominated "The Reflection" in comparatively short order. "I want to get right on it," Mo' (real name: Kevin Moore) tells Billboard.com. "I…

  14. Bryan Ferry Weds in Caribbean Ceremony

    January 10, 2012 8:59 PM EST Bryan Ferry has wed Amanda Sheppard, according to the UK's Telegraph . It's the second marriage for the Roxy Music singer, following his 2003 divorce from longtime spouse Lucy Helmore. The couple made it official at the Amanyara resort in Turks and Caicos, with a "simple…

  15. Hooked: Lana Del Rey Lands Modeling Deal & Beyonce Graces French Glamour

    January 04, 2012 1:25 PM EST Lana Del Rey, the sultry songstress behind "Video Games," has not only snatched the attention of many in the music industry, but she's quickly becoming a sweetheart of the fashion world. The eerie sound and self-directed video for her song reverberated worldwide when it was…

  16. Deadmau5 to Rock 2012 Juno Awards

    December 16, 2011 9:20 AM EST Deadmau5, the Canadian electronic/dance music producer who received as many Grammy 2012 nominations as fellow Canadian Drake, will be performing on the 2012 Juno Awards, television broadcaster CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced. CARAS, which…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Greg Laswell, Adele, Justin Bieber

    December 08, 2011 4:45 PM EST The "Glee" cast isn't the first act to to turn Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" into a ballad. Singer/songwriter Laswell first stripped the song down in 2007. 'GIRLS' POWER: For the first time this TV season, the A VERY SHE & HIM '…

  18. Jessica Simpson to Design a Maternity Line

    December 02, 2011 3:05 PM EST Jessica Simpson knows a thing or two about fashion, as she proves with her mega-profitable clothing line, The Jessica Simpson Collection. The pop-country sweetheart has taken her fashion knowledge, teaming up with sister, Ashlee , and has designed a new line for young ladies ages 1-7. "…

  19. 615 Spotlight: Darren Warren Sees Cancer Fight as Stepping Stone

    November 30, 2011 12:45 PM EST When you hear "Cowboy Up and Party Down," the latest single from newcomer Darren Warren, you might think the Kentucky-born singer doesn't have a care in the world. While he admits he tries to live his life with a smile now, there was a time where things were much different. …

  20. Hooked: Nicki Minaj & Ricky Martin Team Up, Gorillaz Get Chuck'd

    November 18, 2011 10:52 PM EST Time to get Hooked, our bite-sized roundup of fashion-drenched music news. Nicki and Ricky: New Faces of MAC's Viva Glam Campaign Shot by David LaChapelle, the ad features Nicki Minaj kneeling erotically in a hot pink dress on a motorcycle as the gorgeous Ricky Martin stands behind her.…

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