1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 '…

  9. 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. "…

  10. 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. …

  11. 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.…

  12. Yo-Yo Ma Trades Bach for Bluegrass in 'Goat Rodeo Sessions'

    October 27, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Their schedules are hard to mesh and match, but the four bluegrass and classical musicians who made "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" are hoping their collaboration will continue in the future. "We had a really great time doing it, but there's a lot more depth there that we could…

  13. Occupy Wall Street: When Music Stars Invade

    October 24, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Kanye showed up and said not a single word (after all, his sheer presence speaks for itself). Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Tom Morello sang protest anthems with the people. Just this weekend, Katy Perry and husband Russell Brand swung by on their bikes. And from the looks of his Twitter…

  14. Bon Jovi: The Billboard Cover Story

    October 14, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Around the turn of the millennium, Bon Jovi found another gear. The result of the shift has been a decade of career-altering achievement in just about any category used to quantify success in popular music: touring, hit songs, awards, branding, No. 1 albums, DVDs, all produced at a remarkably…

  15. Katy Perry Is Flapper Chic in New Haircare Ads

    October 06, 2011 7:00 PM EDT The lady is a vamp. Katy Perry channels the Roaring Twenties in the new GHD at Sephora ad shot by the infamous David LaChapelle. Perry seduces in a pink fringe flapper dress, strands of pearls and a feather boa. Staring at these salacious ads one word comes to mind: Haute. The ads tell the…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Seth MacFarlane, Gloria Estefan, the Bangles

    October 06, 2011 6:30 PM EDT HE'S ... A ... CHARTING ... GUY!: "Family Guy" and "American Dad" creator Seth MacFarlane make his Billboard chart debut under his own name, as "Music Is Better Than Words" debuts at No. 2 on Traditional Jazz Albums and Heatseekers Albums. The collection,…

  17. Hooked: Emmy's Scarlet Ladies & Kristen Stewart at London Fashion Week

    September 19, 2011 3:20 PM EDT Time to get Hooked, our bite sized roundup of fashion-drenched music news. Scarlet Ladies Invade the Emmy Awards The hottest in television emerged last night at The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The red carpet became ablaze as crimson dresses cascaded in from every direction. Red became…

  18. Love Ballads Sweep Into the K-Pop Hot 100

    September 02, 2011 3:15 PM EDT As the heat of summer gradually diminishes and the crisp cool of fall approaches, slower love songs that best fit the new season are making a strong push onto the K-Pop Hot 100 chart. It seems fans are switching their mp3 playlists stacked with buoyant dance songs to those filled with…

  19. New Mom Jewel Focuses on Family: 'It's a Rare Gift'

    August 08, 2011 2:30 PM EDT As she tends to four-week-old son Kase Townes Murray and prepares for the release of her second family music album, "The Merry Goes 'Round," Jewel says she's enjoying a break from the usual grind of her career. "I just put things on hold," Jewel, who released her…

  20. Uncharted Territory: Hoodie Allen Breaks Into The Top 5, Dionne Bromfield Holds Strong

    August 05, 2011 12:03 PM EDT If it weren't for the stalwart presence of DJ Bl3nd or Traphik on Uncharted, we may have found ourselves with a new No .1 this week. Still, that doesn't make Hoodie Allen 's monstrous leap from No. 33 to No. 2 any less impressive. Earlier this week the former Google employee…

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